In the winter of 2011 Husson University Athletics announced the first Clara Swan and Del Merrill Male and Female "Athletes of the Year" during the 2011 Husson Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The initiative has continued and annually goes to the outstanding male and female student athlete within the Eagle athletic department.

Award Recipients

2016-2017 Clara Swan Athlete of the Year Award Winner

2016-2017 Del Merrill Athlete of the Year Award Winner

Chandler Guerrette

Women's Basketball
Presque Isle, Maine

John Smith

Football
Fayetteville, Ga.

Chandler Guerrette was a four-year letter winner for the Eagles as a guard from 2014-17, helping guide the team to a 76-33 overall record with two North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Regular Season titles in 2016, and 2017, two NAC Championships and berths to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in 2016 and 2017, while helping the 2017 team tie the program's NCAA era school single-season record for wins with 23 en-route to the program's first ever NCAA Tournament victory over DeSales University, 74-72, on March 3, 2017, resulting in the program's first national tournament win in 25 years.

In her final season on the hardwood, Guerrette was tabbed as the 2017 NAC Player of the Year, the 2017 NAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England DIII Player of the Year, while earning her fourth career All-NAC and All-NAC Tournament selections, becoming the first player in program history to earn All-Conference and Conference All-Tournament honors all fours years of their career, in addition to being selected to the 2017 Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-State First Team, the ECAC All-New England First Team and to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Third Team. She was also chosen to play in the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star Game. Guerrette played on the team that was coached by Kissy Walker.

This past season, she led the team in free throws made (97) and attempts (121), assists (102), steals (98), assists per game (3.6), steals per game (3.5) and ranked second in points (403), points per game (14.4), 3-point field goals made (44) and attempts (140), field goals made (131) and attempts (331), defensive rebounds (86), and defensive rebounds per game (3.1). The guard finished the season ranked in the top-10 in 11 different conference statistical categories, including leading the league in steals and steals per game.

In 105 career games played with 99 starts, Guerrette tallied 1,333 points, 294 assists, 410 rebounds, 255 steals, and 18 blocks, while shooting 39.1 percent (435-1112) from the floor, 32.0 percent (134-421) from behind the arc and 76.0 percent (329-435) from the free throw line. She averaged 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game in her career.

She finished her career ranked among the program's career leaders in points (3rd), scoring average (11th), field goals made (10th), field goals attempted (6th), 3-point field goals made (6th), 3-point field goals attempted (3rd), 3-point FG percentage (17th), free throws made (4th), free throws attempted (5th), free throw percentage (14th), rebounds (23rd), assists (9th), assists average (2.8), steals (5th), steals average (tied for 6th), and games played (tied for 18th).

Guerrette earned All-NAC Sportsmanship honors in 2016 and was chosen as the MWBCA and NAC Rookie of the Years in 2014, while being selected to the MWBCA All-Rookie Team as well.

Off the court, Guerrette earned All-NAC Academic team honors in 2016 and 2017.

She became the 15th Eagle captain to record 1,000 career points on December 30, 2016 in a double overtime loss to Guilford.

Guerrette is the only player in NAC history to be named Player and Defensive Player of the Year in same season and the only player to earn Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Player of the Year honors in the conference's and Husson's women's basketball histories, while becoming the second player in program history to achieve both Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honors.

Guerrette is pursuing a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and will graduate from Husson in 2018.

A native of Presque Isle, Maine, Guerrette attended Presque Isle High School.

John Smith is the most decorated football player in program history. The Fayetteville, Ga. native helped the Eagles post a program record 9-2 record in 2016, which included reeling off a school-record nine-consecutive wins after falling in their first-game of the season to Alfred, 35-28, while recording another undefeated conference record, 7-0 for the second time in the last three seasons, en route to the program's second Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title and NCAA DIII Championship Tournament appearance in the last three years.

In his junior campaign, Smith continued this recorded setting pace as he was tabbed as the ECFC's Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season, a first team All-ECFC selection for the third-straight season, a New England Football Writers (NEFW) All-New England selection for the third-straight season and to the D3football.com All-East Region Second Team Offense, earning his second-straight D3football.com All-East Region selection. Smith is the first Eagle player in program history to be named to the team twice and to the second team.

