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Dunn Jr., Keeny Named 2019 KU Athletes of the Year

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Dunn Jr., Keeny Named 2019 KU Athletes of the Year

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University’s Andrew Dunn Jr. of the wrestling team and Sara Keeny of the softball team have been voted as the 2019 KU Athletes of the Year.

Dunn joins his head coach, Robert Fisher, as an end-of-year award winner for the Golden Bears as Fisher took home Coach of the Year honors to highlight the 2018-19 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) team champion wrestling program.

A rising redshirt-junior, the Bethlehem native claimed the 285-pound national championship at the 2019 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships on March 9 in Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the fifth national champion in program history. Dunn, ranked fourth in the nation in his weight class at the conclusion of the regular season, won a Super Region I title before going a perfect 4-0 with three victories over fellow nationally-ranked wrestlers at nationals. He also earned All-PSAC recognition and was voted the team MVP last season.

Dunn defeated defending national-runner up and top-ranked Kameron Teacher of Notre Dame (Ohio), 7-6, in the semifinals and held off Nebraska-Kearney’s Jarrod Hinrichs 2-1 in the national title bout to become the fifth national champion in Kutztown program history. Dunn finished the season with an overall record of 26-2, including 24-0 against Division II competition, in leading the Golden Bears to a program-best 10th place finish at the national championships.

Keeny is the first softball student-athlete to win the award since the program had a three-year run of the accolade from 2007-09.

A recent graduate of Kutztown, Keeny put a cap on one of the greatest KU softball careers in style. Becoming just the second player in program history to record a season batting average in excess of .500, Keeny produced school single-season records with a .518 batting average and 100 hits. She also stole 45 bases –second most in a season at KU– on her way to NFHCA All-America First Team, D2CCA All-America First Team, D2CCA Atlantic Region Player of the Year, PSAC East Athlete of the Year and All-PSAC East First Team honors.

The Warminster, Pennsylvania native started all 56 games as Kutztown went 36-20 and was one of the final three teams remaining in the PSAC Championship tournament. Keeny set new career-highs in games played/started, runs scored (62), hits, doubles (15), triples (7), home runs (1), RBIs (29), stolen bases, slugging percentage (.531) and on base percentage (.561). She vaulted ahead of Ashley Fitzgerald for the program’s all-time hits record with 289 and ended her career ranked tied for first in triples (14), second in batting average (.440), second in stolen bases (134) and tied for third in runs (172).

In the classroom, Keeny is a Dean’s List student and earned a KU Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Copper Medal in 2019.

Members of the KU athletic department staff voted upon the nominees to determine KU’s year-end awards.

KU Male Athlete of the Year Award Winners
Year       Winner
1987       Mike Cantrel, Track & Field
1988       Marty Eggleston, Basketball
1989       Butch Hills, Basketball
1991       Bart Wasiolek, Cross Country/Track
1992       Mark Steinmeyer, Football
1993       Todd Wiley, Cross Country
1994       Mike Fantanarosa, Football/Track
1995       John Mobley, Football
1996       John Mobley, Football
1997       Andy Bausher, Baseball
1998       Ryan Vogelsong, Baseball
1999       Chris Spinozzi, Baseball
2000       Paul Schmitt, Track & Field
2001       Tim Bausher, Baseball
2002       Glenn Woolard, Baseball
2003       Scott Eisenhart, Track & Field
2004       Justin Collins, Track & Field
2005       Matt Keller, Baseball
2006       Mike McCardell, Baseball
2007       Joe Kemmerer, Wrestling
2008       Elfren Quiles, Football
2009       Joe Kemmerer, Wrestling
2010       Stephen Dennis, Basketball
2011       Kevin Morton, Football
2012       Kevin Morton, Football
2013       Kevin Morton, Football
2014       Ziad Haddad, Wrestling
2015       Ziad Haddad, Wrestling
2016       Josh Johnson, Basketball
2017       Jordan Morgan, Football
2018       Brandon Raguz, Track & Field
2019       Andrew Dunn Jr. (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic (Virginia Tech)), Wrestling

KU Female Athlete of the Year Award Winners
Year       Winner
1987       Fran Metz, Basketball
1988       Sharon Toth, Softball
1989       Gwen Kerr, Field Hockey
1990       Lisa Marrella, Field Hockey
1991       Missy Boettger, Basketball/Softball
1992       Shayn Mosley, Field Hockey, Diving
1993       Daphne Hoyt, Cross Country/Track
1994       Lorie Erie, Softball
1995       Deidre Lynn Rhodes, Track & Field
1996       Deidre Lynn Rhodes, Track &Field
1997       Tara Crozier, Track and Field
Claudine Gruver, Swimming
1998       Tara Crozier, Track & Field
1999       Amy Wahl, Basketball
2000       Kristi Braine, Track & Field
2001       Megan Seefeldt, Cross Country/Track
2002       Kellie Evans, Softball
2003       Missy Klein, Volleyball
2004       Jessie Didier, Volleyball
2005       Kerstin Kloeffer, Tennis
2006       Laura Kline, Field Hockey/Track
2007       Steph Denlinger, Softball
2008       Ashley Fitzgerald, Softball
2009       Steph Denlinger, Softball
2010       Steph Jeppesen, Swimming
2011       Melissa McQuade, Basketball
2012       Kayla Jones, Bowling
2013       April Doyle, Track & Field
2014       Erin Reynolds, Field Hockey
2015       Sam Costello, Soccer
2016       Anna Behm, Field Hockey
2017       Alaina Curry, Soccer
2018       Emily Zwiercan, Soccer
2019       Sara Keeny (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent), Softball