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2013 DWASF AWARDS

DWASF Pioneer Award
B.J. Apichella

The DWASF Pioneer Award honors a Delawarean who has provided a lifetime contribution towards the advancement of opportunities for girls and women in sport. This contribution may have been as an athlete pioneer, role model, coach, umpire/official, administrator, scholar, trainer, journalist or outstanding supporter of women’s sport in a similar role. It may have been in a professional or volunteer capacity, in one or more sports over many years.

Photo of B.J. Apichella, winner of the 2013 DWASF Pioneer Award.When B.J. came to Newark High School, she began by coaching girls' basketball. The records her teams set back then, when girls used the standard sized ball, still stand today. Her basketball team and other girls at NHS wanted a volleyball team, so she started one.

Interscholastic volleyball then consisted only of serving and bumping the ball back and forth and waiting for the other team to wear out. Believe it or not, there was no spiking at all. B.J. watched the U. of D. play and decided she could learn the game from the ground up and teach it to her girls. The first year in the conference, they won the title, and there was no looking back. The next year her team was the state champion of Delaware. Using a simple system while other teams had none, and to the other teams' shock, spiking the ball, they dominated the competition. After that, it was imitation that was the sincerest form of flattery, and it is no exaggeration to say that she taught the high schools by example to play the game as she had seen it at the college level.

When the other schools started to play Newark's system, she graduated her girls to a more complex system, which included middle hitting, and again pulled ahead of the pack. In this sense, she was truly a pioneer in the sport of volleyball, but to look at only this is to overlook other battles won.

B. J. has been a leading figure in Delaware women's sports since before Title IX, Though younger women will not be familiar with those days, women of a certain age will remember having to fight tooth and nail for equality in many areas, including: sports offered, funding, even scheduling. Imagine a time when the girls had to cut short their games so the boys could take the floor for practice; a time when girls were not allowed to play at night, not allowed to use the whole court in basketball, a time when coaches did not make equal pay, when girls had shortened schedules because it was thought they could not endure longer ones. B.J. and many other Delaware women of that time bucked the system and fought for the basic rights young athletes are able to take for granted today. Not a week went by she was not in the principal's or the district office fighting for her girls.

Known for her fiery coaching style, which she inherited from her football coach father, B.J. was a familiar sight on the sidelines during the week and could be seen on weekends cheering on her girls in club volleyball or at their respective colleges. She has coached at U. of Del. and Penn State summer volleyball camps Many of her athletes went on to college ball, notably on volleyball scholarships. After retirement, she continued to follow them at their request as they moved to play in adult leagues. She is gratified that so many stay in touch with her.

When notified of the award, B.J. was humbled, grateful and pleased. She is proud to have been associated with a sport that allowed her to work with so many wonderful people: athletes, their families, fellow coaches and opposing players.

~Presented in memory of Ethel McInerney Starr~
Mrs. Starr was a pioneer and champion for the cause of equity for young women in CYO sports.


DWASF Pioneer Award
Diane Stetina

The DWASF Pioneer Award honors a Delawarean who has provided a lifetime contribution towards the advancement of opportunities for girls and women in sport. This contribution may have been as an athlete pioneer, role model, coach, umpire/official, administrator, scholar, trainer, journalist or outstanding supporter of women’s sport in a similar role. It may have been in a professional or volunteer capacity, in one or more sports over many years.

Photo of Diane Stetina, winner of the 2013 DWASF Pioneer Award.Diane Stetina began her sports career at an early age, starting in the 4th grade competing in basketball and softball for the CYO league. Later she participated in high school athletics for Conrad HS earning 9 varsity letters in 4 different sports: volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis. More recently, she was the first woman inducted into Conrad High School’s athletic Hall of Fame. Diane continued her career in varsity athletics at the University of Delaware and was part of the first women’s basketball team at the university, having her freshmen year coincide with the first year that the University of Delaware had women’s athletics. She was a starting forward for the U of D basketball team for 4 years and co-captained the team during her Junior and Senior years.

After college, Diane participated in various basketball and softball recreational leagues, traveling as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida to compete. During this time she also began her coaching career; her first position was as the women’s athletic director at St. Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware. At the time, St. Andrews was changing from a boy’s boarding school to a co-ed boarding school and, thanks to Title IX, needed to begin a girl’s athletic program. During her first year, Diane established and coached field hockey, basketball and tennis and led the field hockey team to the finals of the state tournament, the first in Delaware in women’s sports. Diane remained at St. Andrews as athletic director for five years and began 4 other sports programs including volleyball, lacrosse, crew and squash.

Her ultimate dream was always to coach at the college level, and in 1979, Diane was offered the position of head field hockey and basketball coach at Wesley College where she remained for 13 years as coach and Assistant Professor in Education. During this time she competed in recreational leagues in both basketball and softball, both slow pitch where she was a short stop and fast pitch where she was the catcher. Her fast pitch team made it to the national modified softball tournament and finished third in the nation.

