The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) has announced that Shari Huber has been named the Johanna Olson IIAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year.
Huber, who wrapped up her softball career last year as the only player in Luther history to start in four consecutive NCAA III National Championships Finals, becomes the third Luther female athlete to be selected for this prestigious award.
December, 11, 2013 the Iowa Conference announced that it had renamed its annual Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in honor and memory of Luther student-athlete Johanna Olson.
"What an honor for Shari and her program to be recognized in this way by the Iowa Conference," commented Luther softball coach Renae Hartl. "It is especially significant this year with the award being newly named in Johanna Olson's honor. Shari is so pleased to bring Johanna's award to Luther to for the first time."
Olson, the first female-student athlete to be presented the IIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award (2000-01) lost her 15-year battle with a brain tumor on January, 3, 2013 at the age of 33. She was originally diagnosed with a brain tumor as a college freshman in 1997.
Huber helped lead the Norse to back-to-back Iowa Conference championships (2011, 2012) and three Iowa Conference Tournament titles (2010, 2011, 2013), while setting Luther career records for batting average (.399), hits (206), and runs scored (167). For her efforts she was named all-Iowa Conference (2012, 2013), first-team all-region (2012, 2013) and third team NFCA Division III All-American (2012).
Academically, Huber graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2013 after posting a 3.946 grade point average, while majoring in exercise science with a biology minor. She was named to the Dean’s List in seven of eight semesters, earning induction into Phi Beta Kappa as a senior as well as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Additionally, Huber was a third-team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America® as a junior and an academic all-district selection as a junior and senior. She was also a four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete and a three-time member of the Iowa Conference All-Academic Team. Huber was also the Iowa Conference’s nominee for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Previous Luther student-athletes who have been named IIAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year include Olson (2000-01) and Kelsey (Kittleson) Millonig (2011-12).