The 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays have begun and this year, former University of Texas Men’s Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds was honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the Texas Relays Celebration held Wednesday, March 26. The Distinguished Service Award was presented by Dr. Gregory Vincent, Vice President of The University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole.
The Distinguished Service Award is one of many accolades for Dodds in his career. He has been honored with numerous other awards including National Athletic Director of the Year in 2005 presented by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, Athletic Director of the Year in 2011 presented by the Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily, and Most Distinguished Texan Award in 2014 by the National Football Foundation (NFF) Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter.
Dodds, who retired as the UT Men’s Athletics Director in November, set the standard for UT Athletics and helped build the biggest program in the nation. For the past three decades, Dodds was a driving force in the advancement of UT Athletics. His leadership attributed to the success of the UT Men’s Athletics teams, improvement of UT’s Athletic facilities, UT’s shift from the Southwest Conference to the Big 12 and the formation of the Longhorn Network. Throughout Dodds’ career as the UT Men’s Athletics Director, the Men’s Longhorn teams won 14 national championships and more than 100 conference titles.
The Texas Relays continue tonight and this Saturday, March 29, Myers Stadium will host the Texas Relays Fan Fest which includes live music, food trucks and interactive games. Visit TexasSports.com for more information.
Visit the Frank Erwin Center website to see who's coming, and subscribe to Be the First to Know to get a jump on upcoming pre-sales and ticket giveaways.