Bergstrom and Corrick Named 2021 USF Student-Athletes of the Year; Eriksen To Be Inducted to Sports Club of Tampa Bay Hall of Fame
Albin Bergstrom (men’s golf), Georgina Corrick (softball) and Ken Eriksen (softball) will be honored during the annual Sports Club of Tampa Bay Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
TAMPA, June 10, 2021 – Conference champion golfer Albin Bergstrom (Falsterbo, Sweden) and All-American softball pitcher Georgina Corrick (Sanford, Fla.) are being recognized for their tremendous performances during the 2020-21 season and longtime softball head coach Ken Eriksen for the tremendous legacy he has built during a highly successful career.
Bergstrom and Corrick will be honored as the 2021 USF Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year at the 37th annual Sports Club of Tampa Bay Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, which will honor Eriksen among its hall of fame inductees.
The 2020 USF honorees –David Collins (men’s basketball) and Evelyn Viens (women’s soccer) – will also be honored at the prestigious event that will take place at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre on Wed., June 16. Proceeds from the banquet help support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay and youth sports throughout the region.
“Albin and Georgina both rose to the occasion in a big way during the 2020-21 season and produced performances we will not soon forget,” USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly said. “They both led their teams to tremendous success and are shining examples of what USF student-athletes are achieving both in competition and in the classroom. We thank the Sports Club of Tampa Bay for honoring them during this prestigious annual event.”
This year’s Sports Club Hall of Fame class will include the induction of Eriksen, who reached his 1,000th career win this spring and will lead the US Olympic Team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Since Eriksen’s first year at the helm of USF’s winningest program, the Bulls have made 16 NCAA postseason appearances, two NCAA Super Regionals, a College World Series berth and won seven conference titles (in three conferences: SASA, BIG EAST, and The American). USF also has produced more than 1,000 wins and a numerous amount of All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, all-conference players, and NCAA All-Region players under Eriksen’s now 24 years as head coach and 36 with the program.
Eriksen also amassed a slew of accolades as one of the top softball players in the world. During his Fastpitch playing career, Eriksen participated in eight International Softball Congress World Championships and eight ASA Men’s Major National Championships. In 1992, he was named First Team All-World as a catcher and to the All-North American Team. Eriksen also played in three USOC Olympic Sports Festivals (1993-1995), winning a silver medal in 1993.
“It’s tremendous that the Sports Club is honoring Coach Eriksen with this greatly deserved honor,” Kelly said. “He is such a tremendous asset for our university and community, a great mentor and coach to numerous student-athletes and an internationally recognized standard of success in the sport of softball.”
Albin Bergstrom, Men’s Golf
USF men’s golf sophomore, standout Albin Bergstrom (Falsterbo, Sweden) was the 2021 American Athletic Conference Tournament Champion and a unanimous selection to the AAC All-Conference Team. Bergstrom became the fourth player in program history to win medalist honors at the AAC Golf Championship in late April. He entered the final day of the tournament three shots off the lead and finished with a three-stroke victory after shooting 6-under-par 66 in the final round, including draining a 50-foot birdie putt from off the green on the final hole.
Bergstrom was named a PING All-Southeast Region selection by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the second time in his career, after catalyzing the Bulls’ success all season. He led the Bulls to their fifth AAC team title and their eighth straight NCAA Championship regional appearance. He led the team with a 70.52 scoring average on the year – the second-lowest of his three-year career – and carded rounds of par or better 20 times.
Bergstrom placed in the top 25 in seven of USF’s nine outings in the spring, including three top-10 performances and one win. He carded 11 rounds in the 60’s, including a season-best 65, and was ranked No. 20 nationally by Golfstat.
The All-Region selection was the second of Bergstrom’s career. He was also selected as the 2019 AAC Freshman of the Year and is a member of the Swedish National team.
The USF men’s golf program has won 17 conference titles – five in The American under head coach Steve Bradley (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021) – and has competed in the NCAA Championship every year it has been held since 2013. The Bulls won the 2021 American Championship by five strokes after shooting a conference tournament record 18-under-par 270 in the opening round, and prevailing with the third-lowest score in AAC history at the conclusion of the championship, shooting 17-under-par 847.
Georgina Corrick, Softball
Standout junior Georgina Corrick (Sanford, Fla.) earned NFCA Third Team All-America honors as she pitched nearly 70 percent of USF’s total innings in 2021, posting a 24-9 record in the circle with a 0.98 ERA. She helped the Bulls tally a 31-19 record en route to their 16th NCAA tournament appearance. In the process, the junior tossed four no-hitters, including USF’s first back-to-back no-no’s against ECU (April 30, May 1) and the program’s first postseason no-hitter against Baylor in the NCAA Tournament (May 22). In her career, Corrick has now participated in six no-hitters while wearing the green and gold.
After being named The American Pitcher of the Week seven times and Wilson/NFCA National Pitcher of the Week twice during the season, Corrick earned her third consecutive AAC Pitcher of the Year honor, was named an NFCA All-Mideast Region First Team selection and earned All-America recognition for the second time on her career.
She tied USF’s single-season shutout record and currently leads the nation with 15 during the season. The mark helped her break the American Athletic Conference’s career shutouts record, which now sits at 34. She also finished second on the program’s single-season strikeouts list with 333 and threw 10-plus strikeouts in 17 of her 39 appearances.
The Great Britain National Team member led the AAC in ERA, hits per seven innings (3.68), shutouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.53), strikeouts, strikeouts per seven innings (10.21) and victories (24), while also finishing second in walks allowed per seven innings (1.56).
USF STUDENT-ATHLETE SPORTS CLUB HONOREES
2021 – Albin Bergstrom (Men’s Golf) & Georgina Corrick (Softball)
2019-20 – David Collins (Men’s Basketball) & Evelyne Viens (Women’s Soccer)
2018 – Claudio Correa (Men’s Golf) & Kitija Laksa (Women’s Basketball)
2017 – Quinton Flowers (Football) & Evelyne Viens (Women’s Soccer)
2016 – Matthew O’Neal (Men’s Track) & Lee Ann Spivey (Softball)
USF ATHLETICS – SPORTS CLUB OF TAMPA BAY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Ken Eriksen (Softball, head coach)
Lelo Prado (Baseball, head coach)
Tino Martinez (Baseball, assistant coach)
Lee Roy Selmon (Athletic Director & administrator)
Jack Harris (Voice of Bulls Basketball)
About USF Athletics
USF Athletics sponsors 19 varsity men’s and women’s teams that compete in 11 different sports, 18 at the NCAA Division I level in the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls’ athletic program began in 1965 and is in its 55th season in 2020-21. Nearly 450 student-athletes train and compete in the athletic district located on the east end of the campus in Tampa, Fla. The Bulls have claimed 23 American Athletic Conference team titles since joining the conference in 2013, including four in 2020-21, and own 127 conference titles overall. The Bulls posted a combined annual grade-point average over 3.0 for the fifth straight year in 2019-20 and have posted a program-record 12 straight semesters with a combined GPA over 3.0. USF has had nearly 450 student-athletes earn their degree since 2016-17.
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