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
IU Southeast received generous
contributions from 18 local
businesses and numerous
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
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
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 atwww.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