The regional winners of the 2006-07 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award have been announced and former Tusculum College kicker Glen Black has been named the South Atlantic Region honoree announced College officials Wednesday.
Black, a native of Bristol, Tenn., becomes the first student-athlete in Tusculum history to earn this prestigious honor and one of eight young men in NCAA II to be recognized.
Black was named the men’s recipient of the SAC Presidents Award, becoming only the second football player in the 19-year history to receive the award.
He was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division Football Second Team last fall, becoming the first player in the program’s history to earn Academic All-America® distinction.
Black graduated in the fall of 2006 with a 3.82 cumulative grade point average, while earning a degree in Accounting. He was also named the SAC Scholar Athlete for football the last two seasons (2005 & 2006).
Black enjoyed a solid season on the gridiron leading the Pioneers in scoring with 43 points. The Tennessee High School graduate went 22-of-24 on extra points and 7-of-11 on field goals earning All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team honors. Black was named the SAC Special Teams Player of the Week twice during his career, including once in 2006.
The Tennessee High School graduate is ranked second in Tusculum history with 111 career points (kicking) and is the all-time leader in extra points (69) and extra point attempts (77).
Black was a campus leader, serving as vice president of student government association. He led weekly Bible studies with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as worked with a local church to develop a Tusculum Baptist College Night. He volunteered with numerous community service projects through Nettie Day at Tusculum College and through church activities.
He was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV First Team last fall and was tabbed to the 2006 American Football Coaches Association of America Good Works Team which recognizes community service, along with athletic and academic achievement. He was one of only 22 collegiate football players in the country to earn this prestigious honor.
Black is completing his Masters degree in Accountancy at East Tennessee State University. He has also continued his work at Tusculum Baptist Church where he leads the Wednesday night Bible School.
This award, sponsored by Disney Sports Attractions, provides the opportunity for Division II to highlight the extraordinary achievements of its student-athletes. The commissioners from the regions that comprise Division II selected the regional winners. To be nominated for consideration, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.0 career cumulative grade point average and possess outstanding athletic credentials.
The national award winners will be announced later this month.