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PSU Athletics announces department award recipients

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Eight of the top student-athletes at Plymouth State University and one support staffer have been honored with the athletic department’s annual awards for 2009-10.

            PSU recognizes the top athletic performances each year with the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year Award and the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year Award.  The top scholar-athlete receives the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Awards, and the top seniors are selected for the John C. Foley Leadership Awards. The awards honor former coaches educators who were pioneers in the development of athletics at Plymouth State. Additional awards have been added in recent years honoring the contributions to Panther athletics by Peter S. Cofran, Dorothy ‘Dot' Diehl and Brad Wilby.

Bryan Tracy Chris Chambers             Senior men’s ice hockey player Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md./DeMatha Cath.) and senior men’s basketball player Bryan Tracy (Manchester, N.H./Central) were rewarded for their outstanding seasons and careers with the unique honor of two awards apiece.

            Chambers (near right), who was All-New England and conference player of the year in hockey and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, was named the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year and one of the two recipients of the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award for his success as a communications major. Tracy (far right), a three-year captain and starter for the basketball team and an All-Academic Team selection, was chosen for the men’s John C. Foley Senior Leadership Award and the Brad Wilby Award for character and service.

Eliza Badeau

Kalie Judd             Senior volleyball all-star Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I./Ponaganset) and senior two-sport standout Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass./Veterans Memorial) are the Janet Nell Female Athletes of the Year.  Badeau (far left) was First Team All-New England and conference co-player of the year in volleyball while leading the Panthers to a program-best 32 wins; Judd (near left), who receives the award for the second year in a row, was an all-region and first-team all-conference selection in lacrosse in the spring after spending the winter as the starting point guard on PSU’s 17-11 women’s basketball team.

Tim Allan Amanda Kania Alyssa Deane             Senior alpine skier Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo./Natrona County) is the recipient of the women’s John C. Foley Senior Leadership Award. Deane (near right) was a four-year veteran and two-year captain of the ski team, earning five All-America honors in her career and twice finishing in the top five in the combined alpine at the national championships.

            Junior basketball player Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) is the women’s recipient of the Brad Wilby Award for character and service.  Kania (middle right) is a two-time all-conference and first-team all-state selection who has been one of the leaders of the success and rebirth of the women’s basketball program.

            Senior soccer defender Tim Allan (Harleysville, Pa ./Souderton Area) joined Chambers as recipients of the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award.  A four-year veteran and two-year starter, Allan (above right) graduated as a business administration major and last fall was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.

Laura Kent Joe Molloy             Senior basketball player Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) is the Dorothy ‘Dot' Diehl Award recipient for exhibiting leadership for the advancement of women's equity in sports and physical education. Kent (far left) was a successful physical education major who was a four-year veteran who led the basketball team to a turnaround from six wins her freshman season to 17 victories as a senior.

            Senior Joe Molloy (North Pembroke, Mass.) is the Peter S. Cofran Award recipient for outstanding service and support for PSU Athletics. Molloy (near left) was a valuable four-year veteran worker in the athletic department, serving all programs and staff members with event and facilities management.

            All of the award recipients will be honored in a formal ceremony at PSU this September.  Complete profiles of the student-athletes follow.


Chris Chambers  Chris Chambers, Ice Hockey  (Sr., Forward, Crofton, Md./DeMatha Catholic) 

            Named All-New England Division II/III by New England Hockey Writers Assoc….Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Player of the Year and First Team All-Star… led the MASCAC in scoring with 18 goals, 27 assists and 45 points in 27 games…was a finalist for the 2010 Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the D-II/III level….named MASCAC Player of the Week (Dec. 7) and to MASCAC Honor Roll (Nov. 23)… finished third on PSU’s all-time scoring list with 117points (58 goals, 59 assists)…made a successful professional debut in March with the Johnstown (Pa.) Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey league …. Communications major….named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third am…ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I First Team (College Division At-Large) ….three-time selection to Academic All-League Team (two ECAC, one MASCAC)….led team to 17-9-1 overall record, and third place in the MASCAC with a 12-5-1 mark….the 17 wins is second-most in a season in program history. 


