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National Champions honored with Chrisman awards

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The department of athletics at the University of Pikeville handed out its most prestigious awards on Sunday at its season-ending banquet to a pair of national championship athletes.

Bowler Kim Yioulos and basketball player Justin Hicks were the recipients of the days’ only awards, as Gov. Paul E. Patton presented the Charles B. Chrisman Athletics Leadership Awards.

The Chrisman Award was established in 2007 by his family. The award is presented in his memory and honors his life. The award is presented annually to a graduating male and female student-athlete who exemplify the love of sport, love of the university, and a love for the community. A monetary award is also included.

A longtime trustee of Pikeville College, Mr. Chrisman was the epitome of a servant leader. He was known for his tremendous faith and dedication to church, family and the college he and his grandmother attended. An advocate for students, he was generous with his time and treasure and believed in the power of education to change lives.

Mike Gottfried, who spent 12 successful seasons as a head college football coach and is known as one of television’s most respected game analysts, was the speaker. Since 1990, he’s served as an ESPN college football analyst for ESPN’s Saturday Primetime telecasts.

During his four years at Pittsburgh, Gottfried compiled a record of 26-17-2, including two wins each over Notre Dame, Penn State and West Virginia. His total coaching record as a college head football coach is 77-54-6.

Gottfried spoke to the crowd about the impact growing up without a father had on his life after his passed when he was only 12 years old. That led to his founding of Team Focus, a comprehensive mentoring program for fatherless boys and young men.

Gottfried embraced the inspirational verse found in Jeremiah 29:11, which was shared with him by a teacher as he dealt with the loss. The verse says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Yioulos was named first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association and was named runner-up for National Bowler of the Year by the bowling writers, its equivalent of first-team All-American. It is the third consecutive season she has been honored by both organizations.

Yioulos, the two-time NAIA Bowler of the Year, is a senior from Rochester, N.Y. She competed in 10 tournaments this season and was the individual champion in three of them. She was the only NAIA bowler to win three tournaments this year and one of only three in the country to do so.

Hicks was a three-time all-conference player for the Bears who, in the national championship game, got his team off to a quick start by hitting three consecutive three-point shots to account for the first nine points of the game. The Hazard native scored 21 points as the Bears beat Mountain State University 83-76 in overtime that night.

A four-year starter, Hicks scored 1,571 points in his career. Only 10 players in the history of the program have scored more.

The school recognized an extensive list of All-Americans and all-conference players as well as dozens of academic honorees, as well as the women’s bowling team, which captured its third national championship in Indianapolis on April 1.

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