The West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences will induct four graduates into its 2011 Hall of Fame and name its 2011 Outstanding Alumnus at the Waterfront Hotel on Friday (Oct. 7).

This will mark the 24th anniversary of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences’ Hall of Fame. A reception will be held from 6-7 p.m., and the formal induction ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend; reservations are required.

The 2011 Hall of Fame inductees include Jacquelyn Cuneen, William C. “Wood” McCue, Tim McNeely and Jean Minnick. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will conclude with the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus Award presented to WVU head men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins.

The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is proud to add the names of this year’s class of inductees to its growing list of exceptional alumni. More than 100 alumni have previously been inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame.

Peggy Bahnsen will receive the 2011 Dean’s Service Award. This award is presented in recognition of Bahnsen’s ongoing support of the College and in recognition of her leadership as previous chair of the College Visiting Committee and her outstanding alumni support.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual must hold a degree awarded by the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences or a certification in Athletic Training prior to 1997; have been a faculty or staff member; and have made significant contributions to the College, their profession and/or society. Those presently employed by the College are not eligible.

For event reservations, call 304-293-0827.

Brief bios for the honorees follow:

Jacquelyn Cuneen is a professor in Bowling Green State University’s internationally renowned Sport Management program. Her main teaching areas are in sport and event promotion and sport management field experiences. Cuneen completed her undergraduate education at Ohio Northern University, in Ada, Ohio. She completed her graduate studies at State University of New York, and the College at Cortland. She earned her Ed.D in 1988 in Physical Education from the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

Cuneen is an established scholar whose two research foci are sport-related advertising and professional preparation of sport managers. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 scholarly and professional articles for such publications as the “Journal of Sport Management,” “Sport Marketing Quarterly,” “Sport Management Education Journal,” “International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship,” “Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal” and numerous others.

She is co-author of the first textbook written specifically for sport management experiential education, “Sport Management Field Experiences,” the first-ever publication in Fitness Information Technology Inc.’s (FiT, Inc.) Sport Management library series. Cuneen is a charter Research Fellow in the North American Society for Sport Management and a charter Scholar in the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

She is the only individual to have received NASSM’s three highest recognitions, the Dr. Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award in 2003, the Dr. Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award in 2006, and the Distinguished Sport management Educator Award in 2008. She was president of NASSM from 1999-2000, and currently serves as OAHPERD’s representative to the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.

She was the 2001 WVU Sport Management Distinguished Alumna of the year. In 2008 she was the featured presenter for the 20th Annual Doris Drees Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Dayton.

Cuneen was a member of the Editorial Review Boards of the “Journal of Sport Management” and the “Sport Marketing Quarterly,” and still reviews scholarly and professional manuscripts for the “Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance,” and “Future Focus.”

She was co-editor of the “Journal of Sport Management” 2001 Special Issue: “Sport in the New Millennium” and edited a 2004 JOPERD special feature addressing best practices for sport management internships. In 2004, she became editor of “Sport Marketing Quarterly” when the journal was first affiliated with the Sport Marketing Association. Prior to her academic career, she was account executive, director of women’s programming, and educational correspondent for two New York state-based radio affiliates.

Woodrow C. “Wood” McCue, a 1955 graduate of the WVU School of Physical Education, is a renowned physical therapist, athletic trainer and health planner. Currently, McCue is retired from his physical therapy clinic in Lewisburg, W.Va. He continues to serve as the athletic trainer at Greenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, a position he has held since 1980.

During his undergraduate years at WVU, McCue served as a student athletic trainer to the football and basketball programs, working for Whitey Gwynne. Upon graduation from WVU, McCue entered physical therapy school at the Medical College of Virginia, graduating in 1956. McCue pursued a graduate degree in Public Health through the University of Michigan, graduating in 1962. He earned his master’s in City Planning from the University of Cincinnati in 1968.

McCue served as a physical therapist in several settings including the U.S. Army at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, Ga., and completed post graduate education at Georgia Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center and Duke Hospital. He served as director of physical therapy at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.

He then began a distinguished career in Health Planning. McCue served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Health Planning Association and on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association.

McCue returned to his hometown in 1980 to form a private physical therapy practice which is still active. He has distinguished himself as a health care professional, clinician, Army physical therapist, public health official and has provided numerous volunteer hours for community health care needs in each of his stops along his career path.

McCue has never been an individual to watch events unfold. He has always assumed a role as an active participant, developing programs, policies and procedures that have served as a blue print for future action. At a very early stage in the process of national health planning, McCue became a recognized leader. His contributions have extended over the intervening decades.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, he is actively engaged in numerous civic activities in the Lewisburg area and is also involved in several business ventures. He is widely known in the health care and athletic training circles as a “man among men.” Wood is married to Shirley Ruth who is a physical therapist and has a master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Tim McNeely grew up in Logan County and is the son of a WVU graduate and a loyal Mountaineer. After high school McNeely attended Valley Forge Military Academy near Philadelphia, where he continued his athletic endeavors. Upon graduation from VFMA in 1988, he enrolled at WVU and fulfilled his life-long dream of being a Mountaineer basketball player.

