This Week in the Big Ten

June 19, 2017

[ONE // illini, gophers take home major men’s track and field awards]
The Big Ten announced the 2017 Big Ten men’s outdoor track & field individual award winners on Wednesday. Illinois’ David Kendziera was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, while Minnesota’s Luca Wieland claimed Field Athlete of the Year honors. Illinois’ Jon Davis earned Freshman of the Year laurels. In addition, 13 individuals were honored as Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees. For a complete look at those winners, click here.

[TWO // three track and field programs snag major postseason awards]
The Big Ten also announced the 2017 Big Ten women’s outdoor track & field individual award winners on Wednesday. Purdue’s Devynne Charlton was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, Indiana’s Sydney Clute earned Field Athlete of the Year honors and Penn State’s Danae Rivers collected Freshman of the Year laurels. In addition, 13 individuals were honored as Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees. For a complete look at those winners, click here.

[THREE // big ten sees big contingent selected in baseball draft]
A total of 35 Big Ten standouts were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft this past Monday, including Maryland shortstop Kevin Smith, who was the first league standout taken in the fourth round by the Toronto Blue Jays as the 129th overall pick. Michigan led the Big Ten with 10 draftees, followed by Maryland (6), Iowa (4), Michigan State (4), Nebraska (3), Ohio State (3), Indiana (2), Minnesota (2), and Penn State (1). Check out BTN’s complete breakdown of the Big Ten draftees by clicking here.

[FOUR // iowa’s adams leads big ten baseball standouts in abca honors]
Congratulations to Iowa junior first baseman Jake Adams, who was named this past week as a second-team All-American by American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods. Adams was also one of 10 Big Ten standouts to earn ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region honors. Joining Adams on the first team was teammate and shortstop senior Mason McCoy, Indiana sophomore DH Matt Lloyd, and Michigan junior pitcher Oliver Jaskie. The second team was comprised of Illinois sophomore outfielder Jack Yalowitz, Michigan sophomore second baseman Ako Thomas, junior pitcher Jackson Lamb, and senior shortstop Michael Brdar, Michigan State sophomore pitcher Alex Trop, and Northwestern senior outfielder Joe Hoscheit.

[FIVE // four big ten standouts named ncbwa all-americans]
Staying on the baseball diamond, after two rounds of voting by the organization, 71 student-athletes comprise the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s 22nd Annual All-America first, second and third teams, as announced on Wednesday. Four Big Ten standouts were among those 71 honorees, including Iowa junior first baseman Jake Adams and Purdue junior pitcher Ross Learnard on the second team, and Nebraska junior utility player Jake Meyers and Maryland junior pitcher Bryan Schaffer on the third team.

[SIX // big ten volleyball foreign tour begins]
Over the course of nearly two weeks, the Big Ten Foreign Tour Team will compete in seven matches and host a volleyball clinic, in addition to community outreach activities. The team is currently in Prague, and has already submitted three journal entries. Follow @B1GVolleyball using the hash tag #B1GEuroVB on Twitter for live updates on the tour. Access this site for further details, including daily updates and photos.

[SEVEN // thompson tapped for gophers’ women’s tennis]
Minnesota announced Friday it has hired Catrina Thompson to take over its women's tennis program. Thompson is a familiar name on the collegiate tennis circuit, both as a three-time All-American when she played at Notre Dame from 2003-2007, and as a rising coaching talent who has spent time at Yale, Boise State and, most recently, her alma mater. For the past four seasons, Thompson has been an assistant in South Bend, where she helped the team advance to the NCAA tournament each year and coached three different individual NCAA qualifiers. During her tenure at Notre Dame, Thompson coached five All-ACC honorees and contributed to the Irish extending their consecutive NCAA appearances streak to 22 straight seasons.

[EIGHT // indiana signs new softball coach; big ten closes the books on 2017]
Indiana Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass recently named Shonda Stanton as the new head coach of the Indiana Softball program. Stanton comes to IU from Marshall where she served as head coach for 18 seasons. At Marshall, Stanton became the winningest coach in program history with 560 victories and has posted 12 seasons with 30 or more wins. In 2017, Stanton led Marshall to a program-record 42-12 mark and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. During the season, Marshall posted a 17-game winning streak in 2017 and a 20-4 conference record leading to Stanton being picked as the Conference USA Coach of the Year. In addition, the Big Ten closed the books on the 2017 softball season this past week, as the season in review can be found here

[NINE // eight rowers earn all-america distinction]
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced the 2017 Pocock All- America award winners, with eight students from five Big Ten schools earning recognition. These awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains on the national level in women’s collegiate rowing. In addition, the Big Ten closed the books on the 2017 rowing season this past week, as the season in review can be found here

[TEN // collegiate officiating consortium welcomes america east]
Finally this week, the Men’s Basketball Collegiate Officiating Consortium, LLC, representing the Big Ten, Horizon League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Mid-American Conference (MAC), Summit League and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, announced Thursday that the America East Conference will join the Consortium, beginning with the 2017-18 season. The Men’s Basketball Collegiate Officiating Consortium now provides regional oversight of men’s basketball officiating operations for 80 institutions in 22 states. Current America East Associate Commissioner, Frank Sullivan, who has overseen America East’s officiating operation since 2007, will continue to do so in coordination with the COC team.