Houston Athletics Hosts Second Annual Cougar Choice Awards
May 2, 2013
HOUSTON - The stars were out on Cullen Boulevard on Wednesday evening as the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics hosted its second annual Cougar Choice Awards, honoring student-athletes for their achievements on and off the field during the 2012-13 academic year.
The evening began by honoring more than 50 student-athletes who will graduate this semester, as Houston's Faculty Athletic Representative, Dr. Richard Scamell, presented each Cougar with their graduation sash.
The academic theme continued as 15 student-athletes were recognized for earning a C-USA Academic Medal for maintaining a 3.75 cumulative GPA, followed by the Academic MVPs for each sport.
Junior Sami Sackos of the women's soccer program was named Houston's Academic Cougar of the Year as she has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.76 majoring in mathematical biology. The Albuquerque, N.M., native earned C-USA All-Academic First-Team honors in the fall and has five game-winning goals in her career.
Football senior Ameen Behbahani, who will graduate in May with a degree in sports administration and completed nearly 70 hours of community service, was tabbed the 2013 Robert L. Granger Award winner, which is given to those who exhibit academic leadership, serve in the community and serve as an outstanding role model for their peers.
The night then transitioned into honoring the achievements of the Cougars on the field this season, where each sport recognized its Athletic MVP.
On the heels of a remarkable year that included competing at the 2012 London Olympics and claiming the NCAA National Championship in the 400-meters, senior track athlete Errol Nolan was named the 2013 Male Cougar of the Year.
Taking home the 2013 Female Cougar of the Year honors was junior Haley Outon, who is currently batting .346 with 15 home runs for the softball team and become only the sixth player in NCAA history with two grand slams in the same game earlier this season.
TEAM ACADEMIC MVPs
TEAM ATHLETIC MVPs
COUGAR MALE OF THE YEAR
COUGAR FEMALE OF THE YEAR