At the age of 50, the members of the first University of Delaware basketball team decided to get back together and compete in the senior Olympics. These pioneering women competed in the men’s senior recreational league to get back in basketball shape as there were no women’s senior leagues to compete against. This team won the Delaware basketball women’s senior Olympics and the right to go to the nationals where they finished 5th in the nation, losing only to California who went on to win the gold. This team has competed in three senior Olympic Games since that time and has won the right to go to the nationals each year.

After leaving Wesley and teaching for several years at the high school level in Sussex County, Diane earned her doctorate degree in Education and began a career in administration as a high school principal. During her tenure as a principal, her vision still included athletics, including making it her vision to reinstitute the track and field program at Laurel HS. With help from other high schools, she acquired equipment, reworked the track at Laurel, and found a coach with enthusiasm. Thus began the track team. The athletes at Laurel are still participating in track and field.

In her current sporting life, Diane competes mostly in golf where she is a member of the women’s golf team at the Rookery Golf Club, where they compete in the WPGA (Women’s Peninsula Golf Association) which consists of approximately 20 teams from Maryland and Delaware. Last year they finished second in the league, losing in the finals by 2 strokes.

Diane continues to set sports and fitness goals for herself. She incorporates physical fitness into her daily routine, having set up a workout room in her home and recently setting a new goal to compete in the senior Olympics in golf.

~Sponsored by: Karen Conlin, D.D.S.~


DWASF Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
Gracie Firestone

The DWASF Wilma Rudolph Courage Award honors a Delaware female athlete of any age who has overcome adversity and demonstrated extraordinary courage in athletic performance. Criteria also include the ability to overcome adversity through persistence and determination and possession of qualities consistent with the ideals of ethical conduct in sports.

Photo of Gracie Firestone and her climbing partners atop Mt. Kilimanjaro.This past January, Gracie Firestone’s New Year’s resolution was to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro- the highest mountain in Africa at about 19,300 ft. above sea level. And after 7 days of slow steps and deep breaths at high elevation, she achieved that goal. But more important that the feat itself is the long, uneven road leading to that climb that gives it its purpose. Going into junior year of high school, Gracie’s want to donate service of her own invention drove her to create her own non-profit project entitled Let the Kids Play- an organization committed to providing disadvantaged youth with sports equipment and funding athletic programs at home and abroad. Within 2 years, LTKP raised over $5,000. And that money had come from hard work- selling T-shirts, organizing sponsors to donate $.25 per ace throughout volleyball season, and $.50 per foul shot during basketball; inviting other schools to participate in fundraising dodge-ball tournaments and an Independent Sportsmanship Conference at Tower Hill. The first beneficiary of Gracie’s work was the Nativity Prep School in Wilmington, DE. The next was an orphanage in rural Kenya called Flying Kites.

This past January, Gracie Firestone’s New Year’s resolution was to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro- the highest mountain in Africa at about 19,300 ft. above sea level. And after 7 days of slow steps and deep breaths at high elevation, she achieved that goal. But more important that the feat itself is the long, uneven road leading to that climb that gives it its purpose. Going into junior year of high school, Gracie’s want to donate service of her own invention drove her to create her own non-profit project entitled Let the Kids Play- an organization committed to providing disadvantaged youth with sports equipment and funding athletic programs at home and abroad. Within 2 years, LTKP raised over $5,000. And that money had come from hard work- selling T-shirts, organizing sponsors to donate $.25 per ace throughout volleyball season, and $.50 per foul shot during basketball; inviting other schools to participate in fundraising dodge-ball tournaments and an Independent Sportsmanship Conference at Tower Hill. The first beneficiary of Gracie’s work was the Nativity Prep School in Wilmington, DE. The next was an orphanage in rural Kenya called Flying Kites.

Photo of Gracie Firestone playing soccer with a young boy.Gracie woke up to a summer of both physical and cogitative rehab, as lack of oxygen to her brain had caused swelling and short-term memory loss. A student-athlete who hoped to go to a D1 college and play varsity soccer in the fall, Gracie found herself instead practicing word association and walking 25 minutes on the treadmill for exercise. College became optional and doctors told the 3-sport varsity athlete (since 8th grade) that she would never play contact sports again. After genetic testing and research, a virus was, and still is, believed to be the cause of the event.

Yet by late July, Gracie was understanding more, forgetting less, and running. A month later, Gracie packed her bags for the UD Honors Program and snuck her cleats in the car. After making the club soccer team, Gracie was devastated to learn that her doctor preferred that she did only light exercise for at least 6 months. But after taking into account that prefer was an “interesting” word, Gracie played- first 10 minutes, then halves, then as a starter who never came out.

