SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Seton Hall senior swimmer Kevin Webster (Leawood, Kan.) earned Male Athlete of the Year honors while senior volleyball player Sarah Osmun (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was named Female Athlete of the Year at the annual Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) awards banquet, held Wednesday evening on the Seton Hall University campus. Also honored were seniors Michael Oldham (Silver Lake, Ohio) of the swimming and diving team and Shannon Desmond (Chandler, Ariz) of the soccer team with awards as Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Webster, who won Male Athlete of the Year honors for the third straight year, added two more BIG EAST Championships to his already impressive resume and became the first Pirate to be named the Conference's Most Outstanding Swimmer. In a year that saw him break several Seton Hall records, Webster won 26 races en route to becoming the first swimmer in Seton Hall history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Osmun carried the volleyball team to two straight appearances in the BIG EAST Championships, and along the way, broke the Seton Hall record for career kills. Named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, she led the Pirates with 414 kills last season and was named to a pair of All-Tournament Teams and one BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. In addition to her attack prowess, Osmun finishes fourth all-time with nearly 1,200 career digs.
Oldham is a double major in secondary education and history. He has made the Dean's List every semester and will graduate Magna Cum Laude from the College of Education and Human Services on May 14.
Desmond has been a member of the women's soccer team and made the Dean's List every semester, carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA as a sport management major in the Stillman School of Business. She will graduate Summa Cum Laude on May 14 and will deliver the valedictory address at the academic awards ceremony on May 15.
Joe DiRocco (East Hanover, N.J.), the Senior Male Co-Athlete of the Year, is the first pitcher since 2003 to earn three BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week awards in one season. His six wins and 1.62 ERA currently rank third in the conference, while his 77.2 innings pitched and .212 batting average against are fifth in the league. DiRocco has also earned the InsidePitching.com Northeast Regional Performance of the Week honor and a place on the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge All-Tournament Team.
Jeremy Hazell (Harlem, N.Y.), the Senior Male Co-Athlete of the Year, closed his collegiate career as one of the greatest men's basketball players ever to wear a Pirates' uniform. Named to the BIG EAST Third Team and All-Met First Team, he averaged 19.8 points per game last season and became the third player in Seton Hall history and only the 30th player in BIG EAST history to record 2,000 career points. Despite missing nearly half of the season due to injury, Hazell returned to break the BIG EAST career mark for most made three-pointers in conference play.
Brittany Hervey (Bethpage, N.Y.), the Senior Female Athlete of the Year, was the key to the resurgence of the women's swimming & diving program. She helped guide the Pirates to an 8-3 record while recording 12 first place finishes in diving, including the title at the 1-meter event at the Patriot Invitational. A finalist in the BIG EAST three-meter event, Hervey broke the school records for one-meter and three-meter diving and qualified for the NCAA Zones Championships for a third straight year.
Herb Pope (Aliquippa, Pa.), the Junior Male Athlete of the Year, returned from a health scare last spring to re-establish himself as one of the top rebounders in the BIG EAST Conference. A starter in 29 games, he ranked third in the BIG EAST in rebounds per game last year and became only the 34th player in Seton Hall history to record 500 career points and 500 career rebounds.
Meghan Matusiak (Winfield, Ill.), the Junior Female Athlete of the Year, had a team second-best 351 kills and was twice named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Named Second Team All-BIG EAST, she ranked fifth in the conference in points per set and sixth in kills per set. Matusiak's 26 kills against NJIT tied the eighth-best single-game mark in school history.
Brandon Park (Weston, Fla.), the Sophomore Male Athlete of the Year, earned his second straight class award. In 12 golf tournaments this year, he led the Pirates in six and came in second in the other six. Park led the team in stroke average for the fall season, spring season and 2010-11 year. At the BIG EAST Championships, he logged his second straight top-10 finish to earn All-Conference honors.
Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.), the Sophomore Female Athlete of the Year, spearheaded a vast team improvement for women's soccer. Although just a sophomore, she already stands fifth in the Pirates' career record book in saves, minutes played and goals against average. Pettigrew was named Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 19 and her 1.28 goals against average is the third-best single-season mark in Pirates' history.
Matt Benson (Overland Park, Kan.), the Freshman Male Co-Athlete of the Year, was a two-time BIG EAST Championship finalist in Swimming. He recorded 15 top-three finishes, 11 top-two finishes and two victories during the 2010-11 season.
Zack Granite (Staten Island, N.Y.), the Freshman Male Co-Athlete of the Year, has started every game in centerfield for the baseball team. Named to the Strike Out Cancer All-Tournament Team, he leads the the Pirates in hits, runs scored and stolen bases. Currently, Granite is third on the team with a .304 batting average and has had 14 multi-hit games this season.
Alyssa Warren (Joliet, Ill.), the Freshman Female Athlete of the Year, was a starter in 30 matches and finished fourth in the BIG EAST with 4.44 digs per set. She amassed 520 total digs for the season, the third-highest total in school history and a freshman record. Warren's 31 digs against Winthrop tied the third-best single-match performance in school history.
2010-11 SETON HALL STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COUNCIL AWARD WINNERS
MALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Michael Oldham, Swimming and Diving (Silver Lake, Ohio)
FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Shannon Desmond, Soccer (Chandler, Ariz.)
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Kevin Webster, Swimming (Leawood, Kan.)
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Sarah Osmun, Volleyball (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
SENIOR MALE CO-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR:
Joe DiRocco, Baseball (East Hanover, N.J.)
Jeremy Hazell, Basketball (Harlem, N.Y.)
SENIOR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Brittany Hervey, Swimming and Diving (Bethpage, N.Y.)
JUNIOR MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Herb Pope, Basketball (Aliquippa, Pa.)
JUNIOR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Meghan Matusiak, Volleyball (Winfield, Ill.)
SOPHOMORE MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Brandon Park, Golf (Weston, Fla.)
SOPHOMORE FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Jennifer Pettigrew, Soccer (Kearny, N.J.)
FRESHMAN MALE CO-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR:
Matt Benson, Swimming and Diving (Overland Park, Kan.)
Zack Granite, Baseball (Staten Island, N.Y.)
FRESHMAN FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Alyssa Warren, Volleyball (Joliet, Ill.)