By Steven M. Glassman
Director of Sports Information
April 29, 2019
JENKINTOWN, PA—Manor College handed out its annual student-athlete awards in a ceremony at its Gymnasium. Each sport (Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Country, Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, and Women's Volleyball) handed out awards for Most Valuable Player, Coaches Award, and Most Improved. Awards were also given out for Terrell L. Bruce Memorial Most Valuable Player (Men's Basketball), Tim Stokes Memorial Coaches, and Special Recognition. The Brian Barry Award was also handed out for each sport instead of one student-athlete. Blue Jays' Athletic Director John Dempster served as the Master of Ceremonies.
- Most Valuable Player Award: Abdur Mujahid, SO, INF/OF (Philadelphia, PA/Boys Latin)
- Most Improved Award: Yadier Cedeno, FR, P (Philadelphia, PA/Olney Charter)
Women's Basketball (Presented by Head Coach Leo Mahon)
- Coaches Award: Kiara Stoval, SO, PG (Chester, PA/Ursuline Academy [DE])
- Most Improved Award: Emazhane Livingston, FR, SG/SF (Newark, NJ/Technology)
Men's and Women's Cross Country (Presented by Head Coach Dave Ellerbee)
- Most Valuable Player Award: William Rodebaugh, SO, (Philadelphia, PA/Keystone)
Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field (Presented by Head Coach Daryl Nelson)
- Most Valuable Player Award: Yaseer McKeithan, SO, (Ardmore, PA/Lower Merion)
- Men's Coaches Award: William Rodebaugh, SO, (Philadelphia, PA/Keystone)
- Women's Coaches Award: Chenia Maldonado, SO (Philadelphia, PA/Fels)
Men's Soccer (Presented by Dempster)
- Most Valuable Player Award: Justin Dillon, FR, DEF (Philadelphia, PA/Franklin Towne Charter)
- Coaches Award: Bill Freeman, SO, DEF (Philadelphia, PA/Academy Park)
- Most Improved Award: Mason Maglio, SO, DEF (Huntingdon Valley, PA/Lower Moreland)
- Service Award: Mike Merritt, Assistant Coach
Dillon also received his 2018 NJCAA Region XIX Division I All-Region Team Award at this year's ceremony.
Women's Soccer (Presented by Head Coach Tom Gangi)
- Most Valuable Player Award: Keegan Hess, FR, CB (Philadelphia, PA/St. Hubert)
- Coaches Award: Angelica Sosa, FR, DEF/MID (Philadelphia, PA/Kensington)
- Most Improved Award: Zeahniya Robles, FR, MID (Philadelphia, PA/Esperanza Charter)
Women's Volleyball (Presented by Head Coach Mark Adami)
- Most Valuable Player: Samantha Diaz, SO, LJ (Philadelphia, PA/Fels)
- Coaches Award: Bussaya Jamfar, FR, L/DS (Surin, Thailand/Sirindhorn School)
- Most Improved Award: Kedliany Ramirez-Rodriguez, SO, S (Philadelphia, PA/Frankford)
The Brian Barry Award goes to the student-athlete that personifies good sportsmanship and is a team player. Each sport handed out this award. Listed below are this year's recipients:
- Baseball: Hector Morales, SO, 1B (Philadelphia, PA/Esperanza Charter)
- Men's Basketball: Maleek View, FR, F (Philadelphia, PA/Central)
- Women's Basketball: Allayana Gordon-Staley, FR, PF (Philadelphia, PA/Cristo Rey Academy)
- Men and Women's Outdoor Track and Field: William Rodebaugh, SO, (Philadelphia, PA/Keystone)
- Men's Soccer: Aaron Chester, FR, GK (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken)
- Women's Soccer: Octavia Perry, FR, CB (Phoenixville, PA/Phoenixville Area)
- Women's Volleyball: Kate Hendricks-Coyle, FR, LH/RH (Abington, PA/St/ Basil's)
The Terrel L. Bruce Memorial Most Valuable Player Award was presented by Ellerbee. This is the first year the Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player was given out in this format. Bruce played Men's Basketball for Manor College from 2002 through 2004. This award "goes to a basketball player who is the most talented overall." Freshman center Robert Tucker (Philadelphia, PA/Paul Robeson) is this year's recipient.
The Tim Stokes Memorial Coaches Award was presented by former Manor College Men's Basketball Head Coach (1994-1997 and 2009-2010) and current Valley Forge Military College Athletics Director Rich Casey. Stokes played Men's Basketball for the Blue Jays from 1994 through 1996. This award "goes to one of the best basketball players on the team, but also shows outstanding leadership." Sophomore forward Carl Robinson (Jenkintown, PA/Jenkintown) is this year's honoree.
The Special Recognition Award recipient is Marketing and Communications Graphics Designer Kahdijah Venable for "In Grateful Appreciation for Your Time, Dedication and Hard Work to The Students and Staff of Manor College Athletics."
Dempster: "This year's awards ceremony was a fantastic event where we combined athletes and Manor College club members to honor them for all they do. We gave out over 50 awards to students ranging from MVP's, Club Leaders and All-Academic performers. It was a moment, I will never forget."