CLEVELAND - Eastern Michigan's Jillian Wolosiansky (volleyball) and Ball State's Gonzalo Barinaga (football) have been named by Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives as the recipients of the 2009 Bob James award as announced today by the league office.
The Bob James Memorial Scholarship, in its 20th year, recognizes one female and one male student-athlete who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5, and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship. The student-athletes are nominated during the year in which they complete their final season of eligibility. The $5,000 post-graduate scholarship is awarded in honor Bob James, the second commissioner in Mid-American Conference history (1964-71).
Wolosiansky, who has a perfect 4.0 GPA in public administration, played in all of the team's 124 sets this season. The Uniontown, Ohio native surpassed her career highs in every statistical category this season, racking up 261 kills, 258 digs, 78 total blocks, 69 set assists, and 18 service aces. Her 261 total kills were the third most on the squad, while her 69 assists ranked as the second most on the team.
Wolosiansky was selected the Mid-American Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sept. 19 after being named the MVP of the Bash in the Boro Invitational (Sept. 12-13) with 2.42 kills, 1.83 digs and 0.83 blocks per set for the Eagles. The Uniontown, Ohio native also was named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District for the second consecutive year.
Barinaga, a two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference selection, managed a 3.68 grade-point average on Ball State's 4.0 scale as a pre-med major. Also a 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V choice, Barinaga played in 42 games in his Ball State career. He started three games as a senior and seven contests in his career, while earning four letters for the Cardinals.
Barinaga also registered 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack in his career. He was a two-time recipient of Ball State's Football Academic Award, and completed his playing career with appearances in back-to-back bowl games for the Cardinals. Barinaga helped Ball State to a 12-2 overall record, the MAC West Division Championship and an appearance in the GMAC Bowl as a senior.
Past Bob James Award Winners
2009 Gonzalo Barinaga, Ball State Football and Jillian Wolosiansky, Eastern Michigan Volleyball
2008 Wynn Michalak, Central Michigan Wrestling and Stephanie Swiger, Bowling Green Volleyball
2007 Matt Lefeld, Bowling Green Basketball and Jody Yednock, Northern Illinois Gymnastics
2006 David Mitchell, Miami Cross Country/Track & Field and Marie Zidek, Northern Illinois Volleyball
2005 Burke Badenhop, Bowling Green Baseball and Robin Davidson, Toledo Soccer
2004 Travis Barclay, Ball State Football and Andrea Kremer, Miami Track & Field
2003 Brett Faustman, Central Michigan Wrestling and Katrina Kerns, Bowling Green Track & Field
2002 Anthony Malik, Bowling Green Soccer and Kate Miller, Kent State Basketball
2001 Nick Iagulli, Miami Track & Field and Jennifer Jarjosa, Bowling Green Swimming
2000 Cato Coleman, Miami Track & Field and Laura Szczepanski, Ball State Gymnastics
1999 Justin Millard, Akron Soccer and Wendy Feldman, Central Michigan Volleyball
1998 Desmond Johnston, Akron Soccer and Janelle Tranquillo, Ball State Field Hockey
1997 Joseph Burch, Bowling Green Soccer and Sarah Mikrut, Ball State Gymnastics
1996 Dustin Swinehart, Miami Soccer and Kristin Gaddis, Bowling Green Cross Country/Track
1995 Stephen Fetyko, Eastern Michigan Swimming and Dana Drew, Toledo Women's Basketball
1994 Bob Dudley, Bowling Green Football and Kris Parks, Ohio Cross Country/Track
1993 Sander Scott, Central Michigan Men's Basketball and Kelly Weir, Ohio Women's Basketball
1992 Jeff Bender, Central Michigan Football and Julie Young, Western Michigan Volleyball
1991 Pat Jackson, Bowling Green Football and Kristin McDaniel, Kent State Track & Field
1990 Danny Rieman, Ball State Baseball and Linda Popovich, Bowling Green Volleyball
1989 Rick Winegardner, Ball State Swimming and Kim Keenan, Kent State Cross Country/Track