FIU Holds Annual Athletic Awards Banquet
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4/15/2013 3:25:00 PM

Pictured: FIU Student-Athlete of the Year, Jerica Coley (Women's Basketball)
Photo Credit: Roy Viera

MIAMI (April 15, 2013) – The FIU Athletic Department held its annual Athletic Academic Awards Banquet on Sunday evening at the Graham Center Ballroom. Each of FIU’s teams received recognition and honor for its accomplishments throughout the 2012-13 academic year.

Student-athletes, coaches and FIU staff were welcomed by Master of Ceremonies Dr. Bill Beesting. Pete Garcia, Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment, followed with the opening remarks.

Junior La’Shae White, recipient of last year’s women’s track and field Leadership Award, delivered the invocation. Following a dinner buffet, coaches from each team were given time at the podium to reflect on their team’s season and accomplishments. Team-specific awards were given out in addition to various athletic department awards.

Two-time AP All-American Jerica Coley of women’s basketball received a standing ovation for her second Student-Athlete of the Year award.

A full listing of 2012-13 award recipients can be found below.

Men’s Cross Country

MVP - Daniel Puentes

 

Women’s Cross Country

MVP - Lauren Gonzales

Coach’s Award - Krystel Francis

Most Improved - Desmika White

 

Men’s Track and Field

Co-MVP - Marcus Ghent

Co-MVP - Desmond McGill

Most Improved - Ross Hope

 

Women’s Track and Field

Co-MVP - Lakeisha Kelley

Co-MVP - T’Keyah Dumoy

Hustle - Samia Adan

 

Swimming and Diving

Swimmer of the Year - Johanna Gustafsdottir

Diver of the Year - Sabrina Beaupre

Inspirational Performance of the Year - Sonia Perez

 

Indoor Volleyball

Offensive MVP - Marija Prsa

Coach’s Award - Kimberly Smith

Defensive MVP - Ryanne Milligan

 

Tennis

MVP - Carlotta Orlando

Most Improved - Giulietta Boha

Coach’s Award - Michelle Sabado

 

Women’s Basketball

MVP - Jerica Coley

Most Improved - Diamond Ashmoore

Coach’s Award - Carmen Miloglav

 

Sand Volleyball

MVP - Kate Stepanova

Most Improved - Tina Toghiyani

Hustle - Jessica Mendoza

 

Softball

Leadership Award - Brie Rojas

Defensive MVP - Corinne Jennkins

Coach’s Award - Jessy Alfonso

 

Golf

MVP - Meghan MacLaren

Leadership Award - Tania Tare

Coach’s Award - Shelby Coyle

 

Men’s Soccer

Rookie of the Year - Daniel Gonzalez

Defensive MVP - Lyle Lindquist

Offensive MVP - Quentin Albrecht

 

Men’s Basketball

Most Improved - Tymell Murphy

Leadership Award - Malik Smith

Defensive MVP - Deric Hill

 

Baseball

Most Improved - Zach Sweety

Hustle - Josh Anderson

Leadership Award - TJ Shantz

 

Football

Leadership Award - Jose Cheeseborough

Offensive MVP - Darian Mallary

Defensive MVP - Johnathan Cyprien

 

Women’s Soccer

Hustle - Nikki Rios

Offensive MVP - Chelsea Leiva

Coach’s Award - Marie Egan

 

Athletic Department Awards

Academic Excellence Award - 3.87 G.P.A. - Colleen Quinn

Adidas Athletic Director’s Award - 3.15 G.P.A. - Swimming and Diving

Student-Athlete of the Year - Jerica Coley

 

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

 

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