A native of Wooster, Ohio, who played forward at UT under legendary head coach Ray Mears, Petty entered the 2009-10 season ranked 11th among active coaches in Division III for career wins. He added to his distinguished legacy with the Little Giants this season, guiding his team to an 18-8 record and raising his career wins total to 525. His 1981-82 Wabash team won the NCAA Division III championship with a 24-4 record.
Also a baseball standout as a collegian at Tennessee, Petty has been inducted into several halls of fame and has been active nationally promoting men's college basketball.
He was an assistant to former Purdue coach Gene Keady in 1985 with the U.S. Jones Cup team in Taiwan and has served on the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee. Petty serves as a Division III congressman with the NABC and has been a member of the research committee and the Division III All-America committee. In his community, Petty is a sponsor of the Wabash Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is active in Kiwanis Club and the First United Methodist Church.
Columbia (Mo.) College head coach and athletic director Bob Burchard will receive the NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Leadership, presented by Papa John's; Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt is the recipient of the NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Education, presented by The Hartford; and former St. Bonaventure and Duquesne head coach Jim Satalin, the national director of the Coaches vs. Cancer program, will receive the NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Service.
The awards will be presented Sunday, April 4, at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show at the Murat Centre in Indianapolis beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Among the many awards to be presented during the show are coach and player of the year awards in NCAA Divisions I, II and III; the presentation of the NCAA Division I first and second team All-America players; the NABC Division I Defensive player of the year award; the NABC/Pete Newell Big Man of the Year award presented by YRC Worldwide; and the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T to the nation's most outstanding player.
Tickets for the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show are available at the box office at the Murat Centre in Indianapolis; online at www.livenation.com and by phone at 317-238-5151.