2015 Athletics Awards Banquet Preview

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2015 Athletics Awards Banquet Preview

By Kevin Ilomin on March 24, 2015

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Tuesday night Heat athletes will be honoured.

KELOWNA, B.C. – UBC Okanagan is proud to announce its seventh annual Heat Athletics Awards Banquet on March 31st at the Coast Capri Hotel. An exciting night to review the 2014-15 season for the campus’ vibrant student athlete community will be highlighted by a collection of new awards to be given out for the first time.

Men’s Nominees | Women’s Nominees

The night’s program has been streamlined and the department will recognize four new female and male student athletes each for their tremendous achievements on court and in the classroom. Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year, and Rookie of the Year headline the group of awards with a focus on athletic achievement, and Graduating Player of the Year, and the Student Athlete of the Year award will be given based on combined athletic and academic performances.

In addition to these four categories, which will receive nominations from coaches, two non-nominated awards for academic excellence will be given out based on academic performance in the Provost Award for Excellence and Team Excellence in Academics. The athletics focused awards will be decided by an external Athletics Awards Selection Committee (AASC). From each nomination pool the AASC will narrow the field to up to five finalists, of which more than one may come from the same team. The finalists, as well as the winner will be introduced at the banquet.

Below are brief descriptions of the criteria of each of the awards as well as brief highlight points for each of the finalists.

Awards Descriptions and Criteria

Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year

The Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year is awarded to a student athlete who is an outstanding team player and/or team MVP. He or she will have superior athletic achievements, particularly those recognized by a respective athletics association (Canada West/CIS, Pacwest/CCAA, etc.) with national recognition will be weighted more heavily than conference recognition. Leadership on and off the competitive surface and academic good-standing are also criteria. Coaches can nominate more than  one student athlete for the award.

Rookie of the Year

Similar to the Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year award, the Rookie of the Year is awarded based on superior athletic achievement for a player in his or her first year of post-secondary competition. Each team may nominate up to their maximum roster of rookie students. Rookie candidates must also demonstrate good academic standing.

Graduating Player of the Year

This award will be given to a student who has competed for the Heat for a minimum of three years, and is in his or her fourth or fifth year of athletics eligibility, and graduating. The winner will have demonstrated superior athletic achievements, leadership on and off the competitive surface and academic good-standing over the course of their career.

Student Athlete of the Year

This award’s criteria will focus on a combination of athletic and academic achievement. Weighing the cumulative GPA and superior athletic achievement in the current season, with candidates competing in a minimum of 75% of league competitions. Preference will be given to those that displayed leadership qualities on and off the field/court.

Provost Award for Excellence

This award will be presented to a returning varsity student athlete with the highest academic average over the past three terms fall/winter/fall semesters.

Excellence in Academics | Team award

This recognition of academic achievement will be all varsity teams which have a cumulative GPA of 75% or higher based on the fall semester of the current year.


Nominees – Men’s Sports

Graduating Player of the Year

  • Dylan Abbott

    Dylan Abbott

  • Will Deck

    Will Deck

  • Grady Krohmam

    Grady Krohman

Dylan Abbott (Men’s Soccer)

  • Regularly in consideration for team MVP over the years, emerged in his second year as a prominent leader on the team
  • His on-field impact in both PACWEST and Canada West is not easily recorded on the stat-sheet however he has repeatedly stood on the cusp of conference and national awards in the past

Will Deck (Men’s Golf)

  • Three-time Provincial All-Star, PACWEST Male Golfer of the Year for 2013-14, and PACWEST bronze medal winner in same year
  • Former CCAA All-Canadian and Provincial Male Golf Athlete of the Week

Grady Krohman (Men’s Rugby)

  • Has represented the Heat at the National University Sevens tournament for the past four years
  • Has consistently been a high performer and leader by example to younger players on the squad

Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year

  • Jim Bell

    Jim Bell

  • Tim Coles

    Tim Coles

  • Mitch Goodwin

    Mitch Goodwin

  • Manny Straith

    Manny Straith

Jim Bell (Men’s Volleyball)

