Gibbs, Dudley Named Don Scalf Recipients

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 athletes receive the Don Scalf Award. The 2004 winners are Christopher Newport runner Aimee Gibbs and Greensboro golfer Jonathan Dudley.  Gibbs also won in 2003.  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. He also served as Athletic Director for six years. During his coaching career his teams won DIAC basketball and golf championships. He was a founding father of the DIAC in 1963 and served as its Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years.

During her tenure at CNU, Gibbs has been dominant both on the cross country course and in the classroom.  She was on the Dean's List and USA South All-Academic Team all four years.  Gibbs was also named Verizon Academic All-American the last three years.  For her efforts, she was named Academic All-American by the Cross Country Coaches Association in 2002, won the CNU Athlete of the Year from the Peninsula Sports Club in 2004 and was just awarded an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Excellence.  She recently graduated with a 3.7 grade point average in biology.  Athletically, Gibbs holds virtually every school distance record and ran 12 of the 20 fastest times in CNU history.  Each of her four years she was the USA South champion, First Team All-Conference, an NCAA qualifier and the team MVP.  The last three years she was All-South Region and the Mason-Dixon Conference champion.  Gibbs also won the Karen Humphrey Award for women's distance running three straight years.  Her uniform was retired by CNU at the end for the 2004 season.  This is Gibbs' second Don Scalf Award. 

Dudley has excelled in the classroom, on the golf course and in the community for the Pride.  Academically, the senior posted a 3.6 cumulative GPA.  He double majored in Business Administration and Economics.  He has been named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar the last two years.  In 2004, he was named First Team All-America after finishing third individually at the Division III National Championship.  His performance helped GC finish third overall at the event.  Dudley was also All-Region and the Greensboro Team MVP this past season.  He led the team with a 73.59 stroke average and had four top-10 finishes on the year.  In 2003, Dudley was the Pride Team Co-MVP, All-Conference Second Team and All-Region.  Dudley served as President (03-04) and Vice-President (02-03) of the GC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  He has also been the leader of the Golfers' Bible Study and a youth mentor at Christ Community Church.