Sports Star of the Year Award Winners (2000-2009)

Male Athlete
of the Year


SSY2000_Kazuhiro Sasaki2000

Kazuhiro Sasaki
Mariners’ All-Star Reliever

Mariners relief pitcher who was named American League Rookie of the Year. Broke the team record and Major League rookie record with 37 saves. Led the American League in saves percentage (.919) and helped the M’s reach the league championship series. Japan’s all time saves leader, he joined the M’s as free agent and won his rookie honors at age 32.


SSY2001_Ichiro Suzuki


Ichiro Suzuki
Mariners All-Star Outfielder

Mariners outfielder and lead-off hitter who became the first player in baseball history to win in the same year a batting championship and Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards. had the most of any player since 1930. Also led the AL in stolen bases and won a Gold Glove for his fielding as the M’s won a record-tying 116 games.


SSY2002_Jamie Moyer2002

Jamie Moyer
Mariners Pitching Ace

Left-handed MLB pitcher. League leader in winning percentage since 1996 and Mariners’ all time leader at .671 (98-48). Led team with 230 innings pitched, fourth-best in AL last season at age 39. Extraordinarily active in community and charitable work.


SSY2003_Matt Hasselbeck2003

Matt Hasselbeck
Seahawks Quarterback

Led team to its first 10-win season in 17 years. Set the franchise record for most passing yards as third-year starting quarterback. Tied the team single-season record with four 300-yard games. Helped Seahawks lead the NFL in third down conversions.


SSY2004_Ryan Moore2004

Ryan Moore
Amateur Golfer

Won the NCAA Championship as a junior at UNLV, then had the best summer of any amateur since 1930. The Puyallup native’s numerous victories included the Sahalee Players Championship, Western Amateur and, for the second time each, the US Pubilc Links and US Amateur.

SSY2005_Shaun Alexander2005

Shaun Alexander
Seahawks MVP Running Back

All-Pro running back. NFL Most Valuable Player. Set the league record at the time with 28 touchdowns. Led the league in rushing. Became the Seahawks’ all-time rushing leader. Set team records for rushing yards, yards per carry and most 100-yard games. Named Seahawks Man of the Year for his community service.


SSY2006_Brandon Roy2006

Brandon Roy
Husky Basketball Star

Washington’s first player in 53 years to make first-team AP All-American and first Pac-10 player of the year since 1986. Led the Huskies in most offensive categories and into the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen before becoming a first-round NBA draft pick.


SSY2007_Bobby Engram2007

Bobby Engram
Seahawks Wide Receiver

Wide receiver who broke the franchise record with 94 receptions at age 34 after a thyroid condition caused him to miss much of the previous season. Topped 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his 12-year career. Earned team’s Steve Largent Award for dedication.


SSY2008_Jon Brockman2008

Jon Brockman
UW Basketball Forward

Completed UW career with 1,805 (13.8 ppg) and 1,283 (9.8 rpg). UW’s all-time leading rebounder and second -leading scorer. First ever Husky and fourth in Pac-12 history to surpass 1,800 points and 1,200 rebounds.


SSY2009_Felix Hernandez2009

Felix Hernandez
Mariners Pitching Ace

In the 2012 season the 3x All-Star and CY young award winner became the first mariner in team history to throw a perfect game. He has also thrown 200+ strikeouts in 4 straight seasons.

Female Athlete
of the Year


SSY2000_Megan Quann2000

Megan Quann
Gold Medal Swimmer

Puyallup native won two gold medals at the age of 16 in the 2000 Syndney Olympics. Won the 100-meter Breaststroke and 4×100-meter Medley Relay. Her two gold medals landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated that summer.


SSY2001_Jan Harville2001

Jan Harville
UW Rowing Coach

University of Washington women’s crew coach who led the Huskies to their third national championship in five years. No other UW team has won an NCAA championship. Pac-10 Coach of the year for the eight time, including four of the past five years and conference champion for the 10th time in her 14-year tenure.


SSY2002_Sue Bird2002

Sue Bird
Storm Guard

College basketball player of the year as PG for undefeated NCAA champion Connecticut. First pick in the WNBA draft. All-star starter as a rookie. Helped Storm win two WNBA Championships 2004, 2010. Played for the U.S. team that won the world championship.


SSY2003_Lauren Jackson2003

Lauren Jackson
Storm Forward

WNBA’s Most Valuable Player after leading the league in scoring with 21.2 points per game. Ranked among league leaders in rebounding and field goal percentage. An All-Star forward in each of her three seasons and, at 22, youngest MVP in league history. Has Helped Storm win two WNBA Championships in 2004,2010.


SSY2004_Anne Donavan2004

Anne Donavan
Seattle Storm Coach

First woman coach to win a WNBA championship. Led Storm to a franchise record 20 victories and a three-game sweep of the finals. that was Seattle’s first league title in any pro sport since 1979. Also helped coach the U.S. women to Olympic gold.


SSY2005_Christal Morrison2005

Christal Morrison
UW Volleyball

All-America outside hitter. Was a standout in the Huskies’ drive to a national championship. Named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after posting a team-high 15 kills and seven blocks. Also was regional MVP after leading UW with 21 kills. Sophomore earned All-America honors for the second time.


SSY2006_Courtney Thompson2006

Courtney Thompson
UW Volleyball

Washington’s first three-time first team All-American. Led the nation in assists for the second straight year, this time with an NCAA record average. Broke the Pac-10 career record by a wide margin. Led the Huskies to three Final Fours and a national championship.


SSY2007_Danielle Lawrie2007

Danielle Lawrie
UW Softball

Topped Pac-10 in strikeouts as a sophomore and led Huskies back to the College Softball World Series, opening with a no-hitter and a one-hitter. Broke UW season record for strikeouts for the second straight year. Pitched for Canada in the 2008, 2012 Olympics.


SSY2008_Hope Solo2008

Hope Solo
UW/USA Soccer

A two-time Olympic gold medalist and current goalkeeper for the US women’s national team. In February 2012 she signed with the Seattle Sounders Women’s team.


SSY2009_UW Softball2009

UW Softball
Women’s College World Series Champs

The University of Washington entered the College World Series as the third seed. Despite having no home games the Huskies cruised to the national title game in 2009, sweeping the University of Florida Gators in two games.

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