June 19, 2014
BIRMINGHAM – The Southeastern Conference women’s golf coaches, including Ole Miss head golf coach Michele Drinkard, received the SEC Sportsmanship Award as was announced by the SEC on Thursday (June 19). Also honored were the Missouri football team, Tennessee men’s basketball team and the Georgia equestrian team.
The four groups were chosen by a vote of the SEC Directors of Athletics. The Mizzou Tiger football team and Volunteer men’s basketball team tied for the male award while the Bulldog equestrian team and the women’s golf coaches of the conference tied for the female honor.
“Sportsmanship, civility and social responsibility are marks of character that last a lifetime,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “We are proud of these teams from Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia and the women’s golf coaches of the SEC for setting an example for us all.”
The SEC women’s golf coaches rallied around Auburn head coach Kim Evans, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly after the 2013 SEC Women’s golf championships. Her coaching counterparts in the SEC went into action to show support, weaving a net of encouragement and care for their ailing colleague. They wore ribbons and rally socks, sported teal watches in support of ovarian cancer victims, put their teams in the colors of teal and pink for cancer awareness, and embroidered special shirts in honor of Evans. Through these efforts the SEC coaches showed the young women playing in their programs how to support and encourage a friend in need. The three male head coaches in the SEC even shaved their heads to support Evans while her hair was thin during treatment.
"Our coaches in the SEC truly care for one another and reaching out to Kim (Evans) in her time of need was just one way in which we could show her how much we care, “said Drinkard. “Kim has touched each of us over the years in different ways and done so much for women’s golf over the years. On a personal note, I’m blessed to call Kim a close friend, having grown up in Decatur, Ala., just a few miles from Cullman. She lights up a room with her smile and personality, so I speak for all of us in the SEC, it was so very easy to be there for her in her time of need.”
For the full SEC Release click HERE.
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Complete list of SEC Sportsmanship recipients:
2014 – University of Missouri Football Team; Tennessee Men’s Basketball Team; University of Georgia Equestrian Team; SEC Women’s Golf Coaches
2013 – University of Tennessee and University of South Carolina Football Teams; Maho Kowase, Georgia (Tennis)
2012 – Matt Walters, Arkansas (Tennis); Joanna Mather, Florida (Tennis); Laura Eddy, Georgia (Soccer)
2011 – Louis Day, South Carolina (Track & Field); Ole Miss Softball Team
2010 – Rodney Scott, Ole Miss (Football); Sam Arbaugh, South Carolina (Softball)
2009 – Dorian Ulrey, Arkansas (Track & Field); Alabama Women’s Tennis Team
2008 – Chris Lofton, Tennessee (Basketball); Jessica Yadloczky, Florida (Golf)