Razorback Foundation’s Kassidie Blackstock Named to 2019 Forty Under 40 Class by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal
July 22, 2019
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kassidie Blackstock, the Director of Strategic Communications and Stewardship at the Razorback Foundation, Inc., has been named to the 2019 Forty Under 40 class by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.
The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal annually honors 40 individuals under the age of 40 who were nominated as best in class by their peers in all industries.
"Since joining our team, Kassidie has made numerous contributions to our organization, enabling us to better serve the membership of the Razorback Foundation," said Scott Varady, executive director of the Razorback Foundation. "She has been instrumental in helping launch several new innovative programs to engage with both prospective and current members of the Foundation, including a new mobile-friendly opportunity that makes it easier for new members to join. The text to join option is one of the first mobile-friendly membership options offered by an organization supporting an athletics program within the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences. We are thrilled that her outstanding work has been recognized by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal and are grateful to have Kassidie as a part of our Razorback Foundation family."
Blackstock, the first to assume this newly created position within the Foundation, is charged with the overall development and execution of a strategic, comprehensive communications plan across all traditional and digital platforms to recruit and retain Foundation members.
Prior to joining the Razorback Foundation, she held positions including the Assistant Director of Public Relations at the University of Tennessee Athletics Department, Vice President at FleishmanHillard International Communications, and Deputy General Manager of Isom Global Strategies. Following Isom Global Strategies she transitioned to a business development consultant during her time living abroad before returning to the United States and accepting her most recent role as the Director of Donor Communications and Sponsorships at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Blackstock, a Knoxville, Tennessee-native, holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism from the University of Tennessee.
Razorback Foundation to Launch Christmas in July Online Pop-Up Store
June 19, 2019
A portion of the proceeds go to the Razorback Foundation Annual Fund in support of more than 465 student-athletes.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation today announced a Christmas in July online pop-up store to launch July 1.
"We are consistently looking for new, unique ways to engage Razorback fans," said Scott Varady, executive director of the Razorback Foundation. "The Christmas in July online store creates an opportunity for fans to get a jump on holiday shopping while supporting Razorback student-athletes."
The custom items, including Razorback themed ornaments, will be available for a limited time to purchase from July 1 thru July 31.
"A portion of proceeds from the Christmas in July store go to the Razorback Foundation’s Annual Fund to support more than 465 Razorback student-athletes and 19 Razorback sports programs," Varady continued.
The Razorback Foundation Launches New Text to Join Option
May 21, 2019
Text ONERazorback to 91999 to Join the Foundation from Anywhere
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation, Inc., today announced a new, mobile-friendly opportunity to join the Foundation. Non-Razorback Foundation members can now text ONERazorback to 91999 to become a member of the Foundation from anywhere at any time.
"We want to offer a simple, mobile-friendly opportunity for all Arkansans and Hog fans to join the Razorback Foundation to support Razorback Athletics," said Scott Varady, executive director of the Razorback Foundation. "For $4.17 a month, or $50 a year, anyone can become a member of the Foundation and make a positive, lasting impact on more than 465 Razorback student-athletes."
According to the 2018 Pew Research "Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet," as the adoption of traditional broadband service has slowed in recent years, a growing share of Americans now use smartphones as their primary means of online access at home. In fact, today one-in-five American adults are "smartphone-only" internet users – meaning they own a smartphone, but do not have traditional home broadband service. This number has increased to 20 percent of Americans in 2018 versus only eight percent in 2013.
Varady continued, "Additionally, graduates of the University of Arkansas are able to join our Young Alumni program for $35 a year for a five-year period from the award of their initial degree and receive 50 percent off Razorback Football and Men's Basketball season tickets, priority access for single-game tickets, like Homecoming, and begin to receive member benefits and priority points. Simply text RFYoungAlumni to 41444 to join and stay connected with the Razorbacks no matter where your post-graduate years take you.
We want Arkansans in all 75 counties in Arkansas and wherever Razorback alumni and fans live and work to join and be a member of the Razorback Foundation family."
For more information related to Razorback Foundation membership benefits, or to speak to a member of the Razorback Foundation team, please call (479) 443-9000 or email us at email@example.com.
Quinn Grovey Joins Razorback Foundation as Senior Director of Development
April 1, 2019
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Today, the Razorback Foundation announced Quinn Grovey has joined the team as a Senior Director of Development.
"We are excited to welcome Quinn Grovey to the Razorback Foundation team," said Scott Varady, executive director of the Razorback Foundation. "Quinn’s leadership, knowledge, and relationships will enhance the ability of the Razorback Foundation to fulfill our mission. His insight as a Razorback student-athlete and former member of our Board of Directors, furthers his ability to share the impact our members have on more than 465 Razorback student-athletes. We are delighted he is joining our team and bringing his commitment to excellence in support of our mission."
Grovey most recently held the position of Senior Account Executive with IMG Razorback Sports Properties.
"During my days as a Razorback student-athlete, and as a former member of the Razorback Foundation Board of Directors, I have seen and experienced the positive impact the Foundation has had and will have on generations of Razorback student-athletes," said Grovey. "I always thought I would end up working for the Razorback Foundation someday, and having it come to reality is thrilling. I look forward contributing to our mission to support Razorback Athletics and getting to know our members throughout the state, region and country."
Grovey will continue his role as the Radio Color Analyst for Razorback Football Broadcasts, entering his 22nd year as a member of the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network this fall. Prior to his role with IMG Razorback Sports Properties, Grovey held several positions in management and human resources with Walmart and Home Depot.
2019 Annual Fund Campaign Marks 40-Year Anniversary of The Razorback Foundation, Inc.
January 30, 2019
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation today announced a year-long celebration to recognize a legacy of giving by members of the Razorback Foundation over the past 40 years dating back to 1979.
"For the past 40 years, generations of Arkansans and loyal fans have joined together as members of the Razorback Foundation because the Razorbacks represent the great State of Arkansas and unify us as members of the Razorback family," said Scott Varady, executive director of the Razorback Foundation. "Every single member of the Razorback Foundation is important to the success of Razorback Athletics, and every gift, no matter how large or small, makes a positive impact on our program in many ways. We celebrate the remarkable fact that approximately 1,350 members of the Razorback Foundation have been supporting the Razorbacks for the past 40 years. Today the Razorback Foundation is thriving with more than 16,000 members. Everyone makes a difference, and we are thankful for all our members."
In the early 1970s, legendary football coach Frank Broyles, coach Wilson Matthews, athletic director George Cole and a small group of business leaders formed the Razorback Scholarship Fund in an effort to create an innovative way for fans to support the athletic program while receiving benefits and recognition. Financial support in the early years was essential in providing scholarships, facilities and programs to advance Razorback Athletics within the then prominent Southwest Conference. Those efforts continue today through the Razorback Foundation.
"The Razorback Foundation continues to play an essential role in the success of our program and most importantly the generosity of its members is having a transformational impact on the lives of our student-athletes," said Hunter Yurachek, vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Arkansas. "The Razorback Foundation is the lifeblood of our support and allows us to provide our student-athletes and coaches with the resources necessary to compete and win in the SEC and nationally. We are grateful to the many long-time Foundation members, as well as those who have joined the Razorback Foundation more recently, as we continue to work together to achieve our mission of Building Champions and Razorbacks for Life."
Following the University of Arkansas’ move to the Southeastern Conference, the Razorback Foundation has played an instrumental role in providing private gift support for scholarships and the construction and renovation of more than 15 of the finest facilities in the conference and the nation. Over the past 40 years, thousands of student-athletes have experienced the opportunity to be successful athletically, academically, and as members of the community while competing for the University of Arkansas across 19 sports thanks to the generous support of Razorback Foundation members.
Since I stepped onto campus as an athletic trainer in 1973, I have been financially supportive of Razorback Athletics through the Foundation,” said Dean Weber, former long-time Arkansas athletics trainer and current member of the Razorback Foundation team. "Every day for more than 40 years, I’ve seen the positive impact private gift support from the Foundation has had on all facets of Razorback Athletics – from the world-class facilities to the programs offered to our student-athletes – generations of Razorbacks have been positively impacted by the Foundation."
"We’re grateful for each member of the Razorback Foundation who invests not only in Razorback Athletics and the University of Arkansas, but in our future leaders," Varady continued. "Throughout the year we’ll be sharing Foundation member stories and hosting special events to show our appreciation for the continued support of the Razorback Nation.
Collectively, we believe Arkansans can achieve anything together. We believe Razorback Foundation members and fans should take great pride in the fact that Razorback Athletics is one of a handful of NCAA Division I Athletic Departments in the nation that is financially self-sustaining and requires no UA student fees revenue or taxpayer support."
The Razorback Foundation Announces 2019 Board of Directors
January 14, 2019
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation, Inc., today announced the members of the 2019 Board of Directors.
"We are pleased to announce that last fall the voting members of the Razorback Foundation elected Lisa Walker of Little Rock and Mindy West of El Dorado to the Board of Directors," said Scott Varady, executive director of the Razorback Foundation. "Year-after-year we are fortunate to have 12 outstanding business, community and philanthropic leaders from across the great State of Arkansas who invest their time to help advance our mission of raising private gift support to assist Razorback Athletics and to make a positive impact on the lives of more than 465 Razorback student-athletes."
The Board of Directors provides oversight and support to advance the mission of the Razorback Foundation, and Board members serve as ambassadors in their respective communities to educate non-Foundation members about the investment and impact the Foundation has on Razorback student-athletes and Razorback Athletics and to encourage them to join the non-profit organization. Board members are elected for a term of six years.
"It’s a privilege to work with dedicated members of the Board of Directors, and we welcome Lisa Walker and Mindy West," said Rick Massey, chairman and president of the Razorback Foundation Board of Directors. "We’d like to thank two incredible lifelong Razorbacks, Charles Balentine and Dr. James Counce, for completing their dedicated and loyal service on the Board, and we look forward to their continued support of the Foundation’s endeavors in the future."
