NAIA Award Nominees

The NAIA annually accepts nominations from each conference for various awards.  The GSAC nominees in 2015-16 were:

A. O. Duer Scholarship Award presented by Daktronics
Named in honor of the NAIA's former executive secretary who served the association for 26 years, this award has been annually presented since 1967 to a male and female junior student-athlete in any sport who has excelled in scholarship, character, and citizenship.

2016 GSAC Male Nominee - Brennan Bowen, Arizona Christian

2016 GSAC Female Nominee - Kelly Collins, Westmont

 

Emil S. Liston Award presented by Daktronics
Named in honor of the NAIA's first executive secretary and the prime mover behind the men's basketball tournament, this award has been presented annually since 1950 to one junior men's and women's basketball player who has shown high athletic and scholastic achievement.

2016 GSAC Female Nominee - Emily Terwilliger, Hope International

 

Leroy Walker Character Award
This award was created to honor Dr. LeRoy Walker, a former president of the NAIA and President emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee. It recognizes a current student-athlete with at least a junior academic status who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership embracing the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, athletic achievement and future ambition.

2016 GSAC Nominee - Tommy Nightingale, Westmont

 

NAIA Athleic Director of the Year Award
2016 GSAC Nominee - Steve Waldeck, The Master's

NAIA Sports Information Director of the Year Award
2016 GSAC Nominee - Neil Morgan, Biola

NAIA Athleic Trainer of the Year Award
2016 GSAC Nominee - Kim Jaramillo, Hope International

 

NAIA Coach of Character Award
This annual award is given to a head coach of an NAIA institution who has been outstanding in embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, using methods of teaching character through sport, and in community leadership through volunteering or service.

2016 GSAC Nominee - Robert Ruiz, Westmont