As part of its 1st Annual Sports Night awards dinner, the Commission announced its Sports Person-of-the-Year in each of the 15 communities the Commission serves. The local sports heroes will be honored at the Sports Night event, Monday, Oct. 17 at the Westin Stamford at 6 p.m.
Brian Cavanaugh, a first-team All-Conference USA selection, finished his senior season with a C-USA leading .382 average, belted seven homeruns with 36 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He led the Pirates in hits (79), total bases (120), triples (4), slugging percentage (.580), on base percentage (.444) and was second in runs scored. He was named an All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), earned first-team North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State honors, as well as being named to the 2005 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) / Rawlings Sporting Goods All-East Regional Team.
The Monroe, Conn. native was the only remaining college player to have played under former Pirate head coach Keith LeClair and in his senior season was awarded the honorary No. 23 jersey. The number is awarded annually to a deserving player who best displays the hustle, determination and desire that made LeClair a great coach and player.
After being selected in the 21st round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres, Cavanaugh spent time this fall playing for the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League where he posted a .279 batting average with 44 hits, 18 RBI and one homerun in 53 games.
"Recognizing those who are essential components of a vital, active lifestyle in all our communities is a key element of Sports Night," said Commission President Tom Chiappetta. "Having these local leaders, athletes and coaches share the stage with our inaugural class of Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame inductees will make this a special evening for everyone in the area's sports family."
In each of the 15 communities, a committee headed by a local town representative of the Commission, selected a Sports Person-of-the-Year. Each winner was deemed to have had the most positive impact in his or her sports community from Aug. 2004-Aug. 2005.
The Coastal Fairfield County Sports Commission was founded in June 2002, and re-launched as an independent entity in June 2004. The mission of the non-profit, all volunteer organization is to improve the quality of life in Fairfield County through sports, including creating and supporting educational programs to promote fitness for children and youth organizations, and bringing top quality events to the area.