Basketball Coach Boyages is Honored

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach Richard Boyages has been selected as a 1996 Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport, an organization which promotes fair play and sportsmanship in athletics and society.

Boyages was one of 17 athletes, coaches, administrators, organizers and educators from around the world selected by the IIS as Sports Ethics Fellows. Other honorees include Olympic gold medalist and two-time Boston Marathon winner Joan Benoit Samuelson and College Football Association Executive Director Charles Neinas.

"This is a fitting tribute to an outstanding role model for our student-athletes and staff within the Athletic Association," said Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk Jr. "Rick constantly exudes an enthusiasm for all that is right on the basketball court while representing the values of Boston College to our community of fans, friends and alumni."

"Rick is a very worthy recipient," said Head Basketball Coach James O'Brien. "He has demonstrated to all who know him that he is a competent, loyal, hard-working person. The amount of time and effort he puts into his work, and the respect he has earned, are equally impressive."

Among his tasks as a Sports Ethic Fellow, Boyages will write newspaper and magazine articles relating to sportsmanship and assist the IIS in developing and evaluating its National Sportsmanship Day programs.

"Ethics and sportsmanship are important in any kind of athletic activity, but as a college coach it is a particular interest of mine," said Boyages, a member of the coaching staff since 1991 and the team's chief scout. "When you see the business and entertainment side of college athletics these days, it is easy to forget the educational aspects. I'm looking forward to working on these issues through the institute."

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