Thursday, December 3, 2015

Todd Whitten returns to Tarleton State to head football program

Also this ... Cary Fowler a candidate for Austin Peay HC job

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Whitten: Let’s go win some games and have fun

From Brad Keith at TheFlashToday.com




STEPHENVILLE (December 4, 2015) — Tarleton State football players, school administrators and supporters of the program crowded into the lobby of Wisdom Gym Friday morning as the university welcomed back the winningest football coach of its modern era.
Todd Whitten is back at Tarleton, his third stint as head coach at the school beginning with a press conference Friday morning. The university announced it was hiring Whitten Thursday afternoon. He coached the Texans to a 45-23 mark in 1996 and from 2000-04, winning a share of a Lone Star Conference championship and a national playoff game in 2001 and returning to the playoffs in 2004.
“Let’s go win some games and have fun,” said Whitten at the end of his speech in front of about 100 people in attendance and more listening on the Tarleton Sports Network. “How does that sound?”
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“I believe to have a solid offense that you have to recruit a guy who can be a 1,000 yard rusher, a guy who can be a 3,000 yard passer and a wide out who can catch 1,000 yards, maybe a couple of them. Balance is the key word there,” said Whitten of his offense. “I’m going to adapt to what my guys can do. I’m not going to say, here’s what I do and by-golly, we’re going to do that every year.”
Whitten said he plans to hire a defensive coordinator “In the next month, roughly. Certainly when the next recruiting push rolls around we would like to have that in place, and I’d certainly like to think there’s an opportunity for some of our remaining staff to be a part of that as well.”
Whitten let the players in attendance know his basic expectations of them.
“These boys are going to go to school every day. That’s not negotiable,” said Whitten as he explained his three basic expectations. “We’re going to win. Somehow, some way, we’re going to find a way to win games on Saturday. And finally, we’re going to have fun. I will set this program up in a manner that you guys will enjoy going to that field house and getting on that turf.”

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Whitten returning to Tarleton State as head coach


From Brad Keith at TheFlashToday.com


STEPHENVILLE (December 3, 2015) — Tarleton State is bringing back the winningest coach in the history of its football program.
Todd Whitten will return to Tarleton for a third time as head coach. He guided the Texans to a 5-5 record in just their second year in the NCAA in 1996, and returned to lead them to a share of the Lone Star Conference championship and the Division II national quarterfinals in 2001 then the playoffs again in 2004.
Tarleton is holding a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Wisdom Gym to formally announce the hiring of Whitten, who holds an overall record of 45-23 at the school, including a 40-18 mark from 2000-04, when Tarleton also won a pair of LSC North Division titles.
“For me, what sets him apart from a pool of very good applicants are his experience and what he’s proven he can do here at Tarleton,” said athletic director Lonn Reisman in a brief exclusive telephone interview with The Flash Thursday afternoon. “He’s already the winningest coach in the history of our program, he has won division and conference championships here and he has taken us into the national spotlight. We’re bringing Todd home to get us back into that spotlight again.”


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From the Tarleton State Athletic Website




Four-time LSC Coach of the Year Whitten returns to Tarleton as head coach


STEPHENVILLE – A familiar face makes his return to Stephenville as the winningest coach of Tarleton State University's NCAA era, Todd Whitten, returns to the Texan sidelines.

In a news conference tomorrow morning, December 4, at 9:30 a.m. Athletic Director Lonn Reismanwill announce the selection of Whitten as head football coach. Reisman and Whitten will be joined by Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio at the announcement in the lobby of Wisdom Gym.

This marks the 28th head coaching change in the history of Tarleton football, as Whitten is one of 24 different men to lead the Texans. He now joins legendary coach W.J. Wisdom as one of two coaches with three different tenures as Tarleton's head football coach.

"I feel like I'm coming home," said Whitten. "I'm very excited to be back at Tarleton. This is a very special place and it's an incredible job. I'm very thankful to be chosen."

Whitten, a 27-year veteran at the collegiate coaching level, has been a head coach for 11 years, including six years at Tarleton (1996, 2000-04) and the following five seasons at Division I Sam Houston State.

