For their achievements in competition and in the classroom, Ashland University juniors Jodi Johnson (women's basketball) and Nick Zak (men's indoor track and field) each have earned 2018-19 winter Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner's Awards, as announced by the GLIAC on Saturday (April 6) afternoon.
Johnson, a guard/forward, had another strong season for the nationally-ranked Eagles. She averaged 18.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals in 33.8 minutes per game, and shot 57.8 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from 3-point range and 87.6 percent from the free-throw line. Johnson ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring, minutes per game, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, and steals per game, and ninth in rebounding.
Johnson was named an All-American by both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (honorable mention) and Division II Conference Commissioners Association (third team). She also garnered third-team Google Cloud D-II Academic All-America, first-team D2CCA all-region, All-GLIAC Tournament team, All-GLIAC first team, All-GLIAC Defensive team, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District, and five GLIAC South Division Player of the Week awards.
As a Suppy Chain Management major, Johnson sports a 3.85 cumulative grade-point average through the fall 2018 semester.
Zak, a thrower, was a key contributor to the Eagle men's first NCAA Division II indoor team national championship in 2019. He placed third in the men's weight throw at nationals with a personal-record top mark of 21.06 meters/69-feet-1¼.
During the 2018-19 indoor regular season, Zak was the fourth-best weight thrower in the country, topping out at 20.74 meters/68-feet-0½ at the GVSU Big Meet in February. Despite injuries, Zak ranked No. 24 in the nation in the men's shot put at 17.27 meters/56-feet-8.
As a Criminal Justice major, Zak sports a 3.53 cumulative grade-point average through the fall 2018 semester.
Johnson and Zak give Ashland University's athletic program 41 GLIAC Commissioner's Awards since the fall of 2007, including nine from track and field and eight from women's basketball.