David A. Field Best Trouper Award

The David A. Field Best Trouper Award is awarded annually to one male Trouper and one female Trouper. The voting members vote with consideration of gymnastic ability and showmanship, interest and spirit, as well as services and contributions made to the Troupe. 

Only Members of the Gymkana Troupe are eligible to vote for and receive the Best Trouper Award. A simple majority of votes determines the award recipients, and multiple awards are awarded in the event of a tie. Although it was not always the case, today Members who have already received the award are not considered eligible for successive Best Trouper Awards.

"Once a Best Trouper, always a Best Trouper." 

Note: The first award was presented in 1948. Previously named "Best Trouper Award", this award was renamed the "David A. Field Best Trouper Award" in 1959, in honor of the University of Maryland Gymkana Troupe founder David A. Field.

YEAR FEMALE MALE
1948 Gloria Myers Chuck Finch
1949 Kathleen Larcome Tom Bolgiano
1950 Joan Mitchell Harold Buckley
1951 Marion Copping Tony Lisehora
1952 Nancy Shrop George Kramer
1953 Carolyn Cheek Joe Rostkowski
1954 Billie Jess By Milligan
1955 Carolyn Solnitzky Paul R. Simmers
1956 Marjorie Jones James “Doak” Walker
1957 Jean Scott Chet Witten
1958 Kay Reynolds Bob Phillips
1959 Bonnie McCaw William H. Bright
1960 Millie Brown William Mathis
1961 Winnie Witten Vernon Stinson
1962 Jean Nichols Bill Riley
1963 Jean Nichols Bob Walker
1964 Susie Enger Chris Patterson
1965 Cheryl Steiner Joe Murray
1966 Paula Holtan Mike Friedel & Doug Zier
1967 Mary Lou Vaden John Cannon
1968 Jill Martin Douglas Zeisel
1969 Linda Chubb & Jane Hargett Oscar Benisek
1970 Vicky Annin & Roberta Huber Michael Witenstein
1971 Dottie Houlditch Bill Newby & Robert Schwartz
1972 Marlen Baege Aaron Johnson
1973 Kathie Court Slaughter Dale Thompson
1974 Leslee Carpenter Ken Friedman
1975 Cecelia Harvey Fred Altiere
1976 Bunny Sharp John Janzer
1977 Gina Casale Bob Hallwig
1978 Janet Rhodes Scott Highton & Matt McCauley
1979 Judy Brandenburg Bernie Bohince
1980 Diana Hunt Jesse Brande
1981 Sandra Timberlake Kerry Federico
1982 Julie Schwarz Cavan Redmond
1983 Nancy Leggieri Dave Simon
1984 Susan Kramer Buddy Brownstein
1985 Mary Jo Rogers Karl Williams
1986 Joanne Cavanaugh David Rudel
1987 Stacey Collins Mike Lorenzen
1988 Theresa Messina Jeff Katz
1989 Jamie Forchheimer Alan Bastin
1990 Chris Sturek Bill Melrose
1991 Sarah Melrose Josh Montfort
1992 Anna Padlan John Reno
1993 Jennifer Kimball & Christine Redding Bruce Goddard & Julio Perillan
1994 Lizet Christiansen Jonathan Szczepanski
1995 Andrea Shreni Scott Welsh
1996 Patricia Padrino Monty Burton
1997 Sandy Nguyen Felix Wang
1998 Jessica Ismart Kevin Limbaugh
1999 Shannon Teates Tim Preston
2000 Casey Moore Jon Engel
2001 Mary Smith Billy Rappolt & Michael Thompson
2002 Aimee Becker Justin Williamson
2003 Margie Armacost & Alison Schlenger Larry Brice
2004 Jessica Mislevy Tom Hamblin
2005 Jamie Copelin Kirk Breuninger
2006 Angela Zavaglia Ben Prescott
2007 Stephanie Ball Kevin Asonglefac
2008 Brittany Epps Warren Hull
2009 Danielle Martinez Sven Radhe
2010 Melissa Hebbel Dan Calderone
2011 Caite Fleming Kyle Pearce
2012 Zoe Rosenblum Alex Mateik
2013 Elizabeth McClellan & Julia Ruth Sami Ahmed & Kieran McGuigan
2014 Ingrid Sobieski Dominik Metzler & Luke Valenta
2015 Emily Krohn Diego Gatica
2016 Emily Bjanes Terrance Glover
2017 Jennifer Wall Andrew Desrochers