He currently boasts an NCAA coaching record of 70-51 for a winning percentage of .579. His record at Tarleton is 45-23 (.662), which gives him the second-most total wins in school history behind Wisdom (71) and the fourth-highest winning percentage (.662). He also has a career record of 26-8 (.765) on the home turf of Memorial Stadium in Stephenville.

"I am very confident in Todd Whitten's ability to win football games and reestablish our program into a contender – not just in the Lone Star Conference, but on the national level," said Reisman. "In his career, Whitten has shown the ability to rebuild programs and make them very competitive.

"He brings a wealth of experience as a head coach at the Division I and Division II levels," continued Reisman. "He is an innovator, he is creative, and he has one of the most tremendous offensive minds in the country. I have all the confidence in the world that Todd will bring enthusiasm and energy to our football program."

During his first two stints at Tarleton, Whitten was no stranger to awards and championships.

Before taking over the program in 1996 for one season, Tarleton had a record of 4-16-1 since joining the NCAA in 1994. Whitten turned things around following a 1-10 season in 1995 by leading the Texans to a 5-5 record in his first season, which was enough to garner him the LSC Coach of the Year award for that season.

After spending the next three seasons as a Division I offensive coordinator, Whitten came back to the Purple and White as the 25th head coach in school history for the 2000 season – and once again, he was asked to turn things around after the Texans went 12-21 in the three seasons between Whitten's tenures.

The veteran coach made his presence known by delivering Tarleton its first winning season as an NCAA institution in 2000.  He followed suit with a Lone Star Conference championship and the school's first trip to the NCAA postseason in 2001. That season, he was also named the LSC South Division Coach of the Year, the West Region Coach of the Year and led Tarleton to a playoff win against Chadron State.

The good times continued to roll over the next three seasons under Whitten as Tarleton boasted a record of 24-10 from 2002-04 with back-to-back LSC North Division championships and Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and 2003 and another NCAA playoff appearance in the latter season. He went 7-4 in his final season at Tarleton and ended his second stint as Texan football coach on a four-game winning streak.

In his total time at Tarleton, Whitten has amassed four LSC Coach of the Year honors, one Region Coach of the Year award, three LSC Championships in consecutive seasons, two trips to the NCAA playoffs in addition to coaching 13 NCAA Division II All-Americans and 80 all-LSC selections.

Since leaving Tarleton after the 2004 season, Whitten has spent time at Sam Houston State, Lamar University, Arlington Heights High School, and for the past three seasons was the wide receivers coach for the University of Texas at El Paso. During his time as head coach at Sam Houston State, he coached eight NCAA Division I All-Americans, 63 all-conference selections, and boasted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history.

A native of Dallas, Whitten graduated from Dallas Kimball High School in 1983 before heading to Stephen F. Austin State University, where he competed as a dual-sport athlete in baseball and football. He was inducted to the Stephen F. Austin Hall of Fame in 2001. Following his college career, he signed a free agent contract to play quarterback for the New England Patriots where he spent the 1987 season before returning to school for his master's degree at Texas Tech. He then began his coaching career with the Red Raiders in 1988 as a graduate assistant coach.

Whitten and his wife, Dana, have four children – Brady, Blaze, Maddie, and Tate, who is a wide receiver on the Tarleton football team.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Update on Tarleton State Football Head Coach search

From our good friend, Brad Keith at theflashtoday.com

Link to story

Several reported candidates with ties to Tarleton and the LSC.
Scott Carey - on campus interview today
Todd Whitten - reportedly expressed interest
Darian Dulin - reportedly expressed interest
Mike Lynn - reportedly expressed interest


Carey is a former TSU player and offensive coordinator from 2006-2010.  He is currently OL coach at ACU.

Whitten is a former TSU head coach, leading the Texans into the playoffs twice, including the national quarterfinals in 2001.  He is currently the WR coach at UTEP.

Dulin is the DC at ACU and is a former DC at Tarleton State.

Mike Lynn is the head coach at ENMU.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

All LSC Football and Volleyball teams announced

From the LSC Office


ALL-LSC FOOTBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Texas A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State each had seven first-team selections recognized Thursday when the annual Lone Star Conference football awards were announced by LSC officials.

