CLEVELAND – Kiara Kudron has been named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Women’s Scholar Athlete Team. The 10 winners of the 15th annual awards presented by ARMS Software were announced Tuesday.
Kudron is completing a master’s degree in organizational leadership and maintains a 3.95 GPA. Kudron emerged as a dominant force in the West Coast Conference this season. The New Boston, Michigan, native was selected First Team All-WCC, WCC All-Tournament, WCC All-Academic First Team, and was a WCC Player of the Week. This season alone, the redshirt senior led the Zags in scoring eight times, led in rebounds 19 times, led in assists 11 times, and led in steals six times.
Kudron shot 51 percent from the field, third in the conference this season. She finished with 35 career games with eight or more rebounds. She graduated last spring with a degree in physical education, and was a two-time All-Academic selection. Kudron started in 56 of her career 126 games, and was on the court for 97 Gonzaga wins. She became the 17th member of the 600-rebound club finishing with 651, 10th all-time.
“Our association is thrilled with the high quality of this year’s group of women’s and men’s scholar-athlete award winners,” stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. “Our basketball programs are the primary focus of I-AAA athletics and recognizing these scholar-athletes, the Scholar-Athletes of the Year and the postgraduate scholarship recipients for their outstanding accomplishments is very gratifying for our organization.”
“Student-athletes invest so much time and energy to stay ahead in their studies, while giving their best in competition,” said Troy Austin, president of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association and athletics director at Longwood University. “It says a lot about a young person when they can perform at a high level in both areas. On behalf of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, I would like to congratulate the Scholar-Athletes of the Year and the postgraduate scholarship recipients for their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. This deserving group of outstanding individuals exemplifies the student-athlete model.”