ATLANTA, Ga. –The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced the 2014-15 SAA Man and Woman of the Year presented by Summit Management Corporation and Anthony Maccaglia of Oglethorpe and Bronte Goodhue of Sewanee claimed the league’s top awards.
The SAA Man and Woman of the Year presented by Summit Management Corporation are the highest honors the league bestows, and a dinner will be held June 5 to celebrate the recipients and their families. Maccaglia and goodhue are the third recipients of the prestigious honor and they each perfectly embody the spirit of the award with their incredible contributions to their respective campuses.
Maccaglia, who hails from Tampa, Florida, is the most decorated student-athlete in the young history of the SAA. He has led the Stormy Petrels to four consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships, including winning an individual and team national title in his freshman season. In all, he has garnered four consecutive selections to the Division III PING All-America Team and has won 14 individual titles while recording an astounding 27 Top-5 finishes.
A psychology major, Maccaglia has maintained a 3.68 GPA over the course of his four years at Oglethorpe. He was named a Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar last Tuesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America, as well as a finalist for the Division III Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award and a Division III PING All-Southeast Region honoree.
He finished the season as the top-ranked Division III golfer in the nation according to Golfstat and earned SAA Men's Golfer of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. He was a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award this season, which considers an entire collegiate academic and golf career as well as his character and integrity while in college and is awarded regardless of division.
In the community, Maccaglia has served as a role model for four years mentoring students with the First Tee Academy. Additionally, he has dedicated four years working with the Drew Charter School in Atlanta in Physical Education
Goodhue has been equally impressive in her pursuits in the classrooms at Sewanee and on the tennis courts for the Tigers as well. She has garnered three consecutive SAA Player of the Year awards, the only student-athlete in the history of the league to do so.
Goodhue has also piloted the Sewanee's women's tennis team to four consecutive Top 20 finishes in the national rankings while garnering All-America status three years running. As of this release, Goodhue was preparing to win her fourth straight All-America honor in the NCAA Championships.
In the classrooom, Goodhue has sparkled, accruing a 4.08 GPA as a student-ahtlete. She earned Sewanee's 2015 class Valedictorian honors and was a four-time International Tennis Association National Scholar Athlete. In 2014 she was awarded the ITA Regional Arther Ashe Sportsmanship and Leader Award for her selfless and admirable contributions to the game.
Goodhue also dedicated much of her time in volunteer opportunities and through the Alumni Leadership Counciln at Sewanee. She served as a tutor in academic departments both at Sewanee and abroad as well, demonstrating her love of helping others while being a true leader.
In a joint effort to honor the Southern Athletic Association’s most elite student-athletes, Summit Management Corporation and the SAA partnered last fall to create the annual SAA Man and Woman of the Year. The awards, selected by a committee comprised of Summit Management and SAA representatives, are given to the senior class male and female nominees who best exemplify traits of leadership, character, athletic and academic success.
The criteria for SAA Man and Woman of the Year nominees included that they must be a senior with no eligibility remaining, they must have been named First Team All-SAA in the sport in which in the participated during their athletic careers, and they must have qualified for the SAA Academic Honor Roll during their tenure as a student-athlete. Additionally, SAA Man and Woman of the Year candidates are expected to be involved in their local community in some meaningful way.
Oglethorpe and Sewanee sports information contributed to this report
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