Kearney and Garrido to receive Texas Excellence Awards from Dallas All-Sports Association
AUSTIN, Texas -- After leading their respective teams to National Championships in 2005, University of Texas head women's track coach Bev Kearney and head baseball coach Augie Garrido have been elected to receive 2005 Texas Excellence Awards by the Dallas All-Sports Association (DASA). DASA honors excellence in athletics, character and citizenship among the top stars and celebrities in both college and professional athletics.
Both Kearney and Garrido will be bestowed with the second and first such honors of their careers, respectively, during the 40th Annual DASA All-Star Awards Banquet presented by Cadbury Schweppes on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The event will be held at the Fairmont Hotel Ballroom in Dallas and begin at 6 p.m. Central with a VIP reception, followed by a 7 p.m. dinner.
Proceeds from the event are returned to the community in the form of scholarships for deserving young men and women.
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In 2005, Garrido not only led the Longhorns to their fifth College World Series (CWS) appearance in the last six years, but also paved the way for Texas to claim its sixth National Championship. The all-time winningest coach in Division I baseball history, Garrido has also guided UT's baseball program to four straight 50-win seasons and two national titles in the last four years. Additionally, Garrido was recognized as the National Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career after completing his ninth year at the helm of the Texas program in 2005.
Kearney led her Longhorn womenıs track and field team to its fifth overall NCAA national title this spring when her outdoor squad won the 2005 NCAA crown. Remarkably, Texas accomplished this feat with only seven competitors at the NCAA national meet and with the leadership of Kearney, who has battled daily the past two-plus years to recover from a nearly-paralyzing auto accident which occurred in Florida in December of 2002 and claimed the lives of two of her closest friends.
Under Kearneyıs guidance, UT has earned three outdoor and two indoor track and field national championships since 1997-98. Kearney was recognized as the 2005 Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), which marked the fourth time she has been honored as the national coach of the year.
In addition to Garrido and Kearney, other top athletic public figures from college and professional sports will be honored by DASA on September 20. Included among the honorees are: Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter, recipient of the Tom Landry Coach of the Year award; Emmy-award winning broadcaster Dick Enberg, who will receive the The Pat Summerall Journalism Award; PGA golfing great Lee Trevino, recipient of the prestigious Lamar Hunt Award for his achievements, longevity and sportsmanship; Don Nelson, former Dallas Mavericks General Manager and Head Coach, will be presented the Big D Award for his contributions to enrich local sports; native Texan Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indy 500 winner, will receive DASAıs Legends Award, presented to an athlete who has made a lasting impression on their sport; and, the Baylor womenıs basketball team, 2005 NCAA Champions, will receive the Field Scovell Award.
More than 20 scholarships will be awarded at the September banquet to outstanding youth, including students from Happy Hill Farm, Buckner Childrenıs Home and several from foster care. DASA was founded in 1965 by Field Scovell as a philanthropic organization to award recognition and scholarship grants to deserving individuals and groups in North Texas. Past DASA award winners include Troy Aikman, Walter Payton, Herschel Walker, Bill Parcells, David Robinson, Jackie Joyner Kersee, and George Foreman.