"The Razorbacks are part of the fabric of all 75 counties throughout the great State of Arkansas, and we are excited to have two new Board members from central and south Arkansas," Varady said. "With the leadership of our Board of Directors and the passion and generous support of our Razorback Foundation members, all Arkansans can be proud that the Razorback Athletic program is financially self-sustaining and operates without receiving any taxpayer dollars or mandatory student fees," Varady continued.
The 2019 Razorback Foundation Board of Directors:
Richard D. Chapman '76, Bentonville, AR
Ed Drilling '78, Little Rock, AR
Richard (Rick) N. Massey '84, Little Rock, AR
Kenneth Mourton '72, '75, Fayetteville, AR
Charles Redfield, '89, Bentonville, AR
John R. Rutledge, Jr., '01, Little Rock, AR
Angela McBride Ryan, '86, Fayetteville, AR
Kevin Scanlon, '79, Little Rock, AR
Todd Simmons, Siloam Springs, AR
Lisa Walker, Little Rock, AR
Jim Williams, Jr. '66, Dallas, TX
Mindy West, '92, El Dorado, AR
Tyson Family Continues Legacy of Support for Razorback Track & Field Program with Leadership Gift to the Randal Tyson Track Center Renovation and Expansion Project
December 6, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Today, Razorback Athletics and the Razorback Foundation announced the Tyson Family has committed $6 million to lead the effort in renovating the Randal Tyson Track Center.
"Since legendary Razorback Track & Field Coach John McDonnell first approached my dad to support the initial construction of the track center, that opened on campus in January 2000, our family has been committed to supporting the championship track and field programs at the University of Arkansas," said John H. Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, Inc. "Investing in the renovation and expansion of the Randal Tyson Track Center will ensure it remains one of the world’s top track and field venues while also helping the Razorbacks to recruit and retain the most talented track and field student-athletes from around the globe."
Widely considered the fastest indoor surface ever constructed, the Tyson track has been home to numerous world records, American records and a large percentage of all current NCAA Championship meet records. In a re-dedication ceremony held Feb. 12, 2011, during the 2011 Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, the Randal Tyson Track Center was recognized as "The Home of the Fastest Indoor Track in the World."
"For nearly two decades, the Randal Tyson Track Center has been home to outstanding collegiate and professional competition. To have a world-class facility named in honor of my late husband Randal, is a fitting tribute to his tremendous contributions as a business leader and a community philanthropist. With the renovation and expansion of the Randal Tyson Track Center, we will help ensure the continued prominence of this spectacular venue as well as further the legacy of its namesake," said Barbara Tyson.
A feasibility study determined that both the fan and student-athlete experiences would benefit from reconfigured seating, enhanced circulation throughout the building, new concessions and restrooms, satellite locker rooms and training rooms facilities. The project will be completed in stages to allow the venue to still be used for competition during construction. The targeted completion date for the renovation and expansion is prior to the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held at the venue.
"The University of Arkansas has enjoyed a rich history of track and field success, including 43 team national championships, 147 team conference titles and more than 1,200 All-Americans," said Hunter Yurachek, vice chancellor and director of athletics. "In addition, we have become a prime destination for some of the most prestigious track events in the nation. To maintain that championship tradition, we must continue to invest in our facilities so that we are recruiting the most talented student-athletes year after year. We are grateful to the Tyson family for their long-time support of our program and their extraordinary leadership throughout Arkansas and around the world."
"The Randal Tyson Track Center first opened on the University of Arkansas campus in 2000 and has hosted 12 NCAA Championships and eight Southeastern Conference Championships. By moving forward with the renovation and expansion of the Randal Tyson Track Center, we are positioning future Razorback generations for success on the track," said Scott Varady, executive director of the Razorback Foundation.
The total project cost of the Randal Tyson Track Center Renovation and Expansion is currently estimated at $15-20 million. Fans interested in supporting the project are encouraged to contact the Razorback Foundation at (479) 443-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation Commit to Lead Baseball Performance Center Building Project
December 3, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Today, Razorback Athletics and the Razorback Foundation announced the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation has pledged $5 million in support of the Baseball Performance Center at Baum Stadium.
“My family has been committed to Razorback student-athletes for decades,” said Johnny Mike Walker. “As a fan watching from the stands, and as a former student-athlete, I have countless memories in Baum Stadium. As a family and as a Foundation, we are committed to helping improve the Razorback student-athlete experience.”
The Baseball Performance Center (BPC), an approximately 40,000+ square foot baseball clubhouse facility will provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art locker room, team room, weight room, training room, meeting rooms, nutrition space, player and pitching development spaces and in-venue batting cages. The BPC will be constructed behind the right field corner of Baum Stadium, connecting it with the current west concourse and providing new premium viewing areas for games.
“Being able to join Razorback Nation in Omaha this past summer as the Razorbacks made their ninth appearance in the College World Series was an experience that I’ll never forget,” said Mandy Macke, executive director of the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation. “As a former Diamond Doll and lifelong Razorback, I am honored to play a role in helping with the leadership gift for the new Baseball Performance Center.”
“As we continue to foster our mission of Building Champions and Razorbacks for Life, we must ensure Coach Dave Van Horn and his staff have the resources necessary to recruit and develop the most talented baseball student-athletes in the country,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek. “This new Baseball Performance Center is another tool that will be integral in our pursuit of College World Series Championships. We appreciate the Willard & Pat Walker Foundation for providing the lead gift to enable us to move forward with this important investment into the success of our baseball program.”
“All Razorback fans take great pride in Baum Stadium being recognized by Baseball America as the best college ballpark in the nation and in the Fowler Family Baseball and Track Training Center. The Baseball Performance Center is essential for the future of Razorback Baseball given its focus on the development of our student-athletes,” said Scott Varady, executive director of the Razorback Foundation.
The total project cost of the Baseball Performance Center is currently estimated to be $20-25 million. Fans interested in supporting the Baseball Performance Center are encouraged to contact the Razorback Foundation at (479) 443-9000 or email@example.com.
Christy Rankin Tennis Lobby Dedication Event Cements Legacy of Former Razorback Star
October 29, 2018
On the eve of the 2018 Homecoming celebration, it was all smiles and celebration at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center, as Razorback friends, fans, coaches and student-athletes joined with members of former Razorback student-athlete Christy Rankin’s family to celebrate the dedication of the Christy Rankin Tennis Lobby.
“I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Christy, however, her spirit and love of tennis was evident in the stories I heard from her family, as well as what she accomplished in her lifetime,” said Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek.
Born in Jonesboro, Christy was a four-year letter winner for the Razorback Tennis Team and a member of Phi Mu Sorority while at the University of Arkansas. She also earned the title of Arkansas Overall Tennis Champion and was named All-State and All-American during her high school career at Jonesboro High School.
Following her playing days, Christy spent her career teaching and coaching nationally and internationally until she passed away unexpectedly in 2010.
The naming was made possible by Kim and Chris Fowler, close friends of the Rankin family and supporters of Razorback Athletics.
“Christy and the entire Rankin family have been dear friends for years, and it was always exciting to watch Christy on the court throughout her career,” said Chris Fowler. “We wanted to do something to remember her and her legacy, and we hope that with the naming of the lobby, Razorback student-athletes, coaches and fans will embody her spirit and competitiveness that will live on for generations to come through the tennis program.”
“The ongoing investment in our student-athletes and programs across the athletic department continues to support our vision To Be The Best and provides our coaches with the ability to recruit and compete on a national level,” Yurachek continued.
Memphis-East Arkansas Razorback Club Awarded 2018 Horton Cup from Razorback Foundation
October 25, 2018
Annual Award to be Presented On-field Prior to the Vanderbilt Match-up Saturday
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Today, the Razorback Foundation announced the Memphis-East Arkansas Razorback Club as the recipient of the 2018 Horton Cup Trophy.
“We have 22 wonderful Razorback Clubs throughout the state and region,” said Scott Varady, executive director of the Razorback Foundation. “This amazing network of dedicated fans within Razorback Nation allows our entire State to unify in support of the Razorbacks, while sharing the positive impact their private gift support has on the lives of our student-athletes and Arkansas Athletics.”
Razorback Clubs are non-profit organizations that host events throughout the year that feature University of Arkansas coaches and administrators, host fundraisers to support the Razorback Foundation and foster camaraderie among the Razorback fans throughout Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. The Horton Cup is awarded annually based on a Razorback Club’s performance against certain criteria, such as recruitment of new members and the number of events hosted by the club each year.
“I’ve been Calling the Hogs my entire life, so naturally to help support our Razorback Athletic programs from a distance was an easy decision. As President of the Memphis-East Arkansas Razorback Club, I’m proud of the work our board and club members have put in during the last year, along with our sponsors, that make our events so successful - this award is a testament to their efforts,” said Greg Reece. “It’s always a highlight to host a coach or our Athletic Director, Hunter Yurachek, for events to keep up-to-date with what’s happening with Razorback Athletics.”
The Razorback Foundation encourages Razorback fans to join a Razorback Club in their area, and they can contact the Razorback Foundation at (479) 443-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2018 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class
October 1, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Fifteen former University of Arkansas student-athletes were inducted as members of the 2018 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor in September.
April Steiner Bennett
Women’s Track and Field
A women’s track and field standout from 2001-03, Steiner Bennett finished her career as a Razorback as a four-time NCAA All-American with three SEC team titles and the 2003 SEC Pole Vault Individual title (outdoor). After transferring to Arkansas from Paradise Valley Community College, Steiner Bennett became the first woman in the SEC to clear 13 feet indoors. The four-time All-American is the former school-record holder (indoor/outdoor pole vault) and was the first in program history to clear 14’. Steiner Bennett claimed the silver medal in the pole vault at the 2007 Pan American Games with her clearance of 14’-5.25”. April Steiner Bennett had her career-best finish at a National Championship in 2008 when she finished as the runner-up in the pole vault, clearing 14’-1.25” in the prelims and 15’-1” in the finals to make her Olympic dream come true at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials when she finished second and qualified for her first Olympic Team for the 2008 Games in Beijing. She finished fifth at the 2004 Olympic Trials and sixth at 2005 USA Outdoors. Steiner Bennett enjoys being a mentor to younger athletes and is involved with USATF’s “Be A Champion” program.
