The UIndy athletic department announced softball’s Jennifer DeMotte, baseball’s Donovan Drake, and thrower Matt Royer as winners of the 2011–12 Dr. Robert M. Brooker Most Valuable Athlete awards. Each varsity sport’s head coach selected a Most Valuable Player. Those winners then become eligible for the honor of male and female Athletes of the Year, chosen by the athletics administration. DeMotte, the 2012 Great Lakes Valley Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, led the Greyhounds to the team’s best season in program history. The 2012 GLVC and Daktronics Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year, DeMotte was also dubbed a first team All-American by both Daktronics and the NFCA.
DeMotte threw a pair of perfect games and another no-hitter, posting a record of 35-9 in guiding UIndy to a program-first GLVC softball title. She broke the school’s career wins and shutouts record, as well as single-season records for innings pitched and strikeouts. The junior was named the GLVC Pitcher or Player of the Week on four occasions on the season and was a first team Capital One Academic All-America and Academic All-GLVC selection.
An American Baseball Coaches’ Association Division II All-America First Team member, Drake compiled a 9-3 record to go with a 1.67 ERA and 106 strikeouts. He tossed a team-high 91 2/3 innings and notched seven complete games and five shutouts. As the team’s No. 1 starter, Drake led the Greyhounds to an impressive 46-16 overall mark in 2012. The Hounds won both the GLVC and the Midwest Regional Tournaments on the way to making their first NCAA D-II Championship appearance since 2000.Drake was also named to the Daktronics, Inc., NCAA Division II All-America Second Team and Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year by both the ABCA and the region’s sports information directors.
Royer, 2012 GLVC Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, was national runner-up in the hammer throw during the outdoor season and the weight throw at the indoor national championships. He helped UIndy finish eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 11th at the Outdoor Championships after the Hounds repeated as GLVC champions in both sports.