Ellen, Rosenblad are winners of 2002 J.D. Davis Award

May 1, 2002

Maryville College student-athletes Kasey Ellen and Peter Rosenblad were named recipients of the 2002 J.D. Davis Award at the College's annual Athletic Awards Ceremony held April 29 at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa.

Established in 1979, the J.D. Davis Award is given in memory of a long-time coach and physical education director at Maryville College. The highest honor given a senior student-athlete at the College, the award seeks to honor those who exhibit leadership, athletic ability, Christian values and academic achievement.

Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, president of Maryville College, presented the awards.

Asking Ellen to join him at the podium, Gibson described the senior volleyball player as an effective leader, high-achieving student and an involved and respected member of the College's student body.

"Kasey came to Maryville College in 1998, following graduating from Father Ryan High School in Nashville," Gibson said in his remarks. "A member of the Lady Scots Volleyball Team for the last four years, Kasey has kept the name 'Rookie' from her freshman year, but that has never described her level of play or the esteem in which her teammates hold her.

"She has been a two-year captain, and this year, which many thought would be a rebuilding year, led her fellow Lady Scots to an NCAA tournament - the first such invitation in eight years."

An environmental science major and biology minor, Ellen has been a consistent Dean's List student, a member of the Mountain Challenge staff and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action and Circle K. In the summer of 2000, Ellen joined other MC students in service-learning projects in national parks as a part of the Maryville Outdoor Outreach Service Experience (MOOSE). In October 2001, she was elected Homecoming Queen by the student body.

Ellen is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joe Ellen of Brentwood.

Quoting from Maryville College Volleyball Coach Kandy Schram, Gibson read: "Kasey has been an integral part of the Lady Scots Volleyball Team. She is one of the most remarkable young ladies that I have ever had the opportunity to work with. She is kind, talented, competitive and truly understands the meaning of a team."

Rosenblad, a 1998 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the son of Jack and Barbara Rosenblad of Longbranch, N.J., was also recognized with the J.D. Davis Award.

Gibson commented on Rosenblad's impressive performances on the soccer field and in the classroom, sharing a quote made by Head Soccer Coach Pepe Fernandez:

"You could map out a success plan for an incoming freshman using Peter's college resume as the prototype," Gibson read. "The success he has attained both in the classroom and on the athletic field exemplifies a true student-athlete and campus leader."

At the close of his senior season, Rosenblad had set three of the soccer program's records: career shutouts, career saves, career goals against. He was twice named the team's defensive MVP, twice named to an All-South team and twice named to the Great South Athletic Conference's all-conference team. He was once named the conference's MVP in soccer, and at the April 29 awards ceremony, Rosenblad was presented, also, with team MVP honors for the 2001-2002 school year.

"A Dean's Scholar who finished his Maryville College requirements in engineering last season with a 3.9 G.P.A., Peter's academic achievements are also impressive," Gibson said in his remarks. "Twice, he was named to the Great South's Academic All-Conference team, and he is a two-time Academic All-American.

"I don't want to leave out his contributions to the community, either," Gibson continued. "Peter has been a Bradford Scholar and a member of the Student Literacy Corps."

More than 50 other student-athletes and student-trainers of Maryville College's 12 varsity sports were recognized with individual awards on April 29.

Sixty-eight student-athletes were named to the College's All-Academic Team, which requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 for inclusion.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.