Restricted from varsity by liability issues, Gracie looked for something bigger-something to prove to herself and to everyone else that she was OK. And so sophomore year in college, she returned to her passion in LTKP, and did more research on Flying Kites. 5 months later, Gracie had raised over $10,000 for the orphanage and was on her way to Africa. After climbing Kilimanjaro with other volunteers, Gracie stayed with the orphanage, home to 30 children, who, despite having very little- wearing shoes of different sizes and colors on their feet- understood gratitude. Regardless of where they came from, their hearts were pure and full of joy, simply for the opportunity to live and to have a family. They understood, like Gracie, that it is less about telling how events changed your life and more about stating how you changed it in response.

~In memory of Rita Rosaio~ daughter of long-time DWASF Board Member, Denise Rosaio


DWASF Senior Sportswoman
Paula “P.K.” Klem

The DWASF Senior Sportswoman Award honors a Delaware active female athlete, 50 years or over, for exceptional accomplishments in athletics, leadership and community service in any sport.

Photo of Paula Klem, winner of the 2013 DWASF Senior Sportswoman Award.PK grew up on Long Island in New York. As far back as she can remember she played baseball with her brother and cousins. Paula’s father constructed a backstop on their property and the kids played ball on a daily basis. Their equipment consisted of a bat, a baseball, and a mitt for each.

During summers in high school she played on teams coached by Walter Beck and his wife Eddie, who taught her the nuances and strategies of the game. During breaks from college, PK played outfield for the Firestone 500’s and the Falcons, coached by Joe Carrapazza. Both teams were league champions on numerous occasions.

After college, PK moved to Baltimore where she played outfield for Gordon Shapiro’s “Dragons” and won several league and regional tournaments. She relocated to Delaware in 1992 to work at the University of Delaware. Luckily the ladies Recreation League was up and running in Wilmington, where PK played right field and pitched for Beltrans and ETC.

PK was a player and coach on the Delaware Blue Chicks 50’s, a senior Olympics team (formed by Barbara Sweeney and June Smith) from 1999 through 2008. During that time, the Blue Chicks 50’s were annual gold medal winners at the Delaware Senior Olympics. In 2007, the Blue Chicks 50’s won a gold medal in the National Senior Games in Louisville. At the same time, PK coached the Blue Chicks 60’s team in Louisville, who placed 4th. In 2000, PK incorporated the Blue Chicks into a 503(c) 3 non-profit organization. In addition, she was the Softball Coordinator for the Delaware Senior Olympics for several years.

Since 2008, PK has coached the Blue Chicks 65 team, which has won four national tournaments in the 65+ age bracket. This year, PK and the Blue Chicks 65 team will compete in several national tournaments including the National Senior Games.

~Sponsored by: DWASF Board~


DWASF Elite Athlete Award
Elena Delle Donne

The DWASF Elite Athlete Award honors a Delaware female athlete who has competed and excelled at the national or international level in either amateur or professional sports.

As a Blue Hen:

  • Delaware's first All-AmericanPhoto of Elena Delle Donne, winner of the 2013 DWASF Elite Athlete Award
  • National Player of the Year candidate
  • named to Preseason Wade National Player of the Year Trophy Watch List
  • Preseason CAA Player of the Year
  • school’s career leader with 2,258 points, 26.9 points per game, 759 field goals made, 1,586 field goal attempts, a 39.6 three-point field goal percentage, 586 free throws made, a 90.7 free throw percentage, and 204 blocks
  • tied for first with 154 three-pointers made, fourth with 646 free throw attempts, and 10th with 766 rebounds
  • ranks third in CAA history in points, second in free throws made, fifth in blocks, and sixth in field goals made
  • has recorded the top six scoring games and 12 of the top 13 in school history
  • has posted 72 20-point games and 29 30-point games
  • serving as team co-captain for second consecutive year along with Chelsea Craig.

2011-12 Season:

