Y Awards: Bronco Mendenhall shows off dance moves; top athletes recognized


The 2015 Y Awards highlighted some of the best sports moments of the year — including BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall dancing — at the Marriott Center on Wednesday night.

Taking after the football coaches and teammates dancing on signing day, Mendenhall broke it down on stage with a few of his football players who chanted “White Chocolate,” his affectionate nickname.


During the event, 17 student-athletes, two coaches and two teams were honored for their excellent performances from April 2014 to March 2015. This year the Y Awards were hosted by BYU Sports Nation’s hosts Spencer Linton, who was part of Utah Valley Magazine’s “Fab 40,” and Jarom Jordan.

The awards are all chosen by the Cougar Council, which consists of two representatives from each team, and then voted on by BYU athletes. However, the Game of the Year is voted on by fans via social media.

Among the most notable awards, BYU women’s volleyball player Alexa Gray snagged the Female Athlete of the Year Award for her contributions to the volleyball team, which took second in the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

Tyler Haws, whose grandfather gave a touching speak to Haws’ character, was named the Male Athlete of the Year. Haws broke the all-time leading scorer record for BYU men’s basketball in 2015. Some of the other awards include:

Female Athlete of the Year: Alexa Gray (women’s volleyball)

Male Athlete of the Year: Tyler Haws (men’s basketball)

Coach of the Year: Shawn Olmstead (women’s volleyball)

Assistant Coach of the Year: Paul Tidwell (football)

Women’s Team of the Year: 2014 women’s volleyball

Men’s Team of the Year: 2014 men’s volleyball

Game of the Year: Men’s basketball at Gonzaga

For a complete list of winners, visit byucougars.com.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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