Help the Huskies Select The Victors



April 1, 2010


What was the Play of the Year in NIU Athletics?
Football: Jake Coffman interception return for touchdown
Wrestling: Bryan Deutsch from peril to pin fall
Women's Soccer: Lindsey Curnock sets MAC record for career shutouts
Football: Justin Anderson fake punt for first down at Purdue




DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois Athletics will hold an all-sports, ESPY-style awards banquet, "The Victors" on Monday, April 26, and Huskie fans are invited to help NIU select its 2009 Top Play through online voting on

Video from 10 2009 plays were considered and that group was narrowed down to four finalists.  Video from those plays can be seen on this page and on the front page of  To vote for your favorite, click the button corresponding to that play.  

The Play of the Year is one of 20 awards that will be given out at The Victors, which will also recognize NIU's 2009-10 seniors in all sports.  Awards will honor NIU's top male and female newcomer, scholar-athlete and community service participant, as well as the top male and female teams in terms of both athletic and academic accomplishment.  The NIU Alumni Association will present the Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards.  The Huskies will also feature awards for the top unsung hero, comeback of the year and non-scholarship student-athlete.  Results from the 2009 spring, 2009 fall and 2009-10 winter sports were considered in the nominations and selection of winners.   

Northern Illinois coaches nominated student-athletes for the awards and that list was narrowed down to four finalists in each category by members of the Huskie Athletics executive staff.  The winners for every award except the Top Plays will be selected by the Northern Illinois Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), which is made up of representatives from every NIU intercollegiate athletics team.  Following is a list of finalists for The 2010 Victors.

Male Athlete of the Year
Bryan Deutsch, Wrestling
Jake Coffman, Football
Josh Karsten, Men's Soccer
Dave Reynolds, Baseball

Female Athlete of the Year
Lindsey Curnock, Women's Soccer
Marke Freeman, Women's Basketball
Maddie Hughes, Volleyball
Meagan Schoenrock, Volleyball

Male Newcomer of the Year
Zach Benzio, Wrestling
Jordan Godsey, Men's Soccer
Xavier Silas, Men's Basketball
Chris Smith, Football

Female Newcomer of the Year
Morgan Bittner, Softball
Lauren Eberts, Women's Soccer
Mary Kurisch, Volleyball
Courtney Oldenburg, Cross Country
Emily Rogers, Women's Tennis

Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Brad Bahr, Men's Soccer
Javier Bernabe, Men's Tennis
Brandon Bice, Football
Tim Kay, Men's Golf

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Natalie Blum, Gymnastics
Lindsey Curnock, Women's Soccer
Monica Lang, Volleyball
Rochelle Muskeyvalley, Track & Field

Male Community Service Award
Adam Coleman, Football
Adam Kiel, Football
Brian Smith, Baseball
Ben Thomas, Men's Soccer

Female Community Service Award
Natalie Blum, Gymnastics
Kristin Hoffman, Volleyball
Rachel Pinson, Track & Field
Kaylee Walters, Track & Field

Unsung Hero Award
Meaghan Bennett, Women's Soccer
Jeremy Landers, Men's Basketball
Zach Oates, Baseball
Aaron Zendejas, Men's Soccer

Huskie Heart Award (Comeback)
Andy Deain, Baseball
Brittany Houghton, Track & Field
Jessica Parmenter, Women's Golf
Keiko Tanaka, Gymnastics

Huskie Pride Award (Non-Scholarship Student-Athlete)
Anna Coil, Women's Golf
Ashley Hurley, Gymnastics
Wes Shryock, Baseball
Kaylee Walters, Track & Field

Mr. Victor E. Huskie (Champion in Classroom, Competition, Community)
Bryan Deutsch, Wrestling
Jake Coffman, Football
Kyle Knotek, Men's Soccer
Brian Smith, Baseball

Ms. Victor E. Huskie (Champion in Classroom, Competition, Community)
Kimberly Bailey, Women's Golf
Monica Lang, Volleyball
Holly Reichard, Gymnastics
Mo Smunt, Women's Soccer

Academic Team of the Year - Men's Program
Men's Golf
Men's Soccer
Men's Tennis

Academic Team of the Year - Women's Program
Cross Country
Women's Soccer

Team of the Year - Men's Program
2009 Football
2009 Men's Soccer

Team of the Year - Women's Program
2010 Gymnastics
2009 Softball
2009 Volleyball

Coach of the Year - Men's Program
Jerry Kill, Football
Eric Luzzi, Men's Soccer

Coach of the Year - Women's Program
Lindsay Chouinard, Softball
Ray Gooden, Volleyball
Mark Sontag, Gymnastics

The Victors, hosted by NIU assistant basketball coach Sundance Wicks, will bring all Huskie student-athletes, coaches, athletics staff and invited guests together for one event to close out the 2009-10 academic year.   The awards program will be held in Victor E. Court in the NIU Convocation Center beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

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