FULTON, Mo. – Bret Robertson of Westminster football and Andrea Zalis of women’s basketball have been named the Westminster Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Robertson added his name to the top of the record books for the 2016 season, breaking the career tackles record with his 298th tackle this season.
Robertson was fourth in the conference in total sacks with 86 and fifth in tackles per game with 5.6. He recorded 2.5 sacks during the season and two fumble recoveries and two interceptions and was named first team All-Conference for defense this past season.
Robertson was also named the recipient of the Armed Forces Award by the Football Writers Association of America in 2016 and 2015 after serving in the United States military at home and overseas.
Robertson was a December 2016 graduate of Westminster College.
"It's been a great privilege to coach Bret over the years,” said Assistant Football Coach Jake White. “His impact on the Westminster Football program will never be forgotten and I imagine his efforts will continue to make a difference for years after his playing career. His confidence and leadership skills have grown significantly since the day I met him in August of 2013. Bret has certainly influenced my coaching career and his character inspires me every day!"
Zalis, a four-year member of the women’s basketball team and captain this season, has left her mark atop the program’s record books as the all-time leading scorer with 1,376 points. She holds program records for career points, career blocked shots, season points, season rebounds, single game points, and single game rebounds. She was named the SLIAC Co-Player of the Year after leading the league in both points and rebounds, and ended her career by being named to the D3Hoops.com All-Region second team.
Zalis has also left her mark in the community, by volunteering at Mark Twain Elementary School and helping to coordinate games for the Missouri School of the Deaf. In addition, Zalis has worked at several youth camps and helped with the Missouri Special Olympics. She helped raise money to help malnutrition problems in Africa with “Project Peanut Butter,” served as a Student Ambassador, and was a transfer student mentor.
With a 3.93 GPA and degree in Early Childhood Education, Zalis plans to pursue graduate work in Education Leadership to become an educational administrator.
“Andrea has represented Westminster as a student-athlete with dedication, passion, and true commitment on the court and in the classroom,” said former Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tracey Braden. “She exemplifies what an NCAA Division III student-athlete is all about. I’m grateful for what she gave the program in her four years and to the college. What a tremendous legacy she has left for future women’s basketball players at Westminster.”