The junior led the entire conference in rushes (308), yards (1,822), yards per game (165.6), and touchdowns (17) with one turnover, while being ranked among the nation's leaders in most rushing categories throughout the year. The tailback scored at least one touchdown in all but three contests and surpassed the 100 yard mark nine times, and the 200 yard mark three times.

In 2016, Smith once again rewrote the record book as he became the all-time career leader in rushing yards (4,963), rushing attempts (830), rushing touchdowns (50), total offense (4,963), touchdowns responsible for (52; 50 rush, 2 rec), total points scored (314), 100-yard career rushing games (25) and 200-yard career rushing games (7). He also surpassed his single-season records for rushing yards (1,822) and rushing attempts (308) and set a new single-game mark for rushing yards (280) vs. Dean on Sept. 16, 2016.

Smith is the only player in ECFC history to be named Offensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons and the only player on the 2016 All-NEFW squad to be named to the team three straight seasons.

2015-2016 Clara Swan Athlete of the Year Award Winner

2015-2016 Del Merrill Athlete of the Year Award Winner

Victoria McIntyre

Women's Basketball
Mars Hill, Maine

Trevon Butler

Men's Basketball
Waterbury, Conn.

Greg Martin

Men's Golf
Ellsworth, Maine

Victoria McIntyre was a four-year letter winner for the Eagles as a guard from 2013-16, helping guide the team to four-straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) postseason berths and their first regular season and tournament titles in five years this past season.

McIntyre took home first team All-NAC honors for the first time in her career in 2016 and was tabbed the 2016 NAC Player of Year, while becoming the first Eagle player in program history to be named to the d3hoops.com All-Northeast Region team and selected to play in the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star Game.  She is the seventh Eagle player to named Player of the Year under head coach Kissy Walker.

This past season, she led the team in field goal attempts (359), three point field goals made (48), three point field goal attempts (146), free throw attempts (48), rebounds (198), and rebounding average (7.1) and ranked second in points (354), scoring average (12.6) and field goals made (124) and ranked in the top-six in the NAC in made three-point field goals (second), points per game (fourth), rebounds per game (sixth), and defensive rebounds per game (sixth).

In 106 career games, McIntyre tallied 1,077 points, 156 assists, 632 rebounds, 154 steals, and 42 blocks, while shooting 32.6 percent (351-1078) from the floor, 28.6 percent (119-416) from behind the arc and 73.0 percent (256-353) from the free throw line. She averaged 10.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game in her career.

She is ranked among the program's career leaders in points (15th), scoring average (22nd), field goals made (23rd), field goals attempted (7th), 3-point field goals made (6th), 3-point field goals attempted (5th), 3-point FG percentage (17th), free throws made (6th), free throws attempted (10th), free throw percentage (21st), rebounds (tied for 9th), rebounding average (15th), blocked shots (13th), blocked shots average (17th), steals (17th), steals average (22nd), and games played (tied for 14th).

McIntyre is the fifth player in program history to score 1,000 or more points, grab 500 or more rebounds, record 150 or more assists and 150 or more steals in their career at Husson.

McIntyre earned All-NAC 2nd team honors in 2015.

This past season McIntyre served as a team captain the 14th Eagle player with over 1,000 career points to earn this honor.

McIntyre is pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and will graduate from Husson in 2019.

A Native of Mars Hill, Maine, McIntyre attended Central Aroostook High School.

Trevon Butler was a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles as a forward from 2013-16. He helped guide the team to three North Atlantic Conference Championships (NAC) and NCAA DIII Championship berths in 2013, 2014, and 2016 and a NAC Runner-Up finish in 2015 as Husson had a combined record of 87-27 during his varsity career.

In 2016, Butler took home first team All-NAC honors for the third time and was tabbed the NAC Player of Year and Tournament MVP for the second time in the last three years, named to the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA) All-State First Team, d3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Second Team and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coaches' Division III All-Northeast District First Team, becoming the first Eagle Player in program history to be named to the first team and the first since 2011, helping the Eagles to their 32nd straight winning season, their 24th Conference Championship in program history, which was their fifth NAC Championship in the last eight years and the program's 18th national tournament appearance.

