Scholarship honors USD coaching legend, his wife

Scholarship honors USD coaching legend, his wife A group of University of South Dakota swimmers and divers from the 1970s and '80s have honored their former coach, E. Don "Doc" McCullough, and his wife, Betty, by creating a scholarship endowment in their name at The University of South Dakota Foundation. The McCulloughs served as parents and mentors to hundreds of young athletes as Doc coached and Betty took them under her wing. The first scholarship from the endowment was awarded last fall to Megan Finnie of Port Orchard, WA. Connie Clem of Longmont, CO was the first to suggest creating the scholarship to honor Doc and Betty and said, "It's great to see this outcome. Everyone who contributed to launching the scholarship is pleased that it is rewarding swimmers at USD. The McCulloughs did so much for swimming in South Dakota and I'm glad the scholarship will acknowledge Don and Betty's enthusiasm and energy now and in the years ahead." Tom Jeitz of Watertown was part of the original group of swimmers and divers who created the scholarship. "Where do I start telling you about what Doc and Betty have meant to me, the rest of their 'kids' and the university?" said Jeitz. "As for me and the rest of the herd that I swam with back in the late '70s, we swam for USD because Doc was the coach, plain and simple. We respected him so much as a coach that we couldn't even fathom not going to USD to swim for him. This may sound funny, but Doc and Betty really were 'parents' for a lot of us while we were all at college. They took us into their home on many occasions, just like we were their children." Jeitz, Clem and their former teammate, Melinda Williams all worked to establish the McCullough scholarship with the help of the USD Foundation. They and the many donors are celebrating the success of the effort and of a life, as Doc would say, "in the swim."

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