CHARLOTTE, N.C.---With over four decades of commitment to the NJCAA, Matador Athletic Director Jerry Smith is recognized as the Mary Ellen Leicht Award recipient in 2019 for his years of excellent service to the institution.
“Founded in 1959, the NJCAA Service Award is the most tenured honor handed out by the Association,” The Description reads. “It is given to those who have made significant contributions to two-year college athletics on a national level for an extended period of time. Annually, one Service Award can be reserved for a member of the media. No more than four Service Awards can be presented in a given year. In 2017, the NJCAA renamed the honor to the Mary Ellen Leicht Service Award in recognition of the 28 years of dedicated service by its third Executive Director.”
The NJCAA publicly announced the award on Tuesday after presenting Smith with the hardware at the NJCAA Annual Awards dinner in Richmond, Virginia last week.
Prior to Arizona Western College, Smith has served as a coach, official, athletic director and chaired numerous committees in the association for over forty years.
He has spent the last fourteen years at AWC where he has overseen prolonged and consistent success across all Matador athletic programs including National Championship Appearances in the fall and winter seasons this year.
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