Charlotte West to be inducted into NACDA Hall of Fame

    May 16, 2006

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Retired Saluki athletics director and former coach Charlotte West will be among 22 highly-respected athletics officials inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame, NACDA President Tim Curley announced today.

    The inductees will be honored at NACDA's 41st Annual Convention, June 20-23. Winners will receive their awards during the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Luncheon at the Marriott and Sheraton in New Orleans, La.

    In addition to West, the 2006 Hall of Fame class includes: Merrily Dean Baker, Michigan State University; Marino Casem, Alcorn State University; George Chryst (deceased), University of Wisconsin Platteville; Vin Cullen, Community College of Rhode Island; Bob Dinaberg, Santa Barbara City College; Jack Doyle, University of South Dakota; Paul Durham, Linfield College/University of Hawaii; Art Eason, William Paterson University; Herb Eisele (deceased); John Carroll University; John Gagliardi, St. John's University (Minn.); Fred Gruninger, Rutgers University; James Houdeshell, University of Findlay; Betty Jaynes, James Madison University; Karol Kahrs, University of Illinois; Don Landry, Nicholls State University; Frank Lignelli, Clarion University; Ron Maestri, University of New Orleans; Ray Nagel, University of Hawaii; Frank Rienzo, Georgetown University; Bill Steinbrecher, Valparaiso University; and Dick Tamburo, Arizona State University.

    West retired from Southern Illinois University in 1998 as the associate athletics director. She was one of the first female members of NACDA and later served on its Executive Committee. Additionally, West was chair of the NCAA Committee on Financial Aid and Amateurism and chair of the Athletic Certification Committee.

    She was also on the NCAA Council, NCAA Management Council and NCAA Gender Equity Task Force. She was president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and was a member of the United States Olympic Committee. In the 1970s, she was a consultant for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) on Title IX and, in the 1990s, was a consultant to the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics.

    West has earned the Honda Award for her outstanding achievements in women's college athletics and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) Woman of the Year Award. As a coach, her Southern Illinois University golf team won the national golf championship and her basketball team placed fifth in 1969.

    She also received the Senior Sports Administrator Award from the All-American Football Foundation and was part of the initial class of women to be inducted into the SIU Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame. West earned her bachelor's degree from Florida State University.