Kirby, Nance, Woods and Fields Win 63rd Annual Admiral Land Awards

Oct. 17, 2015

Laramie, Wyo. (Oct. 17, 2015) -- Three outstanding athletes and a dedicated student are the winners of the 2015 Admiral Land Award and Trophy. The presentations were made at Saturday's Wyoming-Nevada Homecoming football game. This year's award has three winners: volleyball and track athlete Erin Kirby, basketball player Larry Nance, Jr., and wrestler Shane Woods. The trophy winner is Cory Fields, a student assistant AV technician in the Athletics Department.

The Admiral Land Award is presented to the student-athlete who has completed his or her Wyoming competition during the preceding academic year and demonstrated outstanding achievement in intercollegiate competition, exemplary personal conduct on and off the field, and maintained academic standing with satisfactory progress toward a degree. The Admiral Land Trophy is awarded to the student (non-athlete) who has done the most to promote Intercollegiate Athletics at the University during the previous school year.

A native of Evanston, Wyo., Kirby earned All-Mountain West honors in Volleyball and Track.She was All-Mountain West four times as a middle blocker for the Cowgirl volleyball team, as well as All-Mountain West academic four times. She is the all-time UW record-holder in hitting percentage,blocks, and games played for the Cowgirls. Only the second player in school history and the third in MW history to earn conference honors in four consecutive seasons, she finished her senior season ranked first in the MW in overall hitting percentage. Her UW record of 714 career blocks is also the Mountain West career record. She was named MW Player of the Week four times. A tremendous athlete, Kirby was also an All-Mountain West Conference hurdler and sprinter for the Cowgirl Track &Field team. She won the 400 meter hurdles at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships as a freshman, finished second as a sophomore, then earned two more All-Conference accolades as a senior finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles and as part of the second-place 4x400 meter relay team. She was also named an Academic All American by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association while majoring in speech and hearing science. The daughter of Jon and Michelle Kirby, Erin is now playing professional volleyball in Sweden.

One of the best and most versatile big men in Cowboy history, Nance capped his career at Wyoming this spring by leading the Pokes to a 25-10 overall record for the program's first-ever Mountain West tournament title and first NCAA Championships appearance since 2002. The 6-8, 235-pound forward paced the Cowboys at 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, while adding2.5 assists and 1.2 steals. His 51 percent from the field was third in the MW and 60th in the NCAA. He notched seven double-doubles during the season, including 10 games with 20-or-more points. For his efforts, Nance was named to the All-MW First Team, All-Defensive Team, All-Tournament Team and the MW's co-Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned All-MW First Team and All-Defensive Team honors as a junior. For his career, Nance finished 16th in Wyoming history in points (1,386), ninth in rebounds (807), fifth in blocks (135), fifth in steals (141), eighth in games played (123) and 13th in games started (90). He was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th pick of the first round of the NBA Draft. A native of Akron, Ohio, and the son of Larry Sr. and Jaynee Nance, he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice in May.

Woods was a three-time NCAA qualifier and conference champion wrestler. As a senior, Woods was named the Everett Lantz Most Outstanding Wrestler for 2015. He recorded a team-high in wins with 34 and won his third straight Western Wrestling Conference title. Woods was a force in duals for the Pokes during the season recording a 15-0 record. A two-time team captain, he finished his career with 101 wins tying for 16th in Wyoming history. The Cowboys finished first as a team in the Western Wrestling Conference three times and second once during his career. A native of Chickasha, Okla., he is the son of Jason and Dana Woods and graduated with a degree in Communications.

A student assistant in the Athletics Audio/Visual department, Cory Fields is an integral part of keeping the technology in Athletics venues current and functioning. At various times, he has designed,built, or repaired equipment as needed for UW's seventeen varsity sports. He works evenings and weekends without the slightest complaint. His initiative and professional demeanor is impressive, as is his technological knowledge and skill. Fields designed and built a wireless instant replay system for use in volleyball practices, which soon was being used by several other sports. Often working in pressure-packed situations, Fields remains calm and effective. A senior majoring in Accounting, Fields is also involved with the UW Lacrosse Club, and Engineers Without Borders. The son of Jane and Todd Fields,he hails from Fort Collins, Colo.

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.

