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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
Olivet Nazarene University vs 9:00 am
(RV) Cornerstone EST
Athletes Meals Invitational (Hosted by St. Thomas - Fla.)
Live Video Live Stats
Asbury University vs 11:30 am
Indiana Tech EST
Lindsey Wilson Tournament (Columbia, KY)
Morningside College vs 1:30 pm
(13) Davenport EST
Northwester Red Raider Classic - Orange City, IA
Aquinas vs 1:30 pm
Montreat College EST
Cardinal Stritch Wolves Invitational
Bethel University vs 1:30 pm
Indiana Tech EST
Lindsey Wilson Tournament (Columbia, KY)
(11) Georgetown College vs 2:00 pm
Lawrence Tech EST
(15) Madonna vs 2:00 pm
Indiana University-South Bend EST
Early Bird Challenge (hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn - Dearborn, Mich.)
Live Stats
Spring Arbor University at 2:00 pm
UM-Dearborn EST
U of M Dearborn Early Bird Tournament
Women's Golf
Lourdes at 2:00 pm
Trine Kick-Off Classic
Men's Soccer
Lourdes at 3:00 pm
Grace Bible College EST
Live Stats
Madonna at 4:00 pm
Cleary University EST
Match played at Page Field - Howell, Mich.
Live Stats
Volleyball
Concordia at 4:30 pm
Saint Xavier University EST
St. Xavier Tournament
(RV) MidAmerica Nazarene University vs 4:30 pm
(RV) Cornerstone EST
Athletes Meals Invitational (Hosted by St. Thomas - Fla.)
Live Video Live Stats
Northwestern Ohio at 4:30 pm
(7) Lindsey Wilson EST
Lindsey Wilson College Tournament
Live Video Live Stats
Judson College vs 4:30 pm
Lawrence Tech EST
(15) Madonna vs 4:30 pm
Spring Arbor University EST
Early Bird Challenge (hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn - Dearborn, Mich.)
Live Stats
Northwestern Ohio vs 6:30 pm
Indiana University East EST
Lindsey Wilson College Tournament
Live Stats
Women's Soccer
Cornerstone at 7:00 pm
Olivet College EST
Volleyball
Concordia vs 7:00 pm
Roosevelt University EST
St. Xavier Tournament
Judson College at 7:00 pm
UM-Dearborn EST
U of M Dearborn Early Bird Tournament
(24) University of Jamestown vs 7:30 pm
(13) Davenport EST
Northwestern Red Raider Classic - Orange City, IA
Aquinas vs 8:00 pm
Waldorf College EST
Cardinal Stritch Wolves Invitational
Yesterday
Women's Soccer
(2) Northwestern Ohio at (2OT) 2
(22) Biola University 2
Volleyball
(RV) Cornerstone at 3
(RV) Saint Thomas University 0
Athletes Meals Invitational (Hosted by St. Thomas - Fla.)
(3) Missouri Baptist University vs 3
(RV) Cornerstone 0
Athletes Meals Invitational (Hosted by St. Thomas - Fla.)
