A pair of tennis student-athletes represented the Chattanooga Mocs among this year's recipients. Juniors Annie Green and Gordon Rudell both earned the honor from SoCon.
The award recognizes student-athletes from each of the Southern Conference's 12 member institutions. Coaches, faculty athletic representatives and senior women 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.
"Coleman Lew & Associate has been a valued partner for the past five years and these awards are testimony to their commitment to the Southern Conference," said Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. "The recipients are among the best and brightest student-athletes to be found in a member institution's program."
Recipients were recognized at the Southern Conference Honors Dinner on Tuesday, June 1 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Hilton Head, S.C.
"Our firm has a strong educational partnership with the Southern Conference," said Kenneth D. Carrick, Jr., "We are proud to present the fifth annual Coleman Lew Leadership Award to these outstanding student-athletes who have excelled in academic performance, athletic skill, community service and leadership ability."
Rudell is a native of Knoxville, Tenn., and a three-year letter winner on the men's tennis squad. He has been an Academic All-SoCon honoree and saw action in three matches this season.
Green hails from Atlanta, Ga., and was one of the top doubles players on the team this season. She went 13-8 in doubles play, including a 9-2 record with teammate Beata Knizat.