June 4, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Loyola Marymount University's Gregory Moss and Pepperdine University's Julie Rubenstein were named the West Coast Conference Mike Gilleran Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich announced today. Moss is the third LMU athlete and third golfer to win the male award, while Rubenstein is the second Wave and fifth volleyball player to win the female award. Overall, each school has had seven student-athletes win the award.
"The West Coast Conference member institutions mission is to promote the ideals of leadership not only on the field, but also within the classroom and in the community," said Zaninovich. "Gregory and Julie have exhibited those characteristics throughout their college careers and I am proud to recognize them as this year's Scholar Athletes."
The highest honor in the WCC is selected by a vote of the WCC's institutional representatives to recognize the finest accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service by individuals who have completed their WCC eligibility.
FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Julie Rubenstein Pepperdine University Volleyball 3.58 GPA
Julie Rubenstein played four seasons on the Pepperdine University volleyball team, serving as team captain in 2008. A three-time All-WCC first team member, Rubenstein played a crucial role in leading the Waves to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 showing in 2005. One of the all-time great Waves, she ended her career ranked second in solo blocks (96), third in kills (1,743), third in points (2,064), fifth in service aces (116) and 10th in digs (973) on Pepperdine's all-time career list. Among her other notable athletic achievements, she was this year's Pepperdine Female Athlete of the Year, named to the AVCA All-American third team, and named to this year's Collegiate Volleyball Update Stellar Spikers First Team, recognizing the nation's top 14 players.
While at Pepperdine, Rubenstein epitomized the term student-athlete, serving as the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, while acting as the WCC SAAC Chairperson and the representative to the National SAAC her last two years. As good as she was on the court, she was equally impressive in the classroom, receiving the Pepperdine Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2008. In addition, Rubenstein was a three-time member of the WCC Fall All-Academic team and a two-time selection to the Co-SIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Team. Her leadership also exended into community as she spent a lot of time volunteering. Among her various community service activities, she has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as acting as a coordinator for this year's WCC Soles 4 Souls initiative.
MALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Gregory Moss Loyola Marymount University Golf 3.85 GPA
Gregory Moss transferred to Loyola Marymount in 2007-08 from the College of the Canyons and played at IUPUI before that. In his first year as a Lion, he played in 11 tournaments with a highest finish of 11th place at the UC Irvine Invitational. He also tied for 35th in that year's WCC Championships. He went on to improve by leaps and bounds this year, playing in 11 tournaments and tying for eighth place on two different occasions at the UC Riverside and Colorado Invitationals. He was also a semi-finalist at the LA City T-8 Match Play Championship this season. His biggest athletic achievement came this year, when he won the WCC Golf Championship, advancing to the NCAA Regionals, and was named to the WCC First Team All-Conference.
In his two years at Loyola Marymount, Moss was named to the Dean's List all four semesters and was also placed on this year's first-team ESPN The Magazine Men's At-Large Academic All-District VIII. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, he also won this year's Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Economics Award, given to an economics major who has written an outstanding term paper or honors project in the last year. Moss' committement to excellence also reached into the community as he has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and helped collect shoes for the WCC Soles 4 Souls drive on his campus. In addition, he spent time volunteering fro the L.A. Regional Special Olympics and did community service work at the Neighborhood Youth Association.