Julia Hirssig, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Senior, Forward

Julia Hirssig, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Senior, Forward

2010 Jostens Trophy Winner

"[Julia's] accomplishments are many and impressive, but it is her drive and commitment to raise the standards of her teammates and fellow students that is most impressive. Julia's ability to balance both her academics and athletic goals has been a real lesson to me and our program. She has laid down a blueprint for our program that will be a part of UW-Stout Women's Basketball forever," said Head Women's Basketball Coach, Mark Thomas.

UW-Stout senior forward, Hirssig, a native of Rochester, Minn., has just wrapped up an impressive career. A three-year starter, Hirssig owns the school scoring record with 1,738 points. She has started 79 consecutive games and has played in all 108 games since her freshman year. A pre-season All-America pick, Hirssig led the league in scoring and rebounding this year. She dropped in 21.4 points per game and grabbed 10.6 rebounds per outing. Hirssig also ranked first in NCAA Division III with a .682 (217-318) field goal percentage.

Over her four years, Hirssig has collected several athletic awards. She is a two-time First Team All-WIAC member and was named the 2010 All-WIAC Player of the Year. Additionally, Hirssig was tabbed the WIAC Player of the Week two times this season. She collected 14 double doubles, scored in double digits in 26 of 27 games, scored more than 20 points in 20 games and more than 30 points in three games.

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, the Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management major boosts a 3.959 grade point average in the classroom and has just as many academic honors. Hirssig is a two-time First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® pick as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Additionally, she has earned the Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence seven times.

Hirssig is also a prominent figure within the community. She volunteers at two different elementary schools and at the Salvation Army. On campus, Hirssig serves as a student housing resident assistant and as a Quantity Foods Production lab assistant. She also works with the Blue Devil Buddies program and is a UW-Stout Career services volunteer.