Dickau, Lustig Senior Athletes of Year
May 1, 2002
SPOKANE, Wash. - Men's basketball guard Dan Dickau, women's rower Nicole Lustig and Joe and Joan Gagliardi were honored Tuesday at the 19th annual Gonzazga University Bulldog Club Senior Athletes Luncheon.
Dickau was tabbed the Male Senior Athlete of the Year, Lustig was named the Female Senior Athlete of the Year and the Gagliardi's receive the Bulldog Club Service Award for their many years of involvement with and contributions to Bulldog athletics.
Dickau leaves Gonzaga as the most decorated athlete in school history. Among his personal accomplishments this past season were:
Gonzaga's inaugural first-team Associated Press All-American Gonzaga's first John R. Wooden Award Top Five All-America selection and Player of the Year finalist National Association of Basketball Coaches District 14 first team Naismith Player of the Year Finalist West Coast Conference Player of the Year Two-time WCC Men's Basketball Tournament MVP Led the WCC in scoring with 21.0 points per game, tying him for 24th in the country First-team Verizon Academic All-American with a 3.40 GPA in broadcasting Represented USA Basketball on the 2001 World University Games bronze medal teamIn his two seasons at Gonzaga he scored 1,125 points for a 20.1 average and handed out 299 assists to rank seventh.
His play the past two seasons helped extend Gonzaga's NCAA Tournament run to four straight years, including a third straight Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2001. The Bulldogs' 29-4 record this past season set a single-season school record for victories, and their number six ranking in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll was the highest ranking in school history.
Dickau will spend the remainder of the spring at several NBA tryout camps in preparation for the June 26 NBA draft.
Lustig has helped continue a rowing tradition at Gonzaga. This Friday she will be aiming to be a member of her third West Coast Conference Women's Rowing championship team as the Bulldogs aim for a sixth straight title. Last season she made the jump from the Novice Eight to the Varsity Eight boat as Gonzaga won its fifth WCC title in as many seasons, the Bulldogs the only team to win the title since the inception of the WCC Championship. She also helped the Bulldogs to second in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta and to third place in the Avaya Collegiate Championships.
Lustig was named to the All-WCC first team, the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-West Region team and to the All-WIRA team. The native of Moses Lake, Wash., also earned All-Academic honors in the WCC and from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association with a 3.86 GPA in special education. Last week she was recognized as the athletic department's Female Scholar of the Year at the Gonzaga Academic Convocation.
The Gagliardi's, born and raised in Spokane, are both Gonzaga alums. Joe graduated from the Gonzaga School of Law in 1959, and Joan graduated from Gonzaga in 1960. Each has served as president of the Gonzaga Alumni Association, has served as members of the Board of Regents and is Distinguished Alumni Merit Award recipients.
The Gagliardi's have been Bulldog Club members and basketball season ticket holders for more than 20 years, and Joe teamed with Pat West during the annual Bulldog Club Jog-A-Thon to raise more than $50,000 for the Bulldog Club. Joan has volunteered many hours as a member of the Charlotte Y. Martin Foundation. Among the projects undertaken by the foundation has been the addition of new bleachers to the Martin Centre and the construction and subsequent improvements to the Gonzaga Boathouse.
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