STANFORD, Calif. – Senior political science major Austin Hack was named the 2013-14 Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year on Sunday.
“It is definitely a huge honor,” said Hack. “I have been recognized for my rowing accomplishments, but it feels good to be recognized academically. I know there are a lot of smart guys on our team and other teams as well so it is an honor to receive this award.”
Hack becomes the third Stanford men’s rower to be named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year, joining Alex Syverson in 2010-11 and Mark Murphy in 2008-09.
This season Stanford has received the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year in six sports. The next most is Arizona with three. USC and Cal each have two. The Cardinal Scholar Athletes of the Year in 2013-14 are Hack, Ali Fauci (women’s rowing), Chiney Ogwumike (women’s basketball), Dwight Powell (men’s basketball), Ben Rhyne (football) and Tyler Stutzman (men’s cross country).
To be eligible for the Scholar Athlete of the Year award, an athlete must be a senior and on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests and be at their current institution for one year.
Hack finished the winter quarter with a GPA of 3.766. While pursuing a degree in political science, he is also minoring in modern language. He has taken Arabic for three years at Stanford with a Lebanese dialect and German for two years. He was given the German Language Award in 2013 for his knowledge of the language and engagement in class.
A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, Hack has also been one of the top athletes on the men’s rowing team throughout his career. He was the Pac-12 Athlete of the Year in 2013 and newcomer of the year in 2012, while earning All-Pac-12 honors both seasons.
“He is the top collegiate rower in America this year,” said head coach Craig Amerkhanian. “He came to us as a brilliant and focused scholar. He would have gotten into Stanford with or without rowing. He is special and is what our program has always been about.”
Hack will compete for the final time at Stanford in two weeks at the IRA National Championships.