Notre Dame National Monogram Club Presents Annual Awards
Moose Krause Award bestowed upon Mike Wadsworth and Rev. Bill Beauchamp, C.S.C.
June 9, 2000
The University of Notre Dame National Monogram Club presented four honorarymonograms at its annual awards dinner on Thursday night while bestowing theMoose Krause Monogram Club member-of- the-year award upon Mike Wadsworthand Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.
The awards dinner, held in the Sport Heritage Hall on the Joyce Centerconcourse area, also included the formal introduction of five new boardmembers for the National Monogram Club and recognition of the five retiringboard members.
The four honorary monogram recipients included 12th-year men’s lacrossecoach Kevin Corrigan, former Irish assistant hockey coach Tim McNeill (whocurrently serves as an associate professional specialist in Notre Dame’sFirst Year of Studies), 14th-year head athletic trainer Jim Russ andassistant athletic director Bill Scholl, who is completing his 13th year asa member of the Notre Dame athletic department.
Wadsworth recently completed a highly-successful five-year stint as NotreDame’s director of athletics while Beauchamp has concluded a wide-reaching,13-year tenure as the University’s executive vice president, with hisprimary duties including overseeing the athletic program.
The following individuals were introduced as the new members of theMonogram Club’s board of directors and will serve a three-year term endingin 2003: Ken Haffey (’78, manager, Chesterfield, Ohio), Katie King (’98,women’s golf, Spokane, Wash.), Charlie Owens (’48, manager, Elkhart, Ind.),Joe Restic (’79, football, West Linn, Ore.) and Errol Williams (’98, men’strack & field, Loxahatchee, Fla.). Haffey has returned to the board ofdirectors after serving a term from 1996-99.
The following Monogram Club directors were recognized for theirrecently-expired three-year terms: Pat Eilers (’89, football, baseball),Jack Lee (’55, football), Molly Lennon (’92, women’s soccer) and Bill Zloch(’66, football). Tad Eckert (’94, men’s tennis) will remain on the boardfor one more year, filling a vacated spot among the five-member group ofdirectors to 2001.
SEGMENTS OF COMMENTS MADE IN PRESENTATION OF 2000 HONORARY MONOGRAMS
Presentation to Kevin Corrigan, by ND Sports Information Director John Heisler
“… In the case of this next individual, the achievements of his teamshave come about without any scholarship assistance and they have takenplace in an area of the county that is not yet a hotbed in his particularsport. And yet he has built a program that has routinely seen Notre Dameranked among the top dozen teams in the country. His teams have qualifiedfor the NCAA Tournament in eight out of the last nine years and nine of thelast 11. It was just four weeks ago that his team won a rather remarkableNCAA first-round game against the fifth-seeded team in this particulartournament. … Considering that the same opponent had beaten us soundlyhere in South Bend about a month before during the regular season, itcertainly qualified as one of the more noteworthy achievements maybe in thehistory of NCAA competition in the history of this sport. … We do exitinterviews with each of our graduating seniors in every sport and I cantell you that his players are nearly unanimous in their praise of hisability to teach the game and prepare them for what is going to happen onthe field.”
CORRIGAN’S COMMENTS: “There are two things that I value so much about beingat Notre Dame and the first thing is the people that I work with.-the othercoaches, the administrators … You should know, as former athletes, what afabulous group of coaches we have. I learn something every day in watchingthese people work, in working with them, talking to them. It’s a greateducation and I know I’m a better coach because of all of them. The otherthing I value so much is the chance to work with the athletes we havehere.-a tremendous group of kids, unbelievable kids. I’m a better personfor working with them.”
Presentation to Tim McNeill, by former ND hockey goaltender Mark Kronholm
“… We knew better than to try an excuse with Tim. … He forced us tomake honest evaluations of our performance in relation to their impact onthe team. … Being an athlete made us responsible for our own talent andfor everyone on the team. … Tim was a serious coach because he wasserious about making us better hockey players. … Tim’s goal as a coachwas to make us better humans. He is one of those individuals that none ofus will ever forget. … Tim has earned his place in the Monogram Clubbecause of his consistent dedication that had a lasting impact on all ofus.”
