SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – February 8, 2007 – Springfield College Director of Athletics Dr. Cathie Schweitzer was honored by the College last night at halftime of the Springfield-MIT men’s basketball game for her overall achievements, including her role in making the National Girls and Women in Sport celebration the success that it is.
On hand to honor Dr. Schweitzer were Dr. Richard B. Flynn, President of Springfield College, and Dr. Kelly Hart, Associate Director of the SC athletics department. Dr. Schweitzer was presented a plaque which read – Presented to Dr. Cathie Schweitzer, in Appreciation for your Contributions to Springfield College Athletics as part of National Girls and Women in Sport Week, 2007.
Springfield College conducted its annual NGWS sports clinic on Saturday, January 27, during which approximately 170 girls from Grades 3 through 8 participated. Many of those girls were Girl Scouts. Under Dr. Schweitzer, and with the help of Dr. Hart and teaching fellow Tracy Granozio, the annual NGWS sports clinic has grown in popularity each year.
Dr. Schweitzer was appointed Director of Athletics at Springfield College in 2000, becoming the first woman to hold that position in SC’s history. Under her direction, the Springfield College athletics program, 26 varsity sports strong, has maintained its well-earned reputation as one of the most successful in NCAA Division III competition. SC has consistently finished in the Top 30 (of 434 Division III institutions) since 2000-2001 in the Directors’ Cup standings. The Directors’ Cup is sponsored by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Cathie has also been a driving force behind numerous renovations to the SC athletics facilities, including a multi-purpose synthetic field turf complex that was completed in May, 2005, a resurfaced track, resurfaced tennis courts, and natatorium locker room renovations. She has also served on the committee for what will become the next addition to the campus, the field house and wellness center. Construction is due to begin later this year.
In September of 2002, Dr. Schweitzer was honored as Female Administrator of the Year by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Jostens. One month earlier, she was awarded the General Robert Neyland Award for contributions to college football from the All-American Football Foundation. In 2005, she was named the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) Administrator of the Year in Division III.
Dr. Schweitzer has served on numerous NCAA and ECAC committees. She has also served as President of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators. In addition, last year (2005-06), she was Chairperson of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Committee. Springfield College is in the midst of serving as host site for the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championships.