Brian Wardle & Rhegan Hyypio Named Co-Recipients Of 2001 McCahill Award
Feb. 15, 2002
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Former Marquette University men's basketball star Brian Wardle and women's soccer standout Rhegan Hyypio have been named co-winners of the 2001 McCahill Award by the Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The pair will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's basketball game vs. Louisville.
Wardle's selection marks the 17th time in the history of the award that a member of men's basketball team had received the honor while Hyypio is the second Marquette women's soccer player to earn the distinction.
The McCahill Award was established in 1946 by the McCahill Family in memory of their son and brother, Captain Robert L. McCahill, a student-athlete and graduate of the college of Liberal Arts, 1942, who was killed in action during World War II on Iwo Jima in 1945. The award is based on achievement in athletics, scholarship and service to the university and is given each year to a student-athlete who has graduated the previous year. This year marks the 55th presentation of the McCahill Award. During that time Colonel William P. McCahill, brother of Robert, was the driving force behind the establishment and presentation of this award. After the passing of Col. McCahill in 1999, Marquette University officially recognized the lifetime accomplishments of Colonel William P. McCahill and now presents this award in both men's names.
A native of Clarendon Hills., Ill., Wardle was a four-time letterwinner (1997-00) and left a lasting mark on the Golden Eagles' basketball program. A starter in 93 of the 117 games he played in, he concluded his career as Marquette's No. 3 and Conference USA's No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 1,690 points. Other Marquette career categories where he finished prominently ranked included three-point field goals (5th, 197), field goals (8th, 571), free throws (10th, 351) and free throw percentage (t-5th, 81.1%). As a senior during the 2000-01 campaign, he was named to the Conference USA First Team, the first MU player to earn first-team honors. Named as the squad's MVP, he paced the club in scoring with an average of 18.8 points per game, good for the No. 2 spot among C-USA performers. He either led or shared for the team's scoring lead in 17 contests and posted double figures in scoring on 27 occasions. He recorded a school seasonal record of 316 points in league outings while his 544 total points were sixth most by a Marquette senior. Wardle graduated with a GPA of just under 3.00 in his Communication Studies major (minor in marketing).
Off the court, he was named by the school's Department of Student Affairs as the recipient of the Student Leadership Award in 2000. In addition he was an organizer in MU's Student Athlete Council/Sinai Samaritan Wellness Clinic, and he also participated in numerous student-athlete speaker bureaus that went out and gave talks to area school children. He is currently playing for the Fayetteville franchise of the National Basketball Developmental League (NBDL).
Hyypio, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., assumed starting duties as a defender her freshman year and became a catalyst on the women's soccer squad that compiled 65 wins, two Conference USA championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths during her career.
As a senior in 2000, she helped the Golden Eagles to an overall record of 20-3-1 that included a regular-season league mark of 10-0-1, good for first place. She finished the campaign with 11 points on five goals, two of which were game winners, and one assist. She earned the most prestigious honor that a MU player had ever earned by being named as a first-team All-American as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Additionally, she was a first-team all-region and first-team All-Conference USA selection.
In her career, Hyypio was a four-time all-conference honoree, earning first-team status as a sophomore and senior, second-team acclaim as a junior and all-freshman honors in her first year. She was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 1998 and was tabbed as the Most Valuable Defender during the conference championship both in 1997 and in 1998.
A solid student, she was named as C-USA's 2000-01 Scholar Athlete of the Year for women's soccer and graduated with a 3.1 GPA in her English & Philosophy major (minor in Spanish). While at Marquette, she served as a volunteer in many organizations, including Pathfinders (runaway shelter for teens), Repairers of the Breach (men's homeless shelter), the Joy House (women and children homeless shelter). She is currently doing volunteer work in the Dominican Republic.
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