Katherine Plouffe - BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year, Winning on All Fronts
During senior women's basketball player Katherine Plouffe's first visit to Marquette, she thought Milwaukee was one thing many people don't associate with the city in the dead of winter.
She thought it was green.
"My coaches mentioned that it wasn't even summer or spring yet," she said. "I'm not a very big city person, but I'm also not a small-town-where-everyone-knows-everyone-kind-of girl. It just felt comfortable here."
Plouffe quickly began feeling comfortable on the court too. The Edmonton, Alberta native averaged 6.5 points in the post her first season at Marquette. Now in her final season, she shot 100% from three point range in a senior night battle against Creighton, bringing back her outside shot that she developed in high school as a point guard.
"I'm more versatile and can score on more people. It's just been a fluctuating adjustment to develop my skills in different ways and in different areas. Now I've got a good base for beating people up inside, I can move back out, so that's been fun," she said. "At the beginning of the season, I wasn't confident in shooting as much as I'm able to do, I guess after senior night, that was huge."
Shortly after senior night, KP, as she is affectionately called, was named the women's basketball BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The double communication studies and psychology major enjoys how her majors complement each other and describes herself as a lifelong learner.
"If I'm talking to someone, I get to know how they're thinking and what may have provoked those kinds of perspectives and the psychological patterns behind how people communicate and why they communicate in a certain way. I can learn what makes you like something or why you want to do something," she said.
Talking with others helped Plouffe grow in another area of her life: her faith. Plouffe, a Christian, frequently discusses her faith with redshirt sophomore, Lauren Tibbs, and assistant coach Tyler Summitt. Plouffe highlighted the Jesuit influence at Marquette on her faith, specifically the commitment to service, that encouraged her to actively discern and get more involved in the Christian community.
"My faith is something that definitely stabilizes me and keeps me grounded. When I'm away from home, that doesn't matter. When I hopefully go overseas, my faith is going to be important; I won't see my family frequently."
"I truly believe God was pulling me here. He did something that made me come here. I just believe I was supposed to come here, meet these people, do what I did. Marquette has prepared me for my future. Being in this type of environment where you're kind of pushed out of the nest to go be on your own, it is definitely a model for the "real world"."
After setting a program and WNIT record for most rebounds in a game (26) in MU's victory over Indiana St., the real world will be basketball related in Plouffe's near future. She is a member of the Canadian women's national team and narrowly missed playing on the team in the 2010 Olympic Games in London, England. Her twin sister, Michelle, who plays for Utah, made the Olympic team and KP cheered her on in London.
"I've gotten to see a lot, experience a lot of cultures and build relationships with people throughout the years that I have been involved with Canada basketball," she said. "Definitely the next step is playing in the Olympics. Rio 2016. I'm excited for that."
For Plouffe, her Marquette experience is so much more than a basketball career. Like most seniors, she now reflects on her time at Marquette more frequently because of her impending graduation. Little things, like a fellow student saying hello on the street, have made an impact on her. In return, she hopes to have made a positive impact on them.
"I think I added positive value to their lives. Whether that be your daughter came to camp and I gave her some basketball knowledge or you were in my class and you took the time to get to know me. I think I would've impacted their lives positively in a way that goes beyond basketball. Just being a positive force and influence on people."
That impact can be directly tied to Blue and Gold Fund donors, who Plouffe says have given her the opportunity to develop herself as a person and as a basketball player for the past four years.
"Their impact is going to grow exponentially. How they have impacted me will impact other people and that's a credit to them. They may never know by second or third degree. It goes a long way. I'll always be thanking them for the opportunity. I'll be thanking them wherever I go."
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The Dayton 10 - Band of brothers celebrate 25-years of friendship, fun and Marquette basketball
"I vividly remember the bar in Dayton where we all committed, `this needs to be an annual tradition,'" says Tim Hanley, Bus Ad '78. "That's usually just bar talk, but we've now backed up that pledge for the past 25 years. You can only imagine how close I feel to this group."
It all started in 1988 when Tim's brother, Brian Hanley, Bus Ad '87, gathered a group of ten friends and family members to travel to Dayton, Ohio to cheer on the Marquette men's basketball team in their first conference tournament with the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
"We travelled in a rickety old RV with no gas cap that spilled gas every time we turned left," recalls Tim. The group had only made it as far as Chicago when they learned that Marquette had already lost. "Not such a good start to what is now a 25-year tradition," says Tim. "But without hesitation, we forged on to Dayton anyway and had the weekend that ensured we would always come back."
