TEMPE, Ariz.—Arizona State University student-athletes Cory Hahn and Stephanie Preach were selected as recipients of the 2013-14 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal of Honor, the league announced.
The Conference Medal is awarded annually at each institution to the outstanding senior male and female student-athletes who exhibit “the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics, and leadership.”
Despite suffering a life-changing spinal injury his freshman season, baseball’s Cory Hahn graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business in four years with a degree in Business Communication.
Hahn earned 2014 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention recognition and was a Scholar Baller for all four years of college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in seven of eight semesters.
"It cannot be put into words what Cory has meant to us and meant to this program over the past four years," Head baseball coach Tim Esmay said. "He has been a great inspiration for all of Sun Devil Nation and there is no other young man who is more deserving of this honor than Cory."
Hahn was the 2013 Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award Recipient, which is presented by The National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). This is an award given to student athletes who have overcome great personal, academic and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.
A student coach for ASU baseball, Hahn is an ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run, a foundation that raises money for paralysis research). In 2013, Hahn received the Gene Autry Courage Award, and was a Major League Baseball draft pick, going in the 34th round to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"The Tom Hansen award is the elite recognition within our conference for outstanding student-athletes,” head volleyball coach Jason Watson said. “It speaks volumes to the quality of each individual selected. We are proud to have Stephanie and our program recognized with such an elite group."
Preach was a standout for the Sun Devil volleyball program both on and off the court, completing both her undergraduate degree in communications and her graduate degree in management in the span of four years. The Phoenix, Ariz., product participated with Sparky’s Tour for two years, visiting elementary schools to teach kids the importance of education.
Starting at libero for three seasons, Preach was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2012, and ended her tenure as a Sun Devil as only the second to amass more than 2000 digs in her career, with 2010. Preach was also a three-time All-Tournament team selection and was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice in her career.
"It's hard to talk about the impact Stephanie on our program without being emotional,” Watson said. “She has done so much for our team. But more than that, she has helped me be a much better coach. We'll never replace her - which is why it's hard to not having her in our gym."
Preach is the fourth Sun Devil volleyball student-athlete to be awarded the Tom Hansen Conference Medal of Honor, while Hahn is the second recipient from the baseball program.
Arizona State's Pacific-10/12 Conference Medalists
1979: Chris Mott, Football
1980: Dave Severn, Wrestling
1981: Dan Severn, Wrestling
1982: Alvin Davis, Baseball
1983: Gary Bohay, Wrestling
1984: Jim Carter, Golf and Mike Orn, Swimming
1985: Brad Rot, Gymnastics
1986: John Sweeney, Gymnastics
1987: Jeff Whitham, Swimming and Sherry Poole, Basketball
1988: Peter Boden, Swimming and Robyn Benincasa, Diving
1989: Chris Garrett, Football and Jacinta Bartholomew, Track & Field
1990: Dan St. John, Wrestling and Fran Ciak, Basketball
1991: Brian Gyetko, Tennis and Gea Johnson, Track & Field
1992: Richard Tapper, Swimming and Mindy Gowell, Volleyball
1993: Adam Brass, Football and Jennifer Helfrich, Volleyball
1994: Stevin Smith, Basketball and Tracy Cone, Golf
1995: Todd Demsey, Golf and Beata Kaszuba, Swimming
1996: Justin Dragoo, Football and Katie Freeland, Gymnastics
1997: Chris Hanell, Golf and Alyssa Johnson, Basketball/Softball
1998: Pat Tillman, Football and Reka Cseresnyes, Tennis
1999: Bobby Lazor, Basketball and Amy Shelton, Gymnastics
2000: Ed Carter, Tennis and Elizabeth McNabb, Gymnastics
2001: Casey Myers, Baseball and Amanda Burbridge, Volleyball
2002: Brandon Strong, Cross Country/Track & Field and Kelly MacDonald, Cross Country/Track & Field
2003: Eric Larkin, Wrestling and Lisa Aguilera, Cross Country/Track & Field
2004: Nick Brunelli, Swimming and Phelan Wright, Softball
2005: Andrew Walter, Football and Kylan Loney, Basketball
2006: Alejandro Canizares, Golf and Ashley Kelley, Gymnastics
2007: Niklas Lemke, Golf and Amy Hastings, Track and Field
2008: Kyle Alcorn, Track and Field and Jacquelyn Johnson, Track and Field
2009: Jeff Pendergraph, Basketball and Katie Cochran, Softball
2010: Ryan Whiting, Track and Field and Liz Harkin, Soccer
2011: Anthony Robles, Wrestling, and Kelcy McKenna, Tennis
2012: Aaron Pflugrad, Football and Kaitlyn Boyd, Softball
2013: Carrick Felix, Basketball and Constance Ezugha, Track and Field
2014: Cory Hahn, Baseball and Stephanie Preach, Volleyball