DAPHNE, Ala. – The world’s most celebrated athletes were featured on the October 2015 United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month ballot. The Academy is pleased to announce Daniel Murphy, a professional baseball player from the United States, as the Male Athlete of the Month and gymnast Simone Biles, also from the United States, as the Female Athlete of the Month.

Murphy of the New York Mets hit .529 (9-for-17) with four homers, one double, and six RBIs in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and was named the NLCS MVP after sweeping the Chicago Cubs. Overall, he had seven homers this postseason.

Biles became the first woman to win gold and three straight all-around titles after winning the Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Her final score was 60.388 and her margin of victory over the second place finisher was 1.083 points.

Finishing second in the male category was Jan Frodeno, an Ironman competitor from Germany. Frodeno won the men’s division at the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. His winning time was 8 hours, 14 minutes, and 40 seconds. He took the lead 95 miles into the bike race.

The runner up to Biles was Sylvia Fowles, a basketball player from the United States. Fowles was selected as the WNBA finals MVP where in the clinching game 5 she scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds helping to defeat the Indiana Fever 69-52.

The third place winner on the men’s ballot was baseball player Jake Arrieta from the United States. As pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Arrieta posted the lowest second-half ERA in history and followed it up by becoming the first pitcher ever to throw a postseason shutout with double-digit strikeouts and zero walks.

Finishing third on the women’s side was duathlon athlete Emma Pallant of the United Kingdom. She claimed women’s gold at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, Australia. Pallant, a 1500 meters bronze medalist on the track at the 2008 World Junior Championships. Pallant finished in 1 hour, 58 minutes, and 21 seconds.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.