Pilling Named Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year

MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Michigan University track and field athlete Greg Pilling (London, Ont./Sir Frederick Banting SS) has been named the 2009 recipient of the school’s Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

The award is presented annually to a junior student-athlete who excels at the highest levels both athletically and academically. Pilling is the third recipient in the award’s history, following Wynn Michalak (wrestling, 2007) and Tracy Kaatz (softball, 2008).

Pilling will be recognized at Kelly/Shorts Stadium during CMU’s Nov. 11 football game against Toledo.

“It pleases me to honor the successful undergraduate career of Greg Pilling,” Enberg said. “His numbers are most impressive from a CMU record in the discus, nearly 200 feet, to his 3.37 GPA in the classroom. Greg personifies what excites me about collegiate athletics, a young man with passion and conviction to excel in both the academic and athletic arena. Greg Pilling makes me proud to be a Chippewa.”

Pilling earned All-America honors in the discus at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He finished eighth nationally with a throw of 183-4. Pilling had advanced to the national championships with a school-record throw of 197-7 that earned him a runner-up finish at the regional meet. He is the reigning Mid-American Conference champion in the discus and also placed runner-up in the hammer throw at the 2009 MAC Championships.

Pilling, who redshirted in 2008 while preparing for the Canadian Olympic team trials, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in May. He maintained a 3.37 grade-point average as a sport studies major.

Pilling earned Academic All-MAC honors and was named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team in 2009. He also served as vice president of CMU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Pilling is a three-time regional qualifier and has scored at the MAC Championships in each of his first three seasons at CMU. He was named MAC Field Athlete of the Week twice during the 2009 outdoor season.

Pilling and his wife, Elizabeth, also a CMU graduate, are the parents of an 8-month-old son, Daniel.

Enberg, a 1957 CMU graduate and winner of 14 Emmy Awards, is known for his work as a sports broadcaster with CBS and NBC. He has covered the Olympics, Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, World Series, U.S. Open, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Wimbledon, among other major sporting events. Enberg is an honorary member of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame. He has served as the national spokesman for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program since 1985.

The Dick Enberg Academic Center in CMU’s Indoor Athletic Complex is named in his honor. CMU also presents a Dick Enberg Team Leadership Award annually. The soccer and baseball programs were the 2009 recipients of the team award.
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