      LSC champion A&M-C had four players on the top offense and three more on the first-team defense.  In addition, the Lions Richard Cooper was tabbed Offensive Back of the Year.

      MSU, the LSC Playoff Champions, had three offensive and four defensive first-teamers along with several individual honors.  Marqui Christian led the Mustang recognition claiming both Defensive Player of the Year (J.V. Sikes award) and Defensive Back of the Year honors.  Alfredo Moreno earned Offensive Lineman of the Year acclaim, Daniel Laudermilk picked up Linebacker of the Year distinction, Vincent Jackson was Freshman of the Year and Bill Maskill took home Coach of the Year as well.

      Angelo State had a pair of repeat honorees with Offensive Player of the Year (J.W. Rollins award) Kyle Washington and Defensive Lineman of the Year Clayton Callicutt.

      Tarleton State's Le'Nard Meyers earned Receiver of the Year acclaim.

      Overall, 115 student-athletes were recognized by the LSC's postseason awards program, with 31 players named to the first team, 34 on the second team and another 50 gaining honorable mention. The all-conference honors were selected by the head coaches of the seven league teams.  

2015 LSC FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Alfredo MorenoMidwestern StateOGSr.Phoenix, Ariz.
Cody Jurek Eastern New MexicoOGSr.Gonzales, Texas
Elwood ClementTexas A&M-CommerceOTSr.Deptford, NJ
John RowellMidwestern StateOTSo.Stafford, Texas
Tyler HamiltonAngelo StateCJr.San Antonio, Texas
Derek LockhartMidwestern StateTESr.San Antonio, Texas
Anthony AutryTexas A&M-KingsvilleWRJr.Atlanta, Ga.
Donovan ThompsonAngelo StateWRSo.Houston, Texas
Lance EvansTexas A&M-CommerceWRJr.Mansfield, Texas
Le'Nard MeyersTarleton StateWRSr.Gatesville Texas
Kyle WashingtonAngelo StateQBSr.Humble, Texas
Geremy Alridge-MitchellWest Texas A&MRBSr.Dallas, Texas
Richard CooperTexas A&M-CommerceRBJr.Angleton, Texas
Kamal CassEastern New MexicoFBSo.Clovis, NM
Blake BarnesTarleton StatePKSr.Stephenville, Texas
Buck WilsonTexas A&M-CommerceRSSo.Commerce, Texas
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Alex TucciWest Texas A&MDTSr.Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Toni PuluTexas A&M-CommerceDTSr.Provo, Utah
Clayton CallicuttAngelo StateDESr.Crosby, Texas
Harold WillsMidwestern StateDESr.Gainesville, Texas
Cole PittsTexas A&M-CommerceILBSr.Alvin, Texas
Daniel LaudermilkMidwestern StateILBSr.Austin, Texas
Elliot PetersEastern New MexicoOLBJr.Pago Pago, AS
John SheehyWest Texas A&MOLBSr.Leander, Texas
Dominique RouseMidwestern StateCBSr.Apopka, Fla.
Fred LawrenceAngelo StateCBSo.Abilene, Texas
Marqui ChristianMidwestern StateSSr.Spring, Texas
Darian LindseyTexas A&M-CommerceSSr.Walnut, Calif.
Hunter StreulingWest Texas A&MSSo.Austin, Texas
Felipe ParraWest Texas A&MPJr.Center, Texas
Tanner Hightower-WilsonEastern New MexicoDSSr.Hobbs, NM

SPECIAL AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year (J.W. Rollins award): Kyle Washington, Angelo State
Offensive Back of the Year: Richard Cooper, Texas A&M-Commerce
Receiver of the Year: Le'Nard Meyers, Tarleton State
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Alfredo Moreno, Midwestern State
Freshman of the Year: Vincent Johnson, Midwestern State
Defensive Player of the Year (J.V. Sikes award): Marqui Christian, Midwestern State
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Clayton Callicutt, Angelo State
Linebacker of the Year: Daniel Laudermilk, Midwestern State
Defensive Back of the Year: Marqui Christian, Midwestern State
Coach of the Year: Bill Maskill, Midwestern State

