Joe McDaniel Field to be dedicated at Homecoming 2011
Centre College will dedicate its football field in honor of Joe McDaniel, who has won more games than any other Centre football coach, during this year’s Homecoming festivities. The dedication will take place prior to the Homecoming game’s kickoff vs. Sewanee at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.
McDaniel, who served as Centre’s head football coach for 18 seasons from 1980 to 1997, was a three-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. McDaniel’s teams won seven conference championships at Centre. His overall career record of 166-122-5, which includes his time at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, ranked him seventh in winning percentage among NCAA Division III football coaches at the time of his retirement.
McDaniel also served as Centre’s athletic director from 1998 to 2002 and men’s golf coach from 1981 to 1993. His golf teams won three conference championships, and in 1984, McDaniel led the golf team to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. McDaniel founded the Gold & White Club — Centre’s booster club —and is a member of four athletic Halls of Fame — at Centre, Marietta and Muskingum Colleges and Fredericktown High School in Ohio.
“The College is pleased to honor Coach McDaniel by naming this field in recognition of his accomplishments as a football coach, a golf coach and an athletic director, but more importantly for the influence for good he had on the lives of hundreds of student-athletes,” says Centre President John A. Roush. “That impact is evidenced by the generous gifts made by many of those individuals in gratitude for the role he played in their lives.”
Prior to the dedication ceremony, former players and well-wishers are invited to congratulate McDaniel at a tailgating party at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to Gary Wright Field—Centre’s baseball field—and the tennis courts.
Centre’s football field will now be known as Joe McDaniel Field, which will be indicated by a new panel on the scoreboard and wrought iron arches over the entrance gates to the stadium. The dedication is made possible because of gifts in his honor from numerous former players and admirers. Those gifts have allowed for the naming additions; a new concession area, scheduled for construction next year; and additional contributions to Centre’s endowment.