  • WBCA, John Wooden, Associated Press and USWBA First Team All-American and National Player of the Year finalist
  • earned the Honda Inspiration Award
  • first team WBCA All-Region 2 selection
  • CAA and ECAC Player of the Year
  • named first team All-CAA and ECAC All-East
  • selected to CAA All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team
  • Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for women’s basketball
  • Capital One/CoSIDA first team Academic All-American and first team All-District 2
  • CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • named UD Alumni Association Team MVP and earned Blue Hen Basketball Club Outstanding Achievement Award
  • NetScouts National Player of the Week (Jan. 8) and USWBA National Player of the Week (Jan. 10)
  • named ECAC Player of the Week twice, CAA Player of the Week nine times, and National 5&10 Best of the Blue Hens Athlete of the Week four times
  • selected to CAA Academic Honor Roll
  • set UD single-season records with 28.1 points per game, 927 points, 340 rebounds, 325 field goals made, 625 field goals attempted, 225 free throws made, 253 free throws attempted, and 86 blocks
  • led Division I with 28.1 points per game, most than four points per game more than any other player
  • ranked eighth in the nation with an 88.9 free throw percentage, 13th with 17 double-doubles, 17th with 10.3 rebounds, 18th with 2.6 blocks, and 20th with a 52.0 field goal percentage
  • set CAA single-season marks with 927 points and 325 field goals made while ranking second with 225 free throws made, fourth with 86 blocks, and eighth with 340 rebounds
  • led the CAA with 28.1 points per game, an 88.9 free throw percentage, and 2.6 blocks
  • was second in the league with a 52.0 field goal percentage, a 41.3 three-point percentage, and 7.0 defensive rebounds, third with 10.3 rebounds, fifth with 3.3 offensive rebounds, and 11th with 1.6 three-pointers made per game
  • appeared in all 33 games while starting 32
  • led the Blue Hens in scoring during 31 games, and tied for the team lead in the other two
  • reached double figures in every game, and surpassed the 20-point mark in all but three contests
  • eclipsed the 30-point mark 13 times and the 40-mark point three times
  • scored a game-high 33 points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds against Rhode Island (11/11)
  • scored a game-high 40 points and led the team with 12 rebounds against Penn State (11/17)
  • posted 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Villanova (11/22)
  • scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds at Saint Bonaventure (11/27)
  • scored a game-high 32 points and led the team with nine rebounds and five blocks during the victory at Princeton (12/1)
  • led the Blue Hens with a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three blocks during the win vs. William & Mary (12/4)
  • scored a game-high 28 points during the victory over Yale (12/5)
  • recorded a double-double with 30 points and 13 rebounds during the win at Wake Forest (12/11)
  • scored a game-high 29 points while adding nine rebounds and three blocks against Providence (12/19)
  • named to the Maryland Terrapin Classic All-Tournament Team as she averaged 27.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, scoring 22 points in the win over East Carolina (12/28) and a game-high 32 points vs. fifth-ranked Maryland (12/29)
  • scored 37 points to became the UD women’s basketball all-time career scoring leader during the win vs. Towson (1/5)
  • scored 40 points to go with 15 rebounds during the win at George Mason (1/8)
  • posted 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals vs. UNCW (1/12)
  • recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Northeastern (1/15)
  • scored 15 points to go with eight rebounds and three steals during the win at Towson (1/19)
  • recorded 21 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks during the victory vs. Drexel (1/22)
  • set a BCC scoring record vs. Hofstra with 41 points to go with 15 boards and five assists (1/26)
  • recorded 23 points, nine boards, and four blocks while going 13-of-15 from the free throw line during the win at James Madison (1/29)
  • recorded a double-double with 29 points and 14 rebounds in the win at UNCW (2/2)
  • posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 boards during the victory over VCU (2/5)
  • scored 27 points, pulled down 15 boards, and made three blocks for a double-double vs. Old Dominion (2/9)
  • recorded 31 points and eight rebounds at Georgia State (2/12)
  • surpassed the 2,000 career point milestone en route to a double-double with a season-high 42 points to go with 14 rebounds and six blocks at Hofstra (2/16)
  • became UD’s all-time leading scorer for both men’s and women’s basketball as she scored 12 points to go with 14 boards to surpass 2,030 career points, in addition to hitting the game-winning shot just before the buzzer, in the victory at Drexel (2/19)
  • recorded a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds against George Mason (2/23)
  • posted 35 points and seven rebounds in the win vs. Northeastern (2/26)
  • recorded a double-double with 26 points and 11 boards to go with three blocks at William & Mary (2/29)
  • totaled 63 points, 27 rebounds, and nine blocks in the CAA Tournament, when she was named CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • scored 39 points during the NCAA Tournament First Round win at Arkansas Little Rock (3/18), the highest in an NCAA Tournament preliminary game since 2008
  • scored 34 points and grabbed 10 boards for her 17th double-double of the year during the NCAA Tournament Second Round contest against Kansas (3/20).

Summer 2011:

  • Member of Team USA World University Games squad
  • first Delaware player to be named to the team and the first CAA player since 1993
  • helped lead United States to a perfect 6-0 record and the gold medal during the international tournament that was held in Shenzhen, China
  • first player from the CAA to earn World University Games Gold as a member of Team USA
  • led USA with 15.7 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game, and was tied for second with five blocks
  • had the second best three-point percentage at 44.0 percent (11 of 25)
  • hit 45.1 percent of her field goals, going 37 of 82 from the field
  • averaged 22.7 minutes per game
  • recorded double-doubles against Slovakia (10p, 10r), Australia (22p, 11r), and a near triple-double against Taiwan in the gold medal game (10p, 11r, 8a)
  • helped Team USA to a +45.0 scoring margin, averaging 97.8 points per game with three 100-point efforts.

