Aug. 25, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine baseball player Nick Kliebert, an April graduate, was named Pepperdine's "Scholar-Athlete of the Year" for 2005-06 following voting by senior athletic administration and head coaches, Director of Athletics John Watson announced today.
Kliebert became the second straight baseball player and fifth overall to be recognized. Steve Kleen, who earned All-American honors in 2005, was named "Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year" along with All-American men's golfer Michael Putnam.
Kliebert, who put together a career-year and was named first team All-West Coast Conference (WCC) and All-Academic, was taken in the 25th round (753rd overall) by the San Diego Padres during this past June's Major League Baseball 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 in 2004, 2005 and 2006. This past year, he helped the Waves reach the championship game of the Malibu Regional.
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.