BY SPNW Staff 02:33PM 12/06/2011

Star of the Year Winners (1977-2012)

After the 1976 award, won by Slick Watts of the SuperSonics, the banquet committee changed the name of the program from “Man of the Year” to “Sports Star of the Year.”

American League Cy Young Award winner and Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, received the 2010 Sports Story of The Year award during the 76th Annual Sports Star of the Year banquet. / Scott Eklund, Red Box Pictures

The name of the “Man of the Year” Sports awards program was changed to “Sports Star of the Year” in 1977 to reflect the increasing presence of women, who finally received their own voting category in 1994. After the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, sponsor of the event since 1936, went out of business in 2009, the Seattle Sports Commission took over operation of the banquet, and added several new categories of awards in 2010.

Year Winner Sport Skinny
1977 Warren Moon Football Led UW to win over Michigan in Rose Bowl
1978 Lenny Wilkens Coach Coached Sonics to the NBA Finals
1979 Joe Steele Football Set UW rushing rushing record (3,091)
1980 Jack Sikma Basketball Sonics MVP after averaging 18.7 points
1981 Don James Coach Won Pac-10 title with a 10-2 record
1982 Chuck Nelson Football Consensus All-America placekicker
1983 Curt Warner Football Seahawks first 1,000-yard rusher
1984 Chuck Knox Coach Coached the Seahawks to 12-4 record
1985 Steve Largent Football Earned fifth invitation to Pro Bowl
1986 Cliff McCrath Coach Led SPU soccer team to NCAA II title
1987 Fredd Young Football LB led the Seahawks in tackles with 101
1988 J. L. Williams Football Scored 7 TDs as Seahawks went 9-7
1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Became a starter — and star — for Mariners
1990 Greg Lewis Football Won Doak Walker award (nation’s top RB)
1991 Steve Emtman Football All-America, Outland and Lombardi winner
1992 Edgar Martinez Baseball Won AL batting title with a .343 average
1993 Randy Johnson Baseball Won a club-high 19 games with 308 K’s
1994 N. Kaufman Football 1,390 yards, nine TDs (3 200-yard games)
Rhonda Smith Basketball First UW woman named All-America
1995 Lou Piniella Manager Manged Mariners in improbable playoff run
Chris Gobrecht Coach Led UW women’s hoop team to 25-9 mark
1996 Alex Rodriguez Baseball Led AL in batting with .358 average.
Michelle Akers Soccer Led U.S. women to gold in Atlanta
1997 Gary Payton Basketball All-Defensive first-team, NBA All-Star
Kate Starbird Basketball Ex-Lake star won Naismith trophy
1998 David Segui Baseball Batted .305 and slugged 19 homers
K. Thorndike Adventurist First U.S. woman to sail around the world
1999 M. Tuiasosopo Football 300 yards pass, 200 rush in same game
Becky Newbry Softball Led UW women to CWS
2000 K. Sasaki Baseball AL Rookie of the Year; 37 saves
Megan Quann Swimming Won 2 swimming golds in Summer Olympics
2001 Ichiro Suzuki Baseball AL MVP, Rookie of the Year, batting champ
Jan Harville Coach Coached UW varsity eight to NCAA title
2002 Jamie Moyer Baseball Posted a 13-8 record, logged 230.2 IP
Sue Bird Basketball Led Seattle Storm to a 17-15 record
2003 M. Hasselbeck Football 3,841 yards, 26 TDs as Seahawks went 10-6
Lauren Jackson Basketball WNBA MVP: 21.2 points, 9.3 rebounds
2004 Ryan Moore Golf Won U.S. Amateur, Public Links, NCAA
Anne Donovan Coach Coached Seattle Storm to a WNBA ttle
2005 S. Alexander Football NFL MVP scored NFL-record 28 TDS
C. Morrison Volleyball Four-time All-American led UW to NCAA title
2006 Brandon Roy Basketball Led UW to spot in NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen
C. Thompson Volleyball UW volleyball had Pac-10 6,552 assists
2007 Bobby Engram Football Seahawks record with 94 receptions
Danielle Lawrie Softball 31-13 record, 1.54 ERA; tossed no-hitter
2008 Jon Brockman Basketball Led UW to first Pac-10 title since 1985
Hope Solo Soccer Led U.S. women’s team to gold in Beijing
2009 F. Hernandez Top Pro Finished second in AL Cy Young voting
Jake Locker Top Male UW QB led Pac-10 in total offense
UW Softball Top Female First NCAA title in program history
2010 Tim Lincecum Top Pro Cy Young winner helped SFG win WS
Apolo Ohno Top Male Hiked Olympic medal total to eight
2011 Kasey Keller Top Pro Retired after great soccer career
Chris Polk Top Male UW’s leading rusher
C. Vandershoot Top Female Gonzaga basketball star
Eastern Eagles Top Story Won FCS Football Title
2012 Marshawn Lynch Top Pro NFL’s No. 3 rusher, Pro Bowl
Nathan Adrian Top Male 2 Olympic swim medals
Mary Whipple Top Female Rowing gold in 2012 Olympics
Felix Hernandez Top Story Perfect-Game pitcher


Man Of The Year Winners (1937-76)


All-Time Nominees

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1980-89 1990-99 2000-09 2012-present


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