School of Education students and alumni were among those honored at the 17th annual ’Cuse Awards, celebrating the success of all Syracuse University student-athletes and Orange teams. The Syracuse Athletics Department honored outstanding performances on the field of competition, in the classroom, and in the community on May 2, 2023, in the National Veterans Resource Center.
Lacrosse coach and SOE alumna Kayla Treanor ’16 repeated as Coach of the Year for Orange women’s teams after guiding her squad to its best start in program history. Syracuse won its first 15 games of the season, including four victories against top-10 teams and eight against teams ranked in the top 20. Treanor has a bachelor’s degree in Selected Studies in Education.
Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support program graduate Amanda Vestri G’23 (track and field) earned the Female Performance of the Year awards. Vestri became the first women’s indoor First Team All-American since 2018 for the Orange when she took sixth at the NCAA Championships in the 5k. A strong indoor campaign saw her break both 3k and 5k school records. She also was an All-ACC performer at the ACC Championships. Vestry also took the Women’s Track ‘Cuse Award.
Also earning individual team ‘Cuse Awards were Lauren Bellefontaine G’23 (women’s ice hockey) and Alyssa Bert (volleyball, a master’s degree student in the Teaching and Curriculum program).
Special mention goes to two nominees for the highest student-athlete award, the Soladay Award: lacrosse player Peter Fiorini III ’23, a Health and Physical Education major and Disability Studies minor, and football player Kinsley Jonathan G’22 (Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation).