LIU Post Soccer Alumnus Brian Kilmeade Awarded NCAA Div. II Lifetime Achievement Award on Fox & Friends
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
Brookville, N.Y. – NCAA officials, LIU Post men’s soccer Coach Andreas Lindberg and LIU Post Athletic Director Bryan Collins appeared on the national cable show Fox & Friends this morning, July 17, to honor TV anchor and LIU Post alumnus Brian Kilmeade with an NCAA Division II Lifetime Achievement Award.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which is celebrating 40 years of Division II sports, selected Kilmeade and 47 former student-athletes to receive the award which recognizes alumni-athletes who embody the core values of Division II athletics and have achieved distinction in their professional careers.
Kilmeade is the co-host and sports news anchor for Fox & Friends, the number one cable TV morning program. He graduated from LIU Post in Brookville (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting in 1986. He played for the LIU Post Pioneers soccer team from 1982 to 1986.
Kilmeade is the host of Kilmeade & Friends, a nationally syndicated radio show on Fox radio show. He also authored the books, “The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports” and “It’s How You Play the Game.”
Kilmeade was selected as one of only two athletes to represent the East Coast Conference (ECC), a member of the NCAA and the athletic conference in which LIU Post competes.
NCAA Division II Associate Director Josh Looney and ECC Commissioner Bob Dranoff presented Kilmeade with the NCAA Division II Lifetime Achievement Award on live TV this morning.
In presenting the award, Josh Looney said, “Division II athletics is about more than athletics. It’s about that balance between academics and athletics and preparing our student athletes to go on for a great career in whatever they may want to do. Brian wrote in his media guide that he wanted to be an anchor adored by millions one day. He wrote it down and look – he is being adored by millions.”
Kilmeade proudly accepted the prestigious award in which he stated, “I loved playing at Post. I loved going there. I accept this award for one reason: for everybody that would try extremely hard and was just OK, or good. We watched the final four, and the tournament and the national championships, but I think most of us play in college and know we have to do something else after.”
The morning show segment concluded with Kilmeade proving he still has his competitive edge as he bounced the soccer ball from foot to foot and passed it to LIU Post soccer coach Andreas Lindberg. Kilmeade proudly displayed his Post Pride as he accepted an LIU Post hat and his old Pioneers soccer jersey with Kilmeade’s number 19 on it from LIU Post Athletic Director Bryan Collins.
Kilmeade also said that current LIU Post soccer coach Andreas Lindberg turned LIU Post men’s soccer team into a “national power.”
To watch the segment visit http://bcove.me/mjol2ehw
Written by Bernie Fabig, Class of 2013
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