Tradition • Character • Service

Tradition • Character • Service

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Embry brings McAvoy Award back where it belongs

Hillsdale LB Steven Embry - photo:
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Release:

Hillsdale’s Steven Embry Named Recipient of the 2013 GLIAC Jack H. McAvoy Award

BAY CITY, Mich. - Hillsdale College senior linebacker Steven Embry has been named recipient of the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Jack H. McAvoy Award as announced by Commissioner Dell Robinson.   The award is presented annually to the GLIAC football player who best combines outstanding character and leadership on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

    A native of Clinton, Michigan, Embry has earned a 3.6 grade point average (4.0 scale) while majoring in biology.  He has been named to the GLIAC All-Academic football team three times, and is a two-time member of the All-GLIAC Football  Honorable Mention Team. A winner of the Michigan Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award, the Howard “Champ” Messenger Award, and the Leonard Urbanick Award for Scholarship, Leadership and Ability. Embry leads the Charger football team’s weekly bible study group, while mentoring twin boys in Hillsdale who lost their father when they were very young. He also volunteers at Hot Rock, a mission-based basketball camp in Adrian, Mich. while also volunteering at the Hillsdale Community Health Center in operating rooms and with patient pockets.  In 2011 he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity at Spring Break in Immokalee, Fla. Embry has been a volunteer at the Hillsdale Center Youth Football Camp in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and volunteers his time to coach at his high school alma mater, Clinton High School, during two-a-days. He is a member of the Tri-Beta biology honorary, and volunteered as a teacher’s assistant in the spring of 2013 at the Biological Statistics Lab. In the 2013 Summer Session he worked as a lab assistant on campus in anatomy and physiology classes.

    This season, Embry led the GLIAC with four interceptions in the regular season, good for 79 yards and one touchdown. He was third on the team with 74 total tackles on the season, with two half tackles for losses. He also had season-high 15 total tackles in a win  over Ferris State University and had two interceptions versus the eventual Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) champion University of Indianapolis.

    “The GLIAC is proud of the accomplishments of Steven Embry,” stated Commissioner Robinson.  “He exemplifies outstanding character and embodies all of the qualities that the Jack McAvoy Award and Division II athletics represent.”

    Embry becomes the third Hillsdale athlete to win the award. Ferris State University has had the most recipients of the award (4), with Michigan Technological University, Northwood, and Saginaw Valley State University in third with two apiece.   The Award is named for former Hillsdale College director of athletics and head football coach, Jack McAvoy, who was instrumental in the founding of the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC), now known as the GLIAC.

Jack H. McAvoy Award Winners

2013 Steven Embry, Hillsdale
2012 Ryan Whittum, Northwood
2011 Josh Renel, Wayne State
2010        Phil Doerfler, Hillsdale
2009        Nick Bellanco, Ashland
2008        Jake Visser, Ferris State
2007        Mark Nicolet, Hillsdale
2006        Mike Klobucher, Ferris State
2005        Matthew Shem, Northern Michigan
2004        Neil Baumgartner, Saginaw Valley State
2003        Josh Sherko, Northern Michigan       Scott Stuible, Northwood
2002        Jason Battershell, Saginaw Valley State
2001       Chris Volz, Indianapolis
2000      Alex Kowalski, Michigan Tech
1999       Mo Harris, Ferris State
1998       Jeff Fox, Grand Valley State
1997     Matt Fishburn, Wayne State    Eric Tree, Michigan Tech
1996    Chris Pulliams, Ferris State

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