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Jason OseiTexas A&M-CommerceOGJr.London, England
Quade HuckabaAngelo StateOGJr.Midland, Texas
Bo VillarrealTexas A&M-KingsvilleOTJr.San Antonio, Texas
Denzell DotsonMidwestern StateOTJr.Phoenix, Arizona
Austin CarsonWest Texas A&MCJr.San Antonio, Texas
Torrey ThomasTexas A&M-KingsvilleTEFr.Katy, Texas
Darby SmithTexas A&M-CommerceWRJr.Ennis, Texas
Xavier AmeyWest Texas A&MWRSr.Sacramento, Calif.
Adrian HortonEastern New MexicoWRSr.Midland, Texas
Statron JonesMidwestern StateWRJr.Manor, Texas
Harrison StewartTexas A&M-CommerceQBSr.Yucaipa, Calif.
Theo WoffordTexas A&M-CommerceRBSr.Stockton, Calif.
Ryan ByrdAngelo StateRBSr.Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Danny RamirezTexas A&M-KingsvilleFBJr.Harlingen, Texas
Andy AlkhazshvillyMidwestern StatePKSr.Mansfield, Texas
Jarrian RhoneWest Texas A&MRSSr.Silsbee, Texas
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
John SiligaAngelo StateDTSr.Redlands, Calif.
Jeremy JohnsonAngelo StateDTSr.Chicago, Ill.
Sione TupouataTexas A&M-KingsvilleDEJr.Oakland, Calif.
Iosia IosiaWest Texas A&MDESr.San Francisco, Calif.
Tyree BartonTexas A&M-CommerceDESr.Beaverton, Ore.
Lawrence HallEastern New MexicoILBJr.Sacramento, Calif.
Charles WoodsTexas A&M-CommerceILBSr.Humble, Texas
Davarus ShoresTexas A&M-CommerceOLBSr.Mesquite, Texas
Brandon MooreTarleton StateOLBSr.Carrollton Texas
De'Aundre SandersEastern New MexicoCBJr.Long Beach, Calif.
Demarlon MorrisTexas A&M-CommerceCBSr.Chicago, Ill.
Dominique WilliamsMidwestern StateCBSr.Houston, Texas
RaShawn DuPreeWest Texas A&MCBJr.Vance, SC
Lamont HillsTexas A&M-KingsvilleSSr.San Antonio, Texas
Ibrahim MaigaEastern New MexicoSSr.Socorro, NM
Davontae MerriweatherWest Texas A&MSJr.Palmdale, Calif.
Timothy CallianEastern New MexicoPSr.Irvine, Calif.
Cameron RogersTexas A&M-CommerceDSJr.San Antonio, Texas
HONORABLE MENTION
Nick PerezTarleton StateOGSr.Stephenville, Texas
Shane ThompsonTexas A&M-CommerceOGSr.Keller, Texas
Joel OnyiaMidwestern StateOGJr.Dallas, Texas
Latham JohnsonTarleton StateOGSr.Aledo Texas
Kody TravisTarleton StateOTSr.Stephenville Texas
Rance LaytonAngelo StateOTJr.Seminole, Texas
Avery PoatesTexas A&M-CommerceOTJr.Los Angeles, Calif.
Akoakoa Paleka-KennedyMidwestern StateCJr.Hilo, Hawaii
Maanaima LangEastern New MexicoCSr.Pago Pago, AS
Landon WatkinsTexas A&M-CommerceCFr.Sulphur Springs, Texas
Chris ChumleyTexas A&M-CommerceTEJr.Longview, Texas
Derrick MaconTexas A&M-CommerceWRJr.Miami, Fla.
Aaron JohnsonEastern New MexicoWRJr.Colorado Springs, Colo.
Arsenio PhillipsMidwestern StateWRSr.New Orleans, La.
Talon SmithAngelo StateWRSr.Odessa, Texas
Jeremy BuurmaEastern New MexicoQBSr.Las Cruces, NM
Hagen HutchinsonMidwestern StateQBSo.Stamford, Texas
Greg PitreTexas A&M-KingsvilleRBJr.Hutto, Texas
Vincent JohnsonMidwestern StateRBFr.Lubbock, Texas
Trey GreenAngelo StateFBJr.Mansfield, Texas
Conner HollabaughWest Texas A&MPKJr.Amarillo, Texas
Kristov MartinezTexas A&M-CommercePKFr.Edinburg, Texas
Julio De La GarzaTexas A&M-KingsvillePKFr.Brownsville, Texas
Nick PelreanTexas A&M-KingsvilleRSFr.Houston, Texas
LaPear WillrichWest Texas A&MDTJr.Giddings, Texas
AA VaauluTexas A&M-KingsvilleDTSr.Los Angeles, Calif.
Darian Childers-BrownMidwestern StateDTJr.Killeen, Texas
Edgar LunaMidwestern StateDTJr.Cameron, Texas
Jacob LagunaWest Texas A&MDTSr.San Antonio, Texas
Braedon RobinsonTexas A&M-KingsvilleDESo.San Antonio, Texas
Chase VarnadoTarleton StateDESo.Stephenville, Texas
Kieston CarterTexas A&M-CommerceDESo.Mexia, Texas
Tyler MasseyMidwestern StateDER-Fr.Magnolia, Texas
Adam HillMidwestern StateILBJr.Cedar Park, Texas
Carter JamesWest Texas A&MILBSo.Justin, Texas
DeMarcus SpurlockTexas A&M-KingsvilleILBSo.Houston, Texas
Trevor MyklbustWest Texas A&MILBSo.Sugar Land, Texas
Willie BrownAngelo StateILBJr.San Angelo, Texas
Tre'von TaylorTexas A&M-CommerceOLBSo.Cypress, Texas
Kevin MederiasTexas A&M-CommerceCBSr.Los Angeles, Calif.
Tevin CreeksWest Texas A&MCBJr.Navasota, Texas
Richard FranklinAngelo StateSJr.Dallas, Texas
Ethan MorrissWest Texas A&MSSr.Sonora, Texas
Ryan ClapsaddleAngelo StateSSr.The Woodlands, Texas
Devonte WilliamsTexas A&M-KingsvilleSR-Fr.Houston, Texas
Mitchell HentonMidwestern StatePSo.Dallas, Texas
Isaac ArellanoTarleton StatePSr.Euless, Texas
Chase ThrasherTexas A&M-CommercePSr.Rowlett, Texas
Bobby Joe NielsonMidwestern StateDSSo.Lampasas, Texas
Josh BealWest Texas A&MDSSr.San Antonio, Texas

