Nick received his honor at the MIAC Athletic Director's Meeting on May 5 at Carleton College. Pearson was honored by the MIAC Faculty Athletic Representatives at their meeting on May 14 at Hamline University.
The MIAC Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to their institution and to the conference. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual from the MIAC.
Bob Nick has served as an Assistant Director of Athletics at Concordia for over 25 of his 43 year career at the college. This included a one-year term as interim Director of Athletics in 2002-03. Nick coached football, basketball, and tennis while at Concordia. Most notably as a student-athlete, Nick quarterbacked Concordia's 1964 National Championship team and later as offensive coordinator, he called plays for the 1978 and 1981 National Championship teams. As an administrator, he was in charge of student work and facility management at Concordia. He maintained a strong reputation with local high schools as both a basketball official and event manager for high school basketball tournaments held in Concordia's Memorial Auditorium. He set a standard of professionalism in training student work personnel that resulted in Concordia having a wonderful reputation as an event host. Nick will be retiring at the end of the 2008-09 school year.
Wes Pearson is literally a living, breathing history of the last 50 years of St. Olaf athletics. Pearson has been a Professor of Chemistry at St. Olaf since 1958 and is the outgoing Faculty Athletics Representative, which he has served as since 1984. He served as President of the MIAC twice before the conference office was established and was elected again in the late 1990s. He was also elected Vice-President two years ago in 2007. He has served on the Budget Committee three different times. The first time being when the Budget Committee was first formed and that group formulated the way in which conference championships are financed. In the late 1990s he served on a committee that drew up the mission statement for the conference and then was again on the committee when the statement was revised four years ago. Besides working on legislative issues with the MIAC and NCAA, Pearson is an active participant in the St. Olaf athletic department, as he runs the game clock for both basketball and football.