Following are the previous Admiral Land Award & Trophy Winners:

Year Admiral Land Award Admiral Land Trophy
1953 Paul Carlin, Track
1954 George Galuska, Football
1955 Bob Jingling, Baseball
1956 Joe Capua, Basketball
1957 Jim Crawford, Football
1958 C.T. "Wimp" Hewgley
1959 Harold Farmer, Football & Track Janice Elmer
1960 Dick Ballinger, Wrestling MaryJones
1961 Jerry Hill, Football Dave Bonner
1962 Chuck Lamson, Football Gene Bryan
1963 Bob Hanson, Basketball Judy King
1964 Mack Balls, Football Joan Selmer
1965 Flynn Robinson, Basketball John Hursh
1966 Bob Dinges, Football Babette Numon & Harold Blumenthal
1967 Mike Gregorio, Cross Country Phil White, Jr.
1968 Mike Eberle, Basketball Carl Hanson & Jim York
1969 Bruce Jennings, Skiing Bill Hill
1970 Stan Dodds, Basketball Debbie Hardy
1971 Roy Wilson, Basketball Mary Ann Gorman & Don Bogdan
1972 Gary Fox, Football Kathy Hunt & Larry Bresso
1973 Staale Engen, Skiing The UW Marching Band
1974 Steve Cockreham, Football Michelle Green & Bill Yost
1975 Jody Sloan, Wrestling The UW Pep Band
1976 Bill Ewing, Baseball Steve Prosinski
1977 Christine Brown, Women's Athletics Sally Shurmur
1978 Kathy Merklin, Women's Athletics Randall Luthi
1979 Ross Houston, Skiing Pete Kuhn
1980 Geir Kvernmo, Track/Skiing Cynthia Fester
1981 Charles Bradley, Basketball Bob Ihle
1982 Phil Davis, Football; Bill Garnett, Basketball Mike Larson & Mark Netzel
1983 Lynn Stetson, Swimming; Stacy Ward, Skiing Scott Roberts
1984 Wes Gasner, Wrestling; Mary Shea, Volleyball Bill Lamberty
1985 Joe Ramunno, Football; Kathy Romsa, Track; Becky Simming, Skiing Annie Easterbrook
1986 Mike Hamel, Wrestling; Shari Ahola, Skiing Audrey Waldock
1987 Jim Walter, Baseball Mike Chisholm
1988 Mark Miller, Swimming; Ronda Munger, Volleyball Patrick Stolz
1989 Randy Welniak, Football Amy Dimond & Ron Loghry
1990 Darcy Cudaback, Volleyball; John Wodny, Cross Country Kevin Rochlitz
1991 Shelly Thacker, Track & Field; Rob Clayton, Swimming Jeff Ketron
1992 David McCleave, Golf; Dave Meyers, Wrestling; Reginald Slater, Basketball UW Marching Band
1993 Scarlett Gustin, Basketball; Mike Abbey, Track & Field Wildfire Dance Team
1994 Kiesa Fornstrom, Swimming Noah Buckley, John Carr & Brian Madden
1995 Amy Burnett, Basketball; Ryan Christopherson, Football Karen Schatz
1996 Joe Cummings, Football; Tom Hickenlooper, Wrestling Doug Hoffman
1997 Shilo Mathill, Wrestling Kevin Koerwitz
1998 Brian Lee, Football Dusty Clements
1999 Mark Winninger, Wrestling Mark Gibbs
2000 Corey Hamrick, Wrestling Baend Buus
2001 Joe Hall, Track & Field Abi Gerhard
2002 Oscar Delgado, Diving Will LeDoux & Shalee McCue
2003 Josh Rollins, Football Mark Krug
2004 Casey Bramlet, Football Keven Gibbs
2005 Shauna Smith, Track, & Scott Usher, Swimming Jason Wasserburger
2006 Bryce Leonhardt, Wrestling David Primus
2007 Kevin Bretting, Diving Mark Bock
2008 Hanna Zavecz, Basketball Eric Whiting & Shelley Heward
2009 Ward Dobbs, Football, & Amanda Lathrop, Soccer Sean Valentine
2010 Emily Huth, Diving Kellen Little
2011 Aubrey Vandiver, Basketball & Chris Prosinski, Football Andy Chapman & Nick Kinney
2012 Joe LeBlanc, Wrestling Ali Galey and Ryan Freeman
2013 Alfonso Hernandez, Wrestling, & Chaundra Sewell, Basketball Katie Stout and Steven Sundberg
2014 Morgan Hartigan-Calhoon, Swimming & Diving Jami Baker
2015 Erin Kirby, Volleyball/Track & Field; Shane Woods, Wrestling; Larry Nance, Jr., Basketball Cory Fields