McMurry's Bev Ball to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from CSCAA

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, May 3, 2017 1:41 PM
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Abilene, TX

Bev Ball, McMurry University's retiring longtime swimming coach who already owns a boatload of accolades and honors, will add one more on May 8 when she is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).   The coaching legend will be recognized at the CSCAA's 57th Annual Awards Banquet at the Bahia Resort in San Diego.

"I am so inspired by Bev's relentless passion for and engagement in our sport, and especially her continued sincere investment in each and every athlete that comes into her program," Colorado College Head Coach Anne Goodman-James said. "She is an amazing example for all of us about how to stay in the profession for the long run and how to be a difference-maker in the world.  Bev is so deserving of this honor."
Ball, who announced last month that she is retiring as McM's head coach, started the War Hawks' swim program in 2000, after a 48-year career in Abilene education (including both Abilene and Cooper High Schools). In all, Ball has had a 67-year career in teaching and coaching.
Just this past Tuesday, Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald declared it "Bev Ball Day 2" in the city. That's because Ball had, previously, already had her own "Day" in Abilene back in 2006, then recognizing her 55 years as a teacher and coach in the area. She is thought to be the only person to twice have their own "Day" in Abilene.
Some of Ball's other career highlights include Fox Sports Southwest "Coach Who Makes a Difference" in 1997-98, the Theron Pickle Outstanding Achievement Award by Texas High School swim coaches in 1998 and the Chuck Mosier Girls Coach of the Year in 1999 (named after the legendary Abilene High football coach who won three state championships). In 2003, she was inducted into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame for her service to Abilene and Cooper High Schools. In April of 2012, Ball was named as a Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the Abilene branch of the American Association of University Women and, later that same month, also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Legends Dinner. Ball was named as the co-winner of the 2016 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference women's swimming "Coaching Staff of the Year," award after her teams set five school records and had virtually every swimmer achieve personal-best times.
"Bev could be elected mayor of Abilene without spending a dime campaigning," McMurry Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson quipped. "She will always be an important part of our success at McMurry and we are grateful to her. She is a true gem who makes everyone around her better. We are grateful for being blessed to be a part of her story."
Ball will be just the eighth recipient of the CSCAA's Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor is presented to the individual whose efforts best exemplify the integrity and ideals of collegiate swimming and who has achieved significant success in the sport while imparting the educational and character-building qualities of the collegiate swimming experience.  Previous winners are:

2016 - George Kennedy, Johns Hopkins
2014 - Jon Urbanchek, Michigan
2013 - Skip Kenney, Stanford
2012 - Jim Steen, Kenyon College
2011 - Susan Teeter, Princeton
2010 - Nort Thornton, California & Peter Daland, Southern California
2009 - Richard Quick, Auburn

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