It was another eventful evening at The Catsby Awards, the annual ESPY-style awards show honoring UK’s student-athletes. Amber Philpott and Chris Bailey of WKYT hosted the show, but they had it stolen from them by John Calipari.
Calipari was one of four coaches to receive “Coach of the Year” honors. While accepting the award, he invited Tyler Ulis to the stage. He said that Tyler coached this team too and handed him his award. A stand-up move between a pair of stand-up guys. The complete list of winners:
Mr. and Miss Wildcat
Callum Irving (men’s soccer), Danielle Galyer (swimming ), Kelsey Nunley (softball), Kendra Harrison (women’s track and field)
Teams of the Year
Men’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer and Women’s Track and Field
Athletes of the Year
Danielle Galyer (swimming), Kendra Harrison (women’s track and field), Callum Irving (men’s soccer) and Tyler Ulis
Coaches of the Year
Rachel Lawson (softball), Johan Cedegren (men’s soccer), Edrick Floreal (track and field), and John Calipari
Mike Lyden Courage Award
Shelby Hilton (gymnastics) #ShelbyStrong
Rookies of the Year
Jamal Murray and Sidney Dukes (gymnastics)
Community Service Award
Landon Foster and Danielle Fitzgerald (women’s soccer)
Zach Strecker (baseball), Leah Nugent (women’s track and field)
Performance of the Year
Kendra Harrison (women’s track and field), Danielle Galyer (swimming), Tyler “Chip” McDaniel (men’s golf), Seb Masterton (swimming and diving)
Bill Keightley Assist Award
Blake Perkins and Brady Kennedy
Blue Heart Award
Fred Allen Meyer (golf), Janee Thompson (women’s basketball)
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jackie Dallaire (women’s soccer), Sarah Harris (women’s golf)
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Landon Foster (football)
Academic Teams of the Year
Women’s tennis, Men’s golf
Charles Walker (football), Taylor Puryear (gymnastics)
Heart of a Wildcat
Kelsey Nunley (softball)
But let’s be real: the best part of the Catsby’s is seeing everyone in their Sunday best. We begin with the boys of the backcourt.
Derek Willis and Marcus Lee
A Trio of Homegrown Ballers — Maci Morris, Makayla Epps and Mackenzie Cann.
Trey Lyles returned to campus.
A selfie from Landon Foster.
The least awkward photo of the night…