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Ohio Wesleyan's Gatz Wins NCAC Don Hunsiger Award

Recent Ohio Wesleyan University graduate J. David Gatz (Delaware, OH/Hayes) has been named the winner of the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference Don Hunsinger Award.

Gatz starred for the Battling Bishop men’s swimming & diving team for four years, serving as team captain as a junior and a senior. A four-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion, and five-time All-NCAC performer, he won both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes in 2008 and 2009. Gatz qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships three times, and earned five All-America certificates. He was the Battling Bishops’ team MVP all four years, holds the conference record in the 200 breast, and holds the OWU mark in both the 100 and 200 breast.

In the classroom, he posted a 3.91 grade-point average in pre-medicine, biochemistry and pre-professional zoology. He was a three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America. Selected to Phi Beta Kappa, Gatz is a Rhodes Scholarship Semifinalist, an NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship recipient, and was twice named OWU’s Dale J. Bruce Presidential Scholar Athlete of the Year. Among his numerous university awards are those for academic excellence in chemistry, mathematics and zoology.

Gatz is an active volunteer, having raised money for the Pakistani branch of Doctors Without Borders, Circle K, political campaigns and Relay for Life. He coaches youth swimmers and served as chair of OWU’s Chemistry Department Student Board.

He plans to attend medical school with the intention of becoming a pediatrician.

Gatz was one of five outstanding nominees considered by the selection committee. The candidates were:

Andrew Clair, football, basketball, Kenyon College
Justin Keener, soccer, The College of Wooster
Peter Shorten, soccer, Denison University
Ted Winders, lacrosse, Wittenberg University

This award commemorates former Oberlin administrator and coach Don Hunsinger, 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. Four times he earned NCAC Coach of the Year recognition, twice in men’s tennis and twice in women’s. Hunsinger, who retired from the College in 2008, continues to serve the conference as Director of Tennis and assists in the administration of the conference’s swimming & 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 North Coast Athletic Conference administrators, in conjunction with the conference office, makes the selection.

NCAC Don Hunsinger Award Winners
2010 - J. David Gatz, Ohio Wesleyan
2009 - Kyle Holliday, Ohio Wesleyan