Two Class of 2021 students have been selected to receive the 2020 Coach Sheahan Excellence Award: Molly May ’21 and Kathryn “Katie” Myers ’21. The award is named after the late Bill Sheahan, who coached the Academy’s basketball team to its 115-game winning streak and enjoyed a 27-year relationship with the Academy. It is presented to a rising senior who exemplifies the values that Coach Sheahan ascribed to in his own life and coaching style: A Christ-centered life, a devotion to family, a conscientious student, a leader and person of integrity and commitment who is loyal to herself, her school, and her community. The award includes a scholarship towards tuition.
Molly was nominated by Cross Country Coach Carlos Pla. In his nomination he wrote, “Molly is a superb athlete, citizen and scholar. Her faith is the centerpiece of who she is. Her leadership, Integrity and commitment not only to herself but to others is always shown each day. She is immensely humble and was instrumental in recruiting another Moreau scholar to join the Cross Country team.”
Katie was nominated by Tennis Coach Bob Maloney. He described Katie as “a true woman for others, who comes to the courts each day with a smile on her face and tenacity in her game. She always works hard, encourages her teammates, and looks for ways to improve her game. She is a gracious winner and a thoughtful loser in matches. Her faith is a key to who she is, one of the most kind and competitive students I have ever coached.”
Athletic Director Dena Rapoport contacted the award winners on Friday, June 26. She shared with the two recipients a remark from last year’s recipient, Caitlin Bendit ’20, “Receiving the Coach Sheahan Award was an honor that I will always be grateful for. We are so fortunate that Coach Sheahan’s legacy instilled strong Christian values into the AHC sports community that still continues to this day. The Coach Sheahan award reminds me every day to demonstrate values of leadership, integrity, and commitment to my fellow LOTAs and to everyone around me.”