Former Loras women’s basketball student-athlete Kaitlin Phillips (’16) has been chosen as the Co-Johanna Olson Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and former Loras track and field standout Zach Frey (’16) has been named the Duane Schroeder Male Iowa Conference (IIAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Phillips is the second female Loras student-athlete to receive this award, preceded by Abby Erion in 2007, and Frey the first male.
To be eligible for nomination for the IIAC Scholar Athlete of the Year, a student-athlete shall have graduated or exhausted their athletic eligibility during the academic year for which the award is given. They 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.
Phillips graduated Maxima Cum Laude in May of 2016 with honors, earning degrees in international studies, sociology and political science. As a senior, Phillips was honored as a member of the All-State WBCA Good Works Team and was the only female NCAA Division III student-athlete named to the 10-person team. At Loras, Phillips graduated with the Provost’s Top-20 honors, the Reverend William E. Wilkie Award and the National Delta Epsilon Sigma Award at the conclusion of her college career. Her academic success was recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as she was selected as an Academic All-District honoree in 2016.
Phillips spent five weeks during the summer of 2015 in Kitengela, Kenya where she volunteered as a teacher at the St. Louis Academy where she taught English, math, religion and physical education, in addition to weekend outreach programs that involved the deliverance of food and resources to internally displaced persons camps. She recently completed her first semester of law school at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Frey graduated in May of 2016 with summa cum laude honors after earning a 3.98 GPA with degrees in accounting and finance. At the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, Frey was selected as the Elite 90 winner, becoming the first in Loras’ history. He was a three-time IIAC All-Academic team selection, was named the Loras Accounting Student of the Year, and was featured on the Dean’s List during all eight semesters before graduating with Provost Top-20 honors.
Frey was a three-time NCAA All-American, including twice in the 800 meters and once in the 4×400-meter relay. A five-time NCAA qualifier, Frey owns eight Iowa Conference Championship titles and four Iowa Conference Championship meet records. At Loras, he owns the school record for the indoor 800 meters and outdoor 4×800-meter relay. In his final collegiate race, Frey finished fourth at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800 meters.
Currently, Frey works as an accountant at KPMG in Minneapolis, Minn.