2010-11 Season:

  • Named honorable mention Associated Press All-America
  • named first team All-CAA and first team CAA All-Academic
  • Capital One/CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic second team selection
  • UD Alumni Association Team MVP
  • named second team All-East
  • earned Delaware Sportswriters & Broadcasters Association John J. Brady Athlete of the Year award
  • four-time CAA Player of the Week winner who also earned ECAC Player of the Week honors on Feb. 14
  • served as team co-captain
  • appeared in 22 games while starting 21 for the Blue Hens (missed 11 games while being treated for Lyme Disease symptoms)
  • led Delaware with 25.3 points and ranked second with 7.8 rebounds
  • became the fastest player in CAA and Delaware history, and the second fewest games in NCAA history, to reach 1,000 career points in 38 games, doing so against Northeastern (2/3)
  • converted 94.4 percent of her free throw attempts (167 of 177), setting a UD single season record
  • ranked second in a school single season with 25.3 points per game, third with 557 points and 167 free throws made, and fourth with 58 blocked shots
  • reached the 30-point mark eight times, including a season-high 41 at Yale (11/20), going 15 of 25 from the floor
  • eclipsed the 20-point plateau in all but four games on the year
  • posted seven double-doubles during the season
  • scored 36 points in the season-opening win over UMBC (11/12), and added 34 points and 12 rebounds the following contest against Villanova (11/16)
  • added a double-double with 26 points and 12 boards during a victory over St. Francis-Pa. (11/23)
  • dropped in 28 points on 9 of 18 shooting at Hofstra (1/30) in her first game back from illness, and reached the 20-point mark in each of the next three contests
  • snared a career-high 18 rebounds against Drexel (2/6)
  • recorded three consecutive double-doubles against Drexel (18p, 18r), Towson (21p, 11r), and William & Mary (33p, 10r)
  • reached several records at William & Mary with 17 free throws made (Kaplan Arena, t-2nd CAA, t-1st Delaware) and 19 free throws attempted (t-1st Delaware, t-1st Kaplan Arena, t-6th CAA)
  • broke her own consecutive free throws made record by hitting 52 straight from Feb. 20 until Mar. 13
  • scored 31 points during a victory over VCU (2/24)
  • posted a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds during a CAA Tournament quarterfinal victory over Old Dominion (3/11), and added 29 points and 10 boards the following day during a win over UNC Wilmington in the semifinals
  • selected to the CAA All-Tournament Team after averaging 25.0 points during the four games
  • contributed 31 points during the WNIT game at Toledo (3/16)
  • led the Blue Hens in scoring during 13 of the final 14 games of the season
  • selected to Preseason Wooden, Naismith and Wade National Player of the Year watch lists
  • Preseason Associated Press All-American and Basketball Times Preseason Second Team All-American
  • selected CAA Preseason Co-Player of the Year.

2009-10 Season:

  • Played a record-breaking All-American freshman season for the Blue Hens
  • became the first UD player to be named an All-American
  • selected to the Associated Press Third Team and a WBCA State Farm Honorable Mention
  • one of 20 finalists for the Wooden National Player of the Year Award
  • named ECAC Rookie of the year and selected to the ECAC First Team
  • became just the second player in Colonial Athletic Association history to receive CAA Player and Rookie of the Year accolades
  • additionally was named to the CAA First, All-Rookie, All-Defensive, and All-Tournament Teams
  • awarded the UD Alumni Association Team Most Valuable Player Award and the Blue Hen Basketball Club Outstanding Achievement Award at annual banquet
  • was honored on multiple occasions as CAA Player and Rookie of the Week
  • selected as the Army ROTC Best of the Blue Hens Athlete of the Week four times
  • played one of two games at the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational and was named to the All-Tournament Team
  • saw action in 29 games while starting 28
  • sat four games due to injury
  • scored 774 points to set a new single-season record while averaging 26.7 points per game, the third most in the nation
  • pulled down 254 rebounds good for an average of 8.8 per game
  • ranked second in the conference with 60 blocks
  • led the Blue Hens with 38 steals and dished out 56 assists, the second most on the team
  • went 194-for-216 from the charity stripe to lead the CAA and rank sixth in the nation with an 89.8 percent conversion rate
  • set a new UD record having drained 66 three-pointers throughout the season
  • made major headlines with a 54 point performance in Delaware's overtime loss at James Madison (2/18)
  • went 18-for-28 from the field and 7-for-8 from behind the arc to set new Delaware records
  • tallied seven 30-plus point games as a freshman, a Delaware career record
  • recorded eight consecutive 20-plus point performances while scoring in double figures each of her 29 games
  • drained 16-of-17 free throws against Hofstra (3/3)
  • set a new UD consecutive free throw record with 39
  • kicked off the stretch at George Mason (1/7) before missing her first in six games at Hofstra (1/24)
  • shot a perfect game from the free throw line on 12 occasions
  • pulled down a season-high 16 boards at Northeastern (1/10) to help notch one of 12 double-doubles tallied throughout the year
  • served out five assists on three occasions
  • made a team season-high six steals against Old Dominion (1/3) and added five against Hofstra
  • that same game she swatted away a season-high seven blocked shots
  • also posted six blocks against Georgia State (2/14) and Drexel (1/17)
  • played a Delaware record 50 minutes of action in the Hens' double overtime loss to the Dragons
  • added 45 minutes in one of the Hens' three overtime games with Drexel (1/31)
  • featured on the cover of the July issue of Delaware Today magazine after being named the Best Athlete in the Best of Delaware 2010 poll.