The group called itself, "The Dayton 10." They still do.
"The name will remain no matter where the tournament is held and no matter how many participants we have," explains Jack Sichterman, Jour '87, former men's basketball guard/forward and among the group's founding members.
Every year since 1988, the Dayton 10 have followed Marquette to the conference tournament--be it the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, the Great Midwest Conference, Conference USA or the Big East--to support their alma mater.
"Initially this was a fun chance to watch some college hoops and be with a great group of friends since our college days were just ending," says Tom Bray, Bus Ad '89, another Dayton 10 founder. "Since we weren't seeing each other as often as we used to in college, this became a great opportunity to re-connect regularly."
"It was an easy call for me," adds Tim. "I had the chance to hang out with three of my brothers and their closest friends and watch Marquette hoops. What could be better?"
"Brian was my best friend and the other guys in the group were close, so part of it was driven by that camaraderie," says Jack. "Beyond that, all of us are die-hard fans of Marquette basketball and of the university itself. In my case, that meant turning down scholarships elsewhere to walk-on at Marquette."
Improving with age
Today the Dayton 10 is more like 15 or 20. "The group has evolved over the years, and some attendees have come and gone during this time, but the core Dayton 10 has stayed mostly intact thanks, in large part, to Brian's brothers," says Tom.
"As the conference tournament has changed cities and the university has changed conferences, more than 50 different people have joined the Dayton 10 over the years," says Jack. "Some come every once in a while, a few have come every single year."
"The love for Marquette basketball has never changed, though the venues certainly have," adds Tim.
Other changes over the years involve personal circumstances. "We now all juggle families, our kids' sports teams, careers and the other things that we didn't have in our twenties," explains Jack. "We also used to have our own annual basketball game as part of the trip, but those games began to decrease as the number of blown knees and torn Achilles increased." Jack also notes that the group's various modes of transportation have improved considerably since that first trek in the capless RV. "One thing that has not changed, however, is the camaraderie, the passion for college hoops and our positive attitude," Jack points out. "No matter what city we visited, we always enjoyed interacting with the fans from other teams and we always wanted to make a good impression. We were always focused on leaving the city better than we found it."
A death in the family
In 2003, Brian Hanley, founder of the Dayton 10, was diagnosed with cancer. After a heroic struggle, he passed away in October of 2004.
"Brian's courageous fight against cancer and his eventual death had a huge impact on the group," explains Jack. "He attended the trip and, to a great extent, planned it until his final year, so we all gained a greater perspective on how special the trip was and how much Brian meant to it. His presence is still heavy on the trip and we often pause to remember him while together."
"If anything, Brian's death crystallized the importance for all us to make this trip a priority in our busy schedules," says Tom. "I can tell you as soon as the dates are announced, this trip goes on my calendar, and very few things are able to trump my attending it. We miss Brian greatly, and spending time with each other is a great way to make sure we remember his importance in our lives."
"It hasn't been easy to follow Brian's lead, but since his passing I have had the honor of taking on the role of Dayton 10 organizer," explains Tim. "Overall, I feel a special bond with these guys, and it all comes back to my brother Brian."
Among the group's efforts to honor their founder, friend and brother was the establishment of the Brian Hanley Fund.
"Brian's legacy of leadership and his ability to connect people is a constant within all of the events we plan in support of the Brian Hanley Fund, which was created before he died to raise money for causes Brian was passionate about, including Marquette University," says Jack.
At Marquette, the group established the Dayton 10 Scholarship Fund for Marquette student-athletes participating in basketball. After Brian's death, they changed the fund's name to the Brian D. Hanley Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
"This trip is no longer just a simple basketball-centric get together, but a tribute to the friendship and respect we all still carry for each other and, to this day, for Brian," says Tom. "Even in his passing, he remains a strong focal point of our efforts. In many ways we know Brian is with us, and getting together annually gives us a chance to remember him in a special way each year."
A wealth of memories
"There are so many memories, but one of the things I am most proud of is my record of never missing one tourney over these past 24 years, and I do not intend to miss our 25th," says Tim. "Several years I have taken a flight home midway through the tourney, either to see my sons play high school basketball or take care of an important business matter, and then taken a flight back to whatever city the tourney was in. I just did not want to miss any of the fun. There is just nothing like spending a weekend with your brothers and closest friends."
