Alma, Mich. - Ali Holmquist '17, a student assistant for the Alma College Sports Information office, has been selected as the recipient of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Tom Renner Award, the league office announced today (Tuesday, June 6). The award, named in honor of longtime MIAA Publicist and Hope College Sports Information Director Tom Renner, is presented annually to a student assistant at an MIAA member college sports information office for outstanding service.
A three-year student assistant in the Alma College Sports Information Office, Holmquist began working in the department as a sophomore and continued to flourish throughout her career. She was responsible for training other students on in-game statistics software, providing website content and aiding in game day management for multiple sports programs. As a senior, Holmquist served as the primary contact for the Alma women's lacrosse team and increased her proficiency in producing game programs. She also handled game management tasks for soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball. Holmquist served as the inputter for Alma softball's regular season games and all contests of the NCAA Division III softball regional as well as the 2017 MIAA Softball Tournament at Hope College.
Originally from Canton, Mich., and a graduate of Plymouth High School, Holmquist will be pursing her Master's Degree in sport management at Eastern Michigan University and has been hired as a graduate assistant in the Eagles' Athletic Media Relations office. She graduated from Alma College in April with a degree in education.
"Choosing Alma was an easy decision for me, I was able to continue my athletic career and receive an amazing education," said Holmquist, who spent three seasons as a member of the women's lacrosse team. "The opportunity to work in the sports information office my sophomore year was an even easier choice to make. I am extremely grateful to have been able to learn and develop under Paul Thomas and Zach Russo. Every day they pushed me to constantly improve my skills and strive to be the best. I am honored to have been selected as this year's Tom Renner award recipient, and I thank everyone that helped and supported me at Alma."
Holmquist is the third Alma student assistant to receive the Renner Award in as many years and fourth since the award's inception in 2008. Last year, Brad Vannatter '16, currently a scouting/video and football operations intern with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League, won the award. Grace Wheeler '15, a member of the athletics communications staff at Michigan State University, was given the honor in 2015.
Tom Renner served as Hope's sports information director for 47 years before stepping down from his position in 2013. For 41 years, Renner was also the MIAA publicist (1967-2008) and still serves the conference as the league's historian.