Melberger Award


Melberger Award
Melberger Award
Awarded for outstanding U.S. college football player in Division III
Presented by Diversified Information Technologies
Country United States
First awarded 1993
Currently held by Ben McLaughlin, Louisiana College

The Melberger Award is given annually to an outstanding U.S. college football player in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The award is named after Clifford Melberger and is presented by Diversified Information Technologies, which Mr. Melberger leads as president.

The Melberger is one of two awards given to Division III football players, the other being the better-known Gagliardi Trophy. The focus of the two awards has historically been slightly different. The Gagliardi factors in community service, academics, and athletics; the Melberger is, at least theoretically, presented to the best athlete. In recent years the Melberger has fallen into disfavor due to poor publicity and coordination by the firm which now sponsors the award. From the period 2002–2004, the award was given not to the nation's most outstanding Division III football players, but to the player in the local region who could attend (at their own cost) the awards ceremony in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This resulted in the award being given to players who would often struggle to make an all-region team, let alone be named the best player in the country. Prior to 2002, the Melberger Award was funded and supported by the Wilkes-Barre Touchdown Club.

Winners

Year Winner School
1993 Jim Ballard Mount Union
1994 Carey Bender Coe
1995 Craig Kusick, Jr. Wisconsin–La Crosse
1996 Bill Borchert Mount Union
1997 Bill Borchert (2) Mount Union
1998 Mike Burton Trinity (TX)
1999 Scott Pingel Westminster (MO)
2000 R. J. Bowers Grove City
2001 Chuck Moore Mount Union
2002 Daniel Pincelli Hartwick
2003 Brett Trichilo Wilkes
2004 Brett Trichilo (2) Wilkes
2005 Brett Elliott Linfield
2006 Chris Sharpe Springfield
2007 Jason Boltus Hartwick
2008 Nate Kmic Mount Union
2009 Alex Tanney Monmouth
2010 Ben McLaughlin Louisiana

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