IWLCA Announces Major Support Awards for the 2012 Season

The IWLCA announced the recipients of the organization's service awards as well as the national assistant coaches of the year awards as the organization held its annual convention in Naples, Fla. Amy Bokker, head coach at Stanford University, was honored with the Diane Geppi-Aikens Lifetime Achievement award. Robert Morris' Katy Phillips was presented the President's Cup, while IWLCA Executive Director Gothard Lane was named the recipient of the IWLCA Service Award. Phil Barnes (North Carolina), Tom Kienle (Rollins) and Katy Dissinger (Trinity College) all earned the IWLCA Assistant Coach of the Year awards.

The Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award honors lifetime achievement to the women's college game. Renamed for the former Loyola head coach who inspired the nation with her courageous battle with cancer, this year's award is presented to Amy Bokker. Bokker's career has not only been above average in regard to her coaching achievements, but more importantly, in regard to her commitment to the IWLCA. She has served on multiple committees, been a committee chair several times, and is now serving on the IWCLA board of directors. Additionally, she has served our game through her involvement with the US National Teams Program and US Lacrosse. In 2010, Bokker was named an assistant coach for the United States Elite National Team. She will join head coach Ricky Fried and assistant coaches Jessica Wilk Strosberg and Liz Robertshaw to lead the American national squad in the 2013 FIL World Cup. Amy is selfless in her commitment to service to the women's collegiate lacrosse game, and she exemplifies Diane Geppi-Aikens' legacy of service to others.

The IWLCA Service Award is given to that individual who has committed herself to the betterment of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association during the past year. Katy Phillips has had one of the most difficult jobs in the IWLCA for the past several years. Getting the right people to volunteer to run for Board positions, serve as committee chairs, and fill committee vacancies is no easy task. Katy has done an exceptional job of soliciting interest in these positions, and educating others on the value of their service. Katy has done an excellent job populating our organization with outstanding people who have taken the IWLCA to new heights. Without the nominating chair, our organization would fall apart.

The President's Cup is awarded to that individual who has worked to promote, develop and enhance the intercollegiate women's lacrosse game during the past year. With the continued expansion of the Champion's Cup, Capital Cup and President's Cup, Gothard Lane has worked tirelessly to improve the recruiting experience for our organization. During his time as Executive Director, these events have grown in number and size and have actually begun generating revenue for our organization. His vision and attention to detail has ensured the success of our events, and he has worked very diligently to continue putting the IWLCA first. Lane has also made the three divisional North-South games an important part of the Champions Cup event, providing a first-class experience for the student-athletes fortunate enough to participate.

The Outstanding Assistant Coach Award recognizes an assistant women's lacrosse coach who has made a distinct impact on the success of their program demonstrated through hard work, commitment, dedication and sportsmanship.

Dissinger is in her first year as a graduate assistant at Trinity College; she helped the Bantams win their first national title in women's lacrosse this season. Dissinger came on board directly out of college and brought tremendous consistency to our program. Head coach Kate Livesay went on maternity leave shortly after Dissinger arrived, so the newest staff member had little guidance to keep things in order and prepare the team for the spring season. She created the team conditioning program, ordered uniforms and practice gear, planned the spring break. She met with recruits, organized overnights, and made sure that we didn't have kids fall through the cracks during the period that Livesay was out of the office. In-season, she was an unbelievable resource for the team, by breaking down film, meeting with players, taking over the draw controls and helping Livesay oversee every aspect of the game. Dissinger demonstrated a high level of maturity, commitment to Trinity's team (having been at a rival school for four years) and a high level of lacrosse knowledge.

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