Feb. 1, 2012
The award is given to one female and one male student-athlete each season that best represent combined excellence in competition as well as the classroom.
Senior Brennan Metzger was selected as the men's award winner for 2011. Entering his fourth season as a starter for the Dirtbags, Metzger is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, as well as a two-time Academic All-Big West honoree, and carries a 3.59 GPA in Criminal Justice.
Metzger already ranks third in career hit by pitches at Long Beach State, and can finish his career in the Top five in school history in games started, games played, and doubles while at Long Beach State. He's led the Dirtbags in stolen bases, doubles, and HBP in both of the last two seasons, and his 19-game hitting streak in 2010 is the longest over the last four seasons at Long Beach State.
"Brennan is a highly competitive person both on and off of the diamond," said head baseball coach Troy Buckley. "This award is a reflection on his drive to excel in everything he does."
Senior Kaitlyn Gustaves was named as the women's award winner for this season, after serving a key role in the 2011 team's unprecedented NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight.
Long Beach State's starting goaltender, Gustaves posted three consecutive shutouts as the 49ers earned their first three NCAA tournament wins in program history. A second-team All-Big West selection, Gustaves tied the single-season school record with 12 shutouts, made 83 saves, and posted a goals against average of 0.79.
Gustaves was named a NSCAA Women's University Scholar for the All-West Region, and was selected as an Academic All-Big West honoree for the 2011 season.
"Kaitlyn has overcome tremendous sporting adversity to finish with a stellar campaign," said head women's soccer coach Mauricio Ingrassia. "We are extremely proud of her accomplishments both on and off of the field. Her commitment to academics and soccer is an example to follow; she has set the bar high."
Gustaves graduated in the fall of 2011 with a 3.64 cumulative GPA in Health Sciences. She continues to work on her goal to become a physician's assistant.
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