Jan. 24, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - At the 108th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet next week head football coach Andy Talley and senior cross country and track athlete Sheila Reid will both receive major awards for their accomplishments during the past year. Talley will be presented with the Humanitarian Award for his work with the National Marrow Donor Program and Reid will receive the Outstanding Amateur Athlete award after being a four-time national champion during the 2011 calendar year.
In addition to those awards head women's basketball coach Harry Perretta will be recognized for winning his 600th career game earlier this season and senior volleyball player Kim Maroon will be honored for her outstanding career accomplishments over the past four years.
The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association 108th annual Sports Award Dinner takes place this coming Monday, January 30 at the Crowne Plaza on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, N.J. The event is open to the public and tickets are still available to be purchased by visiting http://pswadinner.com. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.
Humanitarian Award - Head Coach Andy Talley (Football)
The winningest football coach in Villanova history, and coach of the 2009 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national champions, Talley dedicated most of his time away from the gridiron to the National Marrow Donor Program. With this group, he works to have potential bone marrow donors entered in a national bone marrow registry, increasing the odds of a patient in need being able to find a "match" for their bone marrow. Since November 1, 1993, he has been responsible for over 20,500 people being tested. In 2008, Talley started the "Get in the Game and Save a Life" national bone marrow registration campaign. Talley enlisted 30 college football programs from all levels to take part in this campaign. Since 2008, this group has combined to nest nearly 25,000 potential donors. Through this initiative, donors have been found around the country, including several from Villanova University and other colleges in the Philadelphia area, including Rowan University, University of Pennsylvania, and West Chester University.
Recent Humanitarian of the Year honorees include Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino (2011), Adam Taliaferro (2009), Jon Runyan (2008), Eagles Youth Partnership (2007) and Alex's Lemonade Stand (2006).
Outstanding Amateur Athlete Award - Sheila Reid (Cross Country/Track)
Sheila Reid has been named the winner of the Outstanding Amateur Athlete award for the second straight season. A winner of numerous national awards, Reid was the 2011 outdoor individual champion in the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters, becoming the first woman ever to double up in winning both of these events at the sane NCAA meet. Indoors, she anchored the Wildcats to a national title in the distance medley relay and this past fall she won her second consecutive individual national title in cross country.
An 11-time All-American in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, Reid triggered Villanova's run to consecutive NCAA cross country team titles in 2009 and 2010. The native of Newmarket, Ont. was chosen as the Honda Sports Award winner for cross county in each of the past two seasons as well as the winner of the award in track & field last spring.
Reid has twice been named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Year and has also been named the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A double major in English and Communications, she is also a Capital One Academic All-American, a four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and the Villanova Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
Outstanding Achievement - Head Coach Harry Perretta (Women's Basketball)
Villanova University head women's basketball coach Harry Perretta tallied his 600th career win with a 76-47 win over Iona in the championship game of the Iona Tipoff Tournament earlier this season. His 34-year career records currently stands at 610-385.
Perretta became the 35th coach in the history of women's basketball at any level to reach the 600-win plateau, including the 22nd Division I coach to accomplish the feat. He is also just the seventh Division I coach to win 600 games at one school.
His first career win came in 1978 when the 22-year old Perretta led his Wildcats to a 65-38 victory over Philadelphia Textile. During his career on the Main Line, he has led Villanova to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, national rankings in the Associated Press poll, BIG EAST regular season and tournament championships in both 1985-86 and 1986-87, the 2003 BIG EAST Tournament title, eight outright and four shared Big 5 titles, and fourteen 20-win or better seasons.
Outstanding Achievement - Kim Maroon (Volleyball)
Senior volleyball student-athlete Kim Maroon was selected by Villanova to be recognized for her career accomplishments at the Sports Writers banquet. Last month Maroon became the first player in Villanova volleyball history to be named an All-American when she was selected to the ACVA Division I All-America third team. She is one of just two BIG EAST players this season to be named an All-American.
The All-America honor caps off a stellar career for Maroon at Villanova. This season she set an NCAA record for digs in a set with 6.87 and set a BIG EAST single season record in digs with 749. Maroon earned the BIG EAST Libero of the Year award for the second consecutive year and was also named first team All-BIG EAST. She recorded 20 matches with 20 or more digs and had 40+ digs on three occasions. Maroon is the first Villanova player to reach 2,000 career digs after notching her 2,000th on October 2.