Note: This is the second of four major FSU Athletics Awards that will be presented this week for the 2012-13 campaign. The remaining awards will be announced over the next two days.
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department has recognized a longtime supporter of Bulldog Hockey and active community member as the school's 2012-13 recipient of the annual "Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award" with the selection of Kevin Courtney for his numerous contributions to Ferris State Athletics.
Courtney, who has served as the Ferris State Hockey Blueline Club president, is the 25th recipient of the Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award which is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated loyalty and unselfish support of Bulldog Athletics.
The Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award is named in honor of former Ferris State Athletics Director and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner Pete Peterson (1964-79). The award, which was founded in the 1981-82 season, was reinstated following the 2002-03 athletics season after a seven-year absence. Coaches and athletics department staff nominate individuals to be considered which are selected from alumni, community members, university faculty or staff, and fans. A committee from the administration staff of intercollegiate athletics determined the award recipient.
Courtney has played an active role for many years supporting the Ferris State Hockey program as the Blueline Club president. In addition, he annually serves as the master of ceremonies for the hockey postseason awards banquet and has assisted over the years by filling in as the public address announcer at selected home contests.
"While there are many deserving recipients of this award, few have shown as much Bulldog pride and support for Ferris State Athletics and the Bulldog Hockey program over the years as Kevin Courtney," said FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger. "He's been a great leader as the president of our Blueline Club and played an active role for many years in drawing support for our hockey program and department throughout the community. We're excited to honor him as this year's recipient of this outstanding award."
Courtney has also played a key role in spearheading the annual Little Kevin Charity Softball game that is played each year in conjunction with the Bulldog Hockey Alumni Golf Outing. He's also assisted other Bulldog programs in raising funds each year as part of a Haunted Halloween maze project held at his Four Greens Farm.
Additionally, Courtney has been a key community leader and is the former Big Rapids public safety director along with serving as a Mecosta County Commissioner. He earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice at Ferris State.
"We're appreciative of all of Kevin's efforts in support of Bulldog Hockey," said head coach Bob Daniels. "He's had a tremendous influence in promoting our program and building support throughout the community and been heavily involved in leading the Blueline Club. Certainly, he's played a big part in the success we've achieved and very deserving of this honor."
Courtney was one of several key contributors to Ferris State Athletics nominated this year by members of the Bulldog coaching and support staff. He joins a long list of dedicated Bulldog supporters as recipients of the annual award.
Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award Recipients:
2012-13 - Kevin Courtney (Blueline Club President, Community Supporter)
2011-12 - Matt Pinter (PGM Program Coordinator)
2010-11 - Sandy Gholston (Journalist, Bulldog Athletics Blog writer)
2009-10 - Tom Kirinovic (Athletics Director, Associate AD, Assistant AD, Ice Arena Manager, Athletics Business Manager)
2008-09 - Bob Horan III (Local Businessman, Financial Supporter, Fan, Gridron Club, Rebounders Club & Blueline Club Member)
2007-08 - Stanley Gustafson (Statistician, Hockey Season Ticket Holder, Fan)
2006-07 – Mike Wissink (Team Chaplain, Team Building Coordinator)
2005-06 – Paul Quick (Ticket Manager, Business Operations)
2004-05 – Sueann Walz (Local Businesswoman, Financial Supporter, Fan, Blueline Club Member)
2003-04 – Paul Davis (Ticket Manager)
2002-03 – Dick Hawkins (Dean, Blueline Club Member)
1995-96 – Rich Currie (Local Businessman, Bulldog Club Member, Bulldog Football's "Number One Fan")
1994-95 – Lyn Hanson (Bus Driver, Fan)
1993-94 – Judd Folske (Baseball Head Coach, Assistant to Athletics Director)
1992-93 – Dean Davenport (Athletics Director, Administrator, Coach)
1991-92 – Rachel Snyder (Associate Professor, National Anthem Singer, Athletic Advisory Committee Member & Chair)
1990-91 – Bill Scheible (Alumni Director, Bulldog Club Member, Athletics Business Manager, Assistant to Athletics Director, Ewigleben Ice Arena Manager)
1989-90 – Tom Cook (CCHA Institutional Representative, Dean of Gerholdz Institute for Lifelong Learning, Administrative Consultant)
1988-89 – Carma Burcham (Assistant Registrar For Athletic Eligibility, Bulldog Club, Blue Line Club, Fastbreak Club)
1987-88 – John Allshouse (Athletics Associates Board Member and President, Fund raising event organizer)
1986-87 – Bob Leach (Alumni Affairs Director, Assistant Vice President For Alumni and Development, Head Football Coach, Development Officer)
1985-86 – Tom Walsh (Dean, Official Timekeeper, Athletic Associates Member)
1984-85 – Bill Buckingham (Public Address Announcer, Associate Vice President For Student Services)
1982-83 – Tim Pendell (Sports Information Director)
1981-82 – Dr. Frederick Birkham (Health Center Director)