The University of the Cumberlands (UC) tennis teams struggled this season to come out on top, but came out of the 2011-2012 season with a positive outlook on the future for the Patriots.
Building on a young core of athletes, the Patriots are looking to compete at an extremely high level next season for a Mid-South Conference Championship. The hard work on the court also shows in the classroom as one Patriot was honored for his dedication to academics.
Jerrid Neeley (Manchester, KY) was named a 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete.
Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify. There were 86 male student-athletes that were named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Head Tennis Coach Chin Tan commented, "Jerrid is very deserving of this award. He was able to balance tennis and studies really well and he is a good role model for all of our players. He epitomizes the mission of our program and that is to put student before the athlete. We are so proud of his achievement and we wish him the best of luck in his medical career."
For more information on the Patriots tennis teams as well as other Patriot athletics, please visit http://www.cumberlandspatriots.com.