30 Receive Special Athletic Scholarship Awards
Sept. 26, 2006
Contact: Brian McCann
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Thirty Cleveland State student-athletes, representing 11 different sports offered at CSU, have received scholarship awards as part of the various endowments that annually provide support to intercollegiate athletics.
The awards announcement was made by CSU Athletic Director Lee Reed as part of the annual Cleveland State Scholarship Luncheon, which was held on Tuesday (Sept. 26) in the Wolstein Center.
"The support that our athletic programs receive from the established endowment funds at Cleveland State allows us to help meet our goal of providing the best possible assistance to our student-athletes, both on the playing field and in the classroom," Reed said.
"The focus of many of these awards is to provide fifth-year scholarship assistance to student-athletes who need an extra semester or two to earn their degrees."
The greatest number of awards came from the endowments in the names of former CSU athletic directors Robert F. Busbey and Homer E. Woodling, which presented fifth year scholarships to 10 different student-athletes who had completed their collegiate eligibility but needed additional coursework to complete degree requirements.
Seven of the scholarships benefit the baseball program with six of the awards going to players with eligibility remaining. Junior infielder Theo Hudson received the Larry Doby Scholarship for the third straight year, sophomore pitcher Ryan Baechal and senior outfielder Marc Sikora were awarded the Paul O'Dea Scholarship. Senior outfielder John Westra and sophomore pitcher Jeremy Hartman each received the Luke Easter-Wahoo Club Scholarship and Steve Chinn received a fifth-year scholarship. The seventh award, named in honor of former CSU baseball coach Jim Rodriguez, went to junior infielder Bobby Cash.
Seven of the honorees are members of the men's and women's swimming programs. Seniors Joe Badziong, Bjorn Schantz and Marianne Lionell received aid as part of the Robert F. Busbey Endowment, Kirsty McKechnie Pieter Pelser and Adam Wroblewski received fifth-year scholarships while the seventh, senior Chris Dahlman, received the Frank Tilocco, Jr. Scholarship for Diving. Busbey served as swim coach at Fenn College and CSU from 1951-1981 and athletic director from 1966-90.
Men's basketball sophomore J'Nathan Bullock received the Dan Avis Scholarship. Avis, a member of the Viking basketball team from 1947-50, has been involved in CSU athletics for more than 50 years. Kevin Sapara, who is serving as a graduate assistant with the men's basketball program, is the recipient of the Weldon Kytle Endowed Service Scholarship.
Men's soccer senior David Stewart was awarded the William A. Clarke, Jr., Memorial Soccer Scholarship while teammate K.C. Bockmiller received the Dr. Marvin E. Parent Endowed Soccer Scholarship and Tom Sadd garnered the Sportcraft Endowed Scholarship for Soccer.
The Dick Bonacci Scholarship, which is named in honor of the legendary CSU wrestling coach, went to junior Joe Wornoff and junior Ryan Hurley, an NCAA qualifier a year ago at 149, earned the Wrestling Champions Endowed Scholarship.
The last award, the Nate Wallack/Cleveland Browns Scholarship for Sports Information went to softball sophomore Rachel Ellis, who is in her second year working as a student in the sports information department.
For more information on the various endowments that benefit the athletic department, please contact Associate Athletic Director Christopher Sedlock at (216) 687-5235.
2006-07 CSU Athletic Endowment Scholarship Recipients
J'Nathan Bullock: Dan Avis Endowed Basketball Scholarship
Steve Chinn, Baseball