April 19, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University athletic department celebrated the culmination of a successful year in both academics and athletics at the Dolphins' 13th Annual All-Sports Banquet Tuesday night at Swisher Gymnasium on the JU campus.
Each team awarded its MVP Award to its respective winner, while a special presentation was made to the Dolphin volleyball team for winning the program's first Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the Division I era. In addition, football's Ryan Feely (Odessa, Fla.) was recognized for earning All-America honors, while Yolisha Jackson (Clarksville, Tenn.) of women's basketball was honored for eclipsing 1,000 career points.
Vice President for Student Life and acting Athletic Director Dr. John Balog honored 145 student-athletes for earning a grade point average of 3.0 or better during the fall semester, while 59 student-athletes were honored for earning Dean's List distinctions.
The University Award, which is presented annually to the senior male and female student-athlete who has recorded the highest cumulative grade point average, while participating in his or her respective sport for at least two years, was awarded to Kevin Vucinich (Moon Valley, Penn.) of the men's golf team and Jamie Ross (Shoreline, Wash.) of the softball squad.
The Douglas B. Milne Sportsmanship Award, which is given annually to the top student-athlete who has represented the highest standard of sportsmanship and has demonstrated excellence in athletics, academics and leadership, was presented to Lauren Calhoun (Baltimore, Md.), a senior member of the Dolphin women's rowing team.
The Outstanding Student-Athlete Award, which is presented annually to the top student-athlete at JU who has excelled at the highest level in the classroom and in his or her respective sport, while serving to benefit the community, was awarded to Justin Knowles (Perry, Fla.), a senior tight end on the JU football squad.
With nearly 400 student-athletes, coaches and staff in attendance, the banquet featured a dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill. Other special guests included JU president Dr. Kerry Romesburg and new athletic director Alan Verlander and WOKV Sports Director, Cole Pepper.
2004-05 JU Dolphin MVP's Baseball - To be determined later Men's Basketball - Haminn Quaintance Women's Basketball - Sheena Carpenter Cheerleading - Nicholas Young Men's Cross Country - Jeff Wolf Women's Cross Country - Fallon Heffernan Football - Drew Stafford Men's Golf - Russell Knox Women's Golf - Pamela Shelley Men's Rowing - Sean Duffey Women's Rowing - Lauren Calhoun Men's Soccer - Tommy Krizanovic Women's Soccer - Amber Otto Softball - Lauren Redfern Men's Tennis - Bjoern Behles Women's Tennis - Emese Sulyos Track and Field - Stephanie Jeffers Volleyball - Erin Donivan