April 12, 1999
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame track standout Mike Brown, soccer defenseman Phil Murphy, women’s lacrosse scoring star Kerry Callahan and tennis players Jennifer Hall and Andy Warford have been selected as the 1999 recipients of the Byron V. Kanaley Awards.
The Kanaley Awards are considered the most prestigious honors presented by the University of Notre Dame to its student-athletes. They have been presented since 1927 to the senior monogram athletes who have been most exemplary as students and leaders. Selected by the Faculty Board on Athletics, the awards are named in honor of a 1904 Notre Dame graduate who played baseball for the Irish, then went on to a successful banking career in Chicago. Kanaley served the University in the Alumni Association and as a lay trustee until his death in 1960.
Brown (Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.) earned All-America honors in indoor track in ’99 and is a three-time BIG EAST Conference pole vault champion. He’s a six-time all-BIG EAST performer who holds the Irish indoor record at 17-10 1/2 as well as the outdoor mark (17-3). He received the BIG EAST/Target Scholar-Athlete Award for 1998-99 among Irish male athletes. A pre-professional major with a 3.456 cumulative grade-point average, he plans to attend dental school.
Murphy (Brentwood, Tenn.) is a former walk-on who became a two-year starter and team MVP and a senior co-captain, as the top marking back for the Irish in ’98. A four-year monogram winner, he participated in the NCAA Foundation/Leadership Council in the summer of ’98 and also received a leadership award in ’98 from the University’s Office of Student Activities. He has earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages in each of his last four semesters and owns a 3.908 cumulative average as a finance major.
Callahan (Churchville, Pa.) currently leads the nation in assists at 2.8 per game while helping the Irish top the nation in team scoring. A three-year starter and two-time Irish captain, she currently leads the squad in scoring with 27 goals and 28 assists. She has a 3.708 average as a communications and theater major.
Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.) is a two-time All-American who holds the all-time Notre Dame record for singles wins (112-57 career mark). She plays number-two singles for the Irish and currently is ranked 62nd nationally with a 25-10 record. She plays number-one doubles with Michelle Dasso — and they’ve combined so far in ’99 for a 23-7 record and a national ranking of eighth. She has a 3.489 average as an accountancy major.
Warford (Bismarck, N.D.) is in his first year as a regular in the Irish lineup, playing number-six singles. He owns a 27-23 career singles mark and has posted the clinching victory in three of Notre Dame’s 12 match wins so far in ’99. He has a 3.806 average as a finance major, including a perfect 4.0 mark in the fall ’98 semester.
All five winners are members of the University’s Academic Honors Program.