posted on Jan. 22: Athletics honours five friends of the Marauders


The 2001 Friends of Distinction awards were presented at halftime of the men's basketball game during Marauder Weekend Jan. 19-21. Presented annually, these awards honour those who have made a significant contribution to Marauder sports. This year's winners are: Rod Bynum, Chris Bryce, Frank Gesztesi, David Levy, and Rayanne Lowenberger.

Rod Bynum

Rod Bynum is a proud and dedicated supporter of the maroon and grey. He is in his sixth year as an assistant coach with the Marauder men's basketball team, and along with his coaching duties he assists in recruiting and co-directs the successful Marauder boys basketball camps in the summer.

Chris Bryce

Chris Bryce can be seen at each and every Marauder basketball event. He is an original Courtside Club member and works tirelessly to maintain the men's basketball Web site. He has also developed a software program for all teams to use to get their game box scores on e-mail which benefits basketball teams across the OUA.

Frank Gesztesi

Frank Gesztesi 's involvement with McMaster football began in 1989 when he acted as a recruiter and scout for the team. In 1997, he became the linebacker and special teams coach for the Marauders and has been an integral part of the team's success in the past few years. The old saying “the players don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” captures Frank's commitment to his players.

David Levy

David Levy is a sports medicine specialist who has been helping McMaster student-athletes for many years. He works at McMaster home football games and once a week has a clinic within our sports medicine clinic. As the team doctor for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the owner of a sports medicine clinic, Levy is extremely busy yet continues to dedicate time to our student-athletes.

Rayanne Lowenberger

Rayanne Lowenberger worked as a student athletic therapist for five years and is now a certified athletic therapist working with SportMed B.C. She was the Marauder therapist for wrestling, rugby, football and any other teams that needed assistance, and was always ready to pitch in at the sports medicine clinic when help was needed.