College Championships


2024 Callahan Award Winners Announced

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 26, 2024) – The 2024 Callahan Award ceremonies took place at the 2024 USA Ultimate D-I College Championships, held in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 2024, Aidan Downey from University of Georgia Jojah and Jolie Krebs from SUNY-Binghamton Big Bear were announced as the most valuable players in the college division, an award voted on by players from the college division.

For the University of Georgia, Downey makes history as the first athlete from Jojah to win the award. Downey led Jojah to a national final, 2 spirit championships along with winning a gold and spirit medal with the U-24 U.S. National Team in the mixed division. From Atlanta, Georgia, congratulations to Aidan Downey (Callahan Video).

For SUNY-Binghamton, Krebs also makes history as the first athlete from Big Bear to win the award. A captain for Big Bear, Krebs has helped lead the Metro East program to four straight College Championship appearances (’21-’24). Krebs helped break the Big Bear drought at the tournament with the program’s first appearance coming in 1989.

Founded in 1996 by Charles Kerr, the award is named after Henry Callahan, an ultimate player and one of the sport’s original organizers. Each year, the Callahan is awarded to the most valuable players in college ultimate, as voted on by their peers.

The top five finalists in each division, in alphabetical order, were as follows:

2024 Men’s Division Finalists:

  • Aidan Downey – Georgia
  • Jacques Nissen – Brown
  • Paul Krenik – Minnesota
  • Rutledge Smith – North Carolina
  • Suhas Madiraju – NC State

2024 Women’s Division Finalists: 

  • Anna Goddu – British Columbia
  • Clil Phillips – Colorado
  • Jolie Krebs – SUNY-Binghamton
  • Kennedy McCarthy – Vermont
  • Megan Lam – Tufts