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Missouri athletes, coaches earn awards

Monday, May 4, 2009 | 11:50 p.m. CDT; updated 1:16 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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

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