Wayne State’s Josh Renel Named Recipient of the 2011 GLIAC Jack H. McAvoy Award

Wayne State’s Josh Renel Named  Recipient of the 2011 GLIAC Jack H. McAvoy Award

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BAY CITY, Mich. — Wayne State University senior running back Josh Renel has been named recipient of the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Jack H. McAvoy Award as announced by Commissioner Dell Robinson. The award is presented annually to the GLIAC football player who best combines outstanding character and leadership on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

    A native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Renel has earned a 3.63 grade point average (4.0 scale) while majoring in marketing. He has been named to the GLIAC All-Academic football team three times, is a First Team Academic All-American, is a two-time member of the GLIAC Football All-Conference First Team, and a 2011 All-Region performer. A fall 2010 and 2011 GLIAC Commissioner’s Award recipient for athletic and academic excellence, Renel is an active member of the community and volunteers in his spare time to Make a Wish Foundation and the United Way Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, among other charities.

    This season, Renel helped the Warriors to the NCAA Division II championship game where he began the contest with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (only the second time in the Division II NCAA championship contest the opening kickoff was returned for a score). He finished the season ranked 28th nationally in all-purpose yards per game (146.00), 33rd in kickoff return average (25.61), and 55th in rushing yards per game (84.56). Renel led the GLIAC in all-purpose yards (2,336), was second in punt return average (12.8), third in rushing yards (1,353), and fourth in both rushing touchdowns (14) and kickoff return average (25.8).

    “Josh personifies the true meaning of the term student-athlete,” stated Commissioner Robinson. “He provides an outstanding platform for the McAvoy Award highlighting the type of student-athlete we have our conference. He will be a future leader in his field of study as well as his community.”

    Renel becomes the second Wayne State student-athlete to win the award joining Matt Fishburn who earned the award in 1997. Ferris State University has had the most recipients of the award (4), with Michigan Technological University, Saginaw Valley State University, Hillsdale College and Wayne State all have two apiece. The Award is named for former Hillsdale College director of athletics and head football coach, Jack McAvoy, who was instrumental in the founding of the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC), now known as the GLIAC.

Jack H. McAvoy Award Winners

2011 Josh Renel, Wayne State

2010

Phil Doerfler, Hillsdale

2009

Nick Bellanco, Ashland

2008

Jake Visser, Ferris State

2007

Mark Nicolet, Hillsdale

2006

Mike Klobucher, Ferris State

2005

Matthew Shem, Northern Michigan

2004

Neil Baumgartner, Saginaw Valley State

2003

Josh Sherko, Northern Michigan

 

Scott Stuible, Northwood

2002

Jason Battershell, Saginaw Valley State

2001

Chris Volz, Indianapolis

2000

Alex Kowalski, Michigan Tech

1999

Mo Harris, Ferris State

1998

Jeff Fox, Grand Valley State

1997

Matt Fishburn, Wayne State

 

Eric Tree, Michigan Tech

1996

Chris Pulliams, Ferris State

 

BAY CITY, Mich. — Wayne State University senior running back Josh Renel has been named recipient of the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Jack H. McAvoy Award as announced by Commissioner Dell Robinson. The award is presented annually to the GLIAC football player who best combines outstanding character and leadership on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
    A native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Renel has earned a 3.63 grade point average (4.0 scale) while majoring in marketing. He has been named to the GLIAC All-Academic football team three times, is a First Team Academic All-American, is a two-time member of the GLIAC Football All-Conference First Team, and a 2011 All-Region performer. A fall 2010 and 2011 GLIAC Commissioner’s Award recipient for athletic and academic excellence, Renel is an active member of the community and volunteers in his spare time to Make a Wish Foundation and the United Way Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, among other charities.
    This season, Renel helped the Warriors to the NCAA Division II championship game where he began the contest with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (only the second time in the Division II NCAA championship contest the opening kickoff was returned for a score). He finished the season ranked 28th nationally in all-purpose yards per game (146.00), 33rd in kickoff return average (25.61), and 55th in rushing yards per game (84.56). Renel led the GLIAC in all-purpose yards (2,336), was second in punt return average (12.8), third in rushing yards (1,353), and fourth in both rushing touchdowns (14) and kickoff return average (25.8).
    “Josh personifies the true meaning of the term student-athlete,” stated Commissioner Robinson. “He provides an outstanding platform for the McAvoy Award highlighting the type of student-athlete we have our conference. He will be a future leader in his field of study as well as his community.”
    Renel becomes the second Wayne State student-athlete to win the award joining Matt Fishburn who earned the award in 1997. Ferris State University has had the most recipients of the award (4), with Michigan Technological University, Saginaw Valley State University, Hillsdale College and Wayne State all have two apiece. The Award is named for former Hillsdale College director of athletics and head football coach, Jack McAvoy, who was instrumental in the founding of the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC), now known as the GLIAC.
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