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 2013-14

Jeremy Horvath
Maria Morales-Nelson

Prairie State
Elgin

Men's Tennis
Women's Tennis

2011-12

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

Elgin
Elgin
Elgin
Moraine Valley
Moraine Valley
Morton
Waubonsee

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
Lake County
Moraine Valley

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

2009-10 Colin Drayton
Katie Ostrander
Lake County
Lake County
Men’s Golf
Women’s Basketball
2008-09 Lyndsey Thompson
Arturo Rosiles
Albert Payano
McHenry County
Lake County
Oakton
Women’s Basketball
Men’s Soccer
Baseball
2007-08 Piotr Suwala
Kelli Goodwin
Lake County
Lake County
Men’s Soccer
Women’s Basketball
2006-07 Ryan Wacker
Matthew Saionz
Kacie Sheridan
Susannah Cartland
Hannah Alvis
McHenry County
McHenry County
Lake County
McHenry County
Waubonsee
Baseball
Men’s Tennis
Women’s Soccer
Women’s Basketball
Women’s Soccer
2005-06 Amy Meier
Brett Wikierak
Waubonsee
McHenry
Softball
Men's Baseball
2004-05 Sara Carlson
Carrie Ramsden
Matthew Bogue
Jenni Kempf
Jacqueline Cook
Joaquin Gutierrez
Lake County
Waubonsee
Morton
Elgin
Waubonsee
Morton
Women's Soccer
Women's Tennis
Men's Basketball
Volleyball
Softball/Cross Country
Men's Soccer
2003-2004 Anna Fritz
Koji Miyasaka
Waubonsee
Moraine Valley
Women's Tennis
Men's Soccer
*2002-2003 Michael Sawicki
Kimberly Crot
McHenry
Morton
Baseball
Women's Basketball
2001-2002 Brian Kritzberg Waubonsee Men's Tennis
2000-2001 Marcial Cabral Elgin Men's Tennis
1999-2000 Annette Metzger Waubonsee Softball/Tennis
1998-1999 Elizabeth Kash
Michael Barngrover
Waubonsee
Waubonsee
Basketball
Cross Country
1997-1998 Catherine Peters
Jamie Kleen
Waubonsee
Elgin
Softball
Volleyball
1996-1997 Danielle Voirin Waubonsee Tennis
1995-1996 Angie McCoy Waubonsee Volleyball
1994-1995 Tiffany Rutter Waubonsee Volleyball
1993-1994 Jennifer Ruh Waubonsee Basketball
1992-1993 Julie Sajtar Elgin Softball
1990-1991 Julie Justice
Felipe Sanchez
Waubonsee
Morton
Basketball & Softball
Men's Cross Country
1986-1987
1985-1986
Jeanne Graton
John Feyereisen
Morton
Waubonsee
Softball
Tennis
1984-1985 Tim Kjaer Waubonsee Cross Country
1979-1980
1977-1978
Laura Preston
Steve Jagielo
Waubonsee
Morton
Soccer
Baseball

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