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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
Northwestern Ohio at 3:00pm
Aquinas EST
Game to be played at GR Christian High School
Northwestern Ohio at Game
Aquinas 2
Game to be played at GR Christian High School
Cleary University at 3:00pm
Madonna EST
Live Video
Cleary University at Game
Madonna 2
Live Video
Women's Golf
Indiana Tech vs  
Day 1 - MSC Spring Championship (Prestonburg, KY)
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Baseball
Lourdes at (7) 3
(6) Davenport 16
Lourdes at Cncl
(6) Davenport  
Live Audio Live Stats
Siena Heights at 5
Aquinas 11
Siena Heights at Cncl
Aquinas  
Concordia at (8) 0
Indiana Tech 10
Concordia at Rain
Indiana Tech Out
Marygrove at 5
(25) Northwestern Ohio 17
Marygrove at 0
(25) Northwestern Ohio 6
Softball
Indiana Tech at Ppd
Aquinas  
Siena Heights at 1
Madonna 7
Siena Heights at 1
Madonna 2
(15) Davenport at Ppd
Lourdes  
(15) Davenport at Ppd
Lourdes  
Indiana Tech at Ppd
Aquinas  
Concordia at Rain
UM-Dearborn Out
Played at Ladywood High School
Concordia at Rain
UM-Dearborn Out
Played at Ladywood High School
Men's Tennis
(10) Northwestern Ohio vs 3
(6) Xavier 6
Women's Tennis
Indiana Tech at 2
Ashland University 5
(24) Northwestern Ohio vs 1
(7) Xavier 8
Women's Golf
Davenport at 1st of 13
Women's Golf Spring Invitational (Hosted by Illinois College - The Links GC - Jacksonville, Ill.)
Lourdes at 9:00am
Ohio Northern Invitational
Men's Lacrosse
(3) University of St. Thomas vs 11
Indiana Tech 5
Played in Chicago, Ill.
Saginaw Valley State University at 1
Aquinas 18
Women's Lacrosse
(2) Davenport vs 9
(1) SCAD Savannah 14
Game played in Georgetown, Ky.
Indiana Tech at 9
Aquinas 10
Lourdes at 14
Walsh University 13
Men's Bowling
Indiana Tech vs  
NAIA Invitational (Mar. 27-29)
Women's Bowling
Indiana Tech vs  
NAIA Invitational (Mar. 27-29)
Saturday, Mar 28
Baseball
Siena Heights at 8
Aquinas 13
Siena Heights at 5
Aquinas 7
Today
Softball
Cleary University at 3:00pm
Madonna EST
Live Video
Cleary University at Game
Madonna 2
Live Video
Wednesday, Apr 1
Baseball
Cornerstone at 2:00pm
Aquinas EST
Live Stats
Cornerstone at Game
Aquinas 2
Live Stats
Lourdes at 2:00pm
(25) Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video Live Stats
Lourdes at Game
(25) Northwestern Ohio 2
Live Video Live Stats
Softball
Concordia at 3:30pm
(15) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Concordia at Game
(15) Davenport 2
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Friday, Apr 3
Baseball
(25) Northwestern Ohio at 12:00pm
Cornerstone EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
(6) Davenport at 1:00pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
(6) Davenport at Game
Marygrove 2
Live Video Live Stats
(25) Northwestern Ohio at Game
Cornerstone 2
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Men's Lacrosse
DePaul University at 7:00pm
Indiana Tech EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Saturday, Apr 4
Baseball
(6) Davenport at 1:00pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
(6) Davenport at Game
Marygrove 2
Live Video Live Stats
Softball
Indiana Tech at 1:00pm
(RV) Cornerstone EST
Live Stats
Indiana Tech at Game
(RV) Cornerstone 2
Live Stats
Tuesday, Apr 7
Baseball
Rochester College at 4:00pm
Cornerstone EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Wednesday, Apr 8
Baseball
Aquinas at 2:00pm
(6) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Aquinas at Game
(6) Davenport 2
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
 
 
 
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