Knights Honor Student-Athletes

GENESEO, N.Y. – The Geneseo department of intercollegiate athletics and recreation presented its department awards at Sunday’s annual banquet.

The Nick Hayes Memorial Award was presented to seniors Jessica Kanes (North Salem/North Salem) and Jordan Monteleone (Syracuse/Fayetteville-Manlius).

The Contribution and Leadership Awards were presented to seniors Ryan Riefenhauser (Dobbs Ferry/Dobbs Ferry) and Melissa Graham (Orchard Park/Mount Mercy) of the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The Dr. Myrtle Merritt Scholar-Athlete award and Daniel Mullin Scholar-Athlete award were given to Kaitlin Wilcoxen (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) of the women’s swimming & diving team and Corbin Rosmarin (Rexford/Northern Cyclones) of the ice hockey team.

The winners of the Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards were senior Alex Brimstein (Webster/Thomas) of the men’s cross country and track & field teams and sophomore Abby Max (New Hartford/New Hartford) of the women’s swimming & diving team.

The Louise Kuhl Award for career achievement was given to Alyssa Smith (Rochester/Brighton) of the women’s cross country and track & field teams and the Ira S. Wilson Award for career achievement was given to Frank Schiappa (East Amherst/Canisius).

The Nick Hayes Award is named for a 1965 graduate who served as scorekeeper and statistician for both the soccer and basketball teams. It is awarded to an individual who displays commitment and energy to Geneseo athletics in a non-playing capacity.

Kanes and Monteleone served the department for the last four years coordinating, scheduling, supervising and training game management staff of over 50 student workers who staff nearly 100 home events per year.

The Contribution and Leadership Awards recognize one male and one female student-athlete who have significant athletic achievement and have demonstrated a personal commitment to the college's values of service, leadership, community and excellence.

Riefenhauser served as a team captain this year and as the team’s representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for two years. He worked with the Geneseo Tourism Committee and the college’s bookstore while participating in numerous charity efforts. He is a two-time member of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) all-star team and ranked among the conference leaders in assists, rebounding and steals. English major, he has been named to the SUNYAC All-Academic List.

Graham was four-year member of the women’s basketball team. A biology major with minors in psychology and environmental science, she is a three-time Dean’s List student and has been named to the SUNYAC All-Academic List and Commissioner’s List. She has been inducted into the Beta Beta Beta Honor Society for geology and has participated in Geneseo’s Leadership Symposium and served the campus as a resident assistant, an F2F Discussion Facilitator, a Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development Mentor and a Community Advocates Ambassador. She worked as assistant manager of the local Farmers’ Market. She is a two-time SUNYAC all-star and the conference Player of the Year this season. She capped her basketball career by being named the program’s sixth all-American and capped her collegiate career by winning the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.


The Dr. Myrtle Merritt Scholar-Athlete Award, named in honor the long-time friend and contributor to Geneseo athletics, is given to a female student-athlete who has demonstrated high academic achievement and athletic excellence.

Wilcoxen is a two-time all-American who won six SUNYAC titles in her career. She a three-time first-team member of the all-SUNYAC team and helped the Knights win four conference championships. She is the school and SUNYAC record-holder in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard medley relay. She has been inducted into the Beta Beta Beta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies. A biology major with a 3.86 grade-point average, she was named to the SUNYAC All-Academic List and SUNYAC Commissioner’s List every year she was eligible. She was named to the Dean’s List every semester and to the President’s List twice. She won the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for women’s swimming & diving.


The Daniel Mullin Scholar-Athlete Award, named in honor of Geneseo's former chair of the department of health and physical education, is given to a male student-athlete who has demonstrated high academic achievement and athletic excellence.

Rosmarin led Geneseo with 13 goals and finished his career with 42 points. He has been inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for business students in the top 10 percent of their class and participated in Geneseo’s Opportunity for Leadership and Development Program. A business administration major with a 3.75 grade-point average, he was named to the SUNYAC All-Academic List and SUNYAC Commissioner’s List every year he was eligible.

The Male and Female Athlete of the Year are the only department awards that are conferred regardless of class standing.

Max earned all-America honors six times this season at the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. She was named Swimmer of the Meet after winning five conference titles and helping the Knights to the team championship.  She set three championship meet records and one conference record at the SUNYAC Championships. She was the team’s leading scorer and was named team most valuable player.

Brimstein has earned all-America honors in cross country and in indoor track & field and has qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He won the SUNYAC and NCAA Atlantic Region titles in cross country and placed 10th at the NCAA Championships to earn all-America honors. In indoor track & field he earned all-America honors with Geneseo’s third-place distance medley relay team. Heading into the SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Brimstein ranks ninth nationally in the 5,000-meter run and 14th nationally in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The Louise Kuhl Award is named for the national leader in the development of women’s athletics.  She served as the chairperson and professor of Health and Physical Education from 1941-1967 and the college’s Louise Kuhl Gymnasium was named in her honor in 1975.

Smith earned induction into the SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Fame and helped the Knights to four conference titles and four trips to the NCAA Championships. She became the second athlete ever to win the same event four times at the SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, winning the mile run for the fourth time at this year’s meet. In outdoor track & field, she earned all-America honors in 2011 by placing fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. This year Smith owns the nation’s top time in that event and became the program’s first champion ever at the Penn Relays, where she set a school and SUNYAC record.

The Ira S. Wilson Award is named after Geneseo’s Director of Physical Education from 1925-1947 and the first inductee into the Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame.

Schiappa is a 10-time conference champion in swimming & diving. He holds six school records, including four that he set this year. At this year’s SUNYAC Championships, he set three conference records and received the SUNYAC’s James Fulton Award for Career Achievement. He earned all-America honors in 2010 with the 200-yard freestyle relay and is a three-time member of the all-SUNYAC first team.