DEARBORN, Mich. - The 2016-17 athletic season has ended for the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Wolverine community celebrated an outstanding year at the 3rd annual All-Sports Banquet Saturday at Kochoff Hall on the UM-Dearborn campus in front of a capacity crowd of supporters.
The UM-Dearborn Department of Athletics & Recreation honored several student athletes, coaches and staff members, while a memorable tribute to Ben McPartlin (FR/Trenton, Mich.) was also a part of the programming.
The awards included the honoring of 20 WHAC All-Academic Team members, eight Wolverines on the WHAC Champions of Character Team, 14 NAIA Scholar Athletes, two ACHA Scholar Athletes and 28 seniors.
The department individual awards, as voted on by the members of the UM-Dearborn athletics administration, were also revealed.
The 2016-17 Female Athlete of the Year went to softball senior Taylor Moceri (SR/Sterling Heights, MI), while senior Marcus Williams (SR/Lagos, Nigeria) from men's basketball was named the Male Athlete of the Year. The Female Newcomer of the Year also went to a softball student-athlete, with sophomore Kassidy Butler (SO/Parchment, MI) taking home the award. The Male Newcomer of the Year was a split vote, as men's ice hockey's Justin Dunn (FR/Trenton, Mich.) and men's lacrosse's Devon Callaghan (FR/Royal Oak, MI) (SO/Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) were named co-honorees.
The "Rudy" Radulovich Award was given to two club sport students, with Ani Hadagali of the club tennis team taking the male honor, while two-time wrestling national champion Marina Goocher was named the Female Rudy Award winner.
The annual Wolverine Award was given to one female and one male student-athlete, both showing perseverance through difficult times to remain positive influences on their teams and the department as a whole. Women's basketball's Marisa Sauve (JR/Dearborn, MI) was named the female winner, while Tyler Dalton (SO/Northfield, Ohio) from men's ice hockey won the male award.
The cross country team swept the Chancellor's Awards with Alex Krasuski (JR/Milford, MI) taking the male award and Emily Eccelton earning the female honor. Chancellor's Award nominees must demonstrate distinguished leadership, and extraordinary involvement to the community and to the university. Nominees for this award were either Champions of Character Recipients, Michigan-Dearborn Difference Makers, or Distinguished Student Leaders at Michigan-Dearborn.
The department Coach of the Year, which is voted on by the UM-Dearborn coaching staff, went to softball's Vince Alessandrini, while the annual Acclaimed Staff Award went to UM-Dearborn Sports Information Director Nick McCutcheon.
The event was highlighted by a keynote speech from former Ohio State University football student-athlete Ron Tanner, who is now the University Relations Manager at Quicken Loans, while UM-Dearborn men's soccer's John Mertic (SR/Chicago, IL) gave the senior speech. Ben McPartlin's game jersey, which traveled with the men's ice hockey team after the tragic loss of Ben, was presented to the McPartlin family by Coach Chris Haltinner in a moving tribute.
The UM-Dearborn Department of Athletics & Recreation thanks all Wolverine supporters for helping make 2016-17 a great success.