Words from Athletics Director Kyndall Waters
The fall sports set the tone and the winter/spring sports finished strong. Panthers made their mark nationally this year by a national title, two national runner up medals, 13 All-America honors, and 48 national championship qualifiers. In total, there were 21 all-region/all-district selections, nine conference athlete and coach of the year awards, 50 conference champions, and 68 all-conference selections.
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams successfully defended their Southern Athletic Association titles, marking the fourth straight for the men and third overall for the women. Toby Wilcox was named men’s coach of the year and has brought seven rings to the Hilltop.
Because of you, we are able to continue supporting the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and coaches behind the scenes to help them continue to succeed. We recently purchased a new 15 passenger van for team travel, upgraded weight room equipment, and installed new speakers at Krulak Stadium and the Softball Park. Your support allows us to hang the championship banners every year.
But the successes of our student-athletes extend beyond competition and into the classroom. As a department, we finished the 2017-18 academic year with over a 3.0 GPA for the fourth consecutive year. This year, 225 student-athletes were named to the SAA Academic Honor Roll and six seniors were inducted into Sigma Alpha Alpha for maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher while earning first or second-team all-conference honors during their career.
As a B-Funder, your monetary support is always appreciated. But the support we love the most is that of your attendance at contests both home and away. We look forward to seeing you on the Hilltop or on the road this fall!
Pictured: Ryanne Ritter (Pelham, Ala.)
Senior Jamal Watkins successfully defended his 60m dash indoor national title when BSC co-hosted the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Pictured: Head Coach Kenneth Cox and Jamal Watkins (Hampton, Ga.)
BSC earned 13 All-America honors during the winter and spring seasons led by Karmin Shute who picked up four this season between indoor and outdoor track and field. The senior was also named USTFCCCA Regional Track Athlete of the Year.
Pictured: Karmin Shute (Fayetteville, Ga.)
Panthers earned 48 spots at NCAA National Championship meets this season. Men's swimming and diving had the most at 25.
Pictured: Nico Medina (Hollywood, Fla.)
21 all-region honors were dished out to Panthers across five sports. Men's and women's track and field combined for 15 total. Other teams with all-region selections include baseball, softball and women's golf.
Pictured: Jake Cook (Oxford, Ala.)
50 Conference Champions
BSC finished the winter/springs seasons with 48 individual champions and two team championships. Men's swimming and diving won its fourth consecutive Southern Athletic Association title, while the women repeated as champions. Freshman Patrick Dunne has the most titles at six, while sophomore Becca Erwin earned five of her own on the women's side.
Pictured: 2018 SAA champion men's and women's swimming and diving teams
Athletes of the Year
There were eight Southern Athletic Association major award winners from BSC. Swimming and diving earned both men's and women's swimmer of the year along with newcomer of the year. And track and field earned both men's and women's track athlete of the year honors. Senior Carlee Petro concluded her career with her third consecutive women's tennis player of the year honor.
- Nico Medina (Hollywood, Fla.), Swimmer of the Year
- Patrick Dunne (Mobile, Ala.), Newcomer of the Year
- Becca Erwin (Duluth, Ga.), Swimmer of the Year
- Jamal Watkins (Hampton, Ga.), Track Athlete of the Year
- Karmin Shute (Fayetteville, Ga.), Track Athlete of the Year
- Ryanne Ritter (Pelham, Ala.), Women's Lacrosse Newcomer of the Year
- Jake Cook (Oxford, Ala.), Baseball Pitcher of the Year
- Carlee Petro (Birmingham, Ala.), Women's Tennis Player of the Year
Pictured: Carlee Petro
68 All-Conference Awards
- 31 First-Team
- 22 Second-Team
- 15 Honorable Mention
Pictured: Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn.)
