Shepherd announces athletics award winners
Shepherd University director of athletics B.J. Pumroy recently announced several award winners for the 2012-13 year.
Senior Chad Moore (Winchester, VA/John Handley) of the men’s basketball team gained the Male Athlete of the Year and Male Senior Athlete of the Year awards, while senior Emily Daniel (Beaver, WV/Shady Spring) of the women’s basketball team took Female Athlete of the Year and Senior Female Athlete of the Year honors.
Moore, who gained honorable mention All-American honors, led the WVIAC in scoring and ranked eighth nationally with a 22.9 points per game average. He also averaged 9.0 rebounds (ranked tied for 31st in NCAA II) and 2.52 steals (ranked 13th in NCAA II). Moore finished a brilliant career with 2,083 points to rank fifth on the all-time Shepherd scoring list. His 1,034 rebounds rank him fourth, while his 227 steals place in in a tie for second on the Shepherd all-time list.
Daniel led the Rams in scoring (14.4 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg) and minutes (33.5 mpg). She put an exclamation point on a stellar career with 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in a one-point double overtime loss to West Liberty in the WVIAC Tournament quarterfinals. Daniel finished her career in seventh place on the Shepherd all-time scoring list with 1,167 points. Her 805 career rebounds rank her fourth on the Shepherd all-time list.
Justin Bryan (Charles Town, WV/Jefferson) of the men’s basketball team and Kasey Mercier (Baltimore, MD/Mount De Sales Academy) of the volleyball team were named WVIAC Senior Scholar-Athlete award winners.
Maja Young, unofficial photographer and Shepherd superfan, was named the winner of the Ram Award. The award is given to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of an NCAA II (Passion- Balance-Resourcefulness-Service-Learning-Sportsmanship).
Head football coach Monte Cater gained Coach of the Year honors. Cater guided the Rams to an 8-3 mark as the WVIAC champions in 2012. The Cater-led Rams won their 13th conference championship in past 26 years and also advanced to the postseason for the ninth time under his leadership.
The Shepherd men’s tennis team earned the award as the male team with the top grade point average, while the Shepherd women’s basketball team was awarded as the female team with the top grade point average.
The Rams Cup award as selected by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee was presented to the women’s basketball team.