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Summer 2009
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William Woods University has a long
tradition of excellence in athletics, but
it is not an area that we frequently
spotlight in The Woods magazine.
This year, our student-athletes have
performed so well that I just had to
share some of the good news
with you.
On page 17 you will read about the
frst two baseball players to sign
professional contracts in the 10-year
history of our baseball program. To
be drafted in the top 25 percent of this
year’s MLB class is indeed impressive,
and to have two players sign pro
contracts is outstanding.
In addition to the accolades these two
young men have garnered, our teams
have done extremely well this year,
winning 2008-2009 American Midwest
Conference Championships in men's
and women’s cross country, women's
basketball, softball and men’s and
women's golf.
Women’s basketball received a bid to
the NAIA national tournament, along
with the men’s golf team (its second
straight trip), the women’s golf team
(its sixth consecutive trip), four cross
country runners and fve in track.
Baseball was ranked in the top 25 for
the frst time.
Despite a hectic schedule of training,
practice and competition, these
athletes make time for the real
reason they are in college—to obtain
an education. The women’s cross
country and track team led the way in
the classroom with a 3.48 GPA during
the spring semester.
Senior softball player
T.J. Quick
earned the American Midwest
Conference nomination for the NAIA's
Dr. LeRoy Walker Award. Considered
one of the most prestigious awards
in the NAIA, it honors a student-
athlete who excels in athletics
and academics and is committed
to the Champions of Character
program’s fve core values of respect,
responsibility, integrity, servant
leadership and sportsmanship.
Additionally, the softball team has
won the 2009 NAIA Buffalo Funds
Five Star Award for the second time
in three years for its dedication and
implementation to the Champions
of Character program.
President’s Perspective
Jahnae H. Barnett, Ph.D.
They are not alone in their
commitment to the program. All
203 student-athletes at William
Woods spent approximately one hour
each month during the past school
year volunteering their time to help
in the community.
They unloaded and stocked food at
the local food pantry, visited nursing
homes, read to elementary school
children, assisted the schools and the
YMCA with coaching and offciating,
chaperoned teen dances and did odd
jobs—painting, furniture moving and
yard work—at a local shelter. By the
end of this academic year, they had
spent 1,800 hours volunteering.
Our student-athletes are excelling
in all aspects of campus life, and I
congratulate and thank our athletic
director,
Larry York
, and our
exceptional coaching staff. We are
proud to have these coaches and
athletes representing William Woods.