Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 01:05
1. Ian Hennessy (men’s soccer)
When Hennessy took over the men’s soccer program in 2006, the team had not made a conference tournament or a winning record since 1996. It had not reached the NCAA Tournament since 1970.
Prior to 2010, the Hens had not finished higher than eighth in the CAA since joining in 2002.
It took a little while for Hennessy to build up the program, but now Delaware is at the top of the CAA. It began last season when the Hens qualified for their first ever CAA Tournament before losing to top-seeded William & Mary in the semifinals with 30 seconds left in double overtime.
This year, the team reeled off seven straight wins to start the season and battled for a top seed in the CAA Tournament. The Hens finished fourth and swept through the conference tournament before earning the biggest win in the program’s history, 1-0 at Virginia.
Hennessy led the squad to UCLA, who have one of the most successful programs of all time. The Hens lost 1-0 on a late goal in the second half.
Hennessy’s formation of a 4-2-2-1-1 helped keep Delaware’s chances up in every game, no matter who it was playing. The Hens were strong at the back, had a perfect combination of John Dineen’s strength and Vincent Mediate’s finesse in the center of midfield and had Evans Frimpong and Roberto Giménez up top to score the goals.
2. Bonnie Kenny (volleyball)
The most successful team, in terms of regular season and conference championships, over the past several years is volleyball.
The team has parlayed this success into a loyal following and will begin play in their new home down on South Campus in the Carpenter Center expansion. Head coach Bonnie Kenny has overseen this program as it has risen to be a NCAA Tournament regular.
This year was no different than years past. The Hens rolled through the conference to earn the top seed and home court advantage in the conference tournament for the second straight year. Just as in 2010, the Hens won both games to qualify for another NCAA Tournament. It is Kenny’s fourth CAA crown while at Delaware.
She led the Hens into the 2012 NCAAs where they won their first round game against American University. It is the second time Kenny has won a game in the NCAA Tournament.
3. Tina Martin (women’s basketball)