"My favorite memory has to be a 1996 dinner at B.B. King's Blues Club in Memphis," recalls Jack. "All 20 of us held court at a single table in the middle of the restaurant and proceeded to have what I think is still the greatest celebration of the spirit of the trip. The energy and camaraderie we all felt that night is almost impossible to describe, but it taught me that the basketball games, while great, really take a back seat to the connections we made. In fact, we lost the championship game to Cincinnati in overtime that night, but all of us had a great time anyway."
Spreading the tradition
"I am very proud that I have brought this tradition to the next generation," says Tim. "My sons Rob and Mike, who both attended Marquette, have joined us in the recent past. Rob, like Jack Sichterman, was fortunate to be able to walk on to Marquette's basketball team a few years back. The connections seem to extend everywhere."
"We would absolutely encourage others, especially current students and young graduates, to start their own Dayton 10," says Jack. "It's a natural way to keep friends connected and to stay connected to the university. After 25 years, we're still going strong, and I expect we'll attend Marquette's conference tournament for the next 25 years, no matter which city is hosting it."
"This conference tournament trip is still an event I look forward to every year," adds Tom. "The basketball, the friendships, the connection to the university and other fans who attend, are something that I will always look forward to and insure that I make this annual pilgrimage a priority on my schedule. Since Marquette is smaller than many of the other schools competing, we need more fans to attend and support the team to expand our fan base. Please, come and join us!"
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2014 Athletic Alumni Awards
The 2014 Athletic Alumni Award winners will be honored in a ceremony at the Al McGuire Center on Friday, April 25th at 4:30 pm. The following evening they will be recognized at the MU Alumni Association All-University awards program.
More information on the event and to register will be available from early March on at http://www.marquette.edu/alumni/
The recipients this year are:
Alumnus of the Year
Willie Hines, Arts '88, basketball
Hines served as President of the Milwaukee Common Council from 2004 to early 2014, when he stepped down to become associate director with Milwaukee's Housing Authority. He had been an alderman since 1996.
Hines played basketball at MU in 1984 and 1985. He credits his time at Marquette for helping him develop intellectually, spiritually and mentally.
Bob E. Quinn, Sr., Arts '58, track
A third generation family member to work as an executive in Major League Baseball, Quinn started with the Eau Claire Braves and later served the Milwaukee Braves, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants at the highest levels.
Quinn, who ran track from 1954-58 - including a year as team captain - credits his time at Marquette with teaching him how to succeed and how to treat others with respect. To this day, he keeps in touch with his former teammates.
Jamil Lott, Arts '07, basketball
Lott is one of five behavioral specialists at Washington Technology Magnet middle school in Minneapolis, where he serves as a role model and helped lead drastic improvement in attendance, grade point average, community connections and behavior. During his time at Marquette, Lott grew confident that he could be much more than a basketball player. Now he's passing along lessons about exceeding expectations to disadvantaged youth.
Friends of the Department
Patrick and the late Jane (Gramling) Carlin, Bus '67 and Sp `65
Two sons played soccer at MU and they have generously supported both soccer programs through the years, including establishing an endowed scholarship in 1992, the sixth athletic endowment in MU's history. Patrick and Jane were married for 45 years. "Jane and I lived by the premise that you don't just take from a community. You give back," Patrick says. "Jane was a remarkable woman. She was a teacher both by profession and temperament. Our four children and 11 grandchildren learned about the power and strength of family from her."
Hy Popuch Memorial Service Award
Brian Brewer, Bus '96, soccer
Playing soccer was a main reason for Brian to attend Marquette. Because of his experience, Brian has worked to continually enhance the student-athlete experience at Marquette through his service on the M Club Board, and recently he and his wife Laura, Arts '98, established an endowed scholarship. Professionally, he is a managing director in the public finance department at Robert W. Baird. "Laura and I both feel that we were provided with a great opportunity to experience Marquette through the hard work and sacrifice of others, most notably our parents," Brian says.
Miller was a standout player for soccer, earning honors as BIG EAST Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year and COSIDA All-American. In addition, she was an Academic All-American and proven leader among her many other accomplishments. "Playing college soccer was always a dream of mine," said Miller, receiving the McCahill Award as MU's top student-athlete for scholarship, leadership and athletics. "My Marquette experience far exceeded my expectations both as a team and individually." Her sister, Katie Miller, won the award in 2010.
