May 26, 2010
Spartanburg, S.C. - Western Carolina's Emily Clarke and Zack Jaynes were named recipients of the fifth annual Coleman Lew Leadership Award as announced by the Southern Conference and Coleman Lew & Associates, Inc. Clarke and Jaynes were two of the 24 Southern Conference student-athletes to be selected for the award.
The award recognizes student-athletes from each of the Southern Conference's 12 member institutions. Coaches, faculty athletic representatives and senior women 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 winners.
Clarke, a member of the women's basketball team, holds a 3.62 GPA and is majoring in Psychology. The junior led the Catamounts with 13.2 points a game and connected on 61 three pointers during the 2009-10 season. She was named to the Southern Conference Coaches All-Conference team and to the North Carolina College Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Women's Basketball second team. The Snellville, Ga., native was also named to the 2009-10 Southern Conference Winter All-Academic team.
Jaynes, a member of the football team, has a 3.47 GPA and is majoring in Business. The redshirt sophomore completed 178 passes and threw for 1,790 yards with nine touchdowns for the Catamounts last season. The Canton, N.C., native was also named to the 2009 Southern Conference Fall All-Academic team.
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 Alabama.
Recipients will be recognized at the Southern Conference Honors Dinner on Tuesday, June 1 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Hilton Head, S.C.