Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award
As part of its wrap-up coverage of the 2019-20 athletics season, LibertyFlames.com will run a series of interviews with the nominees for the 2020 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award.
In 1975, the Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award was established to honor the top 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 senior student-athlete who has maintained an exemplary testimony on the playing field, in the classroom and among the student body.
Today, we start this series by talking with Amber Bishop, a senior member of Liberty's softball team who hails from Murrieta, Calif.
Bishop has had a record-setting career for the Lady Flames, posting a .370 career batting average and 49 home runs while holding program career records for hits (262) and RBI (173). She owns 10 program single-season freshman records from the 2017 season, when she was named to the NFCA National Freshman of the Year Top 25 Watch List. A three-time first team all-conference and three-time NFCA All-Region selection, Bishop was named to the 2020 USA Softball Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List. She was on pace for her best year yet in 2020, batting .420 with 10 homers and 27 RBI in just 23 games before the season was halted. Bishop is one of just two players in NCAA softball to hit 10 or more homers every year from 2017-20. Bishop graduated this spring with a major in psychology: counseling. She was a three-year member of the conference honor roll.
The winner of the 2020 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award will be announced on LibertyFlames.com on Friday, June 12.
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