Jamie Mueller to Receive Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award
Nov. 2, 2007
MiLWAUKEE - Jamie Mueller will receive the 61st annual Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award at halftime of the Marquette vs. Rutgers men's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008.
The postgraduate award is based on achievement in athletics, scholarship and service to the university. Established in 1946, it has been given each year to a student-athlete who has graduated and in the opinion of the athletics board, demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics.
"I'm extremely honored to have received this award, and honestly it was very unexpected," Mueller said. "I see that I have followed in a line of some big names in the past and I am extremely honored to be part of this group and be a part of the future as well with the next upcoming candidates."
"It's a phenomenal award, it's a tremendous tribute to the McCahill family and everything Marquette stands for," head coach Pati Rolf said. "I think Jamie does a great job of representing all of the seniors who have done tremendous work. I think Jamie does a great job representing them because she epitomizes all of those great things that the seniors, and ones that put the big commitment in and the sacrifices they've made to represent Marquette."
Mueller concluded her career as one of the greatest Golden Eagle volleyball players ever to take the court and made a lasting impression on her coach and team.
"She is just a great kid, she has done tremendous service work for us, with the students and kids that come in for our future fanatic clinics, they are always some of the biggest in the country because of people like Jamie and her commitment to the program and how important it is. With the academic work she is just a great student," Rolf said. "I never had issues with her in terms of how she prioritizes the importance of academics. She overcame issues where size mattered and her senior year broke a number of records at Marquette and the BIG EAST, she just worked hard. She is uncomplicated; she works hard and never complains about anything. She was always very kind and gentle to the underclassmen. She made everyone really relaxed and her ability to be a great human being both on the court and off the court is Jamie's biggest attribute to the program over the course of the four years she was with us."
Following the 2006 regular season, Mueller was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, a first-time honor for a Marquette volleyball player. She was also named to the AVCA All-Northeast Region team and was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
She shattered MU records in 2006, setting the individual conference and university match record in kills with 38 at Villanova. She ranks seventh all-time with 1,064 kills. Mueller holds the all-time digs record with 1,567 and set the season record with 517 digs. She broke the BIG EAST and MU record with 41 digs in a match at Pacific. She is the only student-athlete in history to reach the 1,000-kills and 1,000-dig mark.
"I wouldn't be able to receive this award without the entire support of the athletic department and the support they gave me with my academics as well. They helped to push me along, driving me through my college career and now putting me into a promising career as well. I want to thank everyone who helped me succeed in my four years at Marquette," Mueller said.
The award was established by the McCahill family in memory of Captain Robert L. McCahill, a student-athlete who played football and 1942 graduate of the college of liberal arts. After college he was drafted by the Cleveland Rams then entered the Marine Corps as an officer. He served his country as a para-marine throughout the South Pacific during World War II, earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and gave his life in 1945, in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
This year marks the 61st presentation of this prestigious award that was established with the help of Marine Colonel William P. McCahill, Robert's brother, also a Marquette alumnus, with undergrad and Masters Degrees in Journalism, and who was also a student-athlete as Captain of the MU Track Team. He was a noted historian and author of three books, and served as the Executive Director of the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped for 27 years.
After Colonel McCahill's death in 1999, Marquette University officially renamed the award to recognize the lifetime accomplishments of both Captain Robert and Colonel William McCahill.