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Victors Cup


The Victors Cup represents the team (one male, one female) that best represents the Huskie Athletic Mission, developing champions in the classroom, in competition, and in life. The top women and men's team that accumulate the most points at the end of the year will be awarded the Victors Cup and a pizza party.

Student-Athletes Can Earn Points for Their Teams in Seven Categories:

Academic Achievement: Teams will receive points based on academic success as follows:

  • Team GPAs: The three teams with the highest GPAs earn 1000, 750, 500 points, respectively
  • Academic All-MAC earns 500 points per athlete
  • Academic All-American earns 1000 points per athlete

Athletic Achievement: Teams will receive points based on athletic performance at both Conference and National levels for Spring and Fall of 2013 and Winter of 2014 as follows:

  • Conference Finish: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes earn 1000, 750, and 500 points, respectively.
  • All-American earns 1000 points per athlete
  • MAC Athlete of the Year earns 750 points
  • MAC Athlete of the Week earns 200 points per honor
  • 1st Team All-MAC earns 200 points

Personal Development: Teams of individuals can earn points for attending Huskie Life Skills sessions:

  • Individuals can earn 50 points per athlete in attendance (max. 250 points)
  • Teams can earn 500 points if 33 percent of the team OR 15 members are in attendance

Huskies Supporting Huskies: Teams of individuals can earn points for supporting fellow athletes at Huskie Pride nights (one home competition designated by each team):

  • Individuals can earn 50 points per athlete in attendance (max. 250 points)
  • Teams can earn 500 points if 33 percent of the team OR 15 members are in attendance

Huskie Heroes: Teams or individuals can earn points for every hour of community service completed:

  • Teams can earn points based on the number of community service hours completed divided by the number of athletes on the roster (# hours worked/total # athletes on roster * 50)

SAAC Involvement: Teams can earn 50 points for each SAAC meeting at which they have two representatives in attendance. *If practice conflicts with a meeting, teams can earn points by notifying the Huskie Life Skills Office of their absence and reading the minutes to their team the following week.

Additionally, coaches and student-athletes can earn points for their teams in another category:

Head Coach Responsibility: Teams will receive points based on completing compliance responsibilities as follows:

  • Student-athlete end-of-the-year eligibility meeting competitions: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places earn 1500, 1000, and 500 points respectively
  • Completing CARA Logs by the 10th of each month earns 100 points
  • Being the first to answer the monthly newsletter question correctly earns 200 points
  • Answering the monthly newsletter question correctly earns 100 points
  • Attending monthly coaches educational sessions earns a maximum of 100 points based on a weighted attendance
  • Being compliance MVP of the week earns 100 points
  • Being part of the yearly all-compliance team earns 1500 points per member

Overall Scoring

Each team competes for First place in each category. Overall scores are based on each team's placement in each category. Earning First place will get your team 10 points, second will earn 8, third will earn 6, fourth will earn 5, fifth will earn 4, sixth earns 3, seventh earns 2, and eighth place will earn 1 point in that category. Teams can accumulate as many points in a category, but will only earn a maximum of 10 points for that category.

The Victors Awards Show


Held at the end of every academic year, The Victors is an opportunity for the department to come together and celebrate athletic, academic and community successes. The Victors Awards include the individual, male/female,team awards and previous winners:

Newcomer of the Year
This award is reserved for a male and female freshman or first-year transfer student-athlete who has made an immediate athletic impact at NIU. Past recipients of this award include:
Aaric Armstead, Men's Basketball (2014)
Mary Grace Kelly, Volleyball (2014)

Frederic Cadieux, Men's Tennis (2013)
Nelle Youel, Women's Tennis (2013)
Amanda Corral, Women's Basketball (2012)
Jeff Zimmerman, Baseball (2012)
Jimmie Ward, Football (2011)
Lauren Wicinski, Volleyball (2011)
Courtney Oldenburg, Track & Field (2010)
Xavier Silas, Men's Basketball (2010)

Community Service Award
This award is reserved for a male and female student-athlete who embodies the "spirit of service" and is involved in the community above and beyond what is required. Past recipients of this award include:
Joe Windsor, Football (2014)
Arantza De La Torre, Women's Tennis (2014)

Lauren Noonan, Women's Soccer (2013)
Rocco Taglia, Men's Soccer (2013)
Shelby Miller, Softball (2012)
Jared Torrence, Wrestling (2012)
Adam Kiel, Football (2011)
Samantha McConeghey, Track & Field (2011)
Kristin Hoffman, Volleyball (2010)
Ben Thomas, Men's Soccer (2010)

Academic Team of the Year
This award is reserved for a male and female team with the highest cumulative GPA for the spring and fall semesters of the previous calendar year. Past recipients of this award include:
Men's Tennis (2014)
Women's Tennis (2014)

Men's Golf (2013)
Women's Golf (2013)
Men's Golf (2012)
Women's Golf (2012)
Men's Golf (2011)
Gymnastics (2011)
Men's Golf (2010)
Volleyball (2010)

Play of the Year
This award is reserved for a substantial moment during competition where a student-athlete showcased superior effort that resulted in a shift in momentum. Past recipients of this award include:
Jordan Threloff, Men's Basketball (2014)

