SPOKANE, Wash. -- Former Central Washington University football player Adam Bighill has been named the 2010-11 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in a vote of conference athletic directors, the GNAC office announced Wednesday.
Bighill, who is completing his undergraduate degree requirements in the exercise science program at CWU this spring, had a 3.674 grade-point average. The Montesano, Wash., native was a three-time academic all-GNAC selection, and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII College Division honors as a junior and senior. The 2010-11 CWU co-Male Athlete of the Year was also this year's recipient of the department's Dorothy Purser Award for excellence and leadership.
On the field, Bighill starred during his career with the Wildcats. He was a four-year starter at linebacker, capping his collegiate career this past fall as an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He was also the co-Defensive Player of the Year in the GNAC, and signed a free agent contract with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League two weeks ago. Bighill is currently participating in the Lions' training camp in Kamloops, B.C., with aspirations of making the team's roster for the 2011 season.
Bighill is just the second CWU student-athlete in the ten-year history of the GNAC to be voted as the league's top scholar-athlete. Lindy Mullen, a former track and field and cross country student-athlete, was the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2005-06.
Bighill and this year's GNAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, basketball player Dara Zack of Saint Martin's University, will now be candidates for the 2011 Conference Commissioners Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be selected this summer.