Sign the petition to support Coach Arce’s nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bill Arce
Bill Arce

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CLAREMONT, Calif. – Friends, colleagues, Claremont McKenna College alumni and former student-athletes of Bill Arce, founding athletic director of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department and head baseball coach, have teamed up to organize a Presidential Medal of Freedom nominating committee for Coach Arce. Join the hundreds that have signed a petition to support Bill Arce’s nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom and sign the petition here.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy, is the United States’ highest civilian honor. The medal has been presented to more than 500 individuals who have made especially “meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

During his 25-year tenure as head baseball coach and as the founding athletic director of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department, Bill Arce developed the program, facilities and staff into one of the top NCAA Division III private college programs in the country and the department remains so today. For his years of dedication to baseball and the campus community, Arce is an inductee into the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Halls of Fame.

As athletic director under Arce’s leadership from 1958-1983, the department grew from nine men’s programs in 1958 to 19 by the time he retired in 1983, which included the addition of several women’s sports in what became Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletics as it is today. On the diamond, he served as head coach from 1959-1979 and totaled 443 career wins and three Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) titles. In 2001, the ABCA honored Arce by selecting him as the recipient of the Lefty Gomez Award, one of the most prestigious awards in all of amateur baseball that is presented each year to an individual who has distinguished himself amongst his peers and has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, nationally, and internationally.

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