A-Sun Announces Student-Athletes of the Year

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

MACON, Ga. - Belmont's Justin Hare won his second-consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year award and Mercer's Courtney Maxey captured the Female Student Athlete of the Year honor, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Hare, a senior on Belmont's basketball team, polished off a stellar career after leading the Burins to a third-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2008. He average 14.7 points per game and shot over 91 percent from the free throw line, fifth in the nation. A two-time First Team All-Atlantic Sun selection, Hare garnered several accolades in 2008, including being named a Mid-Major All-American and the Mid-Major Most Valuable Player by CollegeInsider.com. Throughout his illustrious career, Hare earned a spot on the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team three times, twice claiming Tournament MVP honors (2006 and 2007). He ended his career with the second-most points of any Bruin during their NCAA history and as No. 8 on the A-Sun all-time scoring list.

An exercise science/pre-med major, Hare compiled a 3.87 overall GPA and a 3.92 within his major. Hare also brought home the 2008 NACDA Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, to go along with a spot on the 2008 CoSida ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team. Sports Illustrated recognized Hare as a 2008 All-Brainiac NCAA Tournament Team member, and he landed his third selection to the Academic All-District (IV) First Team (2006, 2007 and 2008). Belmont honored Hare as the school’s 2008 Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Outstanding Exercise Science Major Award winner.

Off the court and outside of the classroom, Hare volunteered 20 hours per month at Fun Company, an inner city after-school program in Nashville. He also volunteered 20 hours per month assisting doctors w/ non-insured patients at Faith and Family Medical Clinic. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Pre-Health Club, and is the treasurer for the Sports Science Club.

Maxey, a senior on the Mercer women's soccer team, wrapped up her senior season with her fourth A-Sun Academic All-Conference selection (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007). Nationally, Maxey twice landed a spot on the NSCAA / Adidas All-South All-Academic Team as an honorable mention (2006, 2007). A team captain for the Bears the past two seasons, she was also recognized as a finalist for the Georgia Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2007.

Academically, Maxey compiled an overall GPA of 3.903 and 3.94 within her biomedical engineering major. She also minored in chemistry and biology. For her efforts, Mercer placed Maxey on the President's List three times and the Dean's List seven times. The University also named her the 2008 Mercer University School of Engineering Outstanding Student in Biomedical Specialization. Additionally, Maxey found herself on several honor societies, including the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society.

Maxey volunteered her time sharing her knowledge of soccer to the next generation, serving as a volunteer coach for the Middle Georgia Soccer Association in 2006 and the Stratford Intramural Soccer League in Macon, Ga. from 2005 to 2008. For her dedication to the Stratford Intramural Soccer League, she received a Four Year Commitment Award. She partook in the Johns Hopkins University Research Experience for Undergraduates during the summer of 2007 and served as a member of the Mercer Athletic Council for two years (2004 and 2005) and the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society from 2006 to the present, holding the position of treasurer in 2007.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.