May 21, 2009
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Coleman Lew & Associates Leadership Awards Announced Coleman Lew & Associates, Inc., a national executive search firm, and the Southern Conference, the nation's fifth oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association announced today that Western Carolina's Jake Robinson and Katie Hennessey are two of the 24 Southern Conference student-athletes to be selected for the Third Annual Coleman Lewis Leadership Award.
The award recognizes scholar-athletes from each of the Southern Conference's 11 member institutions. Coaches, faculty athletic representatives and senior woman administrators nominate prospective candidates based on leadership, academic excellence and athletic achievement in both the college environment and the community. Athletic directors and representatives from Coleman Lew & Associates conducted one-on-one interviews with the finalists before determining the award recipients.
Robinson, a member of the men's basketball team, has a 3.414 GPA in Finance and was a member of the 2009 Southern Conference Winter All-Academic Team. Ranked three in the Catamount record books for made three-pointers with 194 and ranked third on the team in scoring, in 2008-09, averaging 9.2 points per game.
Hennessey, a member of the volleyball team, has a 3.586 GPA in communications and was a member of the 2009 Southern Conference Fall All-Academic Team. She was also recently named an officer in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Hennessey ranks sixth in the Catamount record books for assists with 2,913.
The award winners are given congratulatory plaques to recognize their achievements. During their search for post-graduation employment, each of the award winners has access to Coleman Lew consultants for advice and counseling. Coleman Lew prepares the students' profiles based on their individual interviews and resumes, and provides this information to a list of well respected companies. To these companies, the award winners represent the pre-screened, highly-qualified group of successful student-athletes graduating from fine educational institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
Recipients will be recognized at the Southern Conference Honors Dinner on Wednesday, May 27 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Hilton Head, S.C.