The Paul F. Morrison Hall of Honor
The Paul F. Morrison Athletics Hall of Honor in the lobby of the Drake Knapp Center breathes life into Drake athletics through the dynamic displays of student-athletes, rows of memorabilia, and an interactive kiosk featuring historical clips and interviews.
It’s a true celebratory focal point of Drake’s athletic accomplishments. The lead gift given in the name of Nick Miletich, a former Drake basketball player, allowed for phase one of the project to be completed in January of 2005.
The area showcases the history of Drake’s proud athletic tradition, paying tribute to the coaches and athletes who have been instrumental behind the success of Drake athletics over the years.
Miletich played basketball at Drake for two years, leading the team in scoring as a senior in 1938, while also earning All-Missouri Valley Conference playing honors. He was captain of the 1937-38 team and received his bachelor of science degree in education in 1938. The gift was given by his wife, Yvonne Miletich, in memory of her late husband.
Morrison’s six decades at Drake and endearing support of athletes greatly contributes to that “wonderful” quality of Drake. His stats are impressive: attendance at 629 Drake football games, 68 years of Drake Relays, and 17 years of post-retirement, full-time volunteer work in the athletics department. Naming the Athletes Hall of Honor after Morrison was a natural choice.
“It’s a nice honor to be associated with it, but it’s not about me,” Morrison said. “It’s about the great history of Drake athleics and the promising future of the programs. Drake student-athletes are outstanding, and there are still many exciting achievements to come. That’s what the Hall represents to alumni and visitors alike.”