Big Ten Athlete of the Year

The Big Ten Athlete of the Year award is given annually to the athletes voted as the top male and female athlete in the Big Ten Conference.


In 1982, the Big Ten Conference established a Big Ten Athlete of the Year award. The award is named after Jesse Owens, the legendary Ohio State track star. The following year, a parallel award for women, the Big Ten Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year, was created. After the December 2012 revelation that Favor, now known by her married name of Suzy Favor Hamilton, had worked as a prostitute for a Las Vegas escort service, in July 2013 the Big Ten Conference removed her name from the women's award.[1]

The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each institution.[2]



Recipients of the Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award

Year Athlete(s) School Sport(s)
1982 Jim Spivey Indiana track and field & cross country
1983 Ed Banach Iowa wrestling
1984 Sunder Nix Indiana track and field
1985 Barry Davis Iowa wrestling
1986 Chuck Long Iowa football
1987 Steve Alford Indiana basketball
1988 Jim Abbott Michigan baseball
1989 Glen Rice Michigan basketball
1990 Anthony Thompson Indiana football
1991 Mike Barrowman Michigan swimming and diving
1992 Desmond Howard Michigan football
1993 John Roethlisberger Minnesota gymnastics
1994 Glenn Robinson Purdue basketball
1995 Tom Dolan Michigan swimming and diving
1996 Eddie George Ohio State football
1997 Blaine Wilson Ohio State gymnastics
1998 Charles Woodson Michigan football
1999 Luke Donald Northwestern golf
2000 Ron Dayne Wisconsin football
2001 Ryan Miller Michigan State ice hockey
2002 Jordan Leopold Minnesota ice hockey
2003 Amer Delic Illinois tennis
Matt Lackey Illinois wrestling
2004 Damion Hahn Minnesota wrestling
2005 Luis Vargas Penn State gymnastics
2006 Peter Vanderkaay Michigan swimming and diving
2007 Cole Konrad[3] Minnesota wrestling
2008 Brent Metcalf[4] Iowa wrestling
2009 Jake Herbert[5] Northwestern wrestling
2010 Evan Turner[6] Ohio State basketball
2011 David Boudia[7] Purdue swimming and diving
2012 Draymond Green Michigan State basketball
2013 Derek Drouin[8] Indiana track and field
2014 David Taylor[9] Penn State wrestling
2015 Logan Stieber Ohio State wrestling
2016 Denzel Valentine Michigan State basketball
2017 Kyle Snyder Ohio State wrestling
2018 Kyle Snyder Ohio State wrestling


Recipients of the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year Award

Year Athlete(s) School Sport(s)
1983 Judi Brown Michigan State track and field
1984 Lisa Ishikawa Northwestern softball
1985 Cathy Branta Wisconsin cross country & track and field
1986 Stephanie Herbst Wisconsin cross country & track and field
1987 Jennifer Averill Northwestern field hockey & lacrosse
1988 Suzy Favor Wisconsin track and field & cross country
1989 Suzy Favor Wisconsin track and field & cross country
1990 Suzy Favor Wisconsin track and field & cross country
1991 Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse Michigan State diving
Joy Holmes Purdue basketball
1992 MaChelle Joseph Purdue basketball
1993 Lara Hooiveld Michigan swimming
1994 Kristy Gleason Iowa field hockey
1995 Laura Davis Ohio State volleyball
1996 Olga Kalinovskaya Penn State fencing
1997 Gretchen Hegener Minnesota swimming
Kathy Butler Wisconsin track and field
1998 Sara Griffin Michigan softball
1999 Stephanie White-McCarty Purdue basketball
2000 Lauren Cacciamani Penn State volleyball
2001 Katie Douglas Purdue basketball
2002 Christie Welsh Penn State soccer
2003 Perdita Felicien Illinois track and field
2004 Kelly Mazzante Penn State basketball
2005 Jennie Ritter Michigan softball
2006 Tiffany Weimer Penn State soccer
2007 Jessica Davenport Ohio State basketball
2008 Hannah Nielsen Northwestern lacrosse
2009 María Hernández Purdue golf
2010 Megan Hodge Penn State volleyball
2011 Shannon Smith Northwestern lacrosse
2012 Christina Manning Ohio State track and field
2013 Amanda Kessel Minnesota ice hockey
2014 Dani Bunch[9] Purdue track and field
2015 Taylor Cummings Maryland lacrosse
2016 Rachel Banham Minnesota basketball
2017 Lilly King Indiana swimming
2018 Lilly King Indiana swimming


