Wake Forest Athletics Holds Annual Black and Golden Globe Awards
May 2, 2015
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Will Craig and Dearica Hamby earned Male and Female Athlete of the Year at the 2015 Black and Golden Globes at the LJVM Coliseum. While Craig is a first-time winner, Hamby was named Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
The annual event, styled after other entertainment awards shows, featured a red carpet entrance for the student-athletes as well as a multimedia presentation of all the nominees and award winners.
Female Athlete of the Year: Dearica Hamby, Women's Basketball
Led the ACC in scoring with 20.3 points per game and was second in the league in rebounding with 10.7 rebounds per game. Became program's all-time leading scorer (1,801 points) and rebounder (1,021 rebounds) during the season. First Demon Deacon to earn first team All-ACC honors twice in her career, also WBCA and AP All-American honorable mention.
Male Athlete of the Year: Will Craig, Baseball
Named Midseason Player of the Year in Division I by Perfect Game. Selected as Midseason All-American by Perfect Game and D1Baseball. Named to watch lists for the Golden Spikes and John Olerud Awards. Leads the ACC in batting average, home runs, RBIs, doubles, runs scored, total bases and slugging percentage.
Female Rookie of the Year: Caroline Wolf, Volleyball
Earned a spot on the All-ACC Freshman Team after starting all 32 matches and playing all 123 sets. Finished the season with 523 digs, which is the third-most in a single season at Wake Forest. In recording double-digit digs in 25 of her 32 matches, her 4.25 digs per set mark put her fourth in the ACC during the season.
Male Rookie of the Year: Noah Rubin, Men's Tennis
Has posted a 19-3 mark primarily at No. 1 singles this season. Won ACC Player of the Week four times throughout the season, which was the most by any conference player throughout the 2015 campaign. First player to earn ACC Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season in conference history and first men's tennis player to earn conference Player of the Year. Has posted a 13-3 mark against nationally-ranked opponents, which included knocking off the No. 1 player in the country in Louisville's Sebastian Stiefelmeyer to help Wake sweep the Cardinals 7-0.
Mrs. Deacon: Tyra Clemmenson, Field Hockey
Tyra, a senior member of the field hockey team, is known for her bright personality and her consistent involvement in community events such as Project Pumpkin, Santa's Helper, H.O.P.E., Operation Christmas Child, and Weed Wackers Field Hockey Camp. As the president of SAAC, Tyra is a leader among student-athletes, and she has played a key role in the planning, organization and execution of Student-Athlete Development's signature events: 2nd Annual Career Night and the Black and Golden Globes.
Mr. Deacon: Houston Clark, Mascot
Perhaps nobody else bleeds black and gold to the extent that Houston, the Deacon mascot, does. Whether dressed in his mascot costume at sporting events, as a spectator, or even just walking through campus in his black and gold attire (or CP3 gear), Houston's school spirit is unsurpassed. He channels his vast amounts of energy into supporting Wake Forest athletics and to tirelessly cheering on his fellow Deacs. Houston is an avid volunteer on campus and in the community and plans to stick around WFU Athletics next year as an intern.
Women's Team of the Year: Field Hockey
The 2014 ACC Champions finished the season 14-7 overall and 3-3 in the ACC for third place. The Deacons won their fourth ACC Championship in Durham, North Carolina, defeating Syracuse 2-0 in the championship game and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Men's Team of the Year: Men's Tennis
Posted a 22-7 record and finished runner-up. Against nation's best, the Deacs went 14-7. Team has been in the ITA Top 20 since the start of the season, climbing as high No. 11 in the nation. Posted a 9-7 mark against teams that were ranked Top 30 in the country at the time of the match. Players won five ACC Player of the Week honors, which led the conference for most on the 2015 season.
Coach of the Year: Jennifer Averill, Field Hockey
In her 23rd season as the head coach of Wake Forest field hockey, she guided the program to their fourth ACC Championship and first since 2006. Title was Wake Forest's first ACC team title since women's soccer in 2010, and is the athletic department's 47th all-time team ACC Championship. Averill's accomplishment earned her a seventh-career ACC Coach of the Year honor. The ACC Championship victory marked the program's 450th win and coach Averill's 325th at Wake Forest.
Deacon Club Member of the Year: David Couch
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