Dec. 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - Two Georgetown University student-athletes won the 2014 PNC Student-Athlete Achiever Awards, and were recognized on Wednesday evening at halftime of the men's basketball game against Kansas at Verizon Center. Senior cross country runner Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) was the female recipient and sophomore men's soccer defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) earned the men's honor.
The awards were presented by Georgetown University Alumnus and Senior Vice President, Real Estate Banking Division for the Greater Washington Region William Lynch, III, and Georgetown Director of Athletics Lee Reed.
"Katrina and Joshua represent the caliber of student athletes at Georgetown," stated Michael N. Harreld, regional president of PNC Bank in Greater Washington. "Both are outstanding examples of how the skills that make athletes successful--discipline, commitment, focus, high energy, work ethic, ability to handle pressure, and resilience--also help drive scholastic achievement."
Coogan, a human science major, has been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) all-academic teams in both cross country and track & field all three years on the Hilltop. The senior middle distance runner won the BIG EAST Championship and Mid-Atlantic Region individual titles, both times leading her squad to the team title. For her efforts, she was named the Mid-Atlantic Region's Female Athlete of the Year, the first time a Hoya has earned the distinction since 2007. She was named an All-American following a 16th-place performance at the NCAA Championships en route to a fourth-place podium finish for the Blue & Gray.
Yaro is a government major with a concentration in international relations, he plans on double majoring in anthropology as well. The sophomore defender is a member of the Dean's List and also earned a spot on last year's BIG EAST All-Academic squad.
On the field, Yaro is a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year as well as a unanimous selection to the first team. Most recently, he was named First Team All-Great Lakes Region by the NSCAA. Yaro was a key part of Georgetown's 10 shutouts this season, including a league-best six in the nine conference games played. He also got into the action on offense with an assist coming at Princeton. Yaro earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors on three occasions this season and was a member of the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad.
The Hoyas finished the season 14-4-5 on the season and advancing to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals before failing to advance against Virginia.