TULSA'S TOP STUDENT-ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AT GOLDEN CANE ALL-SPORTS AWARDS GALA
April 30, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recognized its teams and student-athletes on Tuesday night at the school's 18th Annual Golden Cane All-Sports Awards Gala at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The top awards were given to TU's "Ultimate Team" members, while the Wilson Holloway Ultimate Service Award, Outstanding Team Community Service Award, Faculty Member of the Year Award, Dan Bitson Courage Award, Warren Garrison Academic Excellence Award and Golden Hanger Award were honored. Award winners for Tulsa's 18 sports were also recognized at the dinner.
The "Ultimate Team" honors those student-athletes who, during the current academic year, have exemplified qualities and characteristics that are consistent with the missions and values of The University of Tulsa. The qualities and characteristics considered include academic success, campus involvement, community outreach, athletic participation and other areas of student involvement. The "Ultimate Team" members for the 2012-13 academic year are Jessica Adams (volleyball), Allyson Brooks (women's rowing), Cory Dorris (football), Caitlin Everett (softball), Scottie Haralson (men's basketball), Clifford Marsland (men's tennis), Taleya Mayberry (women's basketball), Chris O'Hare (men's cross country/track & field).
The "Ultimate Service" award was established to recognize the efforts of student support staff for service to the teams and student-athletes. The selection of this individual is based on academic success, campus involvement, community outreach, and service-oriented participation in athletics or other areas of student involvement. This year, there were two honorees -- athletic training student Ashley Beasley and football equipment manager Eric Harper. Beasley has worked on the athletic training staff for football, men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, men's tennis and women's tennis, while Harper has served the last four years as a student equipment manager for the football team.
This year's Dan Bitson Courage Award, given annually to the TU student-athlete who exemplifies courage, perseverance and tenacity for overcoming adversity, was presented to women's basketball student-athlete, Tiffani Couisnard, men's cross country/track & field student-athlete, James Keilbarth, and men's basketball student-athlete, Kodi Maduka. The award was established in 1992 in honor of former TU football standout Dan Bitson (1986-91) who fought back from severe injuries suffered in an automobile accident to play football again.
Couisnard had surgery on both knees that prevented her from playing during the 2006-07 season and throughout her senior season endured severe pain in both knees. She averaged 30 minutes per game as a senior and underwent surgery on her left knee a week following the conclusion of the season. She will undergo surgery on her right knee later this year. Throughout her career, she also found time to be a mother to her young son, Malachi.
Keilbarth participated in just four of 11 seasons as a distance runner due to injuries. He has suffered a stress fracture in both legs and experienced tendonitis throughout his senior season. In addition to his academic and competition schedule, Keilbarth continued his 100-yard mowing business until selling the business during his junior season. Since then, he has worked part-time as a petroleum engineer at Sampson Resources, while still managing to compete athletically and compile a 3.402 grade point average.
Maduka collapsed in April 2012 during a pick-up basketball game, suffering a cardiac event that ended his basketball career at TU. Maduka continued to serve as an inspiration to his teammates as a student coach, while finishing his degree in petroleum engineering.
The Warren Garrison Academic Excellence Award goes to the graduating senior who has completed his or her eligibility with the highest cumulative grade point average. This year's award winners are men's soccer player Jake Dobkins and men's cross country/track & field athlete Will LePage, who is also a Goldwater Scholarship and Udall Fellowship recipient. Both Dobkins and LePage will graduate from TU with 4.0 cumulative grade point averages. The award is named in honor of Tulsa's first athletic academic coordinator and longtime Golden Hurricane Club member Warren Garrison.
The Outstanding Team Community Service Award is given to the team most involved in community service activities throughout the year, and is selected by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This year's winner was the Women's Rowing Team. The rowing team turned in a total of 1,279 volunteer hours over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, which is an average of almost 26 hours per squad member. A few of the organizations and causes they contributed to include the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Habitat for Humanity, the Tulsa Zoo and Sequoyah and Kendall Whittier Elementary Schools.
Other awards presented during the evening included the Faculty Member of the Year, awarded to Trustees Professor of Political Science, Dr. Robert H. Donaldson, and the Golden Hanger Award, presented to rowing student-athlete Molly Selig and football student-athlete Brentom Todd as the evening's best-dressed student-athletes.
In a special presentation, it was also announced that the Athletic Performance Center in the Donald W. Reynolds will be rededicated as the George S. Mauerman Sports Medicine Center in honor of longtime team physician, Dr. George Mauerman.
Guests in attendance at the annual awards gala enjoyed live musical performances by TU student-athletes Aaron Thornburg (men's cross country/track & field), Jocelyn Sheffield (softball) and Rachel Perry (women's rowing) and Michael Mudoh (football). For the first time this year's ceremony was streamed live online on www.TulsaHurricane.com.
