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Second Annual FLAMESPY Award Winners Announced

May 1, 2013
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Last night, the Liberty University Athletics Department celebrated another highly successful year of academic, athletics and community service accomplishments during the second annual FLAMESPY Award show.

The elegant evening opened with a reception-style event for all of Liberty's student-athletes, coaches and special invited guests in the New Schilling Center.

The glitz and glamour of the evening continued when the invitees started to make their way into the Tower Theater. Guests received the "red carpet treatment," including the flashes of the photographers and red carpet host interviews as they entered the Tower for the ceremony.

Once inside the Theater, guests were treated to a 75-minute show, hosted by Flames Sports Network reporters Alan York and Erin McKeown. A total of 23 awards were presented throughout the night.

Following the show, Liberty's student-athletes, coaches and special invited guests returned to the new Schilling Center for an additional time of celebration. The fun-filled post-show event gave the evening's attendees one last chance to congratulate the award winners and the soon-to-be completed athletics season.

Below is the complete list of award winners for the 2013 FLAMESPY Award show:

AD- Commitment to Excellence
Given to a senior athlete with a cumulative grade point average of a 4.0
• Pat Kelly (Football) and Lauren Stell (Women's Soccer)

Gifts of the Spirit Award
Given annually to the tutor that exemplifies all of the fruits of the spirit while assisting student-athletes academically, socially and spiritually.
• Taylor Bishop

Pay it Forward Award
Given annually to a student-athlete or team who gives freely and unselfishly of their time to community activities, they inspire others and act as a role model as well as improve the lives of others through voluntary giving.
• Baseball

Perseverance of Job Award
Given to a student-athlete who has triumphed and overcome obstacles as well as difficulties over their Liberty University athletics career or in recent months.
• Khristina Kanagy (Women's Cross Country/Track & Field)

Support Staff of the Year Award
Presented annually to a member of the athletics department staff that athletics could not do without.
• Dave Williams (Strength & Conditioning)

Best Blooper Award
Given to the student-athlete with the funniest blooper moment.
• Sparky (Liberty's mascot)

Best Clutch Performance Award
Given to the best or most significant performance by a student-athlete in a game, match, or meet.
• Davon Marshall (Men's Basketball)

Best Finish Award
Given to the team or student-athlete with the best game, winning shot, goal, run, or hit.
• Natalie Barr (Field Hockey)

Best Upset Award
Given to the team or student-athlete with the best, most significant or most impressive upset of the year.
• Football's 28-14 win over No. 6/8 Stony Brook (Nov. 10, 2012)

Best Championship Performance Award
Given to the best or most significant performance in a championship match, series, or tournament.
• Men's Basketball winning Big South Men's Basketball Championship (March 5-10, 2013)

Most Outstanding Team Award
Given to the best team based on their record, conference championship match, series, or tournament.
• Women's Basketball

Play of the Year Award
Given for the single play or performance that made the most impact on a game or season.
• Ryan Cordell (Baseball) at South Carolina (Feb. 17, 2013)

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year Award
Given to the student-athlete who made the most impact or significant breakthrough during the season.
• Kyle Breitmeyer (Men's Soccer)

Assistant Coach of the Year Award
Presented to an Assistant Coach who helped their team achieve a high level of success athletically, academically, socially and spiritually.
• Lance Bingham (Track & Field)

Female Rookie Athlete of the Year Award
Given to the female freshman or redshirt student-athlete who was dedicated, positive, hardworking and made an immediate impact to their program.
• Caroline Douglas (Volleyball)

Male Rookie Athlete of the Year Award
Given to the male freshman or redshirt student-athlete who was dedicated, positive, hardworking and made an immediate impact to their program.
• Josh Woodrum (Football)

Best Female Athlete of the Year Award
Presented to an individual female athlete based on her yearly stats and athletics accolades.
• Devon Brown (Women's Basketball)

Best Male Athlete of the Year Award
Presented to an individual male athlete based on his yearly stats and athletics accolades.
• Tavares Speaks (Men's Basketball)

Head Coach of the Year Award
Presented to a Head Coach who helped their team achieve a high level of success athletically, academically, socially and spiritually.
• Jeff Thomas (Men's Golf)

Rock Royer/ Mac Rivera Award
In 1975, the Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award was established to honor the top graduating senior student-athlete at Liberty University who best exemplifies the standards and lives of both of these great Christian men. Rock Royer was Liberty's first football coach in 1973.  Mac Rivera was a member of Liberty's basketball team from 1972 until 1975. Both Rock Royer and Mac Rivera tragically died at a young age. This award encompasses more than just athletic ability. It recognizes the Liberty University graduating senior student-athlete who has maintained an exemplary testimony on the playing field, in the classroom and among the student body.
• Jennifer Klugh (Women's Cross Country/Track & Field)

Dr. Jerry Falwell Leadership Award (Male Award Winner)
Presented annually to one male who have exemplified Dr. Falwell's vision through leadership, commitment to academics, athletic talent and service to others.
• Siim Tuus (Men's Tennis)

Dr. Jerry Falwell Leadership Award (Female Award Winner)
Presented annually to one female who has exemplified Dr. Falwell's vision through leadership, commitment to academics, athletic talent and service to others.
• Loren Thomas (Volleyball)

Cornerstone Award
Presented annually to an individual honoring their commitment to continue Dr. Jerry Falwell's vision of making Liberty Athletics one of the top NCAA Division I programs in the country.
• Neal Askew, Liberty University Executive Vice President