Feb. 21, 2013
Three Boston College student-athletes - Ina Kauppila (women's tennis), Jillian King (women's track & field) , and John "Marty" Long (men's swimming & diving) have been selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan award, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today among a group of 41 student-athletes.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes - three from each league institution - 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, five student-athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award. Two football players - North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper and NC State's Michael Glennon - along with Duke basketball player Ryan Kelly, Virginia swimmer Lauren Perdue, and Wake Forest golfer Evan Beck will be recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic performances.
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 given 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 given in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, N.C. 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 41 student-athletes will be honored at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 17, 2013, in the Guilford Ballroom at the Sheraton Greensboro at the Four Seasons.
Ina Kauppila; Boston College; International Studies; Tennis; Espoo, Finland
Kauppila, a two-year team captain, has earned ACC Academic Honor Roll honors all three seasons and has appeared in over 80 matches for the Eagles in her career. Also a three-year recipient of BC's Athletics Director's Award for Academic Achievement, Kauppila is serving as a board member on BC's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2012-13. Entering the spring of 2013 she held a 21-17 career mark in tournament-style matches. A native of Espoo, Finland, she speaks six languages and has involved herself in BC's International Club and Model UN in addition to numerous community service outreaches.
Jillian King; Boston College; Theology; Cross Country and Track & Field; Scotia, N.Y.
The Scotia, N.Y. native is a five-time All-ACC honoree (three times for XC, two for T&F) and a two-time All-Northeast Region selection. She currently holds the school record in the mile (4:34.19) which was broken on Feb. 14 and in the DMR (11:12.41). King also boasts USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors in 2010 and 2011 as well as being a three-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree. King is an active leader in the community as an officer for Boston College's Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In her tenure at BC, she has taken time to volunteer at the HEAR Program (Helping Educate through Athletic Responsibility), the Perkins School for the Blind, and the Boys and Girls Club after school program.
John Martin Long; Boston College; Business/Finance & Hispanic Studies; Swimming & Diving; Marietta, Ga.
Marty Long, captain of the Boston College swimming and diving team, will finish his career as the only diver in school history to finish in the top ten all-time in wins and points. He is the first diver in BC history to record 100 wins and the first to reach 1000 points. Earlier this year he broke the BC records in the one meter dive (329.45) and three meter dive (351.90) in the same meet. Long has been named to the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll three times, received the James J. Kane Academic Award, earned the 2009-10 Athletic Director's Award for Academic Achievement and is a Presidential Scholar.