At the 65th Annual Black and Gold Athletic Awards Banquet Thursday, March 28, Dalhousie University’s Department of Athletics recognized inspirational athletes, committed coaches and incredible volunteers.
This season, Dalhousie celebrated nine AUS championship titles, nine U SPORTS all-Canadian awards, 27 major AUS and U SPORTS awards, 45 AUS all-stars, four U SPORTS medals and volunteered over 4,000 hours of community service. Matthew Coolen, of the men’s track and field team, earned his second Climo (male athlete of the year) award and volleyball player Courtney Baker was named the Class of ’55 winner (female athlete of the year) for the second-consecutive year.
A fourth-year sprinter on the men’s track and field team, Matthew Coolen had a tremendous season on the track. An AUS all-star for the fourth-straight year, Coolen won two gold and one silver at the AUS championships. Two weeks later, he went on to win the 60m event on day one of the U SPORTS championships for the second-consecutive season, earning U SPORTS first team all-Canadian honours. The next day, earned a sliver medal in the 60m hurdles.
Courtney Baker had an outstanding year on the court, leading the Tigers to their seventh-consecutive AUS championship title. Currently in her fourth season with the Tigers, she was named the conference’s most valuable player for the second-straight year and was selected as an AUS first team all-star for the third time. The AUS championship MVP, Baker earned recognition on the national stage as a U SPORTS first team all-Canadian and was selected to the championship all-star team after leading the Tigers to a fourth-place finish.
Complete list of major award winners:
Team Most Valuable Player Awards:
(M) Matthew Manuel
(W) Kristin Clarke
Manager of the Year: Andrea Plato, Men’s Basketball
Ann Johnsen, Swimming
Kieshia Mills, Swimming
Tony Eden, Men’s Hockey
Mike Bawol, Track & Field
Trainers of the Year:
Claire Reardon, Women’s Basketball
Emily Boulding, Women’s Volleyball
Coach of the Year: Rick Scott, Women’s Volleyball
Climo Award - Male Athlete of the Year: Matthew Coolen, Track & Field
Class of ’55 Award - Female Athlete of the Year: Courtney Baker, Volleyball