Clapp earns WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point senior Joey Clapp (Faribault, MN) has been selected the recipient of the 2013 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Max Sparger Men’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete Award.
A native of Faribault, Minn., Clapp owns a 3.60 grade point average and is majoring in physical education with a minor in health education. In 2012, he was named to the Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-District Six Men’s At-Large First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Clapp is a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and been recognized on UW-Stevens Point’s Dean’s List on numerous occasions.
An 11-time All-American, he owns nine first team medals and two honorable mention trophies. Clapp has claimed 20 WIAC titles, including 12 relay and eight individual. In 2012, he was named the conference’s Swimmer of the Meet, and his team’s MVP for the second straight year. Clapp owns numerous conference, school and pool records, and is a team captain this season.
Clapp is a three-year member of UW-Stevens Point’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Students for Health, Physical Education & Recreation Club.
The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named after Max Sparger, who served as commissioner of the Wisconsin State University Conference for 22 years from 1971-93. He oversaw the transition of the conference from NAIA to full NCAA membership. Sparger arrived at UW-Stout in 1959 and served the institution in a variety of capacities, including as an assistant football and basketball coach, head wrestling coach and head football coach. He served as UW-Stout’s athletics director from 1969-71.