March 3, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jenny Collins has been named a recipient of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday.
Collins, an attacker from Lansdale, Pa., has spent five seasons in College Park after serving a redshirt year as a freshman. The senior had a breakout year in 2009, scoring seven goals in 11 matches for the ACC champion Terrapins while helping guide Maryland all the way to the NCAA Final Four. In addition, she also serves as president of Maryland's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarship is awarded to selected student-athletes -- three from each league institution -- who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient has performed with distinction in both the classroom and his/her respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, all of whom are former ACC commissioners. The league's first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954-70 after a stint as the Director of Athletes at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.
Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served in that capacity for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletes and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.
Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner of September 1, 1987, and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan's tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.
Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James post-graduate scholarships were given as separate honors. The Jim Weaver Award, which originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James Award, established in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.