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Marion Classen HOF
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/15/2013
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Marion (Dick) Classen

Marion Classen HOF
     He had the unenviable task of succeeding the legendary J.F. "Pop" McKale, but nevertheless made his own enduring, positive mark on UA Athletics. Assuming oversight of a football program rocked by scandal, he ordered a complete investigation, reported violations, and restore integrity. The driving force behind Arizona's departure from the Border Conference, as well as the formation of the Western Athletic Conference, he greatly improved UA's competition schedule and enhanced its national stature. Among the many exceptional coaches he hired were Jerry Kindall, coach of three NCAA Champion UA baseball teams, and head track-and-field coach Willie Williams, the first black head coach of a Division 1 institution. He was instrumental in the design of McKale Memorial Center, and he was a founding member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). A leader in the NCAA, he served on its prestigious Governing Council, on the Bowl Committee, and on the Football Rules Committee. President of the United States Gymnastics Federation from 1966 to 1969, he had been introduced into the Coe College Hall of Fame (1970), the UA Bobcats Hall of Fame (1977),  and the NACDA Hall of Fame (1986).
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