SoCon Announces Coleman Lew Leadership Award Winners
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 06/01/2011
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

Twenty-Five Student-Athletes Honored

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Coleman Lew & Associates, Inc., an international executive search firm, and the Southern Conference, the nation's fifth oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association, announced the selection of 25 student athletes as recipients of the sixth annual Coleman Lew Leadership Award.

The award recognizes student-athletes from each of the Southern Conference's 12 member institutions. Coaches, faculty athletic representatives and senior woman administrators nominate prospective candidates based on leadership, academic excellence and athletic achievement in both the college environment and the community. Athletic directors and representatives from Coleman Lew & Associates conducted one-on-one interviews with the finalists before determining the award winners.

"Our firm is privileged to have an educational partnership with the Southern Conference," said Kenneth D. Carrick, Jr., president of Coleman Lew & Associates.  "We are proud to present the sixth annual Coleman Lew Leadership Award to these outstanding student-athletes who have demonstrated leadership skills in their academic performance, athletic skill, and community service."

"Our members should take great pride in these student-athletes, who represent their institutions so well," said Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. "The Southern Conference is again grateful to Coleman Lew & Associates for their commitment to this program."

Recipients will be recognized at the Southern Conference Honors Dinner on Wednesday, June 1 at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, S.C.

The 2011 Coleman Lew & Associates Leadership Award recipients are:

Name (Institution)                                             Sport                            Academic Major

Nadia Liriano (Appalachian State)                       Track & Field                 Elementary Education

Terrance McLean (Appalachian State)                 Football                        Construction Management, Architecture

Christian Bailey (College of Charleston)              Cross Country               International Business

Kristen Wolfe (College of Charleston)                 Cross Country/Track      Business Admin., Hospitality/Tourism Man.

Joshua Thomas Cook (The Citadel)                    Tennis                           Civil Engineering

Shanna Couch (The Citadel)                               Soccer                          Health, Exercise and Sport Science

Stephanie Gerow (Davidson)                              Soccer                          Psychology

Tyler Mullen (Davidson)                                     Wrestling                      Philosophy

James Carroll (Elon)                                          Soccer                          Physics

Virginia Mayer (Elon)                                         Golf                              Business Administration

Daniel McFadden (Furman)                                Football                        Mathematics-Economics

Rebecca Shelton (Furman)                                 Cross Country/Track      Biology

Sebastien Alexandre Felt (Georgia Southern)      Tennis                           Biology

Brittani Martin (Georgia Southern)                       Cross Country/Track      Business Administration

Kelsey Kearney (UNCG)                                     Soccer                          Kinesiology

Will Mack (UNCG)                                              Soccer                          Exercise and Sports Science

Lauren Cook (Samford)                                      Soccer                          Family Studies

Jeremy Towns (Samford)                                   Football                        Sports Medicine

Elaine Kuhn (Chattanooga)                                 Volleyball                      Marketing

Sam Parfitt (Chattanooga)                                 Tennis                           History

Christopher Everett (Western Carolina)                Football                        Science Education/Biology

Samantha Hodge (Western Carolina)                  Soccer                          Mathematics

Brad Loesing (Wofford)                                     Basketball                     Business Economics

April Moorhouse (Wofford)                                Basketball                     English

David Roney (Wofford)                                     Baseball                       Humanities



Coleman Lew & Associates, Inc., founded in 1979 and headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is an international retained executive search firm that recruits board members, officers and senior level executives for national and international companies, academic institutions and non-profit organization. The firm also provides customized leadership development services to organizations seeking to maximize corporate performance.  Member, Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).  Partner, Penrhyn International For more information, visit

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The Southern Conference, in its 90th season of intercollegiate competition, is a national leader in emphasizing the development of the student-athlete and helping build lifelong leaders and role models.  The conference has been on the forefront of innovation and originality in developing creative solutions to address issues facing intercollegiate athletics.  From establishing the first conference basketball tournament (1921), tackling the issues of freshman eligibility (1922), developing women's championships (1984) to becoming the first conference to install the three-point goal in basketball (1980), the Southern Conference has been a pioneer.  The Southern Conference is the nation's fifth-oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association. 

The conference currently consists of 12 members in five states throughout the southeast and sponsors 19 varsity sports and championships that produce participants for NCAA Division I Championships.


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