Herb Appenzeller

One of the leading and most respected scholars on sports law and sports risk management in the country, Dr. Herb Appenzeller is receiving a 2011 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the United States Sports Academy.

Appenzeller, a scholar in the field and top consultant in sports risk management, has edited or authored 21 books in sport law and produces The Gym to the Jury newsletter. Appenzeller is sought out for his analysis on a wide range of liability lawsuits in sports that have skyrocketed in number as a growing number of individuals seek judgments against institutions and individuals with deep pockets.

During his distinguished career, he has worked since 1956 at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., where he served as the athletic director for 31 years, as well as a faculty member, coach and dean of students. Appenzeller, a member of the Academy’s national faculty for more than 35 years, even started a sports management program at Guilford in the 1980s.

The DSA is given annually by the Academy to those individuals, like Appenzeller, who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service.

He has earned numerous accolades for his dedication to sports, including being named to eight sports Hall of Fames such as the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame and Wake Forest University Athletics Hall of Fame. At Wake Forest where he graduated in 1948, Appenzeller played football for Coach Peahead Walker and played in the first Gator Bowl that Wake Forest won, 26-14, against South Carolina. Guilford College recognized his career contributions that produced countless scholars, athletes and leaders in their fields by awarding him a Distinguished Service Award and naming the football field for him.

In addition, Appenzeller has served numerous organizations, including the National Association of Sports Officials, the Sports Medicine Foundation, and the Center for Sport Law and Risk Management. He has won many awards, including the Safety Society of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s (AAHPERD) 1988 Professional Service Award, and three President’s Awards from the Sport Recreation Law Association (SRLA).