Special to the OBSERVER
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Dr. Pat Damore, who until July 1, 2012 was the only commissioner the State University of New York Athletic Conference had ever known, has been named the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference Commissioner's Award recipient. Damore will be feted at the 2012 ECAC Honors dinner held in conjunction with the 24th Annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show that will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, Conn. The Honors Dinner is slated for Sunday, Sept. 30.
The Commissioner's Award is presented for meritorious service to the ECAC or an ECAC member institution. The recipient must have demonstrated significant accomplishment in his or her chosen professional field or on the athletic field.
Damore began his tenure with the SUNYAC 1979, and was a full-time commissioner from 1985 through his retirement in June, 2012. During his time as commissioner, Damore also served as the president of both the NCAA Division II and III College Division Commissioners Association, and the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America.
During his years of service to the SUNYAC, Damore coordinated the addition of women's sports programs in 1983. In 2008-09, the women's programs celebrated their 25th anniversary in the SUNYAC. While he was commissioner, Damore developed and implemented the first national rating system for intercollegiate soccer.
Damore earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from SUNY Brockport, a master's degree in secondary school administration from St. Lawrence University, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Oklahoma. Following his retirement as a captain in the United States Naval Reserve, he received a naval commendation medal. Damore served on active Naval duty during the Korean conflict.
Damore's accolades include the NCAA Division III Commissioner's Association Meritorious Service Award, the SUNYAC Distinguished Service Award, and the Bill Jeffries Award for contributions to national collegiate soccer. He has also received the ECAC James Lynah Award for distinguished achievement.
Damore was inducted into the Brockport State Athletics Hall of Fame, and the National Association of College Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Fredonia State Athletics Hall of Fame after serving four decades (1956-85) as a coach of men's basketball, soccer, and tennis, as well as director of athletics. In February 2010, he was inducted into the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame.