Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
Carlson School of Management and President's Office, May 8, 2007
Tony Dungy received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota in 1978. As the quarterback for the Gophers from 1973-1976, he finished as the school’s career leader in pass attempts, completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes. He began his coaching career in 1980 at the University of Minnesota as the defensive backs coach. Currently he is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and 2006 marks his 11th season as a coach in the NFL. “He is considered one of the most respected and admired people in professional sports and has raised standards of sports professionalism by modeling true leadership,” one person wrote. Twice he was named “Professional coach of the Year” by the Maxwell Football Club. He is committed and dedicated to the communities in which he lives. He has served as a public speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action; spearheaded Mentors for Life, a program that provided tickets to Buccaneer home games to local youth and their mentors; and, supported children’s charitable programs including Family First, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Boys & Girls Clubs. During his tenure with the Colts, he implemented a local Basket of Hope program to benefit the Riley Hospital for Children. In 2002 he received the Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Association. In addition, he has worked with the Black Coaches Association National Convention and Indiana Black Expo.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.