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Hiller named Michigan College Athlete of the Year

May 5, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University quarterback Tim Hiller has been named Male Michigan College Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Bronco ever to receive the honor.

The Orrville, Ohio, native will be recognized at an awards ceremony next week at the Detroit Athletic Club, where WMU's athletic department will be presented with a $2,500 donation for winning the prestigious award.

"It is a great honor to receive this award," Hiller says, "and being the first Bronco to do so makes it all the more special to me."

Hiller set seven single-season and game records on his way to the Texas Bowl last year. His single-season records include 339 completions in 522 passing attempts for 3,725 yards and 36 touchdowns. He set new game records with 42 completions in 63 attempts at Buffalo and 471 yards at Central Michigan.

When he isn't on the field, Hiller remains at the top of his game in the classroom. He earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average in his undergraduate coursework at WMU. He finished last August and is now pursuing an MBA, also at Western.

Hiller is a mainstay in the local community, leading the Bronco football team's service and outreach efforts each semester. He founded the WMU chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has taken his philanthropic efforts abroad to Trinidad on a mission trip.

Detroit Athletic Club

In keeping with its tradition of encouraging amateur athletics, the Detroit Athletic Club plays an important role by supporting the annual National Athletic Awards, which benefit the March of Dimes. Each year, the group names four outstanding Michigan student athletes and presents them with the Michigan High School Athlete of the Year award and Michigan College Athlete of the Year award. The DAC Foundation supports the event and makes scholarships available to the two high school winners and 10 high school nominees as well as making a donation to athletic programs of the two college winners. Winners are chosen based on athletic achievement, academics and community involvement.

For more information on the Detroit Athletic Club and the Michigan College Athlete of the Year award, visit thedac.com. Visit wmubroncos.com for more information on Bronco football.

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Media contact: Mat Kanan, (269) 387-4125, mat.kanan@wmich.edu

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