Recent Kenyon College graduate Curtis Ramsey (Wilmington, DE/Charter School of Wilmington) has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Don Hunsinger Award.
Ramsey, who was a four-year member of the Lords' men's swimming & diving team, capped off his career by collecting the 2013 NCAC Men's Swimmer of the Year honor after winning the 50- and 100-freestyle events and also swimming legs on the winning 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay at the 2013 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships. Ramsey has also excelled in the pool at the national level as he owns 15 All-American certificates, including three national titles in the 200 free relay and two national titles in the 400 free relay. In addition, Ramsey was a key contributor in helping the Lords capture their 32nd national title this past winter at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships.
In the classroom, Ramsey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.91 grade-point-average as an economics major and a physics and mathematics minor. Selected to the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society and the Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society, he also earned Kenyon's 2013 Jess Willard Falkenstine Award which is awarded to a scholar-athlete who best displays the distinguished characteristics of both leadership and integrity and was also the recipient of the Elmer A. Graham Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2012. He also shared his wealth of knowledge in his discipline by serving as a peer tutor in the economics department from 2011-13.
Among his numerous academic accolades, Ramsey was recognized as the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year after being the top vote-getter in balloting for the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Men's At-Large selections. He put an exclamation mark on his academic and athletic career by earning one of the NCAA's prestigious post-graduate scholarships.
Ramsey was also actively involved in the campus community during his time at Kenyon as he was selected to serve on the Alumni Leaders of Tomorrow committee and was also a voting member on the institution's Budget and Finance committee. Along with his talents in the pool, Ramsey was also a four-year member of KC's Symphonic Wind Ensemble in the French Horn section.
Ramsey was one of five outstanding nominees considered for the selection committee. The candidates were:
- Matt Kukurugya, Swimming, DePauw University
- Gustave Fuguitt, Cross Country and Track & Field, The College of Wooster
- Nat Kell, Football, Denison University
- Bryan Nemire, Cross Country, Hiram College
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.