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WATERLOO - Monday evening Wilfrid Laurier University’s Athletic Department hosted its annual banquet recognizing the achievements of its coaches, players and staff at the Wilfrid Laurier Athletic Complex. 22 Rookies and MVPs were recognized for their performance on their respective teams. The department also awarded twelve major awards to acknowledge major contributors and outstanding athletes at Laurier. The major award winners are as follows:

The Marty Wamsley Junior Trainer of the Year Award is given to the student trainer whose performance of duties is deemed most valuable to WLU Athletics. This year’s recipient is Julianne Dainnard. Dainnard is a fourth year kinesiology student who has enthusiasm and dedication in her role as a student trainer with the men’s and women’s soccer programs.

Earle C. Shelley Unsung Hero Award goes to a person within the Wilfrid Laurier Community who unselfishly gives much time and effort into the overall success of the athletics program. This year’s recipient is Agnes Pitsch. Pitsch is the secretary for the department of Athletics and Recreation who will be retiring at the end of the month. Since starting at Laurier in 1986, and in Athletics in 1994, she has been the face of Athletics.

Tuffy Knight Award pays recognition to a person not affiliated with the university, for their untiring efforts over an extended period of time. This year’s recipient is Brent MacFarlane. MacFarlane has been a speed coach with the men’s football program for the past three seasons. The former Olympic track and field coach spends six-weeks in the summer with the football team working on their speed training.

Golden Hawk Awards of Excellence pay recognition to the student leaders who help to make lasting contributions to the varsity athletics program. There are three awards; Team Manager, Sports Information Assistant and Event Staff. The recipients of the Team Manager award are Nicole Lunau of the women’s hockey program and Haley Caldwell of the men’s basketball program. Both team managers have completed their third year of the kinesiology program and assisted their team’s to the national championship. The Sports Information assistant recipient is Sean Conroy. Conroy has played an integral role in the promotion of Golden Hawk athletics – writing releases and producing and airing a segment on Laurier Hawk Talk on 570 News. Finally the Event Staff recipient is Jen Elliott. Elliott is the coordinator for the volleyball event staff while also helping with all other sports.

Dean E. Brandon Award is awarded to the female contributing most to Athletics. This year’s recipient is Jenn Jones. Over the past year, she has worked as the coordinator of the Kids Club, a member of the events team and is also the President of the Women’s Athletic Association. Sitting on numerous committees, and attending most Golden Hawk events, she is always involved with the Golden Hawk varsity program.

Bill Haggstrom Trophy is awarded to the male contributing most to Athletics. This year’s award winner is TED COLLINS. Ted is a key member of our events staff. From football to hockey this person knows the operations of our varsity events better then most of the staff. Highlights from the year include hosting a capacity crowd at the Yates Cup. His presence at home games is synonymous and we look forward to his continued support for years to come.

Glenn Carroll Team of the Year Award is presented to the Men’s Football Team. In the past this award was a coach of the year award, however all coaches felt that this was always a team award anyway and should be recognized as such. The team of the year has accomplished what has only been done by seven other teams in the school’s history. A perfect regular season, continued into the post and a remarkably architectured final couple of minutes of a national championship game. This team was the only to bring home two gold medals this season.

Luke Fusco Academic Athletic Achievement Award honours the male and female athlete who best combines academic and athletic achievement. This year’s recipients are Rob Innes and Fiona Aiston. In his fourth and final year of the kinesiology program, Innes was able to juggle both academics and his commitments to the basketball team in their first trip to the Nationals in over 25 years while maintaining a 9.85 GPA (out of 12). In her third year, Aiston, the inaugural winner of the Outstanding Women at Laurier award was one of the leaders on the women’s hockey team who captured an OUA championship and a CIS silver medal while maintaining a 10.64 GPA in the classroom.

The Rich Newbrough Rookie of the Year Award is for the most outstanding athletic performance from a male and female rookie over the past year. There is a tie for this year’s female recipient, Lauren Barch from women’s hockey and Kirsten Gerrie from women’s lacrosse. On the men’s side Damir Hadziavdic from the men’s soccer team was the winner. Barch had 18 points this season and was a major factor on special teams for the Hawks. Gerrie, a first team OUA all-star, led her team in goals with 28 including the overtime winner for the OUA Championship. Hadziavdic, from the soccer program was third in the province in goals with eight. He was also named to the second OUA all-star team.

The President’s Award is for the most outstanding athletic performance from a male and female over the past year. This year’s recipients are Ryan Pyear and Meaghan McGrath. McGrath, a fourth year kinesiology student was named a second-team all-Canadian – the first in Wilfrid Laurier history. This season she led the country in 3-point field goals with 63 and broke the OUA career scoring record 1,371 points over four years. Pyear quarterbacked the men’s football team to the school’s only national championship of the year – the Vanier Cup. Named a first team CIS all-Canadian and OUA all-star, he led the country in touchdowns (19) and had a league-high 66.7% completion percentage. The now two time athlete of the year for Laurier is now an assistant coach with the Golden Hawk football program.

The following are this season’s Rookie’s of the Year and Most Valuable Players:

Rookie’s of the Year:
Men’s Baseball – Ryan Lawrence
Men’s Basketball – Jesse MacDonald
Women’s Basketball – Laura Pacevicius
Cheerleading – David Abramowski-Konrad
Men’s Cross Country – Duncan Macauley
Women’s Cross Country – Britt Hern
Men’s Curling – Paul Arkilander
Women’s Curling – Erica Butler
Women’s Figure Skating – Katelyn Jolivel
Men’s Football – Jordan Van Horn
Men’s Hockey – Dan Ehrman
Women’s Hockey – Lauren Barch
Women’s Field Lacrosse –Kirsten Gerrie
Men’s Rugby – John Moonlight
Women’s Rugby – Megan Wiles
Men’s Soccer – Damir Hadziavdic
Women’s Soccer – Sabrina Wirz
Men’s Swimming – Brad Matheson
Women’s Swimming – Gwen Fraser
Men’s Volleyball – Rob Vitullo
Women’s Volleyball – Teresa Wick

Most Valuable Players:
Men’s Baseball – Pat Kropf
Men’s Basketball – Andrew MacKay
Women’s Basketball – Meghan McGrath
Cheerleading – Jon Talboom
Men’s Cross Country – Dave Gostick
Women’s Cross Country – Erin Fox
Men’s Curling – Bill Francis
Women’s Curling – Hollie Nicol
Women’s Figure Skating – Carolyn McEwen
Men’s Football – MVP – Ryan Pyear
Men’s Golf – Devan Dodd
Men’s Hockey – Richard Colwill
Women’s Hockey – Ashley Stephenson
Women’s Field Lacrosse – Erica Howard
Men’s Rugby – Jacob MacNamara
Women’s Rugby – Missy Paterak
Men’s Soccer – Jason Lyall
Women’s Soccer – Ashley Hill
Men’s Swimming – David Hughes
Women’s Swimming – Kristy MacLennan
Men’s Volleyball – Jean-Paul Wikerd
Women’s Volleyball – Laura Horner

For more information please contact Ari Grossman (519) 884-0710 ext. 6483
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