Ellen Kett, Jordan Herdman named SFU Clan Athletes of the Year
By Steve Frost
SFU Clan basketball player Ellen Kett and Clan football linebacker Jordan Herdman were named the Lorne Davies Athletes of the Year at the 2016 Athletic Awards banquet on March 22.
A junior from Melbourne, Australia, Kett was among the top five in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)) in assists and three-point shooting. She was also a Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference First Team selection. In the Clan’s upset 67-66 win over No. 1 Alaska Anchorage, Kett recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Herdman, a junior from Winnipeg, finished another remarkable football season, winning GNAC Defensive Player of Year, All-Region First team and the Clan’s first-ever NCAA All-American Second Team in football.
He set the GNAC single-game record for tackles and ranked fifth in tackling in NCAA. He was also a finalist for the prestigious Cliff Harris Award presented to the top defensive player of the year in NCAA DII, DIII and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards are named in honour of the Clan's founding athletic director, Lorne Davies.
The Bill De Vries All-Around Athlete of the Year Awards, given to a senior student athlete who excels in competition and in the classroom, and is active in the community, went to Cameron Proceviat from track and field/cross country, and to Rachel Proctor from softball.
Proceviat fell 1.2 seconds short of winning the NCAA DII 800 metres indoor title after helping the cross country team to a 12th place finish at nationals. Proceviat is president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), volunteers as a learning coach, and carries a 3.9 grade point average (GPA) in molecular biology and biochemistry.
A GNAC All-Conference First Team performer, Proctor is one of the top batters in the conference. She is involved with youth in the community, made the Dean’s Honour Roll this year and carries a 3.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in health sciences.
The Terry Fox Most Inspirational Athletes of the Year awards went to juniors Olivia Aguiar and Brandon Watson, from the soccer teams.
Aguiar helped lead the women’s soccer program to it best season in five years, finishing third on the team in scoring. She carries a 3.78 GPA in kinesiology is a learning coach, and vice president of the SAAC. Aguiar championed SAAC’s involvement in the #Consentmatters promotion.
Watson has been a captain and a leader on the soccer team since stepping foot on campus. The junior goalkeeper was second in the conference in goals against average and save percentage. He did not concede a goal at home and was selected GNAC All-Conference Second Team. Watson carries a 4.1 GPA in biomedical physiology and is a learning coach and youth soccer coach.
It was a historic season for men’s swimming and diving. Freshman Mackenzie Hamill became the program’s first NCAA champion, and along with Adrian VanderHelm, Gabriel Lee and Colton Peterson, won All-American honours. The Clan finished 10th overall. The team was awarded the President’s Athletic Achievement Team of the Year trophy.
The Clan’s Rookie of the Year awards went to Christina Dickson from women’s soccer while the men’s award was shared between Chris Crisologo (golf) and MacKenzie Hamill (swimming).
Dickson was GNAC Freshman of the Year and All-Region Second Team and in one highlight reel game she tallied three goals in nine minutes.
Crisologo finished sixth overall at the NCAA national golf championships after being named GNAC Freshman of Year, All-Region First Team and NCAA All-American 2nd team.
Hamill had one of the most remarkable—and memorable—first-year seasons in Clan history. Hamill won SFU’s first national title in men’s swimming (1650-yard freestyle) and earned All-American honours in four events.
For the third straight year Lorenzo Smith, a track and field/cross country middle distance runner, received the Department Scholar Athlete Award. Smith, a biomedical physiology major, carries the highest overall GPA—4.21 out of a possible 4.33.
Elis Homer from women’s basketball received the Rick Jones Award for Courage, which recognizes an athlete who has overcome adversity.
The Margaret Jones Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to former women’s soccer coach Shelley Howieson, who guided the Clan to 22 winning seasons and two NAIA National Championships. She is a two-time NAIA Coach of the Year and a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame. Howieson recently retired as the department’s manager of facilities.
Doug Pauls received the Director’s Award for lasting contributions to the Clan over a multi-year period. Pauls helped re-imagine the football program and organize the 50th anniversary homecoming, and united the football alumni group with assistance from first-year head coach Kelly Bates.
Gabe Lynn, the marketing department’s videographer and designer, received the Fred Dietrich Award for dedication to Clan Athletics.
The VW Kip Dougherty Award, presented to an SFU student trainer or manager who has made an outstanding contribution to an athletic program, went to Daniel Zackodnik, from the track and field training staff.