McNEILL’S COMMENTS: “I’m not an easy individual to surprise. But I amsurprised and I am stunned. The past was great for me and for our familyhere at Notre Dame and I hope the past was great for every athlete thatLefty (Smith) and I had the chance to work with. But that was the past andwe don’t live in the past. So this is probably a real neat opportunity forme to look out at all of you-coaches and former players-and say, ‘Good luckto Notre Dame in the future. Let’s really move ahead. Go Irish’.”
Presentation to Jim Russ, by ND associate athletic trainer John Whitmer
“I’ve been giving some great thought to the significance of a monogram fromthe University of Notre Dame. An athlete is awarded a monogram by meetingcertain standards … I think that the significance of earning a monogramis lost on some of our athletes … remember, you earned it, so cherish itand take advantage of what it affords you. … I have the privilege topresent an honorary monogram tonight to an individual who truly deservesit. … This is an award that must be earned, you cannot buy it, you cannotwin it, you can’t lobby for it. It is not politically related. … I’m notgoing to address this individual’s accomplishments, his dedication or hisprofessionalism. It would be embarrassing to this individual to do so. Iwill tell you that he has not missed a day or work since his arrival in1986. … The task that this individual faces on a daily basis is verydifficult. He must protect the athletes, be involved with their health andwell-being and help them return to activity and at the same time help theathletic program that the athlete is involved with to be as successful aspossible.”
RUSS’ COMMENTS: “A lot of thoughts are going through my head right now, alot of feelings. … I almost want to thank you for a thank you and that’sthe confusion, because I enjoy what I do. I enjoy coming to work every dayand helping people. … Part of my job is to motivate the athlete … attimes, the athletes will complain and whine about going back on the field… and there are always little short stories about when I was an athleteand if I go too far the athletes look and say, ‘Well, you were never anathlete.’ … So now I guess it’s legit for me to say, ‘When I was anathlete”, because I have the monogram to prove it.”
Presentation to Bill Scholl, by ND Monogram Club past president Marty Allen
“… Before he joined the Notre Dame staff , he distinguished himself asthe director of financial development for the 1987 Summer Special Olympics.He was asked to raise $4.8 million but he raised $8 million. He held asimilar position at South Bend’s Logan Center. A graduate of Notre Dame’sclass of 1979, he returned to his alma mater as promotions manager where,among other achievements, he increased the awareness of the university’sOlympic sports program. He later became director of ticket and marketingfor four years until assuming his current position, where he oversees NotreDame’s entire ticketing, marketing and merchandising programs as well asserving as administrator for the Irish baseball team. … Bill’s attitudealways has been, ‘We can do it for you,’ and that’s the kind of person heis.”
SCHOLL’S COMMENTS: “Where’s Jim Russ? Talk about not being an athlete, Jim.We’re sinking to new lows here. It’s kind of strange because it took methree tries to be admitted to Notre Dame as a student and to be heretonight … thanks to all of you but a particular thanks to Dick Rosenthal.If it weren’t for Dick, I wouldn’t be working for Notre Dame. Thank youall.”
Presentation to Mike Wadsworth, by former ND football coach Ara Parseghian
“This man is most deserving and, first and foremost, he certainly is aNotre Dame man which I had the privilege of coaching in 1964 and ’65. …His leadership has been very evident. … His versatility is veryremarkable. He has a law degree, he did announcing, he was an ambassadorand several other involvements. … The challenges ahead for him will bemet with the same determination and the same abilities. … (During histime at Notre Dame), he commanded the respect of all the people who wereunder his direction. … This is what a leader does: brings people underhim, gains their respect and they move forward. … I could go on and onabout the number of things that Mike Wadsworth has done, but as far as I’mconcerned, Mike Wadsworth as I knew him as a player and as an athleticdirector is without question is a winner and he is a class act.”
