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Celebrating 2017-18

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STANFORD, Calif. –
 Sophomore swimmer Katie Ledecky took home the Al Masters Award at the annual Stanford Athletics Board Awards ceremony, highlighting the Cardinal's success during the 2017-18 campaign.

It was the first time the Al Masters Award was not shared since Andrew Luck secured the honor in 2012. Overall, 26 varsity programs were represented during the ceremony while 39 student-athletes walked away with awards.

The complete list of award winners is included below, in order of presentation. 


Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal

Foster Langsdorfmen's soccer
Andi Sullivanwomen's soccer


Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Nathan Butlerwrestling
Janet Huwomen's swimming
Brittany McPheewomen's basketball
Kelsey Murraylacrosse
Dorian Pickensmen's basketball


NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Elise Crannywomen's cross country/track and field
Lindsey Engelwomen's swimming
Foster Langsdorfmen's soccer
Ted Miclaumen's diving
Robert Neffmen's gymnastics


NCAA Elite 90 Award

Michelle Xiaowomen's soccer


Thomas W. Ford Award


Thomas Ford had a profound impact on the Stanford community. He worked at Stanford for 11 years beginning in 1955 as a legal counsel in the business office, then advanced to the university's director of land development. He served on the Stanford Athletics Board and The Board of Trustees. In 1989, the Ford Center for Sports and Recreation was dedicated in his honor. Community service was important to him, and he funded many service initiatives in the athletics department. This award was established in memory of Tom in the late 1990s.  

Sherry Posthumus Club Sports Team of the Year

Cycling Club

Sherry Posthumus was an assistant athletics director at Stanford for nearly 25 years before her death in 2007. She was the manager of the men's and women's U.S. Olympic fencing teams in 1988, 1992, and 1996, and was instrumental in developing the Stanford fencing program. This award was established in her memory by her colleagues in the athletics department in 2008.

Shirley Schoof Club Sports Athlete of the Year

Gabe Hernandezmen's ultimate
Katherine Lambclimbing

Shirley Schoof retired in 1999 after working for 35 years for the athletics department. She was a physical education instructor and coach, and served for 20 years as an assistant athletics director. This award was established in her name in 2004 to recognize the impact that Schoof made on the university in the areas of physical education, club sports, and wellness.

Arthur F. Dauer Memorial Sports Performance Award

Tami Aladewomen's volleyball
Reid Travismen's basketball

Arthur Dauer, '59, was a dedicated volunteer who served on many local boards, including the Stanford Athletics Board. This award was established by the Dauer family in 2009. 

Bob Murphy Award

Sam Wernermen's soccer

Bob Murphy, '53, played baseball for Stanford and became the passionate voice of Cardinal sports from 1965 until his retirement in 2007. As an emcee, Murphy shared his "…unparalleled knowledge of Stanford sports history…" during Stanford competitions. This award was established in 2008 in honor of his service as a broadcaster for the Cardinal.

Conference Athlete of the Year

Abrahm DeVinemen's swimming
Morgan Hentzwomen's volleyball/beach volleyball
Nico Hoernerbaseball
Kelsey Murraylacrosse
Harrison Williamsmen's track and field


Block "S" Outstanding Freshman

Michaela Gordonwomen's tennis
Ben Hallockmen's water polo
Walker Littlefootball
Catarina Macariowomen's soccer


Block "S" Outstanding Sophomore

Tierna Davidsonwomen's soccer
Makenzie Fischerwomen's water polo
Jenna Graywomen's volleyball/track and field
Andrea Leewomen's golf
Jack Littlebaseball
Kathryn Plummerwomen's volleyball/beach volleyball


Block "S" Outstanding Junior

Ella Eastinwomen's swimming
Grant Fishermen's cross country/track and field
Bryce Lovefootball
Simone Manuelwomen's swimming


Block "S" Honors for Women

Taylor Harrislightweight rowing


Block "S" Honors for Men

Logan Spearfencing


Jake Gimbel Award

Isaiah Brandt-Simsfootball/track and field
Tomas Hilliard-Arcemen's soccer

Jacob "Jake" Gimbel was a well-known philanthropist in the 1930s who established this award to recognize a senior who, "Shall have shown the best mental attitude toward athletics." 

Pam Strathairn Award

Shannon Aubertwomen's golf
Brittany McPheewomen's basketball

Pamela Strathairn, '45, MA '49, EDD '62, was the women's physical education director at Stanford during the enactment of Title IX. She worked, not only to comply with Title IX, but also to lay the foundation for women's athletics at Stanford. She was a leader in athletics administration when the men's and women's departments merged in 1975, creating a model program for universities across the nation. This award was established to honor and recognize Strathairn for her support of female student-athletes at Stanford.

Dick and Anne Gould Captain's Award

Nathan Butlerwrestling
Erica Slavinsynchronized swimming

 Dick Gould, '59, MA '60, played tennis for Stanford and was the Stanford head men's tennis coach for 38 years from 1966-2004. His Stanford teams won 17 NCAA Championships, and 50 of his players won All-America honors. He went on to serve as the John L. Hinds Director of Tennis until his retirement in 2018. Anne Gould, '72, MA '80, played tennis for Stanford and was the women's tennis coach for four years, coaching the Cardinal's first national championship women's team before retiring as head coach to become a tennis instructor on The Farm. This award was established by the Goulds in 2007.

Biff Hoffman Award

Tom Fawcettmen's tennis
Foster Langsdorfmen's soccer

Clifford "Biff" Hoffman, '29, played football for Stanford. Under the legendary Coach Pop Warner, Hoffman helped Stanford secure its first Rose Bowl victory in 1928. As a track and field student-athlete, Hoffman set an NCAA discus record helping Stanford win the 1925 NCAA Track and Field Championship.

Stanford Athletics Board Award

Elizabeth Pricewomen's gymnastics
Andi Sullivanwomen's soccer


Spirit of Stanford Award

Elise Crannywomen's cross country/track and field
Hannah Levylightweight rowing

Frank "Frankie" Albert, '42, played quarterback for Stanford, where he led the 1940 team to an undefeated season and a win at the Rose Bowl. The Spirit of Stanford is a 1942 feature film about the 1940 Stanford "Wow Boys" football squad, featuring star quarterback Frankie Albert. This award was established in 2009.

Donald Kennedy Award

Harrison Phillipsfootball
Dillon Schoenlacrosse

Dr. Donald Kennedy served as Stanford's eighth president from 1980-1992. This award was named in Kennedy's honor upon his retirement as president for his incredible support of Stanford's student-athletes.

Al Masters Award

Katie Ledeckywomen's swimming

Al Masters, '24, was the athletics director at Stanford from 1925-1963. He is remembered as one of the most distinguished sports administrators in college history. This award was first presented in 1963 by KCBS Radio in memory of Masters' passing.