May 26, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University Athletic Department wrapped up the 2003-04 academic year with its annual Senior Awards Banquet, held last night at the Brass Rail on campus. Senior student-athletes Becky Potter (volleyball), Jim Howell (basketball), Ben Gauen (cross country), Chardonnay Poole (soccer), Erich Chen (tennis), Jaime Forman-Lau (softball), J.R. Patrick (basketball), Logan Gee (water polo) and Michael Neumann (cross country) received awards to honor their career achievements. A special award was presented to media relations assistant Lindsay Myrback for her service to the athletic department.
"Tonight is a celebration of four years of hard work and a well-deserved recognition of the great accomplishments of this year's senior class," said Cheryl Levick, Santa Clara's Director of Athletics and Recreation. "As the director of athletics and recreation, it is a really rewarding experience to see the results of your hard work and dedication. Whether it is on the field or court, in the classroom or out in the community, Bronco student-athletes represent the finest this institution has to offer. Congratulations to the seniors for setting the standard for your current and future teammates to follow."
References to the hit movie "Saturday Night Fever" was present throughout the evening, with the women's soccer team opened the ceremony with a dance routine to the Bee Gees' hit song. Student-athletes and athletic department staff members presented the nominees and award winners and recapped each team's season. The night culminated in a slide/video presentation that showcased what being a Bronco represents.
Potter, who led the Broncos to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, received the Henry Schmidt award. Named in honor of Santa Clara's first head athletics trainer, the Henry Schmidt Award is given annually to the school's top senior female athlete from the sports of basketball, soccer or volleyball. Potter became the program's first All-American as a junior and repeated the honors last fall, while setting new career mark in kills. She is also one of only six players in West Coast Conference history to notch 1,600 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.
Howell received the men's equivalent of Potter's award, named after Victor Corsiglia, a long-time supporter of Bronco Athletics from the 1950s through the 70s. Howell closed his career with 48 blocked shots, the ninth-best mark in school history. A team captain, he registered more blocks and steals as a senior than his previous three seasons combined.
Gauen and Poole were recipients of the Pat Malley Awards. Named after legendary football coach and athletic director Pat Malley, the award is presented to one male and one female senior athlete who best demonstrates the qualities or attitude, character, desire, competitive spirit and the will to excel both on and off the field of play.
Chen and Forman-Lau were named recipients of the James D. Farwell Awards. Founder and long-time coach of the SCU Men's Rowing program, the award is presented annually to one male and one female senior athlete from the sports of cross country, golf, rowing, softball, tennis and water polo who best combine academic and athletic excellence.
The Jim Jennings Award was presented to Myrback, a four-year media relations assistant in the External Services department. Given yearly to a non-athlete that is most distinguished for unselfish and loyal service to the Athletics Department, Myrback's unbelievable dedication and support embodies what "JJ"-as most of came to know Jennings-meant to the athletic department as a 20-year volunteer.
The Bronco Inspiration Award is given to a male or female senior athlete who has used courage, perseverance and spirit to overcome adversity, and now serves as a role model for hope and inspiration for others to follow. Patrick transferred to the mission campus prior to his junior season, but missed games due to a preseason knee injury that required surgery. Her responded with a stellar senior campaign, leading the Broncos with a .870 free throw percentage, and averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest.
The final honor of the evening was the Carroll Williams Award, presented by the Student-Athlete Leadership Committee to Gee. The award is presented to a male or female senior athlete who best exemplifies the ideals or leadership and community service and named after SCU's longtime men's basketball coach and athletic director. Members of the SALC nominate and select the winner of this award.
The men's cross country and volleyball teams earned Bronco spirit awards, for their outstanding examples of Bronco spirit among the student-athlete population over the academic year.
Additionally, the men's and women's cross country teams were honored as the squads with the highest team GPA. Neumann and Forman-Lau of softball were the top male and female senior student-athletes with the highest individual cumulative GPA.
For a list of past winners, please click here.
2003-04 Senior Awards Recipients
Henry Schmidt Award, Becky Potter,
Victor Corsiglia Award, Jim Howell, basketball
Pat Malley Award for Men, Ben Gauen, cross country
Pat Malley Award for Women, Chardonnay Poole, soccer
James D. Farwell Award for Men, Erich Chen, tennis
James D. Farwell Award for Women, Jaime Forman-Lau, softball
Jim Jennings Award, Lindsay Myrback, media relations
Bronco Inspirational Award, J.R. Patrick, basketball
Carroll Williams Award, Logan Gee, water polo