All Academic
A trio of players highlighted the 2015 Lone Star Conference football academic awards, which were announced by league officials on Thursday.

      Eastern New Mexico's Jeremy Buurma, along with Angelo State's Kyle Washington and Ryan Clapsaddle shared Academic Player of the Year recognition.

      A total of 11 players were named to the LSC All-Academic Team, which recognizes both academic and athletic achievement.

      The All-Academic Team is selected by the league's sports information directors, who vote on the basis of both academic and athletic achievement. To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must have played in at least 50 percent of team's contests, reached sophomore athletic and academic standing (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are not eligible), completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution, and have a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average based on the 4.0 system for his/her entire collegiate career.

      With Buurma, Washington, and Clapsaddle on the All-Academic Team was Tarleton State's Cody Burtscher, Zed Woerner, and Isaac Arellano; West Texas A&M's Dillon Vaughan, Garrett Neuman, and Word Hudson; and Texas A&M-Commerce's Shane Thompson and Daniel Roland.

      Buurma is a three-time all-academic honoree, while Washington and Burtscher are repeat selections.
 
2015 LSC FOOTBALL ALL-ACADEMIC AWARDS
Player Team Pos. Yr. Major Hometown
Jeremy BuurmaEastern New MexicoSr.QBAccountingLas Cruces, N.M.
Kyle WashingtonAngelo StateGrad.QBCoach, Sport, Rec & FitnessHumble, Texas
Ryan ClapsaddleAngelo StateGrad.DBCriminal JusticeThe Woodlands, Texas
Cody BurtscherTarleton StateJr.LBBiomedical SciencesGlen Rose, Texas
Zed WoernerTarleton StateSo.QBKinesiologyMarble Falls, Texas
Dillon VaughanWest Texas A&MSo.OL/TEFinanceCorpus Christi, Texas
Shane ThompsonTexas A&M-CommerceSr.OLMaster of BusinessKeller, Texas
Garrett NeumanWest Texas A&MSo.OLBusiness ManagementHondo, Texas
Word HudsonWest Texas A&MSr.WRAccounting/FinanceSonora, Texas
Daniel RolandTexas A&M-CommerceSo.LBFinance and MathematicsRockwall, Texas
Isaac ArellanoTarleton StateGrad.PKinesiologyEuless, Texas

