July 1, 2014

Football Player Ashton Miller and Volleyball Player Ashley Wright Win Scholar-Athlete Award from Big Sky Conference

Pair of business administration graduate students honored for athletics accomplishments and academic achievements at EWU

Big Sky Conference News Release

A pair of business administration graduate students – football player Ashton Miller and volleyball player Ashley Wright – have been selected as Eastern Washington University’s recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2013-14 school year. Miller is a 2009 graduate of Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash., and Wright graduated the same year from Cascade HS in Leavenworth, Wash.

Besides graduating from Eastern with his bachelor’s degree in business administration, Miller has completed his master’s in business administration as well. Wright is finishing work on her MBA after receiving her bachelor’s degree, and has a 3.85 grade point average. Miller finished with a 3.74 GPA.

The Scholar-Athlete Award honors the "best of the best" of the conference's more than 3,500 student-athletes. One senior male and one senior female from each school in the league are recognized for their athletic and academic achievements.

To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale), be a member of the graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the institution and be a letter winner.

Miller tore his Achilles in his first career start at Washington in 2011, but capped his career in 2013 by earning first team All-America and All-Big Sky Conference honors. He was a starter at center in 30 of the 33 games he played in his career, and was one of four senior captains in the 2013 season. Academically, Miller was selected to the FCS Athletic Directors Association All-Star team as a senior. He also received recognition on the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team twice, and started 30 of the 33 games he played in his career.

Wright was a four-time member of the Big Sky All-Academic team after playing in 116 matches and 391 sets in her career. She recorded 499 kills, 247 assists, 385 digs and 185 blocks in her career while playing nearly every position on the court for EWU. In 2012 she was forced into action as EWU’s setter because of an injury to starter Lindsay Niemeier. Wright was a four-time member of the Big Sky All-Academic team after playing in 116 career matches.

Listed below is a yearly listing of EWU’s recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award.

 
 

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY RECIPIENTS OF THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD

Year

Female Athlete, Sport

Male Athlete, Sport

2013-14

Ashley Wright, Volleyball

Ashton Miller, Football

2012-13

Cora Kellerman, Volleyball/Track & Field

Jeff Minnerly, Football

2011-12

Shene Davis, Track & Field

Bowe Ebding, Track & Field/Cross Country

2010-11

Julie Piper, Basketball

Matt Martin, Football

2009-10

Christy Borders, Track & Field

Jacob Kragt, Football

2008-09

Bonnie Berscheid, Track & Field

Marcus Walker, Football

2007-08

Camille Moseley, Track & Field/Cross Country

Tom McAndrews, Football

2006-07

Joanna Chadd, Basketball

David Paul, Track & Field

2005-06

Beth Russell, Soccer

Joey Cwik, Football

2004-05

Keva Sonderen, Volleyball

Ty Weingard, Track & Field

2003-04

Kathleen Nygaard, Basketball

Kyler Randall, Football

2002-03

Christie Kight, Track & Field

Kurt Kraemer, Track & Field

2001-02

Robyn Felder, Volleyball

Mike Oien, Track & Field

2000-01

Angie Hall, Volleyball

Lance Ballew, Football

1999-00

Kim Maxwell, Volleyball

Ryan Hansen, Basketball

1998-99

Kim Exner, Volleyball

Mike MacKenzie, Football

1997-98

Lora Botha, Volleyball

Jeff Ogden, Football

1996-97

Jaime Dotson, Volleyball

Jason Baerlocher, Track & Field

1995-96

Resa Watterson, Basketball

Jesse Hardt, Football

1994-95

Lori Napier, Basketball

Noah Chambreau, Track & Field

1993-94

Andrea Pochman, Volleyball

Tony Brooks, Football

1992-93

Angela Grant, Volleyball

Trevor Westlund, Football

1991-92

Kari McKay, Track & Field/Cross Country

Kurt Schulz, Football

1990-91

Nancy Kuiper, Track & Field

John Garrison, Basketball

1989-90

Suzanne Vick, Volleyball

Jack Folger, Track & Field/Cross Country

1988-89

Lorna Barr, Volleyball

Jeff Mickel, Football

1987-88

Sonya Gaubinger, Basketball

Hogan Wrixon, Track & Field

 
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