April 8, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - On Tuesday, April 8, former track & field student-athlete Joanna Borawski DPT '10 was commissioned as Captain in the United States Air Force during a special ceremony held inside the Richie Regan Athletic Center on Seton Hall's South Orange campus.
Borawski, a Garden State native, competed for The Hall as a member of the track & field team during the 2007 campaign following her graduation from Miami University (Ohio) the previous year. A standout thrower who earned All-BIG EAST honors in her lone season in blue & white, her competitive highlights included a school record-setting javelin toss of 45.66 meters, four event victories and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship.
Applicants for the venerable post of commissioned officer within the United States Air Force are screened through a rigorous selection process. Noted factors in the in the vetting of candidates by the Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS) include measurable entities such as GPA, education and experience but the process also places emphasis on the assessment of character, leadership ability and potential for future growth; qualities that head coach John Moon believes Borawski has exemplified ever since she arrived at The Hall.
"The thing that stands out about Joanna is her internal motivation and how determined she is to succeed," said Moon who himself was enlisted in the Army before rising to the rank of Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. "I think Joanna will make an excellent officer given the type of individual she is today and how she arrived at this point. She has always been someone you could rely upon to be a leader and I am extremely proud of her accomplishment."
Following the completion of her collegiate career, Borawski went on to join Moon's staff as an assistant coach while pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Seton Hall. A National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USA Weightlifting (USAW) Certified Sports Performance Coach, she completed the doctoral program in 2010 and has since practiced as a physical therapist at Excel Orthopedic Rehabilitation in addition to her work as an adjunct professor at the University.
"This honor means a lot to me, especially to receive it here at Seton Hall where I have come from being a student to now an adjunct professor," Borawski added following the conclusion of the ceremony. "I have worked hard for this, but I am grateful that everyone who has helped me along the way was able to be here and join me during this ceremony."
"Being a part of Seton Hall Athletics definitely helped me learn to be a leader," she added. "When I was appointed as an assistant coach, I had just completed school and the student-athletes and I were very similar in age. Coach Moon, Coach [John] Marshall, and Coach [Jason-Lamont] Jackson put that faith in me and that experience helped me develop and hone those leadership skills...I tell a funny story that I was accepted into the Air Force Academy out of high school and was going to throw javelin there but life took me on a different path. After completing my undergraduate work I was a little reluctant to come back to New Jersey, but my entire experience at Seton Hall has been great and now I look forward to coming here each and every day."