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Jack Blake Award

Mr. Blake was a remarkably talented soccer player. His intensity, dedication, fitness, and leadership were qualities displayed on the soccer field as well as throughout his career as a businessman. Mr. Blake played for the Cougars from 1969 to 1972 and in 1970 was an All-American. From SIUE, Mr. Blake went on to play for the Pan-American Soccer Team in 1971 and the U.S. Olympic Team in 1972. He is a member of the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame.

In 1997, his friend and teammate Tim Tighe, and his wife, Lynn, spearheaded the start of the Jack Blake Award, given annually to the student-athlete who most embodies the qualities that defined Jack.

Below is the list of past recipients.


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Jack Blake Award Inductees

Keegan McHugh
2019 Inductee


Devyn Jambga
2018 Inductee

Kyle Dal Santo
2017 Inductee

Brett Lane
2016 Inductee 

Matt Polster
2015 Inductee

John Berner
2014 Inductee

Aaron Lantz
2013 Inductee

Ryan Wilhelm
2012 Inductee

Kevin Bielicki
2011 Inductee

Zach Bauer
2010 Inductee

Nick Frasca
2009 Inductee

Randy Roy
2008 Inductee

John Matthews
2007 Inductee


Brian Higgins
2006 Inductee

Cal Thomas
2004 Inductee

Cress Maddox
2002 Inductee

Ryan Stoddart
2001 Inductee

Justin McMillian
2000 Inductee

Doug Hartmann
1999 Inductee

Matt Little
1998 Inductee

Mike Novak
1997 Inductee