Asselin, Stanchek Nab Red Brown Cup

Junior track and field runner Marie-Louise Asselin and senior offensive lineman Ryan Stanchek have been selected as the recipients of the 2009 Red Brown Cup, presented annually to West Virginia University's most outstanding all-around student-athletes.

The Red Brown Cup encompasses the student-athlete's athletic, academic and civic achievement. The WVU Athletic Council voted last year to annually award the top male and female student-athletes.

A three-year letterwinner and a native of Sarnia, Ontario, Asselin earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year after guiding the cross country team to a fourth-place finish in the 2008 NCAA cross country championship. She became WVU's first ever individual BIG EAST individual cross country champion last fall. She finished third in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9:22.05 at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships this season and she ran anchor for the distance medley relay team that took 10th place at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Asselin is a member of the WVU Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll and is a BIG EAST Academic All-Star with a 3.73 GPA in exercise physiology. An ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II first team honoree, she was also named to the All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She also volunteers her time with the West Virginia Flyers Indoor Track Club that trains middle and high school children in the sport of track at the Jerry Lewis telethon which benefits multiple sclerosis research.

Stanchek, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native, was a four-year starter at left tackle for the Mountaineers and was a four-year letterwinner. His 45 career starts are second most in school history and he was a member of the most successful senior class in school history (42-9). A two-time-time Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American and an All-BIG EAST first team performer, Stanchek helped the Mountaineers to being ranked in the Top 25 for 49 weeks, 29 of those in the Top 10.

In the classroom, Stanchek is a two-time ESPN The Magazine All-District selection, a member of the WVU Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll and is a BIG EAST Academic All-Star while obtaining his bachelor's degree in physical education with a 3.5 GPA. He will earn his master's in special education this summer.

In the community, Stanchek has spoken to youth about staying in school and avoiding drugs and has visited children in local hospitals.

The award is in memory of Robert "Red" Brown, former WVU coach and athletic director.

Past winners of the Red Brown Cup:

Jim Bishop, rifle (1988)
Tracey Thompson, volleyball (1989)
Don DeCarlo, track (1990)
Scott Collins, wrestling (1991)
Rosemary Kosiorek, basketball (1992)
Mike Compton, football (1993)
Rich Braham, football (1994)
Lajuanda Moody, gymnastics (1994)
Bob Donker, track (1995)
Lisa Szymczak, basketball (1996)
Kristen Quackenbush, gymnastics (1996-97)
Charity Wachera, track (1998)
Eric deGroh, football (1999)
Rebecca Burbridge, basketball (1999)
Greg Robinette, football (2000)
Steve Bohan, track (2001)
Krista Smith, volleyball (2002)
Amanda Halovanic, gymnastics (2003)
Chrissie Abbott, soccer (2004)
Greg Jones, wrestling (2004-05)
Kevin Pittsnogle, basketball (2006)
Karrie Hutchins, soccer (2006)
Janáe Cox, gymnastics (2007)
Jay Henry, football (2007)
Nick Delic, swimming (2008), Kailee Goold, volleyball (2008)


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