WADSWORTH’S COMMENTS: “For 34 years, I’ve had an opportunity of speaking tovarious groups about leadership and about the difference that one personcan make. And the example that I always have used is the experience that Ihad at Notre Dame, witnessing the difference that Ara Parseghian made toall of us who were here at that time. … Five years has gone very quickly…. I have never encountered a group so outstanding, so dedicated and soloyal as the Notre Dame athletic department staff. … There’s an inateloyalty that this alumni base has for anybody that represents theuniversity and I’ve benefited from that and appreciate it tremendously. Inclosing, I want to wish to Dr. Kevin White great success. Kevin, I knowbecause of your history in athletics that you will be immensely successfulat Notre Dame, because of what you have accomplished and because of thepeople that you will have working with you. So good luck to you. Good luckto all the coaches and the administration of the department. I’m going tomiss you.”
Presentation to Fr. Beauchamp, by former ND athletic director Dick Rosenthal
“It was my great fortune to be recruited to the university by Fr.Beauchamp. … I think most of you know that (his duties) encompass …virtually everything that happens at the university that isn’t trulyacademic in nature. … He has been the architect of the campusbeautification program and, without question, the University of Notre Damecampus is considered to be the outstanding college campus in America today,largely and completely through his direction and his vision. He was alsothe person who administered the most dramatic building program in theuniversity’s history. … He was singularly the person most responsible forthe NBC television contract that has literally poured millions of dollarsinto scholarships for university students. … Not only has the number ofsports increased dramatically, but their sophistication. They compete atthe national level, play the best in the land and their goal is always tobe in the national tournaments and they have been there. Father, we all oweyou a great debt for that. … Father Bill is a consummate gentlemen. Hewill add a special grace and dignity to the Moose Krause Award.”
BEAUCHAMP’S COMMENTS: “I’ve had many wonderful moments at this university,this is certainly one of them. … It’s an honor to be associated with thiswonderful group of people. What is so special about the Monogram Club? …To me, why the Monogram Club is special is not because of victories,All-Americans, trophies. It’s because you represent the finest inintercollegiate athletics. You have been very much a part of an institutionthat does things the right way when it comes to athletics. That’s been ourhistory, that will always be our history. … I look forward to all thatKevin White will accomplish and all the people who will continue to workwith him. As I said, we are in a room surrounded by history,accomplishments and by a record that is unequaled in intercollegiateathletics and most importantly a record that is really the foundation ofwhere we go from here.”
NOTRE DAME NATIONAL MONOGRAM CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO 2003
KEN HAFFEY (’78, manager, Chesterfield, Ohio)
Haffey-originally from the Cleveland suburb of Gates Mills, Ohio-graduatedfrom Notre Dame in 1978 with a degree in accounting, after serving as thehead football manager during the 1977 national championship season … hereceived a masters of business administration from DePaul University in1983 and has been a CPA for 20-plus years, including eight years with Ernst& Young, a stint as a partner with a local firm and 10-plus years as a bankCFO … Haffey worked as an auditor and senior consultant with Ernst &Whinney/Ernst & Young from 1978-84 (in both Cleveland and Chicago) beforeserving as assistant vice president of the First National Bank of Chicago,in 1984 … he returned to Ernst & Whinney as a member of its bankconsulting group in 1985-86 and then was vice president of corporateplaning for Republic Bank in Chicago, from 1986-88 … Haffey then returnedto Cleveland and served as the CFO for Security First Bank Corp., from1988-95 … he was a CPA and partner with Skoda, Minotti & Reeves from’95-’98 before assuming his present position as vice president for CenturyBusiness Services (in Cleveland) … Haffey also has served as an adjunctprofessor for three years at both Northwestern University and DePaul, plus10 years at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland … Haffey has served astreasurer of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Cleveland since 1992 … he hasbeen a three-year board member of the Community Dialysis Center ofCleveland, Ohio, and has served as a board member of the Hillcrest YMCA …he and his wife Elizabeth are the parents of two children.
KATIE KING (’98, women’s golf, Spokane, Wash.)
