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The Coaches Award and Geza Illes, Jr. Award

 

Given the Hellcats' traditions, it's no surprise that there has long been special recognition at the end of each season for the swimmer who showed particular leadership or made a particularly valuable contribution to the team. This was initially known as The Hillandale Coaches Award. But following the death of Geza Illes, a beloved Hellcat from 1981-1998, the honor became the Geza Illes, Jr. Award and has ever since been given to the individual "who best exemplifies the qualities of gracious sportsmanship, helpful teammate and inspirational leader."

 

The following Hellcats have been recognized over the past three decades:

 

 

1982 -- Bill Overman                                1999 -- Reza Rock

1983 -- Sharon Madigosky                       2000 -- Dana Myerson

1984 -- David Reichelt                              2001 -- Sarah Donnelly

1985 -- Jim Birmingham                           2002 -- Bilqis Rock

1986 -- Louise Wilkerson                         2003 -- Elyssa Davis

1987 -- Jamelle Banks                               2004 -- Tyler Wilcheck

1988 -- Josh McNally                                2005 -- Emily Reynolds

1989 -- Chris Mundell                              2006 -- Max Flicker

1990 -- Colleen Murphy                           2007 -- Jewel Grisham

1991 -- Penny Dunn                                  2008 -- Amy Naylor

1992 -- Geza Illes                                       2009 -- Alex Freeman

1993 -- Julie Reichelt                                 2010 -- Gregory Ridgway

1994 -- Colleen Murphy                           2011 -- Danny Ramin

1995 -- Matt Solomon                               2012 -- Anna Olsson

1996 -- Erin Koepke                                  2013 -- Kohler Sukachevin

1997 -- Jennifer Williams                         2014 -- Tucker Nosal

1998 -- Christy Richardson                      2015 -- Matthew McNeil

                                                                  2016 -- Mary Hippchen