2008-09 Season:

  • Did not compete for the Blue Hen basketball team
  • selected to the CAA All-Rookie Team in volleyball
  • earned three CAA Rookie of the Week awards
  • led Delaware with 117 blocks and ranked second on the team with a .223 hitting percentage
  • volleyball team went 19-16, won its second consecutive CAA Championship, and made its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Bonnie Kenny.

High School:

  • Ranked as the nation’s top senior
  • DIAA all-time leading scorer with 2,818 career points
  • was named co-Delaware State Player of the Year following junior season and was tabbed the Player of the Year as a senior
  • led Ursuline Academy to four Delaware state championships (2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008)
  • 2007-08 National Player of the Year by the Naismith and McDonald’s foundations
  • Parade First Team All-American
  • 2005, 2006 and 2008 Gatorade Delaware State Player of the Year
  • 2008 USA Today Player of the Year
  • 2006 Slam Magazine First Team All-America selection
  • 2006 Sports Illustrated Second Team All-America pick
  • USA Today Third Team All-America
  • 2004, 2005, 2006 All-Delaware First Team
  • 2005 and 2006 EA Sports All-America
  • 2005 Street & Smith All-America Third Team
  • 2004 Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention
  • set national high school record by making 80 consecutive free throws in 2005-06
  • scored 50 points in the 2006 state championship game
  • ranked as No. 1 senior by HoopGurlz.com
  • led Ursuline to 2007 state volleyball championship
  • member of National Honor Society.

Personal:

  • daughter of Ernest and Joan Delle Donne
  • has an older sister, Elizabeth, and an older brother, Gene
  • brother played football for Middle Tennessee State
  • human services major at Delaware.

Biography and Photo from University of Delaware Website

~Sponsored by: DWASF Board~


DWASF Outstanding Coach
Tina Martin

The DWASF Outstanding Coach Award honors a Delaware coach who has been an outstanding coach, role model, and mentor. The nominee may coach within any organized club sport, college, or recreational program at any level. Criteria include coaching success, status as a role model for female athletes, community involvement as it relates to increasing opportunities for girls and women, and involvement in coaching/professional organization.

Photo of Tina Marting, coach of the Blue Hen's women's basketball team.One of the most successful coaches in University of Delaware athletics history, Tina Martin begins her 17th season at the helm of the Blue Hen women's basketball team in 2012-13. A native of Williamsport, Pa., Martin was hired May 14, 1996, replacing Joyce Perry who served for 18 years. Martin signed a five-year contract extension in the spring of 2012 which will keep her at Delaware through the 2016-17 season.

In 16 seasons, Martin has transformed the Blue Hens into perennial championship contenders, first in the America East conference, and currently in the Colonial Athletic Association, which Delaware joined beginning with the 2001-02 season. In those 16 seasons, she has led the teams to a combined record of 309-177 (.636) overall and 186-102 (.646) in regular season league play with the Hens posting nine straight winning seasons through the 2006-07 season. Delaware has recorded 20-win seasons in 10 of the last 13 seasons and made postseason appearances in nine of the last 12 years, including three in the NCAA and six in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Last season Martin guided UD to a record-breaking year that saw the Blue Hens finish 31-2, go undefeated in CAA play, and win the first postseason game in school history. Delaware set a school record for wins in a season including a record 21 consecutive victories, and claimed the first CAA Tournament title in UD history. The Blue Hens earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and posted a 73-42 win over Arkansas Little Rock, the first postseason win by a men's or women's basketball team in school history, and ended the year ranked No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after climbing as high as No. 7 in early March. Along the way, Martin earned her 300th career victory on Feb. 12 when the Blue Hens defeated Georgia State, 94-56, the most points scored by UD under Martin. For her efforts, she was named the CAA Coach of the Year for the third time.

Martin also was instrumental in the continuing development of Elena Delle Donne, a first team WBCA, John Wooden, Associated Press and USWBA All-American who led the nation in scoring by averaging 28.1 points per game. On Jan. 6, 2011, Martin became the winningest men's or women's basketball coach at Delaware, earning her 267th career victory with a 61-51 win at Northeastern.

The Hens have placed fourth or better in league play all but four times. Delaware has advanced to the league championship semifinals or better 11 times in the last 13 years, including four appearances in the CAA Championship Game. After a 6-21 campaign in 1997-98, Martin led the Blue Hens to a 16-11 record in 1998-99 and a 21-8 mark and a trip to the America East semifinals in 1999-2000. The team's 21-8 mark in 1999-00 was the best season for a Blue Hen team since 1989-90.

