HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest athletics department was highlighted by many firsts, school records and other academic and athletic success during the 2017-18 season.
Each weekday for the next 15 days we will add a new moment to our top 15 countdown to showcase some of the greatest moments throughout the past year.
#13: PNW’s Cordova Named National Semifinalist for Wooden Cup
Purdue Northwest men’s cross country senior standout Salvador Cordova (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll) was named one of 25 national semifinalists for The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup presented by Athletes for a Better World (ABW) when the national organization announced the award committee’s selections. To be nominated for the Wooden Cup, an athlete must exemplify strong character and leadership both on and off the field in addition to making worthwhile contributions to sport and society.
Cordova is a school record holder for the Pride men’s cross country team and was just the second cross country runner in program history to qualify for the national meet (2016). He was a finalist for the John Friend Leadership Award, which is the highest honor within PNW Athletics and currently serves as Vice President on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for Purdue Northwest.
Cordova also volunteered 40 hours each summer with the City of Hammond as part of its College Bound program and helped organize and implement a sexual assault awareness campaign on the PNW campus.
Full recap: http://www.pnwathletics.com/mcc/news/2017-18/4224/pnws-cordova-named-national-semifinalist-for-wooden-cup/
#14: Purdue Northwest Athletics Pays Special Tribute to John Friend
In a formal dinner and ceremony at Purdue Northwest’s Fitness & Recreation Center, the PNW Pride paid a special tribute to one of its long-time athletic administrators, John Friend. During the ceremony that included nearly 200 of Friend’s family, friends and colleagues, the University also officially announced the naming of its Fitness & Recreation court as “John Friend Court” and bestowed upon Friend the title of Director of Athletics Emeritus.
#15: Flessner Named NCBWA Division II National Pitcher of the Week
Just three days after earning the program’s first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Baseball Pitcher of the Week honor, Purdue Northwest junior Kyle Flessner (Thomasboro, Ill./Kankakee CC/Rantoul Township) made history again. Flessner was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II National Pitcher of the Week award winner