King currently is pursuing her masters in athletic administration atGonzaga University (in her native Spokane, Wash.), where she serves as agraduate assistant in the athletic department’s marketing and promotionsoffice … after graduating from Notre Dame in 1998 with a businessadministration degree, she served as the head women’s golf coach atParadise Valley (Ariz.) Community College … King was a two-year captainof the Notre Dame women’s golf program and a three-time team MVP … sheholds six major Notre Dame women’s golf records, including career strokeaverage (82.10), season stroke average (79.50, ’97-’98) , lowest round (71)and lowest 36-hole score (149) … she serves as the young alumnicoordinator for the Notre Dame Club of Spokane.
CHARLIE OWENS (’48, manager, Elkhart, Ind.)
Owens made the journey to Notre Dame from Kansas City, Mo., and was asenior manager with the ’47 national championship football team beforegraduating in 1948 with a degree in pre-professional studies … hereceived his masters in public health education from the University ofNorth Carolina in 1949 and has been both a student and instructor inAmerican Management Association courses, in addition to attending thepharmaceutical advertising club seminar and an advanced management programat the Harvard Business School … a World War II veteran, Owens served twoyears in the medical corps attached to Air Force engineers, with one yearin the European theater … he worked for 33 years with Miles Labs,ultimately serving as an executive vice president, and then worked from1982-95 as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry … from 1992-95,Owens was CEO of Genesis Labs and has spent his first five years ofretirement as a member of various corporate and community boards … heserved as director of the National Pharmaceutical Council for several yearsand was that organization’s president in 1965 … he and his wife Cherylare the parents of five children.
JOE RESTIC (’79, football, West Linn., Ore.)
Restic-the son of legendary Harvard football coach Joe Restic, Sr. (’70-’93)-came to Notre Dame from Milford, Mass., and was a four-yearletterwinner as a punter and free safety … his 209 career punts ranksecond in ND history while he still holds the Irish record for puntingaverage in a single game (51.6 yards), after booting five kicks for 258yards vs. Air Force in ’75 … Restic helped the Irish claim the ’77national championship and graduated in 1979 with a pre-professional sciencedegree … he received his doctorate in dental medicine from the Universityof Pennsylvania in ’85 and received certification from the orthodonticresidency program at Oregon Health Sciences University in ’88 … he workedas a general dentist and an orthodontist in the Boston area during the late’80s before founding his own orthodontist practice in Wilsonville, Oregon… Restic was a two-time GTE Academic All-American (’78, ’79) and was an’83 member of the Matthew Cryer Honor Society, recognizing the top 10students at the University of Pennsylvania … in ’79, he was one of 10college football players nation-wide who received the Scholar-Athlete awardfrom the National Football Foundation … he also was a recipient of aprestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was one of the recipients ofthe annual Byron Kanaley Award, which recognizes ND student-athletes whoare exemplary as students and leaders … he played three seasons in theUnited States Football League (’83-’85) while pursuing his career indentistry and orthodontics … Restic’s professional football careeractually is related to his shift to the west coast, as he played in theUSFL with the Breakers franchise that was based in Boston before moving toNew Orleans and then Portland … Restic was attracted to the Oregon areaand resumed his medical studies in that part of the country when the USFLfolded in ’85 … Restic and his wife Susan-who also is a dentist-are theparents of two children.
ERROL WILLIAMS (’98, men’s track and field, Loxahatchee, Fla.)
Williams came to Notre Dame from Lauderhill, Fla., before graduating in1998 with a degree in accounting … he served as a tax intern withDeloitte and Touche during the summer of ’98 and worked as a camp counselorat the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch during the summer of ’99 … sinceOctober of ’99, he has served as an accounting associate withPricewaterhouse Coopers LLP … a four-year monogram winner as aparticipant in the 110-meter hurdles, Williams earned All-America honors in1999 after placing third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships before earningGTE Academic All-America honors for men’s spring “at-large” sports … healso was one of the first two recipients of the Chris Zorich Award (in’98), which recognizes Notre Dame student-athletes for their communityservice involvement.