Special Recognition
Academic Player of the Year: Jeremy Buurma, Eastern New Mexico, Kyle Washington, Angelo State, and Ryan Clapsaddle, Angelo State

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All LSC Volleyball

Lone Star Conference champion Tarleton State had two first-team selections on the All-LSC volleyball team announced by league officials Wednesday evening at the LSC Championship banquet.

      TSU, which finished with a 15-1 LSC record and is hosting the LSC Championship that starts tomorrow, had six honorees.  Hailey Roberts and Kenya Alexander earned first team acclaim, while Ayssa Garcia, Xzache Mathis, Chandler Gow and Meg Umbel were selected to the second team.

      In addition, the TexAnns Roberts was tabbed Offensive Player of the Year and Mary Schindler claimed Coach of the Year honors.

      Angelo State had three first-teamers, while Texas Woman's and Texas A&M-Kingsville each had two on the top team.  The Rambelles Mallory Blauser, Maggi Jo Keffury, and Katie MacLeay; Pioneers Sara Oxford and Hillary Shaffer; and Javelinas Krystal Faison and Casey Klobedans earned first team distinction.

      ASU's Keffury and MacLeay were named Setter of the Year and Libero of the Year, respectively.

      TWU's Sara Oxford claimed both Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year recognition, while Cameron's Jenna Gillean was named Freshman of the Year.

      West Texas A&M's Lexi Davis, Eastern New Mexico's Lauren Frye and CU's Kat Evans were also named to the first team.

      A total of 36 student-athletes were recognized by the LSC postseason awards program including one from all nine volleyball programs.  The all-conference honors were selected by the league's head coaches.
 
2015 LSC VOLLEYBALL ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS
FIRST TEAM
PlayerTeamPos.Yr.Hometown
Hailey RobertsTarleton StateOHSo.Cedar Park, Texas
Mallory BlauserAngelo StateOHJr.Round Rock, Texas
Lexi DavisWest Texas A&MMBSr.Dumas, Texas
Maggi Jo KeffuryAngelo StateSetterSr.Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Sara OxfordTexas Woman'sMBJr.Decatur, Texas
Lauren FryeEastern New MexicoOHJr.Amissville, Va.
Hillary ShafferTexas Woman'sMBSr.Brownsboro, Texas
Kenya AlexanderTarleton StateMBSr.Fort Hood, Texas
Krystal FaisonTexas A&M-KingsvilleOHSo.Converse, Texas
Casey KlobedansTexas A&M-KingsvilleSetterSo.Boerne, Texas
Kat Evans CameronOHSr.Pearland, Texas
Katie MacLeayAngelo StateLiberoSr.San Antonio, Texas
SECOND TEAM
Jenna GilleanCameronMBFr.Midland, Texas
Brianna SotelloAngelo StateOHSo.San Antonio, Texas
Brett ZaccardoTexas A&M-KingsvilleLiberoSo.Amarillo, Texas
Ayssa GarciaTarleton StateLiberoSr.San Antonio, Texas
Xzache MathisTarleton StateOHSr.Longview, Texas
Abbie LynnAngelo StateRSSo.Amarillo, Texas
Chandler GowTarleton StateSetterSo.Mansfield, Texas
Joey RedwineTexas Woman'sSetterSr.Decatur, Texas
Taryn DriverTexas A&M-CommerceRSJr.Montgomery, Texas
Veronika BaricTexas A&M-CommerceOHSr.Zadar, Croatia
Jaslyn WackerTexas A&M-CommerceMBFr.Cedar Park, Texas
Meg UmbelTarleton StateMBSr.San Antonio, Texas
HONORABLE MENTION
Elisa BentsenWest Texas A&MMBJr.Hesperia, Calif.
Courtney TateTexas A&M-CommerceSetterSo.Houston, Texas
Lauren BrittenWest Texas A&MLiberoJr.Amarillo, Texas
Kiley BeaverMidwestern StateMBFr.Wichita Falls, Texas
Andrea AguilarEastern New MexicoLiberoSo.Clovis, N.M.
Cori HaleyWest Texas A&MOHJr.Lovington, N.M.
Morgan SeatonAngelo StateMBSo.Big Spring, Texas
Mallory KuechleTexas Woman'sOHJr.Tyler, Texas
Courtney CurlWest Texas A&MOHFr.Cedar Park, Texas
Summer AlfordTexas A&M-CommerceOHJr.Ft. Worth, Texas
Cristina Viera CameronLiberoSo.Montevideo, Uruguay
Makayla MayfieldTexas Woman'sOHFr.Decatur, Texas
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year: Hailey Roberts, Tarleton State
Defensive Player of the Year: Sara Oxford, Texas Woman's
Setter of the Year: Maggi Jo Keffury, Angelo State
Libero of the Year: Katie MacLeay, Angelo State
Freshman of the Year: Jenna Gillean, Cameron
Newcomer of the Year: Sara Oxford, Texas Woman's
Coach of the Year: Mary Schindler, Tarleton State
  

