Bulldog Athletics named soccer standout Savannah Laursen ’16 (Boise, Idaho) and dual-sport competitor Sam Keary ’16 (Mission Viejo, Calif.) the 2016 Frank Serrao Senior Female Co-Scholar-Athletes of the Year, while track & field sprinter Joey Colucci ’16 (San Jose, Calif.) was tabbed the 2016 Frank Serrao Senior Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Given in honor of longtime football coach and educator Frank Serrao, this award acknowledges the male and female senior scholar-athletes who best exemplify strong academic and athletic success at the University of Redlands. The head coaches and directors within the department of athletics nominate and vote upon this prestigious accolade.
Laursen’s four-year career culminated in a pair of All-America honors during the Bulldogs’ conference championship season. A four-time All-Region selection, she was also named the SCIAC Player of the Year, which complemented the start of her career as the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year. She currently sits among multiple top-10 lists at Redlands, including career goals and assists.
Keary competed in soccer and lacrosse throughout her four-year career at Redlands to earn this accolade as a unique dual-sport representative. She also gained accolades as a competitive defender on the soccer field, earning two All-Region and three All-SCIAC honors. Her tenacious style was evident in lacrosse with similar awards during her tenure. Both teams have garnered conference championships and playoff opportunities with Keary on the field.
Colucci, a three-time national qualifier, currently owns the SCIAC and school record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.37. After running on the second-place 4×100 Relay and finishing seventh in the 100 at last year’s NCAA Championships, he now owns two All-America honors.
Academically, each recipient exceeded the minimum 3.0 standard, with Keary’s repeated Dean’s List appearances highlighting the trio’s success in the classroom. They all completed the necessary graduation requirements and celebrated commencement on April 23.