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Foss and Fragodt Named UMAC Scholar Athletes of the Year

Posted by Jenna Ray on Wednesday, May. 14, 2014


4/18/2014 ST. PAUL, Minnesota—The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) announced its 2014 Scholar Athletes of the Year, which include Brendon Foss ’14, Hancock, and Abby Fragodt ’14, Benson. Foss is the first male winner for the Cougars. Fragodt is the third female winner from Morris.

The honor, which is awarded annually to one male and one female student-athlete from UMAC member-institutions, recognizes graduating seniors who demonstrate a healthy balance by achieving excellence in academics, leadership, and service, while participating in intercollegiate athletics. Through this award, the UMAC recognizes the role athletics plays in developing leaders by rewarding athletes' excellence in the classroom as well as service to the community. The league's faculty athletic representatives nominate and vote on this honor.

Foss, a business management major, has been a standout student-athlete in both football and basketball for the last four years. A captain of both teams, Foss collected numerous all-conference honors throughout his collegiate athletic career. In football Foss earned second team all-conference honors in 2011 and 2012 and was named to the first team in 2013. He was named to the UMAC men's basketball all-defensive team in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons and was an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2012, a second team performer in 2013, and named to the UMAC first team in 2014. Maintaining an impressive 3.84 grade point average throughout his college career, Foss has earned UMAC Academic All-Conference honors four times in football and three times in basketball. In addition he was named First Team Academic All-District and to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First Team Academic All-American list in football following the 2012 season for his performance both on and off the field while being named to the Dean's List in each of his semesters of attendance. Foss has fixed homes for underprivileged individuals during missions trips, has filled food bags for Feed My Starving Children, has filled sandboxes with Sand for Toddlers, and has served as a youth sports coach and referee.

Fragodt, an economics and management double-major, was a two-year captain in women's golf, women's basketball, and women's tennis. A four-year member of the women's basketball team, Fragodt helped the Cougars claim at least a share of the UMAC regular-season women's basketball title in each of her four seasons. She collected individual honors, including UMAC all-defensive team selections in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, honorable mention all-conference in 2013, and second team All-UMAC in 2014. Fragodt was also a two-time women's golf all-conference selection and has earned All-UMAC honors in tennis in each of the past three seasons. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Fragodt has maintained a 3.86 grade point average and has been named to the Dean's List every semester of her collegiate career. She was also a three-time UMAC Academic-All Conference award recipient. Fragodt is a member of the Minnesota Morris Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), through which she led the Cougars Polar Plunge for Special Olympics efforts. She also serves as a member of the campus's Regional Fitness Center Board and as a coordinator for the University's triathlon. Her involvement extends beyond campus, as she was part of the Cougar Connection and was a member of the Morris Healthy Eating project.

“One again I am impressed with the outstanding accomplishments of our UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award recipients,” UMAC Commissioner Corey Borchardt said. “The UMAC is extremely proud to highlight their successes as each of these honorees serves as a great representative of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, exemplifying the core values of our league.”

Foss and Fragodt are the seventh group to win the UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award since its inception in 2008. Previous Morris recipients include Kali Cordes ’13 and Maddy Gerber ’10.

The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference is comprised of eight full and six associate members located throughout the Midwest. Originally formed in 1972 as the Twin Rivers Conference, the league was renamed in 1983. The UMAC is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The conference provides its member institutions the opportunity to be recognized in the areas of academic excellence and athletic competitiveness. The UMAC awards conference championships in 17 sports.