Greensboro, NC (2/21/05) -- Four elite Guilford College student-athletes will receive the 2005 Nereus C. English '26 Athletic Leadership Award at a banquet Tuesday (2/22) night on Guilford's campus. This year's recipients are Brett Ralls '04, senior Josh Miller, junior Jennifer King and sophomore Colin Clark. Since Guilford first awarded the honor, 159 student-athletes have received the English Award.
Named for one of Guilford's most loyal alumni, the annual English Award is the college's highest honor for athletic ability and leadership. The school's athletic staff members nominate and select the award winners. Guilford first presented the prize in 1977 to students who reached the highest ideals of athletic accomplishment, leadership and academic achievement.
A four-year starter for the Quakers' soccer team, Ralls was named to the Academic All-District III Second Team last fall for the second straight year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The four-year captain finished fifth on the team last fall with six points on one goal and a career-high four assists, which helped Guilford reach the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament semifinals for the third straight season. Ralls earned the ODAC's Scholar-Athlete of the Year prize and helped Coach Liam Behrens' Quakers notch a top-10 regional ranking and a seven-match unbeaten streak, the team's longest since 1986. Ralls received Guilford's 2003-04 Best Undergraduate Male Student-Athlete honor and the 2003 Courtney Award in business management. He is a two-time Dana Scholarship recipient for scholarship, character and leadership. A four-time Academic All-ODAC honoree, Ralls was an eight-time dean's list student and graduated in December with degrees in business management and accounting. He earned honorable mention All-ODAC laurels in 2002 and 2004 and finished his career with 21 points on six goals and nine assists in 79 matches.
A two-year starting outfielder for Coach Gene Baker's baseball team, Miller earned a spot the 2004 North Carolina All-State College Division Baseball Team as chosen by the North Carolina Sports Information Association (NCCSIA). He was also included in the 2004 Jewish Sports Review College Baseball Men's All-America Team and a 2004 Second Team All-ODAC pick. He enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2004 when he hit .414, the fifth-highest single-season batting average in school history. His 65 hits last year rank third all time and the nine times he was hit by a pitch place fourth in Guilford history. He received the team's Most Valuable Player Award and ranked sixth among ODAC batting average leaders. The 2005 team captain has started 71 of 84 career games and has a .357 batting average, 114 hits, 68 runs and 74 runs batted in. Miller is a sport management major.
King has started all but three games over three years with the basketball team and two seasons with the softball squad. She leads Coach Stephanie Flamini's basketball team in scoring this season and ranks third in the league with a 15.0 points per game average. The shooting guard needs seven points to become the school's 13th women's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 career points. King also ranks prominently among Guilford's career leaders in three-pointers and free throws. She stands among the ODAC's top-10 performers in scoring, rebounding, steals, assists, three-pointers made per game, assist-to-turnover ratio and free-throw percentage. On the softball diamond, King owns a .296 career batting average and has started all 57 games. She can play just about any field position, but has seen the most time at second base and designated hitter. Last season, King finished fourth for Coach Ty Cook in batting average (.277) and led the squad with four stolen bases. A five-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll, King is a sport management major.
Clark is one of Guilford's top golfers. Last season, he was selected as an honorable mention Division III Ping All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America by virtue of his 19th-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Division III Championships. He won 2003-04 PING All-Southeast Region laurels, the 2003-054 ODAC Golfer of the Year Award and helped the Quakers to their unprecedented fifth straight ODAC golf title. His 74.81 stroke average in 26 rounds led the team and ranks 16th in Guilford history. Clark placed sixth at the 2004 North Carolina Amateur Golf Championship and 12th at the Cardinal Amateur last summer. Last fall he helped Coach Jack Jensen's unit to a number-two ranking in the final fall Precept/Golf Coaches Association of America Division III Coaches' Poll.
A native of Thomasville, NC, Nereus C. English graduated from Guilford in 1926, but maintained close contact with the college after graduation. His loyalty and genuine interest in its students led to the creation of the English Endowment Fund and the Nereus C. and Mae Martin English Scholarship Fund in 1965. With his brother, the late T.R. English, he made possible Guilford's English Hall dormitory in 1957. In 1962, Nereus English received the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Guilford College Alumni Association.