All Academic
The Lone Star Conference recognized 14 student-athletes for their academic achievements Wednesday evening when league officials announced the volleyball academic awards at the LSC Championship banquet.

        Angelo State led the selections with five All-Academic honorees including the LSC Academic Player of the Year for the second straight year in Katie MacLeay.

        MacLeay, a senior biology major from San Antonio, leads the LSC with 623 digs and 5.28 per set this season.  She has 1,774 career digs, which ranks second all-time at ASU. 

        LSC Champion Tarleton State and West Texas A&M each added two honorees, while Eastern New Mexico, Midwestern State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas Woman's each had one selection.

        The All-Academic team is selected by the league's sports information directors, who select players based on both athletic and academic achievement. To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must have played in at least 50 percent of team's contests, reached sophomore athletic and academic standing (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are not eligible), completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution, and have a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average based on the 4.0 system for his/her entire collegiate career.

        MacLeay is joined on the All-Academic team by Rambelle teammates Maggi Jo Keffury, Kelley Hasbrouck, Abbie Lynn, and Brianna Sotello; ENMU's Courtney Lawson; TAMUK's Brett Zaccardo; WT's Lauren Britten and Lexi Davis; TWU's Torie Talkington; A&M-C's Taryn Driver; MSU's Morgan Haire; and TSU's Macie Walker and Meg Umbel.

        In addition to MacLeay, Lawson, Britten, Davis, and Driver were repeat selections.
 
2015 LSC VOLLEYBALL ALL-ACADEMIC AWARDS
PlayerTeamYr.Pos.MajorHometown
Katie MacLeay Angelo StateSr.LBiologySan Antonio, Texas
Courtney LawsonEastern New MexicoJr.OHPsychologyRio Rancho, N.M.
Brett ZaccardoTexas A&M-KingsvilleSo.LKinesiologyAmarillo, Texas
Lauren BrittenWest Texas A&MJr.LBusinessAmarillo, Texas
Torie TalkingtonTexas Woman'sSr.LBusiness AdministrationEmory, Texas
Taryn Driver Texas A&M-CommerceJr.OHAccounting Montgomery, Texas
Morgan HaireMidwestern StateSo.DSMass CommunicationsFrisco, Texas
Macie WalkerTarleton StateSr.SKinesiologyHutto, Texas
Maggi Jo Keffury Angelo StateSr.SInterdisciplinary StudiesArroyo, Calif.
Meg UmbelTarleton StateSr.MBBiologySan Antonio, Texas
Kelly HasbrouckAngelo StateSo.S/DSExercise Science New Braunfels, Texas
Abbie LynnAngelo StateSo.RSExercise ScienceAmarillo, Texas
Lexi DavisWest Texas A&MSr.MBBusiness ManagementDumas, Texas
Brianna SotelloAngelo StateSo.OHInterdisciplinary Studies San Antonio, Texas
 
SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Academic Player of the Year: Katie MacLeay, Angelo State

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