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Kosty Award Winners

Given annually to a Wesleyan Baseball Alumni who has generously supported the program. Named after Pete "Kosty" Kostacopoulos, Wesleyan's baseball coach from 1974-2001.

2011 – Phil Rockwell 
' 65
Presented annually to an alumnus of Wesleyan baseball who has shown a continued commitment and passion for continuing the excellence of the Wesleyan baseball program. Named in honor of coach Peter “Kosty” Kostacopoulos who coached Wesleyan baseball from 1973 to 2001. The 10th annual Kosty Award, given to an alum who generously supports the program, goes to Phil Rockwell ’65. Phil’s continued presence on campus is one of the things that makes Wesleyan great. His support of the school,  particularly baseball and football, is greatly appreciated, and his kindness continues to be an inspiration. Phil was a big-game left-handed pitcher for the Cardinals, especially when he faced off against Amherst and Williams. A great athlete, he continues to compete on a national level in tennis. Phil is a fundraising consultant and resides in Canton, Conn. with his wife Cynthia, an editor for Wesleyan Magazine.

2010 – Jed Hoyer ' 96
Wesleyan Baseball is happy to announce that Jed Hoyer ’96 has been named the winner of this year’s Kosty Award for outstanding contributions by an alum of Wesleyan Baseball. Jed had a big year, first making Wesleyan Baseball proud in being named the General Manager of the San Diego Padres, then getting married this summer in St. Louis. Jed was an instrumental member of the Boston Red Sox baseball operations staff for nine years, serving primarily as the Assistant General Manager. His two World Series rings attest to the success he achieved. Before that, Jed worked in University Relations and Admissions at Wesleyan, as well as helping coach the Cardinals. Thanks to Jed, recent Wesleyan teams have had the unique opportunity to play at the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox spring training complexes over the years. Additionally, Wesleyan alums were able to have a fantastic event this fall at a game at San Diego’s PETCO Stadium. Jed married the former Merrill Muckerman in St. Louis this summer. Wesleyan Baseball alums were there in full force, including Will Brandenburger ’95, Craig Brewer ’95, Jesse Carpenter ’96, Jon Churchill ’96, Mike MacClary ’93, Josh Pepe ’95, Mark Traina ’98, and Mark Woodworth ’94. Congratulations Jed on a great year!

2009 – Mike MacClary ' 93
The eighth annual Kosty Award, given to a Wesleyan baseball alum, goes to Mike MacClary ’93. The award was presented at coach Kosty’s 75th birthday celebration in front of 80 baseball alums following a day of golf.  Mike has been an amazing contributor to Wesleyan baseball, both as a player, coach and supporter. A four-year member of the team as a third baseman, Mike’s energy was instrumental in the success of the Cardinals in the early 90’s. Following his graduation as a government major, he returned to Wesleyan as a coach, and was manning the third base coaching box during Wesleyan’s run through the World Series in 1994.  Mike is a graduate of Suffolk Law School, and is now a partner at Burns & Levinson LLP in Boston. He is married to Wesleyan alum Marisa Dovidio and has a son Cal, and a daughter, Rosalie.

2008 – John Vrooman
' 65
The seventh annual Kosty Award, given to a Wesleyan baseball alum goes to John Vrooman ’65.  A history major, John was a member of Delta Tau Delta, and also played on the basketball team.  John recently returned to Wesleyan to help celebrate the 100th birthday of coach Norm Daniels.  In addition to a fine career at Wesleyan, John created the baseball program at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. A tiny local school at the time, and now a school of 8,000 students, John was the head coach from 1975-1977, then returned as the head coach again from 1987 to 1995. He helped cultivate the program into a big-time Division I power (in 2008, CCU went 50-14 and was ranked No. 16 in the nation!), going to the NCAA tournaments in 1991 and 1992 having a three-year stretch from 1988-1990 where his teams averaged 36 wins and only 15 losses.  John was named as the Big South Conference coach of the year twice, and was inducted into the Big South Conference Hall of Fame in 2004. The  baseball field at Coastal Carolina is named John Vrooman field. After and during coaching, he was a significant contributor to the Coastal Carolina academic community in many roles, including a professor and Dean of the History department.  John lives in Conway, S.C. with his wife Deborah and is the owner of Atlas Travel.

