Cleveland, Ohio - March 31, 2021 - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 2021 Hall of Fame class and former Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Cathie Schweitzer, is one of this year's honorees.
The seven inductees in this year's Hall of Fame class includes Lynda Goodrich from Western Washington University, UCLA's Dan Guerrero, UCLA, Jean Lenti Ponsetto of DePaul University, Craig Littlepage from the University of Virginia, Fordham University's Dave Roach, Julie Soriero of MIT, and Schweitzer. The honorees will be recognized in conjunction with the 56th Annual NACDA & Affiliates Convention, to be held virtually, July 27-28. Schweitzer isn't the only inductee with ties to Springfield College, as Roach earned a Bachelor's degree in 1971 and his Master's in 1972 following a decorated career as a men's swimming student-athlete and assistant coach.
Schweitzer is the first-ever Springfield College Director of Athletics to be inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame and joins fellow inductee Diane Potter, as the former Springfield College teacher coach and women's athletics pioneer was inducted in 1986. Schweitzer became the first female director of athletics on Alden Street in 2000 after serving as associate athletic director for the previous four years. Under Schweitzer's direction, Springfield captured 59 conference championships, had 24 individual national champions, and eight team national champions. Thanks to the on-field success, Springfield College finished in the top 25 of the Learfield Directors Cup five times during her tenure, including an institution-best 13th place during the 1999-2000 campaign. She instilled a commitment to giving back to the community as Springfield College Athletics continually received the Jostens/National Association Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) Community Service Award.
For her efforts, she earned multiple national honors for her efforts, including NACWAA Division III Administrator of Year, NACDA AstroTurf Northeast Division III Athletic Director of the Year, and ECAC Female Administrator of the Year., and was chosen to be inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020. Schweitzer served as President of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators, and in 2004, was elected the chair of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Selection Committee. In addition, she was a sought-after presenter at NCAA and NACDA Conventions on issues such as gender equity, coaching evaluations, and fundraising. She retired from Springfield College in 2015.
Before coming to Springfield College, she held teaching, coaching, and sports administration positions at Albion College, Iowa, Grinnell College, Oklahoma and Bowling Green.
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