Oct. 30, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University's head baseball coach Pat Murphy and former All-American golfer Jeff Quinney, in addition to Luis Gonzalez, Shawn Hunter, Tom Dillon, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have been selected as honorees for the 6th Annual March of Dimes Arizona Athletic Awards. The event, to be held Thursday, November 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bank One Ballpark, gives sports fans and guests the opportunity to mingle with sports stars, enjoy lunch at the ballpark, and bid on sports memorabilia and other items during the silent auction.
Honorees for 2001 include: "Outstanding Professional Athlete Award," Luis Gonzalez, Arizona Diamondbacks player, "Outstanding Sports Executive Award," Shawn Hunter, Phoenix Coyotes President and Partner, "Outstanding Team Award," Arizona Diamondbacks, "Sports Lifetime Achievement Award," Tom Dillon, Arizona Cardinals play-by-play announcer and Newsradio 550 KFYI sports director, "Outstanding Sports Leadership Award," Pat Murphy, Arizona State Head Baseball Coach, and "Outstanding Amateur Athlete Award," Jeff Quinney, former ASU golf standout.
Murphy, who enters his eighth year as head baseball coach at Arizona State, has maintained the level of excellence of the Sun Devil baseball program, guiding the Devils to postseason play in four of the past five years. Maintaining a career 269-143-1 record at ASU, he was named the 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the 1998 Baseball America National Coach of the Year.
Quinney, who retired his eligibility at ASU and is now in the process of gaining his PGA card and has been playing in several Buy.com tour events, landed his name in the national spotlight by winning the 2000 United States Amateur. The native of Eugene, Ore., was a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, the 1999 NCAA West Regional medalist and was a second-team All-American. He recently played in three of golf's four major championships, the 2000 Master's, U.S. Open and British Open. He also holds the course record at the home of Sun Devil golf, Karsten Golf Course, when he posted a remarkable 62 in 1999.
Murphy and Quinney continue a legacy of ASU being recognized by the March of Dimes, with head basketball coach Rob Evans earning the "Outstanding Sports Leadership" award in 2000 and Sun Devil baseball All-American Casey Myers being named "Outstanding Amateur Athlete" last year.
Tom Ambrose, Sr. V.P. of Public Affairs for the Phoenix Suns, serves as Chairman of this year's event and Honorary Chairmen and hosts are former Phoenix Suns players and current Suns executives, Tom Chambers and John Shumate. Tickets for the March of Dimes Arizona Athletic Awards are $100 each and reserved tables of 10 are $1,000. Sponsors include The Phoenix Suns, KTAR 620 AM, Arizona Diamondbacks and APS.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the March of Dimes at 602-266-9933. Proceeds from this event will be used to support the March of Dimes mission of preventing birth defects and infant mortality through research, education, community services and advocacy. Additional information is available on the March of Dimes websites at www.modimes.org or in Spanish at www.nacersano.org.