The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced the finalists for the Duane Schroeder Male and Johanna Olson Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor.
The finalists were chosen by a committee made up of faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. The finalists now go before the full group of nine faculty athletics representatives. This year's Female and Male Scholar-Athlete winners will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 31.
The IIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were first presented in December 2001 for the 2000-01 academic year. To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete shall have graduated or exhausted their athletic eligibility during the academic year for which the award is given. The nominee must have demonstrated a high level of accomplishment and achievement in a varsity sport, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and show evidence of scholarly achievements, community service involvement and leadership. Both awards were named for former Wartburg and Iowa Conference sports information director Duane Schroeder in May 2002. The women’s award was renamed in December 2013 for former Luther College student-athlete Johanna Olson – the inaugural winner of the women’s award – who lost a courageous battle with cancer in January 2013.
Luther College wrestler Justin Kreiter is one of three finalist for the Duane Schroeder IIAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. The two other finalists are former Central College football player Riley Gray and former Coe College football player Gavin Glenn.
Three Luther student-athletes have been selected for this prestigious honor. This list includes Garrett South (2004-05) wrestling; Adam Bohach (2006-07) cross country and track; and Alec Bonander (2008-09) wrestling.
Five Luther student-athletes have been selected for the Johanna Olson Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. This list includes Johanna Olson (2000-01) cross country and track; Kelsey (Kittleson) Millonig (2011-12) softball; Shari Huber (2012-13) softball; and Clare Slage (2015-16) swimming.