OVC Hall of Fame

Mike Strickland
Mike Strickland

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Former Belmont University Director of Athletics Mike Strickland has been selected for induction into the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Hall of Fame as announced by the conference office on Friday morning.

Strickland, who retired as Director of Athletics last June after 20 year tenure at Belmont, is one of two inductees in the 2017 class, joining former Austin Peay President Dr. Sherry Hoppe.

The Georgia native was selected for induction based on his effective leadership as Director of Athletics at two OVC institutions, Belmont and Murray State. 

During his two decades at Belmont, Strickland helped the University transition from NAIA, to NCAA Division I Independent, to membership in the Atlantic Sun and eventually Ohio Valley Conference. He helped the Bruins win 45 conference championships, including nine during its first four years in the OVC. Strickland also oversaw the addition of six sports during his tenure including women's soccer, women's golf and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.

He was instrumental in the building of the Curb Event Center and the E.S. Rose Park Athletic Complex. During Strickland's tenure more than 1,000 students (student-athletes, cheerleaders, and team managers) earned their undergraduate degrees and the athletics programs produced 24 Academic All-Americans. Over his last 15 years, Belmont won its conference's overall academic trophy in 13 of those years. Strickland was named National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year in 2009.

Prior to his stint at Belmont, Mike served nine years (1987-1996) as Director of Athletics at Murray State.  While at Murray State, Strickland saw the Racers win 26 OVC regular season and tournament championships, including two OVC Men's All-Sport Trophies and three OVC Women's All-Sport Trophies. The MSU rifle team produced two NCAA Individual National Champions and the Racers men's basketball team claimed it's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, topping North Carolina State in 1988. Strickland served on the NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee and the NCAA Rifle Committee during his tenure. He also helped improvement athletic facilities, including helping plan the CFSB Center which opened in 1998.

The OVC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Friday, June 2 at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Nashville. 

For more information on the OVC Hall of Fame, go to www.ovcsports.com.