Kristen Clary named Atlantic 10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Clary, who was only student-athlete to graduate with perfect GPA, follows in footsteps of sister, Lauren, winner of award last season | June 29, 2006

Recent graduate Kristen Clary was selected the 2006 Atlantic 10 Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year in voting conducted by the conference’s athletic directors. Clary follows in the footsteps of her sister, Lauren, who won the award last season.

“It’s an unbelievable family,” says head tennis coach Jim Brockhoff. “They have so much talent, and it’s not just Kristen and Lauren. Their brother just graduated from law school and their sister is close to finishing law school. Throughout their careers, Kristen and Lauren were not just tremendous assets on the tennis courts, but in their academic pursuits at Xavier.”

Kristen earned the honor after being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team for the second year in a row. She posted a 24-8 singles record this past season, including an 18-4 mark in first singles dual matches. A native of Terre Haute, Ind., she posted 20 or more singles wins each of her four seasons with the Musketeers, finished her career second on Xavier’s all-time wins list with a record of 107-29 (.787) and third on the school’s career doubles wins list with an 89-43 (.674) mark.

The 2006 A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year in women’s tennis was also named to the 2006 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large first-team after earning second-team status as a junior. The three-time A-10 Academic All-Conference pick was a member of the Dean’s List all eight semesters and earned the school’s community service award for her outstanding record of volunteerism during four years at Xavier.

As a 4.00 GPA holder, the accounting major was the only Xavier student-athlete to graduate with a perfect GPA. She begins working with the accounting firm of Deloitte this summer.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is given to the top male and female student-athlete annually in the conference, with Charlotte’s Mike Ambrose receiving the honor on the men's side.