Ardell Hatch honored by NCC at banquet Ardell Hatch of Vermillion is one of three individuals to receive the Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year Award.
The presentation of the award was made to Hatch, as well as Jim Lord of Greeley, CO, and Kathy Schultz of Mankato, MN, during the NCC Honors Awards Dinner on Sunday, May 20 in Sioux Falls.
The award recognizes the singular commitment of former NCC Commissioner Noel Olson to the advancement of NCC visibility, credibility and excellence throughout the nation during his 1984-1997 tenure in office. It honors individuals who, as volunteers, have made significant contributions to the NCC as a whole. Award recipients are selected by the institutional representatives at each of the league's 10 member schools.
Hatch has been one of the biggest supporters and most active volunteers at The University of South Dakota. With his wife, Rula, Hatch has become one of the university's best friends.
In private business for 40 years before retiring in 1985, Hatch was a helpful figure in promoting the DakotaDome concept when plans were being formalized. He was also part of the fundraising effort for the DakotaDome and has assisted with other USD Athletic Department special projects.
Hatch has always been a helpful person behind the scenes when organizing or planning Coyote functions at various locations and is a significant promoter of many sporting events. He has also been very active in raising money for the USD Athletic Department scholarship fund through the Joe Robbie Outings and for many years was a volunteer at USD track meets.
In addition, he has been involved with the South Dakota State High School Playoffs since their inception in 1982, serving each year on the event committee and establishing the Joe Robbie Award, which recognizes the most valuable performer in each playoff game.
Hatch, a veteran of World War II, is a member of the USD Alumni Association, serves as a USD Foundation Trustee where he is a member of the Foundation's Nominating and Leadership Committee. He is also a member of the Robert Slagle Cumulative Giving Society.
The USD School of Business has honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in 1981 and he received the USD Honorary Alumnus Award in 1988. He has been a member of the Vermillion Quarterback Club and Coyote Booster Club for many years. In 1990, USD recognized his many efforts by naming him to the Coyote Hall of Fame � Special Contributor.