MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
Dolphins Highlight Accomplishments at Annual Student-Athlete Banquet
Kendall Courtney with Debbie Pruitt (Photo by Skip Tapp)
Kendall Courtney with Debbie Pruitt (Photo by Skip Tapp)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University honored its soon-to-be graduates and paid respects to the accomplishments of this 2013-14 season on Monday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena with the annual Student-Athlete Banquet.

With Cole Pepper serving as emcee of the event, President Tim Cost and Chief Athletics Officer Brad Edwards were front and center as the Class of 2014 received recognition from their coaching staffs. Following a highlight video featuring many of the school’s triumphs this season, it was time to hand out some hardware to the tireless student-athletes who make it all possible.

The first award of the night was the Team GPA award, won by the women’s lacrosse team. The ladies that are drawing ever-closer to a return trip to the NCAA Tournament have also pulled their weight in the classroom and compiled a 3.46 grade point average this academic year.

The remaining 10 awards were all presented to individual Dolphins. The first two were the men’s and women’s Academic Excellence award, given to the male and female with the highest overall GPA. The honorees were Will Flor from the baseball team and Kendall Courtney from volleyball. The D.B. Milne Sportsmanship Awards were given to Sammie Strausbaugh of volleyball and Sean Carney of men’s rowing.

The John Sessions Award is given to a male and a female athlete who serve as an inspiration to both teammates and the athletic department as a whole. This year’s winners were Hector Vega of men’s soccer and Chelsea Watts of women’s lacrosse.

As a sign of our appreciation for all they have meant to JU through the years, the Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete Award was renamed the Debbie & Fred Pruitt Award. The first winners of the Pruitt Award were Kendall Courtney of volleyball and Peter DeLuca from men’s lacrosse.

Bringing the evening to a close was the Dr. James Brady Senior Award. Given in honor of the former university president, this award is presented to a senior who carries a GPA of 3.5 or higher and who has volunteered their time to activities for the betterment of mankind. The winners for this 2013-14 academic year were Ally Lee of women’s soccer and Aaron Riley from the football team.