HIGH POINT, N.C. – Lees-McRae College men's soccer player Tom Deeley has been named the Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year the league office announced Friday. This prestigious award, which is voted on by the Student-Athlete Affairs Committee, is presented annually to one student-athlete in each sport for recognition of their outstanding performance both on the field and in the classroom.
"To be recognized as the top athlete in the Conference Carolinas is a huge honor, there are many high quality athletes from a range of sports within the conference," said Deeley. "It caps off a memorable senior year and college career on a personal level, I reached every personal goal I put in place this season and being named Conference Player of the Year and South-East Regional Player of the Year, along with receiving three All-American accolades is something I will never forget. Most importantly, Lees-McRae Men's Soccer is back on the map and I look forward to seeing the progression of the program. These personal awards are not possible without everyone in and around the team performing; so I would like to thank all the lads, coaching staff and the LMC community."
Candidates are submitted by member institutions for each of the conference's twenty-one sponsored sports. To be considered for the honor, the student-athlete must have been named Academic All-Conference, which entails having attended their member institution for at least one year and having reached junior or senior standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4-point scale. Scholar Athletes of the Year must also be represented on their sport's First, Second, or Third All-Conference Team, the rosters of which are chosen by coaches at the end of each playing season. This fall's class of honorees holds an impressive average GPA of 3.9.