The Catholic University of America

Dec. 19, 2007

Three CUA Athletics Staff Members Honored at Dinner

Dowds Awarded President's Medal

Jone and Martin Dowd, center, pose with Father O'Connell, left, and Director of Athletics Michael Allen.
Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, honored three staff members from the university's Department of Athletics at an on-campus dinner Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Father O'Connell presented Martin and Jone Dowd with the President's Medal, the university's highest honor, which recognizes individuals who share the vision and exemplify the ideals of Catholic University. He also recognized Robert Sargeant, the athletics department's business and health insurance manager, who is leaving the university after more than 25 years of service.

"The word 'extraordinary' was coined with Jone and Marty Dowd in mind," remarked Father O'Connell as he presented the medal. "Extraordinary talent. Extraordinary commitment. Extraordinary humor. And extraordinary generosity. A grateful university salutes you both for all you have given and accomplished here."

The Dowds have been associated with CUA for more than 51 years. Martin is a CUA graduate and former tennis player who has served as men's tennis coach since 1963. Jone initiated the department's first athletic programs for women during the rise of Title IX. She began and coached many of CUA's teams including women's basketball and tennis. Jone also started the Lifetime and Leisure Studies program as a part of the drama department and was on the drama faculty. She is currently the senior women's athletics administrator and serves on a number of NCAA committees.

Both Dowds have received other awards over their five decades of service to the university. Martin is the winningest coach in the department with more than 450 victories. Jone has been inducted into the CUA Athletic Hall of Fame and was the 1990 CUA Woman of the Year. Catholic University has become a tradition in the Dowd family, as three of their four children attended and played tennis at CUA. Jone will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2007-08 academic year.

Sargeant started out in the Office of Residence Life. He had a hand in numerous milestones at CUA. Sargeant was on the committee to plan the construction of the Raymond A. DuFour Center in 1985 and was one of the first people to have an office in the new facility as associate athletic director and business manager. Sargeant will leave the university at the end of December.

The honors presentation occurred at a special dinner recognizing Director of Athletics Michael Allen and members of the head coaching staffs of CUA athletic teams for their service to the university.