All of us who worked with Ron during his tenure at OVU admired his work ethic, OVU Athletic Director Dennis Cox noted. He was tireless in his efforts on behalf of our athletics programs.
The energy Pavan brings to his work was evident during his playing days on the Northeastern Christian Junior College basketball team in Villanova, Pa. He was awarded that schools hustle award for his efforts as the point guard on a team that compiled a 58-6 record during his two years in the program.
Ron was the guy that a coach could put on somebody to defend when you needed to stop that particular player, Pavans NCJC head coach Bill McGee recalled. He was like a gnat. He drove the opponent crazy with his hustle on defense.
Following a successful career in coaching at NCJC, Pavan worked at OVU for nearly 20 years ago when the two schools consolidated to form what is now Ohio Valley University. He coached the Lady Scots basketball team for 12 years and guided the team to an Elite Eight appearance in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) during the schools first year of conference membership.
As OVUs Athletic Director, he added seven intercollegiate athletic programs as the school moved from the NAIA to NCAA. His hard work and dedication as the athletic director had an impact on everyone who knew him and worked with him.
I just wanted to give everything I had in me every day, says Pavan. I wanted to let everyone know that I was a Christian and God is first in my life. I love helping young people believe in themselves.
Sweitzer, a junior defenseman from Canton, Ohio, exemplifies the three criteria for this award: hard worker, great teammate and excellent student.