Katie Briglia, a senior in the Department of Media Studies and Production, was named the PNC Female Student-Athlete of the Year at the 11th annual Temple University Breakfast of Champions April 24.
The field hockey star was one of more than 300 student-athletes who were recognized for academic and athletic accomplishments. Her male counterpart was Alex Tighe of the College of Science and Technology.
“The Breakfast of Champions is the highlight of the year for Temple University athletics,” said Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw, who instituted the event in 2003, his first full year at the school. “It is where we annually recognize the ‘best of the best’ for athletic performance, academic achievement and service to the community. Alex and Katie truly epitomize all that is good about intercollegiate athletics.”
Briglia has been able to find success in spite of the constant demands on her time.
“I have always found that I perform at my best both on and off the field when I am busy. Playing field hockey has taught me a lot about time management, working hard and reaching for goals,” she says. “I think those are skills that I have adopted both when I’m competing and in other aspects of my life, including academics and soon into my career.”
Briglia, a three-time first team all-conference honoree, saved her best season for her last, scoring five goals and dishing a team-high 11 assists while captaining the Owls as a senior. The Temple standout has also been selected to the All-Region team and the A10 Championship team twice and earned a spot in the NFCHA Senior All-Star game. In the classroom, the Phoenixville, Pa., native (Villa Maria Academy) posted a 3.71 cumulative grade point average while earning a place on the NFCHA Academic Squad the last three years.
Philadelphia media icon Don Tollefson served as the emcee for this year’s Breakfast of Champions while Bill Mills, president of PNC, was the presenting sponsor.