TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the 2000-01 athletic season nearing completion, the Florida State Department of Athletics’ Student-Athlete Advisory Council held the 7th Annual Golden Nole Awards banquet, honoring all FSU student-athletes, Monday evening at the University Center. While a student-athlete from each sport was honored as the 2000-01 Golden Nole Award winner, there was only one team award given which was the prestigious Athletic Director’s Cup for Service. While the race was tight, FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart, Jr., proudly presented the trophy to the Lady Seminole volleyball team that donated 636 hours of service to the community.
“We’re thrilled to win the award,” FSU Head Volleyball Coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud said. “I feel like this is probably the most prestigious and competitive award in the athletic department. I was excited to see the team so anxious to put more hours into the community. While the community benefits, the players also learn so much. I am probably as proud of this team for this award as I’ve been for anything they’ve accomplished.”
All of the Seminole teams combined to serve nearly 3,800 hours of community service to more than 100 local schools and organizations. Rounding out the top five teams in community service hours were women’s basketball (524 hours), soccer (505 hours), women’s golf (171 hours) and men’s tennis (162 hours).
The Golden Nole Award recipients, as chosen by their coaches, were selected based on those who exemplified characteristics representing scholar, athlete, champion, mentor, volunteer, All-American, leader and role model. The 2000-01 Golden Nole Award winners were Chris Hope (football), Sarah Deacon (soccer), Norisha Campbell (volleyball), Dave Guerra (men’s cross country), Brooke Bastien (women’s cross country), Greg Main-Baillie (men’s swimming & diving), Christy Cech (women’s swimming & diving), Seminole seniors Brooke Wyckoff, Vanessa Fuchs, Levys Torres and Lako Brown (women’s basketball), Adrian Crawford (men’s basketball), 2001 team (baseball), Jennifer White-Stokes (softball), Mark Donaldson (men’s golf), Louise Wright (women’s golf), Xavier Luscan (men’s tennis), Alida Gallovits (women’s tennis), Joe Allen (men’s track & field) and Laura Gerber (women’s track & field).
Football’s Chris Weinke received the Doc Fauls Award, which was established in 1998 and recognizes the Seminole senior athlete who has overcome the most adversity to participate in athletics for Florida State University. Former Seminole Brad Johnson presented the award to Weinke on behalf of the FSU Varsity Club. The award is named in honor of Don Fauls, head athletic trainer at Florida State from 1954-86, who touched the lives of many at FSU. Fauls consistently treated each and every person in an honest, professional manner and was always willing to take the necessary time to help athletes through the physical and emotional pain that often came with participation in intercollegiate athletics.