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WHAC - Mon, Nov. 26, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Cornerstone University women's soccer coach and sports information director Randy Strawser is the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) 2012 Coach of Character recipient. The Coach of Character Award honors a coach who demonstrates methods of teaching character through sport while instilling a tradition of athletic and community excellence. The award centers itself on the five core values of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character initiative: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

 

For the past 13 years, Strawser has been a model of high character around Cornerstone's campus. His focus is on demonstrating respect during the heat of competition as well as off the field. The first meeting of each season stresses the importance of making the right choices and doing the right thing. Strawser relays his expectation for sportsmanship.

"Coach Strawser expected our character to be displayed at all times," said Cornerstone former player Amanda Dudiak. "He reminded us that we not only represented our school and our team, but we also represented ourselves and how we wanted to be known."

Capitalizing on the very first team meeting, Strawser's teams then meet weekly to discuss how they have displayed the five core values and how they can improve. Although winning is important, it is never put above unity and integrity.

"Randy's focus is always on demonstrating respect during the heat of competition," said Cornerstone athletics director Dave Grube. "He is a big believer in valuing people over the game itself."

This season, Strawser's Golden Eagles hosted the Haitian women's national soccer team in a friendly exhibition match to raise funds for Haiti Foundation against Poverty. The event attracted the largest crowd ever to see a soccer match on Cornerstone's campus. The fundraiser continued the team's relief efforts from the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti's capital, Léogâne, in January 2010.

"Coach (Strawser) has made a positive impact on me as a player, but more importantly as a person," said Dudiak.

This is the third award for Strawser in the last five years. He won the honor during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. He will represent the WHAC in a pool of other NAIA conference award winners in nomination for the national award.

Past recipients:

2012 - Randy Strawser, Cornerstone (women's soccer)
2011 - Kirsta Solberg, Indiana Tech (volleyball)
2010 - Jerry Hendrick, Aquinas (Tennis)
2009 - Randy Strawser, Cornerstone (women's soccer)
2008 - Randy Strawser, Cornerstone (women's soccer)

 

 
Today
Softball
Western Ontario at 4:00pm
Concordia EST
Western Ontario at Game
Concordia 2
(25) Madonna at 4:00pm
Cleary University EST
Games will be played at Parker Middle School in Howell, Mich.
(25) Madonna at Game
Cleary University 2
Yesterday
Baseball
Indiana Tech at 14
Marygrove 2
Game played at Ilitch Ballpark
GAME NOTES
Indiana Tech at 3
Marygrove 0
Game played at Ilitch Ballpark
GAME NOTES
(RV) Madonna at 1
(16) Northwestern Ohio 9
Senior Day
(RV) Madonna at 0
(16) Northwestern Ohio 3
Aquinas at (9) 9
Concordia 5
Senior Day
Aquinas at 2
Concordia 5
Senior Day
Softball
Aquinas at 3
Lourdes 4
Aquinas at 4
Lourdes 1
University of Saint Francis at 6
Siena Heights 7
University of Saint Francis at 7
Siena Heights 5
Western Ontario at 8
UM-Dearborn 7
Played at Ladywood High School
Western Ontario at (6) 1
UM-Dearborn 9
Northwestern Ohio at 11
Purdue University Calumet 5
Northwestern Ohio at 6
Purdue University Calumet 4
Saturday, Apr 25
Baseball
Cornerstone at (13) 4
Lourdes 5
(7) Davenport at 4
Siena Heights 3
Indiana Tech at (7) 12
Marygrove 1
Game played at Ilitch Ballpark
GAME NOTES
Indiana Tech at (9) 3
Marygrove 2
Game played at Ilitch Ballpark
GAME NOTES
Cornerstone at 3
Lourdes 0
(RV) Madonna at 5
(16) Northwestern Ohio 4
(RV) Madonna at Rain
(16) Northwestern Ohio Out
Aquinas at (9) 7
Concordia 8
Aquinas at 9
Concordia 1
(7) Davenport at 12
Siena Heights 0
Softball
Cleary University at (6) 7
Siena Heights 15
Cleary University at 12
Siena Heights 14
University of Saint Francis at Cncl
Indiana Tech  
Played at Havenhurst Park
Live Audio
University of Saint Francis at Cncl
Indiana Tech  
Live Audio
(5) Saint Xavier University at 2
(24) Davenport 0
(5) Saint Xavier University at 2
(24) Davenport 6
Tuesday, Apr 28
Baseball
Marygrove at 5:00pm
Northwood University EST
Live Stats
Wednesday, Apr 29
Baseball
Indiana Tech at 1:00pm
Aquinas EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Indiana Tech at Game
Aquinas 2
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
(7) Davenport at 2:00pm
(RV) Madonna EST
Live Video Live Stats
(7) Davenport at Game
(RV) Madonna 2
Live Video Live Stats
Thursday, Apr 30
Baseball
Indiana Tech at 1:00pm
Aquinas EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Indiana Tech at Game
Aquinas 2
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Lourdes at 1:00pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
Lourdes at Game
Marygrove 2
Live Video Live Stats
(7) Davenport at 2:00pm
(RV) Madonna EST
Live Video Live Stats
(7) Davenport at Game
(RV) Madonna 2
Live Video Live Stats
Siena Heights at 5:00pm
Cornerstone EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Siena Heights at Game
Cornerstone 2
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Friday, May 1
Baseball
Lourdes at 1:00pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
Lourdes at Game
Marygrove 2
Live Video Live Stats
Siena Heights at 3:00pm
Cornerstone EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Siena Heights at Game
Cornerstone 2
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
 
 
 
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