ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Ronan Wiliams (Sr., Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) of the United States Naval Academy men’s water polo team was honored with the 2020 Coaches’ Calvert Award as the Naval Academy Athletic Association announced its major awards earlier today.
The Coaches’ Calvert Award is “presented by the Naval Academy Athletic Association in honor of Vice Admiral James Calvert, Superintendent of the Naval Academy (1968-72), to recognize a graduating varsity letter winner (men and women) who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.”
Williams was a two-time team captain for the Mids (2018 and 2019), while playing in 81 games as a goalkeeper. He became the fourth goalie in Navy history to record 600 or more saves, finishing his collegiate career with 609 stops.
Williams finished his career with a .472 save percentage and recorded double-digit saves 25 times. He helped lead Navy to a third-place finish at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship, which was Navy’s highest conference tournament finish since 2014.
He is the sixth water polo player to win the award and the first since Eric Gardiner in 2008. Previously, Jeffrey Tomlin ’89, Andrew Sause ’01, Barry Shaw ’02 and Todd Carlson ’07 earned the honor.