Recent Wabash College graduate and baseball student-athlete Erich Lange (Hamilton, OH/Fairfield) has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Don Hunsinger Award.
On the field, Lange was an All-NCAC second-team selection in 2019. He played in 34 games, ranking among the conference’s top 10 in batting average (.393), on-base percentage (.489), slugging percentage (.625) and RBI (39). A lifetime .316 batter, Lange compiled 52 runs, 64 RBI, 19 doubles, four triples, six home runs in 100 career games. He was instrumental in the Little Giants’ 21-win season this spring which culminated in an NCAC tournament berth. A four-year member of the Wabash baseball team, he helped the Little Giants compile 92 victories and Wabash’s second-ever NCAC Tournament championship in 2018.
Lange’s success wasn’t just limited to the baseball field during his career at Wabash as he recently graduated summa cum laude with a 3.91 grade-point average while majoring in both Political Science and German. A 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America honoree, Lange was also a three-year member of the NCAC Academic Honor Roll and Wabash’s 2019 selection for the NCAC Scholar-Athlete Award. He served as president of Wabash’s Prelaw Society while also assisting as an executive committee member of both the Sons of Wabash and TEDxWabashCollege. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, a freshman orientation mentor and was part of the political science and athletics department student hiring committees. Lange also volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery county.
Additional academic honors include the Robert Augustus King Prize in German; Phi Beta Kappa; George A. Lipsky Memorial Award in Political Science; George Lewes Mackintosh Fellow (top seniors going on to graduate school); David W. Peck Medal (top prelaw senior); Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Distinction in both German and Political Science (highest honors on comprehensive exams); Delta Phi Alpha (German honorary society); Julia Rosenberg Writing Scholar.
Lange was one of seven outstanding nominees considered for the selection committee. The other candidates included:
Austin Bristol, Baseball, Allegheny College
Paul Christian, Cross Country/Track & Field, DePauw University
Colin Laszlo, Golf, Wittenberg University
Nicholas Paolucci, Tennis, Kenyon College
Will Sharer, Jr., Soccer, Ohio Wesleyan University
David Weimar, Football, Denison University
This award commemorates former Oberlin administrator and coach Don Hunsinger, who had a far-reaching influence on the athletes he coached in a wide variety of sports. Over more than three decades, Hunsinger served Oberlin as athletic director, chairman of the department of physical education, had stints as head coach for Yeoman football, baseball, and men’s and women’s tennis, and assisted with the men’s and women’s basketball programs. Four times he earned NCAC Coach of the Year recognition, twice in men’s tennis and twice in women’s. Hunsinger, who retired from the College in 2008, continues to serve the conference as Director of Tennis.
The award recognizes one male senior student-athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each conference institution can nominate a distinguished male student-athlete for the honor. A committee of North Coast Athletic Conference administrators and faculty representatives, in conjunction with the conference office, makes the selection.
NCAC Don Hunsinger Award Winners
2019 - Erich Lange, Wabash
2018 - Jason Wesseling, Denison
2017 - Trevor Manz, Kenyon
2016 - Geno Arthur, Oberlin
2015 - Casey Cempre, Denison
2014 - Andrew Chevalier, Kenyon
2013 - Curtis Ramsey, Kenyon
2012 - Sharif Kronemer, Ohio Wesleyan
2011 - Kyle Herman, Ohio Wesleyan
2010 - J. David Gatz, Ohio Wesleyan
2009 - Kyle Holliday, Ohio Wesleyan