A four-year Razorback football letterman, Ron Faurot was a standout on the Arkansas defense under Coach Lou Holtz from 1980-83. In 1983, Faurot, a defensive end, was named a 1st Team All-American by UPI after his senior season. A team captain, he led the team in sacks and tackles for loss. Seven times he dragged opposing quarterbacks to the ground and he finished the year with 61 tackles, including 10 tackles for 52 lost yards. Following his senior season, he picked up an invitation to the 1984 Hula Bowl, an All-Star game for seniors. The Texas native earned 161 tackles in his Razorback career. In his four seasons on the field for the Razorbacks, Arkansas went to three bowl games, winning the 1980 Hall of Fame Bowl and the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl. His 1982 team won nine games and finished the season ranked inside the Top 25 for the first time since 1979. He lettered in football in 1980-83 and was a No. 1 draft choice in 1984 by the New York Jets. The Jets tabbed him with the 15th overall pick before he played two seasons in the NFL.
The only punter named an All-American at Arkansas, Greg Horne made the First-Team list of the AFCA in 1986. Horne led the nation with a 47.2 yards-per-attempt average, and his punting helped the Hogs to a 9-3 record and an Orange Bowl berth. He served as the Razorbacks punter in all four of his seasons, sharing time as a freshman before taking over full-time duties as a sophomore. He burst onto the scene in 1983 to average 44.3 yards per punt on 26 kicks. In 1984, he helped the Hogs to the Liberty Bowl, averaging 43.8 yards per punt along the way. As a junior in 1985, the Russellville, Arkansas native averaged 42.6 yards per boot as part of a 10-win team that topped Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. Horne kicked the ball 49 times for 2,313 yards, a school-record and Southwest Conference average of 47.2 yards per punt as a senior in 1986. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1987 and spent two seasons in the NFL (Cincinnati and St. Louis/Phoenix). He is also a member of the 1980-89 Arkansas All-Decade Team.
A three-time All-Southwest Conference selection, Ivan Jordan was a four-year letterman at defensive end for the Razorbacks from 1972-75. The Fort Smith native was named to All-SWC teams in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Jordan started the Razorbacks’ final five games as a freshman and never looked back, becoming a staple on Arkansas’ defensive front. He earned 64 tackles as a sophomore and 77, including six for loss (-45 yards) as a junior. As a senior, he earned 54 tackles, including nine tackles for loss (-40 yards) in helping Arkansas win 10 games, earn a share of the SWC championship and a trip to the Cotton Bowl. As a member of legendary head coach Frank Broyles’ last bowl team at Arkansas, Jordan helped the Razorbacks to a final No. 7 national ranking in 1975. The Hogs reeled off six straight wins to finish that season, including a 31-10 win over No. 19 Georgia in Jordan’s final collegiate game in the Cotton Bowl. Jordan set the school record with five fumble recoveries in 1974, a mark that is still tied for second in program history. He is a member of the 1970s Arkansas All-Decade team.
A kicker and punter for the 1981 Razorbacks, Bruce Lahay booted his way to a first-team All-America award from the Football Writers Association of America. He led the nation in field goals in 1981, averaging 1.73 kicks per game. He split the uprights on 19 of 24 field goals (.792) and nailed 31 of 31 extra point attempts in his only season as the Hogs’ placekicker. In the same season, Lahay punted the ball 63 times for 2,436 yards, an average of 38.7 yards per try. He punted the ball 129 times for 5,011 yards, for a career average of 38.8 yards. The 19 field goals are tied for third all-time on the Razorback single-season list. Recruited out of St. Louis, Lahay’s four field goals against Texas Tech in 1981 are tied for the third-highest single-game total in school history. He finished the 1981 season with 88 points scored on 19 field goals and 31 point after touchdowns. His 1981 Arkansas team was the same Arkansas team that upset top-ranked Texas 42-11 and finished 8-4 with a trip to the Gator Bowl. For his career, he boasted a 38.8 yards per punt career average. He lettered in football in 1978-79 and 1981. Lahay was a part of the Hogs’ Southwest Conference Co-Champion squad in 1979, when Arkansas finished 10-2 overall and played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
A three-year letterman from 1953-55, Lee was one of the University of Arkansas’ early men’s tennis standouts helping lay a foundation for the remarkable success to come for Razorback Tennis. Lee was known for a huge first serve and for playing with grace and athleticism. Following his collegiate career, Lee continued his tennis career competing in Arkansas at Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith. A lifelong advocate for tennis, Lee has remained an active supporter of the Razorback program, including working with legendary head coaches Tom Pucci and Robert Cox to foster the continued growth of men’s tennis at Arkansas. Lee, his wife Nancy Dills Lee and sister-in-law Jane Dills Morgan made a lead gift to help support a full renovation of the indoor tennis facility. Dills Indoor Stadium was completed in 2002 and named for Robert “Bob” and Lucile Dills. Lee was president of Arkhola and later worked for Merrill Lynch and Citizens Bank and Trust. He is a member of the University’s Century Circle, which recognizes former student-athletes for lifetime giving of $100,000 or more to the University or athletics.
The head coach for the Arkansas men’s golf team from 1984-87, Steve Loy led Arkansas to four consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, including a pair of top 10 finishes in the country in 1985 (6th) and 1987 (6th). The Razorbacks finished runner-up in all four of his Southwest Conference Championship appearances, including in 1984 when he was named SWC Coach of the Year. During Loy’s tenure, Arkansas golfers earned five All-America honors and eight All-Southwest Conference recognitions. John Daly, Sean Pappas, Mike Grob and Mike Swartz were just several of those who flourished as Razorbacks in Loy’s tenure. In addition to Arkansas, he also served as a collegiate golf coach at Scottsdale Community College and Arizona State. In his combined coaching career, his teams captured three national titles and 11 conference championships. Loy recruited and coached more than a dozen PGA TOUR professionals; six Ryder Cup team members; six Walker Cup team members; three U.S. Amateur champions; four NCAA Champions and 40 All-Americans. He is a four-time National Coach of the Year and has been inducted into the NJCAA Golf Coaches, the NCAA Coaches and the GCAA Hall of Fame. Loy is the managing partner and president of Lagardere Unlimited Management.
A member of the inaugural team in 2003, McQuillin became Arkansas’ first NCAA Championship qualifier, competing as an all-around gymnast at the 2005 NCAA Championships. She was team captain all four years, earned the program’s first SEC Gymnast of the Week honor in 2004 and was finalist for the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Scholarship. The Dana McQuillin Coaches Award for a team member who represents the Razorbacks above and beyond normal expectations was named in her honor, and she won the award in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She shared the team’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2003 and won the team’s first two Most Outstanding Gymnast awards in 2004 and 2005. McQuillin won 10 event titles in her career including five in the all-around. Her high scores include multiple 9.90s on bars, and 9.925 on beam, which ties for ninth-best. She also had highs of 9.85 on vault and 9.90 on floor. She ended her career with what was at the time the school record of 39.500 in the all-around.
Known as a pure shooter, Rickey Medlock still stands as the program’s all-time leader in free throw percentage at 90.4 percent (178-197) after playing for the Razorbacks from 1973-75. Medlock played his first two seasons for head coach Lanny Van Eman before closing his career for legendary coach Eddie Sutton. Medlock joined the varsity team as a sophomore after scoring a UA freshman team record 57 points against Poteau Junior College on Feb. 5, 1972. After making the transition, Medlock had a breakout junior season in which he averaged 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. The Cave City, Ark. native opened his junior campaign with a bang, going for 27 points and 12 rebounds at No. 1 UCLA, and later in the year scored a career-high 30 points at SMU. In his one season under Sutton, Medlock averaged 12.9 points and led the NCAA in free throw percentage (.939), highlighted by a program record 48 straight makes at the charity stripe. Medlock was a major part in Arkansas’ quick turnaround under Sutton, going from 10 wins in 1973-74 to a 17-9 season in 1974-75 that included an 11-3 mark in the Southwest Conference good for a second-place finish. Rickey was also a 2nd Team Academic All-American and received the Delbert Swartz Award for the senior athlete graduating with the highest GPA.
Named the most outstanding player of the 1998 NCAA West Regional, former Razorback women’s basketball player Sytia Messer was an integral part of two of Arkansas’ greatest women’s basketball teams, the 1998 Final Four and 1999 Women’s NIT Championship squads. Messer was a 1,000-point scorer (1,379) and, at 5-8, she pulled down 603 rebounds as one of the best rebounding guards in school history. She was a two-time captain for Arkansas as a junior and senior. Messer averaged 12.6 ppg in 1997-98, her best season, leading Arkansas to the program’s first Final Four appearance. She followed up leading the team in in 1998-99 as they ran the table to the title game and beating Wisconsin to become WNIT Champions. Along with her play for the Razorbacks, Messer also took time to play in the summer prior to graduation for the collegiate squad of Athletes in Action. She also played for the post-collegian Athletes in Action touring team. Following college, Messer began her coaching career with stops at Arkansas State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee Tech and most recently Baylor.
A Smackover, Arkansas, native, Modica was a four-year letterwinner as a Razorback. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2003 and earned 2nd Team All-SEC honors in 2004. Modica was named 2nd Team All-SEC and was an AP All-SEC Honorable Mention in 2006. He finished his Razorback career ranked 12th on the all-time scoring list with 1,589 points as he led the team in points in 2002-03 and 2003-04. He ranks 10th all-time in three-point field goals attempted (427), and ninth in three-point field goals made (153). Modica, nicknamed “Pookie,” averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds as a freshman, 16.5 points and 4.5 as a sophomore, 9.6 and 2.8 as a junior and 16.1 and 4.0 as a senior. For his career, he averaged 13.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. He shot 78.5 percent from the line, 46.2 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from three-point range. He led the team in scoring as a freshman (11.5) and sophomore (16.5), with a FG percentage as a junior (.520). He ranks 12th on Arkansas’ all-time charts with 555 field goals, 11th with 326 free throws (tied), and eighth with 153 threes. In 2018, Modica was honored as an SEC Men’s Basketball Legend.
