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Karen Womack receives Lifetime Service Award

04/12/2012

Karen Womack
Karen Womack, Miami University athletics retiree, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Service Award from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association. Womack, who worked at Miami from 1980-2007, will receive the award at the association's 19th annual awards dinner in West Chester April 23.

The award is given each year to a local woman who has fought for equal opportunities for girls and women in sports, who has dedicated many years of support, service and enthusiasm to women’s sports, and who has ensured that girls and women can enjoy the benefits of competitive sports.

“Karen was instrumental in the leadership to usher Miami’s women’s athletes from club teams into varsity status, from the AIAW into the NCAA structure, from virtual obscurity and into the competitive arena. She knew the benefits of sports participation – and spent her time making sure that the women could compete and derive the same learning experiences as the men. As a former student-athlete here at Miami, I speak for many when I say how grateful I am for her leadership and commitment,” said Jennie Gilbert, associate athletic director at Miami.

During her tenure at Miami, Womack served as interim athletic director, executive associate athletic director and NCAA compliance coordinator. She was the administrator for volleyball, women’s soccer, women’s and men’s basketball and women’s tennis. In addition to her administrative duties, she advised many campuswide sports-based committees.

Womack served the Mid-American Conference (MAC) on the 1993-1995 Compliance Committee and Gender Equity Committee; and as chair of the site committee for volleyball championships in 1988; she chaired the MAC Committee on Coordinators of Officials in 1985, and in other conference committee roles.

Womack previously served as a coach and a physical education teacher at other universities, including four years at Eastern Illinois and a year at Texas Tech. She began the intercollegiate women’s basketball program at Tulane University, and served as head coach there from 1975-1980. In addition, she was a volleyball and basketball official and served as the vice president of athletics for the Louisiana Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Womack was nominated by staff in Miami’s intercollegiate athletics department.

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