ST. LOUIS -- Anna Stinson of Illinois State University and Adam McDonnell of the University of Northern Iowa 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 Stinson and McDonnell from a field of league student-athletes who met the award criteria, including academic achievement, athletics excellence and service and leadership.
Stinson, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., is a three-time MVC Elite 18 Award recipient, a 2013 Senior CLASS Award finalist, three-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V choice, a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honoree, and 2013 NSCAA Scholar All-Region pick. She achieved a 4.00 cumulative grade point average in exercise science, while starring on the women's soccer team. She was team captain for three seasons.
On the field, Stinson was a NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team selection (2011), a four-time All-Missouri Valley Conference performer (Second Team in 2013, First Team in 2012 and 2011, Honorable Mention in 2010), an MVC All-Tournament Team choice (2012), an MVC All-Freshman Team selection (2010) and a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honoree. She concluded her four seasons ranked fourth all-time with 19 assists. The three-year member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council was an active participant in Illinois State community service programs.
McDonnell was a senior captain for the men's track & field program at Northern Iowa and a native of DeWitt, Iowa. He lettered four-straight seasons for UNI, competing in the javelin and hammer throws. He was a 2011 all-conference selection in the javelin, and was an NCAA Preliminary Qualifier in 2012 and 2014 (javelin) and 2012 and 2013 (hammer).
He earned MVC scholar-athlete team honors in 2012, 2013, and 2014 while maintaining a 3.85 grade point average in physical education. He earned the MVC President's Council Academic Excellence Award and was three times a recipient of the MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award. McDonnell has earned the UNI Physical Education Major of the Year and was on the UNI Dean's List for nine semesters. Active in the community, McDonnell recently completed his term as President of the UNI Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
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. She was inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. SIU named its softball stadium after West in 2003 and the NCAA named a room in its new national office building in Indianapolis in West's honor in 2012.
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.
UNI's Charlotte West Award Winners
2000 - Matt Cobb
2004 - Jill Arganbright
2013 - Jacqui Kalin
2014 - Adam McDonnell