Longwood athletics held its annual awards banquet in April, recognizing the outstanding achievements of the university’s student-athletes and their teams during the 2015-16 season.
The hour-and-a-half celebration brought together 200-plus Lancer student-athletes, coaches, staff members and friends of the department to recognize those who excelled on and off the field this past year.
Among those recognized were women’s lacrosse standout Sarah Butler ’16, an exercise science major from Melbourne, Australia, and men’s basketball stalwart Lotanna Nwogbo ’16, a kinesiology major from Lithonia, Georgia.
They were named Longwood Athletes of the Year after both earned All-Big South first-team honors and dominated as the fulcrums of their respective teams.
The Longwood Student-Athlete Advisory Committee selected first-year men’s tennis head coach Pierre Tafelski as the Longwood Coach of the Year.
A complete list of the awards presented during the ceremony is below.
SAAC A.C.E.S. Award
Michelle Meadows, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Athletics Administration/SWA
SAAC Coach of the Year
Pierre Tafelski, Men’s Tennis
Roy Nunnally Special Recognition Award
Matthew McGregor, Dean of Recreation/Wellness
Academic PRIDE Award
Sammy Miller, Baseball
Courtney Tolton, Women’s Golf
Cormier Award for Team Academic Excellence
Men’s Golf (spring 2015)
Women’s Soccer (spring 2015)
Men’s Golf (fall 2015)
Women’s Soccer (fall 2015)
Freshman Athlete of the Year
Willy Miezan, Men’s Soccer
Sydney Gay, Softball
Jimmy M. Yarbrough Inspiration Award
C.J. Roth, Baseball
Athlete of the Year
Sarah Butler, Lacrosse
Lotanna Nwogbo, Men’s Basketball
Henry I. Willett Scholar-Athlete Award
Asha Bala Krishnan, Women’s Golf
Olivia Colella, Women’s Soccer
Alex O’Dell, Men’s Golf
Longwood All-Academic Team
Baseball Coaching Staff
Zach Potojecki, Baseball
Damarion Geter, Men’s Basketball
Micaela Ellis, Women’s Basketball
Kayla Penner, Cheerleading
Marc Mawyer, Men’s Cross Country
Anna Bultrowicz, Women’s Cross Country
Kate Colley, Field Hockey
Patrick Gobran, Men’s Golf
Kyra Horlock, Women’s Golf
Riley Dolan, Lacrosse
Marten Pajunurm, Men’s Soccer
Teresa Fruchterman, Women’s Soccer
Kelsey Sweeney, Softball
Lachlan Manser, Men’s Tennis
Mason Thomas, Women’s Tennis