Butler joined Ray Alley (1993, 1994) and Bob Cimbollek (1956, 1957) as the third Eagle player in program history to be named Player of the Year twice and the sixth Eagle to earn All-Conference honors three times during their time at Husson.

This past season, he led the team in Points (611), scoring average (21.8), field goal attempts (458), free throw attempts (174), free throws made (140), rebounds (207), rebounding average (7.4), assists (74), assists per game (2.6), steals (48), steals per game (1.7) and turnovers (90) and ranked second in field goals made (204), 3-point FG attempts (158) and 3-point FG made (63). Butler is eighth Eagle player in program history to score 600 points in a single-season and the first in 16 years.

Butler is ranked among the program's individual season leaders with his 2016 totals in points (13th), scoring average (16th), field goal attempts (14th), free throws made (4th) and attempts (11th), while becoming the programs' all-time NCAA era individual season leader in points, scoring average, field goals attempted in 2016.

He set the NCAA era mark for most free throws made (170) and attempts (212) for an individual season in 2015. His 170 free throws made are the second most all-time in single-season and the most taken by a single player since 1957 when Bob Cimbollek made 173.

He finished his career with 1,550 points, 202 assists, 627 rebounds, 158 steals, and 18 blocks, while shooting 44.4 percent (511-1152) from the floor, 37.3 percent (132-354) from behind the arc and 79.0 percent (396-501) from the free throw line in 98 games. Butler averaged 15.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game in his career.

He is ranked among the program's career leaders in points (9th), scoring average (21st), field goals made (22nd) and attempted (14th), 3-point field goals made (13th) and attempted (14th), free throws made (3rd) and attempted (3rd), free throw percentage (19th), rebounds (23rd), blocked shots (13th), steals (14th), and steals average (14th). Butler is the program's NCAA era all-time career leader in points, field goals attempted and free throws made and attempted.

Butler is the 15th player in program history to score 1,000 or more points, grab 500 or more rebounds, record 150 or more assists and 150 or more steals in their career at Husson.

Butler earned All-MMBCWA honors in 2014, 2015 and All-NAC Tournament honors in 2015.

This past season Butler became the 29th team captain in program history to score over 1,000 career points and the second player under head coach Warren Caruso to score 1,500 career points.

Butler is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and will graduate from Husson in 2017.

A Native of Waterbury, Conn., Butler attended Crosby High School.

Greg Martin was a four-year letterwinner on the Husson men's golf team from 2013-16 and is quite possible one of best and most decorated golfers in program history. Martin helped lead Husson to an overall record of 475-195 and three North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championships and berths into the NCAA DIII Championship Tournament in 2013, 2014, and 2016 and a NAC Runner-Up finish in 2015.

In 2016, Martin captured medalist honors and NAC Golfer of the Year for the second-consecutive season, becoming the first golfer in conference history to achieve this feat, as he carded the lowest score at the 2015 NAC Men's Golf Championship that was held at the Rutland Country Club in Rutland, Vt.  On the par 70, 6,134 yard course, the senior shot a 73 on Day 1 and an impressive one-over par, 71, on Day 2. His two-day score of 144 was enough to beat out the next student-athlete by five strokes for the NAC individual crown.

The 2012 NAC Rookie of the Year won four of the eleven tournaments that Husson competed in 2015-16. He took the top spot at the John Queenan Memorial Tournament (71), the Bowdoin Invitational (70-75-145), and the Husson Invitational (67-72-139), second at the Wildcat Spring Invitational (75-77-155), fourth at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship (NEIGA) (73-77-150), tied for fourth at the 45th Annual Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship (74-78-68-220), fifth at the Westport Hampton Inn Invitational (80-75-155), tied for seventh at the River Greens Spring Classic (77), tied for eighth at the Maine Intercollegiate (MEIGA) Championship (78-74-152) while also tying for 31st at the 2016 NCAA DIII Championship with a two-day score of 150, the lowest finish by an Eagle golfer in program history and was in a position to make it to Day 3 of the Championship as an individual. Unfortunately, he was eliminated on the second playoff hole.

