Nine USM Spires Named NAIA Scholar-Athletes

12/12/2012 12:00:00 AM

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—Nine University of Saint Mary students have been named as 2012-2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for their efforts both in the classroom and on the field.
In order to receive the NAIA scholar-athlete award, students must be nominated by their head coach, must have achieved junior standing academically, and must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The nine honored Spires come from a variety of USM Fall sports: four from football, two from women’s soccer, and one each from men’s soccer, men’s cross country, and volleyball.
The award-winners from the Spires Football Team were quarterback Mike Keese, a senior from Olathe, Kan., offensive lineman Evan Osborne, a senior from Conroe, Texas, quarterback Thomas Grossman, a sophomore from Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and offensive lineman Sean Santillan, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif.
The winners from the Spires Women’s Soccer Team were midfielder Claire Beebe, a senior from Wichita, Kan., and forward Bridget O’Neil, a junior from Leavenworth, Kan.
The other USM winners were USM Men’s Soccer midfielder Nick Alford, a senior from Topeka, Kan.; USM Men’s Cross Country runner Cameron Avilez, a senior from San Diego, Calif.; and Volleyball setter/defensive specialist Shelby Titus, a senior from Ottawa, Kan.
“All of these players are true student athletes,” said USM Athletic Director Rob Miller. “They put as much effort into the classroom as they do on the field.”
Saint Mary has 12 varsity sports programs—football, volleyball, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, cross country, and track & field—along with co-ed cheerleading and dance. Visit to learn more about USM athletics.