Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra University Department of Athletics celebrated the 2021-22 year in Pride Athletics at the Fifth Annual HOFSPYS Awards. The show was held at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Monday night. The event recognized many of the outstanding accomplishments by Hofstra student-athletes, coaches and teams during the past year.
The crowd of student-athletes, coaches, spirit support personnel, athletic department and University administrators were welcomed by host and long-time Hofstra public address announcer Siddique Farooqi before Hofstra University President Dr. Susan Poser delivered her remarks. Later in the evening, senior speaker George O’Malley (men’s soccer) spoke on behalf of the Pride’s student-athletes before Vice President and Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr closed the event by sharing his thoughts on the past year.
In between the speeches, the following awards were presented:
Strength and Conditioning Male Athlete Award
This award is presented to an athlete for outstanding performance and commitment to strength and conditioning. The strength and conditioning staff select the recipient.
Nominees: Kevin Bruggeman (baseball), Alex Dudley (soccer) Tim Hegarty (lacrosse), and Jonathan Mahrt Guyou (tennis)
Winners: Tim Hegarty (lacrosse)
Strength and Conditioning Female Athlete Award
This award is given to an athlete for outstanding performance and commitment to strength and conditioning. The strength and conditioning staff select the recipient.
Nominees: Devyn Losco (soft ball) Margo McCormack (lacrosse), Savannah Weyrauch (golf), Arden Wojtach (field hockey)
Winners: Margo McCormack (women’s lacrosse)
Mr. and Ms. Pride Award
This award is given to the individuals who display high levels of athletic support/spirit and commitment to the school and fellow athletes. Additionally, he/she must excel academically, be an active member of their athletic program and engage in community service outreach.
Winners: TreyRogers (wrestling) Cynthia Zhao (golf)
Pride Cup Awards
The Pride Cup is a year-long competition between teams that incorporates academic achievement, team performance, community service, attendance at mandatory programming, and support of fellow athletic teams.
Winners: Women’s golf
Hofstra Pride Community Service Award
This award is presented to the student-athlete who has completed the most hours of service throughout the academic year.
Winners: Liv Truong (field hockey)
This award is presented to the student-athlete who has dedicated their time and efforts to achieve our essential core values and are committed to diversity, inclusion, and gender equity among our student-athletes. This student-athlete demonstrates the Hofstra Department of Athletics core values and recognizes the importance of fostering an environment that welcomes, affirms, and celebrates all.
Winners: Sydney LeGuillow (field hockey)
Spirit Support Group Award
This honor is awarded to the spirit support group whose collaboration has demonstrated success and overall contribution to the Athletics Department this past year.
Nominees: Dance Team, Cheer Team, Kate & Willie, Pep Band
Winners: dance team
Team Pride Awards
The Team Pride Award is selected by each coaching staff, and honors a student-athlete that is selfless and always puts their team first. This individual serves as a guiding light for the rest of the team and represents the program in the highest standards in everything they do.
Winners: Ryan Morash (baseball), Abayomi Iyiola (men’s basketball), Sorella Ineza (women’s basketball), Nayan Chatterjee (men’s cross country/track), Morgan Serkes (women’s cross country/track), Sydney LeGuillow (field hockey) James Hummel (men’s golf) Cynthia Zhao (women’s golf) Tim Hegarty (men’s lacrosse) Cara Scanio (women’s lacrosse), Stephen Mason (men’s soccer) Anja Suttner (women’s soccer) KaseyCollins (soft ball) Alejandro Perez Canedo (men’s tennis) Simran Desai (women’s tennis), Sarah Pierre (volleyball), Ericson Velasquez (wrestling)
Rookie of the Year Awards
This award is presented to a male and female true freshman who shows maturity and displayed outstanding athleticism and dedication in his sport, but also understood the importance of sportsmanship and what it takes to be a member of the Pride.
Female nominees: Beatrice Alves (volleyball), Brynn Hepting (lacrosse), Selma Markisic (basketball), Eline Oldeman (field hockey) Haley Venturini (soft ball)
Male nominees: Josh Reynolds (tennis), Mason Tatafu (soccer) Zach Van Houten (cross country/track)
Winners: Beatrice Alves (volleyball) and Mason Tatafu (men’s soccer)
Coaching Staff of the Year Award
The Coaching Staff of the Year Award is to honor a staff who has demonstrated a sound ability to develop and improve individual and team performance throughout the year through promoting fun, fairness, participation, respect, and upholding the rules, values, and goals of Hofstra University.
