Iowa Western's Paige Moser was named the recipient of the 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award sponsored by Relation Insurance Services on Wednesday by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators. The award is eligible to current full-time enrolled student-athletes in the NJCAA, CCCAA, or NWAC that have demonstrated outstanding athletic success along with outstanding qualities of leadership and citizenship.
Moser becomes the fourth athlete from Iowa Western to win the award (Brett Mieras, 2006; Julia Kenealy, 2007; Chris Soenksen, 2011) as well as the second consecutive female NJCAA recipient to be from the sport of soccer. Paradise Valley's Jamie Iurato was the 2016-17 winner after a 48-goal and national championship season.
For the 2018-19 award, five of the 20 female finalists came from NJCAA soccer programs. Lauren Buchanan (Union County), Sarah George (Herkimer), Shana Leigh McDonald (Howard), Alexandra Santos (Massasoit) were all honored as finalists.
- 4.0 GPA in Exercise Science
- 32 career starts
- 11 goals
- Two-time ICCAC All-Conference player
- Two national tournament appearances
See official release: NATYCAA Announces Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award Recipients
"This is a great honor. Paige is the epitome of what we strive our student-athletes to be and achieve," stated Jeremy Capo, director of athletics at Iowa Western Community College. "She excelled at the highest levels academically, athletically, and socially. Paige is a true competitor and servant leader who embodies what being a Reiver is truly about. I am proud to be a part of her story. There is no doubt that whatever she chooses to do in life, it will harvest great things for not just herself but those she serves as well."
Moser has signed to continue her career at Utah State University in the Mountain West Conference. There, she will be reunited with a former Preston, ID teammate in Morgan Hall, who just wrapped up her second year with NJCAA member Utah State Eastern.
About NATYCAA: Now in its 31st year, NATYCAA is the professional organization of two-year college athletics administrators and membership open to all two-year institutions from throughout the country. NATYCAA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 54th year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.