2007 - Robb Sansone '79
Robb Sansone has been a tireless supporter of Wesleyan baseball and with much gratitude, the Wesleyan baseball program is proud to present him with the sixth annual Kosty Award. Robb, a 1979 Wesleyan grad, was a speedy centerfielder for the Cardinals. His senior year he hit .328 in the middle of a strong lineup and had an 11-game hitting streak. He works for Fedway Associates Inc. which is New Jersey's Premier Wine & Spirit Sales & Marketing Company. He and his wife have three daughters, Rebecca, Kaitlyn and Victoria.

2006 - Mark Consorte '92
Mark Consorte ’92 was named the winner of the fifth annual Kosty Award at a gathering of alums at the Homecoming baseball tailgate. Mark’s continued enthusiasm for the Wesleyan baseball program on many levels has been a much appreciated and special contribution, from attending alumni games and golf tournaments, to helping with recruiting and supporting the program in general. Mark’s baseball success is legendary at Wesleyan, graduating as Wesleyan’s all-time career leader in home runs, and being named first-team All-New England his senior year. In between, Mark had numerous clutch hits and his leadership helped the Cardinal’s win the New England ECAC championship his senior year. A native of West Haven, Conn., and an All-State baseball player at Notre Dame-West Haven, Mark is currently the head of the history department at West Haven High School. He coached high school baseball for many years at his alma mater, and is still a force at the plate in the West Haven Twilight League.

2005 - Rick Plummer '94
The fourth annual Kosty Award, which is given to the Wesleyan baseball alum of the year, goes to Rick Plummer '94. As an alum, Rick has been a tireless supporter of Wesleyan baseball, attending multiple games at home and on the road every season, particularly Little Three games everywhere from Middletown to Amherst to Williamstown. His presence and support has been a greatly cherished and appreciated contribution to the team. As a pitcher at Wesleyan, Rick had some scintillating performances, including a one-hit Little Three victory over Amherst, as well as an excellent starting performance in the ECAC Championship game which Wesleyan eventually won. In 1992, Rick threw 48.2 innings and only allowed 45 hits while going 3-1. Rick is a native of Pelham, N.Y. and a graduate of Pelham High School. He is currently an equity analyst with Systematic Financial Management in New Jersey after 10 years as a senior industry analyst with the Value Line Investment Survey. He received his M.B.A. in finance at N.Y.U.'s Stern School of Business.

2004 - Paul Gallo '89
The third annual Kosty Award, which is given to the Wesleyan Baseball Alum of the Year goes to Paul Gallo ’89. Paul is currently the head baseball coach at Malibu High in Calif., and with open arms welcomed 19 alums to his field and did a great job organizing the alumni game and barbecue last March. As a pitcher at Wesleyan, Paul had an excellent career, going 15-7, capped off with a 7-3 record with 66 strikeouts in 86 innings his senior season. In addition to building a strong program at Malibu High, Paul is the director of the Reggie Smith Baseball Center in Encino, Calif.

2003 - Jim Dresser '63
The second annual Kosty Award, which is given to the Wesleyan Baseball Alum of the Year goes to Jim Dresser ’63. Jim was an amazing supporter of the Cardinals this spring, including watching the Cardinals shut out Williams in two games, while also traveling up to Williams to watch the Cards vie for a Little Three title. While officially retired from 30-plus years in the consulting business, Jim is still summoned for his expertise by everyone from the Wesleyan Administration (he's a Trustee) to local fundraising needs. He and lives in Salisbury, Conn., down the street from his other alma mater, the Salisbury School.

2002 - Sean McKeown '77
The Wesleyan baseball program inaugurated the first Kosty Award, to be given annually to the baseball alum who makes a difference in the program that year. This year's winner is Sean McKeown. A 1977 graduate and native of Enfield, Conn., McKeown was a three-year starter at first base and outfield, as well as a tri-captain (along with Brad Vanacore and Dave Matteodo). Sean was also a three-year starter on the football team as a defensive back. In the 2002 season, Sean's financial contribution to the program was the difference in sending the team to Florida in a year during which Coach Kosty retired and Mark Woodworth was the interim coach.