PEORIA — Glen McCullough was a small man in stature. However he was a large on the Peoria sporting scene for many years, ensuring occasions from Peoria Pacers baseball to the IHSA basketball event to Bradley basketball to the Missouri Valley Convention event ran easily.
McCullough died at his Peoria house Wednesday morning on the age of 93. Whereas he achieved an extended, affluent profession at Caterpillar in gross sales engineering and advertising and marketing, it was Glen’s volunteerism with which he cemented his legacy.
“He had such an incredible life and so many great mates,” stated his daughter, Laura Heiden.
A 1944 graduate of Guide Excessive College and a 1950 graduate of Bradley, McCullough was married to Joan (Stice) for practically 64 years. She survives together with their youngsters, Laura (Tim) and Chris (Krissy) and granddaughter Anna.
McCullough’s lifetime of service started after highschool within the Air Power. When he enrolled at Bradley, he served as basketball supervisor for the nationally outstanding Braves from 1948 till he graduated in 1950.
Within the 1960s, McCullough went to work on the statistics workers for BU basketball video games. His position advanced into heading one among faculty basketball’s earliest communications crews within the 1970s.
“It began on the Discipline Home when Ron Ferguson was the (athletics director),” McCullough instructed me in 2011. “Any person can be looking for Fergie, so we got here up with the thought of getting totally different folks across the constructing with CB radios.”
The crew continues to be going robust at Carver Enviornment as we speak. They run stats, function safety across the locker rooms, escort the referees, work the scorer’s desk in addition to carry out myriad different capabilities.
The Bradley crew was so environment friendly when Peoria hosted the 1988 MVC event, the Valley employed them (as volunteers) to work the MVC and NCAA tournaments that got here to St. Louis.
McCullough gained quite a few awards for his service and was inducted into each the Bradley and MVC Halls of Fame.
“Group is one among my strengths,” McCullough stated in that very same interview. “I get enjoyment out of organizing occasions and making them occur.”
And, whereas he was universally praised by colleagues for his kindness and generosity, McCullough ran these occasions with a stern hand targeted on order and following guidelines.
My favourite story about Glen that illustrates this level got here 25 years in the past on the Valley event in St. Louis.
Then St. Louis Blues president/CEO Mark Sauer confirmed up on the cross gate of Kiel Middle (house of the Blues, now referred to as Enterprise Middle) with out a credential. McCullough’s daughter, Laura, who manned the cross gate, referred to as her dad to ask what she ought to do.
“I don’t care who he’s,” Glen stated. “If he doesn’t have a cross, he’s not licensed at this sport.”
Sauer left the constructing smiling, impressed by McCullough’s principled stand.
This was classic Glen McCullough. Guidelines are guidelines. However his bark was a lot worse than his chunk, as evidenced by the outpouring of tributes that flowed in Thursday.
Here’s a sampling:
Tom Lamonica, former Illinois State sports activities data director: “Earlier than operations had been taught in sports activities administration school rooms, and even earlier than there have been positions in athletics applications to deal with game-day operations, there was Glen McCullough and the ‘Bradley Crew.’ They pioneered backstage operations at sports activities venues. In Illinois State’s first 12 months within the Valley, we noticed how the crew operated. Glen graciously answered our questions and helped us make modifications at Illinois State.”
Joe Dalfonso, former Bradley sports activities data director: “Glen was probably the most devoted volunteer I’ve ever been related to. I beloved working aspect by aspect with him on initiatives as a result of he was, at first, a trainer. He invented ‘sport administration’ at Bradley, took it to Arch Insanity and raised the tactic of service to a brand new degree.”
Doug Elgin, Missouri Valley Convention commissioner: “Glen was such a by-the-book man, and if I attempted to enter by way of the again hallway at Carver Enviornment with out a cross, he’d cease me. He created a household tradition together with his Bradley safety crew that made them an vital a part of Arch Insanity and the entire NCAA tournaments they assisted the MVC workers with right here in St. Louis.”
Bobby Parker, Bradley affiliate AD for communications: “On one among my first days at Bradley, Glen got here by my workplace to take me to lunch and drove me round city. He was so happy with Peoria and Bradley and he displayed that delight each sport when he welcomed members of the media, sport officers and opposing groups to Carver Enviornment.”
Ken Kavanagh, former Bradley athletics director: “Our total household was so blessed to have had Glen’s heartwarming friendship from the time we arrived on The Hilltop. He bled Bradley crimson in addition to anybody ever and nobody beloved their alma mater greater than BU’s No. 1 ambassador. Like his contemporaries – Coach Ozzie, Pete, Dr. B and Corky, he will likely be sorely missed.”
Curt Wardelman, long-time member of the BU communications crew: “He had this distinctive knack to get you concerned in something Peoria or Bradley. He then saved ‘selling me’ up the ladder of unpaid jobs to now the place I run the press gate for Bradley and the IHSA. Glen was a black and white man. Both you had a cross otherwise you didn’t. Both you had been imagined to be there otherwise you weren’t. It didn’t matter who you had been, these guidelines utilized on a regular basis, no exceptions. I’m describing it like he feels like a tyrant. However the precise reverse was true. He would do something for you even on a second’s discover.”
Jack Watkins, MVC affiliate commissioner: “Whereas he’s not bodily with us, Glen’s presence will stay a fixture at Bradley in addition to Arch Insanity. The (event) was not sturdy when it arrived in St. Louis in 1991. However we had the precise operational/communications captain in place to steer us towards 30 years of prominence. As a neophyte in the course of the 1992-93 tutorial 12 months, Glen took me below his wing, introduced me alongside in The Valley method of operating occasions and formed me into the person who you see as we speak. I’m not the one MVC staffer who feels this manner.”
No funeral companies are deliberate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions could also be despatched in reminiscence of Glen McCullough to: The Ken and Pat Goldin Scholarship Fund c/o Bradley College, 1501 Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61625 or donor’s alternative.
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