Grand Canyon University today announced the induction of Kevin Warren into the University’s Hall of Fame. He becomes the 16th individual to join the prestigious cast of former athletes.
Warren becomes the fifth individual from the GCU basketball family to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. David Everett (1971-72; 1973-76), Bayard Forrest (1972-76), Ben Lindsey (1965-81) and Dr. Jim Rice (1967-71) were the others.
A Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place at Ethington Theatre on the GCU Campus in Phoenix and will include inductees from all colleges and athletics at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.
Warren was an instrumental member of the Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team from 1984-86, during which time he scored 1,118 points for a 20.0 points per game average, fourth-best all-time in school history.
Warren’s 23.3 points per game average during the 1985-86 season is also the fourth-best in GCU basketball history. His 42-point effort on Nov. 17, 1984 against Concordia College ranks as the fourth-highest single-game scoring effort in school history. Also during his time at GCU, he earned GTE/CoSida Academic All-America honors as a senior after posting a cumulative 3.49 GPA. Additionally, he was twice named a NAIA Academic All-American.
“As a Hall of Fame inductee, Kevin represents to our student-athletes today what hard work, attention to detail and great passion can bring about in one’s life,” said GCU Director of Athletics Keith Baker. “He’s an inspiring individual and I’m always very proud to say that he’s one of our own here at Grand Canyon University.”
Warren also spent his freshman season on the University of Pennsylvania basketball team in 1982, a year in which the Quakers won the Ivy League Championship.
Warren earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 1986 from GCU, his master’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1990.
Warren began his professional career in athletics when he served as the Vice President of Player Programs and Football Legal Counsel from 1997-2000 for the St. Louis Rams. He also served as the Vice President of Football Administration in 2001. His tenure with St. Louis included the Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV championship over the Tennessee Titans in 2000.
“Kevin was as critical and important a part of our St. Louis Rams World Championship team as anybody in our organization,” said former NFL and Super Bowl Winning Head Coach Dick Vermeil. “His skills and communication were as good as anyone in our organization and he was a tremendous asset to our staff and players. More importantly, Kevin and I have become life-long friends from our time together at the Rams.”
He spent the 2001-03 seasons with the Detroit Lions as Senior Vice President of Business Operations and General Counsel, where he was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business on their “40 Under 40” list which highlighted the top-40 Detroit business leaders under the age of 40.
Warren, who is entering his eighth season as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer for the Minnesota Vikings, also spent time with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig. During his tenure with Greenberg Traurig, Warren was a key lawyer/advisor during the Wilf Family acquisition of the Vikings.
“Kevin is not only an outstanding professional, he is an outstanding individual,” said Minnesota Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “Kevin was instrumental in helping our family take ownership of the Vikings back in 2005 and has also been a key member of our executive staff over the past eight years. We trust and rely on Kevin’s knowledge of the NFL and his leadership is very valuable to the Vikings organization. His leadership in the community further exemplifies the achievements he has made. We at the Vikings are excited for Kevin and his family.”
Warren, the highest ranking African American executive working on the business side for a team in the National Football League, is entering his 14th season in the league.