RICHARDSON, Texas – West Texas A&M football star Dustin Vaughan continued to add to his career accomplishments as he was named Lone Star Conference Male Athlete of the Year, which was announced Tuesday by the league office, based on a vote of the conference’s sports information directors.
He is the first Buffalo to earn the prestigious honor in school history on the men’s side since the award began in 1999. WT junior softball standout Renee Erwin earned LSC Female Athlete of the Year honors as WT swept the award for the first time in school history and second time in conference history (Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2002). Erwin is the fourth Lady Buff to earn the honor and seventh overall winner for the Lady Buffs as Emily Brister won four consecutive times for women’s basketball from 2006-2009. Celeste Stevenson also earned the honor for women’s basketball in 2005 and Sarah Butler won in 2000 for volleyball.
Vaughan, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, was named Fred Jacoby Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the LSC yesterday. Following Vaughan in the standings, men’s golf standout Derek Oland of Midwestern State was second, followed by men’s basketball star Chuck Guy of Tarleton State.
A senior biology/pre-medicine major, Vaughan capped his outstanding career as the only quarterback at any level this season to pass for over 5,000 yards with 5,401, which are the most all-time in Division II. He led the nation in passing and was second in passing yards per game at 385.7. Vaughan’s 53 touchdown passes were the best in the nation and the most in league and school history in a season, as well as being the third-most all-time in Division II. For his career, he owns the school and conference records for passing yards, (13,525), total yards (13,608) and touchdowns (123).
He is a two-time LSC Offensive Player of the Year, finished runner-up in the prestigious Harlon Hill Award and earned American Football Coaches Association All-America honors this season as he helped guide the Buffs to an 11-3 record and a berth in the NCAA Quarterfinals. He was tabbed LSC Academic Player of the Year for a second time in 2013, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection and was the 2012 CoSIDA Academic Division II Football Player of the Year. Vaughan also earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete. He recently signed a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
LSC MALE ATHLETE OF YEAR (Name, School, Year, Sport, Points): Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M, Sr., Football, 20; Derek Oland, Midwestern State, Jr., Golf, 7; Chuck Guy, Tarleton State, Sr., Men's Basketball, 6; Jeron Robinson, Texas A&M-Kingsville, So., Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, 6; Charles Tuaau, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., Football, 3; Isaiah Samoei, Eastern New Mexico, Sr., Track & Field, 3; Kenny Williams, Angelo State, Sr., Men's Basketball, 3; Dylan McClure, Cameron, Jr., Men's Golf, 0.
LSC FEMALE ATHLETE OF YEAR (Name, School, Year, Sport, Points): Renee Erwin, West Texas A&M, Jr., Softball, 22; Kiara Wright, Tarleton State, Sr., Women's Basketball, 10; Morgan Spearman, Angelo State, Sr., Softball, 9; Kendra Sancet, Texas Woman's, Jr., Softball, 6; Kim Jerrick, Midwestern State, Sr., Softball, 6; Tara Martini, Cameron, Jr., Softball, 1; Aurelia Sandoval, Eastern New Mexico, Jr., Softball, 0; Brandy Rivera, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sr., Golf, 0; Jordan Neal, Texas A&M-Commerce, Sr., Volleyball, 0.
LONE STAR CONFERENCE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
2014 Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M, Sr., Football
2013 Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian, Sr., Golf
2012 Nick Jones, Abilene Christian, Sr., Track & Field
2011 Chase Larsson, Cameron, Jr., Baseball
2010 Cyril Bouniol, Abilene Christian, Jr., Golf
2009 Bernard Scott, Abilene Christian, Sr., Football
2008 Sam Belt, Central Oklahoma, Sr., Basketball
2007 Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian, Sr., CC/Track & Field
2006 Danieal Manning, Abilene Christian, Football
2005 Drew Beard, Southeastern Okla., Football
2004 Cole Province, Central Oklahoma, Wrestling
2003 Olan Coleman, Tarleton State, Football/Track & Field
2002 Steve Kelly, Tarleton State, Football
2001 Roberto Garza, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football/Track & Field
2000 Roberto Garza, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football/Track & Field
1999 Eddie Robinson, Central Oklahoma, Basketball
2014 Renee Erwin, West Texas A&M, Jr., Softball
2013 Katie Hines, Texas Woman's, Jr., Softball
2012 Elsamartina Apo, Angelo State, Sr., Softball
2011 Carla Cooper, Tarleton State, Sr., Golf
2010 Aisha Adams, Angelo State, Sr., Track & Field
2009 Emily Brister, West Texas A&M, Sr., Basketball
2008 Emily Brister, West Texas A&M, Jr., Basketball
2007 Emily Brister, West Texas A&M, So., Basketball
2006 Emily Brister, West Texas A&M, Fr., Basketball
2005 Celeste Stevenson, West Texas A&M, Basketball
2004 Michelle Hofmann, Angelo State, Softball
2003 LaTasha Mosley, Angelo State, Track & Field
2002 Brandi Robinson, Southeastern Okla., Basketball
2001 Precious Thibodeaux, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Basketball/Track & Field
2000 Sarah Butler, West Texas A&M, Volleyball
1999 Tracy Barnes, Abilene Christian, Track & Field