The senior was selected for three NAC Golfer of the Week honors and the ECAC Co-Golfer of the Month in September en route to earning All-NAC First Team honors for the third time, NAC All-Sportsmanship team honors, NEIGA All-New England honors for the second time and the program's first Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) PING All-Northeast Region selection since 2012 and the program's second All-American selection when he was named to the 2016 GCAA PING Division III All-American Honorable Mention team and the first since 2001, while finishing his senior year with a win-lost record of 781-54 (.935).

As a junior, Martin became the second golfer in program history during the NCAA era to be named Golfer of the Year after earning Rookie of the Year honors, while earning his first career medalist honors at the 2014 MEIGA Championship after shooting a three-under par score of 139 (69-70) helping Husson capture the program's 18th MEIGA Championship.

Martin was named to the All-NAC Second Team in 2013.

In four seasons, Martin played in 41 events with a 2,590-484 won-lost record, a .843 winning percentage, which is the second best winning percentage and the most wins during his time at Husson. The two-year captain earned seven medalist honors, 21 top-5 finishes, and 27 top-10 finishes with nine rounds under par while averaging 153.4 strokes in 36-hole events and 76.5 strokes per 18-holes in 74 career rounds played.

Martin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Husson in 2016.

A native of Ellsworth, Maine, Martin attended Ellsworth High School.

2014-2015 Clara Swan Athlete of the Year Award Winner

2014-2015 Del Merrill Athlete of the Year Award Winner

Kayla Merrill

Softball
Bethel, Maine

Brian Potter

Men's Soccer
Waterville, Maine

Kayla Merrill was a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles as a pitcher from 2012-15. She helped guide the team to four-straight NAC regular season and tournament titles and was named Player of the Year in 2014 and Player and Pitcher of the Year in 2015, becoming the first player in league history to win both awards in the same season and twice be named Player of the Year.

Merrill was voted All-NAC in 2014 and 2015. A senior captain, Merrill was named to the NAC All-Tournament Team in 2014 and 2015 and was named MVP in 2014.

Merrill was named to the 2014 All-ECAC Team.

Merrill combined to throw a perfect game on April 17, 2013, the fourth perfect game in program history and first in the school's NCAA era. She also combined to throw a no-hitter on April 1, 2015 and pitched a no-hitter with five shutout innings on April 15, 2015.

In 146 career games, Merrill batted .378 with 13 homers, 90 RBIs, 151 hits, 118 runs scored, 19 doubles, eight triples and 45 walks. She ranks in the top 25 in school history in games played, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, walks, sacrifices, stolen bases, extra base hits, total bases, batting average and slugging percentage

In 68 appearances in the circle, Merrill pitched 332.0 innings with 39 wins, 33 complete games and 12 shutouts and posted a 2.02 ERA with 244 strikeouts while opponents batted only .250 against her. She tossed a school-record three no-hitters, including a perfect game, is tied for the lead in school history in saves (3) and ranks in the top 25 in appearances, games started, strikeouts, wins, complete games, shutouts and lowest ERA.

Merrill is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing and will graduate from Husson in 2016.

A Native of Bethel, Maine, Merrill attended Telstar Regional High School.

Brian Potter was a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles as a goalkeeper from 2011-14. He helped Husson to four NAC Tournaments, while claiming two championship titles in 2011 and 2014.

He set four Husson all-time career records, including most games played by a keeper (64), most minutes played (5677:09), most saves (396) and most shutouts (18). Potter posted 38 wins, good for third all-time. He was named to the All-NAC first team in 2011 and second team in 2014 while also earning a spot on the 2014 NAC All-Tournament Team.

Potter was named team captain in 2014 becoming the seventh keeper in program history to earn this honor.

Off the field, Potter was highly involved in community service and campus activities, especially with the Special Olympics and Husson's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Potter earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Husson in 2015 and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration.

A native of Waterville, Maine, Potter attended Erskine Academy.

2013-2014 Clara Swan Athlete of the Year Award Winner

2013-2014 Del Merrill Athlete of the Year Award Winner

Sabrina Vaillancourt

Field Hockey
Newport, Maine

Ernest "Ray Ray" Wiggins

Football
Waterbury, Conn.

Sabrina Vaillancourt is the most decorated field hockey player in program history. Hailing from Newport, ME, the forward was a four-time All-North Atlantic Conference honoree and became the first player to ever garner All-American status, accomplishing the feat in 2012 and 2013. She was also a three-time All-New England player, the NAC Rookie of the Year in 2010 and was selected to play in the NFHCA National All-Star Game in 2013.

