Shields has been a three-time NCAA individuals qualifier, competing in his most recent NCAA singles tournament on Wednesday. He was also named the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as well as being named to the 2009 WAC All-Conference Team and the 2009 WAC All-Tournament team. A strong student as well, he holds a 3.93 grade point average in Kinesiology.
Shields became the first at-large district award winner at
The at-large teams for men include the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rife, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. In the at-large program, nominations are limited to three per school per gender (a total of three men's at-large candidates and three women's at-large candidates out of each of the sports listed above). Only first-team All-District selections receive certificates and advance to the national ballot. Student-athletes on the Academic All-District second and third teams (if applicable) do not advance to the national ballot but are provided as a further opportunity for recognition.
Nomination criteria for the award include a 3.30 cumulative GPA or higher, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve to the team competing in at least 50-percent of the team’s games, and the student-athlete must have completed one full calendar year at their institution and have competed as a sophomore in athletic eligibility.
Trevor Hyatt, ALASKA-FAIRBANKS, Sr., 4.0, Civil Engineering
Michael Look, UCLA, Sr., 3.91, Business-Economics
Jason Dunford, STANFORD, Sr., 3.74, Human Biology
Greg Moss, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, Sr., 3.85, Economics
Luca Barlocchi, UNLV, Jr., 3.88, Finance
Tim Heafner, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, Sr., 3.76, Business Law
Achim Christner, SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE (CA), Sr., 3.97, Finance - Graduate Business
Kawika Shoji, STANFORD, Jr., 3.59, Political Science
Jon Steller, UC
Shane Mason, PEPPERDINE, Jr., 3.92, Political Science