  1. ^ "Suzy Favor Hamilton, who admitted to being prostitute, has her name removed from Big Ten award". Fox News. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Big Ten Athlete of the Year
  3. ^ "2007 Big Ten Athlete of the Year". Archived from the original on 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  4. ^ 2008 Big Ten Athlete of the Year
  5. ^ 2009 Big Ten Athlete of the Year
  6. ^ "Turner Selected Big Ten's Best Male Athlete for 2010". WBNS-10TV. 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  7. ^ "Boudia Becomes First Diver To Win Big Ten's Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award". Purdue University. 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  8. ^ "Indiana's Drouin and Minnesota's Kessel Named Big Ten Athletes of the Year". CBS Interactive. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  9. ^ a b "Penn State's Taylor and Purdue's Bunch Named Big Ten Athletes of the Year". CBS Interactive. 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
1983 in Michigan

Events from the year 1983 in Michigan.

The Associated Press (AP) selected the state's top news stories as follows:

A 38% increase in Michigan's income tax led to recall campaigns against state legislators;

Dioxins were discovered in Michigan's waterways and fish;

Chrysler Corporation returned to financial health;

Agnes Mary Mansour, a Roman Catholic nun and director of the Michigan Department of Social Services, quit her order in defiance of a directive from the Vatican that she quit her government job which required her to oversee the use of public funds for abortions;

Toxic waste near Swartz Creek, Michigan, required evacuation of locals pending cleanup;

The case of Judy Stiver triggers a controversy over her surrogate mother arrangements;

Amway and a Canadian subsidiary pled guilty to fraud charges brought by the Canadian government for allegedly using dummy invoices showing lower values to reduce customs duties paid for goods shipped to Canada;

In continuing fallout from the Michigan PBB contamination scandal, a bankruptcy court approved the reorganization of the Farm Services Bureau;

(tie) Construction began on the Project ELF military antenna; and

(tie) The racially motivated Murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, as a result of being beaten with a baseball bat by a Chrysler plant superintendent Ronald Ebens and his stepson.

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Big Ten Conference

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The Big Ten Conference was established in 1895 when Purdue University president James H. Smart and representatives from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, and University of Wisconsin gathered at Chicago's Palmer House Hotel to set policies aimed at regulating intercollegiate athletics. In 1905, the conference was officially incorporated as the "Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives". The conference is one of the nation's oldest, predating the founding of the NCAA by a decade, and was one of the first collegiate conferences to sponsor men's basketball.

Big Ten member institutions are predominantly major flagship research universities with large financial endowments and strong academic reputations. Large student enrollment is also a hallmark of Big Ten Universities, as 13 of the 14 members feature enrollments of 20,000 or more students. Northwestern University, the only full member with a total enrollment of fewer than 30,000 students, is the lone private university among Big Ten membership (the University of Chicago, a private university, left the conference in 1946). Collectively, Big Ten universities educate more than 520,000 total students and have 5.7 million living alumni. Big Ten universities engage in $9.3 billion in funded research each year. Though the Big Ten existed for nearly a century as an assemblage of universities located primarily in the Midwest, the conference's geographic footprint now stretches east to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Willis Franklin Ward (December 28, 1912 – December 30, 1983) was a track and field athlete and American football player who was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1981.

Ward was the Michigan High School Athlete of the Year, after setting a national prep record in the high jump. At the University of Michigan, he was a collegiate champion in the high jump, the long jump, the 100-yard dash, and the 440-yard dash, and finished second in the voting for the Associated Press Big Ten Athlete of the Year award in 1933. In track and field he was a three-time All-American and eight-time Big Ten champion.

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