Senior Athletic Awards Night
The Athletic Department recognizes the accomplishments of each senior class through five prestigious awards, which are presented annually in June. Below is a list of these awards, along with a description and the criteria selection for each honor. Click on the name to view recipients of each award by class.
The Jim Murphy Award recognizes students who participated in at least three sports during their high school career, at least one of which was during their senior year. Jim Murphy, known to many as "Murph," dedicated his teaching career to inspire his students to fulfill their dreams while finding a passion in as many school activities as possible. Murph taught Special Education and was the Sophomore Class Advisor at Chippewa Valley High School for 35 years, and also led the Key Club for 20 years. He epitomized multisport participation by "walking the walk" and coached four teams in three different sports at Chippewa Valley High School, where he coached baseball for 27 years, football for 20, and boys' and girls' basketball for 17 seasons each. Murph retired from teaching in 2016, but continues to impact the lives of students as our advisor for Be the Change and announcer at boys' and girls' varsity basketball games.
The Jeff Kastl Award honors students for their dedication to the athletic department by participating in at least three sports during their high school career, at least one of which was during their senior year, and commitment to academic excellence by earning at 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher. These honorees are the true definition of the term “student-athlete.” Jeff Kastl graduated from Chippewa Valley High School in 2002 after a successful four-year career in football, wrestling, baseball, and in the classroom. Jeff earned 11 varsity letters while maintaing a 3.9 GPA. Jeff’s tireless work ethic and dedication paid off in the form of a roster spot on the football team at the University of Michigan. During his four year career from 2002-05, Jeff helped the Wolverines win two Big Ten Championships and earned the U of M Athletic Academic Achievement Award each season. In 2005, Jeff capped off his career by earning Academic All-Big Ten Honors. Jeff’s love for football has turned into a career, where he has spent time on the football coaching staffs at Central Michigan University, Ashland University, Auburn University, University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, and is currently the Wide Receivers Coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
The Coach’s Award is presented by each varsity head coach to one of their student-athletes who most exemplifies the values of the Chippewa Valley High School Athletic Department. This award symbolizes dedication, sportsmanship, leadership, character, and contributions on and off of the playing field. The Coach’s Award recipient understands the importance of academic rigor, is a responsible member of our community, and places the best interests of the team before personal accolades.
The following criteria for each candidate is reviewed when voting on male and female Athletes of the Year:
- Varsity Sports Played
- Varsity Letters Earned
- Years as Captain
- School Records Set
- Macomb Area Conference Honors
- All-County Honors
- All-State Honors
- State Qualifier
- National Letter of Intent Signee
The following criteria for each candidate is reviewed when voting on male and female Big Reds of the Year:
- All Criteria for Athlete of the Year
- Multisport Athlete
- GPA & Other Academic Honors
- Other School Activities
- Community Service