Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to extraordinary individuals who embody the true spirit of Molloy College. The recipients are recognized as solid corporate citizens, and those who demonstrate exceptional leadership and service within their community, and who hold in high esteem the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy.
Robert C. Houlihan's relationship with Molloy College spans over a 36 year time frame.
He began his Molloy career in 1980 as the Softball coach and six years later assumed additional coaching duties as the women's basketball coach. In 19 seasons at the softball helm, he recorded over 300 victories, including a New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) Championship in 1995 and ECAC Championships in 1994 and 1995. He reached the postseason 18 times and coaches six All-Americans. He amassed 134 basketball victories over 11 seasons, reaching the postseason tournament 10 times. He was a member of the NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection Committee for three years and the ECAC Men's and Women's Basketball Committees for three and two years, respectively.
In 1988, Bob became the third Director of Athletics. During his tenure, he was instrumental in adding seven intercollegiate teams, including five men's programs. Baseball, Men's Basketball and Men's Cross Country made their debuts during the 1992-93 academic year, marking the first men's athletic programs in the history of Molloy College. Soon after, Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Cross Country and Men's Lacrosse began. Under Bob's guidance, the student-athlete body grew from 40 to 200.
Molloy participated as a member of the NYCAC before the conference changed its name to the East Coast Conference. Bob was the President of the NYCAC for two terms and recording secretary for three years. He served as sport chair for volleyball for three years, baseball and women's soccer for two years, and women's basketball and softball for one year.
In June of 2001, Bob was elevated to his current position as Vice President for Student Affairs. He is the chief student affairs officer, providing leadership and vision for student support services, including athletics, health, public safety and student government-sponsored clubs and activities. He is responsible for organizing freshmen- and transfer-student orientations, handling all graduation festivities, and developing and implementing student life programs.
Bob received his bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice in 1976 from the New York Institute of Technology and a master's of science degree in Education, Guidance and Counseling in 1978 and a master's of science degree in Criminal Justice in 1980 from Long Island University.
Bob is a 20-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, where he served as a Detective for 17 years before his retirement in 1986. His assignments included: Narcotics, Organized Crime Bureau, Special Investigations Division, Homicide Squad and Major Case Squad. He was the recipient of 22 citations and was a member of the Honor Legion. He has been sharing his police experiences with the Molloy students as an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department since 1988. He has also taught classes in Molloy's Physical Education Department.
Bob lives out the mission of Molloy every day. He continues to promote positive societal attitudes through his contributions to the community. Bob coached CYO and PAL teams for 20 years, coached the Empire State Games for 16 years, was a Malverne Little League coach for 17 years, a member of the Malverne Youth Board and Chairperson for two years and was a guest lecturer and clinician at over 250 basketball clinics and camps throughout the metropolitan area. He speaks regularly at local high schools and has facilitated workshops for juniors and seniors. At Molloy, he has developed leadership retreats for freshmen and upperclassmen.
In 2005, Calhoun High School honored him with their Leadership Award. The Long Island Tigers Association recognized himi with their Community Service Award in 1993. He was the recipient of the Molloy College Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and the Rockville Centre Service Award in 1999.
He has impacted so many students during his tenure at Molloy, most notably those involved in Student Government and the student-athletes. The graduating classes of 1994 and 1995 recognized him with Appreciation Awards. Bob is one of the most recognized faces on the Molloy campus. He volunteers at numerous Molloy Student Association events and can be seen at a large number of athletic events. He remains an avid supporter of the Department of Athletics and continues to be a great source of knowledge and vision for our coaches and entire administrative staff.
Bob has been an inspirational leader for our students. He has an uncanny ability to recall in all of us our best qualities and uniqueness. Students are enthralled by his sincerity and morally-sound character. They want to be led by him and often seek his advice. Bob has the courage to change direction when warranted and this courage has positively shaped Molloy College for three decades. The greatest legacy a person can have is to have had a positive influence on others. There is no question in our minds that Bob has achieved this status.
In 2013, Bob was awarded "The President's Medal," which is the highest award the College gives out.