Athletics Award Night 2012
On May 1 the Trinity athletics community of coaches, student-athletes, and support personnel gathered for the 2012 Athletics Award Night. The event included reflections on the 2011-12 athletics season, a celebration of accomplishments, and the presentation of the athletics department’s special awards.
The evening began with the teams participating in a trivia contest while they interacted over light refreshments. The program proceeded into the DeVos Gymnasium for highlights of the past year in word and in video, memories by senior athletes Karley VanDyke and Matt Buren, and awards recognition. The athletics department’s highest honors are the Keith Albers Memorial Award, Women’s Athletics Award, and the Rich Kooy Award. In addition Male and Female Athlete of the Year honors were also given.
The Albers and Women’s Athletics awards are given to a male and female athlete who exhibit exemplary play on the athletic field, high achievement in the classroom, outstanding leadership in campus activities, and a spirit of cooperation and teamwork during their career at Trinity. This year’s recipients were Brian Hofman and Allison Doyle.
Junior Brian Hofman of Waupun, Wisconsin, has been a member of the cross country and track teams for the past three years. He has been an integral part of the cross country program that has made steady improvements in the past few years and this season broke into the NAIA Top 25 ratings as well as finished third at the CCAC Championship and fifth at the NCCAA National Championship. For the track team Brian ranks in the top ten in Trinity’s records book in multiple distance events and this year qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000 meter.
In addition Brian is active in campus events and the spiritual development of the student body as he serves as a Sunday night worship leader and a member of the praise band. He also excels in the classroom with a 4.000 GPA as a mathematics major and has earned scholar-athlete honors.
Allison Doyle of New Lenox, Illinois, is a four-year starter and standout for the women’s soccer program. In her career at Trinity, she has helped the women’s soccer team emerge as a national contender and a top conference team. She has been a part of a program that has claimed two conference champion-ships, become a regular in the NAIA national rankings, and earned three NAIA and one NCCAA national tournament appearances. Allison ranks in the top two in goals, assists, shots, and points in Trinity’s career records as well as holds numerous game records. She has earned all-conference honors in each of her four seasons and was named the Freshman of the Year in 2008 and the Player of the Year in 2011. She has also been recognized as a NAIA All-American for three seasons, earning second-team status for the past two years.
Allison has been involved in numerous campus activities and has participated in sports mission trips. Academically Allison is an exercise science major and has earned NCCAA scholar-athlete honors.
The Rich Kooy Award is presented to a member of the Trinity community who has made a significant contribution to the athletics department. It is named in honor of former Trinity mathematics professor Rich Kooy, who served Trinity for 27 years, was a founding member of the Trinity Athletics Committee, and acted as faculty athletics representative. This year the honor was given to Provost Dr. Liz Rudenga, who plays an integral role in the administration of our athletics program. She is an advocate for athletics and has worked to foster growth in the number of student-athletes, sports programs, and facilities. In addition to her administrative responsibilities she takes interest in our teams, coaches and athletes and regularly can be seen at contests throughout the year.
In addition to the special awards, the athletics department also recognizes a male and female athlete for their impressive accomplishments during the season. The 2011-12 Athlete of the Year Awards were given to senior Anthony Fiorenzi and senior Allison Doyle.
Anthony Fiorenzi of Downers Grove, Illinois, is a member of the baseball team that finished with a 23-25 overall record. This season he fielded first or third base and with a .977 fielding percentage. He batted fourth in the line-up and posted a .377 batting average and led the team in slugging percentage. This year he set a school records with three home runs in a single game and 51 RBIS in a season. He earned CCAC All-Conference honors.
Allison Doyle of the women’s soccer team helped the Trolls to a 16-4-2 overall record and a NAIA Opening Round appearance. For the season she led the team and the conference with 29 goals, 27 assists, and 151 shots. She also ranked first in the nation in goals per game and set or tied single game school records in goals, assists, and shots. Allison was selected All-Conference, CCAC Player of the Year, NAIA All-American Second Team, as well as NCCAA All-Region and All-American.