Release: May 9, 2002 Clarksville, Ark.-Senior soccer player Marcos Gonzalez was named the University of the Ozarks Male Athlete of the Year at the athletic banquet held on April 30.
The Athlete of the Year award is given to a student-athlete who excels athletically and academically and has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities. Gonzalez, a 5-10 forward from Georgetown, Texas, holds virtually every career offensive record at Ozarks including most goals (52), most assists (45) and most points (149). Gonzalez also holds the NCAA III record for most assists in a game (8). He led NCAA III this season in assists per game (1.18) and finished fourth in points per game (3.15). This season, Gonzalez led the Eagles to a school-best 18-3-1 record and an American Southwest Conference East Division Championship. He is a four-time All-American Southwest Conference player and a three-time member of the ASC All-Academic team. Gonzalez was a 2001 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas All-America All-Central Region first team player. “Marcos is an athlete that every coach dreams of having in their program,” said athletic director Jack Jones. “He has excelled in his academic endeavors and athletic pursuits. He is an excellent role model for our current and future athletes at Ozarks. Marcos epitomizes the term student-athlete.” He was a member of the Longhorn Soccer Club team and is a 1998 graduate of Georgetown High School.