A Razorback letterman from 2005-07, Schmidt was one of Dave Van Horn’s first elite pitchers upon being named the Razorback head coach in 2003. Schmidt generated a 2.83 ERA over his three seasons as a Razorback and 345 strikeouts en route to two 1st Team All-American nods in 2006 and 2007 as well as being named a freshman All-American in 2005. It was a banner year for Schmidt in 2006 as he finished 9-3 with 145 strikeouts and was named SEC Pitcher of the Year. His strikeout total that season still stands as the second-most in a single season in Arkansas history. In his three seasons, Schmidt’s 345 strikeouts Is still the Razorback record for strikeouts in a career. Schmidt was a no doubt selection for all-conference in each of his three years as a Razorback, being named 1st Team All-SEC in 2006 and 2007 and a freshman all-conference player in 2005. He still ranks third in victories (28) and third in innings pitched (340.1) at Arkansas. In 2007, Schmidt became the fourth Razorback to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft as the lefty was picked 23rd overall by the San Diego Padres.
Swimming and Diving
The first All-American swimmer in Arkansas history, Spencer earned the honor five times from 1979-81 in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. He was a 1979 Southwest Conference Champion and placed fifth in the championship final of the 50 freestyle at the NCAA Championships that same year. He was part of the 1981 Razorback 400 meter freestyle relay team that set a world record time, and his 100 meter split of 22.4 seconds was also a world best. At the 1981 NCAA Championships, he became the first Arkansas swimmer to break 20 seconds in the 50 freestyle, clocking 19.8 seconds. Spencer also excelled in international competition. He represented the United States at the 1981 World University Games in Bucharest, Romania, and was a medalist in the 50 and 100 freestyle events and a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team. Spencer was a member of the US National team from 1980-83, and helped set American and world records in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, as well as the 400 medley relay. Spencer was inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame in 2012.
Men’s Track and Field
A four-time All-American, four-time SWC individual champion and four-year letter-winner for legendary coach John McDonnell from 1979-82, Randy Stephens was one of the first in a long history of outstanding middle-distance runners in Arkansas men’s track and field history. Stephens captured his first conference title for Arkansas with a win in the 880-yard run with a time of 1:52.69 at the 1979 Southwest Conference Indoor Championships. He repeated the feat during his sophomore season (1:51.51) and went on to become an All-American as the half-mile leg of Arkansas’ fourth-place finishing distance medley relay team at the 1980 NCAA Indoor Championships. Stephens picked up two more All-America honors during his junior season, placing fifth with the DMR at the indoor national meet and third in the 800 at the outdoor national meet. Stephens was the second Razorback to ever attain both indoor and outdoor All-America status in the same academic year (1980-81). As a senior, Stephens captured two more SWC event championships, including his third title in the 1,000-yard run and another as part of the Razorback Distance Medley relay. He capped his time at Arkansas as an NCAA individual champion in the 1,000-yard run (2:07.37) at the 1982 NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Kim Storey Chronister
Storey, the program’s leader in career hitting percentage, became Arkansas’ second All-American when she was named to the AVCA All-America Second Team in 1998. A three-time All-SEC performer including first-team accolades as a senior, Storey helped lead Arkansas to three NCAA Tournament appearances including a spot in the Sweet 16 in 1998. She was also instrumental in four trips to the SEC Tournament finals with Arkansas knocking off No. 4 Florida for the 1997 tournament title. In addition to holding the program record with a .365 career hitting percentage, Storey also ranks third in service aces (135) and fourth in kills (1,471), digs (1,143) and total blocks (555.0). She was the first player in program history to hit above .400 in a single season when she posted a .416 efficiency coupled with 515 kills during her standout 1998 campaign. That same season, she was named to the NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team and earned a spot on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. In Arkansas’ first-ever NCAA Tournament win, Storey put down a career-high 26 kills—also a program tournament record—in a five-set victory over Rhode Island in front of the home fans at Barnhill Arena.
Hilburn joins Razorback Foundation
May 3, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas alumna, Anna Kay Hilburn, has been named Assistant Director for Development for the Razorback Foundation it was announced by Executive Director Scott Varady on Wednesday.
Hilburn will join the Razorback Foundation, an independent non-profit corporation which raises private gift support to further the educational and athletic endeavors of the University of Arkansas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. A 2017 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Hilburn will coordinate the Foundation’s Collegiate Membership, Young Alumni, and Spirit Squad Club programs. She will also oversee the Razorback Foundation annual Call Center program.
“We are excited to welcome Anna Kay to the Razorback Foundation team,” Varady said. “She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and is deeply invested with the Razorbacks. Anna Kay has previously worked with numerous campus and affiliated organizations, including the Associated Student Government, the Arkansas Alumni Association, the Razorback Booster Club as well as several departments within Razorback Athletics. Her love for the University of Arkansas and her enthusiasm for working with people will allow us to further connect with Razorback Foundation members in our ongoing efforts to support Razorback student-athletes.”
As an undergraduate, Hilburn worked in several roles for the University of Arkansas’ Associated Student Government, including as a special assistant to the vice president and as the director of athletic relations. In the athletics relations role, she served as a liaison to Razorback Athletics and helped coordinate Rollin’ with the Razorbacks, a program that enables students to travel to an away SEC football home game. Hilburn also worked with the Razorback Athletics’ marketing department to help promote student attendance at athletic events.
Hilburn also served on the Arkansas Student Alumni Association Executive Board as Vice President of Marketing and Communications and chair of the Homecoming Community Involvement committee. She served as the president of the Razorback Booster Club in 2016-17. Hilburn was also a four-year member of Chi Omega.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Hilburn also worked with the University of Arkansas Office of Advancement and within Razorback Athletics with the communications, and marketing departments. Hilburn graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications in 2017 and is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Higher Education program.
Proposed Federal Tax Legislation Letter to Foundation Members
December 14, 2017
Dear Razorback Foundation Member,
We are contacting you today to make sure you are aware of proposed Federal tax legislation that could impact you as a member of the Razorback Foundation.
As you may know, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate have each passed tax bills proposing to eliminate the 80% charitable deduction for contributions associated with the right to purchase tickets to college athletics events. As currently proposed, this provision would apply to all payments made after December 31, 2017. Although not yet finalized, we want to make you aware that the tax bill is forecasted to pass Congress and be signed into law by President Donald Trump this year.
We, along with 12 other SEC Athletic Foundations, collectively contacted our respective United States Senators as well as the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance to voice our concerns and to express our strong support to retain the 80% deduction for contributions made for the right to purchase athletic tickets. Given that the legislative process remains ongoing, the tax bill remains subject to change, including the effective date of any new provisions.
In the meantime, we encourage you to speak with your personal tax adviser regarding the potential impact of this legislation and what strategies may be best for you in the future. Similarly, we are also assessing the situation from the Foundation’s standpoint to determine the most advantageous ways to move forward if this legislation becomes law and ask that you assist us in that process by completing a short four-question survey.
If you would like to make your 2018 Annual Fund donation before the end of 2017 or “pre-pay” your annual contribution for future seasons before the end of 2017, these options are available, and our staff would be happy to assist you. You may also pre-pay other commitments you have made to the Foundation, including, but not limited to, a North End Zone Suite or Loge Box, or an existing suite. Unless changes in the law prohibit it, the Foundation plans to issue gift receipts for all donations received or post-marked on or before December 31, 2017.
If you would like to speak to someone about making gifts or transferring stock, please call us at (877) 436-0013 or (479) 443-9000. As a reminder, our offices will have limited hours during the Holiday Season. Consistent with the University of Arkansas’s Holiday Schedule, our offices will be closed beginning Friday December 22, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. To assist with year-end gifts and donations, we will be open on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We thank you for your commitment to our student-athletes and will do our best to communicate any updates regarding the proposed legislation.
Thank you and Go HOGS!
Frank Broyles 1924 - 2017
August 15, 2017
The following is a statement from the Broyles family regarding the death of former University of Arkansas football coach, athletic director, ABC commentator, and Alzheimer’s advocate Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles, 92, died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease, on August 14, 2017.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Coach Frank Broyles. He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones.
For 92 years John Franklin Broyles lived nothing short of a remarkable life. To all who would listen, Frank Broyles was quick to proclaim, in his unmistakable and infectious southern tone, that he was blessed to live ‘A Charmed Life’.
For more than five decades, he served the University of Arkansas and all citizens of his adopted home state in his role as a coach, administrator and goodwill ambassador for his beloved Razorbacks.
We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who helped contribute to his charmed life. Whether you were one of his players, coaches, colleagues or friends, a Razorback fan or fellow caregiver, you were an integral part of his fairy tale story. To his family, he was quite simply, our hero.
We take peace in knowing that his faith was the foundation for the impact he made on the lives of others. From innumerable private moments with his family and friends, to countless public interactions with millions in his various roles, Coach Broyles shared his attitude of gratitude and encouraged others to make a difference.
We know that this remarkable man does not want us to mourn, but to celebrate the hope and inspiration he passed along to each of us. For nearly two decades, he was a trailblazer for changing the stigma around dreaded disease which took the life of his first wife, Barbara Day, and ultimately his own. We will never know the impact that writing and publishing “Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” and establishing the Broyles Foundation will have on families, but Coach considered it a win the first time it helped one person.
He was the very definition of a difference maker. It will be impossible to fill the void created by his passing. But even in our grief, our hearts are overflowing with the love, gratitude and treasured memories of the charmed life and lasting legacy of our beloved Coach.
We are planning a public celebration of his life. Once the details are finalized we will share them with you.
Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.”
The Broyles Family
Frank Broyles always said he lived a charmed life, and it was true. He leaves behind a multitude of legacies certain never to be replicated. Whether it was his unparalleled career in college athletics, as an athlete, coach, athletics administrator and broadcaster, or his tireless work in the fourth quarter of his life as an Alzheimer’s advocate, his passion was always the catalyst for changing the world around him for the better.