SAA Men's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year
SAA All-Tournament Team
- Matty Rudak (Augustow, Poland), Men's Basketball
- Emilee Olsen (Marietta, Ga.), Women's Basketball
- Jake Cook (Oxford, Ala.), Baseball
- Christian Englehart (Orlando, Fla.), Men's Lacrosse
- Jade Cox (Rome, Ga.), Women's Lacrosse
- Natalie Daniel (Ooltewah, Tenn.), Women's Lacrosse
- Savannah Lee (Lascassas, Tenn.), Softball
- Lee Thompson (Boaz, Ala.), Men's Tennis
- Virginia Hammond (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Women's Tennis
Pictured: Emilee Olsen
36 SAA Athletes of the Week
- 16 Winter (men's swimming and diving earned seven)
- 20 Spring (baseball and men's lacrosse earned four each)
Pictured: Matt Quill (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Your support means a lot...
Alexus Lindsey, Track and Field
(Junior from Holly Pond, Ala.)
"Not very many people get to follow their dreams and become a college athlete. It is an honor and a blessing to have been able to continue my track career at Birmingham-Southern. That wouldn’t be possible without the great training facilities we have. Thank you for supporting the B-Fund and helping us chase our first conference championship."
Athletic Awards Dinner
Female Newcomer of the Year
Abby Kay Choate (Tifton, Ga.), Women's Soccer
Male Newcomer of the Year
Patrick Dunne (Mobile, Ala.), Men's Swimming and Diving
Ben Sinclair Teammates of the Year
Ashley Shepherd (Dandridge, Tenn.), Women's Lacrosse
Lee Thompson (Boaz, Ala.), Men's Tennis
Johnny Johnson Most Inspirational Seniors
Natalie Daniel (Ooltewah, Tenn.), Women's Lacrosse
Kerrigan Pennington (Wagarville, Ala.), Football
Larry D. Striplin Athletes of the Year
Karmin Shute (Fayetteville, Ga.), Women's Track and Field
Jamal Watkins (Hampton, Ga.), Men's Track and Field
BSC Woman of the Year
Carlee Petro (Birmingham, Ala.), Women's Tennis
BSC Man of the Year
Brady Coleman (Denham Springs, La.), Men's Swimming and Diving
Team of the Year
Men's Swimming and Diving
Spring sports finished with a .603 overall win percentage while the department earned a cumulative 3.10 GPA for the semester
Pictured (left to right): Ross Anderson (Section, Ala.), Rachel Stokes (Brentwood, Tenn.), Torben Krieger (Ruppichteroth, Germany), Emily Enoch (Nashville, Tenn.), Kameren Morgan (Bowie, Md.)
Sigma Alpha Alpha
Six seniors were inducted into the Sigma Alpha Alpha Honor Society for maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher while earning first or second-team all-conference honors during their career.
- Brady Coleman (Denham Springs, La.), men's swimming and diving
- Natalie Daniel (Ooltewah, Tenn.), women's lacrosse
- Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn.), men's basketball
- Katie Kassis (Mableton, Ga.), women's swimming and diving
- Rachel Lee (Montgomery, Ala.), women's volleyball
- Morgan Reynolds (Indian Springs, Ala.), women's cross country/track and field
Pictured: Rachel Lee
SAA Academic Honor Roll
There were 136 Panthers recognized on the Southern Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll from winter and spring sports. In total, 225 Panthers earned the honor.
Men's swimming and diving led all winter sports with over two-thirds of its roster being recognized. Women's tennis led the spring sports with 80-percent of its roster represented. Baseball had the most individual honorees at 25.
Pictured: Andy Hammond (Oxford, Ala.), Isabella Wisener (Horton, Ala.), Virginia Hammond (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Take the Pledge
The Birmingham-Southern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee helped coordinate a Denim Day in conjunction with It’s On Us, as a part of its Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming. The BSC SAAC asked students and staff to sign the It’s On Us pledge to help prevent sexual assaults before they happen.
It’s On Us is a national organization that was launched in 2014 following a White House Task Force recommendation. They work with 95 partners and students at over 500 campuses to raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. For more information on the It’s On Us, go to www.itsonus.org.
Football Season/Home Opener
Thursday, August 30 vs. LaGrange College, 6 p.m.