Born: January 17, 1931
Carlsbad, New Mexico
Died: May 2001
With a career that affected the national sports landscape, Doris Soladay had a profound impact on intercollegiate women’s athletics. She was a pioneer, innovator, problem-solver, visionary, leader and facilitator during her lengthy career as a Syracuse University administrator.
Soladay was honored by the ECAC with the Katherine Ley Award in 1995 as the women’s administrator who serves as a role model for her colleagues, as well as a strong proponent of women’s issues. She was also a member of the ECAC Women’s Steering Committee from 1983-1987.
Soladay passed away in 2001, but her spirit lives on in the form of the Soladay Award which is presented each year to the top male and female Syracuse student-athlete. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon a current Orange student-athlete and recognizes those who best exemplify her essence.
1945: Graduated from Carlsbad High School in NM; Lettered in swimming, basketball, volleyball
1952: University of Denver, Bachelor of Arts degree
1952-1952: Teacher of physical education to grades 8-9 in Paradise, Ca.
1953-1956: Teacher-supervisor of physical education to grades K-12 in Burlington, Vermont
1956-1957: Grad assistant at University of Colorado, Masters of Science degree
1957-1960: Instructor of physical education at University of Colorado
1960: Moved east to work at SU under nationally-recognized women’s physical educator Lucille Verhulst.
1960-1975: SU Associate professor of Physical Education
1975-1982: SU Director of women’s athletics
1983: Inducted into the Orange Plus Hall of Fame
1993: Received SU's Varsity Club “Letterman of Distinction Award”
1993: ECAC Jostens Distinguished Service Award
1995: Retires after 35 years as SU’s associate athletic director on May 31
1967: Assn of Women in PE of NYS, President
1968-1974: Red Cross Water Safety Committee
1977-1979: Cazenovia College Physical Education Advisory Board
1977-1982: Foundation to Advance Arts and Athletics in Syracuse
1978-1995: Member of the Syracuse Chargers Board of Directors
1982-1984: NYS Assn. for Heath, PE, Recreation and Dance
1983-1987: Member of the YWCA Board of Directors
1982: Post Standard “Woman of Achievement (Sports)
1983-1987: ECAC Women’s Steering Committee
1985-1995: Syracuse Sports Corp Board of Directors
1989-1995: Member of the NCAA Council
1993: ECAC Distinguished Service Award