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April 2001

Release Date: April 5, 2001

Brasfield Honored With Pathfinder Award from NAGWS

Angelo State University women's athletic director and head volleyball coach Kathleen Brasfield has been honored with a Pathfinder Award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).

Brasfield was honored by the association for the State of Texas. Brasfield received her award at ceremonies, March 30, at the national convention of the organization in Cincinnati, Ohio.

NAGWS began the Pathfinder Award program in 1991 to recognize women who have demonstrated continuous dedication to the advocacy, recruitment and enhancement of girls and women in sports. Each of the 50 states in the association nominates a recipient of the award each year. More than 330 women have been honored as NAGWS Pathfinders since the award began. Shape Magazine served as sponsors of the 2001 awards.

Brasfield has been a pioneer in women's athletics at Angelo State, serving as the head women's volleyball coach since 1978 and the women's athletic director since 1982. During her 22-year tenure of coaching Rambelle volleyball, Brasfield has led the team to seven Lone Star Conference championships, and four appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament. She is the winningest coach in Lone Star Conference history with a career record 589-323-2 (.644). She has been honored as the LSC Coach of the Year seven seasons and has coached five all-region athletes, two academic All-Americans and two All-Americans. She currently ranks sixth among active Division II coaches in wins, eighth on the all-time Division II list in wins, and is among the top 20 in career winning percentage. In addition to her achievements on the court, Brasfield also boasts an impressive 100-percent graduation rate among the players who have stayed in the program for four years.

As athletic director, Brasfield has seen ASU win conference championships in three of the five women's sports offered at ASU, and has guided ASU through the addition of women's soccer and softball. Under her direction, ASU has had an All-American in four of the five sports currently competing in the women's program.

"It is nice to be recognized by a lot of people who have had a lot more impact on girls and women in sport than I have," Brasfield said. I'm extremely honored by this award."

The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport is a non-profit organization created in 1899 to write rules for collegiate women's basketball. The organization has assisted in the development and creation of guidelines for girls' and women's sports, and fosters quality and equality in sport for girls and women. GWS is one of six national associations of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Throughout the 102- year history of NAGWS, the organization has continued to influence programs and organizations that sponsor and promote sport activities for women.