CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University Athletics presented its annual department awards on Friday, April 29 at the 2011 All-Sports Banquet at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
Dorothy L. Hoza Award - Given to the female freshman, sophomore, or junior student-athlete, who has made a strong contribution to the Women's Intercollegiate Sports Program, maintained a high level of academic achievement, shown leadership on the team and contributed service to the Department and University.
Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Stephen T.
Volleyball - Junior
Tricia McCutchan earned Academic All-American honors for the second straight season and was one of only two juniors in the nation to earn College Division first-team status. She was a second-team All-University Athletic Association pick and helped lead the Spartans to their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. She posted career-highs with 529 kills and 136 blocks and was twice tabbed as UAA Player of the Week. Off the court, McCutchan served on the executive committee for CWRU’s Relay for Life. Last year, she was awarded the Outstanding Sophomore Award from the Case School of Engineering. She boasts a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a biomedical engineering major.
Emily R. Andrews Award - The award is given to the outstanding senior who has made a strong contribution to the Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Program, maintained a high level of academic achievement, shown leadership in team, and contributed service to the department and University.
Justine Jeroski (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional)
Cross Country/Track & Field – Senior
Justine Jeroski capped off her cross country career in the fall with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championship Meet – the best finish in program history. During the indoor track season, she posted two runner-up finishes at the UAA Championships in the 3,000-meter run and 5,000m in addition to landing an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Jeroski was third in the 5,000m during the UAA Outdoor Championships and has another NCAA provisional mark. She is a member of the Case Association of Student-Athletes and worked with Relay for Life in addition to serving as a lifeguard at CWRU.
Arthur P. Leary Award - The award is given to the outstanding freshman, sophomore, or junior who has demonstrated leadership on the team, maintained good academic standing in the University, demonstrated good sportsmanship, and made a contribution to the department and University.
Niro Wimalasena (Mason, OH/Mason)
Men’s Soccer – Junior
Niro Wimalasena was a first-team Academic All-District IV selection in the fall and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-East Region scholar. In 19 games at defender, he totaled a goal and an assist and helped lead the Spartans to six shutouts en route to being named second-team All-UAA. Off the field, Wimalasena serves on the board for CASA as well committees for the CWRU field house and Relay for Life. He is a member of the Gamma Sigma Alpha honor society, Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the Case Emerging Leaders program.
Philip K. “Nip” Heim Award - Presented annually to the senior male student-athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution to Case Western Reserve University through the athletics program. The selection is based on if he demonstrated leadership in the team, maintained good academic standing in the University, demonstrated good sportsmanship, participated in at least two years in the Case athletics program, and demonstrated loyalty to team and University.
Cory Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine)
Baseball – Senior
Cory Pecoraro is a two-year captain for the Spartan baseball team. This season, he has batted .274 with a homerun and 17 runs batted-in as the Spartans have won a school-record 30 games (30-13 overall). He is a UAA All-Academic selection and is best known for his leadership and work ethic.
Bill Sudeck Outstanding Student-Athlete Award - This award honors the individual who best exemplifies the attributes of the Case Western Reserve University student-athlete in the spirit of legendary coach, mentor and friend William “Bill” Sudeck. Coach Sudeck spent more than half his life - 46 years - shaping the young minds of cross country, basketball, and track and field athletes. The award is given to the student-athlete that has demonstrated and achieved significant athletic accomplishments, academic achievements, engagement in campus activities, and has shown leadership in athletics and in the classroom.
Joey Baum (Dalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit)
Football – Senior
Joey Baum was an Academic All-American in the fall and one of just 29 male student-athletes from around the nation to be awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A political science major with a 3.93 GPA, Baum started all 10 games at quarterback and was the UAA’s top-rated passer in his first year as a starter. He completed 210-of-324 passes (64.8 percent) for 2,446 yards and 23 TDs versus just seven interceptions. Also heavily involved in the community, Baum brought with him to University Circle an initiative known as “Labre,” a program aimed at aiding the homeless – through both donating supplies and relationship building. In addition, Baum is involved with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and CASA.
Bill Sudeck Rookie of the Year
Dan Jacobson (Solon, OH/Solon)
Swimming & Diving – Freshman
Dan Jacobson turned in an impressive freshman campaign that included school-records on both the one and three-meter diving boards as well as All-UAA selections in each event. He was named UAA Athlete of the Week on three occasions and posted NCAA “B” cuts on both boards.
Nancy Gray Rookie of the Year
Maggie Dillione (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North)
Swimming & Diving – Freshman
Maggie Dillione was the women’s swimming & diving MVP this season as a freshman. She scored the highest amount of points at the UAA Championship Meet and earned All-UAA honors in two events. During the season, Dillione achieved four school-records and four NCAA “B” cuts in addition to being named UAA Athlete of the Week twice.
Glenn and Peggy Nicholls Female Athlete of the Year
Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon)
Women’s Basketball/Track & Field – Junior
Erin Hollinger has excelled in a pair of varsity sports this season in addition to a stellar performance in the classroom. On the basketball court, she was a national finalist for the Jostens Trophy (Division III Player of the Year), as well as being selected to the All-UAA First Team and D3hoops.com All-North Region squad. Sheaveraged 16.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with 46 blocked shots, leading the UAA in both scoring and blocks. She also became the 10th woman in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Just one day after the basketball season ended, she joined her track & field teammates and won the UAA Championship in the high jump event. She followed up by defending her title during the outdoor season in addition to scoring in the pole vault and 100m hurdles. In the classroom, she earned her third career Academic All-American honor as a macromolecular science and engineering major with a 3.96 GPA.
Dr. David Hutter Male Athlete of the Year
Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale)
Baseball – Senior
Chad Mullins has been one of the nation’s top hitters as the Spartan baseball team has shattered the school-record for wins with a 30-13 overall record. He is batting .473 (80-of-169) with eight homeruns and 69 RBI – his hit and RBI counts lead the nation. He is the CWRU all-time leader in batting average (.418), hits (260), RBI (183), runs scored (157), doubles (61) and at-bats (622). He also ranks second in school history with 21 career homers – just one away from tying the CWRU record. Prior to the season, he was tabbed as a D3baseball.com Preseason All-American. He has since earned UAA Athlete of the Week honors on three occasions and was named to the UAA Championship All-Tournament team.
Patricia B. Kilpatrick Award – Four-year varsity participant with the highest GPA
Tim Smith (Sandusky, OH/Perkins)
Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field – Senior
Tim Smith has compiled an overall GPA of 3.967 as a chemical engineering major.