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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
Volleyball
Rochester College at 7:00pm
Concordia EST
Men's Basketball
Northwestern Ohio at 7:30pm
Wilberforce University EST
Men's Golf
Northwestern Ohio at  
Kohler Collegiate Classic
Indiana Tech vs  
Kohler Collegiate Classic (Kohler, Wis.) (Oct. 20-21)
Lawrence Tech at  
Kohler Collegiate Classic
Cornerstone at 9:00am
Kohler Collegiate Classic Day 1 (Whistling Straits GC)
Women's Golf
Lawrence Tech at  
Kohler Collegiate Classic
Yesterday
Women's Soccer
Rochester College at 1
Indiana Tech 3
Men's Golf
Lourdes at 2nd of 4
Lourdes Fall Finale
Women's Golf
Lourdes at 2nd of 3
Lourdes Fall Finale
Men's Lacrosse
Lawrence Tech at 7
Siena Heights 13
Lourdes vs 19
Aquinas 9
Indiana Tech vs 20
Lawrence Tech 1
Lourdes at 15
Davenport 16
Indiana Tech at 11
Siena Heights 10
Aquinas at 3
Davenport 16
Saturday, Oct 18
Men's Soccer
Aquinas at 0
Marygrove 2
Senior Day
Rochester College at 5
Indiana Tech 3
Cornerstone at 3
UM-Dearborn 0
Played at the Legacy Center in Brighton, MI
(19) Northwestern Ohio at 9
Concordia 0
Siena Heights at 0
(1) Davenport 8
Women's Soccer
(19) Davenport at (2OT) 1
Madonna 1
(17) Siena Heights at 0
Concordia 1
(RV) Aquinas at 0
(8) Northwestern Ohio 3
Marygrove at 1
Cornerstone 2
Lawrence Tech at 1
Indiana Tech 4
Volleyball
UM-Dearborn vs 0
Siena Heights 3
TRI @ Siena vs Siena Heights University
Madonna vs 3
UM-Dearborn 0
TRI @ Siena vs Madonna
Lawrence Tech at 2
Cornerstone 3
Tri-Match
Lourdes vs 2
(16) Madonna 3
Match played at Siena Heights University (Adrian, Mich.)
Cornerstone vs 3
Marygrove 0
WHAC Crossover - Played at UNOH
(13) Davenport vs 3
Indiana Tech 1
Concordia at 1
Aquinas 3
Crossover at Aquinas College
Lawrence Tech at 0
Northwestern Ohio 3
Tri-Match
Cornerstone vs 3
Lawrence Tech 2
Indiana Tech at 0
Aquinas 3
Aquinas Crossover
(13) Davenport vs 3
Concordia 0
Crossover at Aquinas College
Wednesday, Oct 22
Men's Soccer
UM-Dearborn at 1:30pm
Madonna EST
Live Stats
(1) Davenport at 7:00pm
Cornerstone EST
Live Stats
Marygrove at 7:00pm
Siena Heights EST
Live Video
Women's Soccer
(8) Northwestern Ohio at 3:00pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
Indiana Tech at 4:00pm
Madonna EST
Live Stats
Cornerstone at 7:00pm
(19) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Volleyball
(13) Davenport at 7:00pm
Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video Live Stats
Siena Heights at 7:00pm
Cornerstone EST
Live Video Live Stats
Indiana Tech at 7:00pm
Marygrove EST
Pink Out!
Live Video Live Stats
Aquinas at 7:00pm
(16) Madonna EST
Live Stats
Friday, Oct 24
Men's Soccer
(1) Davenport at 3:00pm
Madonna EST
Live Stats
Volleyball
Indiana University Southeast at 2:00pm
Indiana Tech EST
Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
(RV) Bryan College vs 2:00pm
(13) Davenport EST
Boneyard Brawl (Hosted by Georgetown College - Georgetown, Ky.)
Live Stats
Marygrove at 4:00pm
Kuyper College EST
Kuyper Tri-Match
Live Stats
(RV) Indiana Wesleyan University vs 4:30pm
(13) Davenport EST
Boneyard Brawl (Hosted by Georgetown College - Georgetown, Ky.)
Live Stats
Spring Arbor University at 5:00pm
Cornerstone EST
AQ/CU Classic (Hosted by Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Live Video Live Stats
Grace Bible College vs 6:00pm
Marygrove EST
Kuyper Tri-Match
Live Stats
(RV) Point Park University at 6:30pm
Indiana Tech EST
Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Bethel College at 7:00pm
Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video Live Stats
Goshen College at 8:00pm
Cornerstone EST
AQ/CU Classic (Hosted by Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Live Video Live Stats
 
 
 
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