The Virginia K. Frank Award was established in 1976 to honor the most outstanding female athlete each year at Colorado State. Virginia Frank was a pioneer in women's athletics at CSU beginning in 1950 when she arrived on the campus of Colorado A&M College to assist women's athletic director Elizabeth Forbes. Frank helped to establish intercollegiate athletics for women in the late 1950s so that the women of CSU could compete among other schools rather than just in intramural athletics.

Frank was instrumental in establishing the first women's track team and the first women's swimming team more than 15 years before Title IX. Frank's guidance and leadership made her the women's athletic director in 1959 when Forbes retired and women's athletics excelled under her leadership. Virginia Frank-Olsen was inducted into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and has remained an integral part of CSU athletics since her retirement.

VIRGINIA K. FRANK AWARD WINNERS

Year Name Sport
2015 Deedra Foss Volleyball
2014 Jessica Sharbono Track & Field
2013 Dana Cranston Volleyball
2012 Katelyn Steffan Volleyball
2011 Danielle Minch Volleyball
2010 Kristen Hemphill Track
2009 Mekana Barnes Volleyball
2008 Janay Deloach Track
2007 Janay Deloach Track
2006 Dre Downs Volleyball
2005 Loree Smith Track
2004 Loree Smith Track
2003 Ashley Augspurger Basketball
Sanja Hanssen Tennis
2002 Angela Knopf Volleyball
2001 Liz Toman Track
2000 Catie Vagneur Volleyball
1999 Shelly Greathouse Track
Becky Hammon Basketball
1998 Becky Hammon Basketball
1997 Nikki Johnson Softball
1996 Teresa James Basketball
1995 Julie La Cour Anderson Tennis
Kristi Morrison Track
1994 Amy Van Dyken Swimming
1993 Debbie Maas Track
1992 Sandy Ham Track
1991 Jeannette Beitz Swimming
1990 Amy Brookover Swimming
1989 Amy Brookover Swimming
1988 Diane Saba Volleyball
1987 Val Lang Swimming
1986 Sherri Danielson Volleyball
1985 Karen Kreuzer Basketball
1984 Sue Nitchman Volleyball
1983 Deb Spickler Basketball
1982 Laura Moore Field Hockey
1981 Susan Knox Golf
1980 Lyn Griggs Swimming
1979 Nancy Holden Field Hockey
1978 Cindy Wittebort Basketball
1977 Mary Harrington Track
1976 Pat Riesselman Swimming
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