Feb. 21, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday a list of 41 student-athletes who have been selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award. Among the scholarship recipients are three from Florida State University including Tiana Brockway (soccer), Kristine Polley (swimming) and Andres Bucaro (tennis).
The ACC also awarded three student-athletes the Thacker Award, while five student-athletes who plan to enter a professional career in their chosen sport were named honorary recipients.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes - three from each league institution - who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
Tiana Brockway, Florida State, Psychology, Soccer, Tacoma, Wash.
"Tiana was a tremendous leader for us both on the field and in the classroom over her four year career at Florida State," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "She was a hard worker in all facets of the game and we are extremely excited that Tiana was recognized for her hard work as a recipient of a postgraduate scholarship."
Kristine Polley, Florida State, Exercise Science/Pre-Med, Swimming, Marietta, Ga.
"Kristine has set terrific examples during her four years at FSU," head coach Neil Harper said. "She treats her swimming and academics equally and is just a great role model to the team. From a coaching standpoint, she's everything you want in an athlete. As a leader, she's brought the team together this year. She's a silent leader that brings that calmness to the pool. When she speaks, the team listens. I'm very excited for her."
Andres Bucaro, Florida State, Business Management, Tennis, Guatemala City, Guatemala
"Andres is very well-deserving of this post graduate scholarship," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "He epitomizes what you want in a student-athlete, hard working on the court, disciplined off the court and sacrificial towards his teammates."
"I feel honored to have won this award," said Bucaro. "It represents four years of hard work and consistency. I'm thankful for all my professors, teammates, coaches, staff and everyone who was involved in my success on the court and in the classroom. I look forward to the future because of this great opportunity that the ACC is giving me."
In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, five student-athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award. Two football players - North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper and NC State's Michael Glennon - along with Duke basketball player Ryan Kelly, Virginia swimmer Lauren Perdue, and Wake Forest golfer Evan Beck will be recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic performances.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, the first three ACC commissioners. The league's first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954-70 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.
Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served in that capacity for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.
Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner on September 1, 1987, and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan's tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.
Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James postgraduate scholarships were given as separate honors. The Jim Weaver Award, which originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James Award, established in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.
The Thacker Award, which originated in 2005, is given in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, N.C. Jim Thacker was the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC's first television network. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through postgraduate studies at an ACC institution.
The 41 student-athletes will be honored at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 17, 2013, in the Guilford Ballroom at the Sheraton Greensboro at the Four Seasons.