Eliza Badeau Eliza Badeau, Volleyball   (Sr., Middle Hitter, Foster, R.I./Ponaganset) (Co-Captain) 

Named First Team All-New England by the New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) and Honorable Mention All-New England by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)… selected to the NEWVA Senior Classic, and was named MVP….Named Little East Conference (LEC) Co-Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Star…Four-time All-LEC selection… led NCAA Division III in attack percentage (.481) and ranked eighth in kills per set (4.49)… Most Valuable Player at Springfield and Bridgewater State tournaments, and All-Tournament Team at Emerson/Wentworth…. Four-time LEC Player of the Week…. received team’s Panther Award… set PSU career record for blocks (388) and tied for career record for total kills (1691)….led PSU to 32-6 overall record, second place in the LEC with a 6-1 mark, and to the championship matches of both the LEC and ECAC Tournaments… the 32 wins is the most in the program’s 14-year history. 


Kalie Judd Kalie Judd, Basketball/Lacrosse  (Sr., Guard/Midfield, Peabody, Mass.) (Co-Captain of both teams) 

Starter for two PSU teams and named All-Region and All-Little East Conference in lacrosse… started every game at point guard for basketball team…ranked third in the LEC in both assists (3.4 per game) and steals (3..5 per game)…averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds (both 4th on team)… named Most Valuable Player of Maine Maritime Tip-Off Tournament….helped team to 17-11 overall record (most wins since 2002-03) and tied for sixth place in LEC with 5-9 mark…. named Second Team All-Region (Pilgrim Region) in lacrosse…named First Team All-LEC in lacrosse for third straight year…led LEC in draw controls (6.0 per game) and ground balls (4.3) and ranked fourth in caused turnovers (1.9)…. ranked fourth in the NCAA in draw controls and 23rd in ground balls…top defensive player who was twice named LEC Defensive Player of the Week (Apr. 26, May 3)…also led the team in scoring with 43 goals, 25 assists and 68 points and ranked among the LEC leaders in all three categories… received team’s Panther Award… became just the 14th player in the program’s history to score at least 100 goals and finished 11th on PSU’s all-time scoring list with 103 goals and 40 assists…. led the lacrosse team to a 10-6 overall record and a share of the LEC regular season championship with a 5-1 mark.


Bryan Tracy Bryan Tracy, Basketball (Sr., Forward, Manchester, N.H./Central) (Three-year co-captain) 

Four-year veteran, three-year captain and three-year starter at forward for PSU…. Two-time selection to the LEC All-Academic Team and PSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll… voted by teammates to receive the Phil Rowe Hardest Worker in Practice award an unprecedented four years in a row… Panther Award recipient this year… Childhood Studies major.  From Coach John Scheinman:  Bryan Tracy has excelled in every capacity as a student-athlete at Plymouth State -- In the class room, on the basketball court and in the community.  He has been an ambassador for the men’s basketball program, running youth clinics.  He has represented the athletic department and the university in campaigns to promote PSU. This past season led the team in minutes played due to the fact he would do all the little things that nobody likes to do that helps a team win. In my 30 years of college basketball I have never observed an individual that has enjoyed and excelled at being a student-athlete more than Bryan Tracy.  He is the definition of what a Plymouth State student-athlete is all about.”


Alyssa Deane Alyssa Deane, Skiing   (Sr., Casper, Wyo.) (Two-year Co-Captain) 

Four-year starter and five-time All-American for national-caliber PSU ski team…earned three All-America honors as a sophomore (slalom, giant slalom, combined) and two as a junior (giant slalom, combined)…qualified for USCSA National championships all four years…. Physical Education major. From Kim Bownes:  “Alyssa has been a team leader all four years of her participation on the ski team. She has been involved with many athletic department events, worked within the athletic department, and has succeeded on the hill as well as in the classroom. Alyssa has put her heart and soul into Plymouth State Athletics, and has been a fierce competitor throughout her career, placing her among the best collegiate ski racers in the country.” 


