This summer Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) will bid a bittersweet farewell to a man who has become an important part of the institution: athletic director and dean of the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Ronald H. Case. Case has served as athletic director at the College for 25 years and his tenure has been marked by an impressive array of awards and accomplishments.
“For 25 years, Ron Case has been at the helm of the College’s athletic department guiding the Roadrunners to impressive regional and national championships, including capturing the biggest competitive overall award in the country —the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. He is also the only athletic director in the country to be named an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year five times,” stated RCGC President Frederick Keating. “Ron has been a major force as the College’s athletic director and dean of Health, Physical Education & Recreation. His commitment and talent will be greatly missed.”
Under Case’s direction, the Roadrunners have achieved 28 NJCAA Division III National Championships and 68 top-three national finishes. RCGC has been awarded the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup Award on four occasions, recognizing the College as the top National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Non-Scholarship Athletic Program in the country, finished in the top three NATYCAA Cup Standings for eight consecutive years, and won the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup for Best Overall Two-Year College Athletic Program in the Country. Case also led the Roadrunners to the CAANJ Cup, recognizing the College as the top two-year college athletic department in the state of New Jersey, a total of 14 times, including the past 10 consecutive years.
“Ron’s imprint on athletics here at the College will always be remembered. He has added programs, improved facilities, won championships and will be leaving the program in great shape for future generations of Roadrunners. He has mentored coaches and staff and helped them both professionally and personally,” said Brian Rowan, Assistant Director of Athletics.
“Beyond that, he has been a leader for two-year college athletics nationally and there are very few who are as well respected as he is at this level or any level of intercollegiate athletic administration.”
His influence on the College and its student athletes is undeniable. Freshman athlete Julia Ruczynski, a women’s tennis region champion and NJCAA All-American at second doubles, spoke fondly of the athletic director: “You will never see Mr. Case without a smile on his face. He has not only impacted the students of the past and present, but he will continue to impact RCGC even if he isn’t in the building. The students of RCGC thank you for all that you have done and we will miss you dearly.”
Case’s athletic teams aren’t the only ones accumulating trophies and awards - he is no stranger to those, himself. In 1998, Case was elected to a four-year term as a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee. He received NACDA's National Athletic Director of the Year Award for Two-Year Colleges an unprecedented five times. He is a past-president of the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators, has served as a member of NATYCAA's executive committee since 1993 and received that organization's highest award, the L. William Miller Award in 2002. He has also served as president of the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey and received that organization's highest award, The Garden State Award. He has been a member of the CAANJ Executive Committee since 1995. Case received Gloucester County College's Medallion Award for Service to the College and Community in 2007 and was inducted into the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2015, he was presented with the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Ron Case has nothing but fond sentiments when asked about his upcoming retirement from RCGC: “It has been my great honor to spend the last 25 years of my career serving as the athletic director and dean of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Rowan College at Gloucester County. The opportunities my work at the college and association with professional organizations from the state and national level have provided me with more wonderful memories than I could ever have imagined possible. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with so many outstanding students, student athletes, coaches, faculty members and administrators during my tenure.”
Case’s official retirement date is scheduled for August 31, 2016. Brian Rowan, current Assistant Athletic Director, has been announced as his replacement.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.