He felt he was blessed to work for more than 55 years in the only job he ever wanted, first as head football coach and then as athletic director at the University of Arkansas. An optimist and a visionary who looked at life with an attitude of gratitude, Broyles lived life to the fullest for 92 years, almost 60 of them in his adopted state of Arkansas. To all who knew him, including thousands of Razorback fans who never met him, he was Coach Broyles, ambassador to the Razorback Nation and the state of Arkansas. To countless others, he was an advocate for caregivers around the world.
Coach Broyles, 92, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, on August 14, 2017. A man of faith and a true Southern gentleman, Coach Broyles was a native of Decatur, Ga., but adopted Arkansas as his home in December 1957, when he became the head football coach for the University of Arkansas. He leaves an unmatched legacy of more than five decades of service to the University of Arkansas, the Razorback athletic program, and Arkansas.
Born Dec., 1924, to O.T. and Mary Louise Solms Broyles in Atlanta, Broyles was the youngest of five children and was a three-sport athlete throughout high school and college. He received a B.S. degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech University in 1947, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball and set numerous records as quarterback of the Yellow Jacket football team. He led the Yellow Jackets to four football bowl appearances, was twice All-SEC and was the 1944 SEC Player of the Year.
He joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1942 just prior to his 18th birthday. While still at Georgia Tech, he was activated in early 1945 and served until the spring of 1946. In 1945, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Day, who remained his sweetheart until 2004, when she died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Coach Broyles and Barbara had four sons, Jack (Janet) Broyles, Hank (Mary Bassett) Broyles, Dan (Debra) Broyles and Tommy (Tisha) Broyles; twin daughters, Betsy (David) Arnold and Linda (Jim) Mayes; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In December 2005, Broyles married the former Gen Whitehead of Fayetteville, doubling the size of his family to include Gen’s seven children, Bruun (Kim Willis) Whitehead, Kathleen (George) Paulson, Eric (Jennifer) Whitehead, Joan (John) Threet, Ruth (Kevin) Trainor, Ted (Kelley) Whitehead and Philip (Kamron) Whitehead, as well as 13 grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Louise Broyles Ferguson of Cornelia, Ga., and numerous nieces and nephews. Broyles was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers (O.T. Broyles Jr., Charles Edward Broyles and Bill Broyles).
Following his graduation from Georgia Tech, Broyles was drafted in three sports, baseball, basketball and football, but he turned down professional offers to become an assistant football coach for Bob Woodruff at Baylor. After three years in Waco, he moved with Woodruff to Florida. A year later, Coach Bobby Dodd hired Broyles as the offensive backfield coach at Georgia Tech, and the team promptly rolled to a 31-game winning streak. In 1957, Broyles was named head football coach at the University of Missouri where he served one season before receiving an offer from UA Athletic Director John Barnhill to come to the University of Arkansas.
Broyles arrived in Fayetteville in December 1957, beginning a more than five-decade affiliation with the University of Arkansas and the Razorbacks as a coach and athletics administrator. In 19 seasons (1958-76) as the Razorbacks’ head football coach, Broyles amassed a record of 144-58-5, seven Southwest Conference (SWC) titles, 10 bowl bids, 20 All-Americans and 88 All-SWC selections.
In 1964, Broyles led the Razorback football team to an undefeated season that culminated in a 10-7 win over Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl. The National Championship was awarded to the Razorbacks by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) following the bowl games. The Cotton Bowl was part of a school record 22-game winning streak launched in the final game of the 1963 season and ending in the 1966 Cotton Bowl.
In 1973, Broyles was named UA Director of Athletics, a title he balanced with his head coaching duties until 1976 when he retired as Razorback head coach. Soon after his retirement from coaching and while still serving as athletics director, Broyles made a move to the broadcasting booth working alongside legendary sports announcer Keith Jackson with ABC’s college football coverage for nine years.
During his 33 ½ years as Athletic Director (1976-2007), Broyles transformed the Razorbacks from a program competitive primarily in football to one of the most successful all-sports programs in the nation. His vision and leadership was the driving force behind the University of Arkansas moving to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1990. The move set the stage for the program’s growth and future success while dramatically changing the landscape of intercollegiate athletics.
Arkansas won 43 national titles, 57 SWC titles, and 48 SEC titles, and the football team went to 22 bowl games during his tenure as athletic director. Broyles worked tirelessly to build and renovate athletic venues including Bud Walton Arena, Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Baum Stadium at George Cole Field, John McDonnell Field and the Mary B. and Fred W. Smith Razorback Golf Center. Following his tenure as athletic director, Broyles continued to serve the program at the Razorback Foundation (2008-14).
Broyles garnered numerous prestigious awards throughout his career and was inducted into more than a dozen Halls of Fame. A member of the inaugural class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He is also a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, Gator Bowl Hall of Fame, Georgia Tech Hall of Fame, Orange Bowl Hall of Fame, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame, SWC Hall of Fame and the State of Georgia Hall of Fame among others.
Broyles was honored by the National Football Foundation as the 2000 recipient of the John L. Toner Award for outstanding achievement as an athletic director. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him the most influential figure in athletics in the state during the 20th century. Broyles was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, including serving as its chairman from 1971-73 and later being named as a Lifetime Trustee of the organization.
In 1996, the Broyles Award was created in recognition of his long-standing history of developing successful assistant coaches. The Broyles Award is given annually to college football’s top assistant coach. In 2007, the field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium was dedicated as Frank Broyles Field.
In 2013, a bronze statue of him was dedicated in front of the Broyles Athletic Center, the athletics administration building which also bears his name.
In 1982, Coach Broyles chaired the “Campaign for Books” at the University of Arkansas, and more than 100,000 volumes were added to the University Libraries. He was co-chair of the Campaign for the Twenty-First Century that raised $1.046 billion for the university and has been a generous personal benefactor to the university’s academic programs. In 2015, Broyles earned an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Arkansas.
Broyles was an avid golfer and a member of the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., for more than a half-century. Seven times Broyles hosted the awards ceremony at the Masters, including presenting the coveted “Green Jacket” to such legendary golfers as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. In 1982, Broyles appeared in the TV miniseries “The Blue and The Gray.” Broyles played the doctor who pronounced President Abraham Lincoln (played by Gregory Peck) dead after being shot at Ford’s Theater.
Beyond his professional career in athletics, Broyles’ second legacy is his personal commitment to improving the quality of life for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their loved ones. In 2006, Coach Broyles established the Barbara Broyles Legacy, later becoming the Frank & Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation.
From 2005-10, Coach Broyles appeared before governmental agencies in Washington, D.C., and served on the White House Council on Aging. He spoke throughout the country at countless events and seminars on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as private eldercare organizations.
In 2006, he turned his energies toward the publication and national distribution of a guidebook for caregivers, entitled “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” which is based on his family’s personal experience caring for his first wife, Barbara Day, in their home. To date, more than one million copies of the playbook have been distributed.
A private family burial will be held at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville. A public celebration of his life will be held on the University of Arkansas campus at a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions may be made to the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation or Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.
Celebration of Life
A Celebration of the Life of Coach Frank Broyles will be held this Saturday, August 19 at 2 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus. The celebration is open to the public.
Additional details regarding the celebration will be released later this week via ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Statement from Jeff Long
The following is a statement from University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long on the passing of longtime University of Arkansas head football coach and athletics director Frank Broyles. Broyles passed away in Fayetteville on Monday.
“The Razorback Family has lost its patriarch and Arkansas has lost one of its most beloved figures. Coach Frank Broyles was a legendary coach, athletics director, broadcaster and a tireless advocate for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. In his more than 50 years of service to the University of Arkansas and intercollegiate athletics, his vision and leadership allowed the Razorback program to flourish and in turn enrich the lives of thousands of young men. In the process, he brought unprecedented national attention to Arkansas. His passion for the Razorbacks was infectious, his spirit was indomitable and his vision helped transform a program, a university and an entire state. His legacy in our state is unmatched.
“I will forever be grateful for the generosity, graciousness and unwavering support he extended to me when I came to the University of Arkansas. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Razorback nation are with his wife Gen, his children and the entire Broyles Family.”
Statement of Scott Varady, Executive Director and General Counsel, Razorback Foundation
“The Razorback Foundation mourns the passing of Coach Broyles, and we extend our sympathy to his family and friends. Coach Frank Broyles always talked with passion about the ‘difference-makers’ who helped build the Razorback Athletic program and helped ensure its competitiveness. The simple truth is that Coach Broyles was an unparalleled “difference-maker” for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He leaves an unrivaled legacy. Coach Broyles cared deeply for Razorback fans and supporters, and he always sought to do what he believed was in the best interests of the Razorback program. As members of the Razorback Family, Coach Broyles taught us that student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans share a unique bond that is truly special and enduring. We will miss his charm and passion, but his spirit will live on in every Hog Call we ever hear.”
2017 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class Announced
May 18, 2017
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2017 class of the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor this September.
The 2017 class consists of former Razorback football greats Ken Hamlin, Madre Hill, Louis Campbell and Bo Busby, baseball All-American Troy Eklund, men’s golf great Jack O’Keefe, women’s basketball star Amy Wright, women’s tennis standout Chin Bee Khoo and men’s track and field multiple-time All-American Melvin Lister. The 2017 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club. The UA Sports Hall of Honor, including the induction weekend, is coordinated by the Razorback Foundation.
“Congratulations to these nine outstanding Razorbacks on their selection to the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “Since our program began, thousands of Razorback student-athletes have competed for the University of Arkansas. This year’s inductees are among the best to ever put on a Razorback uniform. As the Razorback family, we cheered them on to those successes and this fall we will celebrate the legacy they have left behind.”
The 2017 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 7-9. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet Friday evening at the Fayetteville Town Center. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football on-campus home opener against TCU at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Purchase tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. Contact us for more information or call the Razorback Foundation at (479) 443-9000.
