Joe Corbin, a sophomore on the Ottawa University men’s cross country and track and field teams, has been selected the 2018-19 KCAC Male Student-Athlete Champion of Character of the Year.

Corbin will be formally recognized at the KCAC Sport Management Conference Aug. 6, at Avila University.

The KCAC Champions of Character Male & Female Student-Athletes of the Year are presented by IMA, Inc. and Dissinger Reed.

On campus, Corbin was one of the founders and is the current president of the Ottawa Engineering club, is the men’s cross country student-athlete leadership team representative, huddle leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is a resident assistant and freshman orientation leader.

“Joe continues to adapt to maintain a balance between his academics, athletics, and employment while still performing successfully in each one of them,” Dr. Sonja Flesberg, engineering department assistant professor, said. “More importantly, Joe does this with a smile and a cheerful, positive attitude that is refreshing.”

Academically, he was a Presidential Scholar Award recipient in 2016, earned the Academic Medal of Excellence and was on the Dean’s Honor Roll in 2018, while also earning the Commitment Award in Engineering for two-straight years, as well as making the Dean’s List this past school year.

Corbin has been on the KCAC Scholar Athlete list two straight years, as well as being named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2019.

In addition, Corbin helped coordinate the Soldier’s Angels Donation Drive and the Blessing Blankets Donation Drive this past November, has been the soundboard operator and discipleship group leader at New City Church, and volunteers with TAU Institute and Braving Discipleship.

“Even though Joe is only a sophomore, he has established himself as a leader and role model on our team,” Nick Stenuf, assistant Coach for cross Country and track and field, said. “He is someone who leads by example in every aspect of life. After interacting with him, I sometimes find myself asking how I can become a better person in certain areas. He has that effect on everyone he meets.”