Greensboro, N.C. (4/21/08) -- Guilford College honored its top student-athletes Sunday night at a year-end ceremony in the Ragan-Brown Field House. Five award winners nominated and selected by the school's athletic department were recognized at the ceremony. Former Guilford volleyball and basketball standout Brenda Goble '94 addressed the group. Goble is the senior woman's administrator and head volleyball coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
Two-sport standout Caleb Kimbrough won the Richard Joyce Sportsmanship Award for the second year in a row. A four-year starting guard on the basketball team, the senior earned honorable mention All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition after averaging 7.8 points and a team-high 3.97 assists per game. Kimbrough was named to the 2008 ODAC All-Tournament team and graduates next month ranked among the Quakers' career leaders in assists and steals. He also plays tennis for the Quakers and helped Guilford to this year's ODAC Tournament semifinals. He owns a 25-6 career singles record in three years and captured the 2005 ODAC third-singles crown. Kimbrough won Guilford's 2006-07 Quaker Club Ideal Student-Athlete Award and received the 2008 Nereus C. English '26 Athletic Leadership Award for outstanding athletic ability and leadership.
Kimbrough's basketball teammate, senior Ben Strong, claimed Guilford's Best Male Athlete Award for the second consecutive year. The 6-11 center earned a spot on the 2007-08 State Farm Division III First Team All-America squad, announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). For the second straight year, Strong was named a D3hoops.com First Team-All American, the D3hoops.com South Region Player of the Year, the NABC District III Player of the Year, and the ODAC Kurt Axe Memorial Men's Basketball Player of the Year. He is one of 64 senior student-athletes selected to participate in the Collegiate Basketball Invitational in Wadsworth, Ohio, April 24-26. Guilford's first three-time First Team All-ODAC pick, Strong led the league in scoring (25.8 ppg.), rebounds (10.8 rpg.) and blocked shots (2.21 bpg.). The team co-captain ranked fourth in NCAA Division III in scoring, 14th in rebounds and 19th in blocks. He was one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, awarded annually by the Salem (Va.) Rotary Club to Division III student-athletes who display outstanding achievement in basketball, academics and community service. Strong won a school-record five ODAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week awards this season and 13 of the weekly honors in his career. The Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 ODAC Tournament, he averaged 25.9 points and 10.1 rebounds in 18 league contests. Strong set NCAA Division III Tournament, ODAC and school scoring records with 59 points in Guilford's 2007 triple-overtime win over Lincoln (Pa.) University in a third-round NCAA game. He earned Guilford's coveted English Athletic Leadership Award in 2007.
Another member of the men's basketball team, sophomore Clay Henson won the George Wynne Most Improved Athlete Award. After averaging 5.2 points as a rookie reserve, Henson started all 29 games for the Quakers this season. He ranked second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and assists (3.34 apg) and contributed 3.6 rebounds per game. In a career-high 29-point performance against Averett University, Henson tied the school record with nine three-pointers. He scored at least 10 points in 19 games and enters his junior season with 525 career points. Henson and his teammates helped the Quakers (24-5) to ODAC regular-season and tournament titles for the first time in school history on the way to the team's second consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearance.
Senior Mary Hutchins, a four-year starter on the lacrosse team, received the Best Female Athlete Award. A 2006 all-region pick, Hutchins is a two-time All-ODAC selection, and appeared on the 2007 First Team All-ODAC squad. The senior midfielder is leading the Quakers in scoring for the fourth straight year and ranks first in school history with 222 career points and third with 138 career goals. Hutchins also holds Guilford career standards with 84 assists and 145 draw controls. The only lacrosse student to earn Guilford's Student-Athlete of the Week honor this season, she entered the weekend ranked seventh among ODAC leaders in goals per game (2.31), second in assists per game (1.54) and fourth in points per game (3.85).
Guilford's coaches tabbed senior Kelly Gonzalez as the 2007-08 Quaker Club Ideal Student-Athlete. A three-year starter and captain on the lacrosse team, Gonzalez received the club's Coach's Award and Second Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honors in 2007 after ranking second on the squad in caused turnovers (21) and third in ground balls (37). Her 55 career caused turnovers ranks second in school history. Along with Kimbrough, she won the 2008 English Award. Gonzalez is a member of the Guilford College Scholarship Society, received the 2007 Lefty Ralls Scholarship, a two-time All-ODAC Academic selection and a six-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll. She was also one of 13 minorities and 13 female college undergraduates who received an Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship Award from the NCAA in February. The sports medicine major is an officer on Guilford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and works as an athletic trainer.
The women's swimming team received Guilford's Dean's Award for Academic Excellence thanks to the squad's outstanding classroom performance. Coach Steve Kaczmarek had nine of 12 students named to Guilford's Fall Student-Athlete Honor Roll, including seven dean's list honorees and four Academic All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selections.
The following team awards were presented at the banquet or at the conclusion of the season:
McBane Hitter Award: Phil Drew
Gold Glove Award: Phil Drew
Most Valuable Pitcher: Ryan Hairston
Free Throw Award: T.C. Anderson
Coaches' Award: Ray Edmond
Men's Cross Country
Most Valuable Runner: Jeremy Wang
Women's Cross Country
Most Valuable Runner: Grace Normann
Most Valuable Player (offense) - Joe Joyner
Most Valuable Player (defense) - Mike Six
Most Valuable Player (special teams) - Hunter Chappell
Most Improved Player (offense) - Hagan Miller
Most Improved Player (defense) - Kevin Cumberland
Charlie Griffin Award (Team dedicated and loyalty) - Brad Davis
Most Valuable Player: Peter Latimer
Rookie of the Year: Erin Baker
Unsung Hero: Shelly Nogueira
Coaches' Award: Jenn Abelin
Most Outstanding Player: Kelly Hale
Leadership Award: Kelly Guarnieri
Coaches' Award: Amber Stapler, Ami Hutcherson, Samantha Golley
Most Valuable Player: Megan Fair
Most Improved Player: Caitlin Mayton
Unsung Hero: Meagan Tucker
Rookie of the Year: Haley Ortmann
Coaches' Award: Becca Jones