Ohio Wesleyan University senior Kyle Herman (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) has been named the winner of the North Coast Athletic Conference’s Don Hunsinger Award for 2011, it was announced by the NCAC.
Herman, a member of the Battling Bishops’ men’s track and field and cross country teams, is a 5-time All-NCAC honoree. He won all-conference honors in the 800-meter run this spring, and was a part of three NCAC champion relay teams as well as a conference runner-up distance medley relay team that set a school record in 2009. He was a member of six conference champion indoor and outdoor track and field teams. He majored in international studies and politics & government and received Ohio Wesleyan’s Dr. Richard Gordin Award, recognizing the highest cumulative grade point average among senior male student-athletes. In addition to his success on the track and in the classroom, Herman has served as Ohio Wesleyan’s student body president; taken part in travel research projects in Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and China; and been inducted into numerous honorary societies.
The Don Hunsinger Award is named in honor of the former Oberlin administrator and coach, who had a far-reaching influence on the athletes he coached in a wide variety of sports. Over more than three decades, Hunsinger served Oberlin as athletic director, chairman of the department of physical education, had stints as head coach for Yeoman football, baseball and men’s and women’s tennis, and assisted with the men’s and women’s basketball programs. He earned NCAC Coach of the Year recognition four times, twice in men’s tennis and twice in women’s tennis. Hunsinger, who retired from Oberlin in 2008, continues to serve the conference as Director of Tennis and assists in the administration of the conference’s swimming and diving championship.
The award recognizes one male senior student-athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each conference institution can nominate a distinguished male student-athlete for the honor. A committee of NCAC administrators, in conjunction with the conference office, makes the selection.