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Baseball - Thu, Jul. 18, 2013

Wichita, Kan. – Jacob Loucks, a junior on the Ottawa University baseball team, has been selected as the 2012-2013 KCAC Champion of Character Male Student-Athlete of the Year presented by IMA, Inc. Loucks will be recognized at the 7th Annual KCAC Sport Management Conference at Southwestern College on August 6th.

Loucks has pitched in 45 games for the Braves, starting 28. His career ERA is 4.61 in 205 innings pitched. He is batting 0.273 as a three-year letter winner. Loucks earned All-KCAC First Team pitching honors during his sophomore season.

The Emporia, Kansas native is majoring in Exercise Science and currently holds a 3.92 GPA. He has been awarded NAIA and KCAC scholar-athlete for 2012 - 2013 and is a repeat member of the Dean's Honor Roll. For his junior year, Loucks was given the Braves Hall of Fame Scholarship.

"He strives for excellence and demonstrates the discipline and work ethic to excel as a student and an athlete," commented Teresa Kriley, Assistant Professor of Education at Ottawa.

Loucks exceeds on the field, on campus, in the community, and in the classroom.  On campus, he serves the university as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Activities Board, and Student Senate. Loucks is the Co-President of the Braves Athletic Council and a Residential Assistant on campus.  His volunteer work includes time with many organizations including: Hope House and Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

In November of 2012, Loucks was selected to represent the KCAC as the Dr. Leroy Walker award recipient for the conference. The award was created to honor the former president of the NAIA and President emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee. It recognizes a student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership embracing the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, athletic achievement and future ambition.

Ottawa's Head Baseball Coach, Cory Blaine, stated about Loucks "He shows a sincere interest in improving as a player, student, and person each and everyday…He has demonstrated an unparalleled level of discipline and strives to set an example of unselfishness for his teammates at all times."

The KCAC Champion of Character Student-Athlete of the Year Award was developed by the KCAC Champions of Character Committee to recognize significant contributions of a student-athlete who excels in the classroom, athletics, and community.

Each KCAC institution has one representative on the conference-level Champions of Character Committee.  The committee members voted on the award based on the pool of nominees.  Each KCAC institution is able to select one nominee from their institution to be considered for the award.  Representatives cannot vote for nominees from their institution.