Awards & HonorsIllinois Skyway Collegiate Conference

Dick Durrant Award

In Recognition of Academic Excellence
Mr. Dick Durrant was an outstanding teacher, coach and athletic director at Elgin Community College from 1961 through 1985.

While at Elgin Community College, Dick Durrant's teams won several Conference and Regional Championships, but Dick was better known for his concern for students, his sense of fair play and his attitude of education before athletics.

Dick Durrant earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science Degree in Physical Education and Counseling from Michigan State University and worked toward his Doctorate Degree at Indiana University.

While at Elgin Community College, Dick was very involved in instructional development in the area of physical education. In addition, he organized summer camp programs for community youth in basketball, baseball, marshal arts, cheer leading and baton twirling. He also originated and hosted the Annual Spartan Invitational Basketball Tournament which was one of the finest basketball tournaments in the state for many years.

Student success was always Dick Durrant's primary concern. He encouraged his players to be good players, good students and good citizens. It was a pleasure to compete against Dick's teams because his players were not only highly competitive, they had a great work ethic and displayed a love for the game. In addition, and more importantly, over ninety percent of Dick's players received their degrees during his tenure as coach. Dick Durrant retired from coaching in 1985 and lived in Elgin with his wife Patricia until his passing in 2005. He had three children, Dave, Nancy and Ken. Dick's concern for students and his attitude of education before athletics in recognized each year by the Skyway Conference with the annual awarding of the "Dick Durrant Award".

The "Dick Durrant Award" is given each year to the male and female athlete in the Skyway Conference who attains the highest grade point average after completing four semesters of college work and at least forty eight semester hours of credit.

Criteria for the "Dick Durrant" Award

1. To be eligible, an athlete must have completed two years of academic work. (Note: One year of academic work is equal to two semesters or three quarters.)

2. The athlete must enroll in and complete an average of twelve hours of college work in each term of attendance, have a cumulative G.P.A. of "B", and accumulate at least 48 semester hours. The athlete may enroll in less than twelve hours in a mini-term or summer session, however, such a term of less than twelve hours will not apply toward the criteria of two years of academic work.

3. The athletes G.P.A. for all academic work attempted shall be used.

4. The last academic year of work must be taken at the Skyway Conference school represented by the athlete.

5. All nominations for the Dick Durrant Award with a 3.00 G.P.A. or better will be listed as the Skyway All-Academic team.

6. Athletes participating in any N.J.C.A.A. sport at a Skyway member institution, even if is is not an official conference sport that season, shall be eligible for the Dick Durrant Award and Academic - All Conference recognition.

Dick Durrant Award Winners

Year

Name

College

Sport

2013-2014

Jeremy Horvath
Maria Morales-Nelson

Prairie State College
Elgin Community College

Men's Tennis
Women's Tennis

2012-2013

Sean Baker
Hannah Woods
Michelle Dumoulin
Nicole Selvaggio

Waubonsee Community College
College of Lake County
Elgin Community College
Moraine Valley Community College

Men’s Soccer
Women’s Basketball
Women’s Basketball
Women’s Tennis

2011-12

Cassie Dumoulin
Jennifer Jordan
Taylor Schulze
Natalie Maka
Marek Szczesniak
Mia D. Young
Kelsey VandenBorn

Elgin Community College
Elgin Community College
Elgin Community College
Moraine Valley Community College
Moraine Valley Community College
Morton College
Waubonsee Community College

Women's Basketball
Softball
Women's Soccer
Women's Soccer
Men's Soccer
Volleyball
Volleyball

2010-11

Steve Tijerina
Caroline Mrowiec
Natalie Ross

Prairie State College
College of Lake County
Moraine Valley Community College

Men's Cross Country
Women's Basketball
Women's Basketball

2009-10

Colin Drayton
Katie Ostrander

College of Lake County
College of Lake County

Men’s Golf
Women’s Basketball

2008-09

Lyndsey Thompson
Arturo Rosiles
Albert Payano

McHenry County College
College of Lake County
Oakton Community College

Women’s Basketball
Men’s Soccer
Baseball

2007-08

Piotr Suwala
Kelli Goodwin

College of Lake County
College of Lake County

Men’s Soccer
Women’s Basketball

2006-07

Ryan Wacker
Matthew Saionz
Kacie Sheridan
Susannah Cartland
Hannah Alvis

McHenry County College
McHenry County College
College of Lake County
McHenry County College
Waubonsee Community College

Baseball
Men’s Tennis
Women’s Soccer
Women’s Basketball
Women’s Soccer

2005-06

Amy Meier
Brett Wikierak

Waubonsee Community College
McHenry County College

Softball
Men's Baseball

2004-05

Sara Carlson
Carrie Ramsden
Matthew Bogue
Jenni Kempf
Jacqueline Cook
Joaquin Gutierrez

College of Lake County
Waubonsee Community College
Morton College
Elgin Community College
Waubonsee Community College
Morton College

Women's Soccer
Women's Tennis
Men's Basketball
Volleyball
Softball/Cross Country
Men's Soccer

2003-2004

Anna Fritz
Koji Miyasaka

Waubonsee Community College
Moraine Valley Community College

Women's Tennis
Men's Soccer

*2002-2003

Michael Sawicki
Kimberly Crot

McHenry County College
Morton College

Baseball
Women's Basketball

2001-2002

Brian Kritzberg

Waubonsee Community College

Men's Tennis

2000-2001

Marcial Cabral

Elgin Community College

Men's Tennis

1999-2000

Annette Metzger

Waubonsee Community College

Softball/Tennis

1998-1999

Elizabeth Kash
Michael Barngrover

Waubonsee Community College
Waubonsee Community College

Women’s Basketball
Men’s Cross Country

1997-1998

Catherine Peters
Jamie Kleen

Waubonsee Community College
Elgin Community College

Softball
Volleyball

1996-1997

Danielle Voirin

Waubonsee Community College

Women’s Tennis

1995-1996

Angie McCoy

Waubonsee Community College

Volleyball

1994-1995

Tiffany Rutter

Waubonsee Community College

Volleyball

1993-1994

Jennifer Ruh

Waubonsee Community College

Softball

1992-1993

Julie Sajtar

Elgin Community College

Softball

1991-1992

Anita Wolf

Waubonsee Community College

Women’s Basketball

1990-1991

Julie Justice

Felipe Sanchez

Waubonsee Community College

Morton College

Women’s Basketball & Softball
Men's Cross Country

1989-1990

Shelly Hazel

College of Lake County

Women’s Cross Country

1988-1989

Joey Riza
Michelle Smith

Truman College
College of Lake County

Men’s Tennis

1987-1988

Carrie Cieslak

Oakton Community College

Softball

1986-1987

Jeanne Graton
Mike Campbell

Morton College
College of Lake County

Softball


1984-1985

John Feyereisen

Waubonsee Community College

Men’s Tennis

1983-1984

Tim Kjaer

Waubonsee Community College

Men’s Cross Country

1982-1983

Rona L. Henne

Waubonsee Community College

Women’s Volleyball & Softball

1980-1981

Debbie Franklin

Truman College

1979-1980

Laura Preston

Waubonsee Community College

Women’s Soccer

1977-1978

Steve Jagielo

Morton College

Baseball

*Starting with the 2002-2003 year there will be two winners, one female and one male.