WCC Announces 2018 Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athletes of the Year
San Francisco's Leon Schwarzer & Charlotte Taylor sweep the honors for the Dons
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The 2018 West Coast Conference Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athletes of the Year were announced at the ninth annual WCC Honors Dinner, held in conjunction with the Executive Council and Presidents' Council meetings Wednesday night at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, Calif. The University of San Francisco swept Scholar-Athlete honors as All-Americans Leon Schwarzer and Charlotte Taylor took home the hardware for the Dons.
Schwarzer and Taylor are the 11th and 12th San Francisco student-athletes honored with the prestigious award and the first since three-time WCC Player of the Year Jennifer Heinser (Tennis) was recognized in 2010.
The Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete of the Year is selected by a vote of the WCC's Executive Council to recognize the finest accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service by individuals who have completed their collegiate eligibility. The award is named in honor of the conference's first full-time commissioner, Mike Gilleran.
LEON SCHWARZER, SAN FRANCISCO, SOCCER
This year's Mike Gilleran WCC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Leon Schwarzer carries a sparkling 3.98 cumulative GPA in International Business. The 2017 WCC Player of the Year in Men's Soccer, he led San Francisco to its first NCAA appearance since 2008 and the program's first NCAA postseason win since 1994. The All-American capped his career on the Hilltop with six goals and nine assists - good for third and second respectively among WCC leaders.
A two-time All-WCC selection after transferring to USF for the 2016 campaign, Schwarzer finished his career in the Green and Gold with 11 goals, 10 assists and 32 points. Schwarzer recorded two assists during San Francisco's NCAA postseason run at California and No. 4 Louisville.
In the classroom, the native of Munster, Germany was named to the WCC All-Academic team as a senior and has volunteered extensively on campus and in the community since his arrival.
CHARLOTTE TAYLOR, SAN FRANCISCO, CROSS COUNTRY
This year's Mike Gilleran WCC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Charlotte Taylor carries a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA in her International & Development Economics Master's program. One of the most decorated student-athletes in school history, Taylor is a four-time All-American and was the 2017 NCAA National Champion in the 10,000 meters.
On Thursday, June 7, Taylor posted a fifth place finish in the 10,000, becoming the first USF track & field athlete to earn back-to-back NCAA First Team All-American honors. Taylor will compete in the 5,000 meters Saturday, June 9 in Eugene, Ore.
A native of Spalding, England, Taylor finished third in the 2017 Cross Country Championships leading the University of San Francisco to a national runner-up finish. In the classroom, the 2017 WCC Cross Country individual champion earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in 2017.
MIKE GILLERAN SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS
2017 - Amy Boswell (BYU) and Nigel Williams-Goss (GON)
2016 - Sterling Shuster (LMU) and Kyle Wiltjer (GON)
2015 - Alaysia Brown (USD) and Johnny Dee (USD)
2014 - Clarke Spinosa (USD) and Haiden Palmer (GON)
2013 - Matthew Dellavedova (SMC) and Ana Pontes (PEP)
2012 - Miles Batty (BYU) and Kim Hill (PEP)
2011 - Dylan Leslie (SMC), Jessica Tsao (POR)
2010 - Thomas Betterbed (POR), Jennifer Heinser (USF)
2009 - Greg Moss (LMU), Julie Rubenstein (PEP)
2008 - Tavo Hall (USF), Stephanie Cox (POR)
2007 - Richard Johnson (PEP), Kim McGivens (SCU)
2006 - Nick Kliebert (PEP), Christine Sinclair (POR)
2005 - Michael Putnam (PEP), Megan Kakadelas (SCU)
2004 - Blake Stepp (GON), Kate Murray (LMU) & Imani Dorsey (POR)
2003 - Jeff Kovar (LMU), Katherine Hull (PEP) & Aly Wagner (SCU)
2002 - Dan Dickau (GON), Danielle Slaton (SCU)
2001 - Michael Cortez (LMU), Anne Garrison (SCU)
2000 - Bryan Bothwell (POR), Susan Erpelding (USD)
1999 - Clemens Phillipi (LMU), Brittany Lindhe (USF)
1998 - David Sivulich (SMC), Tracy Holman (LMU)
1997 - Uli Steidl (POR), Mollie Flint (SMC)
1996 -Brendan Graves (SCU), Valerie Gillon (USF)
1995 - Jacob Slania (USD), Margaret Krawiec (SCU)
1994 - Jeff Brown (GON), Sheri Brown (LMU)
1993 - Jason Boykoff (POR), Nikki Rosenfeldt (POR)
1992 - Jarrod Davis (GON), Martha Sheldon (POR)
1991 - Brenden Griffin (USD), Anja Bordt (SMC)
1990 - Joe DeBortoli (USF), Paula Mascari (USD)
1989 - Rick Hirtensteiner (PEP), Tracy Thorne (POR)
1988 - Wes Bilven (SCU), Mary Carlson (USF)
1987 - Steve Krallman (USD), Debbie Dunbar (USF)
1986 - John bustos (USF), Chris Starr (NEV)
1985 - Bryce McPhee (GON)
1984 - John Stockton (GON)
1983 - Brandon Bennett (SMC)
1982 - Bill Dunlap (GON)
1981 - Al Smoot (USF)
1980 - Ted Wood (SMC)
1979 - Rodney Lee (USF)
1978 - Patrick McVeigh (SCU)
1977 - John O'Shaughnessy (SCU)
1976 - Dick Skophammer (PEP)
Female Award started after 1986