2017 UA Sports Hall of Honor Inductees
Hamlin finished his career as the school’s record holder in tackles despite playing only three seasons from 2000-02. He racked up 381 career tackles before entering the NFL Draft following his junior campaign. In his final collegiate season, he earned first-team All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and first-team All-SEC recognition from the Associated Press, SEC Coaches and Sporting News after he recorded 159 tackles, the second-highest single-season total in school history. Hamlin earned first-team All-SEC honors and honorable mention All-America accolades in 2001 after he turned in his second straight 100+ tackle campaign with 118 stops. In 2000, he collected 104 tackles en route to freshman All-America honors from Sporting News and Football News and a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. Hamlin also is tied for 12th on the school’s career interceptions list with nine after tying for the team lead in each of his three seasons. He helped lead Arkansas to three straight bowl games during his career and an SEC Western Division title in 2002. The Seattle Seahawks drafted him in the 2003 NFL Draft, and he played for the Seahawks from 2003-06. Hamlin played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2007-10 and earned a trip to the 2007 Pro Bowl. He finished his eight-year NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts.
One of the most explosive running backs in Razorback history, Hill burst onto the scene early in Arkansas’ Southeastern Conference Era lettering in 1994-95 and again in 1998. Hill helped lead the Razorbacks to their first SEC Championship Game appearance in 1995. He was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1995 later was named to the Arkansas All-Decade Team and as an SEC Legend. He rushed 541 times for 2,407 yards and 25 touchdowns, tied for the sixth-highest career total in school history. He is tied for ninth on Arkansas’ career 100-yard rushing games (8). He holds UA single-game records for rushing touchdowns with six against South Carolina in 1995 and rushing attempts with 45 against Auburn in 1995. That season he broke school records with 1,387 rushing yards and six 100-yard rushing games. His 15 rushing touchdowns from 1995 are tied for fifth on the UA single-season list. Hill was a team captain in 1998 and helped the Razorbacks to a share of the SEC Western Division title making him a part of two SEC Western Division Championship teams. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and played three seasons in the NFL, including advancing to Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002 with Oakland. Hill is now the fourth generation overseer of a family owned and operated company, RazorClean Inc. – a management, contracting and supply company.
An All-American outfielder in one of the most successful tenures in the history of Razorback Baseball, Eklund lettered from 1986-89 and helped Arkansas advance to a pair of College World Series berths (1987 and 1989). He named an All-American in 1989 and earned All-Southwest Conference honors as a junior (1988) and a senior (1989). He led the team in runs scored with 54 in 1988 and 62 in 1989. As a junior (1988), he tallied 11 home runs, 60 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. In his final season (1989), Eklund recorded a .323 batting average with nine home runs, 62 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. He helped UA go 39-23 in 1988 and reach the NCAA Regionals, and 51-16 with a trip to the College World Series in 1989. He is tied for first with 12 triples in a season and his 17 career triples ranks fourth all-time while his 32 home runs are seventh, 182 runs scored sixth, 180 RBI fourth, 93 extra base hits seventh and 13 sacrifice flies fifth. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1988, but decided to return to Arkansas for his senior year. Following his Razorback career, Eklund was drafted in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers and played two years of professional baseball. He currently serves as the color analyst for Razorback Baseball on SEC Network+ and Cox Sports Television broadcasts.
A 2016 inductee into the Arkansas State Golf Association Hall of Fame, O’Keefe is the first University of Arkansas golfer to earn All-America honors four times (1989-93). He also earned a total of three all-conference honors during his collegiate career. In 1991, he became one of the last UA golfers to earn All-Southwest Conference honors and when the Hogs switched to the Southeastern Conference he picked up All-SEC Honors in 1992 and 1993. O’Keefe helped Arkansas to four top 10 NCAA Championship finishes in his career including finishing seventh (1989), tied for ninth (1991), eighth (1992) and seventh (1993). He ranks in the top 10 in school history with 13 top-10 individual finishes from 1990-93, including three individual titles at the 1991 and 1992 Colorado Fox-Acres Invitational and the 1993 Border Olympics. He helped lead Arkansas to 10 team tournament wins his final two years. O’Keefe went on to a successful professional career on the Hooters, Australia, Nike and PGA Tours. He earned his PGA Tour Card in 1997 and competed in the 1996 U.S. Open while also being named the Rookie of the Year on the Australian Tour in 1994. Following his playing career, O’Keefe pursued coaching and is currently the Director of Golf and head men’s golf coach at Augusta University.
A member of the University of Arkansas men’s track and field team from 1999-2000, Lister was an eight-time All- American and one of the most accomplished jumpers in school history. He was also a four-time SEC individual champion and a five-time NCAA champion 1999 NCAA indoor – triple jump, 1999 NCAA outdoor – long jump, 2000 NCAA indoor – long jump, 2000 NCAA indoor – triple jump, 2000 NCAA outdoor – triple jump) during his time in Fayetteville. During his time as a Razorback, Lister was a part of numerous team titles, including four SEC (1999 – Indoor & Outdoor; 2000 – Indoor & Outdoor) and three NCAA titles (1999 – Indoor & Outdoor; 2000 – Indoor). The two-time Olympian for Team USA (2000 Sydney Olympics – long jump; 2004 Athens Olympics – triple jump) is the only American jumper to win the U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump (2000) and return to win the triple jump (2004) in the next Trials. He was a part of the squad that set the 4x400m (outdoor) record in 2000 with a time of 3:02.02 and he was also a member of the outdoor sprint-medley relay team that ran 3:12.13 in 2000.
The all-time record holder for assists in a career (717) and second for a single season (205), Wright finished her career as the first starting point guard to take her team to four consecutive post-season appearances (1999-2000, WNIT; 2001-02, NCAA). As a freshman, Wright guided Arkansas to the 1999 WNIT Championship. Her teams won 77 games, including three 20-win seasons, for one of the most successful four-year periods for Arkansas. Her senior season team set the Arkansas record for the least turnovers in a season. After her playing career, she has become a successful Division I women’s basketball assistant coach. An SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and member of the Arkansas Academic Honor Roll as a sophomore (1999-2000), Wright never missed a game, playing in a school-record 131 consecutive contests. She was named to the Women’s Basketball News Service preseason All-America team in 2001-02. Following her collegiate career, Wright participated in the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp and was drafted by the Detroit Shock in 2002. A native of Williamsburg, Ind., Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Arkansas in 2002. She completed her master’s degree in sports and administration from Ohio University in December 2012. Following her playing career, Wright went into coaching and currently serves as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Texas A&M University.
Chin Bee Khoo
A three-time All-American, Khoo lettered in tennis from 1998-2001 including earning All-SEC honors in 2001. The only three-time All-America women’s tennis player in school history, she led Arkansas to 57 dual match wins and three consecutive NCAA team berths including a trip to the Round of 16 in 1998. A three-time NCAA singles participant, she won at least one match in the NCAA singles draw in three-straight tournaments (1999-2001). Khoo was the first in school history to earn top 20 ITA singles rankings, doing so in both 1999 (19) and 2000 (14). She was also named to the ITA Academic All-America Team (1999), was the ITA Regional Player to Watch (1999) and the ITA Regional Senior of the Year (2001). She also earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors three times during her career. She ranks in the top 10 in career (89) and single season singles wins (37) and is fifth all-time in the career singles winning percentage (735). Khoo’s 32 doubles wins in a season also ranks in the top 10. Khoo was also a three-time Milwaukee Tennis Classic Champion (1999-2001).
Campbell lettered for the Razorbacks from 1970-72, serving as a team captain in 1972, and was named to the Arkansas All-Decade Team. He was named Outstanding Defensive Player at the 1971 Liberty Bowl after he grabbed three interceptions, a number that stands as the Arkansas bowl record and is tied for the Liberty Bowl record. His three interceptions also are tied for second on the Arkansas single-game interceptions list. He had four games with multiple interceptions, and his 12 career interceptions are tied for third on UA’s all-time list. He led the SWC with seven interceptions as a junior in 1971, tied for second on the school’s single-season list. He nabbed three interceptions as a senior and two during his sophomore season as Arkansas finished the season 9-2 and ranked 11th in the country. Campbell returned to Arkansas in 1990 and served a total of 18 years as a coach and athletics administrator, including nine seasons as an assistant football coach at Arkansas under Coaches Jack Crowe, Joe Kines, Danny Ford and Houston Nutt. Campbell was the secondary coach in 1995 when Arkansas made its first SEC Football Championship Game. He returned to the field as an interim defensive coordinator for the Hogs’ win over Texas in the 2000 Cotton Bowl and for the 2006 season.
Busby lettered for Arkansas from 1973-76. He was a first-team All-Southwest Conference selection in 1975 and a three-time academic all-conference honoree. The safety was also named to Arkansas’ 1970sAll-Decade Team. He won the team’s Chism Reed Outstanding Senior for Leadership Award and was recognized as a National Football Foundation Scholar in 1976. He recorded 225 tackles in his four seasons. In his senior season, he registered 24 tackles, 1.0 for loss, a team-high six pass breakups and one fumble recovery. As a junior, he recorded 87 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions. After his football career, he earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and founded the Cardiovascular Surgery Center of South Arkansas at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Busby also serves on the Board of Directors of the Razorback Foundation.
2016 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class Announced
June 17, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Eight former University of Arkansas student-athletes and a former Razorback coach will be inducted as members of the 2016 class of the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor this September. The honorees include a pair of All-Southwest Conference football selections, a legendary football coach, one of the most versatile post players in Razorback Basketball history, one of the program’s first men’s basketball stars, multiple All-America track and field performers, a softball pioneer and an All-America second baseman for the Razorback Baseball team.
The 2016 class consists of former Razorback football head coach Lou Holtz along with gridiron greats Greg Lasker and Danny Rhodes, men’s basketball stars Oliver Miller and Tom Pickell, baseball standout Kenderick Moore, All-SEC softball pitcher Tammy Kincaid Dustin, men’s track and field star Roddie Haley, women’s track and field All-American and Olympian Christin Wurth-Thomas. The 2016 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club. The UA Sports Hall of Honor, including the induction weekend, is coordinated by the Razorback Foundation.
