Diana Breclaw and Ray Smith Receive
Annual Vanderbush-Weller Award
Posted May 8, 2002
HOLLAND -- A three-year member of the staff and a
32-year member of the faculty have been named recipients of
the third annual "Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund" award
at Hope College for their strong, positive impact on
Honored this year were Diana Breclaw, director of
student activities, and Ray Smith, professor of kinesiology
and director of athletics for men.
The award recognizes and supports the efforts of
Hope faculty and staff who make extraordinary contributions
to the lives of students. Breclaw and Smith were recognized
during a dinner held on Thursday, May 2, in conjunction with
the May meeting of the college's Board of Trustees.
"While each of these individuals have held
numerous positions, their real contribution comes from them
being just great people," said Dr. Richard Frost, who is
vice president for student development and dean of students
at Hope, and chairs the selection committee of students,
faculty and staff. "This unique characteristic is most
evident in the deep care, passion and concern they exhibit
with every student."
Breclaw joined the Hope staff in the summer of
1999. As director of student activities she works with
dozens of student organizations, including the all-campus
Social Activities Committee (SAC) and the college's
fraternities and sororities, and major student events like
the Nykerk Cup competition and the Pull tug-of-war.
She initiated the "Dance Marathon" student-
organized charitable fund-raiser at Hope, and also developed
the award-winning "Time to Serve" program that involves the
college's freshmen in service projects during their first
week at the college. As staff coordinator of the college's
New Student Orientation program, she guides Hope's effort to
help ease each incoming freshman class's transition to
Breclaw was previously assistant director of
student activities at Elmhurst College in Illinois for two
years, and was residence life coordinator at Elmhurst for
She holds her bachelor's degree from Texas
Christian University, and a master's from Bowling Green
Smith has been at Hope since 1970. He was
football coach at Hope for 25 seasons, through the fall of
1994, and has been serving as director of men's athletics
since 1980. Hope offers men's sports in baseball,
basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming,
tennis and track.
Still holding the records as the longest-serving
head football coach in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic
Association (MIAA), Smith mentored hundreds of Hope students
through his work in Hope football. His teams earned an
overall record of 148-69-9, including nine MIAA
championships. In 1984, he was named the NCAA Division III
co-coach of the year by "Football News."
He also serves as the college's liaison to the
Reformed Church in America, interacting with constituencies
such as youth groups.
Earlier during his tenure at Hope, Smith also
served as golf coach, wrestling coach and assistant baseball
coach. Prior to coming to Hope, he was head football and
baseball coach at Antelope Valley College in California.
He holds his bachelor's degree from the University
of California, Los Angeles, and master's degrees from
Pasadena College and Western Michigan University.
The "Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund" was
established in honor of long-time Hope professor and
football coach Alvin Vanderbush of Bloomington, Minn., who
retired in 1972. It was created by Ken and Shirely Weller
of Knoxville, Iowa. Ken Weller is one of Vanderbush's
former players and also a former Hope faculty colleague.