Years of study and experience have
earned Sidney Fox the job of
athletic director at the
University of Michigan-Dearborn
When Sidney Fox became athletic
director at the University of
Michigan-Dearborn in November
1987, he received far less fanfare than
Bo Schembechler got when he became
the AD at U-M's Ann Arbor campus.
But for Fox, the UM-D job is the
fulfillment of a dream.
"That's been my career goal," says
Fox, 49, who wanted "to became a
director of athletics at a four-year in-
stitution, at an institution that
stresses academics — because I'm a
strong believer in that — and one
(school) that's not so large. This fits
my goals in life, so I'm really pleased.
"I'm a Detroit-area native . . . all
my contacts, resources are at my
disposal. I just feel comfortable in this
setting. It's a small enough universi-
ty where you get to know people on
a one-to-one basis. I feel that's impor-
tant. And I know that we're never go-
ing to be an institution that over-
stresses sports, and that's good.
Academics will always be first at our
But Fox feels that sports have an
important place within the universi-
ty. "People need something to rally
around. This is a commuter campus.
We have 7,500 students and by and
large they drive to school, go to
classes and then either have a part-
time job after school or do a lot of stu-
dying, just to keep up. Without hav-
ing dormitories and the like on our
campus, they need something in par-
ticular to kind of rally around and feel
a part of!'
He took over a UM-D program
which consisted of three inter-
collegiate sports: men's hockey, and
women's basketball and volleyball.
Fox has since established club teams
for men and women in fencing, cross
country and golf, plus men's basket-
ball. The goal is to apply for member-
ship in the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA).
If UM-D is accepted for member-
ship, says Fox, "we would make the
club sports into intercollegiate sports.
There's a required number, seven or
eight, that we would have to have .. .
"Hockey must become a sanction-
ed sport. The NCAA is the only inter-
collegiate body that sanctions hockey
in the United States. So for us to be
able to continue to compete and grow
at that level, we have to gain member-
ship into that association. Once we do,
we'll be competing against Michigan-
Ann Arbor and Michigan State,
schools of that magnitude!"
The UM-D Wolves will also try to
join a major conference, possibly the
Central Collegiate Hockey Associa-
tion, which includes Michigan and
Michigan State plus some small
schools like Lake Superior State and
the University of Illinois-Chicago,
which have excellent hockey
Fox says the Wolves "would pro-
bably be able to compete in" the
CCHA "in another few years!'
The hockey team made its first
state-wide television appearance in
February, playing Notre Dame on
PASS. Fox calls that "an historic oc-
casion . . . Hopefully we'll be on again
sometime this year . . . because that
Wauldron Catches Harrison Title
With Bryan Wauldron in on
almost every big play, Farmington
Harrison won the state Class B foot-
ball championship, 44-9, over St.
Joseph at the Pontiac Silverdome on
The 13-0 Hawks were ranked first
in Class B all season. They were the
state runners-up last year.
The Bears, 12-1, received the
opening kickoff and drove to Har-
rison's 29. On fourth down Wauldron,
who played defensive back as well as
receiver, intercepted a pass and
returned it to his own 29.
On the next play, Wauldron beat
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1988
two defenders and caught a 71-yard
touch _ down bomb from quarterback
"We do that quite often," explain-
ed Harrison coach John Herrington.
"We like to loosen up the defense a lit-
Wauldron knew all week that the
Hawks would open the game with a
bomb. "We thought we could beat 'em
on the back side . . . so we tried and
Mill's arm — he just aired it out and
it was there. All I do is catch it."
St. Joseph, which played a strong
first half, then drove back into Har-
rison's territory, but Wauldron
recovered a second-down fumble,
again at the 29.
Late in the first quarter, with the
Hawks ahead 7-6, Wauldron beat a
defender with a quick move to the
sideline and Coleman again hit him
in stride for a 72-yard touchdown
pass. That gave Wauldron a new state
record for most yards receiving in a
state championship game. He finish-
ed with five catches for 177 yards and
Harrison completely dominated
in the second half, scoring
touchdowns on all four of its posse-
sions. After the first score, Coleman
hit Wauldron with a two-point conver-
sion pass for a 22-9 lead. After an in-
terception by Jason Lichtman,
Wauldron capped a 48-yard drive with
a leaping, 15-yard touchdown catch.
Wauldron added his second intercep-
tion on St. Joseph's next possession,
returning the ball 16 yards to the
Lichtman returned three kickoffs
for 73 yards. He had a 55-yard return
called back by a penalty. He also saw
some action at receiver. Dale Katz
started and played offensive tackle
and defensive end. Katz had three
solo tackles and one assist, Wauldron
made three tackles and Lichtman had
one tackle and one assist.
Recalling last year's loss at the
Silverdome, Wauldron said, "when I
walked off last year I had a feeling in-
side — If I could just get back here one
more time . . . I'm grateful that I am,
and how good we did!' ❑