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Student Spotlight: Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Awardees


Image of Joseph Robb and Morgan Wilson with President John Feaver

Student Spotlight: Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Awardees

 

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma recently awarded Joseph Robb and Morgan Wilson the Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Award at the university’s all-sports banquet.

The award, which is given to two USAO senior athletes — one male and one female — each year, is presented to those students who best embody the concept of a student-athlete and uphold high ideals in scholarship, citizenship and athletic competition.

To qualify, athletes must be a senior expected to graduate within the current academic year, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and must have represented the university well in all aspects of student life.

Robb, a senior from Chesterfield, England, was a member of the USAO men’s soccer team for two years after transferring from Kansas Wesleyan. He played in 37 games during his USAO career, scoring four goals and two assists and was earlier selected to the Sooner Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. After graduation, he plans to return to Kansas Wesleyan to pursue a master’s in business administration.

“Joe has been a valuable member of the USAO soccer program both on and off the field and quickly embraced our way of doing things,” Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “He is a tireless worker and his commitment to his teammates could never be questioned. He became a leader from day one on campus, and players looked to him to set examples of how to train and conduct yourself, both on and off the field.”

Wilson, a senior from Piedmont, has been a member of the USAO women’s soccer team for four seasons. She has been a part of two NAIA National Tournament teams, two SAC Tournament titles, and compiled the best won-loss percentage in USAO history over a four-year span.

Wilson played in 77 career games, finishing with eight goals and two assists. Injuries on USAO’s team brought about a position change to goalkeeper where she ended up earning second-team all-conference honors despite never playing the position before. After graduation, she plans to either go into nursing or pursue a master’s in philosophy.

“The most special moment for Morgan in her four years, was her decision to volunteer as our goalkeeper,” Hampton said. “Our starting keeper went down with a broken wrist before conference play, and we were stuck with no natural backup. Morgan volunteered her services, essentially sacrificing her senior year, to help the team when we needed it most. She ended up exceeding all expectations and earned Second Team All-Conference Honors as a keeper. This decision, and final result, is what defines Morgan.”