SCAC Man of the Year

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Man of the Year award was established prior to the 2012-13 athletics season.

The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. 

SCAC Man of the Year - Past Winners: 

2016
Madison Ross
Austin College
Football
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Academic achivement: Business Administration major who graduated in May of 2016. First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America, 2014-2015. CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, 2014-2015. Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Chi Honors Societies. Southern Collegiate Athletic Academic Honor Roll, 2012-2015. 

Athletics achievement: Two-time winner of Austin College/Pete Cawthon Male Athlete-of-the-Year, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Austin College/Tim Jubela Most Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete, 2012-2013. Two-time All-SCAC running back, 2014-2015. SCAC Newcomer-of-the-Year, 2012.

Service and leadership: Children's Church Worker/Volunteer, 2012. Volunteer with Sory Elementary School, 2014-2015. Volunteer at Sherman Food Bank, 2016. SCAC Character & Community honoree, 2015.

Excerpt from personal statement: "I had the privilege to read to elementary children with disabilities. To see children who not only could not play or run like me, but also struggle with daily activities was very eye-opening. Despite their disabilities, they all had big smiles. I went away from that experience with a different outlook on life. No matter how hard things get, there is always something I can be grateful for."

2015
Aaron Skinner
Trinity University
Tennis
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Academic achievement: Biology and Environmental Science major who graduated in May of 2015. National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Trinity University President's Scholar, 6x member of Trinity Dean's Honors List. ITA Scholar Athlete, 2012-2014. Hixon Endowment Summer Research Fellowship in Environmental Studies, 2014. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll, 2012-2015. 

Athletics achievement: ITA Doubles champ, 2014. ITA Singles champ, 2012. All-SCAC, 2013-2014. ITA Doubles Regional finalist, 2011. Member of NCAA third-place team, 2014. Member of NCAA quarterfinals team, 2013, 2015. 

Service and leadership: Research associate, 2014-2015. Volunteer aid with Children's House Montsessori School, 2007-2008. Volunteer with Antigua Exotic Rescue Center for Reptiles and Amphibians, 2013. Collected data for Ostional Wildlife National Refuge, 2013. Volunteered with social service trips to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, 2009-2010. Volunteer with Centro Latino, 2009. Rush and Social chair of Phi Sigma Chi, 2013-2015. Trinity sophomore leadership fellow, 2012.

Excerpt from personal statement: "I try to lead by example in all aspects of my life. On the court, I inspire my teammates by working the hardest. In the classroom, I arouse curiosity about the biological world in my classmates. Most importantly, I model how to live a kind and compassionate life."

2014
Kaleb Roush
Colorado College
Swimming
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Academic achievement: Biochemistry major who graduated in May of 2014. Member of Phi Betta Kappa. CoSIDA Academic All-District, 2014. Goldwater Scholar, 2013. Otis A. and Margaret T. Barnes Scholar in Chemistry, 2014. Outstanding Senior Award in Biochemistry, 2014. Jerry Lear Coaches' Choice Award, 2012. SCAC Character & Community Athlete of the Week, 2014. Dean's List, 2011-2014. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll. 

Athletics achievement: All-SCAC (400 IM), 2013. Holder of two CC school records (400 IM, 1,000 free). Team captain, 2013-2014. 

Service and leadership: Chemistry and Biochemistry Student Representative, 2013-2014. Blue Key Honor Society member, 2011-2014. First-Year Experience Mentor, 2012-2013. Summer Scholar Researcher at the University of Rochester (investigating novel HIV vaccination techniques), CC student researcher investigating the use of nano-particles as biological sensors. Colorado College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2011-2014. SAAC Vice-President, 2013-14. SCAC SAAC Representative, 2012-2013. Co-chair Hour of Power fundraiser, 2013. Organizer for Quony Cup (American Cancer Society fundraiser), 2014. Volunteer swim instructor w/ Little Catz, 2014. 

Excerpt from personal statement: "(My) experiences (have) taught me that scientists cannot exist removed from the world in their laboratories. To be effective, a dialogue that extends beyond scientific passion must exist with the community. A scientist must grasp a wider context of his field so that communication can occur with people in other disciplines. I believe this perspective is necessary in light of today's groundbreaking scientific discoveries."

2013
Nick Lammers
Colorado College
Soccer
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Academic achievement: Physics and Philosophy major who graduated in May of 2013. CoSIDA Academic All-American, 2012. Wilber Weiss Memorial Prize, Physics Department, 2013. Cowperwaite Award for Excellence in Physics, 2013. Engeln Scholar Athlete, 2012. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Athletics achievement: SCAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year, 2012. 2-time NSCAA All-West Region selection, 2011-2012. All-SCAC First Team selection, 2012. All-SCAC Second Team selection, 2011. CC Most Valuable Player, 2012. Olson (CC) Defensive Player-of-the-Year, 2011-2012. CC Most Improved Player, 2010.

Service and leadership: Volunteer coach with local little league football team, 2009-2012. Animal Defense League volunteer, 2010. Volunteer at kindergarten in Cuzco, Peru, 2011.

Excerpt from personal statement: "While I developed a number of ‘marketable’ abilities as a double major in Physics and Philosophy – from writing skills to mathematical acumen, argument analysis to quantitative problem solving – the lessons I value most from each concern the importance of living curiously, of always questioning, of constantly examining and reexamining the principles upon which I build my life, and by which I understand the world."