RAMIREZ & WALSH NAMED UMES ATHLETES OF THE YEAR AT AWARDS BANQUET
May 7, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) held its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 6, 2013, naming Anggie Ramirez from women's bowling and Andre Walsh from track & field, the female and male Athletes of the Year. UMES' Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs, G. Stan Bradley was selected as the Hawk of the Year.
The banquet, held on a Monday evening in the Student Services Center Ballroom on the UMES campus, was a packed house, attended by all 15 sponsored programs as well as Cheerleaders, the Diamonds Dance Team, alumni, administrators, parents and friends. Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) from baseball provided a welcome to the crowd while they also heard remarks from President Dr. Juliette B. Bell.
Each team presented awards to their Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, and Most Improved Player or a Coach's Award. Athletics also recognized its' scholar-athletes who have grade point averages of 3.0 and above. The administration went on to also thank individuals for service to the department, ranging from volunteers, student-workers, graduate assistants, interns and part-time staffers.
The highlight of the evening however is the Director's Awards. Each year, Athletics announces recipients of some special awards that are either chosen by or presented by Director of Athletics Keith Davidson.
During those awards, Bradley received the Department's highest honor for his work. A 12-year employee in the Division of Athletics, Bradley has been critical over the past several years in developing relationships with the community and overseeing the external affairs office which is responsible for the department's media and public relations, social media, publications, website, facilities, marketing and fundraising.
"Stan, you have been Hawk of the Year before, but this is just the first time we have publicly recognized you," said Davidson. "You are the first to volunteer or offer up an idea, you work hard and always find a way to get the job done," he added. Bradley would go on to thank his staff, the administration and the coaches who "make it easy for [him] to do [his] job."
The top athletic honors went to two individuals. The men's winner, for the second-straight year, was Andre Walsh (St. Catherine, Jamaica) from men's track & field. Walsh was named a second-team All-America selection earlier this season by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). It is his second straight year with that honor. He ran in the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, competing in the 200-meter dash. Walsh owns school records in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 60-meter and as part of relay teams.
On the women's side, the award went to Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) from women's bowling. Ramirez earned a first-team All-America honor from the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) and was named a runner-up to the College Bowler of the Year by the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA). She was MEAC Bowler of the Year and a First-Team All-Conference selection. Ramirez guided her Hawks to a 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship and a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Collegiate National Championship this season. The senior was an All-Tournament Team selection in both events. She finished her career with four All-American nods and four National Championships on her resume.
This is the fourth straight year a bowler has won the award.
Other Director's Awards went to Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) from men's basketball and Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) from women's bowling who were named Scholar-Athletes of the Year for their grade point average and academic honors, all while staring for their respective sport. Buja was also recognized for having won the NCAA Elite 89 Award for the highest GPA in her sport.
The men's golf team and the women's bowling team also received the Team of Scholars Award for having the highest GPA as a team among their respective gender programs. They both repeated the award from the previous season.
Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) from baseball and Falbo from women's bowling earned the Josten's Award for Sportsmanship, given to a male and female recipient who are good teammates, are successful academically, participate in community service and are shining examples for their team, the department of athletics and the University.
UMES also presented women's bowling, women's volleyball and Walsh with watches for making their sport's receptive NCAA Championship. Softball earned the Quantum Leap award, presented to a program making the biggest turnaround from one season to the next.
"We had a great evening," said Davidson during his closing remarks. "I tell my coaches all the time," Davidson said, "Success is not a destination, but a journey, it's not where we are going but how we get there. We take the high road; we teach our student-athletes lessons for life. We teach them how to be Hawks, Hawks for Life."