WICHITA — Dr. Joyce Pigge of Bethany College has been named the KCAC Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year for 2016-17. She will be formally recognized at the upcoming KCAC Sport Management Conference held at the York College on Aug. 8.
"We are pleased to honor Dr. Joyce Pigge this summer for her tremendous work over the 2016-17 school year," said Dr. Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner. "She is tireless in her commitment to the conference schools with rules education and eligibility training. Her efforts to ensure compliance help make the conference what it is today. We thank her for this devoted service."
Dr. Pigge has been involved in intercollegiate athletics on the institutional, conference and national levels for over 45 years. She began her career at Bethany when she pioneered the inception of women's athletics in the 1970s. Dr. Pigge has served Bethany as a professor of political science and took on the title of Faculty Athletics Representative in 1979, a position which she has held ever since.
On the conference level, Dr. Pigge has been the Eligibility Chair of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference since 1994 and the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference from 2007 to 2015. She has served as the Eligibility Chair and Faculty Athletics Representative for the KCAC since 1996. She has also been active in her participation with the NAIA by serving on the National Eligibility Committee and the National Coordinating Committee.
At Bethany College, Dr. Pigge teaches classes in government, constitutional history, constitutional law, international relations, comparative government and sports law. She has also served Bethany as head women's basketball coach, head volleyball coach and head softball coach.
Hans Nickel, Faculty Athletics Representative from Sterling College and Chair of the KCAC Nominating Committee, said, "Dr. Pigge provided tremendous leadership to the FAR group this past academic year. Her availability to conference FARs and her experienced insight are great examples of why her service as Eligibility Chair is crucial to KCAC success. Additionally, her work in preparing all of the FARs for digital form submission in 17-18 has been crucial to helping smooth this revolutionary transition."
Dr. Pigge has had a distinguished career at Bethany College, having received the Bethany College Teaching Award in 1991, the Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and the Meredith Humphreys Teaching and Service to Students Award in 2006. Additionally, the NAIA honored her athletics contributions at the institutional and conference levels with the Wally Schwartz Award as Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year in 2009 and induction into the NAIA's Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service in 2015.
She holds a D.A. in Government from Lehigh University. Additionally, she holds a B.A. in Political Science from Maryville College and an A.A. from Mt. Vernon Community College, now Rend Lake College.