Cempre, who was a four-year member of the Big Red's men's tennis team, capped off his career as a four-time All-NCAC performer, which included a spot on the first team in 2013. An NCAC Player of the Week selection in both 2013 and 2014, Cempre leaves a legacy of being one of the most accomplished doubles players in school history after tying the single-season record of 21 doubles wins in 2014 with teammate Andrew Marczak and finishing his career tied for eighth on the program's all-time list with 61 doubles victories. In 2011-12, Cempre was also awarded the Midwest Sportsmanship Award by the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Along with his numerous athletics achievements, Cempre was also recognized as one of the top student-athletes on campus over the last four years, culminating his career by being named the 2014-15 Larry L. Scheiderer Top Senior Male Scholar Athlete. Cempre graduated from Denison this spring with a 3.74 grade-point-average as a Biochemistry major and a Mathematics minor. Along with numerous departmental awards for biochemistry, Cempre also received several other academic honors throughout the years, including acceptance into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, being named to the Dean's List on five separate occasions and being declared a James T. Glerum Jr. Top-50 Scholar Athlete in each of the last three years.
Cempre was also actively involved in both the campus and local communities during his stay at Denison. On campus, he served as the scholarship chair of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was president of the Denison Chemical Society in the 2014-15 academic year. While completing a pair of summer research assistantships, he earned the Miller Health Science Scholar award in 2014 and the Anderson Summer Scholar award in 2013. In addition, Cempre also made contributions in the local community through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Cempre was one of six outstanding nominees considered for the selection committee. The other candidates included:
- Jesse Battaglia, Football, Allegheny College
- Jaren Bell, Baseball, Hiram College
- Joseph David, Cross Country and Track & Field, The College of Wooster
- Kyle Hardacker, Baseball, Kenyon College
- Kevin Herman, Football, Ohio Wesleyan University
This award commemorates former Oberlin administrator and coach Don Hunsinger, who had a far-reaching influence on the athletes he coached in a wide variety of sports. Over more than three decades, Hunsinger served Oberlin as athletic director, chairman of the department of physical education, had stints as head coach for Yeoman football, baseball, and men’s and women’s tennis, and assisted with the men’s and women’s basketball programs. Four times he earned NCAC Coach of the Year recognition, twice in men’s tennis and twice in women’s. Hunsinger, who retired from the College in 2008, continues to serve the conference as Director of Tennis and assists in the administration of the conference’s swimming & diving championship.
The award recognizes one male senior student-athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each conference institution can nominate a distinguished male student-athlete for the honor. A committee of North Coast Athletic Conference administrators and faculty representatives, in conjunction with the conference office, makes the selection.