Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 89
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 89

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 10, 1972
Page 89
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Leland Byrd No Stranger To WVU Sports Scene MORGANTOWN, W. VA.-West Virginia University's football fortunes, as well as those in all other branches of sports, will now be guided by a new athletic director--Dr. Leland E. Byrd. Byrd is a former director of athletics at Miami-Dade Junior College in Miami, Fla., and assumed duties at WVU on July 1. Byrd succeeded Robert N. (Red) Brown who had held the position since July 1,1954. He became only the fifth Director of Athletics at WVU. Others were George Pyle from 1914 to 1917; Harry A. Stansbury, 1917 to 1938; Roy M. Hawley, 1938 to 1954; and Brown from 1954 to 1972. When Byrd took over the top post in WVU's athletic department, he was no unfamiliar face to veteran observers of the sports scene at West Virginia University. He came back to the University not only with varied, impressive credentials, but also with a solid WVU background. Formerly the Director of Athletics and Division Chairman of Physical Education at the South campus of Miami- Dade Junior College in Miami, Fla., Byrd was an All- American basketball player at WVU in 1947, participated on three National Invitational Tournament teams, and holds L K L A N D B Y K I ) Ex-WVU Star three degrees from the University. The 44-year-old Byrd also coached at Hinton High School and Glenville State College in addition to serving as Athletic Director and Physical Education Department Chairman at Glenville. Byrd, although a native of Lynch, Ky., spent most of his early life at Matoaka, Mercer electronics Our Only Business It Makes Sense To Shop For Home Entertainment Products At An Exclusive Electronic Specialty Store Select From These Famous Brands At Popular Prites · Zenith · Sony · Sylvania · RCA · GAR RAD · Dual · Kenwood · Craig · Audio Empire · Koss · Rectilinear · Superscape We Service What We Sell!! 9 Electronic Soles Service BwikAmtrkard Mwltr Char* Weltomi ·04 W. Wnih St. Phone 34' L 20,1972^ C o u n t y , w h e r e he ; was graduated from high school in 1944. He then attended West Virginia University where he had a sparkling basketball career for four years. DURING* HfS* playing career, Byrd led the Mountaineers to a 72-15 record and : three years participation in the prestigious National Invitational Tournament. The left-handed guard-forward scored 997 points in 87 games for a 11.5 per game average which made him the leading WVU career scorer at the time. Byrd, nicknamed "Lefty" and "Hammer" during his playing days, still ranks 19th among Mountaineer scorers. He was selected to the Helms F o u n d a t i o n All- American first team in 1947, named state Amateur Athlete of the Year that year, named an all-tournament guard in the 1946 NIT, was the high scorer with 56 points (three games) in the 1946 NIT, played for Eastern All-Stars in Madison Square Garden in 1948, captained the 1947 Mountaineers and was named first team Tri- State in 1947 among other a t h l e t i c h o n o r s . He's a member of the Post-World- War II West Virginia all-time team. At WVU. he was president of the junior rlass '1947), and a member of Mountain and Scabbard and Blade. After receiving his BS in physical education from WVU in 1948, Byrd was drafted by the New York Knicks but spent only one month in training camp before being called to service In the U. S. Army. After a two-year stint as Special Services Officer in the army, he returned to WVU to work on his master's degree. However, Uncle Sam called again and Byrd spent another year in the States before receiving his discharge as a First Lieutenant in 1952. BYRD OBTAINED his MS In physical education in 1953 from WVU before accepting a job as head basketball, baseball and assistant football coach at Hinton High School. After two years at Hinton, he moved to Glenville State College in 1955 as basketball coach, assistant football coach, director of athletics and physical e d u c a t i o n department chairman. Byrd remained at Glenville through 1966 with some time off to work on his doctorate at WVU. He moved to the North campu? of Miami-Dade Junior College in 1966 as Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant Division Chairman of Physical Education. In the meantime, Byrd received his Ed. D. from WVU in 1967. He 'moved to the South campTis of Miami-Dade in 1969 for the" position he held before taking the WVU job-Director of Athletics and Physical Education Division Chairman. Leland Eugene Byrd is married to the f o r m e r Elizabeth Louise Machen, and they have five daughters: Deborah Lea, 19, a sophomore at Duke University; Rebecca Louise, 18; Cynthia Joanne, 13; Mary Catherine, 11 and Nancy Susan, 8. GO MARSHALL U.! GO WEST VIRGINIA UNIV.! AND ALL AREA HIGH SCHOOLS SCORE EVERY TIME WITH A CHEVROLET 9 FROM TAG GALYEAN! Chevrolet: Impala Convertible Air Conditioning, 400 cu. in. Engine, Tinted Glass, Stereo, Tape, Tilt Wheel and all Standard Equipment. WAS 4968.90 NOW $4 00000 CHEVROLET TAG GALYEAN CHEVROLET Corner of Broad and Washington St. E. Phone 344-1776 33F

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