NEW YORK - For his outstanding play in Columbia's homecoming
game vs. Dartmouth, senior linebacker Mike Waller was named the John Toner
Homecoming Player of the Game.
Waller was a force on defense, recording 12 solo tackles and
nabbing an interception that helped keep Dartmouth scoreless in the first
The John Toner Columbia Homecoming Player of the Game award
is presented annually to the Columbia Football player judged to be the most
outstanding performer in Columbia's annual homecoming game.
A former assistant coach under Aldo "Buff"
Donelli, Toner was a part of the coaching staff that guided Columbia to the Ivy
League Championship in football in 1961.
Toner became head football coach at the University of
Connecticut and was later the athletics director there. He served as president of the National
Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 1980-81, and went
on to serve as president of the NCAA from 1983-85. He also served as Vice
Chairman of the Board of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of
It is because of his dedication and contributions to the
sport of college football as a coach, athletics director and NCAA executive
that Columbia Athletics is proud to present the John Toner Columbia Football
Homecoming Player of the Game award.