  • Led team in blocks, kills, and total points. Currently second all-time in blocks in just his third year (146)
  • Canada West Athlete of the Week January 12th

Tim Coles (Men’s Rugby)

  • Excellent leadership qualities and actions on and off the field
  • Leads by example with his play and his conduct while travelling and representing the school on the road

Mitch Goodwin (Men’s Basketball)

  • Averaged 13.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg in 20 starts this season while battling injury for most of season
  • Excellent leadership as oldest student athlete on roster (3rd year), and an active role model

Manny Straith (Men’s Soccer)

  • Started twelve of thirteen games in the year and postseason, playing every minute
  • Four-time game MVP as a defensive midfielder

Rookie of the Year

  • Aldrich Berrios

    Aldrich Berrios

  • Adam Kern

    Adam Kern

  • Cole Kingzett

    Cole Kingzett

  • Shaun Pilcher

    Shaun Pilcher

  • Trevor Yip

    Trevor Yip

Aldrich Berrios (Men’s Basketball)

  • Canada West All-Rookie Team member and CIS All-Rookie nominee
  • Led Canada West rookies in scoring with 12.9 ppg as a regular starter, and logged 34.7 minutes per game (1st among CW rookies, 4th overall and 7th in CIS)

Adam Kern (Men’s Volleyball)

  • In six matches with the Heat, put up a team-high .600 attack efficiency and also led in serving percentage with a 1.89

Cole Kingzett (Men’s Soccer)

  • Started all thirteen league and playoff matches, grabbing one Game MVP along the way
  • Notched three goals and one assist, with each goal being a game winner

Shaun Pilcher (Men’s Soccer)

  • Started all thirteen league and playoff matches, picking up one Game MVP
  • Demonstrated incredible durability and physicality in a position going against players four to five years older and much larger in size

Trevor Yip (Men’s Rugby)

  • A very mature rookie, was a regular starter for the squad, also started and played in all games at the National University Sevens tournament

Student Athlete of the Year

  • Jim Bell

    Jim Bell

  • Sam Overton

    Sam Overton

  • Buzz Truss

    Buzz Truss

Jim Bell (Men’s Volleyball)

  • Recorded First Class GPA. Team captain and Canada West Second-Star of the Week for January 12th and led team in blocks, kills, and total points.

Sam Overton (Men’s Rugby)

  • Recorded First Class GPA. Provides instrumental leadership by organizing extra training time for the team on his own time on multiple occasions

Buzz Truss (Men’s Basketball)

  • Recorded First Class GPA. Canada West All-Rookie nominee behind 7.0 ppg and 3.2 rpg

Nominees – Women’s Sports

Graduating Player of the Year

Graduating Player of the Year

  • Hayley Carlson

    Hayley Carlson

  • Kirsten Dodds

    Kirsten Dodds

  • Myrte Schön

    Myrte Schön

  • Christine Tallon

    Christine Tallon

  • Angela White

    Angela White

Hayley Carlson (Women’s Soccer)

  • Most decorated player in program to date with three provincial medals, two team MVP awards, and top defender in PACWEST provincial tournament award
  • Co-captain for previous two years, named Player of the Game four times this season and was the team’s top goal scorer in its first year of CIS competition.

Kirsten Dodds (Women’s Soccer)

  • Core piece of team for multiple PACWEST runs, was former Forward of the Tournament in 2013 Provincial Championship
  • Active volunteer for the sport outside of program with youth programming and camps

Myrte Schön (Women’s Volleyball)

  • Integral part of team for past five years, leading squad to 2011 PACWEST Championship and then through transition to multiple Canada West playoff appearances and the CIS.
  • Holds single-match kill record at UBC Okanagan with 23 and is 8th all-time for total kills with 483

Christine Tallon (Women’s Soccer)

  • Former PACWEST Goalie of the Tournament at Provincial Championships
  • Starting keeper this season and played 95% of minutes therein, serving as mentor to the up-and-coming goalies in the program

