Bluffton University presented its top athletics awards April 15 to all-conference performers in football and soccer.
Shawn Frost of Edison, received the A.C. Burcky Award as senior male athlete of the year, while Aimee Whitmer of Grand Rapids, Ohio, won the Kathryn E. Little Award as outstanding senior female athlete. Both student-athletes have multiple majors—Frost in sport management, exercise science, and strength and conditioning, and Whitmer in psychology and social work.
Speaking at the annual athletics awards forum was Terry Wymer, an NCAA Division I basketball official from North Baltimore, who has officiated national semifinal tournament games the last two years. He advised his largely student listeners to surround themselves with the right people and thank those who have sacrificed for them, and to be creative and believe in themselves.
Frost, a Mount Gilead graduate who also has a minor in coaching, earned two consecutive all-academic awards from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, as well as first-team all-HCAC honors as a football wide receiver his junior and senior seasons.
As a senior captain in 2013, he had 52 receptions for 661 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers rank fifth, ninth and tied for second, respectively, for a single season in Bluffton history. The eight touchdown catches ranked third in the conference last season, and one of them, a one-handed grab late in a win over Earlham, was voted as the play of both the week and the year in the HCAC. The son of Cory and Lisa Frost, he finished his career with 108 receptions—fourth all-time at Bluffton—and 13 touchdowns—tied for fifth on the career list. His 1,359 receiving yards are the sixth-highest total in school history. Also the Beavers’ primary punt returner his final three seasons, Frost tied the Bluffton career record with 46 returns. His 333 return yards and 7.2 yards per return rank second and sixth, respectively, on those career lists.
“Shawn Frost’s statistics and athletic achievements are not even close to the person, leader, teammate, student and friend that he is,” said his head coach, Tyson Veidt. “Shawn’s future is brighter than all of the things he accomplished at Bluffton.”
The Burcky Award is named for the late professor of physical education and coach who served Bluffton from 1922-68. He was inducted into the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 and, in 1970, the A.C. Burcky addition to Founders Hall was dedicated in his honor. Burcky died in 1989 at age 93.