Jan. 15, 2013
NOTE: This is the second in a four-part series on the 2013 inductees into the UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor.
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Each and every Friday morning, former athletics director Pete Carlon sits down for breakfast with past athletes, many who find their names in the UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor. They discuss their lives, UTA and just talk.
Carlon will soon find his name amongst those same athletes, as he enters the UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor.
The UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor induction ceremony is Friday, Jan. 18 at the Arlington Hilton Grand Ballroom. The other 2013 Hall of Honor inductees are Clay Gould, Mishael Berger, and the 1990 and 1992 Southland Conference Baseball Championship teams.
Created in 1984, an idea in which Carlon pitched to then University president Wendell Nedderman, the Hall of Honor is home to individuals that were the best at their sport, teams that won championships and former athletic directors that led UTA to where it is today.
"I am just so humbled and honored by being selected to enter the Hall of Honor," Carlon said. "In some ways I feel that I am not worthy of the honor. I am friends with so many of those that have been inducted and they have done so much to deserve their place. I was just a mentor to them, a person to talk to."
Carlon began his 31-year association with UTA as the head athletic trainer in 1981. Since 1984, he has served as assistant or associate athletics director until he was named director of athletics in May 1996. He also twice served as interim director of athletics in 1991 and 1995.
The 48 Southland Conference team championships captured by UTA during his tenure and three SLC Commissioner's Cups are the most by any AD in school history. He always believed in an open-door policy when it came to meeting with the athletes. He said that the only time that the door was ever closed was when an athlete wanted to keep their conversation private.
"I always wanted to leave the door open for anyone to come and talk when they needed to," Carlon said.
A man that prides himself on integrity enters the Hall of Honor with that legacy. Carlon placed a special emphasis on maintaining an environment of academic excellence for UT Arlington student-athletes. Numerous academic support services and programs have been implemented to assist each student-athlete in their academic endeavors such as the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program
In his first year as interim AD, the Mavericks won five conference team titles and were named the second-best program in terms of gender equality amongst NCAA Division-I schools by the Women's Sports Foundation. Carlon was named the Under Armor Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
His legacy as a Maverick is built upon not only the integrity of his program, but of movement towards the future. Carlon led the university forward in projects such as the new College Park Center and the move into the Western Athletic Conference.
"I have been lucky enough to be a part of so many decision making moments for UTA," Carlon said. "The College Park project and move to another conference is just a small part of what I want my legacy to be."
Carlon is the third former AD to enter the Hall of Honor. Carlon is currently the Senior Athletic Director for Administration at UTA.
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