Oct. 25, 2011
WASHINGTON - The 25th Athletic Recognition Event was held Friday, October 21 at Leo J. O'Donovan Hall on the campus of Georgetown University to kick off a full weekend of homecoming activities. The event celebrated the 2010-11 year in Georgetown Athletics, with four major awards presented.
Head Women's Cross Country Coach Chris Miltenberg (B'02) was presented with the award for Outstanding Coaching Achievement. Last year, in his third season, his runners completed one of the most successful seasons in program history, finishing fourth at the NCAA championships, the second-highest finish ever for the Hoyas. Four of his student-athletes earned All-America honors.
Jackie DesJardin (C'11) was named the Robert A. Duffey Scholar Athlete of the year. Majoring in neurobiology, Jackie excelled in the classroom, carrying a cumulative 3.8 grade-point average. She was a Howard Hughes scholar and a member of the pharmacology lab in the School of Medicine. She was selected Phi Beta Kappa, was a member of Sigma Xi, the nation's scientific research society and earned a Goldwater scholarship, the most prestigious award conferred in the United States, given to undergraduates studying the sciences. On the field, DesJardin was a leader on the women's soccer team. The Hoyas advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season, set a school record with 15 wins and the team was ranked as high as No. 15 in the country last season. She holds career records in shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage. She also ranked among the top 20 in the country in shutouts and save percentage during the 2010 season.
Maureen Brown (C'81) was presented the award for Outstanding Contribution to Athletics. "As an alumna and parent of a varsity athlete, Brown has a unique perspective on the importance of parent involvement at Georgetown," Director of Athletics Lee Reed said. "She willingly sets the example for others by providing consistent and generous support of the program and encouraging others to match her efforts." Brown further serves the Department of Athletics by volunteering time and counsel as a valued member of the Board of Regent Athletics Committee. In this role, she motivated the Committee, along with the Board of Hoyas Unlimited, to also take action, and then provided the initial funding in support of renovating the strength and conditioning space for the varsity athletes in Yates Field House.
The final major award of the evening was presented to Alfred R. Bozzo, Jr. (B'85). The J. Gregory Carroll Memorial Award is special because it represents all that Hoyas Unlimited aspires to do. Bozzo has served Georgetown Athletics through a commitment to action, giving selfless service to both the Hoya Hoop Club and Hoyas Unlimited. He is best known for his role as President of the Hoop Club. During his six-year tenure as President, he has provided sound counsel and leadership - through his consistency and expertise - to fans, staff, and students alike. In this time, the Hoop Club has grown from 600 members a year to nearly 2,500, with annual support for men's basketball growing similarly to nearly $2.5 million dollars. Bozzo has helped the men's basketball team and its fans celebrate the sport's 100-year anniversary, a wildly exciting trip to the Final Four, the silver anniversary of the 1984 national championship, a friendship tour to China, an upcoming trip to Maui, and many other events, dinners, practices, pregame and postgame activities and communications. His exemplary leadership has helped to take support of our men's basketball program to the next level.
The evening started with Joseph Lonardo (C'69) serving as the Master of Ceremonies. He opened the event by welcoming more than 200 guests, coaches, student-athletes and staff. Reed congratulated the successes on and off the field from last year, noting the women's basketball team advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the women's soccer team reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the men's basketball team advancing to the NCAA Tournament, the women's track team capturing the distance medley relay at Penn Relays and BIG EAST titles captured in men's soccer and women's lacrosse. On the academic side, six out of every 10 BIG EAST student-athlete earned academic all-conference honors last year.
Reed congratulated and thanked supporters for helping to raise $4.5 million from more than 5,000 donors. Hoyas Unlimited saw its seventh year of consecutive growth.
Peter Farrell, President of the Hoyas Unlimited Board of Directors, presented the 2010-11 Incentive Awards to the support clubs exhibiting excellence in three areas. Softball was recognized for the highest percentage of alumni student-athlete participation. Former athletes Sarah Kamenski and Demetria Cipriano were on hand to accept on behalf of the On Deck Circle club. The second award, for the largest percentage increase in donors, went to women's soccer Assistant Coach Naomi Meiburger, accepted on behalf of the Hat Trick club. The final incentive award for the largest percentage increase in dollars went to the men's soccer program.
Each of the team captains for the current academic year were recognized and the Most Valuable Players from last season were also recognized.