Debuting in the Fall of 2017, the special award was created to allow the Department of Athletics to recognize individuals that are instrumental to the College's efforts to offer a first-class, transformational student-athlete experience. The awards are issued each month during the academic year to two individuals employed by the institution outside of athletics.
Recipients will be colleagues, faculty, staff or administrators who advocate for Saint Anselm student-athletes and go above and beyond in their contributions each day on the Hilltop.
Litz is in his 33rd year of service to the Saint Anselm community, primarily within the Office of Student Affairs. Starting out as the Director of Men's Housing, he went on to become the Assistant Dean of Students and filled other short stints in Residence Life, Student Activites and, for a time, was the Interim Director of Athletics. Most recently, he is the Associate Dean of Students for Community Standards and is the College's Title IX Coordiantor
As a former Saint Anselm student-athlete, he was a member of the men's basketball program and dedicates part of his busy schedule toward serving the women's basketball program as its Team Advisor. Additionally, he is the public address announcer for Saint Anselm football games, filling that role for the previous 16 seasons, and is also the public address voice for the men's and women's basketball teams.
"It has been my honor and great pleasure to serve our student-athletes and support their efforts," said Litz. "I know firsthand how Athletics offers the student-athletes a wonderful opportunity to grow and develop life skills that will carry them beyond their Saint Anselm experience as they live out their Benedictine education."
Marshall, the Director of Health Services at Saint Anselm, has worked on the Hilltop for the previous 12 years. She began her time here as the Nurse Practitioner on the weekends before moving on to her current role as the Director, one that she has filled for the past 10 years. She regularly collaborates with the Hawks' Athletic Trainers with the ultimate goal of providing the best medical and mental health care for student-athletes.
"We have had to address many delicate issues over the years and I am proud to be a part of the Athletics team," said Marshall, "and to ensure the health and wellness for all of our sports teams."