Parkes, Kwasigroch Pick Up UNM Inspirational Awards
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/13/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 13, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.The winners of the L.F. "Tow" Diehm Inspirational Award for 2008-09 is Johnny Parkes, while Sarah Kwasigroch is the recipient of the Leslie Self Inspirational Award.

Started in 1997-98, this is the 12th year the awards have been presented to a UNM male and female student-athlete based on leadership, character, determination and commitment to team.

This year's recipients will be recognized Jan. 27 before the men's basketball game against BYU. Presenting the awards will be Tow's daughter, Teresa Austin, and Randy Self.

Johnny Parkes was the 2008-09 Mountain West Conference men's tennis player of the year and is the all-time Lobo leader with 97 singles wins. He was named to the All-Mountain West Conference Academic team all four years of his career.

Says his former coach, Alan Dils, "Johnny's best attribute is his leadership. He led vocally and by example. Johnny really understands the whole package that is required of a student-athlete to be successful."

Parkes wants to get into college coaching. He is finishing his degree this year while assisting as one of UNM's undergraduate coaches.

Sarah Kwasigroch was a four-year letterwinner for the UNM volleyball team from 2005-08. She finished No. 7 at UNM in career assists with 2,634.

Sarah is a Pharmacy major, a 4-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference and a 3-time MWC Scholar-Athlete. She was the 2008 Lobo Volleyball Cherry-Silver Award winner and the Lobo Club Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2009.

Sarah has a passion for the Fight for a Cure for Breast Cancer, since her mother (Pat) is a cancer survivor. In 2008, Sarah helped raise $3,200 for the Think Pink event that she coordinated with the American Cancer Society.

The late Tow Diehm served the University of New Mexico for 40 years, most of that time spent as the head athletics trainer. He was also an athletics administrator and a lobbyist for the department to the New Mexico state legislature. Tow passed away on May 1, 1998.

Leslie Self was the wife of Randy Self, who is the former President of the Lobo Club and owner of Spectator's Sports Bar and Grille. Leslie also passed away in 1998 after a long battle with cancer.

Previous Winners

Tow Diehm Award
1997-98 Pepe Caballero - tennis
1998-99 Marcos White - basketball
1999-00 Daniel Reyes - football
2000-01 Brian Smith - basketball
2001-02 Jarrod Baxter - football
2002-03 Dusty Young - baseball
2003-04 Divan Coetzee - tennis
2004-05 Nick Speegle - football
2005-06 Chris Carlson - baseball; Lars Loeseth - skiing/soccer
2006-07 Robb Bierbaum - golf
2007-08 Jeremy Johnson - cross country/track and field; John Sullivan - football
2008-09 Johnny Parkes - tennis

Leslie Self Award
1997-98 Tamika Stukes - basketball
1998-99 Aimee Hites - tennis
1999-00 Nikki Heckroth - basketball
2000-01 Quinn Michie - swimming
2001-02 Kristi Larsen - golf
2002-03 Jennifer Delich - skiing
2003-04 Amanda Barnes - track and field; Cassie Chavez - softball; Nicole Overeem - swimming
2004-05 Kristen Winters - soccer
2005-06 Maja Kovacek - tennis
2006-07 Terryn Granados - soccer; Jen Hale - swimming
2007-08 Katie Coronado - track and field; Tori Clarridge - swimming
2008-09 Sarah Kwasigroch - volleyball

Saturday, August 22
7:00 PM - 
vs. Alumnae (Exhibition)