But it all came together during the 2000-01 season for the Blue Hens. Martin leaded an experienced Delaware squad to the finest season in school history. Delaware put together a record of 26-5, setting school records for wins in a season and consecutive victories (17) and cruising to the America East regular season title with a 17-1 record. The Hens moved through the America East Tournament, defeating Boston University and Hartford in the first two rounds and rallying to down host Vermont in the championship game. That victory gave Delaware its first-ever America East title and the team's first conference championship since 1991 and its first program NCAA Tournament appearance. The Blue Hens advanced to the NCAA East Regionals at North Carolina State and hung tough with the 19th ranked Wolfpack before falling 76-57. The Hens also received their first ever votes in the USA Today Top 25 poll during the season.

Among the other milestones during the season included Martin winning the America East Coach of the Year award for the first time and senior guard Cindy Johnson earning All-America East honors for the third straight year. Martin was instrumental in the development of Johnson, a 5-8 guard who became Delaware's all-time leading scorer and was the first UD player to be invited to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft Camp in 2002.

Delaware made it two straight post-season appearances in 2001-02. As first year members of the Colonial Athletic Association, Martin helped guide the Blue Hens to a 23-7 record, the second highest season win total in school history. She was runner-up for league Coach of the Year honors. Delaware placed second in the CAA regular season standings behind nationally-ranked Old Dominion with a 15-3 mark and advanced to the CAA Tournament semifinals. Delaware earned its first ever Women's National Invitational Tournament berth before falling to Atlantic 10 regular season champion George Washington in the opening round, 78-71.

The remarkable string continued in 2002-03 as Martin led an unheralded team to a 22-9 record and a 15-3 league mark, tying Old Dominion for the regular season title. It marked the first time since 1992-93 that the Lady Monarchs did not win the league regular season title outright. The Hens moved through the CAA Tournament before falling to host Old Dominion 66-58 in the championship game. Still, the Hens qualified for the WNIT Tournament for the second straight year, falling to host Saint Joseph's 65-47 in the opening round. Once again, Martin finished as runner-up for CAA Coach of the Year honors. The squad was led by CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year Allison Trapp, who also earned a WNBA tryout following the season.

The 2003-04 team did not reach the 20-win mark, but did enjoy a successful season, going 19-10, placing fourth in the CAA in regular season with a record of 10-8, and advanced to the CAA semifinals before falling to eventual champion Old Dominion in the semifinals.

The 2004-05 team produced one of the finest seasons in school history as Martin led the squad to a 25-6 mark and a 16-2 league mark. The Blue Hens claimed the CAA regular season title and tied the school record for consecutive wins in a season with 17. The Blue Hens ended Old Dominion's 122-game home CAA win streak with their victory in Norfolk in January and then became the first CAA team since the 1992-93 Richmond Spiders to sweep Old Dominion in the regular season before a school record crowd at home. The squad received votes in the USA Today Top 25 Poll over the second half of the season. The Hens moved through the CAA Tournament before falling to Old Dominion in the CAA Championship game in overtime, 78-74. The Hens did make it back to the post-season though, as Delaware hosted St. John's in the first round of the WNIT Tournament. Delaware making its third WNIT appearance in the last four years fell to the Red Storm by a score of 48-42. Martin was selected as the CAA Co-Coach of the Year honors, sharing the title with Drexel's Denise Dillion. The squad was led by CAA Player of the Year, Tiara Malcom, third-team All-CAA selection, Tiffany Young, and All-CAA defensive team selection Tyresa Smith.

The winning ways continued in 2005-06 as the Blue Hens posted a record of 22-8, placed third in the CAA regular season standings, and advanced to the CAA Tournament semifinals before falling to James Madison in the final seconds. Delaware still earned its fifth post-season berth in six seasons, advancing to the WNIT for the fourth time before falling to Pittsburgh by a score of 64-57 in the opening round. Smith earned first team All-CAA honors and was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year.

During the 2006-07 season, Delaware tied the school record with 26 wins and tied the school record for conference wins with 16. The Blue Hens also received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 media poll for the first time in school history. The Hens fell in the CAA semifinals to James Madison but garnered the school's first ever at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Hens fell to Michigan State on the Spartans' home floor 69-58. Smith, who led the team in scoring and was 17th in the nation with 19.8 points per game, was named first team All-CAA and the league's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year. Smith became the first Delaware player to be drafted into the WNBA when the Phoenix Mercury selected her with the 18th overall pick. With the Delaware win over Hofstra on January 4, Martin became the quickest basketball coach at Delaware, men's or women's, to reach the 200 victory plateau.

Having graduated three key members of the NCAA Tournament team, the Blue Hens suffered a 7-24 season in 2007-08 before bouncing back and securing a .500 record in 2008-09 of 15-15.

