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Homer Rice Award
The Homer Rice Award is presented annually to an athletics director with a distinguished career, who has made a significant impact on this profession and intercollegiate athletics. This award is presented in honor of Homer Rice, the Founder and first President of the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association.
- The nominee must have served as a Director of Athletics for at least ten years at Division 1A Institutions;
- He/She must have made significant and meaningful contributions to intercollegiate athletics;
- He/She must have been retired from a Division 1A Athletic Directors position for at least one year;
- The nomination must be from a current member of the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association as a result of a thorough and extensive process.
Congratulations to Mr. Todd Turner, recipient of the 2012 Homer Rice Award
Todd Turner has served the intercollegiate sports world for over thirty years as an administrator, teacher, and mentor to students, coaches, and colleagues.
He has held the position of Director of Athletics at four major NCAA Division I Universities over a twenty-one year period and is the only athletics administrator to have worked as an AD in four of the six BCS Conferences. Todd began his 32 year career in collegiate sports administration at the University of Virginia (1976-1987). He served as Director of Athletics at the University of Connecticut (1987-90); NC State University (1990-96); Vanderbilt University (1996-2003), and the University of Washington (2004-2008).
Todd received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973. In 1976, he earned his M.ED in Sports Administration from Ohio University where he was honored with the Ohio University Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993.
He currently resides in West End, NC with his wife, Sara. The Turner’s have four adult children and one granddaughter.
Past Recipients of the Homer Rice Award
- Todd Turner
Collegiate Sports Associates
- Mike Cleary
- John Toner
University of Connecticut
- Andy Geiger
The Ohio State University
- C.M. Newton
University of Kentucky
- Vince Dooley
University of Georgia
- John Swofford
UNC Chapel Hill
- Tom Butters
- Jack Lengyel
US Naval Academy
- Dr. Gene Hooks
Wake Forest University
- Frank Windegger
Texas Christian University
- Jim Jones
Ohio State University