CLEVELAND-- The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) Executive Committee has announced that Lynn Schweizer, senior associate director of athletics emeritus at Denison University, will receive the NADIIIAA Richard A. Rasmussen Lifetime Achievement Award at next week's Summer Forum.
The Richard A. Rasmussen Lifetime Achievement Award, which is named after NADIIIAA's Executive Director, is presented to someone who has had a significant impact on Division III during the course of his/her career.
Schweizer was integral in the formation of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and was a part of 15 of the college's record 16 NCAC All-Sports Championships. During her time at Denison Schweizer was a champion for equity in athletics and was a transformative mentor countless Denison students.
"The student-athletes at Denison, and in the NCAC as a whole, could not have had a better champion than Lynn Schweizer," accrding to NCAC Executive Director Keri Alexander Luchowski. "No matter the issue, the students’ well-being always guided her actions. She has also long been an advocate for women’s administrators around the conference. I can’t count the times she has taken one of us under her wing to help us through problems, both professional and personal. When I joined the NCAC she was the first person to welcome me and over the years she has been an ally, a cheerleader, a valued colleague and a trusted source of advice. Lynn is truly deserving of this award."
After serving 44 years as a full-time athletics administrator at Denison, Schweizer retired in 2017, having served in a variety of roles at the university over the course of those years. In 1973, Schweizer was hired as the head women's basketball coach, a position she held until 1980. While serving as the women's basketball coach, Schweizer also took on the role of head women's swimming coach (1974-85) and head women's diving coach (1974-86). She was honored as the National Diving Coach of the Year in 1986. She also took on the head coaching duties of synchronized swimming teams (1974-79) and the men's diving team from 1984-86.
After stepping away from the pool deck, Schweizer moved into an administrative role at Denison, serving as the chair of the Physical Education Department from 1985-2004. She took the reins as director of club and intramural sports in 1986 and also served as the point of contact for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Across campus, Schweizer served on over 40 committees during her tenure.
"What an amazing honor for an incredible person and friend," stated Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, Nan Carney-DeBord. "Lynn has left a lasting legacy at Denison and we are thrilled to celebrate all that she has meant to literally thousands of Denisonians throughout the years."
Outside of campus, Schweizer is active in the local community, serving as chair of the American Red Cross Water Safety Board of Licking County for over 20 years. In 2002, she was awarded the Licking County Red Cross Outstanding Community Achievement Award for her 35-plus years as a volunteer.
Schweizer graduated from Ohio University and with her bachelor's degree and went on to receive her master's degree from The Ohio State University.
About NADIIIAA: NADIIIAA is an association comprised of athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 43 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. A primary purpose of NADIIIAA is to encourage the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy.