By Andrew Tomsky, NAU Media Relations
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The familiar voice at NAU volleyball matches since 1993, longtime NAU employee Dug Tryon is the 2012 recipient of the Athletics Contributor Award and has earned induction into the NAU Athletics Hall of Fame. A member of the Northern Arizona University staff from 1983 to 2012, Tryon has served as the public address announcer at more than 220 NAU volleyball matches over nearly 20 years.
"It's quite humbling while at the same time it's quite an honor," said Tryon. "I remember sitting at (2011 Athletics Contributor Award winner) Dave Brown's table last year and thinking it was a neat thing to be recognized in that way. I would never imagine being inducted, and that was just a year ago so it's quite an honor."
Tryon worked for the university for 30 years, including serving in the athletics department as the Assistant Athletic Director for Business from 1985 to 1990. He also worked for the university as Budget Officer/Analyst (1983-85), Budget Officer (1990-2004), Interim Budget Director (2004-05) and Senior Assistant to the Vice President of Finance/Administration (2005-12).
While his association with the athletic department has been predominately on the business side more than within competition, Tryon's passion for athletics began as an undergrad at Michigan State University.
"My involvement with athletics has been my whole life in one way or another," he said. "It felt natural to me to be involved with athletics; I guess you could say it's in my blood. Even though I didn't participate as a student-athlete being involved with it just came naturally."
Tryon's passion for athletics brought him to serve on NAU game management crews since 1987, assisting at volleyball and as an official at track and field meets. He then assumed the role of volleyball public address announcer, a position he has served in for nearly 20 years, more than 220 matches, and 17 Fiesta Bowl Tournaments. He started the popular "Point Jacks" cheer that is a long-standing tradition at NAU volleyball matches and has been the voice of NAU volleyball for more than half of the program's existence.
He has also lent his voice as a backup PA announcer for football and men's and women's basketball and spent two seasons as the PA announcer of NAU soccer. While he has cherished his experiences throughout the athletic department, working with the volleyball team has given Tryon the most pleasure.
"I think I've always had a special connection with the volleyball team because that's really where the majority of my participation has been with athletics that hasn't been associated with a paycheck behind it," he said. "It's truly been a pleasure being a part of it and associated with the athletic department."
Following his retirement from Northern Arizona University, will the voice of Lumberjack volleyball soon be ceding his microphone as well?
"We'll take it a year at a time," joked Tryon, "but I'm really looking forward to seeing the team compete and do great things again this season."