Clyde Williams Society honors iconic Cyclone

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When you think of the people who have personally invested in Iowa State Athletics throughout history, Clyde Williams is a name that should be near the top of the list.

Williams, a native of Shelby, Iowa, won 69% of his games as football coach from 1907-12. He also started the men’s basketball program in 1907 – serving as its coach – before moving onto to the role of Athletics Director for six years. He was one of a half-dozen men to sign the bank note for the construction of State Field. Williams was fully vested in ISU sports.

So, it’s only appropriate that the athletics department – which created a cumulative all-time giving program for its most loyal and generous donors – named it the Clyde Williams Society.

Two hundred and two individuals and/or families were inaugural inductees into the society. Members were recognized at the annual Athletics Directors’ Reception last week. Lifetime giving of at least $100,000 was required for recognition in the Clyde Williams Society.

The creation of the Clyde Williams Society is an extension of recent efforts by the Iowa State Athletics Department to recognize and honors some of its iconic figures.

Two of its donor areas – the Jack Trice Club and Johnny’s (for Johnny Orr) – as well as the Pete Taylor Media Room and the Bill & Karen Bergan Track have been or will be constructed in the near future.

These initiatives all celebrate the legacies of some of the greatest ambassadors in ISU Athletics history. We greatly appreciate the support of all Cyclone supporters and the Clyde Williams Society is a celebration of the most loyal and long-time donors.

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