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NFF Chapter Leaders To Be Recognized With Leadership Awards
From the 11,000 members and 118 chapters of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of
Published: 10/20/2000 12:00:00 AM
From the 11,000 members and 118 chapters of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, only a select few are honored each year with the Chapter Leadership Award. 

The 2000 honorees are: 

Patricia Chryst - Mid-West Region - Wisconsin Chapter 

Hunter Jackson - Southern Region - Tri-Cities Chapter (Johnson City, TN) 

Janie and Bill Riddle - Western Region - Valley of the Sun Chapter (Phoenix, AZ) 

Andy Talley - Eastern Region - Philadelphia Chapter 

"The Foundation thrives on its network of chapters and all that they accomplish," stated Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. "We are indebted to our chapter leaders, and I want to congratulate Patty, Hunter, Andy and the Riddles for their leadership and commitment." 

Annually, The National Football Foundation chapters recognize over 3,000 high school scholar-athletes with scholarships totaling more than $450,000. They work at creating programs that advance the game of amateur football and impact the lives of young student-athletes in their communities. 

NFF & CHF President Bob Casciola added, "With so many outstanding chapter leaders throughout the country, the selection of only a few is extremely difficult. We look forward to honoring these individuals each year for all they have done for the NFF and for student-athletes across the country." 

The recipients will be formally recognized for their achievements at The National Football Foundation's Awards Luncheon, December 12, 2000, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. For ticket information, please call 800-486-1865. 

Patricia Chryst, 
Mid-West Region, 
Wisconsin Chapter 

The eight-year-old Wisconsin Chapter is a family affair. The Chryst family, led by Patricia Chryst, and several friends formed the chapter in December of 1992 following the sudden death of Patricia's late husband George. 

A longtime high school and college football coach in the State of Wisconsin, George was employed as football coach, basketball coach and athletics director at Madison Edgewood High school from 1961-1972. He later worked on the Badgers football staff at the University of Wisconsin from 1972 -1979 and was head football coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from 1979 until his death in 1992. 

Since its inception, the chapter has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarship money to deserving scholar-athletes. The top scholar-athlete annually is awarded the George H. Chryst Memorial Scholarship Award, funded through an endowment established in honor of the late coach. 

George's widow, Patty, has spearheaded the formation and growth of the Wisconsin Chapter since its beginning. A native of Madison, Patty is a 1963 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A longtime school educator, Patty served as principal of St. Mary's Catholic School in Platteville, WI, from 1985 - 1999. While at St. Mary's, she was recognized as the Platteville Citizen of the Year in 1994 and the Diocese of Madison Distinguished Principal of the Year in 1997. Additionally, she received the Madison Edgewood High School Mazzuchelli Award for Service to Christian Education. She returned to her hometown of Madison in 1999, where she currently serves as assistant principal at Queen of Peace Catholic Grade School. 

Patty has three sons, two daughters and 11 grandchildren. Each of her kids and their respective spouses has played key roles in the creation and success of the Wisconsin Chapter. Patty's three sons have followed in their father's footsteps, choosing athletics as their careers. The Chryst family's oldest son, Rick, is the commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. Jeep Chryst is the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, where his brother Paul coaches the tight ends. 

Hunter Jackson, 
Southern Region, 
Tri-Cities Chapter, 

Founding president of the Tri-Cities (Johnson City, TN area) Chapter in 1993, Hunter Jackson's leadership and foresight have played a vital role in its success, establishing itself as one of the most productive chapters in the nation. 

Among his many contributions, Hunter has been very successful in his community raising significant scholarship dollars for the scholar-athletes. The money raised has benefited many individuals who otherwise would not been able to attend college. 

A lifelong contributor to athletics and the youth of our country, Jackson was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. His career as a football official spanned five decades at every level of football from high school to professional. His credits include working for four college conferences and the distinction of being the only person to work in four different pro leagues - American Football League, National Football League, World Football League and the United States Football League. 

