AWARD WINNERS SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD
The Atlantic 10 Conference named Duquesne women’s basketball star April Robinson and VCU men’s tennis standout Michal Voscek its women’s and men’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Voted on by the league’s Directors of Athletics, the award is given to a male and a female student-athlete, based on their athletic success and academic prowess. Robinson was the second straight women’s basketball student-athlete to win the award and the 10th women’s basketball player overall. She is only the second Duquesne student-athlete to win the award, joining A-10 Women’s Basketball Legend Korie Hlede.
University of Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as a winner of the 201516 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year award. Selected in March, Bjorn was recognized at the organization’s annual James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon.
“I am very honored and humbled by this recognition, however, anytime an award like this given, it is as a result a great deal of hard work and dedication from amazing student-athletes, coaches and staff. I accept this recognition on behalf of all of them.”
The AD of the Year Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student Thorr Bjorn athletes, campuses and their Rhode Island Athletic Director surrounding communities. Previous winners from the Atlantic 10 have included Davidson’s Jim Murphy (2003-04), Dayton’s Tim Wabler (2014-15), Dave Roach of Fordham (2009-10), Richmond’s Keith Gill (2014-15), Saint Joseph’s Don DiJulia (2001-02) and Chris May of Saint Louis (2013-14).
Voscek was the second VCU student-athlete, joining his former teammate Max Wennakoski who earned the award in 2012-13. He was the third men’s tennis player to win the award since 1990-91.
EBONY WELLS La Salle
SARAH FAIRBANKS Saint Joseph’s
Three former Atlantic 10 women’s basketball student-athletes will be continuing their education oversees as part of the Sport Changes Life Victory Scholars Program. Ebony Wells from La Salle will be attending National University of Ireland Galway while DaLacy Anderson from George Washington will be attending Waterford Institute of Technology. Saint Joseph’s Sarah Fairbanks will attend Dublin City University.
CHUCK POLLOCK Olean Times Herald Sports Editor Chuck Pollock was honored with the 2016 Bob Vetrone Award in March at the A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship. Chuck has been at the Times Herald since St. Bonaventure joined the Atlantic 10 in 1979, and was a fitting honoree for the A-10’s 40th Anniversary year. The Bob Vetrone Award recognizes a member of the media whose service, professionalism and commitment have made a lasting contribution to the Atlantic 10 Conference. The A-10 instituted the award in 2006 to honor the memory of the late Bob Vetrone.
2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT
While pursuing graduate programs at top universities in Ireland, the three will work to mentor youth while continuing to play basketball as part of the program. They will coach and mentor young people in neighboring local communities and gain valuable work-life experience through internships, partnerships and friendships, cultural exchange and enrichment. The Atlantic 10 Conference partnered with the Victory Scholars Program, which is administered by Sport Changes Life, in 2013. Through its programs, including Victory Scholars, Sport Changes Life raises the aspirations of young people on both sides of the Atlantic, working to establish a global initiative that benefits society by making positive changes using sporting role models. The Victory Scholars have the opportunity to enhance and develop their own lives while providing a positive and life changing experience to the youth they work with in the community, giving the student-athletes with a once in a lifetime experience.
2015-16 Atlantic 10 Conference Annual Report