Bilas To Serve As Keynote Speaker At ACC Postgraduate Luncheon

53 student-athletes to be honored with Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarships and awards

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – College basketball analyst Jay Bilas will be the keynote speaker at the annual Atlantic Coast Conference Postgraduate Luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club and presented by ESPN on Wednesday, April 15 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.

The ACC and Commissioner John Swofford will honor 45 student-athletes selected for the 2015 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, including three student-athletes who will receive the Thacker Award. An additional eight student-athletes who plan to pursue professional careers in their chosen sports will be recognized as honorary recipients.

Bilas, a key player on Duke’s 1986 ACC Championship and Final Four team, is known for his extensive knowledge of men’s basketball and insightful analysis about the sports industry. He joined ESPN in 1995 and is featured on ESPN’s game and studio coverage. Bilas calls the top men’s college basketball games involving the nation’s marquee teams and conferences.

A native of Los Angeles, Bilas joined the ESPN’s Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecasts in 2015, adding to his role on the popular Saturday morning and evening college basketball program, College GameDay. He has been an analyst on the show that originates from the site of the Saturday Primetime telecast since its debut in 2005. Bilas was also present at the Men’s Final Four through studio coverage, as well as game telecasts on ESPN International.

Bilas has also enjoyed a long career practicing law in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he resides with his wife and two children. He received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1992.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, eight student-athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award. They include Clemson tennis player Hunter Harrington, Duke basketball player Elizabeth Williams, Georgia Tech golfer Anders Albertson, Louisville cross country runner Andrew Stewart, North Carolina baseball player Benton Moss, Miami tennis player Monique Albuquerque, Notre Dame swimmer Emma Reaney and Virginia soccer player Morgan Brian.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, the first three ACC commissioners.

The league’s first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954-70 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.

Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served in that capacity for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.

Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner on September 1, 1987, and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan’s tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.

Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James postgraduate scholarships were awarded as separate honors. The Jim Weaver Award, which originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James Award, established in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.

The Thacker Award, which originated in 2005, is awarded in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, North Carolina. Jim Thacker was the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC’s first television network. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through postgraduate studies at an ACC institution.

The following student-athletes will be honored as 2015 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients:

Alicia McKean; Boston College; Applied Psychology & Human Development; Rowing; Athol, Mass.

Mikaela Rix; Boston College; Theology; Women’s Lacrosse; Garden City, N.Y.

Michael Sit; Boston College; Finance; Men’s Ice Hockey; Edina, Minn.

Ara Amirkhanian; Clemson; Health Science; Men’s Soccer; Clemson, S.C.

Romy Koelzer; Clemson; Communication Studies; Women’s Tennis; Betzdorf, Germany

Katelyn Reeve; Clemson; Biological Sciences; Women’s Soccer; Cary, N.C.

Sarah Collins; Duke; Public Policy Studies; Fencing; Palm Harbor, Fla.

David Helton; Duke; Psychology; Football; Chattanooga, Tenn.

Elizabeth Williams; Duke; Psychology; Women’s Basketball; Virginia Beach, Va.

Cristian Gonzalez Mendez; Florida State; Public Relations; Men’s Tennis; Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Katie Mosher; Florida State; Sports Management; Volleyball; Fort Myers, Fla.

Lacey Waldrop; Florida State; Editing, Writing and Media; Softball; Chester, Va.

Kate Brandus; Georgia Tech; Public Policy; Swimming; Alpharetta, Ga.

Matt Connors; Georgia Tech; Business Administration; Football; Alpharetta, Ga.

Cole Jackob; Georgia Tech; Business Administration; Track; Marietta, Ga.

Grant Donovan; Louisville; Sport Administration; Football; Louisville, Ky.

Katie George; Louisville; Communications; Volleyball; Louisville, Ky.

Andrew Stewart; Louisville; Political Science; Men’s Cross Country; Radcliff, Ky.

Nantambu-Akil Fentress; Miami; Biology; Football; Nashville, Tenn.

Lea Johnson; Miami; Microbiology and Immunology; Track & Field; Saint Louis, Mo.

Savanah Leaf; Miami; Psychology and Human Development; Volleyball; San Anselmo, Calif.

Monique Albuquerque; Miami; Management; Women’s Tennis; Porto Alegre, Brazil

Gillian Litynski; North Carolina; Global Studies & Nursing; Fencing; Niskayuna, N.Y.

Cameron Overstreet; North Carolina; Exercise and Sport Science; Track and Field; Mechanicsville, Va.

Loren Shealy; North Carolina; Business Administration; Field Hockey; Charlotte, N.C.

Laura Hoer; NC State; Physiology; Cross Country and Track & Field; Arden, N.C.

Joanna Thompson; NC State; Zoology & English; Cross Country and Track & Field; Knoxville, Tenn.

Emily Weiman; NC State; Sport Management; Softball; Pasadena, Md.

Ashley Armstrong; Notre Dame; Mechanical Engineering; Women’s Golf; Flossmoor, Ill.

Kelly Curran; Notre Dame; Science-Business; Track & Field; Bloomington, Ill.

Anna Kottkamp; Notre Dame; Environmental Science; Women’s Rowing; Wenatchee, Wash.

Emma Reaney; Notre Dame; Design-Visual Communication Design; Swimming; Lawrence, Kan.

Tyler Wilps; Pitt; Business Finance; Wrestling; Oakdale, Pa.

Brianna Kiesel; Pitt; Administration of Justice; Women’s Basketball; Utica, N.Y.

Cameron Wright, Pittsburgh, Business, Men’s Basketball, Cleveland, Ohio

Cameron Lynch; Syracuse; Economics; Football; Lawrenceville, Ga.

Sam Rodgers; Syracuse; Nutrition; Football; State College, Pa.

Komal Safdar; Syracuse; Biochemistry; Women’s Tennis; Mason, Ohio

Jordan Lavender; Virginia; Media Studies; Track & Field; Nashville, Tenn.

Courtney Swan; Virginia; Kinesiology; Women’s Lacrosse; Vero Beach, Fla.

Ellen Williamson; Virginia; Systems Engineering; Swimming; Ft. Mitchell, Ky.

Morgan Brian; Virginia; Kinesiology; Soccer; St. Simons Island, Ga.

Christian Beyer; Virginia Tech; Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise; Men’s Basketball; New Bern, N.C.

Morgan Latimer; Virginia Tech; History; Swimming & Diving; Richmond, Va.

Nyki Caldwell; Wake Forest; Health & Exercise Science; Women’s Track; Dexter, Mich.

Riley Ridgik; Wake Forest; Elementary Education; Women’s Soccer; Ventura, Calif.

Danae Rosendall; Wake Forest; Health & Exercise Science; Volleyball; Hudsonville, Mich.

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