Sept. 29, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio—Eight student-athletes earned Miami Athletics’ most prestigious annual awards, which includes three new awards, and will be honored at halftime of the Miami versus Cincinnati football game on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Miami Athletics has added the Dr. Phillip Shriver Culture of Champions Medal of Honor—which is presented to an outstanding graduating male and female student-athlete who have been members of a championship team during their careers, have been leaders on their team and who best epitomize Love and Honor and the advancement of Miami Athletics’ vision as a Culture of Champions by reflecting excellence in all they do from the classroom to the athletic realm and to the community. It has also added the Darrell Hedric Award—the counterpart to the Leann Grimes Davidge Award—which is presented to an upperclass male athlete who exemplifies outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship, sportsmanship and athletic achievement.

Carter Camper (ice hockey) and Jenna McGivney (softball) are the first recipients of the Phillip Shriver Culture of Champions Medal of Honor, while Jordan Gafford (football) was named the inaugural Darrell Hedric Award winner. Rachel Patterson (women’s cross country/track and field) captured the Leann Grimes Davidge Award and shared the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor with Brooke Livingston (women’s soccer). Andy Miele (ice hockey) was named the Male Athlete of the Year, while Jon Edgington (baseball) earned Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) has been an All-America student-athlete at Miami and also an All-America hockey player on the ice. A two-time finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, Camper was an AHCA Second-Team All-America forward, a two-time First-Team All-CCHA honoree and was named the 2011 CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He also was a Lowe’s Senior CLASS First-Team All-American and was one of the top five finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in addition to earning Capital One Academic All-District IV honors. Camper, who served as team captain in 2010-11, finished his Miami career as the program’s second all-time leading scorer. He led Miami to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including back-to-back Frozen Four berths, a regular-season CCHA title and the program’s first Mason Cup title by winning the CCHA Tournament last year. Camper graduated in May with a 3.62 GPA and majored in psychology.

McGivney (Canyon County, Calif./Canyon) is noted for having a substantial impact on the culture of the RedHawk softball team and as a player whose growth, determination and leadership during her four years will have a lasting impact on the program. As a sophomore, she helped a then-freshman (Jessica Simpson) pitch Miami to a MAC Tournament title in 2009 and then to the program’s first NCAA Tournament win. As a senior, she boasted one of the nation’s best throw-out percentages. McGivney and her classmates amassed 121 victories during their Miami careers, including three straight 30-win seasons for the first time in Miami softball history, the most wins by any class in program history. McGivney played in 201 career games and made 199 starts. She is completing her degree in earth science education with a minor in geology.

Gafford (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) was one of just a handful of players who have served as team co-captain twice for the Miami football program. A standout safety, Gafford was a fixture in the RedHawk secondary throughout his Miami career. Despite being sidelined for four games at the end of 2009 after a season-ending injury in the second game of 2008, Gafford played in 35 career games. He helped the RedHawks to one of the greatest turnarounds in NCAA history which culminated in a MAC Championship and Bowl title in 2010. Gafford graduated in May with a degree in sociology.

Patterson (Rochester, Mich./Adams), an Honorable Mention All-American in 2011, was a seven-time All-MAC honoree and a seven-time Academic All-MAC honoree between cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, earning first-team distinction four times. Earning Great Lakes All-Region honors twice in cross country, Patterson was just the eighth RedHawk to qualify individually for the NCAA Championships, posting the third-best finish in program history by placing 46th in 2010. She helped Miami to a pair of MAC cross country crowns, the first two in program history. A three-time MAC Champion in track, Patterson was tabbed the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2011 MAC Indoor Championships. She holds Miami records for the 5K and 6K in cross country and the 5,000 (outdoor). She is the MAC indoor record holder in the 5,000. In addition to her athletic prowess, Patterson was a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honoree who graduated Magna Cum Laude in May with a degree in exercise science. She boasted a 3.77 GPA. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, Patterson was published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and presented research at the 58th Annual Meeting and 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine.

Livingston (Lisle, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) was named the 2010 Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association Sportswoman of the Year for soccer. She was a two-time All-MAC, All-Ohio and Academic All-MAC honoree as a defender. Livingston was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Second Team. During her career she started 63 games for the RedHawks and played in 71. She served as team captain as a senior. Livingston graduated in May with a degree in exercise science, posting a 3.72 GPA.

Miele (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) was the 2011 Hobey Baker Award winner, the first in school history. He was named a First-Team All-America forward by the AHCA, College Hockey News and INCH and was tabbed Player of the Year by INCH, USCHO, USA Hockey and the CCHA. He led the nation with 71 points on 24 goals and 47 assists. His 47 assists also led the nation. Both the 71 points and 47 assists rank second all-time at Miami. Miele tied a school record with a 17-game point streak. A First-Team All-CCHA selection, Miele also was named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team and was named the 2011 Tournament MVP after leading the RedHawks to the program’s first Mason Cup, winning the CCHA Tournament.

Simpson (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) became the first Miami softball player to garner MAC Pitcher of the Year honors during a record-breaking junior campaign. She set Miami single-season records for wins (27), shutouts (15), strikeouts (317), appearances (48), starts (40), complete games (38) and innings pitched (298.1) Her 15 shutouts ranked fifth nationally, while leading the MAC with a 1.57 ERA. Simpson was a First-Team All-MAC and Second-Team NFCA Mideast Region honoree. It was her third straight year on an All-MAC team. During the 2011 season, she captured MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week honors a conference record seven times.

Edgington (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming) captured the Mid-American Conference’s prestigious Bob James Award, which awards a post-graduate scholarship. Edgington graduated cum laude from Miami with a degree in microbiology and a minor in chemistry of life processes concentration with a 3.73 GPA. Edgington was a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Second Team selection in 2011. A two-time team captain, Edgington finished his Miami career ranked fifth in career runs scored (166), seventh in career at bats (729) and tenth in career stolen bases (52). During his career, Edgington started 200 games and made 207 career appearances as an infielder.

Miami’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year honors are awarded to any student-athlete (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior) who has made significant athletic contributions to his/her respective team for that academic year. The Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards are bestowed upon a student-athlete of senior standing, who has excelled in the classroom as well as in the athletic arena.

The Culture of Champions Medal of Honor is presented in honor of former Miami University President Dr. Phillip R. Shriver, who served in the position from 1965 to 1981. His support of the athletic programs, student-athletes, coaches and support staff went far beyond his stint as Miami University's 17th president. A fixture at Miami Athletics events, Dr. Shriver's legacy lives on through the development of athletics during his tenure as president and his unwavering support of the Red and White.

Noted as a top award for an upperclass female student-athlete, the Leann Grimes Davidge Award is presented in honor of the former Miami women’s tennis coach from 1979 to 1985, who tragically lost her life in an automobile accident. In six years as head coach, Davidge compiled an overall record of 93-50 and 25-1 in MAC action, while capturing four consecutive MAC Championships. This award is meant to keep her legacy alive through recognition of outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, academics and leadership.

The Darrell Hedric Award is presented in honor of a 1955 Miami Alumnus and former men’s basketball coach and associate athletic director emeritus, who has had a more-than 50-year association with Miami Athletics. He was a three-time MAC Coach of the Year and two-time Ohio Basketball Coach of the Year, leading Miami to four NCAA Tournament appearances in 14 years guiding the Red and White.