Oct. 17, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. -
A standout football player, a highly-decorated Cowgirl basketball player, and two dedicated media relations assistants, all of whom are from Wyoming, are the winners of the 2011 Admiral Land Award and Trophy. The presentations were made at Saturday's Wyoming-UNLV Homecoming football game. This year's award winners are Aubrey Vandiver, a standout for the Cowgirl basketball team, and Chris Prosinski, who was an all-conference safety for the Cowboy Football team. The trophy winners are Andy Chapman and Nick Kinney, who have served as student assistants in the media relations office for the past two years. 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.
Vandiver was an integral part of the Cowgirl basketball team for the past five years. During her senior year, she led the conference in scoring and was named Mountain West Player of the Year. Vandiver, from Laramie, Wyo., averaged a team and league-leading 19.6 points, plus 8.5 rebounds per contest in MW play. She was ranked first in scoring, second in minutes played, third in rebounding, seventh in field goal percentage, 13th in assists and 15th in steals. She recorded double-figures in 27 of 28 games this season including 12 double-doubles. With Vandiver leading the way, the Cowgirls compiled a record of 24-9 overall and advanced to the third round of the WNIT. With 35 points in a victory over Colorado State, Vandiver recorded the fourth-best scoring game in Cowgirl history. Also a standout in the classroom, she was a three-time Academic All-conference and Scholar-Athlete selection and earned Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team honors as a senior while earning her degree in Spanish. She finished her career as the Cowgirls' all-time leader in games played, ranked fourth in rebounding and sixth in scoring. Currently playing professionally in the Canary Islands, she is the daughter of Danielle and Shaun Vandiver.
Prosinski concluded his college football career at Wyoming ranked No. 4 in career tackles in school history with 373. His senior year he was credited with 108 total tackles, marking the second consecutive year in which he had over 100 tackles in a single season and the second consecutive season that he led the Cowboys in tackles. He ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West Conference in tackles (9.0 per game) and ranked No. 37 in the nation for all players at all positions. For the second year in a row, Prosinski was named Second Team All-MWC by conference head coaches and media. At the team's annual awards banquet, Prosinski was named recipient of the Coach Paul Roach Team MVP Award. Prosinski was also one of only two Wyoming senior football players to be honored by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation as its UW Scholar-Athletes for the 2010 season. An outstanding leader, he was voted a team captain by his teammates in the spring of 2010. He started the last 37 consecutive games at free safety for the Cowboys. Prosinski graduated in May of 2010 with a degree in business administration. The son of Kim and Paul Prosinski of Buffalo, Chris is currently playing for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars after being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Chapman and Kinney were interns for the Media Relations Office for one year, and then returned as graduate assistants last year. Chapman earned his degree in Journalism while Kinney's degree is in History. They have put in countless hours working at home events and in the office. Chapman has handled media relations for Track & Field and Wrestling, while also helping with Football. Kinney has represented Soccer and Swimming & Diving, while also helping with Men's Basketball. Dedicated individuals who are always willing to lend a hand, Chapman and Kinney can be seen at almost every home sporting event keeping statistics and assisting the media. A native of LaBarge, Chapman is the son of Brad and Carlin Tissaw. Kinney hails from Torrington and is the son of Ted and Dody Kinney.
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.
For a complete list of winners, click on the link above.