Florida Tech’s longtime athletics director Bill Jurgens, who led the university’s rowing teams to 17 national championships, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Jack Kelly Award.
Bestowed annually by USRowing, the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States, the Jack Kelly Award recognizes an individual who represents the ideals that legendary Philadelphia sculler Jack Kelly lived by, such as superior achievements in rowing and being an inspiration to American rowers.
“It is an honor to receive an award named for the family of a friend,” Jurgens said. “I have many great memories with Jack Kelly, Jr., and it is special to win this award named for his father, who was such an outstanding man and oarsman.”
Jurgens will receive his award Nov. 17 at USRowing’s 2016 Golden Oars Awards Dinner in New York City.