McNeely was a four year letterman under coach Gale Catlett and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Sport Management (1992 NASPE Student of the Year). McNeely continued his education in 1992 at the WVU College of Law – graduating in 1995.

In 1995 he joined the law firm of Pullin Fowler Flanagan Brown and Poe in Charleston. In 2000, Tim accepted an opportunity to become General Counsel of The West Virginia Development Office, and later became Deputy Director of the agency under the leadership of Executive Director David Satterfield during Governor Bob Wise’s administration. It was at this time that McNeely was intricately involved in securing a new PGA TOUR / Nationwide Tour event in Bridgeport – The Pete Dye West Virginia Classic; a nationally televised event on The Golf Channel. McNeely’s career followed the PGA TOUR lead as he started McNeely Sports and managed this new PGA TOUR initiative.

In its first year (2004), the Pete Dye Classic started receiving accolades for West Virginia: “2004 Charity Tournament of the Year.” The Classic then became the first “major” on the Nationwide Tour – The Nationwide Tour Players Cup, which hosted the first ever $1MM purse on the Nationwide Tour. McNeely also enjoyed new honors: West Virginia Executive’s “Young Guns” and the State Journal’s “Generation Next.”

In 2010 The Greenbrier landed a new PGA TOUR event under the leadership of new owner Jim Justice. McNeely joined The Greenbrier team and became the Tournament Director for The Greenbrier Classic; an internationally televised event on CBS. In its first year, The Greenbrier Classic was awarded a “Best in Class” honor by the PGA TOUR. In its second year, The Greenbrier Classic attracted more than 200,000 spectators to West Virginia and millions of dollars in economic impact.

McNeely resides in Lewisburg with his wife Sarah. They have three children – Griffin, Kendell, and Gray.

Jean Minnick graduated from Marlinton High School in Pocahontas County. She earned her B.S. in Physical Education from WVU School of Physical Education in 1949 and her master’s of science degree from WVU in 1964. She then went on to earn her PhD from New York University in 1970. She completed post doctoral studies at the University of Utah, Penn State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Minnick served as professor and chair in the Department of Health, Sport and Movement Sciences at Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, W.Va. from 1963 to 1998. She retired as professor emeriti, D & E College. She coached Division I field hockey for 17 years, with an overall record of 145-21-14, including 12 undefeated regular seasons, three Midwest championships and placed third in the Division I National Championships. Minnick served as the West Virginia Commissioner for women’s sports, member of the Midwest Field Hockey Board and member of the Division I National Rating Board.

Publications include the Instructor’s Manual for Charles Bucher Text on Administration, articles in JOHPER, Forward and several newspapers including the Charleston Gazette, “Providing Innovative Experiences Through Evaluation of Individual and Group Experiences” and ICHPER Conference Proceedings.

Minnick served 10 years on the West Virginia AHPERD Board of Directors, holding several offices. She served as president of the West Virginia College of Health and Physical Education Association, and was active in the AAUW, Alpha Delta Kappa, AAUP and the National Association of Physical Education in Higher Education.

She is included in the Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who is America. Awards include the Davis and Elkins College Award for Teaching Excellence, the Davis and Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame, the West Virginia Content Specialization Test Development Committee, the West Virginia Celebrate Women Award, the West Virginia AHPERD Honor Award and the Traveler’s Century Club.

Minnick credited the excellent foundation that she received at WVU for preparing her well for her life’s work. She said that the single principle that she has tried to pass along is that people should always strive to do their best. Success will then have been well earned and failure easier to accept without regret.

Bob Huggins, a native of Morgantown, is a two-time Academic All-American, and graduated from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, in 1977. He received his master’s in health administration from WVU in 1978. Huggins was a three-year letterman for the Mountaineers from 1975-1977 and was named MVP helping the basketball team to an 18-11 record, the team’s highest win total in nine seasons.

Huggins was introduced as WVU’s 21st men’s basketball coach in April of 2007. In his first season at WVU, Huggins took the Mountaineers to the NCAA Sweet 16, becoming the first Mountaineer coach to take a team that far in NCAA tournament play in his first season. With 26 victories, he won more games in his first year than any other coach in WVU history. After finishing the season with a No. 17 ranking, Huggins was named state coach of the year by the West Virginia State Sportswriters Association.

In 2008-09, Huggins led the Mountaineers to 23 victories in his second season at WVU, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. The following year, Huggins guided West Virginia to one of the most memorable seasons in school history. The Mountaineers reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 1959 and won their first BIG EAST championship. WVU recorded a school record 31 victories and also posted a school-best 13 BIG EAST victories, finishing the season ranked No.3 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. For the third year in a row, Huggins was named state coach of the year by the West Virginia State Sports Writers Association.

Huggins has compiled a 670-241 (.736) record entering his 29th season as a head coach, which includes stints at Walsh College (1980-83), Akron (1984-1989), Cincinnati (1989-2005), Kansas State (2006-07) and West Virginia (2007-present). He ranks fourth in total victories and 10th in winning percentage among active Division I head coaches. A proven success as a program builder, recruiter and game strategist who has won 670 games as a collegiate head coach, Huggins has directed his alma mater to 80 victories, the 2010 NCAA Final Four, the 2010 BIG EAST championship and back-to-back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament during his first three seasons in Morgantown.


CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences


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