Angela White (Women’s Basketball)

  • Captain of the team for past two seasons, averaged 25 minutes per game throughout her four years at UBC Okanagan
  • Strong commitment to a team-first attitude, also actively involved in numerous community volunteer activities

Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year

  • Brianna Beamish

    Brianna Beamish

  • Hayley Carlson

    Kirsten Dodds

  • Katy Klomps

    Katy Klomps

  • Carolyn Lee

    Carolyn Lee

  • Katie Wuttunee

    Katie Wuttunee

Brianna Beamish (Women’s Volleyball)

  • Led team in scoring, fifth in Canada West and 9th in CIS for total kills and fifth in conference for points per set
  • Main offensive weapon at leftside,

Hayley Carlson (Women’s Soccer)

  • Top goal scorer for team in first year CIS and four-time Player of the Game
  • Started every match and played full ninety minutes each

Katy Klomps (Women’s Volleyball)

  • Number one in CIS for total blocks, blocks per set, and second in Canada West for hitting percentage
  • Canada West All-Star, CIS All-Canadian (first in UBC Okanagan history), and two-time Canada West Athlete of the Week

Carolyn Lee (Women’s Golf)

  • PACWEST Individual Silver Medalist and PACWEST All-Star this season
  • Won the CCAA National Individual Bronze Medal and team won CCAA Bronze

Katie Wuttunee (Women’s Volleyball)

  • Second in Canada West and tenth in CIS for hitting percentage
  • Most efficient attacker for the team, and extremely durable having only missed three starts for the season

Rookie of the Year

  • Vanessa Botteselle

    Vanessa Botteselle

  • Siobhan Fitzpatrick

    Siobhan Fitzpatrick

  • Sophia Furlan

    Sophia Furlan

  • Courtney Hemmerling

    Courtney Hemmerling

Vanessa Botteselle (Women’s Basketball)

  • Logged 13 minutes per game in a prominent backup role
  • Valuable playmaker at the point guard slot, she also recorded 65% in free-throw shooting

Siobhan Fitzpatrick (Women’s Volleyball)

  • Played in 10 of 24 league matches this season
  • At one point in season against the then-No. 1 team in CIS, came off the bench to help Heat come back from 0-2 deficit for 3-2 win

Sophia Furlan (Women’s Volleyball)

  • Played in 14 of 24 matches off the bench as a defensive and serving specialist
  • On multiple occasions against top teams was called upon and made immediate impact

Courtney Hemmerling (Women’s Soccer)

  • Lauded by other CIS programs as an up-and-coming player to watch, made an immediate impact on the roster as the team transitioned to Canada West competition
  • Played 95% of the minutes this year, starting the majority of the matches

Student Athlete of the Year

  • Hayley Carlson

    Hayley Carlson

  • Jacqueline Dubreuil

    Jacqueline Dubreuil

  • Carolyn Lee

    Carolyn Lee

  • Trisha–Lee Metro

    Trisha–Lee Metro

  • Chandler Proch

    Chandler Proch

Hayley Carlson (Women’s Soccer)

  • First Class GPA. Top goal-scorer for the team and four-time Player of the Game, playing every minute of league competition

Jacqueline Dubreuil (Women’s Rugby)

  • First Class GPA. Led the team in defensive tackles and was second in try’s scored

Carolyn Lee (Women’s Golf)

  • First Class GPA. Individual Silver Medalist for PACWEST and All-Star before capturing CCAA Individual Bronze

Trisha–Lee Metro (Women’s Cross-Country)

  • First Class GPA in Nursing. She has combined her passion for running and her medical education in a number of community initiatives.
  • Team captain, ran every race of the season and improved time in each successive race, cumulating at the national championship where she finished in the top third of participants.

Chandler Proch (Women’s Volleyball)

  • First Class GPA. Over past three terms Played in every match except one, and started in most at setter, she carried the torch at the position through the team’s exciting postseason run.

6th Annual UBC Okanagan Heat Athletic Awards Banquet Photogallery of the 2013-14 banquet


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