CCAA Athletes of the Year


2013-14 Male Athlete of the Year

J Patrick Smith, Chico State (Men's Track and Field)

Smith, a senior from Santa Barbary, earned his second-straight CCAA Athlete of the Year nod after capturing his third consecutive NCAA decathlon crown at the 2014 Division II Track & Field Championships. The senior from Santa Barbara broke his own school record with 7,645 points while becoming Chico State’s first three-time NCAA Champion. He also grabbed his fourth career All-America honor by finishing eighth in the long jump. 

Smith was awarded CCAA Co-Field Athlete of the Year honors after winning the long jump, contributing to the Wildcats’ 4x100-meter relay victory, finishing third in the high jump and 110-meter hurdles, fifth in the 100 meters, and sixth in the 200 meters for a meet-best 31.5 points at the 2014 CCAA Track and Field Championships in La Jolla, helping the Wildcats win their 11th straight conference title. 

Smith was also awarded West Region Field Athlete of the Year honors by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the second year in a row. 

Smith is the fourth Chico State male to earn the CCAA’s top honor and just the second Wildcat to be named CCAA Male Athlete of the Year in consecutive years, joining distance runner Scott Bauhs (2006-07; 2007-08).


Past Winners: CCAA Male Athletes of the Year (1982-present)


2013-14 Female Athlete of the Year

Karenee Demery, Cal State Stanislaus (Women's Soccer)

A senior from Merced, Calif., Demery is one of the most decorated athletes ever to have played for the Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer program, recognized for her outstanding performance at the institutional, conference, regional, and national level.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Daktronics, Inc., each named Karenee Demery the National Player of the Year after she led all of Division II with 52 points. The dynamic attacker finished second in the nation in both goals (21) and assists (10). 

Demery is the first Cal State Stanislaus athlete to be named CCAA Female Athlete of the Year and the first women’s soccer player to earn the conference’s top individual honor since the 2000-01 academic year.

The Merced native began accumulating accolades in early November when she was named the CCAA’s Most Valuable Offensive Player for the third time in her collegiate career. Demery led the conference in points, goals, assists, shots (107), and game-winning goals (6). She also broke the CCAA career points-per-game record (2.25) and tied the goals-per-game mark (0.94) while leading the Warriors to an undefeated regular season and the CCAA title.

Demery was also tabbed the NSCAA and Daktronics, Inc. West Region Player of the Year and was named to their respective All-America teams. 

She was a big-time performer in the classroom as well, earning Capital One Academic All-District and Capital One Academic All-America awards before being honored as the Capital One Academic All-America Player of the Year.

A NCAA Woman of the Year and Honda Athlete of the Year Candidate, Demery is the recipient of the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. Nationally, in all divisions of the NCAA, only one male and one female student-athlete is awarded this scholarship, worth $24,000 to pursue a graduate degree.


Past Winners: CCAA Female Athletes of the Year (1982-present)