by Bruce Unrue
Krissy Seaman, the first four-year member of UT Dallas' volleyball team, has been selected as the winner of the American Southwest Conference's 2009 Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award.
Krissy, a senior from Mansfield, Texas, was selected for the honor in a vote by the Directors of Athletics from the ASC's 15 member institutions. She won the 2009 ASC award along with Ty Palmer, a football player at Texas Lutheran University.
The Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award, named in honor of the ASC's first commissioner, honors a male and female student-athlete who best displays the attributes of sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship and academic integrity in their athletic, academic and life pursuits. To become a nominee in the conference-wide ballot, a student-athlete must win the ASC Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year award in their respective sport. This is the 10th year the ASC has presented the award.
Krissy was named the 2008 ASC Volleyball Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year in the fall.
"Krissy has proven to be the ideal student-athlete," UT Dallas head volleyball coach Marci Sanders stated in her nomination. ”She has served as our team captain and is known as the 'team mom.' Krissy is very respectful to teammates, staff, opponents and officials.”
Krissy came to UT Dallas as a freshman in 2005 and won second-team All-ASC East Division honors in her first season. She has won the UT Dallas Comet Award each of the last four seasons for her positive attitude and was a key contributor in helping the Comets win their first ASC title in 2008. Krissy is also a member of the
UT Dallas honors program, and was named ASC Academic All-Conference three times and was twice recognized as a UT Dallas Distinguished
Krissy was also very active on campus, serving as the volleyball team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative and as a UT Dallas Student Ambassador. She recently graduated in the spring commencement ceremonies with a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences. In addition to her UT Dallas degree, Krissy has also received her teacher certification and will begin teaching math at Richardson High School in the Richardson Independent School District during the 2009-2010 school year.