BOWLING GREEN – Mid-South Conference commissioner Eric Ward presented the conference’s annual honors on Thursday, June 4 during the annual summer meeting at the National Corvette Museum.
Four student-athletes and four administrators along with the Campbellsville athletic training staff and the Lindsey Wilson athletic department were honored for their achievements during the 2014-15 season.
Lindsey Wilson officially received the Mid-South President’s Cup after the Blue Raiders won the school’s fourth consecutive all-sports competition following the play during the academic year.
“Lindsey Wilson had an outstanding year and I would like to congratulate the Lindsey Wilson student-athletes as well as Dr. Bill Luckey, Willis Pooler and their entire coaching staff,” Ward said.
Lindsey Wilson’s Branden Cresap and Georgetown’s Devanny King are the Mid-South Conference Student-Athletes of the Year. The annual awards are selected by a vote of the conference’s faculty athletic representatives.
Cresap led the Lindsey Wilson football team to a 10-3 record and a berth in the NAIA Football Championships Series Quarterfinals. He has earned academic all-conference three times and is a three-time first-team all-conference selection, including Offensive Player of the Year twice. Cresap completed his athletic career with 11,234 passing yards and 106 passing touchdowns.
King helped the Georgetown women’s basketball team to an 84-42 record over her four years, including reaching the 2012 NAIA Women’s Basketball Fab Four. She earned first-team all-conference honors during her senior season and is a three-time academic all-conference performer. King closed her career with 1,298 points and 819 rebounds.
“Branden and Devanny are two of our finest student-athletes and each are deserving of our highest honor,” Ward said. “Both demonstrate excellence on the field and court while excelling in the classroom and on their respective campuses.
“Each is a great ambassador for their teams, institutions and the Mid-South Conference.”
During the 2014-15 academic year, the Mid-South Conference athletic directors selected champions of character representatives for each of the 22 conference-sanctioned sports.
Of those season-long award winners, Cumberlands wrestler Daniel Toth and St. Catharine’s Kelsey Brooks were selected as the 2014-15 Character First Award recipients.
“Sports can and should be a setting in which personal character traits including integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership are developed and strengthened” Ward said. “Building character through sports is a covenant between our member schools, not just a tagline. All of our award recipients are outstanding examples of the commitment to positive character development that our student-athletes, coaches and administrators hold true.
“I would like to congratulate Daniel and Kelsey for earning this prestigious honor.”
Campbellsville athletic training staff earned the inaugural Athletic Training Staff of the Year. The award is voted on by the Medical Aspects Committee – made up of the head athletic trainers from each full-member institution.
“It would impossible to go through an academic year without the hard work and sacrifice of our athletic trainers throughout the conference,” Ward said. “Congratulations to Derek Port and the entire Campbellsville athletic training staff for their dedication to their university and for aiding in and serving the athletic training needs of the Mid-South Conference.”
Port was selected as the 2014-15 Above & Beyond Award – presented to an athletic trainer for exceptional care and performance in their field. The Above & Beyond Award is also voted on by the Medical Aspects Committee.
“Derek goes above and beyond in all aspects of his job on a daily basis,” Campbellsville athletics director Rusty Hollingsworth said. “He tends to our student-athletes, the rest of our athletic training staff and the coaches while adhering to all of his administrative obligations. I have said numerous times that no one works longer hours than athletic trainers and he sets that example every day.”
The Above & Beyond Award was created following the 2013-14 summer meetings.
Campbellsville’s Scott Baughman was the inaugural winner of the award and was presented with the award during this year’s summer’s meetings.
Hollingsworth was voted on by his peers as the Mid-South Conference Athletic Director of the Year while Lindsey Wilson’s Chris Wells was selected as the Bill Sergent Sports Information Director of the Year.
Hollingsworth led the Campbellsville athletic department to a second-place finish in the MSC President’s Cup competition. He served as the host athletic director for the MSC men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball tournaments. Campbellsville sent nine teams to NAIA National Tournaments in 2014-15 while boasting 10 MSC team and individual champions.
The honor is Hollingsworth’s third conference athletic director of the year award while at Campbellsville.
Wells helped lead the Lindsey Wilson media efforts that included 16 MSC regular season and tournament titles, 15 NAIA national tournament teams and a team national title in 2014-15. It marks the eighth time he has earned the distinction.
The award is named after former Cumberlands’ sports information director Bill Sergent, who served as the university’s SID for 24 years.
“My sincere congratulations to Rusty and Chris for earning their respective honors,” Ward said. “Both are valued colleagues that demonstrate exceptional service to their institutions and professions while promoting the Mid-South Conference.”