Recent Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Kyle Herman (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference Don Hunsinger Award.
Herman, who was a four-year member of the Battling Bishops' cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field teams, served as team captain of the indoor and outdoor track & field squads in his senior campaign. A three-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion, and five-time All-NCAC performer, he was a member of the top indoor distance medley relay teams in 2008 and 2011, and was also a key contributor to the winning outdoor 4x800-meter relay squad in 2011. In addition, Herman helped guide OWU to six NCAC team titles throughout his career: Indoor Track & Field (2008-10) and Outdoor Track & Field (2008-10).
In the classroom, he posted a 3.90 grade-point average as an international studies and politics and government major, with minors in economics and philosophy. Selected to Phi Beta Kappa, Herman also earned the Dr. Richard Gordin Award as the top male senior scholar-athlete on campus. Among his numerous university awards are those for academic excellence in economics, international studies, philosophy and political science. He also devoted a great deal of his time to travel research projects in Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and China. One of Herman's highest service achievements on campus was serving as the President of the student body his senior year.
Herman is an active community volunteer, having contributed to Habitat for Humanity, the Washington D.C. Homeless Shelter, the KULT Youth Center in Ilidza, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Buckeye Valley Reads program.
He has accepted a teaching position in Beirut, where he will teach history along with leading youth groups and coaching track & field.
Herman was one of five outstanding nominees considered by the selection committee. The candidates were:
- Jeremy Block, Football, Wittenberg University
- Dan Crawford, Football, Denison University
- Jeremy Polster, Tennis, Kenyon College
- Matthew Pullara, Lacrosse, The College of Wooster
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.