At the June 9, 2009 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Director of Athletics, Ron Hannon, announced this year’s recipient of the 2008-09 Student-Athlete of Year Award.
During the 2008-09 year, the Rams Athletic Department teamed up with Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que and Articulate Solutions to honor its student-athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field. Special attention was paid specifically to three areas: academic achievement, athletic contributions; and involvement in the community.
Over the course of this past year, 19 individual student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishments as student-athletes of the month. As a result, each was honored with a certificate of recognition, compliments of Articulate Solutions, and a $25 gift certificate from Famous Dave’s. Their names were also added to a perpetual plaque which will be displayed in the foyer of Bud Ottmar Memorial Gymnasium on campus.
This year’s recipient of the 2008-09 Student-Athlete of the Year Award goes to Melinda Ortiz of the women’s softball team. Melinda has a cumulative grade point average of 3.4. As a pitcher on the field, this first Team All-Coast Conference selection finished twenty-first in the State with innings pitched (174.2); nineteenth in the State in complete games pitched (20); thirteenth in the State in strikeouts/7 innings pitched (6.93 avg.); and ninth in the State in strikeouts (173). Melinda recorded 15 victories during her freshman campaign leading the Rams to a second place finish in the Coast Conference and a first round appearance in the California Community College State Regional Playoffs. Melinda was also the recipient of the 2009 Most Valuable Player and 2009 Coaches Award, recognized by the team.
In the community, along with her teammates, Melinda served Gavilan College proudly as an active volunteer with the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) after school program. As a coach and role model for 3rd-5th grade girls at Glen View and Rod Kelley Elementary schools in Gilroy, Melinda provided positive reinforcement through games and physical activity to over 100 participants.
Melinda has been recognized three separate times this year as a student-athlete of the month, more than any other student-athlete at Gavilan College.
Attached photo includes, from left to right: Ron Hannon, Director of Athletics; Melinda Ortiz; Nikki Dequin, Head Softball Coach; and Katherine Filice of Articulate Solutions. PHOTO: taken by Pablo Balancio, GavTV