Kansas City, Mo. – Former Clark University Director of Athletics and Recreation Linda Moulton is one of four women who will receive the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) Lifetime Achievement Award it was announced on Thursday by Chief Executive Officer Patti Phillips.
Moulton, who spent 24 years as the AD at Clark, will be honored alongside other pioneers Pam Gill-Fisher, Sharon Taylor and Sandy Weeden as well as Anita DeFrantz (Honor Award) and Jane Betts (Legacy Award) at the annual Nike Lifetime Achievement and Legacy Luncheon as part of the 2013 NACWAA National Convention, October 13-15 in San Diego.
“I am so honored to be one of this year’s NACWAA Lifetime Achievement Award winners,” said Moulton. “It is very humbling to have my name added to a list of exceptional women, several of whom impacted me throughout my career. I have been fortunate to have been affiliated with some of the finest colleges and universities in the country and worked with wonderful athletes, coaches, and administrators. In addition, I have had the opportunity to serve organizations with outstanding leaders and role models. I also have been fortunate to have a loving family and supportive friends.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Nike, is bestowed annually to administrators who have dedicated their professional careers to advancing women in sport, rendered meritorious service and retired from or are no longer directly involved in the profession. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by past Lifetime Achievement award recipients.
“All of us here at Clark are incredibly happy to see Linda receive the national recognition she richly deserves,” said current Clark University Director of Athletics, Sean Sullivan. “For decades, both at CU and other institutions, she has worked tirelessly to support the well-being of those she served, improving the experiences of countless young people and colleagues. On behalf of the University, I want to offer our profuse congratulations. There couldn’t be a more deserving recipient of this prestigious accolade.”
Since retiring from Clark, Moulton has been an independent athletic consultant specializing in providing external reviews of Division III athletic conferences with emphasis on mission statement, core values, operating procedures, organizational structure, and strategic planning. In addition to having completed reviews of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in 2012 and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in 2013, she is currently working with Wheelock College.
During her tenure in college athletic administration, Moulton was a highly respected leader in Division III. While at Clark, she was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Council and Division III Steering Committee along with the NCAA Management Council. Moulton also served on the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, NCAA Division III Nominating Committee, and NCAA Division III Restructuring Task Force, among other leadership positions. In addition to serving on several committees at the state, regional, and national level, she was president of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) from 2001-2003.
“Linda has had an extraordinary impact on women’s athletics,” said current Clark women’s basketball head coach, Pat Glispin, now entering her 30th season at the helm of the Cougars. “For me personally, Linda has meant so much to my career, not only as a coach but a leader of young women.”
Moulton was a visiting consultant on athletics for nearly 20 Division III colleges and universities across the country including: Colby College, Colby-Sawyer College, Haverford College, Macalester College, Mount Holyoke College, Pomona College, Skidmore College, and Vassar College. She also has published several journal articles and has made numerous individual and panel presentations.
Moulton was responsible for Clark’s entrance into athletic conference play in 1993. The formerly independent institution became a member of both the Constitution Athletic Conference (CAC for men) and the New England Women’s Eight Conference (NEW 8 for women). Moulton was a leading member when the NEW 8 went co-educational, inviting several CAC schools to join, and changed its name to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). It is one of the most academically and athletically competitive conferences in the Northeast.
On the university’s campus, Moulton’s efforts led to the establishment of Friends of Clark Athletics and the Clark University Athletic Hall of Fame, both in the early 1990s, as well as Clark’s Athletic Board and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She also was instrumental in several facilities improvements. The Granger Field Complex project included construction of Dolan Field House along with reconfiguring, reconstructing, and adding lights to the existing Corash Tennis Courts and the baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer fields. Moulton spearheaded the building of Bickman Fitness Center, and she oversaw two major renovations for Clark’s Kneller Athletic Center, the primary athletic and recreational facility on campus.
Under Moulton’s leadership, eight teams represented Clark at NCAA Division III tournaments and championships. The men’s basketball team reached back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight rounds in 2002 and 2003; while the women’s basketball team played in the national tournament five times (1989, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2004). The field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and softball teams also earned selection to NCAA team tournaments under Moulton. Individually, several swimmers and two divers represented Clark at the NCAA national meet since 1987.
Clark’s athletic department in the Moulton years saw growth and improvement in several areas. The number of varsity head coaches increased, as the number of programs with part-time coaches decreased. In her final five years, Clark’s varsity participation increased 21% for men and 18% for women.
Moulton was part of Clark’s senior leadership team and served on various campus committees. She made a significant contribution to the Greater Worcester area basketball scene with her longstanding commitment to the Clark High School Tournament, a premier 16-team boys’ basketball event in February. Moulton was the tournament’s director and served on the Clark Tournament committee for nearly 25 years.
Moulton’s entire career has been in the field of physical education and athletics as a teacher, coach, and administrator. She began her professional experience as a physical education instructor and coach of multiple sports at the prep school level, which she did for 12 years. She then was an assistant woman’s basketball coach at Harvard University. Moving into administration full-time, Moulton held positions as director of athletics at Wellesley College, associate director of athletics at Smith College, and athletic administrative consultant at the College of William and Mary.
In 1986 Moulton was a founding member of the Haverford Group, an affiliation of 26 academically selective and geographically diverse Division III colleges and universities that are bonded by their philosophical compatibility. In addition to having a positive influence on the direction of Division III athletics, the Haverford Group occasionally makes public statements in support or dissent of significant issues that affect the group’s athletic programs and student-athletes. Moulton is currently the senior member of the Haverford Group and has served as membership secretary since the group’s inception.
Among the several honors awarded Moulton, she received a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from Eastern Illinois University and additional accolades include the Jostens District Administrator of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) and the Jeanne Rowlands Merit Award for outstanding service by the Massachusetts Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW).
An Illinois native, Moulton graduated with a degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois University, followed by a master’s degree in athletic administration and curriculum from Northeastern University.
As an athlete, she played four years of varsity badminton, basketball, field hockey, and softball. Moulton also ran the Boston Marathon three times as a recreational runner.