FIU Holds Annual Athletic Awards Banquet
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



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



Leadership Award - Brie Rojas

Defensive MVP - Corinne Jennkins

Coach’s Award - Jessy Alfonso



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



Most Improved - Zach Sweety

Hustle - Josh Anderson

Leadership Award - TJ Shantz



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


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