Coleman, Dickerson Earn Top Honors at Annual Sports Banquet

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746-coleman-dickersonTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic department presented Ruel Fox Burns Blankets to seniors Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) and Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.)  to highlight the 2012 Athletic Honors and Awards Banquet on Tuesday night.

colemanThe Ruel Fox Burns Blanket, presented to the department's top senior male and female athletes as voted by the coaching staff, has been presented to outstanding Engineer student-athletes since 1968. 

Coleman's career has featured five All-American awards, including national runner-up honors in 2012, and has won 18 individual or relay conference championships.  The mechanical engineering major also holds more than half a dozen school records.  His national finishes also include placements of fourth, sixth, eighth and eighth at the NCAA Division III National Championships.  Coleman will add to the resume with an appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Nationals in California later this month.

dickersonDickerson captured two all-conference awards, earned all-region honors and was named an Academic All-American this year.  She scored 1,417 career points to rank second in Rose-Hulman history, and also holds career school records with 327 assists and 471 free throws made. Her accomplishments include 772 career rebounds and 140 blocked shots to rank third in school history.  This season, Dickerson set a single-season school record with 500 points, including a career-high 30 points at Earlham.

vatterrodtThe athletic department also awarded the Rose-Hulman Varsity R Club Outstanding Senior of the Year Award.  The award recognizes outstanding achievement by one male and one female student-athlete during their senior playing seasons.

Soccer player Clint Vatterrodt (Bloomington, Ill./University) became the first All-American in Rose-Hulman history in his sport and also earned Academic All-American honors.  He ranked No. 6 nationally in NCAA Division III in men's soccer goals this season with 21 and finished seventh nationally with 52 points.  Vatterrodt was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and completed his career ranked third in school history with 40 goals and 104 points.

williamsbrennanOn the women's side, Morgan Williams (Fenton, Mich./Powers Catholic) helped the Rose-Hulman volleyball team finish 24-9, including the team's first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title and first NCAA Tournament appearance.  The all-conference honoree led the Fightin' Engineers with 115 blocks and was second on the team with 290 kills.  She will graduate ranked 10th in school history with 810 career kills and 2nd in school history with 360 total blocks.

Seniors Julie Brennan (Indianapolis/Pike) and Greg Laudick (Indianapolis/Brebeuf)  earned the John Logan Award for compiling the highest female and male grade-point-average among four-year letter winners. 

Brennan completed her career with a 3.99 grade point average.  On the field, she shattered the previous school record for career saves as a soccer goalkeeper with 347 as a four-year starter for the Fightin' Engineers.  Brennan earned all-conference honors each year of her career and was also twice chosen a Capital One Academic All-District honoree.   

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Laudick scored in three College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships and has accepted a position with GE Aviation in Cincinnati.  The mechanical engineering and economics double major will work there for two years before enrolling in Harvard business school in the fall of 2014. 

The Samuel Hulbert Award, named for the President at Rose-Hulman who retired after 28 years of service in 2004, is presented to the male and female senior athletes who contribute the most in terms of team spirit, sportsmanship and a determination to succeed.

nielsonFootball and basketball player Jordan Nielson (Syracuse, Utah/Clearfield) and volleyball  player Karah Hickman (Hobart) were honored for reinforcing winning attitudes and creating a positive atmosphere for their respective teams.

Each student-athlete was honored for both an unselfish and team oriented attitude, along with their efforts in helping recruit future student-athletes to the college.  Nielson made an impact on the football gridiron with 40 receptions for 536 yards this season, after catching just 10 passes in his first three years. 

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Hickman battled through injuries both last year and this year to earn first-team all-HCAC honors in 2012.  She ranks eighth in school history with 857 kills and is fourth in career blocks with 311.  

Pete Gustafson received the John Mutchner Award, presented to the gentleman who has unselfishly given his time and support to the athletic department.  Gustafson has completed over 30 years on the Rose-Hulman staff, and has been named the President's Outstanding Service Award winner at Rose-Hulman, Bowling Green State University and Urbana College during his career.   He also finds the time to be a constant supporter of the Rose-Hulman athletic teams, both in the stands and for our efforts to make our student-athletes better citizens every day. 

The Rosie Award is awarded to the woman who has unselfishly given time and support to the athletic department.  Betty Lanke has attended games and supported Fightin' Engineer teams in the stands for more than 25 years.  She has also been a key benefactor to the athletic department as a sponsor in team athletic media guides for over a decade.

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Jeremiah Edwards received the Jess Lucas Spirit Award, presented annually to an individual or group whose support of the athletic department moves above and beyond the norm.  Edwards is widely regarded as Rose-Hulman's top student fan and has created individualized signs for each HCAC opponent, helping explain why his beloved Engineers should win the current game.