MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Villanova University head football coach Andy Talley will be honored by "Be The Match operated by the National Marrow Donor Program" and earn the 2014 Rod Carew Leadership Award. Talley will receive the award at the Be The Match Gala in Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday, Sept. 12.
The Rod Carew Leadership Award is given annually to a person or organization who makes a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families. It is named for Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer, Rod Carew, who raised national awareness of the need for marrow donors while searching for a donor for his daughter, Michelle.
Past winners of the award include NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America Robin Roberts and Carew.
Talley will be entering his 35th season as a collegiate head coach, including his 30th as the Wildcat leader in 2014. The winningest coach in school history, Talley's record on the Main Line currently stands at an impressive 204-125-1. He has a 34-year overall coaching record of 232-143-2. Throughout his Villanova career, Talley has led the Wildcats to 10 NCAA playoff appearances, six conference championships, three Lambert Meadowlands Cup, three ECAC Team of the Year awards, three national semifinal appearances and the 2009 national championship.
Away from the football field, Talley dedicates most of his time to the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation, as well as Be The Match. Through their joint initiative, "Get in the Game, Save a Life" (GITG), both organizations work in conjunction with college football teams nationwide to register potential marrow donors for the Be The Match Registry. Since 2008, with the help of over 50 colleges and universities, GITG has added over 52,000 donors to the national registry and is credited with providing 271 potential donor-patient matches. From the 271 donors, 194 were selected as patient's perfect match and continued on to provide a marrow transplant and second chance at life.
For his efforts with the bone marrow program, Talley has received numerous awards and accolades. In the spring of 2010, he was presented The Person of the Decade Award by the Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Program of Temple University Hospital. In 2009, he was given the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Laurie Strauss Foundation and the Collegiate Award by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). The Strauss Foundation Award recognizes an individual for instilling compassion in collegiate student-athletes and the Collegiate Award is given to an individual or university in honor of outstanding commitment to raising awareness, recruiting donors and supporting life-saving work of the NMDP. In the summer of 2008, The Philadelphia Sports Congress gave Talley its 2008 Community Service Award which is presented to the individual, business or organization that has done the most to contribute to the quality of life in Philadelphia through sports.
About Be The Match
For people with life-threatening blood cancers--like leukemia and lymphoma--or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry®, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant.
Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2