Former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson helped pave the way for countless others throughout his legendary career, now future generations of Razorbacks will forge their journeys on a street that bears his name.
Nolan Richardson Drive, previously Leroy Pond Avenue, was officially dedicated in a ceremony on Friday afternoon on the University of Arkansas campus.
Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz, legendary Arkansas coaches John McDonnell (men’s track and field) and Norm DeBriyn (baseball), Razorback head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman and numerous former Razorback men’s basketball players were among those in attendance for a dedication ceremony coordinated by the University of Arkansas’ Black Alumni Society and the City of Fayetteville.
Later in the afternoon, a dedication ceremony was held to dedicate the renaming of Government Avenue, near the Fayetteville National Cemetery, to Lt. Col. Leroy Pond Avenue.
Pond was a University of Arkansas graduate, who died in 1945 from combat wounds sustained while fighting for the Army in World War II. Last month, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously for the name changes.