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The 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 Six Categories:

  • Academic Excellence: earn points for team and individual academic achievements
  • Athletic Excellence: earn points for team and individual athletic achievements
  • Personal Development: earn points for attending a Life Skills event related to personal development, including mandatory team and athletic department events.
  • Huskies Supporting Huskies: any student athlete who attends a Huskie Pride night competition (on competition selected by each team) will earn points.
  • Huskie Heroes: earn 50 points for volunteering for a community service event that exceeds 4 hours
  • SAAC Involvement: earn 50 points for every SAAC meeting at which your team has two representatives in attendance

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 is an opportunity for the NIU community to come together and celebrate the athletic, academic, and community successes of our over 400 student-athletes.

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:
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:
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 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 noteworthy moment during a competition where a student-athlete showcased superior effort that resulted in a shift in momentum. Past recipients of this award include:
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:
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:
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 (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 dominated in their sport over the past year with outstanding athletic contributions to their teams. 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:
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:

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.

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:
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:
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 epitomizes outstanding athletic, academic, and community service achievement. Past recipients of this award include:
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:
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