Creighton Inducts Trio Into Hall of Fame; Several Current Athletes Also Honored
Volleyball senior Abby Baumann and men’s cross country runner Brian Werner were awarded female and male Rev. Carl M. Reinert, S.J., Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, respectively, while Dr. Wayne & Eileen Ryan were named “Jaybackers of the Year.”
Women’s basketball player Ally Thrall and baseball player Ian Dike earned top Strength & Conditioning awards as well and were recognized.
Additionally, each Creighton team had one student-athlete claim a Most Inspirational Award for community service as well as outstanding athletic and academic performance.
Bios on each honoree are below, as are a list of Most Inspirational Award honorees:
One of the greatest sportsman the city of
A 1958 graduate of
Prior to being named Creighton’s Athletics Director, Leahy served on the Creighton Alumni Council and Athletic Board and was also the 1971 recipient of Creighton’s Alumni Merit Award.
Leahy graduated from Creighton Prep in 1947 and went on to earn his undergraduate degree from
Leahy and his wife, Carmen, have three grown children; John, Mary and Richard.
Brian Mullan enters the Athletic Hall of Fame as one of the top players in Creighton soccer history.
Mullan is second on the single season points scored list and fifth on the single-season goals list. He ranks fourth overall in individual career records with 104 points scored, 36 goals and 32 assists. During his senior season he led the Bluejays to their seventh Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and broke the NCAA tournament play record with 13 points.
In 2001, Mullan signed a contract with the MLS to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy as the 9th pick in the 1st round. In 2003, he was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes. He moved with his Earthquake teammates to the Houston Dynamo in 2006 and continues to play for them today. His ability to play on both sides of the ball at midfield position has helped him become a two-time MLS champion.
Brian has made four all-time appearances with the U.S. National Team, receiving his first cap in 2004 against
Richard Mulrooney is being inducted into the Bluejay Athletics Hall of Fame as a highly respected and accomplished player. Previous Creighton head coach Bret Simon called the playmaking midfielder “the most competitive player we’ve ever had... coaches and players on the field recognize him and appreciate him.”
During his four seasons with Creighton from 1994-1998, the
Numbers only begin to tell his contribution for the Bluejays. As a three-time, first-team All-MVC honoree, Mulrooney was the 1998 MVC player of the year and earned first-team All-America honors his senior season. He was a preseason finalist for both the Hermann Trophy and MAC award, helping the 1996 team make its first NCAA Final Four appearance. Most recently in 2006 he was named into the MVC All-Centennial team.
Following his career at Creighton, Mulrooney became the highest selected Bluejay in the MLS SuperDraft when he was taken third overall in the first round by the San Jose Earthquakes in 1999. He has been named to the MLS All-Star team three times, captured four league championship titles, and was named 2006 MLS Comeback Player of the Year. When playing for
Mulrooney joined the FC Dallas squad in 2005, and then the Houston Dynamo in 2007 where he currently plays today. He has also made 14 appearances for the U.S. National Team, earning his first cap in 2001. He lives with his wife, Shelley, and their son, Hayden, in
2008 Jaybackers of the Year - Dr. Wayne & Eileen Ryan
Dr. Wayne Ryan is the founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Streck, Inc., of
The Streck Company has accomplished a great deal since 1971. They have captured 65 percent of the hematology control market, earned 40
Dr. Ryan married Eileen Krebs of
Dr. Ryan started his career at Creighton in 1953 as an Instructor in Microbiology in the
Awards and honors from local and national academic, civic, and philanthropic organizations recognizing Dr. Ryan’s participation are numerous. He has been honored by both Creighton Prep (Honorary Degree) and
The new facility for women’s athletics is the
Abby Baumann & Brian Werner (Carl M. Reinert, S.J., Scholar-Athletes of the Year)
A senior on the women’s volleyball team, Abby Baumann owns a 3.95 GPA. An outside hitter who could also play in the back row, Baumann finished her career ranked in the top-10 in CU history in kills, digs and games played. She has owned a 3.90 GPA in all seven semesters to date, including perfect 4.0 GPA’s in the falls of 2004, 2005 and 2007 as well as the spring of 2007.Baumann is a native of
Werner is a senior on the men’s cross country team and owns a 3.54 GPA. He opened his senior year by taking fifth in the CU/UNO Invitational, one of three top-10 finishes on the season. He was the Jays fourth-best finisher at the State Farm MVC Championships in October, when the squad took a best-ever fourth place. He twice has been named to the Creighton Dean’s List, including a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring of 2005. Werner is a native of
Ally Thrall & Ian Dike (Strength & Conditioning Award)
Ally Thrall just completed her senior season on the Creighton women’s basketball team, where she earned first-team all-MVC honors after leading the Jays to 21 wins and a second-round appearance in the WNIT. According to the strength and conditioning staff, Thrall holds the fastest T-test time by the electric timer at 9.06 seconds and is one of the hardest-working student-athletes it has ever seen. Thrall owns personal bests of 121 pounds on the power clean, 110 pounds on the bench press and a 21-inch vertical jump. Thrall is a native of
Ian Dike is a sophomore member of the Creighton baseball team. He owns personal bests of 330 pounds on the bench press, 455 pounds on squats, 309 pounds on the power clean (a CU record) and a 26.5-inch vertical jump. He also brings intensity and a tremendous work ethic to the weight room on a consistent basis. Dike is a native of
Most Inspirational Awards
Men’s Basketball: Nick Bahe
Women’s Basketball: Sara Cain & Ally Thrall
Baseball (2006-07): Michael Lam
Softball (2006-07): Kate Petullo
Women’s Tennis: Lindsey Erickson
Men’s Tennis: Joe Eckert
Men’s Soccer: Danny Minutillo
Women’s Soccer: Kristen Casey
Men’s Cross Country: Peter Cole
Women’s Cross Country: Megan Foste
Crew: Kathryn Macan
Volleyball: Abby Baumann
Men’s Golf: Matt Kouri
Women’s Golf: Rachel Byleen
Dance Team: Nicole Sova