Each university in the conference nominates a student-athlete for the award. The honoree is then selected by a vote of the conference’s sports information directors and former honorees.
The award is given to men’s and women’s student-athletes whose athletic accomplishments during the year best contributed to his or her sport, their college’s overall athletic program and to the conference.
“I’m grateful to have played for such an amazing team and a dedicated coaching staff that pushed each of its players to perform their absolute best resulting in opportunities like this,” Bertsch said.
Bertsch, who is originally from Fayetteville, Texas, led the conference in batting average (.443), runs batted in (31), slugging percentage (.784), on-base percentage (.549) and walks (25).