In 2009-10 the Blue Hens returned to dominance with a solid 21-12 season highlighted by CAA semifinal and a first round WNIT appearances. Delaware, who smashed its previous attendance record having seated over 16,000 more than ever before, defeated George Mason in the CAA first round before edging past Drexel, 67-61 in overtime of the quarterfinals. Delaware went on to challenge Old Dominion in the semifinal contest, but fell short of a berth to the championship game as the Hens fell, 50-49, its seventh loss by five points or less that season. UD ended its season having dropped a 67-49 decision to visiting Richmond in the WNIT opening round.

After an outstanding season in 2009-10, the Hens went through an up-and-down season after Delle Donne missed 12 games with Lyme disease. Delaware rebounded however, entering the CAA tournament as the No. 7 seed after concluding the league play with a 10-8 record. In the first round, Delaware knocked out Northeastern 74-66, extending its streak over the Huskies to 19 consecutive wins, remaining undefeated against Northeastern in CAA action. The magic continued for Delaware in the quarterfinals, where the Hens halted a 10-game losing skid to Old Dominion, overpowering the second-seeded Monarchs 72-55, earning Delaware spot in the semifinals for the second straight season. In the semis, the Hens avenged a regular season loss to UNC Wilmington, sending the No. 3 Seahawks home with a 62-47 victory. Facing the No. 1 seed, James Madison, in the finals, the Hens gave it their all, but could not complete the spirited run and fell the the defending CAA champions 67-61. Despite the loss in the finals, Delaware secured 20 wins for the ninth time under Martin, and for the second straight season. The Hens were selected to the WNIT for a second-straight season. With a quick turnaround following the CAA tournament, Delaware made the long trip to Toledo, Ohio to face the University of Toledo for the first time in program history. In a tight defensive battle, Delaware was denned its first-ever post season win, but fought hard against the eventual WNIT Champion, falling 58-55.

Martin, who inherited a team that had suffered three straight losing seasons, led her first Blue Hen hoop team to a 9-19 record in 1996-97. In 1997-98, injuries and youth played a key part in Delaware's 6-21 overall record. The Blue Hens went 3-15 in America East play to place 10th overall and lost to the No. 7 seeded Drexel 68-66 in the first round of the America East Tournament.

As an assistant coach, Martin played a big part in rebuilding a Seton Hall University program that went from three straight losing seasons to one that made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1994 and 1995 under head coach Phyllis Mangina. The 1993-94 team went 27-5 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, the best season in Seton Hall history. “Over nine years Tina helped us build one of the best programs in the country," said Mangina of Martin's hiring. "But more importantly, she helped us build a well-rounded program, one in which student-athletes are expected to perform both academically and athletically. Tina helped us set very high standards here at Seton Hall. She is one of the best recruiters in the country. She not only has the ability to recognize talent but to develop that talent. Tina's work ethic and knowledge of the game is outstanding.”

A native of Williamsport, Pa., Martin was a two-time NCAA Division II All-American at Lock Haven (Pa.) University and was a four time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Star and two time league Player of the Year. She finished as the PSAC's all-time leading scorer with 2,157 points and had her number (33) retired at Lock Haven. Martin began her coaching career at Lock Haven in 1986-87 when she served as graduate assistant, and the next season moved on to Seton Hall. At Seton Hall, Martin assisted Mangina in building the Pirate program into a Big East powerhouse. After three straight losing seasons, including a 5-23 mark in 1985-86, the Hall made a steady improvement, and in 1993-94, posted a school-record 27-5 mark and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The team finished the season with its first ever national ranking, placing 14th overall. The following season in 1995-96, Martin helped lead the team to a record of 24-9 and yet another NCAA Tournament appearance, advancing to the second round.

Biography and Photo from University of Delaware Website

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Emma Appleby McKean H.S.
Jennifer Baker Delmarva Christian
Shi’erra Hilliard Smyrna H.S.
Charlee King Hodgson Vo-Tech H.S.
Rebecca Lazzeri Dover H.S.
Krysti Lober Concord H.S.
Hunter Matusevich Lake Forest H.S.
Taylor Miller A. I. DuPont H.S.
Caitlin Moloney Brandywine H.S.
Lauren Niezgoda Caesar Rodney H.S.
Haley Schweizer St. Mark's H.S.
Taylor Reed St. Georges Tech H.S.
Sabrina White William Penn
Megan Yung Sanford School

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Carter Ayars Sanford School
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Alicia Corrado Brandywine H.S.
Seray Crescenzo Concord H.S.
Tara Jean Daddio Caesar Rodney H.S.
Daia Daniels Lake Forest H.S.
Alexa Douglas McKean H.S.
Kirah Harmon Delmarva Christian
Danielle Krawczyk A. I. DuPont H.S.
Alexis McCormick William Penn
Alyssa Simmons St. Mark's H.S.
Brianna Solomon Dover H.S.
Stacey Staley Smyrna H.S.
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Northern Scholarship Winner:
Emma Appleby

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Hunter Matusevich

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