Mountain West Honors 2015-16 Scholar-Athletes of the Year
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former Nevada football player Jordan Dobrich and former New Mexico cross country and track and field runner Courtney Frerichs were announced today as the 2015-16 Mountain West Male and Female 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 over the course of their collegiate career. 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.
Dobrich, who graduated this past May with a cumulative GPA of 3.83 in mechanical engineering, becomes the first Nevada student-athlete to win the MW Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. A two-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete, Dobrich was a Capital One Academic All-District® honoree in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, the Magalia, California, native was inducted into the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Class and was named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy - the most prestigious scholar-athlete trophy in college football. He became the first player in program history and the fifth in MW annals to be named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy. Dobrich was an Academic All-Mountain West Team member all four years of his collegiate career, 2012-2015. He was involved in Tau Beta Pi, the country's oldest and most prestigious honors engineering fraternity, and as the academic chair of Theta Tau, a professional coed engineering fraternity. Dobrich served as an undergraduate assistant for thermodynamics during the summer of 2015, while interning for Southwest Gas Corporation. Additionally, Dobrich was a member of the National Society of Leadership and a Golden Key Scholar. On the field, the former walk-on was a three-year team captain that finished his career with 274 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two interceptions.
Frerichs recently completed her first year of graduate school while concluding her collegiate career at New Mexico. Frerichs holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from UMKC with a 3.94 cumulative grade point average. She is currently working on her master's in community health education at UNM and carries a 4.16 GPA. During the 2015-16 season with the Lobos, Frerichs earned Academic All-Mountain West honors and was named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete. In the fall of her senior season, Frerichs was a member of the Lobos' national champion cross country team and the top UNM finisher with a time of 19:48. The individual finish was the best in program history and earned her a nomination for the Honda Sport Award for cross country by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program. The Nixa, Missouri, native capped the 2015-16 season with a national championship in the 3000-Meter Steeplechase at the 2016 NCAA Finals in Eugene, Oregon. Her time in the Steeplechase of 9:24.41 set an NCAA record and gave her four of the top 10 times in NCAA history over her four-year career. She was also named a semi-finalist for The Bowerman Award. Frerichs recently qualified for the United States Olympic Team in the 3000 Steeplechase for the Rio Games in August and has signed a professional contract with the Bowerman Track Club. Over her career, Frerichs has served as a camp counselor from 2013-15 at the Southwest Missouri Running Camp in Neosho, Missouri, a volunteer at New Mexico High School indoor track and field meets, and in the community cooking dinners at Ronald McDonald House and raking leaves for the elderly in neighborhoods around campus.