Concordia University honored Dr. Cliff Hamlow along with his wife, June, for his years of service to the Golden State Athletic Conference during halftime of the men's basketball game vs. Biola University.
Hamlow was instrumental in the founding of the GSAC in 1986. He then served as the Commissioner for 21 years from 1991 until his retirement in the summer of 2012. During his tenure as president, Biola, Hope International, San Diego Christian and The Master's joined the conference. During those same years, the GSAC won 36 NAIA national championships.
In addition to his work with the GSAC, Hamlow was involved at the national level of the NAIA as well. He served on numerous NAIA committees, including the National Administrative Council (NAC). He was the chair and vice-chair of the NAC Rules and Ratings subcommittee. He also helped create the NAIA's Champions of Character program. Hamlow was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame as a basketball coach in 1981 and was awarded the NAIA Charles Morris Athletic Administrator of the Year Award in 2004.