The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) of North America, governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, has recognized three individuals for their significant service to the organization.
Ted Livingston (Bellingham, Wash.) was presented with the Lifetime Service Award; Ken Legler (Medford, Mass.) was recognized for Outstanding Service; and Nathan Cowan (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) received the Student Leadership Award. All three will be inducted into the ICSA Hall of Fame, and their names will be added to the permanent display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Lifetime Service Award - Ted Livingston
The Lifetime Service Award, presented annually to an individual who has rendered exceptional service to the sport of inter-collegiate sailing and who has passed his/her 60th birthday, was awarded to Ted Livingston (Bellingham, Wash.), San Diego State University class of 1948. In 1947-48, Livingston helped form San Diego State's first sailing team, which went on that year to win the PCIYRA Championship and also became the first West Coast team to sail for the Morss Trophy at Annapolis. Some years later, Livingston organized and coached the first sailing team at the University of Hawaii. After nine years of coaching, Livingston spent another ten years as team adviser during his tenure as Hawaii's Assistant Athletic Director.
During these years, Hawaii attained sixth place in the national rankings, won the Douglas Cup as well as the PCIYRA Sloop Championship, and was twice selected to sail in the Kennedy Cup. In 1982, Livingston was elected to the College Sailing Hall of Fame. Since retiring, Livingston has been active on ICSA's Afterguard and Hall of Fame Committees.
Outstanding Service - Ken Legler
Kenneth Legler (Medford, Mass.) was recognized in the category of Outstanding Service/ Professional for service that includes work as the Schedule Coordinator for NEISA. A member of Sailing World's college ranking panel for many years, Legler regularly contributes "Coaching Tips" to the ICSA membership list. In 1977, as a senior at the University of Rhode Island, Legler led the Rams to claim the ICSA North American Dinghy and Team Race Championships. His professional coaching career started at the U.S. Naval Academy, which was followed by a two-year stint at Kings Point during which his athletes won the dinghy and singlehanded nationals. Since 1980 Legler has been the head sailing coach at Tufts and under his direction Tufts has won seven ICSA North American Women's Championships, five North American Team Race Championships, three North American Dinghy Championships and three North American Singlehanded titles. In 1985 he led the College All-Star Tour of the British Isles that won all four biennial trophy matches against the BUSA All-Stars.
Nathan Cowan Honored Posthumously with ICSA Student Leadership Award
The 2002 Student Leadership Award was bestowed posthumously to Nathan Cowan (Oakville, Ontario, Canada), Queens University '02. Cowan, who lost his life in a tragic car accident earlier this year, left behind an indelible mark on the Queens sailing program. "His creativity and his positive attitude influenced everyone," said ICSA Selection Committee Chair Mike Horn (Cobalt, Conn.), who noted Cowan's enthusiasm and unflagging leadership over a number of years. Holding a variety of offices in the sailing club, Cowan developed alumni events to raise money, was able to motivate sailors to attend practice, and was the team's best and most effective recruiter.
Practices, for him, were as much an opportunity to coach others as to work on his own skills. Perhaps most important, Cowan spearheaded the effort that led to the hiring of a full-time coach for the Queens team.