Recent Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Sharif Kronemer (Silver Spring, MD/Springbrook) has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Don Hunsinger Award.
Kronemer was a four-year member of the Battling Bishops' cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field teams. A three-time All-NCAC performer in cross country and a two-time All-NCAC performer in track & field, he highlighted his career by winning the 800-meter run at the 2011 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In addition, Kronemer helped guide OWU to four NCAC team titles throughout his career: Indoor Track & Field (2009, 10) and Outdoor Track & Field (2009, 10).
In the classroom, Kronemer posted a 3.80 grade-point-average as a neuroscience major and a philosophy minor. Selected to Phi Beta Kappa, he also earned the Dale J. Bruce Presidential Scholar Athlete of the Year honor and the Outstanding Meek Leader Award for the 2011-12 academic year. He also earned the Daniel E. Anderson Award which is bestowed upon a senior philosophy major or minor who exemplifies philosophical research. He was a Top Fifty Athlete Award honoree in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was a four-year recipient of the Trustee Honors Scholarship. Kronemer capped off his successful career as a student-athlete by earning one of the NCAA's prestigious post-graduate scholarships. In addition, he created and served as the professor of Consciousness and Mind-PSYCH 499 during the 2010-11 academic year at OWU.
He also devoted a great deal of his time to numerous committees on the OWU campus, including the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs, the OWU Athletic Committee and the University Student Honors Board. Kronemer is also the founder and co-chair of the Healthy Bishop Initiative.
Kronemer is an active community volunteer, having served as the student leader for OWU's 1st and 2nd annual Special Olympics Competition. In addition he played an active role in the Japan Relief Movement for tsunami relief and helped organize a competition with Kenyon College to collect food for the Pakistan Food Relief Program.
He will begin a masters program this fall in cognitive neuroscience at the University College London.
Kronemer was one of seven outstanding nominees considered for the selection committee. The candidates were:
- Michael Duffy, Basketball, Wittenberg University
- Kreigh Kamman, Soccer, DePauw University
- Lars Matkin, Swimming, Kenyon College
- Kevin McCarthy, Track & Field/Cross Country, Wabash College
- Michael Peters, Golf, The College of Wooster
- Dee Salukombo, Track & Field/Cross Country, Denison 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.