Vaillancourt holds school records in games played (73), goals (68), points (154), shots (342) and game-winning goals (15). Furthermore, she owns single-season school-records with 26 goals and 57 points in 2012. Vaillancourt led the Eagles to the 2010 and 2011 NAC Championships and a pair of NCAA Tournaments.

She graduated with a degree in Business Management in 2014

Ernest “Ray Ray” Wiggins started all 39 career games on the defensive line for the football team and was the first Husson player to garner a major conference award, earning Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013. He was also named an All-American in 2012. 

At the end of his playing career, he ranked first in program history in tackles-for-loss (46.0), sacks (27.5), forced fumbles (13), fumbles recovered (4) and was second in tackles (249). His 23.0 tackles-for-loss, 14.0 sacks and eight forced fumbles in 2012 are all single-season records.

From Waterbury, Conn., Wiggins’ leadership as a captain his senior year in 2013 helped the Eagles to a three-game improvement from the previous season.

Wiggins will graduate with a degree in sport management in December of 2014.

2012-2013 Clara Swan Athlete of the Year Award Winner

2012-2013 Del Merrill Athlete of the Year Award Winner

Alecia Palmer

Women’s Cross Country,
Women’s Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field
Presque Isle, Maine

Shawn Smith

Baseball
Winterport, Maine

Alecia Palmer is one of the greatest multi-sport athletes to ever wear the Husson “H.” Palmer had a storied year with the women’s cross country team leading them to their second straight North Atlantic Conference Championship in 2012. Individually, Palmer was honored as the NAC Runner of the Week five times, the ECAC Runner of the Week, and the 2012 NAC Runner of the Year. She won the Mayflower Kickoff Meet, the University of Maine Farmington Invite, the Johnson State Invite, and was the medalist for the NAC Championship race.

Her accolades do not stop at cross country. As an indoor and outdoor track & field athlete, Alecia qualified for the New England Division III Championships in the 3k Steeplechase, where she finished 19th overall. She currently holds the school record in the 3k Steeplechase. Alecia hails from Presque Isle, Maine, and is studying Occupational Therapy at Husson.

Shawn Smith, a three-year baseball captain, has made huge contributions to Husson baseball on and off the field. In 2013, he led the Eagles to a 2013 North Atlantic Conference Championship and ECAC Tournament appearance. He started in all 44 games the Eagles played, took 151 at bats, scored 30 runs on 63 hits, and led the team with seven doubles and eight triples. Smith had four home runs on the season and a team leading 46 RBIs, 15 walks, and 17 stolen bases.

Defensively Shawn was flawless with a perfect fielding percentage, 90 total put outs, and four assists. On the mound, Shawn helped out with seven innings of relief pitching, striking out four batters and earning three saves.

Shawn was selected to play in NEIBA All-Star Game, named to the First Team All-New England, and named the NAC Baseball Player of the Year, while also grabbing multiple NAC Player of the Week honors throughout the season and NAC First Team All-Conference. He is from Winterport, Maine, and is studying Physical Therapy at Husson.

2011-2012 Clara Swan Athlete of the Year Award Winner

2011-2012 Del Merrill Athlete of the Year Award Winner

Hannah Olstad

Women’s Volleyball
Farmington, N.H.

Matt Loubier

Men's Golf
Winslow, Maine

Hannah Olstad is quite possibly the best and most decorated volleyball player to ever wear an Eagles jersey.

In her four years at Husson, Hannah has been named the Player of the Week in the North Atlantic Conference six different times and has received numerous Husson Athlete of the Week honors. Hannah was also selected to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Conference Second Team in 2009, was placed on the All-NAC First Team in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and was the NAC Player of the Year for 2011. To go along with her individual accolades, Olstad has helped her Husson team reach the NAC Semifinals every season she has played, with an overall conference record of 21-5.

Most recently, Hannah notched her 1,000th career kill, a feat no other Husson Volleyball player has accomplished.

She is also extremely dedicated to her family and studies and is the epitome of a team player.

Hannah will go down as one of the best volleyball players Husson has ever seen, and that is why she is the 2012 Clara Swan Athlete of the Year Award recipient.

