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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
Men's Soccer
(4) Davenport at 0
Madonna 1
Volleyball
Indiana University Southeast at 1
Indiana Tech 3
Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament
(RV) Bryan College vs 1
(14) Davenport 3
Boneyard Brawl (Hosted by Georgetown College - Georgetown, Ky.)
Marygrove at 3
Kuyper College 0
Kuyper Tri-Match
(RV) Indiana Wesleyan University vs 1
(14) Davenport 3
Boneyard Brawl (Hosted by Georgetown College - Georgetown, Ky.)
Siena Heights vs 5:00pm
William Penn University EST
Aquinas/Cornerstone Classic
Spring Arbor University at 0
Cornerstone 3
AQ/CU Classic (Hosted by Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Rochester College vs 0
Lawrence Tech 3
Tournament Game 1
Goshen College at 3
Aquinas 2
Aquinas/Cornerstone Crossover
Grace Bible College vs 0
Marygrove 3
Kuyper Tri-Match
(RV) Point Park University at 1
Indiana Tech 3
Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament
Bethel College at 0
Northwestern Ohio 3
UM-Dearborn at 7:00pm
Indiana University East EST
Siena Heights vs 8:00pm
Spring Arbor University EST
Aquinas/Cornerstone Classic
Goshen College at 0
Cornerstone 3
AQ/CU Classic (Hosted by Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
William Penn University vs 0
Lawrence Tech 3
Tournament Game 2
Rochester College at 0
Aquinas 3
Aquinas/Cornerstone Crossover
Women's Basketball
Lawrence Tech at 59
Bethel College 72
Men's Tennis
Northwestern Ohio at
TBA
University of Louisville Winter Invitational
Today
Men's Soccer
(4) Davenport at 0
Madonna 1
Volleyball
Indiana University Southeast at 1
Indiana Tech 3
Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament
(RV) Bryan College vs 1
(14) Davenport 3
Boneyard Brawl (Hosted by Georgetown College - Georgetown, Ky.)
Marygrove at 3
Kuyper College 0
Kuyper Tri-Match
(RV) Indiana Wesleyan University vs 1
(14) Davenport 3
Boneyard Brawl (Hosted by Georgetown College - Georgetown, Ky.)
Spring Arbor University at 0
Cornerstone 3
AQ/CU Classic (Hosted by Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Rochester College vs 0
Lawrence Tech 3
Tournament Game 1
Goshen College at 3
Aquinas 2
Aquinas/Cornerstone Crossover
Grace Bible College vs 0
Marygrove 3
Kuyper Tri-Match
(RV) Point Park University at 1
Indiana Tech 3
Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament
Bethel College at 0
Northwestern Ohio 3
Goshen College at 0
Cornerstone 3
AQ/CU Classic (Hosted by Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
William Penn University vs 0
Lawrence Tech 3
Tournament Game 2
Rochester College at 0
Aquinas 3
Aquinas/Cornerstone Crossover
Women's Basketball
Lawrence Tech at 59
Bethel College 72
Men's Tennis
Northwestern Ohio at
TBA
University of Louisville Winter Invitational
Wednesday, Oct 22
Men's Soccer
UM-Dearborn at 0
Madonna 5
Indiana Tech at 2
Concordia 1
(4) Davenport at 2
Cornerstone 1
Marygrove at (2OT) 2
Siena Heights 2
Women's Soccer
Lawrence Tech at 0
Concordia 5
(6) Northwestern Ohio at 2
Marygrove 0
Indiana Tech at (2OT) 1
Madonna 2
Cornerstone at (2OT) 2
(22) Davenport 2
Volleyball
Lourdes at 3
Concordia 1
(14) Davenport at 0
Northwestern Ohio 3
Siena Heights at 0
Cornerstone 3
Indiana Tech at 3
Marygrove 1
Pink Out!
Lawrence Tech at 3
UM-Dearborn 0
Aquinas at 0
(15) Madonna 3
Saturday, Oct 25
Men's Soccer
UM-Dearborn at 3:00pm
(16) Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Stats
Concordia at 4:00pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Live Video Live Stats
Marygrove at 7:00pm
Cornerstone EST
Live Stats
Aquinas at 7:00pm
Indiana Tech EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Women's Soccer
(20) Siena Heights at 12:30pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
(RV) Aquinas at 12:30pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Live Video Live Stats
(6) Northwestern Ohio at 2:30pm
(22) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Stats
Concordia at 3:00pm
Indiana Tech EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Madonna at 4:30pm
Cornerstone EST
Live Stats
Volleyball
Rochester College at 10:00am
Cornerstone EST
AQ/CU Classic (Hosted by Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Live Video Live Stats
University of Saint Francis at 10:00am
Indiana Tech EST
Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Spring Arbor University vs 10:00am
Lawrence Tech EST
Tournament Game 3
Live Stats
(9) Viterbo University vs 12:30pm
(14) Davenport EST
Boneyard Brawl (Hosted by Georgetown College - Georgetown, Ky.)
Live Stats
Bethel College at 1:00pm
Lourdes EST
Live Stats
William Penn University at 1:00pm
Cornerstone EST
AQ/CU Classic (Hosted by Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Live Video Live Stats
Goshen College vs 1:00pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Tournament Game 4
Live Stats
Grace Bible College at 2:00pm
Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video Live Stats
(RV) St. Catharine's at 2:30pm
Indiana Tech EST
Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Tuesday, Oct 28
Women's Soccer
Saint Xavier University at 4:00pm
Cornerstone EST
Live Stats
Wednesday, Oct 29
Men's Soccer
(16) Northwestern Ohio at 4:00pm
(4) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Stats
 
 
 
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