"We are pleased to welcome some truly extraordinary Razorbacks into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “The 2016 class includes a Hall of Fame coach and eight outstanding student-athletes who represented our university and our state in careers spanning more than 80 years. Selection to the UA Sports Hall of Honor is truly a defining achievement and the most prestigious honor that a former a University of Arkansas student-athlete or coach can receive from his or her peers. This September, we look forward to celebrating their many contributions to our program and recognizing their extraordinary achievements.”
The 2016 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 1-3. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Ark. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football home opener against Louisiana Tech at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff.
Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, visit RazorbackFoundation.com or call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.
2016 UA Sports Hall of Honor Inductees
Lasker lettered at Arkansas from 1982-85 and was a team captain his senior season. He was a first-team All-SWC selection in 1985 and was named to the Arkansas All-Decade Team. He ranks sixth on UA’s all-time career interception return yards list with 155 and tied for 12th on the school’s all-time career interceptions list with nine. He tied for the 1983 team lead with three interceptions and led the team in passes broken up with 11 in 1984 and 10 in 1985. He played in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season and was selected in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, where he played three seasons and won Super Bowl XXI during his rookie year.
Part of three straight Southwest Conference regular season (1989-91) and tournament champion teams over Arkansas’ final three years in the league from 1989-91, Oliver Miller played four seasons (1989-92) for Naismith Hall of Fame coach Nolan Richardson. Included in those four seasons in which the Razorbacks went a staggering 115-24 was a trip to the 1990 Final Four and an SEC regular season title in 1992, the program’s first year in the league. One of the most versatile big men in Arkansas history, Miller still holds the record as the program’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (.636) and blocked shots (345), while ranking third in rebounds (886) and ninth in points (1,674). Known to Razorback fans as “The Big O,” Miller was an All-SWC selection in the Razorbacks’ final year in the conference. As a junior, Miller became the first player in program history to earn more than 100 blocks and 100 assists in the same season. During the 1990-91 campaign, Miller set the single-season record with 112 blocks while leading the NCAA in field goal percentage (704).
One of the most successful college football coaches in the history of the game, Holtz amassed a career record of 243-127-7 in his 34-year collegiate coaching career. From 1977-83, Holtz led the Razorbacks to a record of 60-21-2 in his seven seasons in Fayetteville. His .735 winning percentage at Arkansas ranks second in school history among coaches with at least four seasons at UA, and his 60 wins rank as the third-highest total at Arkansas. He led the Razorbacks to the Southwest Conference co-championship in 1979 and finished in the Top-10 of the Associated Press poll three times, including a No. 3 final ranking in 1977.He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2012. Holtz, who also coached at William & Mary, North Carolina State, Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina, is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to a bowl game and the only coach to guide four different programs to a Top-20 finish. Holtz also coached one season with the NFL’s New York Jets. Following his retirement from coaching, Holtz served as a college football studio analyst for ESPN from 2004-15. He still travels throughout the country as one of the nation’s most sought after and entertaining speakers.
An All-America second baseman in 1996, Moore played four seasons (1993-96) under former head coach Norm DeBriyn and was known for his all-around ability on the diamond. Moore earned All-SEC honors during his All-American season, helping Arkansas to 39 wins and a place in the NCAA Central II Regional. He was named to the SEC all-tournament team as a first baseman in 1994 and as an outfielder in 1995, also receiving the Bill Dickey Award in 1996. In his Razorback career, Moore currently sits third all-time in program history with 282 hits and is second in games played (242). His 205 singles are also first on the Arkansas career charts as well as his 95 stolen bases. Moore’s season-best steals came in his final season when he swiped 29 bases, which is still the fifth-most in a season by a Razorback player. He led the Razorback team with 80 hits during the 1995 season and a team-leading nine home runs in 1996. After Arkansas, Moore signed with the Kansas City Royals organization in Major League Baseball and played four years in the minor leagues, reaching as high as Double-A.
A nine-time All-American for legendary Coach John McDonnell, Haley was one of the Razorbacks’ top performers both on the indoor and outdoor ovals. He earned four All-America honors indoors and was a five-time All-American in outdoor track and field. Haley was a three-time NCAA champion including twice in the Indoor 500 meters (1986-87) and once in the Outdoor 400 meters (1985). He earned SWC titles indoors in the 440 yard dash (1985) and 600 yard dash (1987) and was a three-time SWC Outdoor champion in the 400 meters (1985-87). Haley also captured a SWC title at the conference outdoor meet in 1985 with the 4x100 meter relay. Haley remains the outdoor 400 meter record holder with a time of 44.48 set in 1986. Haley was part of four SWC and four NCAA team championships in his three seasons, including contributing to the first national triple crown in school history in 1985.
A member of the University of Arkansas cross country and women’s track and field team from 2000-03, Wurth-Thomas was a four-time All-American and is the school record holder in the 1,500 meters (outdoor) with her time of 4:10.49 that she set in 2003. The 2002 SEC Cross Country Athlete of the Year, Wurth-Thomas was a four-time SEC individual champion (2002 SEC outdoor – 1,500 meter, 2002 SEC cross country, 2003 SEC indoor – 3,000 meters, 2003 SEC indoor – 5,000 meters) and helped lead the Razorbacks to eight SEC team titles during her time in Fayetteville. She was named the 2002 SEC Cross Country Athlete of the Year. In addition to her numerous collegiate accomplishments, Wurth-Thomas was a member of Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Tammy Kincaid Dustin
A two-time All-SEC selection as Arkansas’ ace in the circle, Tammy Kincaid lettered from 1997-2000 as the go-to pitcher during the softball program’s first four years of existence. Her name remains scattered throughout the Razorbacks’ records book and still stands as the program leader in innings pitched (1,051.1), appearances (186), complete games (116) and saves (9). Along with her program records, she also ranks among the top three in wins, shutouts, strikeouts, opponent batting average and ERA. Kincaid’s career appearances and complete games also stand as the fourth- and fifth-best marks in SEC history, respectively. With a 16-inning performance against Alabama during the 1999 season, she holds the SEC record for longest outing. Kincaid also carries the conference distinction of recording the first-ever RBI in an SEC game, scoring teammate Brett Erickson from second with a single. During her standout career, she pitched Arkansas to three SEC Tournament appearances and the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid in 2000. Among her career accolades, Kincaid was named to the 1999 SEC All-Tournament Team and earned five SEC Pitcher of the Week accolades. Pitching against CS Northridge on Feb. 19, 2000, she combined with Rachel Talley for Arkansas’ first no-hitter.
One of Razorback Basketball’s first nationally recognized stars, Pickell was a three-time first-team All-SWC selection and an All-American in 1929 as selected by College Humor magazine. He led the Razorbacks to three straight Southwest Conference titles with his team going 14-2 overall and 8-2 in the league in 1927, 19-1 and 12-0 in 1928, and 19-1 and 11-1 in 1929. During his career, the Hogs combined for a remarkable 52-4 record. Pickell also competed for the Razorbacks in cross country and track and field. Pickell was a member of the Phillips 66ers team and was an AAU All-America selection in 1932, 1933 and 1934. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
Rhodes was a two-time first-team All-SWC football selection, having earned the recognition in 1971 and again in 1973, and was named to the Arkansas All-Decade Team for the 1970s. He lettered from 1971-73 and was a team captain his senior season, with 128 tackles in 1973, the seventh-highest single-season total in school history at the time. He appeared in three collegiate all-star games. He was taken in the sixth round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts, appearing in 14 games during his only NFL season.
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Razorback Foundation introduces Spirit Squad Club
April 6, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a program that will help unite men and women who have served the University of Arkansas as cheerleaders, pom squad members or mascots. The Spirit Squad Club will serve as an organization for former and current Razorback spirit squad members to further connect and engage as they continue to promote Razorback Athletics and the University of Arkansas.
"Having the Spirit Squad Club become a part of the Razorback Foundation family was a natural move," Razorback Foundation Executive Director Scott Varady says. "For decades, thousands of young men and women have demonstrated their school pride and helped generate support for our athletic teams and our university as part of our spirit squads. We are grateful for their dedication and are proud to provide a place where our Razorback spirit squad members, both past and present, can connect with each other and continue to be involved with Razorback Athletics."
Foundation Opens Central Arkansas Office, Welcomes New Directors
May 25, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation, Inc., announced it will open an office in Central Arkansas that will include two full-time employees, Executive Director Scott Varady said on Wednesday.
Mica Strother and Susannah “Susie” Shinn have been hired as directors of development and will be based primarily in the new Razorback Foundation office in Little Rock. Strother was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Baldwin & Shell Construction. Shinn most recently served as the Director of Annual Giving at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock.
“We have Razorback Foundation members from all corners of the state and throughout the region that provide vital support for the development of Razorback student-athletes academically and athletically,” Varady said. “We are grateful for that widespread support and continue to look for better ways to serve our membership and to welcome new members. We want every Arkansan to be a part of the Razorback Foundation and connected to the Razorbacks. With the addition of Mica and Susie and the opening of our Central Arkansas office, we will be able to more efficiently serve our members in all areas of the state.
“Mica and Susie are outstanding additions to our Razorback Foundation team. They are both well respected within in their field and have developed professional relationships throughout the state. Mica and Susie understand our state and how it rallies around the Razorbacks. We are pleased to have them join the Razorback Family.”
While at Baldwin and Shell Construction, Strother was in charge of planning and implementing business development and marketing programs for all levels of the company. She joined the company in 2015 after spending the previous three years as the owner of Strother Strategies, Inc., a fundraising consultant for political candidates and non-profits in Arkansas. Strother was the finance director of former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s 2006 and 2010 gubernatorial campaigns. She also worked for seven years as the director of appointments to boards and commissions for Governor Beebe from 2007-14. From 2003-05, Strother was the Assistant Attorney General and Director of Community Relations for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.
Strother earned her bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University and her Juris Doctor from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Pulaski County Bar Association.
“‘Calling the Hogs’ for a living is a dream come true,” Strother said. “It’s an honor and privilege to get to be a part of the time-honored Razorback tradition and help further connect Razorback fans with the program they love.”
