Katie Martin of Missouri State University and Dylan Schmidt of Wichita State University have been selected as the female and male recipients, respectively, of the Missouri Valley Conference's Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award, Valley Commissioner Doug Elgin has announced. The Missouri Valley Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives Committee selected Martin and Schmidt from a field of league student-athletes who met the Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award criteria, including academic achievement, athletics excellence and service and leadership.
Martin, a native of Baldwin City, Kan., achieved a cumulative 3.94 grade point average, while majoring in medical technology at Missouri State. She led the Bears this spring with a .307 batting average and posted team-best totals in hits (46), runs (30), doubles (9), on-base percentage (.412), and walks (27). Martin also stole 16 bases to rank second in the MVC. In her first season in center field, Martin committed only one error and recorded a .986 fielding percentage. Her 2007 postseason accolades include all-MVC Second Team, MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, and she was selected to the All-Senior All-America Team in voting for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Martin has been the softball representative on Missouri State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and has been active in MSU softball’s fundraising and community service efforts throughout her four years at Missouri State. Including her honors this past spring, she was a three-time all-MVC scholar-athlete, two-time CoSIDA academic all-district selection, and two-time all-MVC pick for the Bears.
Schmidt is a Mt. Hope, Kan., native and lettered in track & field at Wichita State. Already attending graduate school, he graduated with a 3.55 grade point average with a degree in exercise science while earning selection to the Dean's Honor Roll every semester at Wichita State. He maintains a 3.8 cumulative GPA in his graduate course work, majoring in sport administration and is also working toward a second bachelor's degree - in physical education.
Schmidt earned all-conference honors three times for the Shockers, including this past spring, following the 2007 State Farm MVC Outdoor Track & Field meet, where he placed third in the pole vault. He was named MVC Athlete of the Week in early May when he vaulted a season-best 16-6 3/4 to place third in the Arkansas Twilight meet. He placed second in both the indoor and outdoor MVC Championship meets in 2006. Schmidt has been involved in a number of community service activities while attending Wichita State. In 2005, he was selected as the WSU Track & Field spokesperson for the Wichita Public Schools.
The first-ever recipient of the Honda Award of Merit in 1996 for outstanding achievement in women's collegiate athletics, Dr. Charlotte West was a driving force for more than 40 years in the area of advancement of women's sports.
On June 30, 1998, she retired from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, after serving in the capacities of head coach, associate athletics director, interim athletics director and senior woman administrator during her 41 years with the Missouri Valley Conference-member institution. West coached five women's sports from 1957-75 and, in 1982, was among the first group of women inducted into the SIUC Athletics Hall of Fame.
During her tenure at SIUC, she became the first female member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and later served on the organization's board of directors. West was also a president of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). In 1991, she was presented with the Administrator of the Year Award by the National Association of Collegiate Women Administrators. West also received the Administrator of the Year Award, given by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.