ECU Names 2007 Outstanding Scholar-Athletes


GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina junior swimmer Geoff Handsfield and senior volleyball setter Heidi Krug have been named ECU's Most Outstanding Male and Female Scholar-Athletes for 2006-07. The duo will be honored at the 18th Annual Breakfast of Champions Saturday morning, April 28, at the Murphy Center.

The award, sponsored by PCS Phosphate and the ECU Department of Athletics, is considered to be the most prestigious award that is presented annually to a male and female student-athlete. The award recognizes academic achievement at ECU, qualities of leadership, and service to the university and community.

Handsfield, a native of Morehead City, has compiled a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average as a physics major and is a member of the ECU Honors Program and EC Scholars program. He has also served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. As a freshman he earned team Rookie-of-the-Year honors and was voted team captain each of the next two seasons.

A two-time All-Conference USA performer, Handsfield has been involved with numerous community activities. This past summer he spearheaded an effort to collect school supplies for children in rural India and then assisted in the deliverance of the materials. He has assisted as a volunteer with the Pitt County Humane Society, ECU Disabilities Services and served as mentor in the Pitt County Pre-K Bilingual Program.

Like Handsfield, Krug, a native of Kildeer, Ill., has also maintained a 4.00 cumulative GPA as a biology major. She was recently recognized with the ECU Biology Outstanding Senior Award and has earned membership into the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies.

As a member of the volleyball team, Krug finished her career with a school-record 4,439 assists. For both her athletic and academic accomplishments she was named first team Academic All-America by ESPN The Magazine this season and earned academic all-district honors for a third consecutive season, while earning second team All-Conference USA honors. She was also named the Conference USA Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year as junior in 2005-06.

Sarah Kirkley, a midfielder on the women's soccer team, has been named the recipient of the Kristi Overton Female Scholar-Athlete Award, which recognizes an outstanding female student-athlete from North Carolina that has excelled as a freshman. She led the team in assists (10), was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team and was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates.

Seniors Mike Flye (baseball) and Jessica Potter (softball) have also been named the recipients of two post-graduate scholarships, while Robin Smith (men's golf) will receive the Walter and Marie Williams "Spirit of the East" post-eligibility scholarship award, which is presented annually to a student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the spirit of ECU.

The 2006-07 PCS Phosphate All-Academic Team will also be recognized Saturday. Along with Handsfield, Krug and Potter other recipients of the honor include: Sara Black (women's swimming), Matthew Dennish (men's track), Hayley Flynn (women's cross country), Taylor Gagnon (men's basketball), Amanda Mills (women's basketball), Chris Powell (baseball), Hannah Priest (women's tennis), Mary Puckett (women's soccer), Anthony Reale (men's golf), Kevin Roach (football), Stephen Tausend (men's cross country), Emily Thompson (women's track), Henrique Viana (men's tennis) and Michelle Williams (women's golf).