Eighth-Annual Golden Goldys Set for April 28

Go Gophers! Golden Goldys Award Ceremony is set for April 28
Go Gophers!
Golden Goldys Award Ceremony is set for April 28
Go Gophers!

April 21, 2014

University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics will hold the eighth-annual Golden Goldys, a student-athlete awards gala, at TCF Bank Stadium, Monday night, April 28. Dinner is set for 6 p.m., with the awards ceremony scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. For the fourth-straight year, the Golden Goldys and Scholar Athlete awards will be held in a joint ceremony.

During the ceremony, the athletics department will recognize student-athletes and their athletic and academic accomplishments throughout the season. Athletic awards handed out include the male and female athlete of the year, the male and female rookie of the year, male and female breakthrough performances, men's team coach of the year and women's team coach of the year. The voting includes spring sports of 2013 (baseball, men's and women's golf, rowing, softball, men's and women's outdoor track & field and men's and women's tennis) and the fall and winter sports of the 2013-14 athletic year.

Along with the athletic accomplishments, the department will also honor and recognize the academic achievements of the department's 750 student-athletes. Academic awards include 4.0 GPA, Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship, Gladys Brooks and Norman Borlaug Commitment to Academic Excellence Award, Top Five Awards, Richard "Pinky" McNamara Student-Athlete Achievement Award, Community Service Team Award, Outstanding Academic Team Awards, Outstanding Student-Athlete Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Award in Leadership and Service.

An event similar to ESPN's ESPYs, the Gopher student-athletes will be in formal/dress attire as the voice of Golden Gopher football and men's basketball, Mike Grimm, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Female Athlete of the Year
Rachel Banham, Basketball
Hannah Brandt, Hockey
Tori Dixon, Volleyball
Maggie Keefer, Diving
Lindsay Mable, Gymnastics

Male Athlete of the Year
Ra'Shede Hageman, Football
Ellis Mannon, Gymnastics
Tony Nelson, Wrestling
Derek Toomey, Swimming
Adam Wilcox, Hockey

Female Rookie of the Year
Dani Cameranesi, Hockey
Tarah Hobbs, Soccer
Hannah Tapp, Volleyball
Amanda Zahui B. Basketball

Male Rookie of the Year
Wally Ellenson, Track & Field
Justin Kloos, Hockey
Jakub Maly, Swimming
Connor Schaefbauer, Baseball
Maxx Williams, Football

Female Breakthrough Athlete Of the Year
Rachael Bona, Hockey
Kelli Budd, Cross Country
Jess Herauf, Track & Field
Jessika Mozia, Tennis
Sari Noga, Basketball

Male Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
David Cobb, Football
Jack Hamburg, Tennis
Mike Reilly, Hockey
Maurice Walker, Basketball
Danny Zilverberg, Wrestling

Best Female Team
Hockey
Softball
Swimming & Diving
Volleyball

Best Male Team
Basketball
Football
Hockey
Wrestling

Best Women's Team Coach
Jessica Allister, Softball
Brad Frost, Hockey
Kelly Kremer, Swimming & Diving
Meg Stephenson, Gymnastics

Best Men's Team Coach
John Carlson, Golf
Jerry Kill, Football
Don Lucia, Hockey
J Robinson, Wrestling

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