The Big 12 Conference has announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2015 spring sport season. The following student-athletes have been selected as the award-winners for their respective sports based on a vote of each sport’s head coaching group.
2015 Big 12 Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Logan Brown, Baylor, Sr., Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett
Brown was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team this season after collecting Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team honors for the second time in his career. The Rowlett, Texas, native owns a 3.79 grade point average while studying electrical and computer engineering. Brown received an honorable mention All-Big 12 nod for the first time in his career this season as he set career highs with a .288 batting average, 33 runs, 63 hits, 10 doubles, one triple, one homer, 20 RBI, 17 walks and 21 steals. The program’s first Rawlings/ABCA Division I Gold Glove Team honoree is also a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team recipient and five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll member.
2015 Big 12 Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Julien Brun, TCU, Sr., Antibes, France/ Lycée Audiberti
Brun, a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree, holds a 4.00 grade point average in his Master of Liberal Arts program at TCU. The winner of the 2014 Big 12 individual title, Brun is also a three-time All-American and helped lead the Horned Frogs to a 10th place finish at this year’s NCAA Championship where he finished tied for 29th in the individual standings.
2015 Big 12 Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Laura Lonardi, Baylor, Jr., Verona, Italy/Liceo Scientifico Fracastoro
Lonardi was part of the Baylor women’s golf team that finished as the national runner-up and the Big 12 Champions this season. She posted the lowest Baylor score at the Big 12 Championship for the second year in a row for the Bears. The junior, who is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection, holds a 3.96 grade point average in applied mathematics.
2015 Big 12 Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Megan Murray, Kansas State, Sr., Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission South
Murray graduated with a 3.944 cumulative grade point average in Dietetics this spring. She is a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, a four-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athlete in 2014 and 2015, a 2014 recipient of the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Award and was recently named a 2015 recipient of the Big 12’s Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship. She rowed in the 1st Varsity 8 boat all four years, including being the boat’s pace/rhythm setter for the past two years, helping the program achieve it’s highest finishes in school history. Murray was named All-Big 12 Second Team in 2013 and 2014 and was selected by her teammates as a team co-captain over the past two seasons. She has been the K-State rowing team’s SAAC representative the past three years.
2015 Big 12 Softball Scholar-Athletes of the Year:
Heather Stearns, Baylor, Jr., Plano, Texas/Hebron
Stearns has collected Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors each of the past two seasons and was also a member of the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team. The junior, who holds a 3.44 grade point average in marketing studies at Baylor, led the Big 12 in strikeouts this season and ranked fourth in ERA.
Maddie Stein, Sr., Kansas, Oklahoma City, Okla./El Reno
Stein was one of three Big 12 student-athletes selected by Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to represent the league at the 2015 NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. A two-time captain for the Jayhawks, Stein completed her degree in sport management this spring and is a recipient of a Dr. Prentice Gautt Big 12 Postgraduate Scholarship. Stein is a two-time All-Big 12 Second Team selection, a two-time All-Big 12 Defensive Team member and a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree.
2015 Big 12 Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Soren Hess-Olesen, Texas, Sr., Aarhus, Germany/ Marselisborg Gymnasium
Hess-Olesen captured the 2015 NCAA Doubles Championship with Lloyd Glasspool this season and is a four-time All-Big 12 Singles honoree. He was named the team academic MVP for the 2014-15 year with a 3.39 grade point average in economics while minoring in european studies. Finishing with a No. 6 national ranking in singles, the All-American is the sixth Texas student-athlete to finish in the top 10 of the ITA singles poll and was also named the 2015 ITA Senior Player of the Year.
2015 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Stefanie Tan, TCU, Sr., Bishan, Singapore/Rafael’s Institution
A three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member, Tan graduated with a 3.81 GPA this spring, earning her Master’s of Business Administration from TCU. She collected All-Big 12 honors in singles and doubles play, posting a 5-0 mark in singles action and a 7-1 record in doubles. She is also a 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team member.
2015 Men’s Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Ryan Crouser, Texas, Jr., Boring, Ore./Barlow
Crouser is a three-time NCAA shot put champion and also earned three All-America First Team selections this season for his finishes in shot put and discus at the NCAA Track & Field Championships. The junior holds a 3.39 grade point average while studying economics. Crouser was also an Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection this season.
2015 Women’s Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Montene Speight, Texas Tech, Sr., St. Louis, Mo./Ladue/LSU
Speight became the first Texas Tech track & field student-athlete in history to receive the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 Award at this year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Elite 89 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships. Speight, who took home second team All-American honors in the 400 meter dash, has already been named to a Capital One Academic All-District Team this season. She has carried a cumulative 4.0 GPA during her time at Tech, majoring in political science. The senior from St. Louis, Mo., has five All-Big 12 honors to her credit in 2015, and was already named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
The Big 12 Conference established its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2012-13. A Scholar-Athlete of the Year is named in each of the Conference’s sponsored sports. Each Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport with the winners selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches for that sport, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year nomination criteria includes:
•must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing)
•cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher
•participation in at least 60 percent of the team’s scheduled contests
•minimum of one year in residence at the institution