FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Wednesday night at Prochnow Auditorium, the NAU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the second annual Louie's Awards, a night for Lumberjack student-athletes, coaches, administration and staff to sit back, relax and remember the 2014-15 academic year.
The academic year has been another widely successful one for Northern Arizona University Athletics. The Lumberjacks have brought back six conference championships to date, seen a number of school records broken and has had their share of heart-stopping upsets. In the classroom and in the community, NAU student-athletes have continued to represent the department to the highest degree and the Louie's celebrated all of the student-athletes' success.
Cameras greeted all in attendance as they walked the blue carpet entrance upon arrival, setting the stage for the rest of the night. The awards show was hosted by the Voice of the Lumberjacks Mitch Strohman and in total 16 awards were presented. In addition, team videos produced by each of the 15 NAU Athletics teams themselves were shown throughout the night.
List of the 2014-15 Louie's award winners:
Sharp Axe Award: Women's Tennis
Female Newcomer of the Year: Alina Staffeldt, Swimming & Diving
Male Newcomer of the Year: Emmanuel Butler, Football
Female Jack That Gives Back: Cassidy McLean, Soccer
Male Jack That Gives Back: Dejzon Walker, Football
Female Athlete of the Year: Lauren Stuart, Track & Field
Male Athlete of the Year: Deante Kemper, Track & Field
True Blue NAU: Laura Jabczenski, Golf
Male Sport Coach of the Year: Eric Heins, Cross Country/Track & Field
Female Sport Coach of the Year: Andy Johns, Swimming & Diving
Guiding Axe: Cody Hodgeson, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Men's Team of the Year: Men's Basketball
Women's Team of the Year: Swimming & Diving