She was a loyal member of the Indiana State University family for nearly 20 years as a student, as an athlete, as a coach and as an alumna, and that loyalty will be remembered annually from now on with the introduction Monday night of the Mary Ann Stadler Scholarship.

The former tennis player and tennis coach was killed in a traffic collision in March 2005, and surviving members of her family — her husband Henry and sons Henry and Alex — were in attendance to present ISU sophomore Jennifer Migan with the first $2,500 award at the school’s spring athletic banquet.

“Mary Ann spent 16 years of her life as a player and a coach at Indiana State,” her husband said after the award had been presented, “and it is a fitting tribute to her to have a scholarship in her name.

“The outpouring of support for our entire family has been truly remarkable.”

“It’s a very emotional night,” said Mary Ann Stadler’s brother, Tom Csipkay, who preceded her as a tennis player at ISU. “One year [since the accident] has passed by so quickly, and we miss her so much.

“We’d like to thank the community … and also the Eli Lilly Corporation … for their support. The contributions from so many people are just overwhelming.”

Tom Csipkay still lives in Wyckoff, N.J., from where he came to ISU to play for Duane Klueh more than two decades ago. Mary Ann followed, and by the time she graduated in 1989 she was arguably the best woman player in the school’s history.

According to Athletic Director Ron Prettyman’s introduction, Mary Ann Csipkay was the only ISU player at that time to have completed an unbeaten Missouri Valley Conference season, and in her 11 years of coaching she was MVC Coach of the Year twice and runner-up for that honor on two other occasions before resigning in January 2004.

“This is a great thing,” said Migan, a sophomore from Bordeaux, France. “I never had the chance to play for Mary Ann, but I know she was a great coach.

“It was good that the university made something to remember her,” Migan continued, “and [becoming the first recipient of the award] is a great thing for me.”

“Mary Ann would be very proud and honored to have a scholarship in her name at such a great institution,” her brother concluded.

Scholarships announced:

A second set of perennial scholarships also was announced Monday at the Indiana State University spring athletic banquet, this one in the name of former ISU athlete Mike Blackwell.

Blackwell, a Vigo County native who was in attendance Monday with his wife, played football and baseball at ISU after graduating from Honey Creek High School in 1967. He was the only McMillan Award winner in the history of that school.

One of four Blackwell Scholarships, at $2,500 each, will go each year to a returning member of the Sycamore baseball team.

Coach Bob Warn announced that freshman catcher Adam Kamuda was the winner of the first Blackwell Scholarship.

— Andy Amey

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