CLEVELAND, Ohio – Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) Grizzly Volleyball standout Kelly Wiedemann continues to collect accolades.
Earlier this summer the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) selected the West Plains High School graduate to its inaugural Scholar-Athlete Team for 2020. The team recognizes nine male and nine female student-athletes, one from each district in the organization’s membership.
Wiedemann, a sophomore outside attacker, was selected as the female representative for the NATYCAA’s District 5. Her selection also made her eligible for the organization’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
“I am a lucky coach and a lucky mom to get to watch my kid do good things,” Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said. “As a coach, you want to see your athletes grow as athletes, as students and as people. Kelly has grown so much in the two years she spent at MSU-WP. Her dad and I are very proud of who she is and where she is going in life.”
To be eligible for the award, nominees must meet the following criteria:
• minimum 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale with a minimum of 36 semester hours or 45 quarter hours with a minimum of 24 semester hours/36 quarter hours at the nominating institution;
• participation in a minimum of one complete season of varsity competition at the nominating institution;
• outstanding athletics success;
• and outstanding qualities of leadership and citizenship.
“Kelly is a two-time All-American on the court and in the classroom, and her teammates loved her. You cannot ask for much more as a coach when watching someone walk through your door and then watch them make the most of what is in front of them,” Coach Wiedemann said.
“I talk to our teams about being the type of person who, when standing in a group of people, would be a ‘first pick’ to get things done. Kelly is a ‘first pick’ in lots of areas, and that’s really cool to watch as a parent and a coach,” Coach Wiedemann said.
Now in its 32nd year, NATYCAA is the professional organization of two-year college athletics administrators and membership open to all two-year institutions from throughout the country. NATYCAA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 55th year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit msuwpgrizzlies.com.
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