From the beginning of my time with the Hodag program at the start of my freshman year, I heard the lore of Kevin Crowley from the older teammates and alumni. Kevin seemed larger than life - a paragon of a teammate and the embodiment of a Hodag himself. However, Kevin was not larger than life - he was alive, and left an indelible mark on a team just finding its footing on a national stage. Kevin's skill on the field, his efforts to build the program, and his attitude on and off the field always struck me as a worthy example to emulate, and this team needed a way to officially recognize not only his contributions to it, but the contributions of present generations of Hodags who have followed in his footsteps. When I presented the idea to our alumni, those who knew and played with Kevin were eager to honor him as well, and generously funded the trophy and annual award.
The Kevin Crowley Spirit Award will be voted on by the outbound seniors to be given to a returning player who, like Kevin, exemplifies the effort, dedication, and attitude the program strives for. Along with the traveling trophy sculpted by former captain Ryan Carrington '05, they will receive airfare to a tournament, a pair of cleats for the season, and embroidered swag naming him as the award's recipient.