OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University Athletic Department announced Wednesday that eight student-athletes have earned its most prestigious annual awards and will be honored at halftime of the Miami versus Central Michigan football game on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Earning Male Athlete of the Year was Austin Czarnik (hockey), while the Female Athlete of the Year was Jess Kodiak (soccer). Brad Bednar (football) was named Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Katie Scannell (track and field) was named Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The 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, along with being leaders and epitomizing Love and Honor – has been awarded to Steven Spinell (hockey) and Stacia Schacter (swimming and diving). The Darrell Hedric Award was earned by Vince Legarza (basketball), while Lisa Treadway (volleyball) captured the Leann Grimes Davidge Award.
Czarnik (Washington, Mich.) became the 15th player in the RedHawk hockey program’s history to earn All-American honors. The sophomore was only the eighth to be named to the First Team. Czarnik, who was also a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, garnered CCHA Player of the Year and First-Team All-CCHA honors this past season, as well. The shifty center totaled 40 points on 14 goals and 26 assists while playing in all 42 games this year. His 40 points led the CCHA in overall scoring and tied for 17th nationally while his 26 helpers tied for the CCHA lead and 15th nationally. In league play only, Czarnik tied for fourth with 26 points in 28 games, while his 18 helpers tied for second. He also scored eight goals in CCHA play, including one of his three game-winning goals on the year, which were his first career game-winners.
Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) capped her Miami career in 2012 by becoming just the third RedHawk in women's soccer program history to be named an All-American, as she was tabbed Third-Team by the NSCAA. She was named Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year last year, just the fifth RedHawk to do so, while leading Miami to both MAC Regular-Season and Tournament Championships, a school-record 20 wins and a first round NCAA victory over No. 20 Tennessee. Kodiak started all 24 games in 2012 and finished with a team-high 36 points, recording both 12 goals and 12 assists. The 12 assists shattered the school's single-season record, led the MAC and tied for sixth nationally. Her 36 points and 1.50 points per game were both second in the MAC with the 36 points ranking 21st nationally. Kodiak's 12 goals also ranked second in the conference, three of which were game-winners.
Bednar (Mentor, Ohio) graduated in May with degree in engineering management, finishing with a 3.35 GPA. He started all 12 games on the offensive line as a senior in 2012, making 10 of those starts at center. He started in all 50 games of his collegiate career, helping lead the RedHawks to a MAC Championship in 2010 and a win in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in 2011. Last season he led an offensive line that helped Miami’s passing attack average 298.7 yards per contest, which ranked 22nd among FBS teams. He was honored by the conference for his success in the classroom by earning Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC honors.
Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) graduated in May with a degree in sport studies and kinesiology and health. She finished with a 3.68 GPA after registering a perfect 4.0 GPA in her final semester. A First-Team All-MAC athletic and academic recipient, Scannell placed sixth in the prelims of the 400m dash at the MAC Outdoor Championships in a personal-best time of 55.16, which ranks her ninth in school history, while she finished seventh in the 400m dash final in 55.54. She also ran on Miami’s winning 4x400m relay team at the MAC Championships, running the leadoff leg to help Miami set the school record of 3:39.51. Scannell ran in four other 4x400m relays that Miami took first in this past year, including at Tennessee’s Sea Ray Relays and Vanderbilt’s Black & Gold Invitational.
Spinell (Vernon Hills, Ill.) was a leader for Miami on and off the ice throughout his career. The 2012-13 team captain played in 149 career games, including all 41 in 2011-12 and 40 this past season, missing just two to injury. The bruising blueliner totaled 36 points in his career, including 32 assists, with a career-best 12 coming in 2012-13, while compiling a +62 rating (+15 as a senior). He scored one goal in each of his four seasons and blocked 188 shots in his four-year career, including a career-best 72 this past season. Spinell earned NCAA All-Midwest Regional Team and Three Rivers Classic All-Tournament Team honors during the year. For his work in the community, Spinell was selected a Senior CLASS First-Team All-American by Premier Sports Management during the 2013 Frozen Four.
Schacter (Atlanta, Ga.) was a non-recruited walk-on who improved each of her four years on the swimming and diving team. After not making the conference squad during her freshman year, she received the opportunity to swim at the MAC Championships during her sophomore and junior seasons. The lessons learned there culminated in her returning to the conference meet as a senior and scoring with an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and a 14th-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. Those points helped lead the RedHawks to their 17th MAC Championship in 2013. In addition to swimming 20 hours a week and putting in a full class load in order to graduate in May with a degree in accounting, Schacter was the president of a leadership fraternity which helped students find out about their leaderships skills and potential.
Legarza (San Francisco, Calif.) served as team captain for the second straight season and earned the RedHawks’ Marshall North and Jamie Mercurio Awards. It was the second straight year Legarza earned the Marshall North Award, which is presented to the player who best exemplifies the virtue of loyalty—to the University, team and coaches—and whose personal sacrifice of time, effort and energy contribute materially to the advancement of the record of the team. He also earned the Jamie Mercurio Award, which is given to the player who exemplifies courage, determination and perseverance. Legarza finished his senior season having appeared in 29 games, making six starts.
Treadway (Dayton, Ohio) finished her senior season tied for third on the team with 166 kills (1.50 per set) and also was second with 246 digs (2.22 per set). She became the 10th non-libero to record 1,000 career digs at Miami and finished her career third among non-liberos and sixth all-time with 1,225 digs. A leader on and off the court, she spent two years on the RedHawk council, serving as its president this past season. In May, Treadway was one of only 13 female student-athletes nationwide to earn the 2013-14 Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics. She will use her scholarship to attend The Ohio State University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
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.