At the 64th Annual Black and Gold Athletic Awards Banquet this evening, Dalhousie University’s Department of Athletics recognized inspirational athletes, committed coaches and incredible volunteers.


This season, Dalhousie celebrated eight AUS championship titles, five U SPORTS all-Canadian awards, 38 major AUS and U SPORTS awards, 56 AUS all-stars, one U SPORTS medal and volunteered over 4,000 hours of community service. Matthew Coolen, of the men’s track and field team, earned his first Climo (male athlete of the year) award and volleyball player Courtney Baker was named the Class of ’55 winner (female athlete of the year).


A third-year sprinter on the men’s track and field team, Matthew Coolen had a tremendous season on the track. An AUS all-star for the third-straight year, Coolen won two gold and one silver at the AUS championships. Two weeks later, he went on to win the 60m event on day one of the U SPORTS championships, earning U SPORTS first team all-Canadian honours. The next day, he narrowly missed the podium in the 60m hurdles, crossing the line in fourth, just 0.01 seconds behind third.


Courtney Baker had an outstanding year on the court, leading the Tigers to their sixth-consecutive AUS championship title. In just her third season with the Tigers, she was named the conference’s most valuable player and was selected as an AUS first team all-star for the second-straight year. She led the AUS in assists per set and was fourth in the country. An AUS championship all-star, Baker earned recognition on the national stage as a U SPORTS first team all-Canadian.


Complete list of major award winners:


Team Most Valuable Player Awards:




(M) Sven Stammberger

(W) Robertha Charles


Cross Country

(M) Cal DeWolfe
(W) Savanna Jordan



(M) Corbin Boes

(W) Lisa MacLean



(M) Freddy Bekkers

(W) Taylor Goodwin



(M) Alec Karlsen

(W) Isabel Sarty


Track and Field

(M) Matthew Coolen

(W) Lorena Heubach



(M) Matthew Donovan
(W) Courtney Baker

Manager of the Year: Andrea Plato, Men’s Basketball


Volunteer Awards:

Larry Cass, Men’s Soccer

Barrie Woodworth, Swimming

Beate Hartlen, Volleyball


Trainers of the Year:

Declan O’Brien, Men’s Soccer

Lori Ellis, Men’s Basketball


Rookies of the Year:

(M) Hudson Grimshaw-Surette, Track & Field

(W) Savanna Jordan, Cross Country

(W) Kate Fines, Swimming

(W) Isabel Sarty, Swimming

(W) Julie Moore, Volleyball


Coach of the Year: Rich Lehman, Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field


President’s Award for academics, athletics, leadership and community service:

(M) Sven Stammberger, Basketball

(W) Mieke DuMont, Volleyball


Climo Award – Male Athlete of the Year: Matthew Coolen, Track & Field

Class of ’55 Award – Female Athlete of the Year: Courtney Baker, Volleyball