Amanda Kania Amanda Kania, Basketball   (Jr., F, Manchester, N.H./West) 

Three-year veteran and two-year starter…two-time All-LEC Second Team and All-New Hampshire First Team selection… on target to be 1,000-point scorer…second leading scorer on team…has led PSU to 33 wins over past two years and two ECAC berths…. Communication Studies major.   From Coach Lavigne:  “Amanda is one of the most positive student-athletes I have ever coached. She never takes a day off from working hard…..or being a good teammate.  Amanda has the ability to bring a smile to anyone’s face by her sheer presence.  She is so proud to be a part of the PSU community, and more importantly thankful for each day and each opportunity. Amanda smiled and played her heart out each day all while her father has been in the hospital since August.  She traveled back and forth from Manchester where he was in a rehab center for most of the season until towards the end when he was placed in Mass General’s burn unit recovering from yet another surgery.”


Tim Allan Tim Allan, Soccer (Sr., Harleysville, Pa./ Souderton Area) (Co-captain) 

Business Administration major…Four-year veteran and three-year starter on defense for PSU... named to NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Team and the  ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team… three-time selection to the LEC All-Academic Team, and the PSU Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll…is in the Business Honors Program at PSU and has been named to the President's List every semester.  He is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business National Honor Society and has served as a tutor in PSU's Academic Support Services office.  Allan studied at Roehampton University in London last spring. He has been a long-time SAAC representative for men’s soccer...  From Coach Rob Wright:  “Tim proved to be an excellent captain and leader for the Men’s Soccer team.  He maintained the very highest standards both in the classroom and on the field.  Tim is a model leader and student-athlete.” 


Laura Kent Laura Kent, Women’s Basketball   (Sr., Forward, Bellingham, Mass.) 

Physical Education Major...member of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society, and served as secretary in 2009-10…..three-time Little East Conference All Academic Team selection….four-year veteran and three-year starter for the Panthers…co-captain as a senior…named to All-Tournament Team at Southern Maine Classic… finished career 10th on PSU’s career scoring list with 990 points… named to NEWBA Senior All-Star Game… helped team improve from six wins as a freshman to 11 wins as a sophomore to 16 wins as a junior and 17 wins as a senior… led team to ECAC Tournament championship game.. Special Olympics Volunteer {2008-09}, and this year volunteered at Plymouth Elementary to work with special needs students in physical education classes.  From Coach Lauren Lavigne:  “Laura is a tremendous student-athlete. She is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached; during the season and out Laura is constantly working with the motivation solely being to make her TEAM better.  Laura's teammates respect her tremendously and she leads quietly and by example.”


Joe Molloy Joe Molloy, Event/Facility Management  (Sr., North Pembroke, Mass.) 

A meteorology major, Joe Molloy was a four-year student worker in the athletic department, handling a variety of event and facility management responsibilities.  He is a familiar face to the entire staff, contributing his efforts for home events in all sports and assisting all home and visiting teams and officials.   From Events/Facilities Coordinator Courtney O’Clair:  “Joe was actually hired by Pete Cofran when he was a freshman and has continued to work for the athletic department every year since. Joe has been a vital part of our department, doing everything from popping pop corn, cleaning press boxes, greeting officials, closing and opening the building, and much, much more. Joe has even worked during the summer and would take care of the PE Center and help with camps, outside groups, and day to day running of the building. Joe has been extremely loyal, dependable, and trustworthy. You always feel good knowing that Joe was on duty, because he would take care of anything that would come up and knows how to handle the problem correctly. I hold Joe in a class of his own when it comes to student workers; he has set the bar extremely high for all of those who follow!" 

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