Big Ten Athlete of the Year

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The Big Ten Athlete of the Year award is given annually to the athletes voted as the top male and female athlete in the Big Ten Conference.

History[edit]

In 1982, the Big Ten Conference established a Big Ten Athlete of the Year award. The award is named after Jesse Owens, the legendary Ohio State track star. The following year, a parallel award for women, the Big Ten Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year, was created. After the December 2012 revelation that Favor, now known by her married name of Suzy Favor Hamilton, had worked as a prostitute for a Las Vegas escort service, in July 2013 the Big Ten Conference removed her name from the women's award.[1]

The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each institution.[2]

Winners[edit]

Male[edit]

Recipients of the Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award

Year Athlete(s) School Sport(s)
1982 Jim Spivey Indiana track and field & cross country
1983 Ed Banach Iowa wrestling
1984 Sunder Nix Indiana track and field
1985 Barry Davis Iowa wrestling
1986 Chuck Long Iowa football
1987 Steve Alford Indiana basketball
1988 Jim Abbott Michigan baseball
1989 Glen Rice Michigan basketball
1990 Anthony Thompson Indiana football
1991 Mike Barrowman Michigan swimming and diving
1992 Desmond Howard Michigan football
1993 John Roethlisberger Minnesota gymnastics
1994 Glenn Robinson Purdue basketball
1995 Tom Dolan Michigan swimming and diving
1996 Eddie George Ohio State football
1997 Blaine Wilson Ohio State gymnastics
1998 Charles Woodson Michigan football
1999 Luke Donald Northwestern golf
2000 Ron Dayne Wisconsin football
2001 Ryan Miller Michigan State ice hockey
2002 Jordan Leopold Minnesota ice hockey
2003 Amer Delic Illinois tennis
Matt Lackey Illinois wrestling
2004 Damion Hahn Minnesota wrestling
2005 Luis Vargas Penn State gymnastics
2006 Peter Vanderkaay Michigan swimming and diving
2007 Cole Konrad[3] Minnesota wrestling
2008 Brent Metcalf[4] Iowa wrestling
2009 Jake Herbert[5] Northwestern wrestling
2010 Evan Turner[6] Ohio State basketball
2011 David Boudia[7] Purdue swimming and diving
2012 Draymond Green Michigan State basketball
2013 Derek Drouin[8] Indiana track and field

Female[edit]

Recipients of the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year Award

Year Athlete(s) School Sport(s)
1983 Judi Brown Michigan State track and field
1984 Lisa Ishikawa Northwestern softball
1985 Cathy Branta Wisconsin cross country & track and field
1986 Stephanie Herbst Wisconsin cross country & track and field
1987 Jennifer Averill Northwestern field hockey & lacrosse
1988 Suzy Favor Wisconsin track and field & cross country
1989 Suzy Favor Wisconsin track and field & cross country
1990 Suzy Favor Wisconsin track and field & cross country
1991 Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse Michigan State diving
Joy Holmes Purdue basketball
1992 MaChelle Joseph Purdue basketball
1993 Lara Hooiveld Michigan swimming
1994 Kristy Gleason Iowa field hockey
1995 Laura Davis Ohio State volleyball
1996 Olga Kalinovskaya Penn State fencing
1997 Gretchen Hegener Minnesota swimming
Kathy Butler Wisconsin track and field
1998 Sara Griffin Michigan softball
1999 Stephanie White-McCarty Purdue basketball
2000 Lauren Cacciamani Penn State volleyball
2001 Katie Douglas Purdue basketball
2002 Christie Welsh Penn State soccer
2003 Perdita Felicien Illinois track and field
2004 Kelly Mazzante Penn State basketball
2005 Jennie Ritter Michigan softball
2006 Tiffany Weimer Penn State soccer
2007 Jessica Davenport Ohio State basketball
2008 Hannah Nielson Northwestern lacrosse
2009 Maria Hernandez Purdue golf
2010 Megan Hodge Penn State volleyball
2011 Shannon Smith Northwestern lacrosse
2012 Christina Manning Ohio State track and field
2013 Amanda Kessel Minnesota ice hockey

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suzy Favor Hamilton, who admitted to being prostitute, has her name removed from Big Ten award". Fox News. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Big Ten Athlete of the Year
  3. ^ 2007 Big Ten Athlete of the Year
  4. ^ 2008 Big Ten Athlete of the Year
  5. ^ 2009 Big Ten Athlete of the Year
  6. ^ "Turner Selected Big Ten's Best Male Athlete for 2010". Ohio State University. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  7. ^ [Boudia Becomes First Diver To Win Big Ten's Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award: Six-time NCAA champion joins Glenn Robinson as Purdue's male winners. "Turner Selected Big Ten's Best Male Athlete for 2010"]. CBS Interactive. 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  8. ^ "Indiana's Drouin and Minnesota's Kessel Named Big Ten Athletes of the Year". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-27.