Winners: Men’s soccer (Head Coach Richard NuttallAssociate Head Coach StephenRocheAssistant Coaches Shaun Foster other Adam Janowski)
Team Most Valuable Player Awards
Winners: Brad Camarda (baseball), Aaron Estrada (men’s basketball), Jaylen Hines (women’s basketball), Zach Van Houten (men’s cross country/track), Jordyn McDonnell (women’s cross country/track), Cami Larsson (field hockey) Vincent Apostolico (men’s golf) Savannah Weyrauch (women’s golf) Bryan McIntosh (men’s lacrosse) Shannon Boyle (women’s lacrosse), Ryan Carmichael (men’s soccer) Lucy Porter (women’s soccer) Megan Giordano (soft ball) Ostap Kovalenko (men’s tennis) Mandisa Walle (women’s tennis), Ana Martinovic (volleyball), Zachary Knighton Ward (wrestling)
Team of the Year Awards
This award is presented to the team who has achieved outstanding success throughout their season during the 2021-22 academic year. The members of this team have represented the Pride in all aspects, demonstrating the utmost commitment, athleticism, and dedication to their sport.
Winners: Men’s soccer
Nick Colleluori Unsung Hero Awards
This award was established in 2007 to recognize a student-athlete who has always been an exceptional representative of the Hofstra athletics program. The award is named after the former Pride lacrosse player, who waged a courageous 14-month battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma before passing away in November 2006 at age 21.
Male nominees: Mark Faello (baseball), Tim Hegarty (lacrosse), James Hummel (golf), George O’Malley (soccer) Ricky Stamm (wrestling)
Female nominees: Shannon Boyle (lacrosse), Cami Larsson (field hockey) Jordan Littleboy (soccer) Devyn Losco (soft ball) Jordyn McDonnell (cross-country/track), Cynthia Zhao (golf)
Winners: Mark Faello (baseball), George O’Malley (soccer) Shannon Boyle (lacrosse), Devyn Losco (soft ball)
Colonel E. David Woycik, Jr. Award for Leadership and Service
This award was established in 2021 to recognize a student-athlete who has demonstrated the highest degree of excellence in their commitment to their country, Hofstra University, and their community by displaying unselfish devotion in leadership towards others while maintaining the principles of honor, courage, and commitment in the pursuit of success.
Winners: TreyRogers (wrestling)
dr James M Shuart Award
This award is presented to the top male scholar-athlete and is named after the former Hofstra University President (1976-2001), who was also a two-sport athlete (football, lacrosse) at the University and a 2006 Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Nominees: Anthony D’Onofrio (baseball), Henrik Hebbeker (soccer) TreyRogers (wrestling) Zach Van Houten (cross country/track)
Winners: Henrik Hebbeker (men’s soccer)
dr Sylvia J Giallombardo Award
This award was created in recognition of a woman who served Hofstra University for over 46 years as chairperson of the Physical Education Department, director of women’s athletics and vice provost for academic affairs. dr Giallombardo also played a major role in establishing an intercollegiate athletics program for women in the 1950’s and was a 2006 inductee to the Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame.
Nominees: Shannon Boyle (lacrosse), Karissa Hough (field hockey) Ana Martinovic (volleyball), Jordyn McDonnell (cross county/track), Madison McKevitt (soft ball) Lucy Porter (soccer) Savannah Weyrauch (golf)
Winners: Lucy Porter (soccer)
Howard “Howdy” Myers Award
This award was created in honor of a man who served as Hofstra University’s director of athletics, head men’s lacrosse coach, and head football coach for a quarter of a century. This award is presented to the male athlete of the year.
Nominees: Aaron Estrada (basketball), Henrik Hebbeker (soccer) James Hummel (golf), Brian Morell (baseball), Zachary Knighton Ward (wrestling)
Winners: Aaron Estrada (basketball) and Henrik Hebbeker (soccer)
dr Nathalie J Smith Award
This award was created in honor of a woman who has been an integral part of women’s athletics at Hofstra University. dr Smith started the volleyball and women’s lacrosse teams at Hofstra, and coached field hockey as well. She toured the world as a member of the United States women’s lacrosse team, and served as chairperson of our Physical Education Department. In 2006, she was inducted into the Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame.
Nominees: Shannon Boyle (lacrosse), Jaylen Hines (basketball), Chelsea Manto (soft ball) Miri Taylor (soccer) Savannah Weyrauch (golf)
Winners: Miri Taylor (soccer)
The Senior Speaker program was introduced in 2005 as a way of having one representative from the graduating senior class convey the Hofstra student-athlete experience. The Department of Athletics feels that the message from the senior class is best delivered by an individual who has represented the University at a high level in the classroom, on the fields of play, and in the community. Each year the Senior Speaker will be selected based on these criteria. The 2022 Senior Speaker was George O’Malley of the men’s soccer team.