Dr. L. Leotus Morrison
Scott Norwood ('82)

Leotus Morrison

A commitment to quality and equality in women's athletics has been the focal point for Dr. Leotus Morrison during her career in athletics as a JMU coach and administrator. Her efforts on behalf of equality of opportunity for women athletes can best be exemplified by her work in numerous organizations that have provided a basis for the tremendous growth experienced in women's athletics in the last two decades. She played an instrumental role in the formation of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), the original governing body for college women's athletics in the United States. She was a member of the founding board of the AIAW and one of its early presidents. She and other leaders in the AIAW established the foundation for college women's athletics as we know it today. Her involvement with athletics extended to the national and international level. She served as a member of the executive board of the U.S. Olympic Committee and was a delegate to the second UNESCO Conference on Physical Education and Sport held in Paris. She also participated in the first Pan American Congress for Women in Sports, held in Venezuela during the 1983 Pan American Games. Her efforts on behalf of women athletes were recognized in 1985 when she was presented the Katherine Ley Award by the Eastern College Athletic Conference and in 1984 when she received the Honor Fellow Award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), an organization which she formerly served as president. The NAGWS award cited her as a "leader, teacher, humanitarian . . . to whom people owe a great debt of gratitude for her contributions to girls and women in sport." In 1985 she among four women invited, in honor of their contributions as pioneers in women's athletics, to attend "A Celebration of Women's Sports," an awards program sponsored by the Women's Sports Foundation. A native of Savannah, Ga., she joined the JMU faculty in 1954 and became associate athletic director in 1961. She coached the JMU field hockey team for 17 years prior to her retirement from coaching in 1977. Her 1977 varsity field hockey team won a regional championship and competed in the national tournament. She retired from JMU in 1989 as associate director of athletics emeritus and professor of physical education and health science emeritus.

Scott Norwood ('82)

Scott Norwoord ('82) was a standout placekicker for four seasons as JMU, and he later enjoyed a long career as a professional player. Norwood was the nation's top-ranked Division I-AA placekicker in 1980 when he was successful on 15 of 21 field goal attemtps, and he holds JMU's records for season (15) and career (32) field goals. He was afirst-team all-state selection in 1980. Norwood played played for two seasons with the United States Football League's Birmingham Stallions before joining the Buffalo Bills in 1985. He played in the Pro Bowl and was named to the first team on four All-Pro squads after the 1988 season, and in 1991 he became the 53rd National Football League player to to reach the 600-point career scoring plateau.