The Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics celebrated the Class of 2019 at the 27thAnnual Senior Awards Brunch at the William H. Pitt Center on Friday afternoon. The members of the Pioneer senior class were honored for their success in the classroom and the athletic venue with numerous awards. Part of the celebration included 63 student-athletes, more than 40 percent of the graduating class, being inducted into the C. Donald Cook Scholar Athlete Society for posting cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or better.
Erin Storck of the basketball team and Dante Centeno of the fencing team received the top honors of the Pioneer Award, presented to the male and female student-athletes who, on and off the playing surface, represent the best in athletic and academic excellence.
Storck captained the women's basketball team to a fourth WNIT appearance as a senior, capping a four-year career that saw her score 946 points and collect 407 rebounds. She played in 125 games and saw over 3,500 minutes of action during her career – which culminated with Third Team All-NEC honors this past season. Storck may have been more impressive in the classroom, earning both her undergraduate and graduate degree in four years, both with GPA's over 3.97.
Centeno finishes his SHU career as one of the most successful fencers in program history. He represented the Pioneers at the 2018 NCAA Championship and placed 16thin epee; a score good enough to place SHU 21stas a team on his score alone. He is the two-time defending champion in epee at the Big One Invitational and is a First-Team All-New England Fencing Conference champion, as well as serving as team captain.
The Athletic Director Award is presented to the senior student-athletes that were voted to have the best overall athletic careers and are in good academic standing. The award was presented to golfer Chelsea Sedlar and lacrosse midfielder Max Tuttle. Sedlar is a four-time All-NEC First Team selection and won or shared two NEC Individual championships. As a sophomore, she led the Pioneers to a record-setting team title at the conference championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. Tuttle became the program's first Division I All-America honorable mention selection in 2018 and graduates second all-time in points (198) and first in career goals (134). He was named the NEC Player of the Year as a junior and is a three-time All-NEC selection, leading the Pioneers to three-straight NEC tournaments for the first time in program history.
Softball's Hailey Desrosiers and football's Jordan Meachum were presented the Dr. Gary Rose Scholar-Athlete Award. Honorees have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2, and are a starter or significant reserve for his or her team. Desroisers, the 2019 NEC Softball Player of the Year, volunteers her time at the Jewish Home on Park Avenue; painting and sharing meals with the residents. In addition, she is one of the team's lead clinicians during youth events on campus. Meachum is active in numerous community service areas; including the Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes event in Fairfield, Read Aloud programs in local schools, and spending time with patients at the Yale Pediatric Hospital. Desrosiers is graduating with her degree in Healthcare Administration, 3.4, and Meachum with a degree in Accounting with a 3.7 GPA.
Florian Popp and Tavares Tuck was presented the Chip Kennedy Outstanding Contribution Award for their efforts to maintain and prepare the athletics facilities. The Kennedy Award recognizes members of the SHU community whose contribution and support are integral to the success of Sacred Heart Athletics. Popp and Tuck work tirelessly to provide exceptional playing surfaces for the Pioneers – from maintenance, to game-day setup and much more. Popp and Tuck provide a first-class experience for fans, student-athletes, staff, coaches and students.
Emily Orosco, softball, and Dane Krchnavy, men's track and field, were presented the John Croffy Award for the highest graduating GPA of the senior class. Orosco, a chemistry major, is graduating with a 3,984 GPA, while Krchnavy earned his degree in finance and business economics with a 3,909 GPA. Kiana Ye, women's basketballand Hector Gutierrez, men's golf, were presented the Alvin Clinkscales Unsung Hero Award. Danielle Varley, women's rowing ,Savannah Hersey, women's ice hockey,Sean Hoehn, men's basketball and Russele Feye, wrestling, were named the winners of the Lucy Cox Alumni Recognition Award, presented to the graduating seniors that best reflects the high values associated with intercollegiate competition, academic achievement, leadership, and university service. Stork and Tuttle were named winners of the Strength and Conditioning Award, presented to a male and female student-athlete for dedication and excellence in that area of training. Hanna Wise, women's lacrosse, was named the Comeback Athlete-of-the-Year, overcoming several ankle injuries over the course of her career.
The Pioneers also presented awards to members of the University community for their continued support of athletics. The Dr. Marian 'Bunny' Calabrese Spirit Award was presented to Assistant Director of Athletics Randy Brochu for his dedication to the success of student-athletes and staff. The Faculty/Student-Athlete Mentor Appreciation Award was given to Professor John Rooneyfor his efforts with the Pioneer men's hockey team.