Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
A Massapequa native was one of 48 former student-athletes honored in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of NCAA Division II sports.
Long Island University Post men’s soccer alumni Brian Kilmeade, class of 1986 and one of the hosts of cable television’s Fox & Friends, was among the honorees.
Developed through a partnership with the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team highlights one male and one female from each of the division’s 23 current conferences, plus two at-large nominees.
Kilmeade was presented with his award live on the set of his television show on July 17.
“This group of former student-athletes is meant to reflect the core values of Division II athletics,” said Josh Looney, associate director of Division II. “Commissioners have helped identify a diverse group of championship individuals from Division II’s 40-year history. Not only did these former student-athletes act as champions in athletics and in the classroom, they’ve gone on to live championship lives as well. This group is a true representation of Division II’s commitment to providing its student-athletes a ‘Life in the Balance’ that extends beyond athletics.”
Kilmeade exemplifies Division II’s philosophy of ‘Life in the Balance.’ A hard-working, blue-collar soccer player for LIU Post – then C.W. Post – he was, in his own words, “an average player” for the Pioneers from 1982-86; a defender, he played for an LIU Post squad that played against strong local Division I opponents including LIU Brooklyn and Hofstra for much of his career.
After graduation, Kilmeade took his passion for sports into the media world, where he found a niche. He currently serves as co-host of FOX & Friends, the number one rated morning program on cable television for the past nine years, sharing his unique perspective on the daily news while interviewing the biggest names in politics, sports and entertainment, often securing exclusive content.
Also serving as the network’s sports anchor, Kilmeade has reported on or provided live coverage of every major American sport over the last 20 years. Currently, he is the host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show on Fox News Radio, Kilmeade & Friends.
Kilmeade has also authored two books; his first, “The Games Do Count: America’s Best & Brightest On The Power Of Sports,” was The New York Times best-seller and presents more than seventy stories straight from America’s top leaders and those who were closest to them. His second book, “It’s How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments That Taught Lasting Values to America’s Finest,” reveals personal stories of the defining sports moments in the lives of athletes, CEOs, actors, politicians, and historical figures—and how what they learned on the field prepared them to handle life and overcome adversity with courage, dignity, and sportsmanship.
A lifelong Massapequa native, Kilmeade still makes time for the sport that he played in college, serving as a youth soccer coach for his sons’ teams.