Stampede of Champions honors Bulls' best
USF two-sport athlete Matthew O'Neal and reigning American Athletic Conference volleyball player of the year Erin Fairs were named the school's male and female athletes of the year, respectively, at a Bulls-centric, ESPY-type gala Sunday.
Billed as the second annual "Stampede of Champions," the event was staged by USF's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Every USF team was represented at the formal-attire affair held at the Sun Dome.
A complete list of award winners can be found here.
O'Neal, a junior from Jackson, Miss., recently set USF's outdoor triple-jump record (53 feet) and was a defender on USF's 2013 NCAA-Tournament qualifying team that posted eight shutouts.
Fairs, a 5-foot-11 sophomore from Texas, led the American in kills (429) and averaged the most digs per set (4.41) of any outside hitter in the nation last fall.
The Bulls men's golf team, which won the 2013 Big East title, was named team of the year. Softball coach Ken Eriksen, whose '13 club won the Big East tournament championship, was named coach of the year.
Junior Sam Greiner, a pitcher on Eriksen's club, was presented the Lee Roy Selmon Award, given to the student-athlete who provides an enduring example of "integrity, academic excellence, compassion and competitiveness."