By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Monday, May 13, 2019, the Ohio Athletic Conference honored 20 student-athletes from its 10 member schools as the top male and female athletes of 2018-19. Recent graduates Austin Schreck and Erin Risner represented Capital University as its 2019 Clyde Lamb Award recipients at the 35th annual OAC Awards Banquet.
The Clyde A. Lamb Awards are presented annually to 10 male and 10 female student-athletes from each of the OAC institutions. The be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must participate for at least two years in an OAC-sponsored sport, have senior status heading into the year, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00, and display sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete and his or her institution.
Earlier this spring, Capital University handed out its highest athletic achievements at the institution's Honors Convocation, which puts the top male and female student-athletes Capital has to offer. Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights), a standout on the men's basketball team, earned the William F. Bernlohr Award for achievement in athletics and scholarship, as well as responsibility, leadership and religious principles. Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) of the Capital women's basketball team was named the winner of the Gene Slaughter Award for Athletic and Academic Excellence. Earning these honors readied Schreck and Risner to be Capital's selections for the 2019 Clyde Lamb Award.
Risner ended her collegiate career on a high note as a First Team All-OAC pick following a season in which she reset her career highs in multiple categories. She set new season bests in points scored (328), field goal percentage (.489), minutes (730), free throws made (60), steals (43), assists (54), and rebounds (189). Those numbers put Risner in the OAC's top 10 in multiple categories including field goals, free throw percentage, total and defensive rebounds, rebounds per game, and steals. She ends her career a two-time First Team All-OAC selection and three-time Academic All-OAC honoree. Risner graduated this May with a degree in psychology.
Schreck's accolades seemed endless come the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. Schreck established new career highs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals while tying his career mark for blocks. Schreck was Capital's leading scorer with 489 points (16.9 ppg), led the team with 84 assists (2.9 apg) and had a team-high 39 steals (1.3spg). On Dec. 8 against Ohio Northern University, Schreck became the 32nd member of Capital's 1,000 career point club and ranks 11th on Capital's all-time scoring list with 1,382 career points. After all was said and done, Schreck walked away from the court with the following seasonal honors:
- NABC Second Team All-American
- D3Hoops.com First Team All-Great Lakes Region
- NABC First Team All-District
- Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year
- OAC Defensive Player of the Year
- First Team All-OAC
- 2019 Reese's ® Division III College All-Star
- Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American
- Academic All-OAC
While Schreck was unable to attend due to the start of his newly acquired job in Cincinnati, both athletes were recognized by Faculty Athletic Representative Sally Creasap in front of a banquet hall housing nearly 300 faculty, staff, friends and family members in attendance. This year's OAC Awards Banquet was held at the Crowne Plaza-Columbus.
2019 Clyde Lamb Award recipients (credit: Ohio Athletic Conference)
Capital also had multiple staff members recognized with meritorious awards of service. Those individuals included:
Ryan Grice, head baseball coach (10-year merit award)
Stacey Florence, head women's lacrosse coach (5-year merit award)
Ryan Gasser, sports information director (5-year merit award)
Matt Smith, head athletic trainer (5-year merit award)
Autumn Davis Hammond, assistant athletic trainer (5-year merit award)
Danielle Szalay, assistant athletic trainer (5-year merit award)
The Ohio Athletic Conference concluded the program with the announcement of the winner of the OAC All-Sports trophies, recognizing the most successful athletic departments based on its finish in the 2018-19 season. John Carroll University won its ninth overall men's All-Sports Trophy with 88.50 points. Otterbein University won the women's All-Sports Trophy, it's first ever, by narrowly edging out Mount Union 78.75 to 76.25. Capital finished seventh on the men's side (42.75) after shared title for men's soccer and men's basketball plus an outright title by the men's lacrosse team. The Crusaders placed sixth on the women's front (46.25).
MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLYDE LAMB AWARD
The award was founded in 1985 and is named in honor of Clyde A. Lamb. Lamb organized the department of health and physical education at Ohio Northern University in 1929 and served as a coach, department chairman and athletics director at ONU from 1929-64. He continued to teach full-time until his death in 1969.
Lamb, who received his bachelor's degree from Coe College in 1923 and a master's degree from Columbia University in 1929, coached numerous sports at Ohio Northern during his tenure. In 1959, he was elected to the NAIA Helms Hall of Fame. He was honored as Ada's Distinguished Citizen in 1956 and was inducted into Ohio Northern's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.