Hoyas Unlimited Hosts 23rd Athletic Recognition Event
March 3, 2010
On Saturday, February 27 2010, Georgetown Athletics and Hoyas Unlimited hosted the 23rd Annual Athletic Recognition Event. Prior to the men's basketball game versus Notre Dame, over one hundred Hoya faithful gathered at Clyde's of Gallery Place for a brunch to honor four outstanding awardees. Interim Director of Athletics Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D (C'83) and President of Hoyas Unlimited, Peter Farrell (C'82) took to the podium in the exquisite Piedmont Room to express their gratitude to the awardees and to the greater Georgetown Athletics community.
At halftime of the men's basketball game, President John D. DeGioia, Ph.D (C'79, G'95), Farrell and Porterfield greeted the awardees at midcourt and recognized their achievements before a crowd of nearly 16,000. Caitlin Boland (B'09) was recognized as the Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete Awardee for the 2008-09 school year. Strength and Conditioning Head Coach Angelo "Augie" Maurelli (MBA'02) was honored as the Coach of the Year, David Goracy (C'71) received the J. Gregory Carroll Award and Robert Nolan (B'74) was presented the award for Outstanding Contribution to Athletics.
The Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to the senior student-athlete who best embodies academic and athletic excellence. It is presented in honor of Duffey, a former football and basketball player at Georgetown from 1941-43 who was killed in combat in Germany during World War II. Boland was a two-year team captain and four-year starter for the volleyball team. An accounting and finance major, she graduated summa cum laude from the McDonough School of Business. Boland led the team in assists for three seasons. During her career, she recorded 2,997 assists, placing her third in program history.
The Outstanding Coaching Award is presented each year to a head coach who has provided leadership for his or her student-athletes in such an outstanding way as to merit special recognition. Maurelli has been at Georgetown since January 2001, when he was named the strength and conditioning coach for the football program. In 2004, he was named director of strength and conditioning for all Hoya student-athletes. Since then, he has expanded the program from one full-time coach to a five-person staff that oversees the development of over 700 Varsity Athletes throughout 29 sports, with a personal emphasis on men's basketball, football, women's soccer and track & field.
The J. Gregory Carroll Award recognizes one volunteer who has served Hoyas Unlimited in an outstanding way. It is presented in memory of Greg Carroll, Director of Hoyas Unlimited from 1985 to 1989, when he tragically died. Goracy is a 1971 graduate of Georgetown and was a four-year letter winner on the football team. A team captain as a senior in 1970, he was the recipient of the Murtagh Award that year, recognizing the team's outstanding lineman. Since his graduation, Goracy has been a tireless volunteer for the Georgetown Gridiron Club, the support group for the Hoya football team.
The Outstanding Contribution to Athletics Award is presented each year to an individual who has provided leadership and support for the Department of Athletics in such an outstanding way as to merit special recognition. Nolan, a 1974 graduate of the Georgetown, has been a devoted fan and trusted advisor to the Department of Athletics, as well as a generous and active volunteer leader. His support of the Hoyas has extended to facilities enhancement, strengthening endowment and increasing operating resources.