With her days at Iowa Western at a close and her days at Utah State just beginning, Paige Moser added to the prestigious 28th Annual 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award to her list of accomplishments. She was formally recognized at NATYCAA’s Annual Convention on June 9-11 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.
“I had an awesome time in Florida at the conference,” Moser said. “It was such a neat experience to receive the award. I felt like all of the hard work put into my two years at Iowa Western was recognized. It gives me motivation to be better every day. I think a lot about being better than the person I was yesterday and that’s always the goal.”
“ It was always important to me to succeed in the classroom even if that meant missing out on other things. I was grateful for the choices that I made and the people surrounding me that helped me to make those choices. I was lucky to have a coach who stressed on success in the classroom as well as on the field. With such great leadership I was able to find success.”
“My parents and my sister were able to attend. It was so fun to have my sister there and for her to see that hard work brings great reward.”
The award requires not just athletic excellence but academic success and leadership as well. A few key points in Moser’s favor were a 4.0 GPA in Exercise Science, 32 career starts, 11 goals, being a two-time ICCAC All-Conference player and two national tournament appearances.
The award is sponsored by Relation Insurance Services and awarded by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators. All current full-time enrolled student-athletes in the NJCAA, CCCAA, or NWAC are eligible. Nominees must have minimum 3.6 GPA with a minimum of 36 semester hours or 45 quarter hours with at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours at the nominating institution. They must participate in at least one complete season of varsity competition at their college and a minimum of honorable mention all-conference or all-region recognition is required. In addition to outstanding athletic success, qualities of leadership and citizenship are necessary. Moser was chosen from 20 female finalists five of which were part of the NJCAA soccer programs.
According to her coach Adam Sanchez, it is “the most prestigious National award given to a male and female 2-year student-athlete.”
“This is a great honor for Paige!” he said. “She is the epitome of what we strive our student-athletes to be. She was perfect in the classroom, excelled on the athletic field, and was a leader in our community. Paige is a fierce competitor while at the same time an empathetic teammate. I have no doubt that she will be even more successful in the future.”
Moser joined the Aggies in January as part of their spring series where she has a scholarship and is the first Division One player from Preston. Paige joins us from the highly successful Iowa Western CC program,” Head Coach Heather Cairns stated on the USU website. “Her experience having played two seasons of college soccer, in addition to her joining our program in January, will allow her to impact our team immediately at the wide attacker or defender position.
Of USU Moser said, “I am loving it. I’m just really excited to get to work with the girls and work towards winning a Mountain West Championship. We have high expectations for ourselves and plan to put in the time to be successful in the fall. It’s always been a dream to be an Aggie and I am really excited for the season.”