Fitzpatrick And Clapperton Named Athletes Of The Year

Fitzpatrick And Clapperton Named Athletes Of The Year

(FREDERICTON, NB) Siobhan Fitzpatrick, of the women’s volleyball team, and Chris Clapperton, of the University Cup Champion men’s hockey team, have been named the UNB Reds female and male Athletes of the Year.

Fitzpatrick led the Atlantic University Sport conference in kills and points per set.

The fifth-year outside hitter, playing her final year of U SPORTS eligibility, and her one and only season with the Reds after four at UBC-Okanagan, earned 1st Team All-Canadian status while helping the Reds to the AUS championship match.

Clapperton led the AUS in scoring and led the country in assists.

He was named the AUS MVP, a 1st Team All-Canadian, and a University Cup All-Star.

Clapperton helped the Reds to their second straight AUS championship and the school’s 8th national championship.

“Chris and Siobhan were standouts on their teams, in the conference and nationally,” said John Richard, UNB’s Director of Athletics. “They haven’t just led statistically, they’ve led their teams with their work ethic and desire to succeed. They’re both more than deserving of these honours.”

As UNB’s female Athlete of the Year, Fitzpatrick was awarded the Colin B. Mackay Shield.

As the Reds male Athlete of the Year, Clapperton earned the James Downey Shield.

“We had a wonderful class of athletes this past season. Chris and Siobhan had some significant competition,” said Richard.

Goaltender Kendra Woodland, from the Reds women’s hockey team, was named UNB’s female Rookie of the Year, while Eduardo Luchese, of the men’s volleyball team, earned male Rookie of the Year honours. Both were named to U SPORTS All-Rookie Teams.

Fifth-year defenceman Randy Gazzola, of the men’s hockey team, won the Garnet Copeland Award for the second year in a row.

Gazzola was named the top all-round student-athlete. Consideration for the award includes academic performance, athletic accomplishment and community contributions.

Reds men’s hockey team head coach Gardiner MacDougall took home the Dean’s Award for Coach of the Year.

MacDougall led the Reds to their 16th AUS Championship, their 12th consecutive AUS regular season title, and their 8th University Cup. The national championship was the team’s third in four years, and the 7th under MacDougall.

“Gardiner has proven, consistently, that he’s one of the best coaches in all of Canadian university men’s hockey,” said Richard. “He is constantly looking for ways to improve, which is a source of inspiration for all of our coaches.”

Kristian D’Amore, a four-year member of the men’s soccer team, was named winner of the Brunswickan Award, for having the highest cumulative grade point average through the end of the first term.

Outgoing UNB President and Vice Chancellor Eddy Campbell was honoured with the James Born Award, for his significant contributions to athletics during his time.

“Doctor Campbell has always placed a lot of importance on athletics,” said Richard. “He’s been a supporter of all of our Reds programs and an advocate for them. He’s been a big part of what we’ve been able to do, as a program, in recent years, and we felt he was worthy of the Born Award.”

The awards were handed during the Reds Awards Gala, at the Richard J. Currie Center, on Tuesday night.




Male Athlete of the Year:                   Chris Clapperton - Men’s Hockey

Female Athlete of the Year:               Siobhan Fitzpatrick - Women’s Volleyball

Male Rookie of the Year:                    Eduardo Luchese - Men’s Volleyball

Female Rookie of the Year:                Kendra Woodland - Women’s Hockey

Garnet Copeland Award:                    Randy Gazzola - Men’s Hockey 

Brunswickan Award:                           Kristian D’Amore - Men’s Soccer

James Born Award:                            Dr. Eddy Campbell

Coach of the Year:                              Gardiner MacDougall - Men’s Hockey

Directors Unsung Hero Awards:         Megan Campbell - Women’s Basketball

John Curry - Men’s Volleyball




Women’s Basketball

Rookie             Katie Daley

Red & Black    Jane Boyle

MVP                Mikaela Dodig


Men’s Basketball

Rookie             Sterling Simpson

Red & Black    Will Legere

MVP                Chris Spurrell


Women’s Volleyball

Rookie             Katie MacDonald

Red & Black    Cameron Rogers

MVP                Maggie McLenahan


Men’s Volleyball

Rookie             Eduardo Luchese

Red & Black    John Curry

MVP                Brad Stewart


Women’s Soccer

Rookie             Madison Goertz

Red & Black    Emily Burton

MVP                Abby Sullivan


Men’s Soccer

Rookie             Tristan Nkoghe

Red & Black    Nick Ellingwood

MVP Off.         Ben Gorringe

MVP Def.         Joe Hamilton


Women’s Hockey

Rookie             Jenna MacLean

Red & Black    Jennifer Bell

MVP                Kendra Woodland


Men’s Hockey

Rookie             Matthew Boucher

Red & Black    Randy Gazzola

MVP                Chris Clapperton


Women Track & Field

Rookie             Lexie Shannon

Red & Black    Anne DeWeyert

MVP                Sydney MacDonald


Men’s Track & Field

Rookie             Eric Hughes

Red & Black    Brandon Cleghorn

MVP                Jarod Manuel


Women’s Swimming

Rookie             Hannah Casey

Red & Black    Sarah Kelly

MVP                Leah Smal


Men’s Swimming

Rookie             Erik Staeben

Red & Black    Michael Walz

MVP                Noah Horwood


Women’s Curling

Rookie             Keira McLaughlin

Red & Black    Brigitte Comeau

MVP                Justine Comeau


Men’s Curling

Red & Black    Jack Smeltzer-McCausland

MVP                Evan MacKnight


Women’s Cross Country

Rookie             Emmanuelle Martin

Red & Black    Jill Lamb

MVP                Hannah Cormier


Men’s Cross Country

Rookie             Alex Clemis

Red & Black    Isaac Cull

MVP                Michael Colford


Men’s Wrestling

MVP                Mustafa Saeed


(NOTE: There were no rookies in men’s curling. There was no MVP in women’s wrestling)