Mountain West Honors 2011-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year

June 26, 2012


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former New Mexico volleyball student-athlete Kelly Williamson and former Wyoming cross country/track and field student-athlete Greg Miller were announced today as the 2011-12 Mountain West Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year, respectively.

Established by the Mountain West Joint Council in 1999, the MW Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is the highest honor presented to a student-athlete by the Conference. The award is bestowed annually to one male and one female who best exemplify the term "student-athlete" by achieving excellence in academics, athletics and community involvement. In addition to athletic achievement, recipients of the MW Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, demonstrate leadership, and exhibit good character and conduct on and off the playing field. Each honoree will receive a $2,500 postgraduate scholarship.

Williamson graduated summa cum laude this past May with a degree in conservation biology and a minor in sustainability studies. A four-year letterwinner for the Lobos' volleyball program, she closed out her playing career with first-team all-Mountain West accolades in 2011. The Buenos Aires, Argentina, native twice earned CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition en route to becoming the Lobos' first two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, garnering first-team honors in 2011 after being named to the third team the previous season. A 2010 Rhodes Scholar candidate and member of the University's Honors Program, she maintained a 3.98 cumulative grade point average, leading to Academic all-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete accolades all four years. Throughout her four years at New Mexico, Williamson strived to integrate her athletic and academic endeavors. In addition to completing a four-year stint as a member of the UNM Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Williamson served for one year as a student senator, promoting campus legislation and community service projects that focused on environmental concerns. She also used her experience with the UNM volleyball program as the basis for her honors thesis, proposing ways to offset the environmental impact of the team's travel with on-campus renewable energy resources. Williamson, who was named a 2012 recipient of a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, also took her studies abroad, spending two summers in China and Nepal working with various conservation efforts.

Miller excelled for the Cowboys' cross country and track and field squads the past four years, including the last two as team captain, while receiving an undergraduate degree in kinesiology/exercise science and beginning graduate coursework in the university's pharmacy program. The four-year letterwinner and two-time all-MW performer (2010 cross country, 2012 track and field) also earned Academic all-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete honors four straight years and is a candidate for a 2012 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Miller was named to the Dean's List and President's Honor Roll throughout his academic career, completing his undergraduate studies with a 3.88 cumulative grade point average, and finishing his first year of pharmacy school in 2011-12 with a 3.4 GPA. Miller, who has served as a teaching assistant in the anatomy and physiology labs on campus, is also an active member of his community. In addition to participating in the Wyoming Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's "Toys for Tots" campaign, he has assisted with a local after-school reading/running program in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, coached Special Olympics athletes, and served as a volunteer with several other organizations. Miller qualified for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter events, but withdrew due to injury.

MW SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
School Year Student-Athletes Institution Sport
2011-12 Male: Greg Miller
Female: Kelly Williamson
Wyoming
New Mexico
Cross Country/Track and Field
Volleyball
2010-11 Male: Eric Robinson
Female: Therese Koelbaek
Air Force
UNLV
Swimming and Diving
Golf
2009-10 Male: Zane Beadles
Female: Simone Riford
Utah
TCU
Football
Rifle
2008-09 Male: Kellen Fowler
Female: Abigail Rogers
BYU
Air Force
Football
Gymnastics
2007-08 Male: Joseph Brown
Female: April Thomas
TCU
Colorado State
Track and Field
Cross Country/Track and Field
2006-07 Male: Lars Loseth
Female: Blair Leake
New Mexico
Air Force
Skiing/Soccer
Swimming and Diving
2005-06 Male: Matt Karmondy
Female: Maja Kovacek
Air Force
New Mexico
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
2004-05 Male: Morgan Scalley
Female: Lindsey Metcalf
Utah
BYU
Football
Volleyball/Track and Field
2003-04 Male: Sean Murray
Female: Delavane Diaz
New Mexico
Air Force
Baseball
Volleyball
2002-03 Male: John Dayton
Female: Theresa Kulikowski
Air Force
Utah
Swimming and Diving
Gymnastics
2001-02 Male: Teren Jameson
Female: Shannon Bowles
Utah
Utah
Cross Country/Track and Field
Gymnastics
2000-01 Male: John Greer
Female: Liz Toman
UNLV
Colorado State
Football
Track and Field
1999-2000 Male: Matthieu Amgwerd
Female: Katarina Malec
New Mexico
UNLV
Tennis
Tennis