Pat Richardson Named 2000 Recipient Of Women In
Sports Leadership Award
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --December 14, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Andy Frushour-- 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Dec. 14 - Pat Richardson,
who has served as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Grass
Lake school system for 13 years, has been named the recipient
of the 2000 Women In Sports Leadership Award by the representative
Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Each year the Representative Council considers the achievements
of women coaches, officials and athletic administrators affiliated
with the MHSAA who show exemplary leadership capabilities and
positive contributions to athletics. The award will be presented
during a luncheon at the 2000 Women In Sports Leadership Conference
on Feb. 7, in Lansing.
Richardson arrived at Grass Lake in 1986 as the school's athletic
administrator and cross country/track and field coach. Her boys
cross country teams have claimed MHSAA Lower Peninsula Class
D titles on five occasions, and finished in the runner-up spot
once; and her girls team has finished second on one occasion.
Her boys and girls track and field teams have each finished second
in the MHSAA Finals on one occasion.
On the statewide running scene, Richardson has served as secretary
and president of the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association.
She has also been honored twice by that organization at its Coach
of the Year. She has also been part of the local organization
committee which saw the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Cross Country Finals
adopt the tournament city concept used so successfully in other
sport, bringing the event to Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn. That
event is now the single largest gathering of coaches and student-athletes
the MHSAA conducts all year long.
Locally, Richardson has worked with the Grass Lake athletic Booster
Club to have a new track surface installed at the school. An
active runner, she has participated in marathons and triathlons.
She has earned degrees from Adrian College and Siena Heights
"Pat Richardson's contributions as a teacher, coach, and
administrator have gained her the respect of her peers in the
track community, the Grass Lake community which she has served
so well for so long, and of school administrators statewide,"
said John E. "Jack" Roberts, executive director of
the MHSAA. "We're pleased to honor her as this year's recipient
of the Women In Sports Leadership Award."
Richardson is the 11th recipient of the Women In Sports Leadership
Award. Past recipients are:
1990 - Carol Seavoy, L'Anse
1991 - Diane Laffey, Harper Woods
1992 - Patricia Ashby, Scotts
1993 - Jo Lake, Grosse Pointe
1994 - Brenda Gatlin, Detroit
1995 - Jane Bennett, Ann Arbor
1996 - Cheryl Amos-Helmicki, Huntington Woods
1997 - Delores L. Elswick, Detroit
1998 - Karen S. Leinaar, Delton
1999 - Kathy McGee, Flint
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public and private senior high schools
and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common
rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government
funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such
association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules
are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments conducted in
12 sports for girls and 12 sports for boys which attract approximately
1.3 million spectators each year.