Dec. 9, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University Athletics Department has announced this year's special recognition awardees for the 22nd Annual Hoyas Unlimited Athletic Recognition Dinner. The Athletic Recognition Dinner will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2009 in the Leavey Center Ballroom on the campus of Georgetown University.
Head women's soccer coach Dave Nolan was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award after leading his team to the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Drew Schreiber (F'86) will receive the J. Gregory Carroll Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to Hoyas Unlimited. Steve Paluszek (B'79) has been named the Outstanding Contribution to Athletics recipient. Former football student-athlete Kyle Van Fleet (B'08) is this year's Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete. In addition, the 2007-08 Most Valuable Players and this year's captains for all sports will be honored at the dinner.
Dave Nolan was named the 2007 BIG EAST Coach of the Year after directing the Hoyas (14-6-0, 6-5-0 BIG EAST) to their best season in school history. Nolan led Georgetown to a win at UConn in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals and the Hoyas first berth in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals and NCAA Tournament. The six BIG EAST wins were also a school record. In addition to excellence on the field, Nolan's team also excelled in the classroom as 26 women's soccer players carried a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. This was Nolan's first BIG EAST Coach of the Year award. He also is the first Georgetown women's soccer coach to receive this recognition.
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. Schreiber is a long-time member of the rowing alumni board and has served as president of the Georgetown Rowing Association since 2004. In 1997, he and three classmates initiated the successful annual gathering of rowing alumni in New York City. More recently, he provided critical leadership for Never Row Weekend, a celebration of 50 years of modern crew, one of the most successful athletic events ever held at Georgetown. In addition, Schreiber has overseen a more than 40 percent increase in annual giving to crew during his tenure.
Paluszek is one of Georgetown's most active and generous volunteer leaders. Since his graduation, he has served the University in a myriad number of significant roles: president of the New York alumni club, chair of his class reunion committee, chair of the annual fund, Wall Street Alliance leader, member of the boards of Regents and Governors and of the steering committee for the Third Century Campaign. Steve has served on the board of Hoyas Unlimited and is a devoted fan and trusted advisor to the Department of Athletics.
The Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to a student-athlete who best embodies academic and athletic excellence. It is presented in honor or Duffey, a former football and basketball player at Georgetown from 1941-3 who was killed in combat in Germany during World War II. Kyle Van Fleet, who served as a captain on the football team as a senior, was named the 2007 Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Van Fleet graduated with a 3.648 grade-point average, earning his bachelor of science in business administration, majoring in management and finance, and is working in the derivatives group for Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division in New York City. In 2007, Van Fleet was a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy, better known as football's "Academic Heisman," and was also selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first-team. In addition, Van Fleet was named to the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll in all four of his seasons from 2004-07. Van Fleet had an excellent senior season on the field, earning second team All-Patriot League honors at fullback/halfback. He had team-highs with 44 receptions, 478 yards and four receiving touchdowns, and also carried 54 times for 198 yards and another touchdown.
For more information on the Athletic Recognition Dinner, please contact Hoyas Unlimited at 202-687-7159 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $125 per person, $100 for young alumni (2003-08).