Awards  

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Tony Rubino Four-Time Brigade Champion Award

This is a very special award given to midshipmen who have won four Brigade Boxing Championships.

This award is in the name of Tony Rubino who arrived at the Naval Academy in 1947 as an Assistant Boxing Coach to Spike Webb. In 1954 Tony took over the Head Coaching duties and coached until 1963. He then became the Deputy Physical Educational Officer until his retirement in 1982 at which point he was honored with Professor Emeritus status.

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Image of Coach Rubino(left) with Coach Spike Webb

Past Four-Time Brigade Champions

  • Roy Golez 1970
  • Steve NewBerger 1971
  • Mike Killion 1986
  • Roger Stanton 1987
  • Dick Hoffmann 1987
  • Shane Voudron 1994
  • J.J. Puga 1997
  • Mike Francis 1999
  • Nic Wisecarver 2000
  • Rick Weil 2003
  • AJ Mallo 2004
  • Amir Shareef 2005
  • Jeremy Biggs 2006
  • Greg Watten 2006
  • BJ Richardson 2007
  • Antone Aku 2009
  • Paul Hollwedel 2011
  • Chris Bertucci 2011
  • Keon Briscoe 2015

Emerson Smith Sportsmanship Award

The Sportsmanship Award is presented in honor of Coach Emerson Smith or "Smitty".

Emerson arrived at the Naval Academy in 1957 as an Assistant Coach in Boxing and Basketball. In 1964 he became the Head Boxing Coach and coached until his retirement in 1985.

Coach Smith wrote extensively and was very proactive in ensuring that boxing was a safe sport. With engineering professor Jack Smith, he conducted research on twenty different materials resulting in a combination of materials still used today in boxing gloves and head gear.

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Past Sportsmanship Award Winners

  • 1998 -1999 Ty Biggs '99                                         
  • 1999 - 2000 Daryl Horton '00
  • 2000 - 2001 A.J. Washington '01
  • 2001 - 2002 Steve Cobos '02
  • 2002 - 2003 Agur Adams '03
  • 2003-2004 David Rainey '04
  • 2004-2005 Dan Martinez  '05
  • 2005-2006 Nick Tawil  '06
  • 2006-2007 Dan Leahey  '07
  • 2007-2008 Mikoto Yoshida  '08
  • 2008-2009 Jorge Hernandez  '09
  • 2009-2010 Chris O'Brien  '10
  • 2010-2011 Logan Hershman  '11
  • 2011-2012 Nate Jester  '12
  • 2012-2013 Angelo Lonero  '13
  • 2013-2014 RJ Garcia  '14
  • 2014-2015 Carlos Perez '15

Spike Webb Outstanding Boxer Award

Spike Webb was Navy's first boxing coach from 1919 to 1954. In his first season as coach in 1920, Navy went undefeated in intercollegiate competition. Navy was to become a boxing powerhouse and would go on to remain undefeated indual meets for the next eleven years. During that time, Navy captured six National Titles.

Spike coached four U.S. Olympic Teams between 1920 and 1932. From then until his retirement on June 30, 1954, Spike Webb was as much of a landmark at the Naval Academy as Tecumseh. Spike is the father of Navy boxing. The Webb trademarks a well-worn baseball cap, sparkling blue eyes, and a Navy warm-up jacket, were never absent from Macdonough Hall, where the taught mids the famous jabbing, skipaway style that saved Gene Tunney from Jack Dempsey in after his "long count" knockdown in 1927.

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Past Spike Webb Outstanding Boxer Award

  • 1959-60 Roy Rodgers '60
  • 1960-61 Ron McKeown '61
  • 1961-62 Andy Hesser '62
  • 1962-63 Robbie Newton '63
  • 1963-64 Dick Meritt '64
  • 1964-65 Al Motta '66
  • 1965-66 Craig Gillaspie '69
  • 1966-67 Craig Gillaspie '69
  • 1967-68 Craig Gillaspie '69
  • 1968-69 Corky Peck '70
  • 1969-70 Craig Silverthorne '70
  • 1970-71 Steve Newberger '71
  • 1971-72 John McGraw '74
  • 1972-73 John McGraw '74
  • 1973-74 Bruce Cavey '74
  • 1974-75 Norman Davis '75
  • 1975-76 Ivan Lassiter '76
  • 1976-77 William Ervin '78
  • 1977-78 William Ervin '78
  • 1978-79 Mike Pedersen '79
  • 1979-80 Shelton Redden '81
  • 1980-81 Paul Station '81
  • 1981-82 Lawrence Quinn '84
  • 1982-83 Kendall Switzer '83
  • 1983-84 Dick Hoffmann '87
  • 1984-85 Dick Hoffmann '87
  • 1985-86 Roger Stanton '87
  • 1986-87 Roger Stanton '87
  • 1987-88 Harry Wingo '88
  • 1988-89 Doug Walker '90
  • 1989-90 John Fitzpatrick '90
  • 1990-91 Jim Russo '91
  • 1991-92 Clint Chlebowski '92
  • 1992-93 Matt Watt '94
  • 1993-94 Matt Reimann '94
  • 1994-95 Chander Comerford '95
  • 1995-96 Kico Eaton '96
  • 1996-97 Jon Bradley '97
  • 1997-98 Jason Lavarias '98
  • 1998-99 Mike Francis '99
  • 1999-00 Nic Wisecarver '00
  • 2000-01 Dustin Lonero '01
  • 2001-02 Ben Zuber '02
  • 2002-03 Rick Weil '03
  • 2003-04 A.J. Mallo '04
  • 2004-05 Amir Shareef '05
  • 2005-06 Jeremy Biggs '06
  • 2006-07 Antone Aku '09
  • 2007-08 Jeremiah Olver '10
  • 2008-09 Antone Aku '09
  • 2009-10 Mike Steadman '10
  • 2010-11 Chris Bertucci '11
  • 2011-12 Tom Payne '12
  • 2012-13 Noah Weintraub '13
  • 2013-14 Sean Hunt '14
  • 2014-15 Keon Briscoe '15 

Chris Dobleman Most Improved Boxer Award

The Most Improved Boxer Award is presented in honor of the memory of Christian P. Dobleman, Class of 1988.

Chris died October 26, 1998 after a courageous fourteen month battle with cancer. He was 32.

Chris excelled as a midshipman. Of all of his many accomplishments at Navy, he was most proud of his boxing career that culminated in his 1987 Brigade Championship.

The Chris Dobleman Award is an annual award presented to the Naval Academy Boxer that best exemplifies Chris? courage and determination. The award is given to the member of the Naval Academy Boxing Team who is judged by his coaches and teammates to be the most improved member of the squad. The award winner had demonstrated dedication to the Naval Academy and to the sport of Boxing.

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Past Chris Dobleman Most Improved Boxer Award Winners

  • 1998-99 Mark Hermanson '00
  • 1999-00 Ben Zuber '02
  • 2000-01 Bobby Villanueva '03
  • 2001-02 Nick Sidiropoulos '02
  • 2002-03 Amir Shareef '05
  • 2003-04 Kevin O'Donnell '04
  • 2004-05 Chris Lonero '05
  • 2005-06 Victor Colon '08
  • 2006-07 Jonathan Liang '07
  • 2007-08 Mike Steadman '10
  • 2008-09 Rick Wiegert '09
  • 2009-10 Chris Bertucci '11
  • 2010-11 Paul Hollwedel '11
  • 2011-12 Luke Culver '12
  • 2012-13 Mike Mourafetis '13
  • 2013-14 Ben Matson '14
  • 2014-15 Anthony Alexander '16 
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