June 8, 2006
San Bruno, Calif. - Senior Nick Kliebert, who helped the Pepperdine baseball team to four NCAA Tournament appearances and three West Coast Conference (WCC) titles during his career, was named the 2006 WCC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, Commissioner Michael Gilleran announced on Thursday.
Kliebert is the second straight Pepperdine male athlete and fourth overall to receive the WCC's highest honor. Men's golfer Michael Putnam received the award in 2005.
Katherine Hull, who helped the Waves to a runner-up finish at the 2003 Women's Golf Championships, is the only Pepperdine female to be honored with the award.
Portland's Christine Sinclair was named this year's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Kliebert, who put together a career-year and was named first team All-WCC and All-Academic, was taken in the 25th round (753rd overall) by the San Diego Padres on Wednesday during Major League Baseball's Annual First-Year Player Draft.
As the Waves' starting first baseman, Kliebert played in a career-high 57 games and batted a career-best .340. He also established career-highs in at-bats (191), runs (31) and RBI (38). Kliebert ranked second on the Waves and fourth in the WCC with a .435 conference average.
Kliebert concluded his career with a .294 average with two home runs and 86 RBI while playing in 188 games during his four-year career.
A starter in each of his four years, Kliebert played in the WCC Championship Series each season, helping the Waves to series wins 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Kliebert, who graduated with a 3.632 GPA in business administration, is a three-time member of the WCC All-Academic team and was selected to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of his four collegiate seasons. He was named as a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in all four years of his collegiate career, and graduated cum laude in the spring of 2006.
Despite the time demands put on him by academics and athletics, Kliebert found time to participate on the Pepperdine Student Advisory Committee the past two years. Kliebert also has been an active participant in the Step Forward Day, an outreach program for the local community, while volunteering at several schools and churches in the community throughout his time at Pepperdine.