In Support of Dennis Tierney for the UWSP Athletic Hall of Fame
We, the undersigned, hereby support the nomination of Dennis E. Tierney to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame as a Friend of Athletics.*
Dennis ended his 33-year career at the University as the Deputy Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Executive Director of Student Services, the Director of Career Services, and the Fundraising Liaison to Student Affairs. His contributions to Pointer Athletics, however, far out-paced his many job titles. Employing a singular wit, creativity, and good humor, Dennis gained a well-earned reputation as a tenacious problem-solver. Dennis was the rare sort of administrator who would work in the morning to create a partnership between a community business and the University in support of our women’s basketball team, take time during lunch to counsel a student-athlete or advise on a fundraising initiative, and spend his evening at the home of a football recruit, promoting UWSP to a future Pointer. To be sure, his abilities as a negotiator, fundraiser, and recruiter played an oversized part in our on-the-field victories and programmatic milestones. While his accomplishments are too numerous to adequately document here, Dennis was instrumental in brokering an agreement to bring the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars to train at the University, which led to substantial improvements in our facilities and our infrastructure. Finally, as a tenured professor in the psychology department, his talent as an instructor was matched only by his passion for Pointer Athletics.
Dennis did not seek commendations for his incredible stewardship of our Athletics program, and it is because he did so much–while asking for so little in return–that his achievements warrant this significant honor.
*An individual is eligible for Special Admittance to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame if he or she “has made exceptional contributions to the University or to a particular sport on a state and possible national level and has been associated with UWSP for a period of five (5) or more years.”