(FAYETTEVILLE, NC) - Each year the USA South Athletic Conference presents its most prestigious awards by honoring the male and one female as the Student-Athletes of the Year as these athletes receive the Don Scalf Award. The 2010 winners are Greensboro College women's tennis player Michelle Lemmons and Greensboro College men's soccer player Andrew Clark. This is the second time The Pride have produce both the male and female Scalf Award winners.
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.
Michelle Lemmons - Greensboro
Lemmons concluded her collegiate career this spring as the number-one singles player for The Pride. She becomes the second student-athlete to be named USA South Woman of the Year and receive the female Don Scalf Award in the same year. Lemmons was a three-time All-Conference performer earning third team honors the past two seasons and honorable mention accolades in 2007. She also earned All-Sportsmanship Team recognition this past spring. Off the court, Lemmons has amassed a perfect 4.00 GPA while majoring in Biology. Upon graduating this spring, she received the Harold H. Hutson award which is considered the highest honor attainable by a traditional Greensboro College student. In 2009, Lemmons was a recipient of the President's Scholar Award. She is a four-time USA South Academic All-Conference honoree as well as a national Academic All-American. Lemmons has received the Harriet Medina Scholarship for excellence in chemistry and earned the highest academic average amongst Greensboro student-athletes. Lemmons also donated her time to many worthy causes including Greensboro's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the College's student-athlete mentoring program. Off campus, she has volunteered at the Moses Cone Hospital and at Community Access Therapy Services.
Andrew Clark- Greensboro
At Greensboro, Clark becomes the first male athlete in USA South history to earn the Don Scalf award twice. He has continued to excel both on and off the soccer pitch. In the classroom, the senior compiled a 3.84 grade point average. He received his fourth consecutive USA South All-Academic Team accolade this season and was named an Academic All-Region honoree for the third time in his career. In 2008, Clark was named a NSCAA/Adidas Academic All-American and also earned the Craven E. Williams Award which is the highest honor bestowed upon a Greensboro College student-athlete. Athletically, Clark was a three-time USA South All-Conference performer and received NSCAA All-South Region honors in 2008. Additionally, he was named the team's Most Valuable Player the past two seasons. Clark ends his career with 55 points, ninth on Greensboro's all-time list. Finally, Clark volunteered his time for many organizations, including the Guilford United Futbol Club and the Bryan Family YMCA.