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USMMA Athletic Director Sue Petersen Lubow Named Katherine Ley Award Winner

USMMA Athletic Director Sue Petersen Lubow Named Katherine Ley Award Winner

*Courtesy of ECAC.org*

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today that United States Merchant Marine Academy Athletics Director Susan Petersen Lubow has been named the recipient of the 2013 Katherine Ley Award. Petersen Lubow will be recognized at the 2013 ECAC Honors Dinner held in conjunction with the 25th Annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show that will be held September 29-October 1 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Mass. The Honors Dinner is Sunday, September 29 at 6:30pm.

“It is an extreme honor to be the recipient of the 2013 Katherine Ley Award,” Petersen Lubow said. “The previous winners of this award have contributed so much to college athletics, more specifically women’s athletics. To have my name join theirs on this prestigious award is truly humbling andremarkable."

The Katherine Ley Award was established in 1983 for the purpose of honoring an eastern women's athletics administrator who exemplifies the values and characteristics displayed by Katherine Ley which include: a strong proponent of women's issues; a creator of programs and opportunities for women in athletics; an idea person; a role model for women coaches and administrators; a person of demonstrated leadership, one who has the ability to make things happen and the ability to work with others; a person with a sense of what the past has to offer and what the future may bring; a person with a sense of humor that makes good times better and bad times easier to bear.

Peterson Lubow has served as the Head of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics at the United State Merchant Marine Academy for 25 years. Upon her appointment in July, 1990, she became the first female to hold the position of Director of Athletics at any of the United States Federal Academies. in 1979, she became the first female head coach of a men’s varsity team at any United States Federal Academy as she took over the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. During her 11-year tenure, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams compiled a 148-67 record, amassed 48 All-Americans and a men’s and women’s NCAA Division III individual National Champion.

“Sue is a role model for both men and women in athletics,” said United States Merchant Marine Academy Assistant Athletic Director of Recruitment and Retention Charlie Pravata. “She has always had the ability to lead, listen and mentor the people in her department. She is a great administrator.”

Petersen Lubow has served on numerous committees within the ECAC. She has been Chairperson of the Marketing Committee, Chair of the Swimming and Diving Committee, Chair of the Finance Committee, an Executive Board member and was the first woman in conference history to chair the ECAC Division III Football Committee. At the 1998 ECAC Honors Dinner, Petersen Lubow was awarded the ECAC Jostens’ Female Administrator of the Year. Nationally, she is heavily involved with both USA Swimming and Diving and NCAA Swimming and Diving. Currently, she serves as the Secretary and Rules Editor for the NCAA Division I, II and III Swimming and Diving Committee.

In 1966, Katherine Ley was one of the founders of the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, the forerunner of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.  After serving a 12-year tenure at the State University College at Cortland as chair of Physical Education and Athletics for Women, Ley became athletics director at Capital University in Ohio.  At the time, she was one of only two women athletic administrators heading both men's and women's athletics.