Shinn comes to the Razorback Foundation after serving the past three years as the director of annual giving at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock. While she was at Episcopal, she was responsible for planning, developing and implementing fundraising efforts for the school including all annual giving campaigns, alumni relations and special events.
Prior to that, Shinn spent three years as the director of development for Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County (2011-13) and three years as the marketing and community relations liaison at Community Clinic at Saint Francis House (2009-11) in Northwest Arkansas.
Shinn has both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. She is a member of numerous organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Public Relations Society of America.
“As an avid Razorback fan and a two-time University of Arkansas alumna, I am thrilled to join the Razorback Foundation and serve the state in this capacity,” Shinn said. “I look forward to visiting with those throughout the state who are providing vital support for Razorback student-athletes through the Razorback Foundation as well as those who are interested in joining the Razorback Foundation.”
The Razorback Foundation’s new Central Arkansas office will be located in the Simmons Tower building in Little Rock.
Razorback Foundation introduces Spirit Squad Club
April 6, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a program that will help unite men and women who have served the University of Arkansas as cheerleaders, pom squad members or mascots. The Spirit Squad Club will serve as an organization for former and current Razorback spirit squad members to further connect and engage as they continue to promote Razorback Athletics and the University of Arkansas.
"Having the Spirit Squad Club become a part of the Razorback Foundation family was a natural move," Razorback Foundation Executive Director Scott Varady says. "For decades, thousands of young men and women have demonstrated their school pride and helped generate support for our athletic teams and our university as part of our spirit squads. We are grateful for their dedication and are proud to provide a place where our Razorback spirit squad members, both past and present, can connect with each other and continue to be involved with Razorback Athletics."
As part of its commitment to connecting former and current squad members, the Spirit Squad Club will host two reunion events during the year, including a spring reunion in conjunction with the Red vs. White football game. This year’s Red vs. White football game will be held on Saturday, April 23. The Spirit Squad Club will also hold a reunion event each year in the fall in conjunction with Homecoming festivities on campus.
In addition to invitations to the biannual reunion events, Spirit Squad Club members will be eligible for other benefits based on availability, including access to special pricing on football season tickets within designated Razorback Foundation priority sections subject to availability, an official Spirit Squad Club membership card, a 15 percent discount at Hog Heaven on non-game days and invitations to other special events.
The Spirit Squad Club is open to all former and current cheer, mascots, and pom members who served a minimum of one year on their respective squad. An annual membership to the club requires a minimum $50 donation to the Razorback Foundation. The $50 membership fee is waived for current Razorback Foundation members. All current spirit squad members (including cheer, pom, and mascots) are eligible for a complimentary membership in the Spirit Squad Club after completing one full academic year of active service in the Athletic Department’s Spirit Squad program.
All applicants may submit their request to join the program to SpiritSquads@razorbackfoundation.com indicating which squad they participated in accompanied by the year. The Razorback Foundation will make all final determinations of eligibility for the Spirit Squad Club.
Varady Named Razorback Foundation Executive Director and General Counsel
October 6, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas alumnus and longtime senior administrator Scott Varady has been named Executive Director and General Counsel for the Razorback Foundation it was announced on Tuesday.
Varady has served more than 19 years with the University of Arkansas’ Office of the General Counsel including his role as Associate General Counsel. Varady was a member of the University’s Executive Committee and was responsible for developing and implementing University legal strategies and advising the Chancellor, the University’s Executive Committee, senior-level administrators (Provost, Deans and Department Chairs), faculty, and staff, on all University legal matters. Varady also coordinated the legal operations of the Fayetteville office with the General Counsel of the UA system.
“The athletic and academic achievements of Razorback student-athletes are a source of pride and inspiration for Arkansans in every corner of our state and around the world,” Varady said. “As a native Arkansan and lifelong Razorback fan, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the team of dedicated professionals at the Razorback Foundation. With the support of the outstanding membership of the Razorback Foundation, I am confident that we can build upon a tradition of excellence to achieve new heights of success and enable Razorback student-athletes to achieve their full athletic and academic potential. I am grateful to the Board for this opportunity and excited for the future of the Razorback Foundation and Razorback Athletics.”
In his previous role, Varady provided legal advice and representation to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics including negotiating and drafting coaching employment agreements, sponsorship and media rights agreements, and worked on trademark and licensing issues. In addition, he coordinated and represented the University in three major NCAA infraction cases. Varady also consulted with the legal counsel of the Razorback Foundation on an ongoing basis in matters relating to the department.
“Scott is a very positive addition to the Razorback Foundation,” Razorback Foundation Board Chairman Ken Mourton said. “He is certainly familiar with the Razorback Foundation after working closely with it on behalf of the university for many years. He has been very active in matters related to the athletics department. Scott has always had a tremendous relationship with the leadership and membership of the Razorback Foundation and I’m confident that will continue in his new role as executive director and general counsel. I believe it will be a seamless transition and that the Razorback Foundation will continue to grow and prosper under his leadership.”
Varady will begin his tenure with the Razorback Foundation on December 1, taking over for interim executive director Norm DeBriyn. Named interim executive director in July, DeBriyn has announced retirement from the Razorback Foundation effective this January.
“With Scott Varady, we are gaining not only a highly respected and accomplished leader, but someone who understands the importance our university and Razorback Athletics plays throughout Arkansas and beyond,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “He has worked closely with the Razorback Foundation and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics throughout his tenure at the University of Arkansas, including negotiating coaches’ employment agreements and representing the department in various matters crucial to the success of our program.
“Scott has demonstrated the ability to build relationships and engender good will for the university even when working in difficult circumstances. As a native Arkansan, Scott has a lifelong, deeply rooted passion for the Razorbacks and the University of Arkansas. His love and long-term commitment to this institution, coupled with his wide-ranging expertise, makes him an excellent choice to lead the Razorback Foundation.”
Prior to joining the University, Varady worked as an Associate at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. in Little Rock with a focus on commercial litigation. Prior to joining the Mitchell Firm, Varady worked as an Associate with the firm of Swidler & Berlin, Chartered, in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on telecommunications, environmental insurance recovery litigation and general litigation.
Varady also served as a staff member for former Senator Dale L. Bumpers on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee and for former Representative Bill Alexander. Varady received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993, graduating magna cum laude, and he was inducted into The Order of the Coif, and was a member of The Tax Lawyer law journal.
Prior to attending law school, Varady received a Master of Science in Foreign Service while concentrating in international business diplomacy, finance, and trade from Georgetown University in 1988, where he also earned the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.
A Little Rock native, Varady earned a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1985. Varady is admitted to practice in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Varady and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Nathan, a senior mechanical engineering major at MIT who is a captain of the MIT football team, and Emily, a freshman in the Honors College who is majoring in international studies and is a member of Tri Delt at the University of Arkansas.
2015 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class Announced
June 15, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A total of nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2015 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor this September. The honorees include a pair of consensus football All-Americans, one of the top rebounders in school history, two NCAA championship divers, a women’s track and field star and one of the most decorated men’s track and field stars in the storied tradition of Razorback Track and Field.
The 2015 class includes former Razorback football greats Steve Korte, Kendall Trainor and Lynn Garner, men’s basketball star Derek Hood, baseball standout Mike Loggins, divers Ron Meyer and Robin Ford, women’s track and field All-American Deedee Brown-Campbell and men’s track and field All-American and NCAA Champion Niall Bruton. The 2015 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club.
"We are proud to announce the inductees for the 2015 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “This year’s class includes nine outstanding Razorback student-athletes who competed in seven different programs at the University of Arkansas in careers spanning four decades. Being selected by your peers for induction into the UA Sports Hall of Honor is the highest honor any Razorback student-athlete can receive from the A Club. We look forward to recognizing their extraordinary achievements during the Hall of Honor weekend this September.” The 2015 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 3-5. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football home opener against UTEP at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or visit the Hall of Honors website.
Razorback Foundation Introduces Priority Points Program
August 8, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback Foundation members will soon be able to take advantage of an easy-to-use, interactive priority points system that will further ensure members are rewarded for their generosity, loyalty and continued support in a fair, equitable and positive manner.
Beginning with the 2014-15 athletic season, the Razorback Priority Points Program will utilize an interactive system designed to allocate tickets, parking and other benefits by awarding points to Foundation members for Annual Fund, capital, endowments and other gifts along with consecutive years of giving while also recognizing the contributions of all former Razorback student-athletes.
"We are pleased to introduce the Razorback Priority Points System to better serve our more than 13,000 Razorback Foundation members," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. "For the past 18 months, the leadership of the Razorback Foundation has been working tirelessly to seek feedback from current members while analyzing other successful points systems around the country.
"This comprehensive process has resulted in a customized plan specific to the University of Arkansas that will reward loyalty and provide donors with what they need to make informed decisions about their membership. Most importantly, it will provide a framework for the continued growth of the Razorback Foundation and the future success of our more than 460 student-athletes."
This week, current Razorback Foundation members are being mailed a Razorback Priority Points program brochure that outlines the program that will be utilized beginning in 2014 to allocate new season tickets, fulfill requests for additional tickets and rank priority for upgrades for football, men's basketball and baseball. In addition, the packet will include a personalized statement detailing priority points accumulated by current Razorback Foundation members.
Beginning in January 2014, Razorback Foundation members will be able to access their points online and see their rank within their donor class. Benefits will continue to be distributed initially by annual fund membership class, but points will then be used to determine priority within each class.
"The Razorback Priority Points System marks an important milestone in the history of the Razorback Foundation," Razorback Foundation Executive Director Sean Rochelle says. "It is the centerpiece of our commitment to more effectively engage our members while enhancing their membership experience. As one of only three SEC programs not utilizing a priority points system, we have been limited in our ability to measure the full value of our members' contributions."
"With the Razorback Priority Points System, we will have the ability to recognize the loyalty and contributions of our long time members while providing new donors an opportunity to become active in supporting our program. We are confident that this will not only increase member satisfaction, but also provide a system that accurately gauges all aspects of Razorback Foundation support."
Find additional information about the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure
Find additional information on the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure, here.