Allison Miller, Com '13, soccer
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GoMarquette.com Upgrade and Updates
Keep up-to-date with everyday news through Marquette's athletic website: http://www.GoMarquette.com/
Recent updates include:
Ryan Theis has joined Marquette as its new head women's volleyball coach. Ryan comes to MU from the Ohio University, where he had a 144-57 record over six years. Under his guidance, Ohio earned four NCAA Championship appearances, advancing to the second round twice, and won four conference tournament championships. He is third in wins among active NCAA volleyball coaches. Theis was also a two-time conference coach of the year. He is a native of Wisconsin and played at UW-Milwaukee.
Both the men's and women's lacrosse teams have started their seasons, their first in the BIG EAST Conference. This season they are eligible for postseason competition.
Also be sure to check out away and home schedules for Marquette track and women's and men's tennis. Follow all 16 varsity programs through GoMarquette.com
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Marquette Special Athletic Events this Summer
To help slog through the remaining days of winter, mark your calendars for the following athletic-related golf outings:
Marquette Golf Club Invitational (supporting Marquette men's golf team)
Friday, June 6, 2014
Hidden Glen Golf Club
Tee It Up For Hoops (supporting Marquette women's basketball team)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Legend at Bristlecone
M Club Golf Outing
Registrations will open soon! For questions, please contact Sarah Claus at (414) 288-4785 or email@example.com
Monday, August 11, 2014
Tuckaway Country Club
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2014 Basketball Year-End Banquets
Join the Marquette men's and women's basketball teams as they hold 2014 end of year banquets.
Men's basketball - Tuesday April 15 - Harley Davidson Museum
Register Online|2013-14 Banquet RSVP
Join the Marquette men's basketball team as we recognize the 2013-14 team!
5:30 pm - Mingle with staff and players
Heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
6:30 pm Program and awards ceremony
Special performance by ComedySportz, voted the #1 comedy club in Milwaukee
$15 kids 12 & under
(Kids 2 & under are free)
At the crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets
For questions or special needs, please contact Sarah Claus at (414) 288-4785 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's basketball - Wednesday, April 23 - Al McGuire Center
Register Online|2013-14 RSVP Form
Join the Marquette women's basketball team as we recognize the 2013-14 team!
6:00 pm - Reception and Hors d'oeuvres
7:00 pm Program and awards ceremony
Kids 12 & underare free
Al McGuire Center
770 N. 12th Street - Milwaukee, WI
Compliance Corner: Blue & Gold Fund - Compliance: Recruiting Review
Marquette Athletics thanks you and wants to continue its great tradition of complying with the NCAA rules pertaining to boosters' role in the recruiting process. As a reminder, the last regular signing period for the National Letter of Intent begins April 16, 2014. Below, please find a list of some of the permissible and impermissible activities that pertain to you in regards to prospects and the recruiting process as we enter this last recruiting period of the academic year.
- Continue to maintain contact with prospects and their families if you have a verifiable pre-existing relationship with the prospects/families, which was not a result of the prospects' sport, so long as you do not attempt to recruit the prospects.
- Speak to a prospect on the telephone only if the prospect initiates the telephone call and the call is not for recruiting purposes. Please note that the telephone call shall not be prearranged by you or a Marquette staff member.
- Attend high school, junior college, or other amateur events. However, be sure to refrain from contacting prospects, their family members, or their coaches for the purpose of recruiting them while at the games/events.
- Unavoidable incidental contact (e.g., "hi," "excuse me) made with a prospect, provided the contact is not prearranged by you or a Marquette staff member; does not take place at Marquette; does not take place at a competition or practice involving the prospect; is not made for the purpose of recruiting; and involves normal civility.
- Inform Marquette coaches of prospects by sending the coaches articles or other information regarding the prospects.
- Contact prospects or their families, either in-person, by telephone, in writing, or via any social media network (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
- Provide any type of benefit (e.g., money, services, gifts, discounts) to prospects or their families/friends.
- Contact a prospect's coach, principal, or counselor for any recruiting or evaluation purposes.
- Visit a prospect's school to pick up video or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of the prospect's athletic ability or academic eligibility.
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