Wednesday, Aug 26
Men's Soccer
Aquinas at 2
Cleary University 0
Volleyball
Robert Morris University at 0
(15) Madonna 3
Great Lakes Christian College at 0
(15) Madonna 3
Men's Soccer
Lawrence Tech at 0
Kalamazoo College 0
Lost 4-3 on penalty kicks
Tuesday, Aug 25
Men's Soccer
Siena Heights at 0
Goshen College 1
Women's Soccer
(18) Siena Heights at 1
(8) Spring Arbor University 4
Volleyball
Rochester College at 1
Concordia 3
Rochester College vs 0
Lawrence Tech 3
Dual Match at Concordia-Ann Arbor
Men's Soccer
Indiana Tech at 2
Shawnee State University 4
Women's Soccer
Indiana Wesleyan University at 3
Lawrence Tech 0
Monday, Aug 24
Women's Soccer
(2) Northwestern Ohio at 3
(7) Westmont College 2
Men's Soccer
UM-Dearborn at 2
Jackson College 2
Sunday, Aug 23
Men's Soccer
Cleary University at Ppd
Concordia  
Women's Soccer
Concordia at 5
Florida Memorial College 0
Saturday, Aug 22
Men's Soccer
Goshen College at 0
Cornerstone 3
UM-Dearborn at 0
Spring Arbor University 3
Bethel College at 0
Marygrove 2
Volleyball
Embry-Riddle (AZ) vs 3
Marygrove 0
Men's Soccer
(1) Davenport at (2OT) 1
(13) Georgia Gwinnett College 1
Volleyball
Indiana Tech at 1
Bethel College 4
Bethel College Tournament (Gates Gym - Mishawaka, IN)
Lourdes vs 3
(RV) Cardinal Stritch University 1
Robert Morris Classic
(18) Evangel University vs 3
Northwestern Ohio 0
Bethel College (Ind.) Tournament
Men's Soccer
Lawrence Tech at 1
Lawrence Tech 8
Alumni Game
Volleyball
Benedictine University at Mesa vs 3
Marygrove 0
Siena Heights vs 3
Spring Arbor University 1
Concordia Kickoff Tournament
Lawrence Tech vs 3
Rochester College 1
Doane College vs 3
Indiana Tech 0
Bethel College Tournament (Gates Gym - Mishawaka, IN)
Today
Volleyball
Olivet Nazarene University vs 9:00 am
(RV) Cornerstone EST
Athletes Meals Invitational (Hosted by St. Thomas - Fla.)
Live Video Live Stats
(15) Madonna vs 2:00 pm
Indiana University-South Bend EST
Early Bird Challenge (hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn - Dearborn, Mich.)
Live Stats
Men's Soccer
Lourdes at 3:00 pm
Grace Bible College EST
Live Stats
Madonna at 4:00 pm
Cleary University EST
Match played at Page Field - Howell, Mich.
Live Stats
Volleyball
(RV) MidAmerica Nazarene University vs 4:30 pm
(RV) Cornerstone EST
Athletes Meals Invitational (Hosted by St. Thomas - Fla.)
Live Video Live Stats
Northwestern Ohio at 4:30 pm
(7) Lindsey Wilson EST
Lindsey Wilson College Tournament
Live Video Live Stats
(15) Madonna vs 4:30 pm
Spring Arbor University EST
Early Bird Challenge (hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn - Dearborn, Mich.)
Live Stats
Northwestern Ohio vs 6:30 pm
Indiana University East EST
Lindsey Wilson College Tournament
Live Stats
Saturday, Aug 29
Volleyball
(15) Madonna vs 10:00 am
(11) Georgetown College EST
Early Bird Challenge (hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn - Dearborn, Mich.)
Live Stats
(15) Madonna vs 12:30 pm
Judson College EST
Early Bird Challenge (hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn - Dearborn, Mich.)
Live Stats
Northwestern Ohio vs 1:00 pm
(RV) St. Catharine's EST
Lindsey Wilson College Tournament
Live Stats
Northwestern Ohio vs 3:00 pm
Asbury University EST
Lindsey Wilson College Tournament
Live Stats
Men's Soccer
(9) Lindsey Wilson at 4:00 pm
(2) Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video Live Stats
Women's Soccer
(2) Northwestern Ohio at 5:00 pm
(12) Vanguard University EST
Live Video Live Stats
Tuesday, Sep 1
Women's Soccer
Marygrove at 3:00 pm
Purdue University Calumet EST
Live Stats
Cornerstone at 5:00 pm
Hope College EST
Live Stats
(8) Spring Arbor University at 7:00 pm
Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Wednesday, Sep 2
Women's Soccer
Lourdes at 2:30 pm
Rochester College EST
Live Stats
Trinity Christian College at 4:00 pm
Indiana Tech EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Men's Soccer
Trinity Christian College at 7:00 pm
Indiana Tech EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
 
 
 
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