Senior hitter Stijn van Tilburg was named the Jack Bonham Award winner, given annually to the top male and female senior student-athlete who “best exemplifies the ideals for which the late assistant athletic director Jack Bonham stood for in the areas of athletic excellence, academic achievement, public service, leadership and character.”
Women’s soccer player Raisa Strom-Okimoto was the female awardee.
and men’s volleyball player Stijn van Tilburn secured the top honors by being named the 2019 Jack Bonham Award winners.
Considered the most prestigious award in UH athletics, the Jack Bonham Award is for Bonham who was killed in 1974 in a plane crash in America Samoa. Bonham was returning to the islands from New Zealand where he was on a recruiting trip at the British Commonwealth Games.
A four-year starter for the top-ranked men’s volleyball team, van Tilburg is on track to graduate in May with a degree in economics and a minor on political science. The senior from the Netherlands was an MPSF All-Academic selection in 2017 and a Big West All-Academic pick in 2018.
On the court, van Tilburg is a two-time AVCA All-America First Team selection, just the sixth player in UH history to earn multiple first team honors. This season, he currently ranks second in the nation with a .487 hitting percentage and is ninth nationally with 3.97 kills per set.
“Stijn has had one of the best careers in the history of our program and might go down as one of the best student-athletes in the history of the department,” men’s volleyball coach Charlie Wade said. “He absolutely has a bright future as a professional ahead of him.”