Cyd Atkins Leahy '78
Year: 1998
Hometown: Asheboro, N.C.
High School: Asheboro High School
Previous College: Guilford
Team: Basketball, Tennis
  • Received the first athletic scholarship given to a woman by Guilford College in 1974 following a standout basketball and tennis career at Asheboro (NC) High School.  
  •  Two-time Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (CIAC) performer, she enjoyed her finest season as a senior when she averaged a team-high 17.7 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game and set the Guilford school record for single-season free throw percentage (.820). 
  •  Captained Coach Gayle Currie’s club three times in her career and received the team’s Best Defensive Player Award in 1976 and 1977. 
  • In 1978, she became the first female recipient of Guilford’s highest athletic honor, the Nereus C. English Award, and also received a prestigious Dana Scholarship for her academic and athletic accomplishments.