Satavia Taylor, Women's Basketball (2013)
Sean Totsch, Men's Soccer (2012)
Chad Spann, Football (2011)
Bryan Deutsch, Wrestling (2010)

Huskie Heart
This award is reserved for a student-athlete who best exemplifies the "comeback spirit" by distinguishing themselves in competition after rehabilitating an injury/illness. Past recipients of this award include:
Tyler Loos, Football (2014)

Jason Schepler, Football (2013)
Megan Melendez, Gymnastics (2012)
Holly Reichard, Gymnastics (2011)
Brittany Houghton, Track & Field (2010)

Huskie Pride
This award is reserved for a student-athlete who exhibits the greatest passion and dedication to NIU Athletics. Past recipients of this award include:
Morgan Johnson, Gymnastics (2014)

Meg Piepenbrink, Gymnastics (2013)
Rocco Taglia, Men's Soccer (2012)
Mary Bull, Track & Field (2011)
Kaylee Walters, Track & Field (2010)

Team of the Year
This award is reserved for the team who has exemplified outstanding athletic achievement. Past recipients of this award include:
Football (2014)
Volleyball (2014)

Football (2013)
Volleyball (2013)
Men's Soccer (2012)
Volleyball (2012)
Football (2011)
Volleyball (2011)
Men's Soccer (2010)
Gymnastics (2010)

Athlete of the Year
This award is reserved for a student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding athletic performance during competition and has been instrumental to the team’s success. Past recipients of this award include:

Jordan Lynch, Football (2013)
Mary Kurisch, Volleyball (2013)
Chandler Harnish, Football (2012)
Kristin Hoffman, Volleyball (2012)
Chad Spann, Football (2011)
Lauren Wicinski, Volleyball (2011)
Jake Coffman, Football (2010)
Lindsay Curnock, Women's Soccer (2010)

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence
This award is reserved for a senior student-athlete who has exhausted their eligibility in the current academic year and has demonstrated outstanding ability in the classroom by obtaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Past recipients of this award include:
Eli Anderson, Baseball (2014)
Justine Schepler, Volleyball (2014)

Nabal Jefferson, Football (2013)
Jenelle McCalla, Track & Field (2013)
Brad Dieckhaus, Wrestling (2012)
Jenner Sio, Track & Field (2012)
Kyle Knotek, Men's Soccer (2011)
Mo Smunt, Women's Soccer (2011)
Tim Kay, Men's Golf (2010)
Rochelle Muskeyvalley, Track & Field (2010)

Huskie Vision
This award is reserved for a student-athlete whose improvement can be seen academically (raising GPA/study habits), athletically (improved performance and/or contribution) and socially (commitment to changing their attitude and/or work ethic). Past recipients of this award include:
Issac Kannah, Men's Soccer (2014)

Staff Excellence
This award is reserved for an NIU employee whose contribution to intercollegiate athletics epitomizes the Huskie work ethic and dedication to student-athlete success. Past recipients of this award include:
Sam Baker (2014)

Community Service Team of the Year
This award is reserved for the male and female team who best exemplifies service to NIU and/or the greater NIU community. Past recipients of this award include:
Baseball (2014)
Women's Golf (2014)

Wrestling (2013)
Women's Soccer (2013)
Baseball (2012)
Softball (2012)
Men's Soccer (2011)
Women's Golf (2011)

Coach of the Year
This award is reserved for the top men's and women's coach, based on the performance of those teams during their most recent completed playing season. Past recipients of this award include:
Patrick Fisher, Men's Tennis (2013)
Ray Gooden, Volleyball (2013)
Dave Doeren, Football (2012)
Kathi Bennett, Women's Basketball (2012)
Tom Matukewicz, Football (2011)
Ray Gooden, Volleyball (2011)
Eric Luzzi, Men's Soccer (2010)
Ray Gooden, Volleyball (2010)

Unsung Hero
This award is reserved for a student-athlete who has made significant strides toward serving the best interest of the team through his or her selfless commitment. Past recipients of this award include:
Jenna Thorp, Women's Basketball (2014)

Antone Christian, Men's Basketball (2013)
DeMarcus Grady, Football & Men's Basketball (2012)
Meaghan Bennett, Women's Soccer (2011)
Zach Oates, Baseball (2010)

The Victors Cup
This award is reserved for the team who represents a sincere commitment to developing as champions in the classroom, competition and in life. Past recipients of this award include:
Baseball (2014)
Softball (2014)

Football (2013)
Softball (2013)
Wrestling (2012)
Track & Field (2012)
Wrestling (2011)
Track & Field (2011)

Mr. & Ms. Victor E.
This award is reserved for a student-athlete who represents a sincere commitment to developing as a champion in the classroom, in competition, and in life. Past recipients of this award include:
Courtney Ksiazek, Women's Soccer (2014)
Jared Torrence, Wrestling (2014)

Shane Rosenberry, Wrestling (2013)
Shaakira Haywood, Women's Basketball (2013)
Nabal Jefferson, Football (2012)
Courtney Shelton, Women's Basketball (2012)
Chandler Harnish, Football (2011)
Kristin Hoffman, Volleyball (2011)
Brian Smith, Baseball (2010)
Monica Lang, Volleyball (2010)

Victors Cup Point Tracking Forms

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