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Senior Athletes Lauded
This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.
Two shooting standouts and a gridiron great capped their Bentley career by taking home some prestigious hardware. Basketball players Kim Brennan (Locust Valley, N.Y.) and Brian Tracey (Bow Mar, Colo.) were named Outstanding Senior Athletes, and football’s Jared Kawadler (Sharon, Mass.) was honored with the Edward J. Powers Scholar Athlete Award.
Brennan was a major factor in powering the Lady Falcons to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight this season after an eight-year absence. It was she who scored the final seven points in the regional championship game against Pace on March 15.
The Corporate Finance and Accounting major, who started every game at the critical point guard position, finished her career with 1,695 points – the most ever by a Bentley guard and fifth-most in program history.
“Kim’s selection as Outstanding Female Senior Athlete is another feather in the cap of someone who is among our finest student athletes,” said Bentley’s Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens. “Kim was an outstanding leader for her entire career.”
Tracey takes his place among Bentley’s best power forwards: a threat to score both inside and beyond the three-point line, and a rebounding force. The six-foot-five Coloradan completed his career ranked 10th in points (1,547) and 11th in rebounds (849) in program history.
His winning ways earned first-team All-Northeast-10 and All-East Region honors for the Management major. He helped the Falcons win three Northeast-10 regular season championships, make two trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight (2008, 2010) and reach the Sweet Sixteen four times. The cumulative record of the Falcons during the Tracey era was an impressive 110-23.
“Brian goes down as one of the top forwards to ever play at Bentley,” says 20-year head coach Jay Lawson. “He has a unique combination of competitiveness, athleticism, skill and intelligence that allowed him to excel at both ends of the floor. More importantly, Brian represented our school and program in a very positive fashion on and off the court.”
Leading by Example
Each year, the Bentley senior who embodies the definition of “scholar athlete” is honored with the Edward J. Powers Award. Its namesake, now deceased, was president of the old Boston Garden, a member of the Class of 1926, and a Bentley trustee.
“Jared epitomizes what every coach wants his players to be, which is to do the very best they can on the field, in the classroom, and in life,” says head football coach Thom Boerman. “He led by example, and through the Powers Award, all that effort is recognized. I expect him to go far.”
A three-year starter in the middle of the Falcons’ offensive line, Kawadler earned second-team All-Northeast-10 honors as well as being a repeat selection for the Northeast-10 Scholar–Athlete Sport Excellence Award for football. He also was chosen as a first-team ESPN Academic All-American.
On the academic front, the Economics–Finance major entered the spring semester with a lofty 3.88 grade point average and graduated summa cum laude.
In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges 2017, Bentley University is ranked #3 among “Best Regional Universities - North.”