NDIAA Winter Sports Awards

NDIAA is thrilled to announce the results of our 8th annual Winter Sports Selections: National Champions, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year below. The committee spent many hours on the selection process on each sport. The time invested was well worth it, for our excellent Deaf schools and fine athletes deserve to be recognized for their hard work, dedication, and achievements. NDIAA’s All American per sport lists will be announced soon.

Wrestling

Team of the Year: California School for the Deaf, Riverside and Indiana School for the Deaf
Coach of the Year: Jonathan Kessel, California School for the Deaf, Riverside
Player of the Year: Mijail Enriquez, California School for the Deaf, Fremont

Boys Basketball

Division 1
National Champions: Indiana School for the Deaf
Coach of the Year: Keith Westhoelter, Indiana School for the Deaf
Player of the Year: Preston Kelley, Indiana School for the Deaf

Division 2
National Champions: Alabama School for the Deaf
Coach of the Year: Walter Ripley, Alabama School for the Deaf
Player of the Year: Jairee Hill, Rhode Island School for the Deaf

Girls Basketball

Division 1
National Champions: Maryland School for the Deaf
Coach of the Year: Amy Mowl, Maryland School for the Deaf
Player of the Year: Tessa Lewis, Maryland School for the Deaf

Division 2
National Champions: Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Coach of the Year: Charles Palmer, Rochester School for the Deaf
Player of the Year: Brianna DiGiovanni, Rochester School for the Deaf

The committee would like to thank the Athletic Directors and coaches for their utmost commitment to their athletes’ development, character and talent. The responses to the nomination forms this year has been overwhelming. We also have to recognize everyone as a winner on and off the field.

Congratulations to Jonathan Kessel!