Danville proclaims Kitty Baird Day
in honor of retiring Centre coach
DANVILLE, KY Released: Jan. 10, 2000
Mayor Alex Stevens has proclaimed Saturday, Jan. 15, as Kitty Baird Day in the city of Danville. The designation honors a Centre College coach who retired in late December after 40 years of leadership in collegiate athletics.
Baird will receive special recognition Saturday during half-time of the Centre women's basketball game against the University of the South. A half-time program and post-game reception are scheduled in her honor. The game begins at 1 p.m. and is open to the public at no cost.
Centre asks that all of Baird's former players join her for the half-time ceremony, along with local girls who have participated in Centre's annual Women in Sports Day.
Baird joined the college in 1959 and ultimately coached squads for women in five sports: basketball, field hockey, tennis, softball and volleyball. She worked beyond the campus to promote women's sports throughout the state and the nation. She was a founder of the Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC) and served on the national board that established the first Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Baird most recently served on the NCAA Division III restructuring committee.
A graduate of Radford College in Virginia, Baird earned a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an education specialist degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
Baird's roles at Centre included physical education instructor, intramural director, fitness consultant and wellness instructor. At the time of her December retirement, she was associate director of athletics and professor of physical education.
Baird has been president of the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She was honored with a Kentucky Pathfinder Award and an alumni award from UNC-Greensboro.
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