ROLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Presented to a non-starter, irrespective of gender, who made a significant contribution to the success of the team.
Mitch O'Brien, Men’s Basketball – O’Brien came off the bench in a supporting role for the Flying Dutchmen. His time was a key contributor and a catalyst for the team all season, especially at the defensive end of the floor.
Josh Blackburn, Men’s Lacrosse – Blackburn impressed everyone with his work ethic, drive, and intensity every day in practice during the 2016 season. Every time he entered a game, he grabbed ground balls, created turnovers, and scored goals in transition. Blackburn’s energy gave everyone a lift.
Logan Shadaia, Football – After missing three weeks of the season due to an appendectomy, Shadia played a key role on special teams for the Flying Dutchmen. He was named MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against Kalamazoo with a blocked punt and several punt pressures.
Leah Dunlap, Volleyball – Dunlap is a loving teammate and hard worker for the Flying Dutch. She is always looking out for everyone on the team and going above and beyond to make them feel supported in their efforts.
Allison Hedrick, Women’s Basketball – Hedrick was a big contributor off the bench this year for the Flying Dutch. She played at three different positions and excelled not only as a defensive stopper, but contributed in key offensive ways in the overtime victory at Calvin and in wins over Wisconsin-Whitewater and Thomas More in the NCAA Tournament.