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IU Southeast

Fall 2014 13

The IU Southeast Athletic Department’s annual Champions

Dinner, sponsored by the IU Southeast Alumni Association,

was a tremendous success.

Three student-athletes were honored and more

than $34,000 was raised to benefit Grenadier student-

athletes, at the 2nd annual dinner, held at Huber’s Orchard,

Winery & Vineyards in Starlight, Ind.

“Once again, I am very thankful for the great support of

our local community and region,” IU Southeast

Athletic Director Joe Glover said. “Their

generous contributions and support of IU

Southeast athletics ensured that this event

surpassed even my greatest

expectations after last year’s

inaugural event.”

IU Southeast received generous

contributions from 18 local

businesses and numerous

individuals.

Senior second baseman Frank

Pluskota, of Dyer, Ind., was

honored as the IU Southeast

Male Athlete of the Year. He

set the IU Southeast single season

record with 23 doubles during his

senior season in 2014. The second

baseman also set career records with

213 games played and 65 doubles.

He finishes his career ranked second

in at-bats, third in hits, fourth in runs

scored and tied for fifth for RBIs in

school history. Pluskota made the KIAC

All-Conference team in each of his four

seasons as a Grenadier.

Shelby Lucas was named Female Athlete of the Year. The

freshman catcher from Columbus, Ind. was named the KIAC

Softball Player of the Year, and helped lead the Grenadiers to

a school-record 42 wins and third-straight KIAC tournament

championship. Lucas ranked near the top among conference

leaders in several statistical categories. She was first in hits

(58), first in triples (10), fourth in batting average (.439),

fifth in slugging percentage (.674), second in runs scored

(40) and fifth in runs batted in (36) in the KIAC. She led the

NAIA in triples with 10, and hit an impressive .472 during

conference play.

Brittney Coan was named the JimMorris Champion of

Character recipient. During the 2013-14 season Coan helped

keep the Grenadiers focused on their goals during a coaching

change last September. Her senior leadership ensured the

team did not miss a beat and won its 15th straight KIAC

tournament championship in October. She

embodies a high standard of character, and has

been a tremendous ambassador for the tennis

program throughout her collegiate career.

Coan’s leadership on the court

and success in the classroom

made her a fitting recipient of the

night’s premier award.

The JimMorris Champion of

Character award is presented

annually to a student-athlete

who exemplifies strong moral

character, sportsmanship and

the core values of IU Southeast.

Former IU Southeast men’s

basketball coach and athletic

director, JimMorris, was in

attendance for the event and gave

the keynote speech before personally

presenting Coan with the award named

in his honor.

In addition to dinner and awards, the

program remembered Bill Ryall with

a tribute to the longtime IU Southeast

tennis coach who passed away in

December 2013.

IU Southeast Chancellor Ray Wallace also spoke at the event,

highlighting his experience as a student-athlete to promote

the importance of collegiate athletics and athletic aid.

Visit the Champions Dinner website at 

www.ius.edu/champions 

for more information about next

year’s dinner as it becomes available.

More than $34,000 raised at 2014 Champions Dinner

By Stephen Utz