Varsity Athletics


Cole, Kidd and Sonnenberg Named Outstanding Senior Athletes at Baldwin Wallace University

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin Wallace University golfer Lydia Cole (East Canton) has been selected as the Outstanding Senior Woman Athlete for 2008-2009 while baseball centerfielder Cody Kidd (Wellington) and swimmer Sean Sonnenberg (Napoleon) have been named co-winners of the Kenneth F. Steingass Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award.

Lydia Cole

Cody Kidd

Sean Sonnenberg

Cole was a four-year letterwinner and earned honorable mention All-Ohio Athletic Conference status in 2008-09. She led the Yellow Jackets with a 91.40 stroke average and turned in a pair of top-10 finishes. She played in 43 tournaments over the past four years and averaged a career-best 89.00 per round this past fall.  

Kidd, a 2008 ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-American, was a first-team All-OAC selection in 2009 after earning second-team honors in both 2007and 2008. In 2009, he ranked fourth in the OAC with a .413 batting average and second with 52 runs scored and led the league with six triples and 23 stolen bases in 26 attempts. Kidd also totaled 13 doubles, three homeruns and 40 runs batted-in. He finished his career as the schoolís all-time leader in hits (184), runs scored (143), triples (14) and hit-by-pitches (25). He also had more stolen bases (62) and a higher batting average (.387) than any other Yellow Jacket from 2000-2009. Kidd is once again eligible for the ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-America process after earning first-team Academic All-District IV honors for a third straight year.

Sonnenberg set four individual BW swimming records and was a member of four school-record setting relay teams in 2009. Individually, he swam to school-marks in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:08.11), 500 free (4:48.48), 200 free (1:45.52) and 1,650 free (16:42.82) and was named the OAC Menís Swimmer of the Week on two separate occasions. For his career, Sonnenberg was a three-time OAC individual champion.

FOR MORE BW SPORTS INFORMATION, please contact BW Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple at 440-826-2327 or e-mail him at or Assistant SID Nick Minerd at 440-826-2780 and e-mail at

To contact Head Baseball Coach Bob Fisher, you can call him in his office at 440-826-2182 or e-mail him at To contact Head Coach Sara Gildea, please call her at 440-826-2387 or e-mail her at sgildea@bw.eduTo contact Head Coach Sean Strickland, please call 440-826-3433 or e-mail at  

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