Soccer and softball standout, Colleen Dailey; former athletic director, Larry York; and benefactors, Dana and Sue Anderson, were inducted into the William Woods University Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday, Jan. 30, in Dulany Auditorium on campus.
Dailey ’10 is one of two WWU student-athletes to earn NAIA All-American honors in dual sports. York was athletic director from 2000 to 2011. Dana and Sue Anderson made the complete renovation of Anderson Arena possible with their generous donation.
During her tenure with the Owls, Dailey was a two-sport athlete—a member of the women’s soccer team in 2007 and 2008 and a member of the softball team in 2009 and 2010. On the soccer field, Dailey was a standout goaltender, making 239 saves in just two seasons, while allowing a trifling 64 goals. Her best season was her junior year, when she registered six shutouts in 13 games, which is fifth-best all-time at WWU. For her efforts that season, she was named an All-American Midwest Conference (AMC) First-Team honoree, an NAIA All-Region 5 First-Team selectee and collected NAIA All-American Honorable Mention team honors.
On the diamond as a catcher, Dailey finished in 2009 with a .360 average at the plate, totaling 33 runs scored, 58 hits, 17 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 43 RBI. Her 17 doubles ranked her third all-time in a single season at WWU. She also was named to the NAIA All-Region At-Large Second-Team and the NAIA All-American Honorable Mention squad. Dailey is one of two WWU student-athletes to earn NAIA All-American honors in dual sports.
Larry York served as a vital leader of the William Woods University athletic department, overseeing the department as the athletic director from 2000 to 2011. During his tenure, the school improved the playing surface, lighting and sound at nearly every facility. The department also developed a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning and indoor facility. York was an effective leader on and off the field.
He was instrumental in the addition of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field and men’s basketball programs, while also influential in the creation of the William Woods Master of Education degree in Athletics/Activities Administration, which the university implemented in 2006. York was named the 2006-07 American Midwest Conference and NAIA Region V Athletic Director of the Year for his efforts.
Anderson Arena in the Helen Stephens Sports Complex is named for Dana and Sue Anderson, in appreciation of their generous donation toward its complete renovation in 2007. The couple made another generous donation in the fall of 2014 to assist in the renovation of the Suzanne Neal Memorial Tennis Complex.
Nancy Sue Falley Anderson came to William Woods from Topeka, Kansas, and graduated in 1961 with an A.A. degree. In 2005, she was appointed to the William Woods University Board of Trustees and is a member at-large of the executive committee. The Andersons were special guests at the WWU Commencement in 2007, when Dana served as commencement speaker. In 2010, Dana Anderson received the Order of the Owl Award, which is designed to honor spouses of William Woods alumni who have shown special interest in promoting and supporting the activities of the university.