ECAC Announces Joan Taylor as Katherine Ley Award Winner

Aug. 23, 2006

Cape Cod, Massachusetts - Joan Taylor, senior associate athletic director at Brown University has been selected as this year's recipient of the ECAC's Katherine Ley Award. The award will be presented at the ECAC Convention Honors Dinner presented by Jostens on Sunday, October 1 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort.

Taylor began her career in the Brown University Athletic Department in September 1969 as Head Coach of Women's Tennis and Instructor in Physical Education. She served as head coach until 1978 when she was named Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant Coach of Men's and Women's Tennis. As an administrator in the athletic department, she was responsible for the scheduling of all contests for men's and women's sports, team travel arrangements for women's sports, and the procurement of officials for men's and women's sports. In 1989, Taylor was promoted to Associate Athletic Director taking on the added responsibility of Compliance Coordinator and also was named the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).

Promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics in 1996, Taylor's current responsibilities include overseeing NCAA/Ivy compliance, contest scheduling and officiating, certifying student-athlete eligibility, and preparing NCAA and Ivy League reports. She supervises the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, the Intern for Athletic Administration, and the head coaches in the sports of men's crew, men's and women's cross country/track, field hockey, men's and women's squash, and women's tennis.

Taylor recently served a year in the Interim Athletics Director role until current Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger was hired in July, 2005.

During Taylor's tenure, Brown's women's athletic programs have grown to 20, the second most of any school in the nation. A proponent for women's sports and all sports, Taylor has worked on a number of national committees for women's sports, including the NCAA Women's lacrosse committee, the ECAC Softball Championship committee, the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey committee, the ECAC Eligibility committee, the Planning committee for the Silver Anniversary of Women's Ivy League Athletics, the Rhode Island AIAW, and the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletics Administrators.

Taylor is a native of Bristol, CT and a 1961 graduate of Springfield College with a B.S. degree in physical education. Prior to coming to Brown, Taylor taught physical education in Westport, CT and Wethersfield, CT and also served as a guidance counselor.

In 1966, Katherine Ley was one of the founders of the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, the forerunner of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. After serving a 12-year tenure at the State University College at Cortland as chair of Physical Education and Athletics for Women, Ley became athletics director at Capital University in Ohio. At the time, she was one of only two women athletics administrators heading both men's and women's athletics.

The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference with 317 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities from Maine to Georgia and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports, assigns more than 5,100 officials in 14 sports, administers 10 affiliate sports organizations and seven playing leagues and recognizes more than 4,000 student-athletes in 20 sports through the public relations arm of the conference. The ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men's and women's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, men's gymnastics, wrestling, fencing and rowing.

Tickets for the Honors Dinner presented by Josten's can be purchased by calling the ECAC at 508-771-5060.