Annual Awards Presented by the Athletic and Scholarship Programs

The Admiral Louis E. Denfeld Memorial Award recognizes that Foundation sponsored member of the graduating class who has best displayed traits of leadership, demonstrated academic proficiency, and has participated extensively in extra-curricular activities.
Admiral Denfeld (1912) rose to the position of Chief of Naval Operations in 1947. After retirement, he became the original Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

The H. McCoy Jones Award recognizes that Foundation sponsored member of the graduating class who has demonstrated the highest degree of excellence in the Naval Academy athletic program and in leadership and competitive spirit. "Piggy" Jones was one of the founders of the Naval Academy Foundation, who personally ran the preparatory school program during the forties and fifties.

The Joe Bellino Trophy is presented to the navy varsity football player of the graduating class who is the leading ground gainer over his playing career.
Joe Bellino (’61) led the navy team over three years. He set 15 Naval Academy records, was a unanimous All-American, won the Maxwell Award, 1960 Heisman Trophy, Thompson Trophy, and Naval Academy Athletic Association Sword in 1961.

The E.E. “Rip” Miller Varsity Football Award Trophy is presented annually to that member of the varsity football award who is voted by his teammates as having contributed the most to the team. Rip Miller played a major role in the development of Navy Football as a coach and assistant director of athletics for 48 years (1926 to 1974).

The Roger Staubach Trophy is presented to the Navy varsity football player of the graduating class who has contributed the most to the team’s success over his varsity-playing career. Roger Staubach (’65) was a first team All-American, recipient of the Heisman, Maxwell and Walter Camp trophies, the Naval Academy Athletic Association sword, three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy, and a member of College Hall of Fame.

The Napoleon McCallum Trophy is presented to the Navy varsity football player of the graduating class who has gained the most all-purpose yards in his varsity-playing career. Napoleon McCallum (’85), a consensus First Team All American (1983/1985), he ranks second in NCAA Division I history for all-purpose yard with 7,172 and once held 26 Naval Academy records. McCallum is member of the College Hall of Fame.

The Collins/Roos Class of 1949 JV MVP Award recognizes the most valuable player on the junior varsity football team as chosen by a vote of his teammates.
Loree “Rip” Collins ’49 and William R. “Arch” Roos ’49, who both played JV football, created this award for the hard working competitive players at the JV level.

The David Robinson Trophy honors the Navy varsity basketball player of the graduating class who has contributed the most to the team’s success over his varsity-playing career. David Robinson (’87), was a First Team All American and College Player of the Year, as well as recipient of the John Wooden, Adolph Rupp and James Naismith awards and twice winner of the Thompson Trophy.

The Cheryl Dolyniuk Trophy is presented to that female midshipman of the graduating class who has excelled in athletics, leadership and academics during her four years at the Academy. Carlan (’83) earned 12 varsity letters in swimming, crew, and volleyball. Serving as captain of both the swim and volleyball team. A recipient of the Thompson Trophy and the Admiral Lawrence Sword, Carlan was also inducted into the Navy Hall of Fame for swimming and selected as an academic All-American after earning a QPR of 3.5 as a Systems Engineering Major. She achieved the position of regimental commander.

The Joe Duff/Max Bishop Trophy is presented to the Navy varsity baseball player of the graduating class who has contributed the most to the team’s success over his varsity-playing career. Bishop guided Navy to 314 wins during his 25 years as head coach from 1937 to 1961. Duff served as the head coach from 1962 to 1993 and won a school-record 595 games.

The Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen Crew Trophy is presented to the Navy varsity heavyweight crewmember of the graduating class who has contributed the most to the program’s success over his career at the Naval Academy. The award is in memory of Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen (’95), USN, killed in action in Afghanistan.

The 1st Lieutenant Travis L. Manion Wrestling Trophy is presented to the Navy wrestler from the graduating class who displayed outstanding leadership and work habits throughout his career at the Naval Academy. The award is in memory of First Lieutenant Travis Manion (’04), USMC, killed in action in Iraq.

The Legends Boxing Trophy recognizes national champions on Navy’s club boxing team. The award commemorates the long history of Navy boxing and honors previous coaches Emerson Smith, Spike Webb, Tony Rubino and Jim McNally.

 

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