Matt Loubier graduated from Husson in the spring of 2012 and was a remarkably successful four-year member of Husson’s golf team. Matt was a team captain in both his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the North Atlantic Conference’s (NAC) All-Conference Second Team in 2009 and 2010. Also, as a sophomore in 2009, he was the medalist at the University of Maine-Farmington Invitational.

Matt helped lead Husson golf to its third, fourth, fifth and sixth straight North Atlantic Conference championships, competing in the NCAA tournament all four years.

In 2010 Matt helped lead the Eagles to a New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) championship, besting all other teams competing from New England.

His performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the All-NAC First Team, and he was the overall medalist for the NAC Championship, earning him the title of Golfer of the Year.

Matt not only was talented on the links, but was also a true leader in every sense of the word, earning him the 2012 Del Merrill Athlete of the Year Award.

2010-2011 Clara Swan Athlete of the Year Award Winner

2010-2011 Del Merrill Athlete of the Year Award Winner

Amanda Gifford

Women’s Soccer,
Women's Basketball & Softball
Presque Isle, Maine

Angela Stauble

Women’s
Cross Country
Presque Isle, Maine

Kyle Vanidestine

Football, Baseball
Bangor, Maine

p style="text-align: justify;">Amanda Gifford not only competes in three varsity sports at Husson, she excels at them. Gifford has played 3 seasons of soccer, is in her third year of basketball and will compete in her second season of softball this spring. Gifford is an incredibly competitive, driven young woman who has had success on and off the pitch, the court and the diamond.

In soccer, Gifford has played in over 50 games, scoring 13 goals and racking up 31 points, including 4 game winners in her career, helping Husson women’s soccer to a pair of conference championships in 2009 and 2010. Gifford is a tenacious defender and is unrivaled in the air – where her grit and determination is at its finest.

In basketball, Amanda is a true point guard, running the offense like a quarterback on the hardwood. In two years of play, Gifford has scored over 500 points (nearly 10 per game) and recorded 161 assists and 129 steals, helping the Eagles to back-to-back NAC Championships.

Last spring, Amanda took on softball as well, playing in 38 games for the Eagles. Gifford worked in as a utility player before battling herself into a starting role mid-way through the season. She hit .275 while scoring 19 runs and knocking in 18, en route to the softball team’s third consecutive North Atlantic Conference Championship.

If there was a fourth season for collegiate athletics, Amanda Gifford would surely take part in another opportunity to compete, and that’s what makes her a stellar student athlete.

Angela Stauble is almost single-handedly responsible for creating the women’s cross country team at Husson. An Occupational Therapy student from Amherst, NH, Angela was an avid runner long before she chose to attend Husson University.

When she arrived on campus and found that the school was without a cross country team, Stauble set out to change that. She created the Running Club, and petitioned both President Robert Clark and the Athletic Director. Her determination paid off and in 2010 the Eagles opened their first season of Women’s Cross Country. Angela certainly did not waste her opportunity.

While still maintaining a 3.97 GPA in the rigorous Occupational Therapy department, she went out and won nearly every meet in which she competed, including the 2010 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championships. Angela was named the 2010 NAC Runner of the Year and the 2010 NAC Rookie of the Year.

More important than her impressive finishes is the legacy she left behind, which includes helping the Cross Country team win the NAC Championship in 2011, just two years after she helped start the team.

Kyle Vanidestine is a leader on both the football and baseball teams at Husson, starting at safety and left field for the past three seasons. Vanidestine is a phenomenal athlete, and is a true leader by example.

As a senior, Kyle was named one of the four captains of the 2011 Eagle football team. That came on the heels of a first-team All-Eastern Collegiate Football Conference selection in 2010. In his career at the safety position, Vanidestine has 228 total tackles – 160 solo – as well as 8 interceptions.

On the diamond, Kyle’s speed and athleticism shine as he ranges around the outfield at the Winkin complex. At the plate, he is a career .306 hitter going into his senior campaign, scoring 122 runs and driving in 69 more, as well as swiping 49 bases over the past three seasons. With Vanidestine in the lineup, the Eagles won the 2011 NEAC Championship, and appeared in the NCAA New England Regionals twice (2009 and 2011).