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March 29, 2000

Finalists for the Seventh Annual Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards Announced

CLEVELAND -- Forty-five finalists for the seventh annual Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

There are 15 finalists from the NCAA Division I and 10 finalists each from the NCAA Division II, Division III and the NAIA. They will now be reviewed by the Finalist Committees, which will select the final four winners per division (16 total) who will each receive a $5,000 grant to be used toward postgraduate studies. In addition, a fifth $5,000 scholarship per division will be awarded to a student from each of the four institutions (one per division) that win the 1999-2000 Sears Directors' Cup trophies. Sears funds the annual total of $100,000 in scholarships.

The winners will receive their awards at NACDA's 35th annual Convention, June 11-14 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. The NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, will take place on Tuesday, June 13.

Members of the athletics support staff are eligible for these prestigious scholarships. This includes students from the categories of academic support, band members, equipment room managers, facility managers, sports information assistants, student coaches and trainers. Students were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have senior status, have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level and have played an active role in one of the support categories.

The 15 Sears Directors' Cup Division I Postgraduate finalists are:

Adam BlombergMiami (Fla.)Team ManagerMicrobiology & Immunology3.75
Whitney CassensWestern IllinoisAthletics TrainerPhysical Education4.00
Jennifer GilesWilliam and MaryAthletics TrainerKinesiology3.87
Megan KellySyracuseSports Information Asst.Public Relations3.70
Brian KochNorthern ArizonaFacility StaffBusiness Administration3.82
Robert LeBlanc, Jr.Louisiana StateAcademic SupportZoology3.95
Brian LotitoStony BrookFacility StaffPolitical Science3.15
Bethany McKinneyAustin Peay StateAthletics TrainerBiology 3.60
Benjamin MossawirStanfordTeam ManagerElectrical Engineering 4.03
Kelly NewsomeMarylandAcademic SupportPsychology3.80
Kelly RuofColoradoAcademic SupportInternational Affairs3.82
Briarly StockDelawareAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.92
Jill Van DalenValparaisoAcademic SupportIntl. Economics & German3.94
Jennifer VivoSan Jose StateCheerleaderRecreation & Leisure Studies3.28
Sara ZickgrafBall StateAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.95

Finalists from Division II include:

Jacqueline BatchelorFayetteville StateSports Information Asst.Elementary Education3.00
Kerri ClarkTexas WesleyanAthletics TrainerExercise & Sports Science3.93
Stacy DuffellIncarnate WordAssistant CoachPhysical Education3.88
Audrey HansenWingateAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.85
Ansley HendrickWingateAthletics TrainerAthletics Training4.00
David LitmanIndianapolisSports Information Asst.Business Administration4.46
Renee MyersSlippery RockAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.90
Denny RobertsonEast CentralCheerleaderExercise Science3.04
Ryan StanzelWingateSports Information Asst.Communications Studies3.74
Regina VarosUNC-PembrokeAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.38

Division III finalists are:

Tracy AndresMount HolyokeTeam ManagerEnvironmental Studies3.54
Scotty ChristoffersonSimpson (Ia.)Sports Information Asst.Biology3.79
Devin LonerganHendrixCheerleaderPsychology3.73
Lisa McDonaldUpper IowaAssistant CoachPhysical Education3.90
Andrea NangleWidenerAthletics TrainerPhysical Therapy3.91
Rajesh NayakChicagoBand MemberPublic Policy3.82
Jody NoelGettysburgAthletics TrainerHealth & Exercise Science3.68
Valerie PottsGeorge FoxAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.85
Kathryn SimpsonWilliamsAthletics TrainerBiology3.82
Sean WrightWestminster (Mo.) Sports Information Asst.Political Science4.00

Finalists from the NAIA are:

Crystal CollierEastern OregonAthletics TrainerPhysical Education & Health3.83
Kristi CyrSouthwest (NM)Athletics TrainerAthletics Training4.00
Cynthia FieldsGeorgetown (Ky.)Athletics TrainerKinesiology & Health Studies3.31
April FosterWayland BaptistAthletics TrainerElementary Education4.00
Johan GrahamTransylvaniaCheerleaderSociology/Anthropology3.79
Janelle HandlosWestern MontanaAthletics TrainerHealth & Physical Education4.00
Michael HardemanNorthwestern (Ia.)Team ManagerBusiness Administration3.80
Mika StrongOklahoma BaptistTeam ManagerFamily Psychology3.75
Julie TimmermanSt. AmbroseSports Information Asst.Public Relations/Advertising3.75
Christi WorleyWayland BaptistSports Information Asst.Music Education3.96

Members of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee were responsible for selecting the finalists. Completing this task were Lee McElroy, chair, director of athletics, American University; Chuck Bell, director of athletics, San Jose State University; Linda Bruno, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference; Barbara Camp, associate director of athletics, Auburn University; Charlie Cavagnaro, director of athletics, University of Nevada-Las Vegas; Mark Cohen, executive vice president/marketing, Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Joan Cronan, director of women's athletics, University of Tennessee; Tony DeCarlo, director of athletics, John Carroll University; Art Eason, director of athletics, William Paterson College; Greg Feris, director of athletics, Wayland Baptist University; Jim Host, chief executive officer, Host Communications; Jerry Hughes, director of athletics, Central Missouri State University; Betty Kruczek, retired director of athletics, Fitchburg State College; Beth Miller, associate director of athletics, University of North Carolina; Porter Miller, director of athletics, Earlham College; Howard Patterson, director of athletics, University of the Incarnate Word; Ron Prettyman, director of athletics, Cal State-Dominguez Hills; Phil Roach, director of athletics, Rollins College; David Stair, director of athletics, Evangel University; Betsy Stephenson, senior associate director of athletics, UCLA; Judy Sweet, retired director of athletics, University of California-San Diego; Pat Thomas, associate director of athletics; Georgetown University; Dick Young, director of athletics, Lynn University.

The Sears commitment to collegiate athletics stems from its sponsorship of the Sears Collegiate Champions Program, which includes the Sears Directors' Cup Program, administered by NACDA. The Sears Directors' Cup Award, developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today, honors the "all-sports" champion in each of the NCAA's three divisions -- I, II and III -- and the NAIA, and includes both men and women's sports. To determine the champion, points are awarded based on each institution's finish in a predetermined number of sports. Previous winners have included -- Division I -- University of North Carolina (1994) and Stanford University (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999); Division II -- University of California-Davis (1996, 1997), California State University-Bakersfield (1998) and Adams State College (1999); Division III -- Williams College (Mass.) (1996, 1997, 1999) and the University of California-San Diego (1998); and NAIA -- Pacific Lutheran University (Wash.) (1996) and Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada) (1997, 1998, 1999).