AD Takes Pride in Student-Athlete Successes
Submitted on December 29, 2017
As a former collegiate athlete, there is one thing Georgetown College Director of Athletics Brian Evans takes very seriously and with great pride – being a student first.
This focus has filtered down to the head coaches and once again Georgetown shined this past fall inside the classroom. While dean’s list and cumulative grade point averages for the entire department have yet to be released, all signs point to excellence for Evans’ department.
Seventy student-athletes from fall participating teams earned Mid-South Conference All-Academic honors. This means these young men and women, of at least sophomore status, maintained a 3.25 or higher GPA. Team percentage wise, women’s soccer was astounding. Of the 21 eligible players, 18 earned academic honors.
“It is jaw dropping to fathom an accomplishment such as this,” Evans said. “It’s a proud day across the board.”
Volleyball was another high percentage program – 13 of its 21 student-athletes meeting the qualification of class status earned at least a 3.25.
Football had a program-best 26 honored. The team’s previous high was 24 in 2004. This builds on a year ago when the team had what is now a program’s fourth-best class of honorees at 18.
Men’s soccer continued its trend of at least six honorees since 2014. The six student-athletes recognized this year make it the best four-year span in the program history.
Women’s cross country had four young women achieve at least a 3.25. Two are two-time honorees. On the men’s team, 50 percent of athletes eligible were named all-academic. The three men were the same three in 2016.
On its own, this is all very impressive and much to be proud of, but the student-athletes continued to set the bar high inside the classroom as NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors were announced. In order to receive this, a player must be at least a junior, have spent an entire year at the current institution and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.
Percentage-wise, football led with 15 players meeting the first two criteria and 13 of those making the grade. Women’s soccer had 12 eligible and six earned the national award. The other four teams all had one of their MSC honorees recognized by the NAIA, giving Georgetown 23 total scholar-athletes.
Women’s soccer had an additional honor as Jodi DeJohn was named CoSIDA Academic All-District. To be eligible an athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least at 3.3 GPA. She was one of 12 selected for District 2.
“Again, I’m left speechless,” Evans said. “I’ve made it a focal point for our department and our coaches are doing an amazing job in one, recruiting the type of student-athletes that fit what we do both in the classroom and on the field, and two, helping each and every player succeed.”
The ultimate achievement moment is seeing those athletes walk across the stage at commencement. Ten seniors walked at the December commencement– seven football players, one acrobatic and tumbling team member, one lacrosse player, and one tennis player.
“This is what it is about,” Evans said. “Rings and titles are the on-field goal and motivation, but we as a staff are most proud of when our men and women attain the most important part of being here at Georgetown College – the diploma.”
Women’s Soccer: Emily Anderson, Emily Conner, Jodi DeJohn, Lauren Duggins, Haley Harned, Sophie Hughes, Cleome Kerseg, Bethany Massey, Fatima Maxwell, Elise McKinney, Carlie Molique, Keri O’Toole, Ariel Rudd, Emma Schneider, Josey Sobolewski, Zoe Stovik, Emily Wright, Skye Zimmer
Volleyball: Raeann Corder, Alexxa Gearheart, Olivia Grass, Jenny Howell, Lindsay Leick, Lauren Luebbers, Jessica Mattingly, Ashton Meckle, Stevie Ogburn, Kassidy Rauh, Sarah Snyder, Jessica Tapp, Renee White
Football: Nathan Bader, Zach Barber, Luke Collins, Blake Ellis, Jake Etler, Conner Ford, Shawn Gilliam, Riley Hall, Dustin Haraway, Dylan Haraway, Kody Kasey, Nick Kathman, Kyle Longworth, Clayton McCune, Taylor McFarland, Jack Nguyen, Cameron Oshodi, Daric Pugh, Gus Schrader, Luke Sharrock, Hayden Shelton, Nathan Swartz, Starr Thompson, Andrew Wilks, Ryan Woolf, Jake Zabonick
Men’s Soccer: Nick Gregory, Michael Hatfield, Benjamin Hoertz, Spencer Holder, Austin Howard, Kyle Settle
Women’s Cross Country: Lucy Berlanga, Haley Carr, Karina Egger, Tori Hafner
Men’s Cross Country: Grant Carr, Erick Mills, Benjamin Peterson
Football: Nathan Bader, Zach Barber, Luke Collins, Blake Ellis, Jacob Etler, Conner Ford, Dustin Haraway, Dylan Haraway, Nick Kathman, Kyle Longworth, Gus Schrader, Luke Sharrock, Ryan Woolf
Women’s Soccer: Elise McKinney, Jodi DeJohn, Emily Wright, Skye Zimmer, Lauren Duggins, Fatima Maxwell
Men’s Soccer: Kyle Settle
Volleyball: Jenny Howell
Women’s Cross Country: Karina Egger
Men’s Cross Country: Grant Carr
Women’s Soccer: Jodi DeJohn
Prepared by Jenny Elder, GC SID