April 18, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University soccer's RACHELLE BOFF (Naples, FL) and basketball's Sean Mock (Oxford) are the 2011 winners of the fifth annual Spirit of Miami Award, presented to both a female and male senior student-athlete for each of their exceptional enthusiastic commitments to their teams.

The awards were presented Monday night (April 18) at the athletic department's annual Senior Dessert at MU's Shriver Center.

The Spirit of Miami Award is presented annually to the seniors who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their team. They were the "spirit" of the team, the team members who strived without recognition, achieved humbly for the benefit of the team and passionately contributed behind-the-scenes for the sheer privilege of experience, loyalty and investment in academic and athletic opportunity.

The winners personify the Miami University motto...

"Prodesse quam conspici" - to accomplish without being conspicuous.

Boff, a senior and a business management major at Miami, has a cumulative grade point average of 3.50. She is the third women's soccer player in the last five years to be a Spirit of Miami Award winner. Boff is a member of the RedHawk Council, serving as the president. She had an internship last summer in the Netherlands. On the soccer field, Boff was a goalkeeper who played in 13 career games, making 12 starts. She had her best individual season in 2010, starting in all six games she played and recording a 5-1-0 record with a 2.18 goals-against average. Boff had a 5-7-1 career record, with her lone career shutout coming Sep. 21, 2008 at San Jose State in double overtime. For her career, she had a 2.29 GAA.

"Rachelle exemplifies what the Spirit of Miami Award is all about," said head coach BOBBY KRAMIG. "She is a great teammate and competitor, and an excellent role model for both her teammates and everyone involved with the program. Although she may not have always played a lot, she never got down and took full advantage of her opportunity at Miami, which is displayed by the fact that she became the president of RedHawk Council."

Mock, currently enrolled in graduate school at Miami, is the first men's basketball player to win the Spirit of Miami Award. Numbers cannot convey his impact on the Miami men's basketball program. A five-year member of the program and a four-time letter winner, Mock was the emotional leader of this RedHawk team and has bled Miami Red and White since his arrival. Noted by his fellow seniors as the hardest working player on the team, he has earned the respect of his teammates and title of team co-captain through his tireless work and endless encouragement. Mock is a two-time winner of the team's Marshall North Award winner, which is given to a player who exemplifies loyalty and whose personal sacrifice of time, effort and energy contribute materially to the advancement of the team. In addition to service on the RedHawk Council, he was one of the five players who took part in the Big Brothers program with the team, has tutored in Over-the-Rhine for the past four plus years and recently held a free week-long football/basketball camp with two other Miami students for the kids of Rothenberg Elementary School in Over-the-Rhine during their spring break.

"Charlie Coles. "He truly was totally invested into the team concept while playing basketball at Miami University. There is no doubt that Sean is going to be a success in life because of his attitude."

John and Lois Cocanougher, a Miami merger, created an endowment and named the award in honor of John's father--John E. Cocanougher, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Cocanougher were present for Monday night's ceremony.

Past Spirit of Miami recipients have included:

2010 ... Andrew Mock, golf, and Lindsay Randall, softball

2009 ... Rion Robinson, football, and Stephanie Wilson, soccer

2008 ... Charlie Effinger, hockey and Sarah Fletcher, track and field

2007 ... Dan Leonard, baseball; Jamie Morris, swimming; Shannon Chew, soccer, and Laura Vlasek, tennis