Football’s Turner Geisthardt earns Scholar-Athlete award

Ally Gwidt, Assistant Sports Editor

Turner Geisthardt headshot
Turner Geisthardt

UW Oshkosh senior punter Turner Geisthardt was selected as the co-recipient of the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete Award.

Geisthardt shared this year’s award with UW-Stout senior offensive tackle Caleb Adams.

The Omro native joined three players in Titan football history to achieve this accomplishment. Past recipients include Rob Stoltz (1996), Craig Pierstorff (1999) and Cory Wipperfurth (2013).

Geisthardt is majoring in kinesiology and maintains a 3.94 GPA. In 2017, Geisthardt was a Google Cloud NCAA Division III Academic All-America-First Team honoree as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was a semifinalist for the 2018 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy and is a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. Geisthardt has been recognized on UWO’s Dean’s List for consecutive semesters.

Geisthardt has earned past recognition under All-WIAC first and second team and obtained All-WIAC honorable mention this fall. In the 2018-19 season, Geisthardt averaged a league-leading 39.6 yards per punt and had 18 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Geisthardt assisted the Titans to a four-year record of 42-9, while winning WIAC titles in 2015 and 2017 and advancing to the national championship contest in 2016.

In order to be nominated for the scholar-athlete award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. In addition, he must be in his last year of competition — or on schedule to graduate this academic year — and have competed for a minimum of two years.