By Adam Cavalier
Carson-Newman’s women’s basketball program was presented with the inaugural Director’s Cup Tuesday evening with the third annual Eagle Scholars Ceremony at Holt Fieldhouse.
The Director’s Cup is presented to the team, in this case head coach Mike Mincey and his women’s basketball program, that best represents the values espoused by the Eagle Scholar Program as selected by the Eagle Scholar Committee.
“As much pride as we put in academics, to be able to win this award knowing what the rest of this athletic department is about, it’s great to be first,” Mincey said. “I hope this goes on for years to come; we’re just happy to be first.”
The women’s basketball program saw a 400 percent increase in the number of athletes who earned the accolade last year versus this year. Last year, just two were represented , this year, a whopping 10 made the list.
“The girls deserve all the credit,” Mincey said. “I’m extremely proud of them. It’s better for us to get high academic kids. Coach Ashley Tipton did a great job guiding them last year, but it’s the players who put in all the effort.”
Year three for the Carson-Newman Eagle Scholars program saw a record number of Carson-Newman student athletes named to the school’s athletic department honor roll.
Along with being honored at the ceremony, Eagle players also receive a patch to wear on their uniforms during the regular season competition.