Monday, September 15, 2008

Following Up On The Big Announcement

As you can read here, Bud Haidet announced his retirement as the director of athletics at UWM. There is additional coverage on the main site, including a full transcript of the comments from Bud, Chancellor Santiago and Jon LeCrone. But, on the blog, I thought I would just collect up some other quotes about Bud from various people in athletics.

So, this will be one of a few posts of thoughts from others. I'll also plan on posting links to some of the articles and features on Bud over the next few days.

Current Marquette and former UWM men's soccer coach Louis Bennett

"Obviously, I'm real respectful and thankful to Bud. He's the one who gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach and was extremely supportive in what I did. What he did with me, he did with so many other first-time head coaches in other sports, which is a testament to his style. I'm happy for him, and I think he deserves congratulations for his body of work."

Valpo Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera

"The Horizon League's position as one of the premier mid-major conferences in the country is attributable to the strength of all of its members. What Milwaukee has been able to achieve both athletically and academically under Bud's leadership exemplifies this strength."

UIC Director of Athletics Jim Schmidt

"Bud is a leader both in the Horizon League and with national issues. The
success UWM has experienced can be attributed to his vision and hard work.
We at UIC wish him the best. We will miss his competitive spirit."