BUCKY ALBERS '68
Special Achievement Award 2013
The Special Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus who has distinguished himself or herself by earning special distinction in civic or professional activities, and has by his or her actions reflected honor on the Alumni Association and the University.
The Special Achievement Award is given for outstanding achievement in business, in industry, through professional excellence, by civic activity, or by service to the community. To be eligible, a person must be a graduate of the University of Dayton with an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.
Bucky Albers '68
Bachelor of Arts, Communication
A sports reporter and columnist for more than 50 years, 1968 communications graduate Bucky Albers started his writing career at the University of Dayton with the Flyer News and the sports information department. After long stretches covering the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds and professional golf, he spent the last 19 years of his career covering Dayton Flyers football and basketball, following the teams to games, tournaments and championships.
He still remembers the night he snagged an exclusive interview with UCLA’s Lewis Alcindor (a.k.a. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) at the 1967 NCAA finals. “When UD upset UNC in the semifinals the night before, everyone was on top of the world; I was the only unhappy person in Dayton. Our rival newspaper had gotten locker room interviews, and I didn't, so going into the final game I was extra-motivated to find something special,” he said.
He taught journalism classes — 17 in all — at UD in the 1970s and early 1990s, and several of his former students have become nationally known sports journalists. In 2005, one year before retiring, he added the University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to his resume, eventually moderating six popular courses on sports topics.
Albers has also received a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Ohio PGA and holds membership in the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame, the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame, the Dayton Amateur Golf Hall of Fame and the Dayton Speedway Hall of Fame.