Each year the USA South Athletic Conference presents its most prestigious awards by honoring one male and one female as the Student-Athletes of the Year. These student-athletes are recognized as recipients of the Don Scalf Award. The 2018 winners are Meredith College women's lacrosse's Carlee Joseph and Methodist University men's golfer Larkin Gross.
To be eligible for the Don Scalf Award a student-athlete must be either a junior or senior, have participated in a USA South sport earning at least All-Conference recognition and have a minimum 3.00 GPA. The athletic directors vote for the award winner each spring at the conclusion of all Conference schedules.
This award is named in honor of Don Scalf, whose commitment to the student-athlete, guardianship of the value of academic achievement and devotion to the principles of Division III athletics set a standard that holds steadfast in the Conference today. He taught for 36 years and coached for 18 at N.C. Wesleyan College. He also served as Athletic Director at N.C. Wesleyan for six years. During his coaching career his teams won Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball and golf championships. In addition, he was a founding father of the DIAC in 1963 and served as its Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years.
Carlee Joseph - Meredith College
Joseph, the most-decorated Avenging Angel in program history, concluded her collegiate career this past spring when she was named USA South Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. She added this latest honor to her Rookie of the Year accolade from three seasons ago to become the only USA South women's lacrosse player to be named Player of the Year three times plus Rookie of the Year. Joseph is the USA South's all-time leader in career goals scored and points accumulated. She is a three-time IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region first team honoree, was a member of seven Conference championships (three regular season and four tournament) and participated in the NCAA Tournament four times. Joseph appeared on the USA South All-Conference team four times, was a four-time member of the Conference All-Tournament team, collected Tournament MVP honors once and was named the Meredith College Athlete of the Year the past two years. Academically, Joseph compiled a 3.885 GPA while on her way to dual degrees in May of 2019, a mathematics degree from Meredith and a mechanical engineering degree from North Carolina State University. She was a Meredith College Pascal Scholar, an Impact Raleigh Scholar and a Hazel Lee Gaddis Engineering Scholar. Joseph appeared on Meredith's Dean's List eight times, was a four-time USA South Academic All-Conference honoree and a three-time IWLCA DIII Academic Honor Squad member. Finally, Joseph gave back to her campus community by serving as President of the Student-Athlete Advisor Committee this past year as well as volunteering for several local causes including Special Olympics and the Raleigh Rescue Mission while also organizing an event for the American Cancer Society which raised approximately $2,300.
Larkin Gross - Methodist University
Gross concluded his junior year this spring as he helped the Monarchs to the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championship. This is the third appearance at the national championship tournament for Gross. This season, he finished sixth nationally in the GolfStat individual rankings with a stroke average of 72.7 and is all but assured to collect All-American honors for the second time in his career when announced later this month. Gross was selected as a member of the All-Conference First Team and was named All-South Region by PING in 2018. In 2016 as a freshman, Gross was the medalist at the USA South Tournament in just his second collegiate tournament. Gross currently has accumulated a 3.736 GPA while majoring in marketing with a concentration in professional golf management. He is a three-time USA South Academic All-Conference team member and Methodist University Scholar-Athlete while also being a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. On campus, Gross has volunteered for Methodist's Elementary School Reading Program, the Athletic Department's annual Project Play Day and has participated in the campus' Earth Day clean-up project. Finally, Gross is a member of the Monarch's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
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