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McClafferty Receives Frontier Conference Dr. Leroy Walker Award


6/11/2012

Kristin Gillette, NAIA Director of Champions of Character, announced Brianne McClafferty of Montana Tech as the recipient of the 2012 Frontier Conference Dr. LeRoy Walker Award. McClafferty is the second recipient in as many years receiving the award from Montana Tech. Men’s basketball player Ivan Sljivar received the honor last year.

"The Orediggers are very excited that Brianne has been recognized for epitomizing what it means to be a Champion of Character," said Montana Tech Athletic Director Joe McClafferty.

"In her four years at Montana Tech, the characteristics of leadership, dedication, pride and excellence where ever apparent. We look forward to future great accomplishments form a very talented person."

Dr. LeRoy Walker is President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee and served as president through the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. The Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the NAIA and was created as part of the NAIA’s association with Citizenship Through Sports Alliance, a group of sports organizations that promote and recognize sportsmanship.

"I am truly honored to receive the Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award," said Brianne McClafferty.

"Dr. Leroy showed remarkable character during his time as an Olympic track coach and as the United States Olympic Committee President. To receive an award named after this inspiring man is an honor."

McClafferty, a 6-foot forward for the Lady Diggers the past four seasons, averaged 7.44 points per game and 2.89 rebounds last season. In her four years, she has the highest grade point average on the team and earned academic all-conference honors. McClafferty is a member of the business club, Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and vice president of the HPER Hooligan fan club.

"I am honored that the athletic department, Coach DePell and my teammate, Tabitha Tomlinson thought enough of me to nominate me for such a prestigious award," McClafferty said.

"Brianne is certainly deserving of this award," said head women’s basketball coach Kerie DePell.

"When we nominated her, the criteria included things like academic excellence, campus and community service, and athletic achievement. Brianne has clearly excelled in all of those areas. I had the honor and pleasure of coaching her for four years, and I know that her character is genuine, she cared deeply for her team, and she always put her teammates and coaches before herself."

At graduation in May, McClafferty received the award for the highest cumulative grade point average in the Business Department with a 3.97. Also this past spring, she received the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 2012 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award. She is attending the University of Montana Law School in the fall.