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George Dekan

George Dekan, founder and CEO of Dekan Athletic began his career as an Industrial Teacher and Head Track and Field coach at Glenbard High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in 1947. George served as the Girls Track and Field State Final Referee from 1984 to 1996. He served as the Starter for the Boys State Final in 1974 and 1975 and was the Referee in 1976 and 1977. He served as a Starter and Referee at local, district, conference, and state track meets for high schools and universities for over 20 years. He spent a lot of time on the track at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

I would like to include some quotes from his peers:

  • George is known for knowing the rule book inside and out.
  • He was very helpful in getting younger officials to get into officiating and to become a better track and field official.
  • He was more than willing to help anybody out.
  • A great official, but he is even a better man.
  • Well liked and admired, but very unassuming.



George’s honors include:

  • 1990 Girls Track and Field National Federation Official of the Year
  • Member of Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Keebler National Invitational Hall of Fame
  • Received a special award for dedication to the Illinois Athletic Association for promotion of Girls Track and Field Events.
  • 2000 inductee into the Hall of Fame for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education
  • One of three inductees into the Hall of Fame for the National Association of High School Athletic Directors who have never been Athletic Directors.

George is very deserving of receiving this award. Mike Powers Presenter

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