The MU Department of Athletics held its first ROARS Awards Show on Monday night at Mizzou Arena. The event, which was the brainchild of the Mizzou Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, honored numerous student-athletes, coaches and professors who made significant contributions to 2008-09 MU sports programs.
Men's basketball coach Mike Anderson was voted the Coach of the Year for the Tigers' run to the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Anderson, who just completed his third season at Missouri, was also recognized with the Coaches' Academic Enhancement Award.
Men's basketball player Zaire Taylor was also was a multiple award winner. He was named Male Rookie of the Year and earned male Highlight of the Year honors for his game-winning shot against Kansas.
Soccer standout Michelle Collins took home a pair of awards. She earned the Female Varsity M Award for the best combined efforts in athletics and academics and was given the Director of Athletics Leadership Award. Collins and her teammates also won Performance of the Year for their run to the championship of the Big 12 Soccer Tournament and earned the Community Service Award.
The evening concluded with the awarding of the male and female athlete of the year award. The male honor went to 2008 consensus first-team All-American tight end and Mackey Award winner Chase Coffman. The female award was won by gymnast Sarah Shire for a season that included winning the Big 12 Conference all-around and earning All-American honors at NCAA Championship Finals.
The following rundown of award winners includes all nominees, with winners denoted by asterisks:Coach of the Year
*Mike Anderson - Men's Basketball
Bryan Blitz - Soccer
Rick McGuire - Men's & Women's Track & Field Male "For the Love of the Game"
The walk-on who makes significant contributions to their team
*Chris Johnson - Men's Golf
Beau Brinkley - Football
Pat Fitzgerald - Track & Field Female "For the Love of the Game" The walk-on who makes significant contributions to their team *Kendra Collins - Soccer Keely Brooks - Swimming & Diving Lauren Nuckolls - Volleyball Lauren Stephenson - Gymnastics Community Service Award *Soccer Gymnastics Women's Golf Male Highlight of the Year *Men's Basketball - Zaire Taylor's game-winning shot against Kansas Football - Jeremy Maclin's punt return vs. Northwestern Swimming & Diving - Greg DeStephen platform diving effort at Big 12 Championships Female Highlight of the Year *Swimming & Diving - Kayla Durnil's 200-meter breaststroke win at Big 12 Championships Golf - Julia Potter at the Johnie Imes Invitational Softball - Julie Silver Varsity M Male Athlete of the Year Chosen by the Varsity M Association, this award combines the best in the categories of athletics and academics *Kurtis Gregory - Football Kyle Gibson - Baseball Peter Malnati - Men's Golf Jeff Wolfert - Football Varsity M Female Athlete of the Year Chosen by the Varsity M Association, this award combines the best in the categories of athletics and academics *Michelle Collins - Soccer Alicia Hatcher - Gymnastics Madison Marcolla - Golf Chelsea Schriewer - Golf Male Rookie of the Year Open to freshmen or junior college transfers *Zaire Taylor - Basketball Aaron Dixon - Track & Field Elvis Fisher - Football Female Rookie of the Year Open to freshmen or junior college transfers *Shannon Leinert - Track & Field Mary Burke - Gymnastics Jordan Morcom - Swimming & Diving Dr. Judith A Wells Male Academic Achievement Award *J.T. Tiller - Basketball Marcus Hoehn - Wrestling Del Howard - Football Dr. Judith A. Wells Female Academic Achievement Award *Krishna Lee - Track & Field Danielle Gruder - Gymnastics Krista Kruse - Soccer Male Unsung Hero Award: Given to someone who is a vital part of leadership to the team in a behind-the-scenes way *Ben Wade - Track & Field Dom Bradley - Wrestling Matt Lawrence - Basketball Female Unsung Hero Award: Given to someone who is a vital part of leadership to the team in a behind-the-scenes way *Liz Straatmann - Gymnastics Coralie Baumann - Swimming & Diving Janelle Cordia - Soccer Shakara Jones - Basketball Professor of the Year *Jung Ha-Brookshire - Textile and Apparel Management Cheryl Hall - English Michelle Martindill - Peace Studies Male Courage Award Given to someone who has overcome significant adversity to succeed in all areas *Brian Coulter - Football Scooter Hicks - Baseball Andrew Wood - Wrestling Female Courage Award Given to someone who has overcome significant adversity to succeed in all areas *Christina Gailey - Swimming & Diving Lana Mims - Track & Field Lei Wang - Volleyball Male "We Are Mizzou" Award Given to someone who best encompasses the core values of academic integrity, social responsibility and athletic excellence *Peter Malnati - Golf Kurtis Gregory - Football Matt Lawrence - Basketball Female "We Are Mizzou" Award Given to someone who best encompasses the core values of academic integrity, social responsibility and athletic excellence *Alicia Hatcher - Gymnastics Krishna Lee - Track & Field Madison Marcolla - Golf Team Performance of the Year Votes were compiled on March 19 *Soccer - Wins 2008 Big 12 Tournament Baseball - April 11, 2008 win against Texas Men's Basketball - Wins 2009 Big 12 Tournament Coach's Academic Enhancement Award The head or assistant coach who best fosters and supports the mission of the Total Person Program *Mike Anderson - Men's Basketball Rob Drass - Gymnastics Lee Pritts - Wrestling Director of Athletics Leadership Award *Michelle Collins - Soccer Kurtis Gregory - Football Alicia Hatcher - Gymnastics Matt Lawrence - Men's Basketball Krishna Lee - Women's Track & Field Peter Malnati - Men's Golf Male Athlete of the Year *Chase Coffman - Football DeMarre Carroll - Basketball Kyle Gibson - Baseball Chris Rohr - Track & Field Female Athlete of the Year *Sarah Shire - Gymnastics Lori Halvorson - Swimming & Diving Tiger Cup Award Awarded to the team which won the first annual Tiger Cup Award, a team competition that sports earned for achievement in academics, in athletics and for community involvement *Soccer