Gonzaga Wins Two Awards From Local Sportswriters And Broadcasters

Feb. 9, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University Bulldogs men's basketball team received two awards on Wednesday afternoon as the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters handed out their 2004 awards at the 27th annual luncheon. Also earning recognition for his service to the Spokane sports community was former Bulldogs head baseball coach Steve Hertz who was awarded the 25-year service award.

Blake Stepp was named the 2004 Amateur Male Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year after winning back-to-back West Coast Conference Player of the Year awards and being named to the Associated Press All-America second team.

The Bulldogs men's team was named the 2004 Team of the Year after reaching number two in the national rankings and earning a number two seed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Hertz was honored for his 25-plus years of service to the Spokane sports community. The former Bulldogs baseball coach has also worked extensively with the American Legion baseball program, local camps and clinics, and been involved with the coaching of the youth teams that his six children have participated on. Hertz moved into a new position in the athletic department in the fall of 2003 after collecting 637 wins as the Bulldogs skipper.

Also receiving awards from the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters committee were New York Jets rookie defensive back Erik Coleman as the 2004 Professional Athlete of the Year; former Eastern Washington University men's basketball coach Ray Giacoletti as 2004 Coach of the Year; and University of Idaho women's basketball player Emily Faurholt as 2004 Women's Amateur Athlete of the Year.

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