Canisius seniors Billy Baron and Maria Kotas were named the college’s 2013-14 Male and Female Athletes of the Year at an awards gala in the Montante Culture Center on campus.
Baron, an honorable mention 2014 Associated Press All-American and the Pepsi Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is the first male to win the award in successive years.
Kotas (Lancaster) is the third consecutive women’s lacrosse player to receive the female honor. The 2014 MAAC Midfielder of the Year and the first four-time MAAC All-Tournament Team honoree in conference history, Kotas helped lead the Golden Griffins to their fourth straight MAAC title.
AD HONORED: Bill Bradshaw, a Niagara Falls native, who retired last year after 11 years as athletic director at Temple University, is one of five former ADs who will be inducted to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame on June 10 in Orlando, Fla.
Bradshaw also spent nine years as the AD at his alma mater, La Salle College, and 16 years in the same position at DePaul.
He is a past president of the NACDA and was named Director of Athletics of the Year in 2012. At Temple, Bradshaw gained a reputation for luring top coaching prospects. He hired Al Golden and Steve Addazio as football coaches before they moved on to Miami (Fla.) and Boston College, respectively. He also hired Fran Dunphy away from Penn to succeed Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach John Chaney.
“Gratitude to three great universities … for giving me the opportunity to serve them as athletic director during the past 36 years, and appreciation to those student-athletes, coaches and staff whose performances define our success,” he said.
Bradshaw was an All-Catholic baseball player for Bishop Duffy High in Niagara Falls. In 2003, he was elected to the Western New York Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. He played for the Dick Fishers and Sloan Bruins Muny League championship teams in the early 1970s.
SOFTBALL: The University at Buffalo swept the final Mid-American Conference East softball Player of the Week awards with senior Tori Speckman named Pitcher of the Week for the fifth time this season and junior Hayley Barrow the Player of the Week. The Bulls, seeded second, will open play in the MAC Tournament against Northern Illinois at 5 p.m. today in Akron, Ohio.