Greensboro, NC (03/19/04) -- Four of Guilford College's top student-athletes received the 2004 Nereus C. English '26 Athletic Leadership Award at a banquet Friday evening on Guilford's campus. This year's recipients are senior soccer player Megan Barolet-Fogarty (Gainesville, FL/Eastside), senior football player O.J. Batts (Wallace, NC/Rose Hill), senior baseball player A.J. McCauley (Pittsburgh, PA/Plum) and senior basketball player Nicole McCrory (Charlotte, NC/East Mecklenburg). The four raise the number of English Award recipients in 23 years to 155.
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.
Nereus C. English, III, the benefactor's nephew, made the presentations on behalf of the family at this year's banquet.
Barolet-Fogarty (left) earned a spot on the inaugural 2003 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division Women's Soccer Team and honorable mention All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) laurels last fall. The four-year starter finished third on the team in scoring with 23 points on seven goals and nine assists, all career highs. Barolet-Fogarty started all 20 matches in the midfield, which extended her streak of consecutive starts to 79, a Quakers' record. She earned the ODAC's Women's Soccer Player of the Week Award October 27 and was a second-team Academic All-District III selection. Barolet-Fogarty leaves Guilford ranked fifth in school history with 52 points. Her 20 career assists mark the program's fourth-highest total and her 16 goals stand ninth. She is a dean's list triple major in sociology and anthropology, international studies and African-American studies.
Batts (right) earned First Team All-ODAC football honors last fall after receiving second-team laurels in 2001 and honorable mention recognition in 2002. The senior defensive back led Guilford and ranked ninth in the ODAC with a career-high 69 tackles (48 solo). Batts played cornerback for his whole career before switching to safety midway through 2003. He paced Guilford with six pass breakups in 2003 and recorded his lone interception in the Quakers' September 13 win over Methodist. Batts added 10 tackles in the game and garnered the ODAC's Defensive Player of the Week prize for his efforts. The winner of Guilford's 2002 Golden Helmet Award (the football team's top honor), Batts concluded his college career with 220 tackles (141 solo) and 15 interceptions in 40 games (37 starts). He led the team in pass breakups all four seasons and totalled 38 career deflections. Batts graduated in December with a degree in computer information systems.
A four-year starting outfielder for the baseball team, McCauley (left) received a spot on the 2003 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division III Second-Team All-South Region Baseball squad. A three-time All-ODAC performer, McCauley earned first-team honors in 2003 after batting .420 with a school-record 71 hits. The Quakers' center-fielder and leadoff man topped the ODAC with 53 runs scored, two shy of Guilford's school record. He ranks second on the 2004 club with a .392 batting average and set the Quakers' career hits record earlier this year. McCauley has 71 career stolen bases, second in Guilford history, and 137 runs, which rank fourth. McCauley was one of two Division III players to play in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League last summer. He regularly appears on Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll and is a business management major.
McCrory (right) started four years as the point guard on the Quakers' basketball team. She helped Guilford compile an 84-27 (.757) record from 2000-2004, including a 64-16 ODAC mark. McCrory played on the Quakers' first two ODAC championship teams in 2001 and 2002 that reached the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Guilford won 43 of 45 home games during her career. McCrory appeared in 103 career games with 79 starting assignments, including the last 70 games in a row. She stands 10th among Guilford's career leaders in steals (141), 11th in three-point field goals (43) and 12th in assists (193). A two-year captain, McCrory averaged a career-high 5.8 points and received the team's Best Team Player Award in 2002-03. She concluded her career with 409 points and 244 rebounds. A sports medicine and health sciences major, she is well regarded for her work as a student athletic trainer.
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 establishment 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.