Volleyball student-athlete Maggie Glover (Waxahachie) and baseballís Logan Williams (Damascus) were honored Thursday with the coveted Auburn Smith Awards at the annual Southern Arkansas University All-Sports banquet in the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Also receiving laurels were cross countryís Sarah Banman (Pottsboro, Texas) and footballís Noť Cuevas (Pasadena, Texas), named as this yearís Scholar-Athlete Award winners. Director of Athletics, Jay Adcox, presented the annual honors.
The Auburn Smith Award, given annually to both a womenís and menís student-athlete, is the most prestigious honor a student-athlete can receive at SAU.
The award is named in memory of Auburn Smith, who served as athletics director, administrator, coach, and instructor at the university. Athletic ability, performance, character, and scholastic achievement are all considerations by head coaches and athletic administrators at the university who select the honorees.
Glover, a four-year starter on the Lady Mulerider volleyball team, currently holds a 4.00 GPA in counseling in graduate school. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2010 with a B.S. in psychology, sporting a 3.77 GPA.†
On the court this year Glover recorded one of the most productive seasons in Southern Arkansas volleyball history. For her effort, she was named a Daktronics second team All-South Region selection, was a first team All-Gulf South Conference pick, and during the season was selected as both a GSC West Division offensive and defensive player of the week. Glover set the Southern Arkansas season record with a .440 attack percentage, which is also second best in GSC history, and set the school single-match record with an .875 attack percentage against Philander Smith.
Gloverís effort in the classroom garnered her a second team spot on the ESPN Academic All-District VI team, and she was named to the GSC All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year. She is a five-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll, a four-time member of the SAU Presidentís list, and two-time member of the Deanís List.
A 6-1, 215-pound third baseman, Williams is the fifth consecutive baseball student-athlete to win the Auburn Smith honor. The senior is a second-year transfer from Ole Miss and is majoring in business administration-marketing.
He led the Muleriders in hitting with a .375 batting average, 14 home runs, 12 doubles, 63 RBI and a .725 slugging percentage.