June 25, 2012

An Award-Winning Year

The 2011-12 athletic year produced not only wins and highlight-reel plays, it also turned out numerous major awards for both the student-athletes and their coaches.

The fall season alone saw two staffs earn Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year honor. Head volleyball coach Kuuipo Tom and his assistants were recognized, as were head women’s soccer coach Jim Findlay and his staff. In addition, senior men’s cross country runner Ian Quinlan was tabbed the Male Runner of the Year after winning the Landmark Conference crown.

The awards continued into the winter seasons as the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams swept the Swimmer of the Year Awards as Chadd Lee’ 13 and Devin Lessard ’13 picked up their respective honors after record-breaking years. In other individual action, junior thrower Ken Schetroma was again named the Male Indoor Field Athlete of the Year while track & fild head coach Marty Owens and his assistants were selected as the Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year.

The spring season saw SU collect even more hardware. Senior softball player Lisa Finizio was tabbed the Player of the Year while her head coach Kathy Kroupa and her assistants were pegged as the Coaching Staff of the Year after leading the Crusaders to the overall No. 1 seed in the postseason Tournament.

In addition, women’s lacrosse head coach Laura Moan and assistant coach Katie Zichelli earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors. In track & field action, Schetroma again nabbed the Outdoor Male Field Athlete of the Year accolade while Owens and his staff picked up Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year recognition. Finally, head women’s tennis coach Bob Jordan and his assistants earned their first-ever Coaching Staff of the Year honor.

So, for anyone keeping track, the Crusaders won seven Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year honors and four individual student-athletes were pegged Players of the Year in their respective sports. Time to make room in the award trophy display cases!

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