WESTPORT, Mass. – More than 250 awards for athletic and academic achievement along with a host of special presentations highlighted the 49th annual UMass Dartmouth Athletic Awards Banquet held Monday night, May 4 at White's of Westport.
The most prestigious award of the evening was the annual Male and Female Senior Scholar-Athletes Award presented annually to the two top graduating student-athletes.
The 2015 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award was presented to Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.), a senior ice hockey and golf team member, who will graduate this Spring as an Marketing major. A member of the Corsairs 2013 MASCAC Championship ice hockey team, Walters earned Chancellor's List (3.8 GPA or higher) in five of his seven semesters at UMass Dartmouth.
"He played a critical role in our championship season as a conference all-star, leading the team in goals and points while playing in 105 career games," said Corsair ice hockey coach John Rolli.
"Shaun approached the golf team in his senior year about getting a chance to join us and it turned out to be a great decision," said golf coach Joel Baptiste. "He is a great leader and his maturity level was just what we needed on our young team this year. My only regret is that we don't have Shaun on our team for another three years."
The 2015 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award was presented to Katie Sheehan (Scituate, Mass.), a senior on the women's cross country an track and field teams, who will graduate this Spring as a Nursing major. Sheehan was also honored at a Little East Conference Cross Country First-Team All-Star as well as earned an All-Academic Award from the US Track and Field Coaches Association. Sheehan was twice a Chancellor's List honoree as well as earning a pair of Dean's List awards.
"Since her freshman year on the women's cross country team, Katie Sheehan set a standard for performance," said her coach Jon Hird. "She became our top runner after her third meet as a freshman and has maintained that position ever since. She came back after an injury to cap a great career with several track and field as well as cross country records."
In addition to the top academic and athletic awards, a pair of Corsair teams were honored during the event. Women's Cross Country received an Academic All-American Team honor, while Women's Swimming and Diving team also received a similar national Scholar All-American Team honor.
Allendale Country Club's Director of Golf Steve Brown received the annual John Frye Athletic Service Award. Brown was honored for his many years of service and support to the UMass Dartmouth golf team.
"I can not think of anyone more deserving of being the John Frye Award recipient," said Corsair Golf Coach Joel Baptiste. " It is so richly deserved and I am proud not only to call him my friend but a friend of Corsairs golf and an honorary member of Corsair Nation.
Among the invited guests in attendance were UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman, Provost Dr. Mohammad Karim, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. David Milstone and Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Paul Fortier.