2012-13 GOLDEN CANE ALL-SPORTS AWARDS GALA
2012-13 Ultimate Team
Senior Jessica Adams is a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Hurricane. Jessica will graduate in May with a degree in accounting, all while helping her team capture four Conference USA championships during her time in a Tulsa uniform. She is a three-time honorable mention All-American and twice was selected as the Conference USA Libero of the Year. In addition to her many accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom, Adams serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and regularly volunteers at the Laura Dester Emergency Children's Shelter.
Senior rower Allyson Brooks maintains a 3.47 GPA while majoring in exercise and sports science. During her time at TU, she has been responsible for four consecutive Lawless Cup victories. In addition to her efforts on the water, Brooks spearheaded the volunteer efforts for the entire women's rowing team, who were recognized as the evening's Outstanding Team Community Service Award recipient.
Senior football student-athlete Cory Dorris, a double major in management and marketing and a four-year letterman, helped lead the Golden Hurricane to a C-USA Championship and Liberty Bowl victory in 2012. A first-team all-conference selection, Dorris, who was recognized with a Conference USA Spirit of Service Award for the fall semester, remains active in the community by volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Bit-By-Bit, The Salvation Army and Tulsa Paralympics, among others.
Senior softball student-athlete Caitlin Everett maintains a 3.01 GPA in nursing and speech pathology, and is a three-time Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient. She is a two-time All-Conference USA selection, while leading her team to three C-USA Championships. Everett spends time volunteering with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the Sequoyah Elementary Pen Pals program and Project 61.
During his three-year career at Tulsa, men's basketball senior Scottie Haralson became the school's 35th 1,000-point scorer and finished third on Tulsa's career three-point made list. He serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and regularly volunteers for the Salvation Army, Operation School Bell, Special Olympics and Read Across America, among others. Haralson will graduate with a degree in exercise and sports science in May.
Junior men's tennis student-athlete, Clifford Marsland, maintains a 3.514 GPA in exercise and sports science. He is a three-time C-USA all-academic selection and was named the C-USA Men's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2012. He is two-year letterwinner and four-time all-conference honoree, winning the award in both singles and doubles competition. He has a 20-4 overall record this season. Off the court, Marsland has volunteered at Sequoyah Elementary, and is currently student teaching at Thoreau Academy.
Women's basketball senior and Tulsa native Taleya Mayberry will graduate in May with a 3.10 GPA in business management. On the court, Mayberry led the Golden Hurricane to the 2012 C-USA Championship, where she picked up All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP accolades. She led Tulsa in scoring with an 18.7 average and had a team-high 120 assists, while earning first-team all-conference merits. For her efforts off the court, Mayberry was named a Conference USA Winter Spirit of Service award recipient for her community outreach to local charities including the Salvation Army, the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges and the United Methodist Food Bank.
Senior Chris O'Hare holds a cumulative 3.3 GPA in exercise and sports science. In addition to helping the men's cross country team secure a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships during the fall, O'Hare also ran the fastest collegiate indoor mile earlier this year at the prestigious Millrose Game. O'Hare has served two years as a representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and spends his free time assisting with the Salvation Army Angel Tree, St. Francis Children's Hospital, St. Philip Neri Newman Center and Catholic Charities.
Wilson Holloway Ultimate Service Award
Ashley Beasley, Athletic Training
Eric Harper, Football Equipment Manager
Dan Bitson Courage Award
Tiffani Couisnard, Women's Basketball
James Keilbart, Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Kodi Maduka, Men's Basketball
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Faculty Member of the Year Award
Dr. Robert H. Donaldson, Trustees Professor of Political Science
Warren Garrison Academic Excellence Award
Jake Dobkins, Men's Soccer
Will LePage, Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Outstanding Team Community Service
Dr. Barry A. Kinsey Award (Academic and Athletic Champions, given to the team that won a conference championship and had the highest GPA in the conference in that sport -- from the 2011-12 academic year)
Men's Indoor Track
INDIVIDUAL TEAM AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year: Taleya Mayberry
Defensive Player of the Year: Tiffani Couisnard
Offensive Player of the Year: Scottie Haralson
Defensive Player of the Year: Shaquille Harrison
Mens & Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Chris O'Hare
Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Sarah Macpherson
Men's Indoor Athlete of the Year: Chris O'Hare
Men's Outdoor Athlete of the Year: Carl Stones
Women's Indoor Athlete of the Year: Katherine Camp
Women's Outdoor Athlete of the Year: Sarah Macpherson
Offense MVP: Trey Watts
Defense MVP: Dexter McCoil
Special Teams MVP: Jake Sizelove
Golfer of the Year: Kristina Merkle
Golfer of the Year: Chris Worrell
Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year: Rachel Garcia
Offensive Player of the Year: Becky Handley
Defensive MVP: Mark Pais
Offensive MVP: Cristian Mata
Defensive Player of the Year: Aimee Creger
Offensive Players of the Year: Sammy Cobb and Jill Barrett
Most Valuable Player: Samantha Vickers
Most Valuable Player: Cliff Marsland
Offense Award: Tyler Henderson
Defense Award: Jessica Adams