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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
(19) Northwestern Ohio at 1:00pm
(11) Georgia Gwinnett College EST
2014 NAIA Tournament Opening Round
Live Video Live Stats
(RV) Olivet Nazarene University at 2:00pm
(7) Davenport EST
NAIA Opening Round - Grand Rapids, Mich.
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Women's Soccer
William Woods University at 2:00pm
(8) Northwestern Ohio EST
2014 NAIA Tournament Opening Round
Live Video Live Stats
Volleyball
(RV) Union College vs 1
(16) Madonna 3
2014 NAIA National Championship Opening Round
Olivet Nazarene University at 7:30pm
(13) Davenport EST
NAIA National Opening Round
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Men's Cross Country
Indiana Tech vs  
NAIA National Championship (Lawrence, Kan.)
Aquinas at  
NAIA National Championships
Lawrence Tech at  
NAIA National Cross Country Championships
Davenport vs 11:00am
NAIA National Championships (Lawrence, Kan.)
Cornerstone vs 11:30am
NAIA Championships (Hosted at Rim Rock Farm - Lawrence, Kan.)
Madonna at No Team Score
NAIA National Championships (Hosted by the Kansas Collegiate Conference and the Lawrence Sports Corporation - Rim Rock Farm - Lawrence, Kan.)
Women's Cross Country
Indiana Tech vs  
NAIA National Championship (Lawrence, Kan.)
Aquinas at  
NAIA National Championships
Lawrence Tech at  
NAIA National Cross Country Championships
Siena Heights vs  
NAIA National Championships @ Rim Rock Farm (Lawrence, Kansas)
Davenport vs 11:00am
NAIA National Championships
Cornerstone vs 11:30am
NAIA Championships (Rim Rock Farm - Lawrence, Kan.)
Men's Basketball
(11) Cornerstone at 3:00pm
(RV) Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video
Lourdes at 3:00pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Live Video Live Stats
Aquinas at 3:00pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
Indiana Tech at 3:00pm
Concordia EST
Live Video Live Stats
Madonna at 3:00pm
(4) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
UM-Dearborn at 7:30pm
Siena Heights EST
Women's Basketball
Aquinas at 75
Marygrove 58
Indiana Tech at 98
Concordia 72
Madonna at 55
(4) Davenport 73
Lourdes at 65
Lawrence Tech 84
(24) Cornerstone at 81
Northwestern Ohio 80
UM-Dearborn at 5:30pm
(16) Siena Heights EST
Men's Bowling
Siena Heights vs  
Falcon Classic (Bowlling Green State)
Today
Volleyball
(RV) Union College vs 1
(16) Madonna 3
2014 NAIA National Championship Opening Round
Men's Cross Country
Madonna at No Team Score
NAIA National Championships (Hosted by the Kansas Collegiate Conference and the Lawrence Sports Corporation - Rim Rock Farm - Lawrence, Kan.)
Women's Basketball
Aquinas at 75
Marygrove 58
Indiana Tech at 98
Concordia 72
Madonna at 55
(4) Davenport 73
Lourdes at 65
Lawrence Tech 84
(24) Cornerstone at 81
Northwestern Ohio 80
Wednesday, Nov 19
Men's Basketball
Lourdes at 67
(11) Cornerstone 75
Marygrove at 78
Madonna 96
Lawrence Tech at 67
Concordia 76
(RV) Northwestern Ohio at 65
UM-Dearborn 44
(4) Davenport at 68
Aquinas 56
Siena Heights at 77
Indiana Tech 64
Women's Basketball
Marygrove at 52
Madonna 80
Lawrence Tech at 110
Concordia 91
Northwestern Ohio at 84
UM-Dearborn 72
Lourdes at 40
(24) Cornerstone 66
(16) Siena Heights at 75
Indiana Tech 50
(4) Davenport at 86
Aquinas 42
Tuesday, Nov 18
Women's Basketball
UM-Dearborn at 35
Wayne State University 107
Monday, Nov 17
Men's Basketball
Siena Heights at 68
Roosevelt University 77
Sunday, Nov 16
Men's Basketball
Aquinas at 57
Western Michigan University 87
Women's Basketball
Marygrove at 46
University of Detroit Mercy 88
Exhibition
Saturday, Nov 15
Volleyball
(RV) Northwestern Ohio vs 1
(16) Madonna 3
2014 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship (hosted by Davenport University - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
(RV) Northwestern Ohio vs 1
(16) Madonna 3
2014 WHAC Conference Tournament - Hosted by Davenport University
Aquinas at 0
Davenport 3
WHAC Tournament Semifinal - DU Student Center
Madonna at 0
Davenport 3
WHAC Tournament Championship - DU Student Center, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Men's Basketball
(11) Cornerstone at 76
Madonna 74
UM-Dearborn at 48
Lourdes 67
Siena Heights at 85
Marygrove 73
Today
Men's Soccer
(19) Northwestern Ohio at 1:00pm
(11) Georgia Gwinnett College EST
2014 NAIA Tournament Opening Round
Live Video Live Stats
(RV) Olivet Nazarene University at 2:00pm
(7) Davenport EST
NAIA Opening Round - Grand Rapids, Mich.
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Women's Soccer
William Woods University at 2:00pm
(8) Northwestern Ohio EST
2014 NAIA Tournament Opening Round
Live Video Live Stats
Volleyball
Olivet Nazarene University at 7:30pm
(13) Davenport EST
NAIA National Opening Round
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Men's Basketball
(11) Cornerstone at 3:00pm
(RV) Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video
Lourdes at 3:00pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Live Video Live Stats
Aquinas at 3:00pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
Indiana Tech at 3:00pm
Concordia EST
Live Video Live Stats
Madonna at 3:00pm
(4) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Monday, Nov 24
Men's Basketball
University of Jamestown at 7:00pm
(4) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Tuesday, Nov 25
Men's Basketball
Concordia at 7:30pm
(RV) Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video Live Audio
Indiana Tech at 7:30pm
(4) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
(11) Cornerstone at 8:00pm
Siena Heights EST
Live Audio
Lourdes at 8:00pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
Women's Basketball
Concordia at 5:30pm
Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video
Indiana Tech at 5:30pm
(4) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Lourdes at 6:00pm
Marygrove EST
Live Video Live Stats
(24) Cornerstone at 6:00pm
(16) Siena Heights EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Friday, Nov 28
Men's Basketball
(11) Cornerstone vs 6:00pm
Hope College EST
GR Sports Hall of Fame Classic (Hosted by Aquinas College - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Live Audio
Trinity Christian College vs 9:00pm
Marygrove EST
Thanksgiving Tournament - Hosted by Saint Xavier University
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
 
 
 
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