(FAYETTEVILLE, NC) - 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 2013 winners are Mary Baldwin College cross country runner Sophia Stone and Christopher Newport University golfer Brian Jaeger.
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.
Sophia Stone - Mary Baldwin College
Stone concluded her junior season this past fall when she placed 19th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships. With the finish, she earned All-American honors for the second consecutive season. She is the two-time defending USA South and NCAA South/Southeast Regional Champion. Stone has earned USA South Runner of the Year honors twice, is a three-time member of the All-Conference First Team and currently owns the Conference Championship course record. In the classroom, Stone has compiled a 3.98 grade point average while majoring in Psychology and Biology. She is a three-time member of the USA South All-Academic Team and a two-time member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. Stone has been awarded the Mary Jane Donnalley Scholar Athlete honor twice and recently earned accolades in both the psychology and biology departments on campus. Additionally, she is the president and founder of the Mary Baldwin chapter of "Let's Erase the Stigma" which is a nonprofit children’s charity dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental illness. Finally, Stone is her team's representative on Mary Baldwin's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Brian Jaeger - Christopher Newport
Jaeger's collegiate career came to a close this spring at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championship. He qualified as an individual and placed tied for 12th which earned him PING First Team All-American accolades, becoming the first Captain to earn the honor since 1994. In 2013, Jaeger also collected First Team All-Region, First Team All-Conference and USA South All-Tournament Team accolades. Prior to this season, Jaeger was a three-time All-Conference Honorable Mention selection. Off the course, he compiled a 3.72 grade point average while majoring in Business Marketing. Jaeger received his fourth consecutive USA South All-Academic Team accolade this season and earned CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American honors. He was also named a First Team Academic All-District selection and was one of the inaugural inductees into the Virginia Theta chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. Finally, for the second consecutive season, Jaeger was named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar Honor Team.