Former Buena Vista baseball player Neil Marshall has been named one of the three finalists for the 2015-16 Duane Schroeder IIAC Scholar Athlete of the Year award.
Aside from Marshall, former Dubuque football player, Blaine Snitker, and former Loras track and field standout, Zach Frey were also tabbed as finalists. Former Central former football player, Taylor Cox, former Luther wrestler, Dre Van Anrooy, and former Wartburg football and baseball player, Robbie Antstoetter, were among those also nominated.
The finalists were chosen by a committee of IIAC faculty athletic representatives (FAR's) and sports information directors and will now go before only the full group of FAR's for the final selection. (Nebraska Wesleyan was not eligible to nominate or vote as the school was not a member of the IIAC during the 2015-16 calendar year.)
Marshall had an illustrious career at BVU which ended in him earning the IIAC Position Player of the Year award as a senior while also becoming the program's first-ever consensus First Team All-American. During IIAC play, he led the league in slugging percentage (.835), on-base percentage (. 524), runs (39), doubles (18), total bases (86) and plate appearances (127). The total of 18 doubles also established a new conference record. Marshall graduated Magna Cum Laude from Buena Vista. His community service included the management of summer recreation programs in his hometown of Alta. He participated in the annual Youth Soccer Set-up Day, one of Alta's annual volunteer projects.
The winner of the award will be announced by the league office on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
About the IIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards
The IIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were first presented in December 2001 for the 2000-01 academic year. To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete shall have graduated or exhausted their athletic eligibility during the academic year for which the award is given. The nominee must have demonstrated a high level of accomplishment and achievement in a varsity sport, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and show evidence of scholarly achievements, community service involvement and leadership. Both awards were named for former Wartburg and Iowa Conference sports information director Duane Schroeder in May 2002. The women's award was renamed in December 2013 for former Luther College student-athlete Johanna Olson – the inaugural winner of the women's award – who lost a courageous battle with cancer in January 2013.