2023 Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Award Recipients

Department of Intercollgiate Athletics Awards Conferral

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Reception: 5:00 p.m.

Conferral: 5:30 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room (second floor)


MatthewsDistinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
Wesley D. Matthews IV, Comm ’09
Verona, Wis.

Wesley Matthews is in his fourteenth season in the National Basketball Association and is currently a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. He has played in nearly 1,000 career games for six teams and scored over 11,000 points, the fourth-most by any Marquette player in NBA history.

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GaareYoung Alumna of the Year Award
Ashley Baird-Gaare, Comm ’07
Mequon, Wis.

Ashley Baird-Gaare left her life and her family behind in Kansas to play soccer for Marquette. Today, Ashley is a successful Milwaukee technology leader, serving as SoftwareONE’s president for North America and the first female Extended Executive Board member for the global organization, which has a presence in more than 90 countries.

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GeenanFriends of Marquette Athletics Award
Nancy Geenen and Dr. Joseph E. Geenen, Arts ’57, Med ’60
Milwaukee, Wis.

For Joe and the late Nancy Geenen, family has always come first. Luckily, for Marquette student-athletes, the Geenens count Marquette athletics as part of their family. The Geenens generously paved the way for the success, both on and off the field, of student-athletes at Marquette through the Joe and Nancy Geenen Endowed Fund for Student Athlete Wellness.

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BakerM Club Hy Popuch Memorial Service Award
Aaron J. Baker (posthumously)
Germantown, Wis.

The Hy Popuch Award recognizes someone who has demonstrated loyal and dedicated service to Marquette Athletics over a long period of time. That description could not be more fitting for Aaron Baker, who faithfully served Marquette Athletics for 19 years until his death in October 2022.

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EichhornRobert L. and William P. McCahill Award
Hunter S. Eichhorn, Comm ’21, Grad ’22
Carney, Mich.

Hunter Eichhorn epitomizes the Marquette student-athlete: successful not only in athletics, but also academics and service. As he embarks on his next step, pursuing his career in professional golf in Tennessee, Hunter is taking the Marquette mission with him through a passion for helping others, self-improvement, learning from mistakes, and leading by example.

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