Babcock Named Recipient of CSCAA Benjamin Franklin Award

April 22, 2013

CINCINNATI - The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has announced University of Cincinnati Director of Athletics Whit Babcock as the 2013 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award.

The CSCAA Benjamin Franklin Award is presented to the individual or organization whose efforts best promote the integrity and enhancement of the student-athlete ideal. 

The executive board of the CSCAA selected Babcock following his recent announcement to reinstate and increase funding to its Olympic sports scholarship programs. Included in that group was the Cincinnati men's and women's swimming and diving programs. Beginning in the fall of 2013-14, UC will implement an aggressive plan to ultimately offer the full NCAA complement of grant-in-aid scholarships to student-athletes in each of its 19 programs. 

"I'm truly honored by this recognition from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America," stated Babcock. "The scholarship enhancements for our Olympic sport programs at UC, including swimming and diving, are a necessary step as we aim to compete at a championship level and achieve comprehensive excellence for our entire department."

The CSCAA also took note to recognize the commitment by head football coach Tommy Tuberville to fund this initiative through his $300,000 pledge over the next five years.

Previous recipients of the award include former NCAA President Myles Brand (2008), United States Merchant Marine Academy Athletic Director Sue Peterson-Lubow (2009), longtime coach and author, Ernie Maglischo (2010), Colgate University Athletic Director, David Roach (2011) and Swimming World Magazine Publisher, Brent Rutemiller (2012).

"By awarding the Benjamin Franklin Award to UC Director of Athletics, Whit Babcock, the CSCAA honors the courageous leadership demonstrated through returning athletic financial aid to the Cincinnati men's swimming and diving program," stated UC head swimming and diving coach Monty Hopkins. "We now have the chance to compete with the top Division I programs in the country."

One of five major postseason awards announced by the CSCAA, Babcock will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award during the annual banquet Thursday, May 16 in Orlando at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

Other award winners announced included Matt Kredich (Tennessee) - Collegiate and Scholastic Trophy; Skip Kenney (Stanford) - Speedo Lifetime Achievement Award; Nancy Bigelow (Tufts) - Steadman Award; Dr. Steven Scott and Captain Ray O'Donnell - The Charles McCaffree Award.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) - the oldest organization of college coaches in America -is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming at the collegiate level.