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2021 Hall of Inductees Shine

The newest inductees feature accomplished leaders in academia, broadcast media, coaching and social justice.

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The WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences will honor four graduates and name its Legacy Award recipient during its 2021 Hall of Fame Ceremony, Oct. 15 via a virtual ceremony on Zoom. The 2021 Hall of Fame inductees are Herbert K. Amato, Dana D. Brooks, Joseph A. Martin and Catherine “Cathy” E. Parson. The College will honor Daniel F. Mahony with the Legacy Award. Visit the CPASS Hall of Fame website to view full bios for this 33rd class of CPASS Hall of Fame inductees. The Zoom event will open at 5:30 p.m. with the virtual reception and program beginning at 6 p.m. Use the following zoom link to join:

Notable past CPASS inductees include Linda Carson, Judith Hayes, Chuck Howley, Rodney C. “Hot Rod” Hundley, Rodney K. Thorn, Alfred F. Ware, Robert L. DeProspero, Fred Schaus, George J. Esper, General Earl E. Anderson, Jerry West and Robert Sam Huff, all members of the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni. 

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2021 Inductees

Herbert K. Amato

Portrait of Herb Amato

Herbert K. Amato has a 41-year career teaching at the high school and university levels, in program administration and clinical practice. At James Madison University, Dr. Amato served as the Athletic Training Education program director from 1988-2006 and is currently the associate vice provost. As a professor, he teaches a graduate course in sport and recreation management leadership. In 1988, he was selected as a member of the medical staff for the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea and traveled with the U.S. Baseball team throughout Italy and Japan as part of the pre-Olympic tour. He served on multiple medical staffs with the USA Deaf Sports Federation, traveling to Russia, Bulgaria and Taiwan. Amato has published extensively in the areas of Athletic Training education and clinical practice and is a co-founder of ACES (Amato-Cole Educational Services), an organization preparing students for success on the BOCATC examination. In 2003, he received the NATA Distinguished Educator award and in 2012 he was inducted into the Virginia Athletic Training Hall of Fame. He holds a B.S. in Physical Education (Athletic Training) from WVU, an M.S. in Education from JMU, and a Doctor of Arts in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University.

Dana D. Brooks

Portrait of Dana Brookes

Dana D. Brooks was named interim dean of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences in 1992, then known as the School of Physical Education, later becoming the permanent dean in 1993. He led CPASS in expanding degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students, the creation of a new building that included innovative lab and classroom spaces and hired faculty who have developed national research profiles in their fields. During his tenure, Brooks secured two endowed professorships for CPASS, which helped support physical activity and wellness programs across life spans. Brooks oversaw the development of ICPE and FiT Publishing, previously a private book publishing company. A fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Brooks served as president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, now named SHAPE America. He previously served as chair or member of numerous committees and councils, including the WVU Athletics Council, Black Community Concerns, Social Justice Council and Affirmative Action. He was the National Youth Sports Program project administrator for 32 years which provided underprivileged youth with sport and enrichment activities that impacted the lives of more than 8,000 children. Brooks retired as the Dean of CPASS on June 30, 2019.

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Joseph A. Martin

Portrait of Joseph Martin

Joseph A. Martin was born in Woodsboro, Md. and graduated from the WVU School of Journalism in 1993 with a degree in Broadcast News. Following an internship with the Mountaineer Sports Network he became a graduate assistant and earned a master’s degree in Sport Management in 1996. That same year he began his career at NBC Sports as an intern and was hired as a freelance employee to work on the Atlanta Olympics as a production assistant. Assignments with NBC Sports since then have included the NBA Finals, Super Bowl XXXII, Golf and several other Olympic Games. In 2007 Martin began directing golf for NBC Sports as well as Golf Channel and has directed the U.S. Open, Open Championship, The Ryder Cup, The Players and FedEx Cup Playoffs and the Drive, Chip, and Putt Finals from Augusta National. Olympic directing assignments include various events at the London games, Snowboarding and Extreme Skiing in both Russia and South Korea, and Swimming in Rio and Tokyo. In 2021 NBC chose Martin to direct the Olympics Closing Ceremony. He has won five Sports Emmy Awards during his career including the 2008 Award for Live Sports Special which was presented to NBC’s golf production team for their coverage of Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Catherine E. Parson

Portrait of Cathy Parson

Catherine "Cathy" E. Parson was named Central State University's head Women’s Basketball coach in November of 2020. Parson earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from West Virginia University in 1984, master's degree in adult education and training from the University of Phoenix in 2010 and is completing a doctorate degree in education from Morgan State University. Parson has a vast and highly successful coaching background. Prior to her arrival at Central State she served at Stratford University, Frostburg State University, Howard University, University of Richmond, Providence College and Christopher Newport University. In 1998, Parson was the interim head coach for the WNBA's Washington Mystics. She has also served as a high school head coach at North Hagerstown. Parson was the first woman to earn an athletic scholarship from WVU. Playing at WVU from 1979 to 1983, Parson set and still holds many of the school records. She finished her career as the WVU women’s all-time career scoring leader with 2,128 points. In 1996, Parson became the first woman to be inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame. During her tenure at CNU, her teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament six times and advanced to final field of 16 teams once.

Legacy Award

Daniel F. Mahony

Portrait of Daniel Mahony

Daniel F. Mahony has served as a professor of sport management and the president of the Southern Illinois University System since March 2020. He has had several positions in his career including a staff accountant for KMPG, assistant ticket manager at the University of Cincinnati, program director, department chair, associate dean, and associate provost at the University of Louisville, dean at Kent State University and president at Winthrop University. He has a BS in accounting from Virginia Tech, an MS in sport management from WVU and a PhD in sport management from Ohio State University. Mahony has published more than 60 refereed journal articles, several book chapters and was a coauthor of Economics of Sport. He has won several awards including the Earle F. Zeigler Award from the North American Society for Sport Management for career achievements in research (2007), the McInness/Ryan Award for Mid-Career Higher Education Leadership from the American Association of University Administrators (2015), the Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award from Sport, Entertainment, and Venues Tomorrow (2018) and the Charles Whitcomb Service Award from the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association for fostering diversity and inclusion within the intercollegiate athletics community (2020). He received the Daniel Mahony Award for Social Responsibility from the Kent State University College of Education, Health and Human Services in 2015 (was the first recipient of the award and it was named for him). He was inducted into the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame (2017) and the Pi Kappa Alpha Order of West Range (2018). He has been married to his wife Laura for 27 years and they have two children, Gavin and Elena.

Event information and resources:

The Zoom event will open at 5:30 p.m. on October 15 with the virtual reception and program beginning at 6 p.m. Use the following zoom link to join:

View inductee bios and watch recordings of past ceremonies on the CPASS Hall of Fame website.

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