A 1948 graduate of East Tennessee State University, Hunter also attended Emory University in Atlanta, and the University of Notre Dame. During World War II, he served as Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. 

In 1976 he and seven others created the Southern Independent Collegiate Officials Association, which initially served two universities - Louisville and Cincinnati. Within two years, the group had added eight more members: Miami (FL), Florida State, South Carolina, Tulane, Southern Mississippi, Memphis State, Southwest Louisiana and East Carolina. A very active official for fifteen years, he officiated more than 10 games a season plus postseason bowls. An interesting sidelight to his career, he officiated the Florida State/Miami game seven times in an eleven-year span. 

After more than 40 years in the hardware distribution business, Hunter is semi-retired from the Summers Hardware and Supply Company, where he still holds the title of executive vice president. He and his wife Beverly have a son, two daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Janie and Bill Riddle, 
Western Region, 
Valley of the Sun Chapter 

Football is truly a team game, and the Valley of The Sun Chapter has benefited greatly for many years from the efforts of the husband and wife team of Janie and Bill Riddle. 

The Riddles epitomize the "team" approach in every aspect of their lives. Bill, a 1965 graduate of Arizona State University in his fourth term as president of the Valley of the Sun Chapter, shares the bulk of the responsibilities with his wife and fellow board member Janie, a graduate of Phoenix College. 

During the 1970's, Bill held the position of assistant administrative director of radiology at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, while Janie was the coordinator of public relations. In 1981 Bill took a position as radiology department manager at Phoenix General Hospital and was joined later that year by Janie who was named director of public relations. 

In keeping with the team approach, Janie and Bill founded the Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant in 1983 and have expanded the business to include four locations in the Greater Phoenix area. Over the years, they have both been the recipients of many accolades such as: volunteer of the year, citizen of the year, and businessperson of the year. Beginning with their first sponsorship of a Pop Warner team in 1983, they have gone on to sponsor over 400 youth athletic teams and have provided support to local schools and charitable organizations. 

The Riddles serve on numerous organizational boards and committees. Janie is a vital member of the Fiesta Bowl Media Committee, and both over the last nine years have worked diligently to ensure the success of the Valley Sun's annual football-celebrity golf tournament. 

Bill and Janie have three daughters and one son. 

Andy Talley, 
Eastern Region, 
Philadelphia Chapter 

Andy Talley's career is all about winning. In the early 1990s, he rebuilt the fortunes of the Philadelphia Chapter of The National Football Foundation and turned the Villanova University football program into one of the most recognized and successful I-AA teams in the country. He is currently the only college head football coach that serves as president of a NFF Chapter. 

At a time when the Philadelphia chapter was in need of new leadership, Andy rose to the occasion. His love for football, his organizational skills and his desire to help the community provided the means to revitalize the chapter. During this time, chapter membership has doubled and a strong relationship has been built with coaches, officials, and schools in the area. 

Prior to arriving at Villanova, Coach Talley compiled a 28-18 record during five seasons at St. Lawrence University. In 1984 he inherited a football program that had dropped the sport just four years earlier. In Talley's first season, he guided the Wildcats who played a limited schedule to a perfect 5-0 record. Since that opening campaign, Villanova teams earned NCAA Division I-AA Playoff appearances in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1997. His 1989, 1991 and 1997 squads were conference champions, while the 1992 team was voted the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy champions as the top I-AA team in the East. In 1997 Talley led the Wildcats to the first-ever undefeated, untied regular season in Villanova gridiron history. He entered the 2000 season as the winningest coach in the school's history with a 101-60-1 record. 

Among his many charitable contributions to the Philadelphia area, Coach Talley is very dedicated to the National Bone Marrow Foundation. In addition, he is responsible for rallying Philadelphia area college football programs in "Football United for Life", a program that promotes testing of potential bone marrow donors. 

In addition to these interests, he serves as chairman of the District 2 district screening committee, which selects the candidates that will appear on the annual College Football Hall of Fame ballot. 

Andy and his wife, Arlene, have one son and one daughter.

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