Steer & Johnson Named 2019 Lancer Athletes of the Year
Lancer standouts Carly Steer and Pierce Johnson walked away with tonight’s top two prizes as they were awarded the Banner and Olympic Shields as the University of Windsor Athletes of the Year. The duo were multiple winners as part of the Evening of Excellence, highlighting the accomplishments of the Windsor Lancers, held at the St. Clair Centre of the Arts.
It was an incredible year for Pierce as he established himself as one of the premier men’s volleyball players in the entire country.
The Chatham native showcased one of the most dynamic offensive attacks in the nation as he finished second overall in the OUA in hitting percentage, fourth in the OUA in kills per set, and fifth in the OUA in total points with 269.
His outstanding play helped his Lancer squad reach the OUA Final Four for the second straight year where they captured an OUA Bronze Medal for only the second time in school history.
The third year outside hitter’s outstanding play was recognized on a national level as he was named a U SPORTS all-Canadian, becoming just the third men’s volleyball player in University of Windsor history to earn that honour.
It was an incredible year and career for Carly as she elevated her game as one of the top sharp shooters in the country. She averaged 12 points per game while also leading the entire country in free throw shooting, with an incredible 98% free throw percentage.
Carly may be best known for her outside shooting and her lethal ability to knock how shots from long range. She capped off her career by making league history, becoming the all-time leader in OUA history in three-point shots made with a career total of 229.
Carly also made her way into the Lancer history books becoming just the sixth player in program history to register over 1,000 points with the Blue & Gold.
The DeMarco Awards, presented annually to the top female and male students that best combine academic achievement with athletic prowess, went to Bryce Philips from men’s soccer, and to Melanie Burgess from the women’s golf team on the women’s side.
The inaugural Eddi Chittaro Assistant Coach of the Year award went to Tom Foster from women’s basketball, while the University of Windsor Gino Fracas Coach of the Year Award was presented to Adam Wagner from the Lancer Golf team.
It was a historic season on the course for Coach Wagner and his Lancer Golf program as he helped guide the Lancer women’s golf team to their most successful season in school history.
Coach Wagner’s squad would turn in an outstanding team performance at the OUA Provincial Golf Championships in Hamilton as they earned an OUA women’s team bronze medal, a first in school history. The Lancer women were led by Melanie Burgess who claimed an individual bronze medal and was named an OUA all-star as was teammate Tavia Maurovic.
The Captain’s Trophy, awarded to a male and female captain who demonstrate outstanding leadership both on and off the field while also making a significant contribution to the overall success of their team, went to Kyle Haas from men’s hockey and Keely Baggio from women’s soccer.
The female rookie of the year award went to Ally Winik from women’s volleyball and Mandy Brunet from women’s track & field, while Thomas Kennedy won the male rookie of the year. All three recipients had outstanding rookie campaigns.
The Super Sophomore awards were presented to women’s volleyball standout Brooke Davis, and Anthony Atkinson from track & field on the men’s side.
The “A” Award, marking major contributions to Lancer Athletics, went to Scott Scantlebury who celebrated 20 years as the “Voice of the Windsor Lancers’.