Kevin Sweeney Honored at Top Dog Gala
Fresno State honors Kevin Sweeney at Top Dog Alumni Awards Friday night
Fresno State honors Kevin Sweeney at Top Dog Alumni Awards Friday night

Oct. 18, 2013

By: Matt Burkholder

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State Alumni Association presented Kevin Sweeney, 1987 graduate, the award for Most Outstanding Alumnus for the Department of Athletics at the Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala on Friday night at the Save Mart Center.

The Distinguished Alumnus Awards honor former Fresno State students whose scholarship, leadership and service to the university, the central San Joaquin Valley and to California are exemplary.

Sweeney, now current senior vice president at Wells Fargo Bank, is a former Bulldogs quarterback and National Football League player.

While at Fresno State (1983-1986) Sweeney set the school's all-time passing mark with 10,808 yards, which set a new NCAA record when he graduated. In his four years leading the 'Dogs at quarterback, he guided his teams' to 32 wins, including an undefeated season (11-0-1) in 1985, his junior season. In that junior season he threw for a then school-record 3,259 yards and 20 touchdowns, which ranks as the sixth-best single season in Bulldog history. His offense averaged over 38 points per game in 1985 and he would later guide the Bulldogs to a 51-7 win over Bowling Green in the Cal Bowl at Bulldog Stadium.

Sweeney is one of six Bulldogs to have his number retired (he wore No. 9) and was a two-time Co-MVP of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.

Fresno entrepreneur and philanthropist Darius Assemi was the top honoree of the night, president of Granville Homes, as he was honored with the Fresno State Alumni Association's Top Dog Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2013.

Both Sweeney and Assemi will be recognized during halftime at tomorrow's homecoming game versus UNLV along with the 13 other Outstanding Alumni Award recipients honored at tonight's event.

Top Dog Award recipients are chosen from each of the university's academic schools and colleges and from the Department of Athletics, the Henry Madden Library and the Divisions of Student Affairs and Graduate Studies.



The 2013 Top Dog Recipients and the areas of campus they represent are: Enrique E. Figueroa (1973), chief executive and administrative officer of the Roberto Hernandez Center at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Anthony Marquez (1985), chief of bureau for Associated Press, Los Angeles, College of Arts and Humanities. Kevin Sweeney (1987), former Bulldogs quarterback and National Football League player and current senior vice president at Wells Fargo Bank, Department of Athletics. Tim Rios (1993), senior vice president, Social Responsibility Group, Wells Fargo Bank, Craig School of Business. Ruben V. Castillo (1994), administrator for the Migrant Education Program, Region IV, Fresno County Office of Education, Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Kirk D. Grimes (1980), group president, Fluor Corporation, Lyles College of Engineering. Carole Goldsmith (1991, 2005), president of West Hills College Coalinga, Division of Graduate Studies. Nancy Hollingsworth (1982), president and CEO of Saint Agnes Hospital, College of Health and Human Services. Saundra 'Sandy' Speers Stubblefield (alumna), volunteer and friend of Fresno State, Henry Madden Library. Ken Schmidt (1964), principal of Ken Schmidt & Associates, College of Science and Mathematics. Henry R. Perea (1974), Fresno County Board of Supervisors chairman, District 3, College of Social Sciences. Carissa Phelps (2002), author, social entrepreneur and youth advocate, Division of Student Affairs.

"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.

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