Badger Sports Roundup, May 18

Gawlik promoted; Pearson hired as football athletic trainer; softball postseason awards

Gawlik promoted to athletic department senior staff

Wisconsin Assistant Athletic Director Terry Gawlik will be promoted to Athletic Director Barry Alvarez' senior staff, Alvarez announced Wednesday.

Gawlik will assume some of the duties of Senior Associate Athletic Director Cheryl Bailey, who will leave the athletic department Aug. 31. Bailey's other duties will be divided among other senior staff members, eliminating the need to hire a new staff member, according to the press release.

"The changes we've made will lead to a more streamlined staff as we have effectively eliminated one full-time staff position in administration," Alvarez said. "Additionally, we've addressed my desire to have direct reporting lines for all sports to senior staff level positions."

Gawlik will oversee 13 sports: men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track, volleyball and wrestling.

Gawlik, an assistant athletic director since 1997, will also take on Senior Woman Administrator duties, reporting on behalf of UW to the Big Ten and NCAA. She will be promoted to associate athletic director in July.

"Obviously, I am thrilled with the opportunity that Barry (Alvarez) has presented to me," Gawlik said. "I feel as though I've had a terrific mentor in Cheryl (Bailey), and I am committed to providing the resources for our coaches and student-athletes to reach their goals."

Gawlik earned her bachelor's degree from Southwestern University in 1981 and her master's degree from Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University) in 1983. She has coached women's basketball, women's track and men's and women's tennis at the NAIA and NCAA Division III levels.

In additional re-organizing: Associate Athletic Director for Administration Doug Beard will oversee the compliance department and the men's and women's hockey programs, while Associate Athletic Director for Operations John Chadima will supervise the equipment room and the men's and women's golf and rowing teams.

Pearson new assistant athletic trainer

Clark Pearson has been named an assistant athletic trainer and the head football athletic trainer, effective June 1.

Pearson comes to Wisconsin from the University of Oklahoma, where he was an assistant athletic trainer for football, baseball, wrestling and women's soccer. He also taught classes on sports medicine at Oklahoma, supervised the graduate assistants and student trainers, and served as a consultant for an online sports injury Web site.

"Clark Pearson is an accomplished athletic trainer from a university with demonstrated success in football on the national scene," said Dennis Helwig, the university's head athletic trainer. "He is well versed on the care demands of Division I football athletes and our student-athletes will benefit from his expertise."

Pearson earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from the University of Kentucky and received his master's degree in human relations from Oklahoma. At Kentucky and Oklahoma, he served as a student trainer with numerous sports.

Softball: Badgers earn postseason awards

The University of Wisconsin softball team handed out team awards at its recent annual banquet, recognizing the talent and dedication of members of its NCAA Tournament-bound team.

Earning co-Most Valuable Player for the second straight year were seniors catcher Boo Gillette and shortstop Kris Zacher. Zacher has a team-high 38 runs scored, a .669 slugging percentage, five triples and 17 stolen bases; she also currently holds the best single-season batting average in school history at .404.

Gillette has a team-high 10 doubles and has 34 runs batted in, 35 runs scored, 10 home runs and a .351 batting average. She and Zacher are tied for the most career home runs with 20 each.

Katie Hnatyk, a walk-on first baseman, earned Freshman of the Year honors. Her seven home runs in Big Ten games are a tie for the conference lead and her nine home runs are third best on the team. She also has a .328 batting average and 27 RBI.

Senior outfielder Anastasia Miller received the Golden Bat Award after recording single-season school records in home runs (11) and RBI (36). On Wednesday, she was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Mideast Region second team after her breakout campaign.

Other awards handed out include the Determination Award (to sophomore pitcher Eden Brock), the Coaches Award (to junior infielder Kaitlin Reiss), the Badger Pride Award (to sophomore center fielder Samantha Polito), the Academic Achievement Award (to freshman infielder Beth Gausden), the Clutch Hitter Award (to freshman outfielder Ricci Robben), and the Most Inspirational Player (senior outfielder Natalie Phillips).

Wisconsin hosts No. 23 DePaul at 5 p.m. Friday in an NCAA Regional matchup at Goodman Diamond in Madison.

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