DePaul Recognizes Student-Athletes at Annual Banquet
CHICAGO – Capped by the softball team advancing to the Women's College World Series, the DePaul athletics department celebrated the 2006-07 academic year with its annual banquet. Each program honored its Most Outstanding Student-Athlete and individuals were honored for their service, academic honors and athletic achievements.
Brad Millar (men's track and field), George Wang (men's tennis) and Marcus Heard (men's basketball) were honored with the Rev. Edward F. Riley, C.M. Memorial Award. Tammy Burris (women's track and field), Kate Sheaks (softball), Rachael Carney (women's basketball) and Petra Rehusova (women's tennis) received the Jean Nordberg Memorial Award. The DePaul Athletics Board grants select male and female DePaul student-athletes for excellence in leadership, personal character and academics with the Riley and Nordberg Awards.
Megan Huitink (softball) and Anthony Becknek (men's cross country/track and field) received the Rev. John R. Cortelyou, C.M. Award. The Cortelyou Award was established by the DePaul Athletics Board to recognize the senior male and female student-athletes who attain the highest cumulative grade point average.
Heard and Ciara Johnson (women's basketball) earned the Strength and Conditioning Award honoring the top male and female performers by strength and conditioning coach Tim Lang.
DePaul also honored two former student-athletes for their continued service the athletics department. Jack Cummins (men's soccer) received the Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M. Award and Nate Blackman (men's track and field) was named the winner of the Michael Hie Memorial Award.
Among the many highlights during the 2006-07 year, the softball team reached the Women's College World Series and won DePaul's first BIG EAST team championship with a 20-0 league record. Brad Millar claimed DePaul's first BIG EAST individual title with a first-place finish in the men's hammer throw at the 2007 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The winter saw the women's basketball team reach the NCAA Championship for the fifth straight season while the men's basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT. The men's golf team placed fifth among the 16 BIG EAST programs while the men's tennis team was ranked as high as 58th during the season in the FILA/ITA Division I rankings.
2007 Most Outstanding Student-Athletes