2002-03 Athletes of the Year

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

"Walsh University's Shannon Kohl and Kevin Surnear Selected as 2003 Female and Male Athletes of the Year"

Walsh University has selected Shannon Kohl (Softball, Sr., Youngstown, OH/Austintown Fitch) and Kevin Surnear (Track, Sr., Navarre, OH/Fairless) as their 2003 Female and Male Athletes of the Year.

Kohl was selected first team All-American by the NAIA for the second straight year. The Cavs multi-talented center fielder led Walsh to their second NAIA National Championship appearance this spring by hitting .485 in 51 games. Kohl, who is the Cavs all-time leader in career average (.450), hits (276), triples (16) and runs scored (163), led Walsh to a 39-18 record and one win at the National Championships. Kohl was 4-11 (.364) with a home run at the championships and 3-4 with three runs scored in Walsh's 4-1 opening game win over Marian (Ind). Kohl's .485 average this season is a Walsh record, shattering her .468 mark as a sophomore. The left-handed hitting Kohl also led the Cavs in runs scored (51), hits (81), on base percentage (.489), slugging percentage (.701) and stolen bases (16). She also drove in 32 runs with 10 doubles, seven triples and four home runs. Kohl is a sociology major.

Surnear earned NAIA Track All-American status for the third time in the men's shot put at the NAIA Championships. Surnear, who is also the 2003 Indoor Shot Put National Champion, finished fourth in the event outdoors with a heave of 51'10". He also finished 19th in the hammer throw (149'4") at the championships. This past spring he led Walsh to their first-ever American Mideast Conference Track title and a fourth place finish in the national power ranking. Also an outstanding student in the classroom, he was awarded NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. He was also the Cavs' Track MVP. This past winter, he became Walsh's first-ever individual national champion when won the NAIA Indoor shot put championship, with a school record heave of 54'3.25". This was Surnear's fourth trip to the NAIA Indoor Championships. He also finished 15th in the weight throw. Surnear is a business major.