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Stanford Celebrates Student-Athletes at SAB Awards

Annual Stanford Athletics Board Awards held at Bing Auditorium

SAB Awards Live Stream Replay

STANFORD, Calif. – The annual Stanford Athletic Board Awards were held at Bing Auditorium, highlighting the Cardinal's excellence during the 2023-24 campaign. NiJaree Canady (softball) and Ky Robinson (men's track & field/cross country) earned the Al Masters Award as the highest-achieving student-athletes.

This year, 29 varsity programs were represented during the ceremony while 62 student-athletes walked away with awards.

To date, Stanford has won two NCAA championships (women's golf and men's gymnastics) and four total national championships (sailing) in the 2023-24 academic year. The Cardinal has won at least one NCAA championship during each of the last 48 years, dating back to the 1976-77 campaign. In total, Stanford varsity teams have won 136 NCAA championships (71 men, 65 women) and 167 national titles overall.

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

Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Name Sport
Brandon Angel Men's Basketball
Maya Harvey Beach Volleyball
Ky Robinson Men's Cross Country
Belle Battistoni Women's Rowing
Caitie Baird Women's Volleyball
Jaden Abas Wrestling


Sherry Posthumus Club Sports Team of the Year
Women's Rugby

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
Name Sport
Taden Horse Ice Hockey
Brigette Mahoney Women's Basketball

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.

Thomas W. Ford Award
Field Hockey

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 be 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.

Arthur F. Dauer Memorial Sports Performance Award
Name Sport
Skyler Jones Women's Water Polo
Jackson Painter Men's Water Polo

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
Name Sport
Elic Ayomanor Football
Chloe Widner Women's Gymnastics

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, and is presented to the student-athlete whose unforgettable performance secures a place in Stanford Athletics history.

Conference Athlete of the Year
Name Sport
Angelica Blake Women's Tennis
Annabel Frist Lacrosse
Vanessa Lahrkamp Sailing
Elena Oglivie Women's Volleyball
Maxime Raynaud Men's Basketball
Jack Ryan Men's Swimming & Diving

Block S Outstanding Freshman
Name Sport
Amy Bunnage Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Hunter Garvin Wrestling
Christian Lim Baseball
Paula Martin Sampdero Women's Golf
Aliya Polisky Lacrosse
Brooke Rockwell Beach Volleyball

Block S Outstanding Sophomore
Name Sport
Jasmine Aikey Women's Soccer 
Nishesh Basavareddy Men's Tennis
Daniel Cardenas Wrestling
Yara Elian Artistic Swimming
Asher Hong Men's Gymnastics
Crystal Qian Fencing
Anna Roberts Women's Gymnastics
Juliette Whittaker Women's Track & Field


Block S Outstanding Junior
Name Sport
Connie Ma Women's Tennis
Kami Miner Women's Volleyball
Ron Polonsky Men's Swimming & Diving
Aurora Roghair Women's Swimming & Diving
Alexandra Yepifanova Women's Tennis
Khoi Young Men's Gymnastics


Block S Honors for Men
Name Sport
Rick Mihm Men's Swimming & Diving 

Block S Honors for Women
Name Sport
Asha Johnson Beach Volleyball 

Jake Gimbel Award
Name Sport
Spencer Jones Men's Basketball
Luke Maurer Men's Swimming & Diving
Will Rottman Men's Volleyball

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
Name Sport
Belle Battistoni Women's Rowing
Jay Browne Lacrosse
Aly Kaneshiro Softball

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
Name Sport
Mark Fisher Men's Soccer
Hannah Jump Women's Basketball
Luke Turner Men's Volleyball
Kennedy Wesley Women's Soccer

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.

Spirit of Stanford Award
Name Sport
Jaden Abas Wrestling
Michelle Lahrkamp Sailing
Megan Olomu Women's Track & Field
Emma Tchakmakjian Artistic Swimming

Presented to a charismatic student-athlete who excels at his/her sport and is an effective leader on and off the field. Furthermore, this student-athlete is an exemplary teammate, active across campus and in the community, and embraces the values of Stanford University. It is given in honor of 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.

Biff Hoffman Award
Name Sport
Joshua Karty Football
Michael Thorbjornsen Men's Golf
Colt Walker Men's Gymnastics

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. The award is presented to outstanding seniors who compete in a men's sport.

Stanford Athletics Board Award
Name Sport
Cameron Brink Women's Basketball
Maya Doms Women's Soccer
Xolani Hodel Beach Volleyball
Kendall Kipp Women's Volleyball

The award is presented to outstanding seniors who compete in a women's sport.

Donald Kennedy Award
Name Sport
Brandon Angel Men's Basketball
Grace Connolly  Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Rachel Heck Women's Golf

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. The award is presented to the senior athlete who best exhibits the combination of excellent academics, strong athletic ability, and a commitment to community service.

Al Masters Award
Name Sport
NiJaree Canady Softball
Ky Robinson Men's Cross Country/Track & Field

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, and is Presented to the Stanford athlete (any year or eligibility) attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement (highest award).