June 28, 2013
List of U.S. Olympic Achievement Award Recipients
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Purdue University was among the 41 American colleges and universities to receive a U.S. Olympic Achievement Award earlier this month during the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors Convention.
The U.S. Olympic Achievement Award recognizes colleges and universities with student-athletes and coaches who contributed to Team USA's medal count during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The institutions were honored during the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup luncheon on Friday, June 14. The award recipients had a current student-athlete who was part of a medal-winning performance, or a coach who was an official member of the U.S. Olympic or Paralympic delegations and led his or her athlete or team to a medal.
Purdue was honored for head diving coach Adam Soldati's role as an assistant coach with USA Diving at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Soldati helped coach David Boudia to a pair of medal-winning performances, a bronze in synchronized 10-meter platform and a gold in 10-meter platform. Purdue men's swimming and diving head coach Dan Ross accepted the award in Soldati's absence.
"Collegiate athletics sustain development pipelines and help prepare athletes for progression to elite NGB programs," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "These awards acknowledge this crucial partnership, which is fundamental to shaping the future of Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States."
USA Diving had four other schools receive U.S. Olympic Achievement Awards while representing the sport: Duke University with silver medalist Abby Johnston, bronze medalist Nick McCrory and coach Drew Johansen; the University of Minnesota with coach Wenbo Chen; Stanford University with bronze medalist Kristian Ipsen and coach Rick Schavone; and the University of Texas with coach Matt Scoggin.
McCrory teamed with Boudia to win the bronze in synchronized 10-meter, USA Diving's first-ever medal in the event. McCrory's college coach Johansen was recently named the head diving coach at Indiana University. Chen was the head diving coach at Purdue from 2001-05.
Around the Big Ten, Illinois (track and field), Nebraska (wrestling), Ohio State (wrestling) and Penn State (wrestling) were also U.S. Olympic Achievement Award recipients along with Minnesota and Purdue.
Overall, 35 coaches representing 29 institutions helped Team USA produce medals in nine sports, and 28 U.S. athletes from 18 collegiate programs garnered 34 medals in London last summer.
The U.S. Olympic Achievement Award is presented every two years following the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Two versions of the award are given, including a medal that will be presented to each institution's athletics director, and a presentation piece that may be showcased in the athletics department.