MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University athletic department announced its departmental awards at their annual Hall of Fame Induction and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet Saturday night.
NMU Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim was named the Coach of the Year after being named the Central Collegiate Ski Association Coach of the Year, the NCAA Central Region Coach of the Year and the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. The Wildcats swept the CCSA and Central Region Championships and finished second at the NCAA Championships.
NMU senior volleyball player Kalli Herron earned the Humanitarian Award. Herron is currently a student clinician at NMU’s Speech and Language Center and has volunteered at NMU’s Wellness Health Fair, administering free hearing screenings to the public. She also volunteered for a bullying awareness commercial to stop bullying among young children and volunteered as a student clinician with the English Second Language project at the NMU Speech Clinic and she has worked as a home health aide providing home health services to elderly individuals, and children with special needs.
Kalli has also volunteered for Special Olympics, Fall Fest, Young Wildcat Club, Seafood Fest and the Walt Kyle Mile during her four years at NMU.
Wildcats junior Nordic skier Kyle Bratrud was named the Men’s Athlete of the Year following an All-American performance this past season. Bratrud was an All-American in the classic race at the NCAA Championships and won the classic race at the Central Regional Championships. He was also named first team all-CCSA and a member of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association All-Academic Team.
NMU named two Female Athletes of the Year: junior women’s basketball player Alyssa Colla and junior swimmer Debbi Lawrence.
Colla led the women’s basketball team in scoring, assists and steals, and broke the NMU record with 43-straight made free throws. She was first team All-GLIAC, GLIAC All-Defensive Team and was second team All-Region. Colla became the 23rd player in NMU history to score 1,000 career points while earning GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honors twice this season.
Lawrence was a three-time All-American and broke five NMU school records and three NMU pool records last season. She won the 100 freestyle and finished second in the 50 freestyle at the GLIAC Championships.
Senior hockey player Stephan Vigier was named the Gildo Canale Outstanding Senior. Vigier served as team captain this past season and is currently playing professionally for the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League. Vigier led the Wildcats last season with 33 points (16-17-33) and was one of only four players to play in all 38 games last season.
NMU also named two female Gildo Canale Outstanding Senior award recipiants: senior Nordic skier Rosie Frankowski and senior volleyball player Lina Lopes.
Frankowski was a two-time All-American and was the runner up in the women’s freestyle race at the NCAA Championships. During her career she was a two-time CCSA Skier of the Year and competed for team USA at the U23 Junior World Championships this past season. She was a two-time first team All-CCSA selection and a second team All-CCSA selection this past season.
Lopes was a three-time first team All-GLIAC honoree during her NMU career and ended her NMU career with 1,328 kills, the second most in NMU history. During her freshman year, she was named the Midwest Region Freshman of the Year and was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team.