Note: This is the third of four major FSU Athletics Awards that will be presented between now and Friday for the 2017-18 campaign. The final award, the Dean Davenport Bulldog of the Year Award, will be announced Friday.
Big Rapids, Mich. - Longtime Ferris State University Athletics Head Athletic Trainer Dave Lucey has been honored as the 2017-18 recipient of the "Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award" for his invaluable contributions to FSU Athletics.
Lucey, who served as the Bulldogs' head trainer for the past 32 years, recently retired at the end of June after playing an important role serving thousands of student-athletes over his many years of service to the university.
He becomes the 30th recipient of the Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated loyalty and unselfish support of Bulldog Athletics. The award was announced internally late this spring at a department-wide gathering in front of FSU's nearly 400 student-athletes.
"Dave Lucey is very deserving of receiving this award and has had a lasting impact on Ferris State Athletics and our student-athletes for the past 32 years," said FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger. "He is a true professional who will be missed in our everyday operation, but we know he'll continue to be a Bulldog and strong supporter.
"He has worked with thousands of athletes over his years of service and has been a dedicated and loyal employee," he added. "There have been some outstanding individuals who have received the Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award in the past and it's a pleasure to add his name to this list. He's very deserving of receiving this recognition for his efforts over many years."
Lucey began his tenure as the head certified athletic trainer and the department's health care administrator at Ferris State University in August 1986. A native of Adrian, Mich., Lucey arrived to Ferris State after serving from 1984-86 as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Prior to that position, he was the head athletic trainer at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., from 1981-84.
During his Bulldog career, Lucey worked with every FSU varsity athletic program, including serving as the lead trainer at one time for both the Bulldogs' NCAA Division I hockey program along with being the longtime trainer for Ferris State Football while working nearly every home and away contest over his 32 years of service.
A 1979 graduate of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Lucey earned his bachelor of science degree in health education. He then received his master's degree in athletic training at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 1981. Lucey graduated from Adrian (Mich.) High School in 1975 and served as a student trainer from 1971-75.
Lucey is married to the former Sharon Dweyer and the couple resides in Reed City, Mich. They have two children - Tom and Karen.
The Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award is named in honor of former Ferris State Athletics Director and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner Pete Peterson (1964-79). Lucey joins a long list of former colleagues who have earned the prestigious distinction.
The award, which was founded in the 1981-82 season, was reinstated following the 2002-03 athletics season after a seven-year absence. Coaches and athletics department staff nominate individuals to be considered which are selected from alumni, community members, university faculty or staff, and fans. A committee from the administration staff of intercollegiate athletics determined the award recipient.
"We're honored to be able to present these year-end awards and extremely pleased as an athletic department to be able to honor our outstanding student-athletes and people with awards named after individuals who have played such a big part in the history and tradition of Bulldog Athletics," said Weisenburger.
Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award Recipients:
2017-18 - Dave Lucey (Head Athletic Trainer, Supporter, Friend)
2016-17 - Terry Nerbonne (Faculty Athletics Representative, Supporter, Friend)
2015-16 - Ben Mumah (Athletics Equipment Manager, Coach, Supporter, Friend)
2014-15 - Bob Buckingham (Community & Financial Supporter, Rebounders Club member, Fan)
2013-14 - Linda Burnes (Community & Financial Supporter, Longtime "SuperFan")
2012-13 - Kevin Courtney (Blueline Club President, Community Supporter)
2011-12 - Matt Pinter (PGM Program Coordinator)
2010-11 - Sandy Gholston (Journalist, Bulldog Athletics Blog writer)
2009-10 - Tom Kirinovic (Athletics Director, Associate AD, Assistant AD, Ice Arena Manager, Athletics Business Manager)
2008-09 - Bob Horan III (Local Businessman, Financial Supporter, Fan, Gridron Club, Rebounders Club & Blueline Club Member)
2007-08 - Stanley Gustafson (Statistician, Hockey Season Ticket Holder, Fan)
2006-07 – Mike Wissink (Team Chaplain, Team Building Coordinator)
2005-06 – Paul Quick (Ticket Manager, Business Operations)
2004-05 – Sueann Walz (Local Businesswoman, Financial Supporter, Fan, Blueline Club Member)
2003-04 – Paul Davis (Ticket Manager)
2002-03 – Dick Hawkins (Dean, Blueline Club Member)
1995-96 – Rich Currie (Local Businessman, Bulldog Club Member, Bulldog Football's "Number One Fan")
1994-95 – Lyn Hanson (Bus Driver, Fan)
1993-94 – Judd Folske (Baseball Head Coach, Assistant to Athletics Director)
1992-93 – Dean Davenport (Athletics Director, Administrator, Coach)
1991-92 – Rachel Snyder (Associate Professor, National Anthem Singer, Athletic Advisory Committee Member & Chair)
1990-91 – Bill Scheible (Alumni Director, Bulldog Club Member, Athletics Business Manager, Assistant to Athletics Director, Ewigleben Ice Arena Manager)
1989-90 – Tom Cook (CCHA Institutional Representative, Dean of Gerholdz Institute for Lifelong Learning, Administrative Consultant)
1988-89 – Carma Burcham (Assistant Registrar For Athletic Eligibility, Bulldog Club, Blue Line Club, Fastbreak Club)
1987-88 – John Allshouse (Athletics Associates Board Member and President, Fund raising event organizer)
1986-87 – Bob Leach (Alumni Affairs Director, Assistant Vice President For Alumni and Development, Head Football Coach, Development Officer)
1985-86 – Tom Walsh (Dean, Official Timekeeper, Athletic Associates Member)
1984-85 – Bill Buckingham (Public Address Announcer, Associate Vice President For Student Services)
1982-83 – Tim Pendell (Sports Information Director)
1981-82 – Dr. Frederick Birkham (Health Center Director)