June 10, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The 2014 West Coast Conference Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athletes of the Year were announced at the fifth annual WCC Honors Dinner, held last week in conjunction with the Executive Council and Presidents' Council meetings at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. San Diego men's tennis standout Clarke Spinosa was named the Male Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the Female Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winner was Gonzaga University women's basketball All-American Haiden Palmer.
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.
CLARKE SPINOSA, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO, TENNIS
Clarke Spinosa graduated with a 3.1 GPA in Finance and compiled one of the most notable tennis careers at the University of San Diego. Playing primarily at the No. 1 singles position, Spinosa helped lead the Toreros to four NCAA Tournament berths and two WCC Championship titles.
Spinosa was named the 2011 WCC Freshman of the Year, named to the All-WCC First Team twice, and achieved a career-high national singles ranking of No. 27 during his final season. To cap off his career, he was selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship in Athens, Georgia.
HAIDEN PALMER, GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, BASKETBALL
Haiden Palmer graduated from the Gonzaga's Master's program of Communication and Leadership with a 4.0 GPA, earning her a spot on the WCC All-Academic Team. One of the most accomplished women's basketball players in WCC history, Palmer was named the 2011-12 WCC Newcomer of the Year and the 2013 WCC Most Outstanding Player at the WCC Women's Basketball Championship.
Palmer helped Gonzaga to three WCC regular season titles, two WCC Tournament Championships and three NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2012. Palmer also was recently selected in the WBNA Draft by the Indiana Fever, becoming the fifth player in program history to be drafted by the WNBA.