(Cross Country/Track and Field Coach, 1980-2007)
At the time of his induction, Ron Mann was starting his 20th year as the head coach of the cross country and track and field programs at Northern Arizona University. He is the most honored coach in the Big Sky conference and is respected across the country for preparing his athletes for national competitions. A 1972 NAU graduate, Mann was a member of the 1971 Big Sky Conference-champion cross country team that finished ninth in the nation and was the coach of the 1988 and 1995 men's cross country team that finished second in the nation. He also led the 1991 women's cross country team to a third-place finish in the NCAA Championships, the highest national finish by and NAU women's program. In his career, he has won 45 Big Sky Conference titles and has had athletes participate in 81 NCAA cross country and track and field championship meets. He also has produced at least one Olympian in every summer Games since 1984 while earning 20 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year honors and producing more than 70 individual All-Americans. In cross country, at least one of his teams has placed among the nation's top-10 in 12 of the last 13 years and NAU has been represented at the NCAA Championships by a team or individual every year since 1987. Despite all his accolades, his teams made history in 1998, as NAU became the first school in conference history to win all four conference titles (men, women, team, individual) in the same year.