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Seniors Victoria McGowan (L) and Adam Pegg were selected as the Stetson Athletics Female and Male Athletes of...
by: Stetson University
McGowan and Pegg Named Athletes of the Year
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  06/21/2013
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Basketball took top honors in voting for Stetson Athletics’ end of year awards for 2012-13.

Senior hoopsters Victoria McGowan and Adam Pegg were selected in voting by head coaches and senior staff as the Hatters’ 2012-13 Athletes of the Year.

McGowan helped lead Stetson to the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and a bid into the NCAA Tournament. She was named Honorable Mention Mid-Major All-American by and earned first-team All-Atlantic Sun and Atlantic Sun All-Tournament team honors.

McGowan was a three-time Atlantic Sun Player of the Week and was one of 30 players nationally selected as Senior CLASS Award candidates. She led the A-Sun in three-point field goals made (70), ranked second in the A-Sun and 14th nationally in 3FG Pct. (.412), and also ranked among the top 10 A-Sun stat leaders in scoring, rebounding, field goal pct., assists, steals, free throw percentage and minutes played. She scored in double figures in 29 of her 32 games.

In addition to being named the Female Athlete of the Year, McGowan was also selected as Stetson Athletics’ Female Distinguished Senior for 2012-13.

While McGowan led the Stetson women’s team to the NCAA Tournament, the unquestioned leader for the Stetson men’s team was senior Adam Pegg, who recorded an excellent senior season both on and off the hardwood.

After leading Stetson to the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the first time since 2008-09 with a league record of 11-7 and earning the third seed, Pegg was named first team All-Conference. He also earned Academic All-Conference honors and was named the A-Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Pegg was named the A-Sun Player of the Week once and earned Capital One Academic All-District accolades. He finished his senior campaign leading the Hatters with 15.7 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per contest.

Pegg’s teammate, Liam McInerney, was selected as the outstanding Male Scholar Athlete for 2012-13. He to be exactly the type of student-athlete any coach would want on their team over the course of his career. A leader on and off the court, McInerney helped the Hatters to one of their best seasons of the last 10 years by coming off the bench to help out in any way that he could.

A starter as a junior, McInerney embraced his new role, cheering on his teammates as much as any could. He played in all 31 games this year, all while carrying a 3.94 cumulative GPA as a sport management major. He also served as Secretary for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council during his senior year.

The other three awards for male student-athletes all went to baseball player Joe Dye. He was selected by Director of Athletics Jeff Altier as the Wendell N. Jarrard Sr. Award winner, which is awarded annually to honor academically talented student-athletes who exemplify academic excellence, athletic competition leadership and moral values.

In addition, Dye was also selected as the Distinguished Senior Award winner as well as the R. Dale Melching Leadership Award winner.

Dye completed a double major in Finance and Sport Management with a 3.52 GPA. He served as both the Vice President for the Student Athlete Advisory Council and team captain. His other campus activities included serving as a security analyst for the prestigious Roland George Investments Program, as a member of the University Athletics Committee, serving as an operations intern in the football program and working as a volunteer member of the athletics department's event staff.

He is a three-time Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference selection and was nominated for the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America team. He has been an honor roll student for two semesters and was been named to the Dean's List each of the last six semesters. He was selected by vote of all student-athletes as Mr. Hatter for 2012. On the field, he appeared on the mound for the Hatters in 100 career games, posting a 3-2 record with a 4.65 ERA.

Two members of the Stetson sand volleyball program were selected for the other three awards. Alisha Hoffman was selected as the Melching Leadership Award winner while Katie DiGirolamo was named Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in addition to being the Wendell N. Jarrard Sr. Award winner.

Hoffman, who graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.872, was a three time A-Sun Academic All-Conference selection. She was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary (top 10%) and won the Business School Foundation E. C. Furlong Merit Award for Management, which is the highest award for management majors, in 2013.

