Release: June 18, 2002 Clarksville, Ark.-2002 U of O graduate Phil Kaiser received the 2001-2002 American Southwest Conference Sportsmanship Award, announced by the league office on Tuesday.
The ASC Sportsmanship Award honors a male and female student-athlete who has best displayed attributes of leadership, citizenship, sportsmanship and academic integrity in sport, academics and life pursuits. Each ASC member institution nominates individuals for the award with the league’s 15 Athletics Directors selecting the recipients. A biology major with a chemistry minor, Kaiser graduated summa cum laude as Ozarks’ top graduating male student with a 3.91 grade point average. He was recipient of U of O’s Outstanding Senior Pre-Med Student award in 2002 and is a member of Ozarks’ prestigious Alpha Chi academic society. Kaiser earned a spot on the President’s or Dean’s every semester at U of O and was a two-time ASC All-Academic honoree. He will attend the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Kaiser was a three-year starter at forward on the men’s soccer team and helped the Eagles post a 33-10-1 record over those seasons and win the 2001 ASC East Division title. He was recipient of the team’s Coaches Award in 2001 for outstanding academic performance, team leadership and exemplary character. He has assisted with Ozarks’ annual soccer camp and completed 20 hours of work-study assignments weekly in each of his undergraduate semesters. "Phil is a hard working, humble person who is very deserving of this honor," said athletic director Jack Jones. "He has represented the University of the Ozarks with the highest degree of integrity and honor during his collegiate athletic and academic career. He was hands down the pick in our athletic department and obviously made an impression on the league’s athletic directors who voted for him. He will be successful in what ever he pursues in life because of the tremendous effort and dedication he puts forth." Kaiser is the first Ozarks’ student-athlete to ever receive the award.