Dobbs, Lathrop and Valentine Win Admiral Land Awards

Oct. 10, 2009


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A pair of highly-decorated student-athletes and a dedicated marketing student are the winners of the 2009 Admiral Land Award and Trophy. The presentations were made at halftime of Saturday's Wyoming-New Mexico Homecoming football game. For more than half a century these awards have been traditionally presented during Homecoming to UW students and student-athletes who have exhibited excellence in promoting University of Wyoming athletics.

This year's honorees are Amanda Lathrop, Cowgirl soccer, and Ward Dobbs, Cowboy football, for the Trophy, and Sean Valentine, marketing intern, for the Award.

Amanda Lathrop was a four-year letterwinner for the UW Soccer Team. A two-time team captain, Lathrop earned First Team All-Conference honors as a senior, and Second-Team honors as a junior. As a sophomore, she was named to the All-MWC Tournament Team. Following her senior year, Lathrop was named Offensive MVP and given the "Strongest Link Award" for her work in the weight room. Lathrop holds the school record for most assists and ranks second in school history in goals scored. In addition, she was named an National Strength Coaches Association All-American Strength & Conditioning Award winner in 2008. Excelling in the classroom, as well as on the field, Lathrop was named to the Academic All-Conference Team four years in a row. A criminal justice major with a minor in women's studies, Lathrop graduated in the summer of 2009. In addition, Lathrop also volunteered at local elementary schools, reading to children and teaching soccer skills. A native of Lakewood, Colo., she is the daughter of Pam and Darrel Lathrop.

A four-year football letterman, Ward Dobbs excelled as an inside linebacker for the Cowboys. He was named All-Conference four years in a row, earning First Team honors as a senior. He led the team in tackles his junior and senior years and finished his career 5th on the all-time UW tackles list with 343. In addition, he had three interceptions as a senior, tying for the team lead in that category. He started the last 41 games of his career, beginning with the sixth game of his freshman year. He was named team captain in 2008. A physical education major, he earned Academic All-Conference honors as a senior. Dobbs hails from Fairbanks, Alaska, and is the son of Ann and Mike Dobbs.

A tireless worker in the Marketing and Promotions wing of the Athletics Department, Sean Valentine has spent countless hours working for UW Athletics. As an intern, he was put in charge of promoting Women's Basketball, which involved writing p.a. scripts, as well as developing and coordinating promotions. He is also very involved with all other home events, including home football games, helping to set up Tailgate Park and putting up sideline signs in the early morning hours. He never fails to maintain a positive attitude even after working long hours. A marketing major, he is responsible for the music at home events and helps with the sound equipment for the football and basketball coaches radio shows. A native of Rock Springs, Wyo., Sean is the son of Marci and Fritz Valentine.

The Admiral Land awards have been a special part of Homecoming since 1953. They are given as a tribute to distinguished UW alumnus Admiral Emory S. Land, class of 1898. Land was a World War II Shipping Administrator and head of the U.S. Maritime Service. At UW, he was a member of the first football team and four of the first five teams in school history.