She was a first-team All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection 2013 after posting an individual record of 17-7 overall, 7-1 in conference play. She paired with Catherine Coston to go a perfect 4-0 in the Atlantic Sun Championship and was named to the A-Sun Championship all-tournament team.

She earned A-Sun Conference Honor Roll accolades in 2012, volunteered and participated in the Boys and Girls Club walk/run, MeStrong 5K, Relay for Life and the Center for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW). She also participated in multiple Habitat for Humanity projects. She was a member of SAAC and served as a volunteer note-taker for student academic services.

DiGirolamo was the only junior student-athlete selected for an award. A Business Administration major with a minor in Sport Administration, DiGirolamo holds a 3.93 cumulative GPA. She has been named to the Dean's List after each of her six semesters at Stetson.

She received the 2012 Merit Award for General Business and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. As a member of the sand volleyball team she compiled a 12-8 record this past spring, including 5-3 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. She has a career record of 28-22. She is a two-time Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference selection. In 2012 she was named the Atlantic Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

She serves as President of the Stetson University Student-Athlete Advisory Council and has been re-elected to that post for the 2013-14 year. She was selected by vote of all student-athletes as Miss Hatter for 2012. She works as an operations intern in the Stetson Football program as well as with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

DiGirolamo is a founding member of the Stetson University Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has served as a Senator in the Student Government Association to represent all student-athletes. In addition, she serves as the representative from the Atlantic Sun Conference on the National SAAC and has attended semi-annual A-Sun and National SAAC meetings.

Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, a total of 40 Stetson student-athletes earned degrees including two – Joe Dye from baseball and Shanasa Sanders from women’s basketball – who earned two degrees. Student-Athletes were also well represented at the 2013 Honors Convocation. A total of 30 awards were presented to Hatters athletes.

Here is a complete list of award winners.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award – Kai Eckenrode, Men’s Soccer

Business School Foundation David M. Beights Merit Award for Accounting – Alyssa Thompson, Cross Country

Outstanding Research in Biology – Caleb Matthews, Men’s Soccer

Business School Foundation Eugene M. Lynn Merit Award for Finance – Luis Ocejo, Men’s Soccer

Business School Foundation E. C. Furlong Merit Award for Management – Alisha Hoffman, Sand Volleyball

Sport Management Service Award – Joe Dye, Baseball

Omicron Delta Kappa – Andrew Epifanio, Cross Country

Jean K. Morris Endowed Scholarship – Alyssa Welsh, Women’s Soccer

Phi Beta Kappa – Madeline Briggs, Rowing

Outstanding seniors by major in the College of Arts and Sciences
Biology – Caleb Matthews, Men’s Soccer (Aquatic & Marine Biology); Clarke Tatje, Women’s Tennis (Molecular Biology)
Chemistry – Kyle Burton, Cross Country (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Communication and Media Studies – Kai Eckenrode, Men’s Soccer
Integrative Health Science – Liam McInerney, Men’s Basketball; Chelsea Whalley, Softball

Business School Foundation Merit Award for the Prince Entrepreneurial Program – Claudia Redinger, Women’s Golf

Business School Foundation Merit Award for General Business – Katie DiGirolamo, Sand Volleyball

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Sports Management – Kait Jones, Women’s Soccer

Roland George Investments Program Merit Scholars Recognition – Luis Ocejo, Men’s Soccer

FEI Scholarship – Hans Adrian Riseng, Men’s Tennis

Master Life Challenger Award – Steven Saballos, Men’s Soccer; Sara Lazarevic, Women’s Tennis; and Alyssa Thompson, Cross Country

Beta Gamma Sigma – Mitchel Brennan, Baseball

Outstanding seniors by major in the School of Business Administration:
Accounting – Sara Lazarevic, Women’s Tennis; Alyssa Thompson, Cross Country
Family Business – Shannon Harrell, Cross Country
Finance – Mitchel Brennan, Baseball
General Business Administration – Katie DiGirolamo, Sand Volleyball; Hunter Miller, Men’s Basketball
Management – Alisha Hoffman, Sand Volleyball

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