Tuesday, May 4, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Senior Shannon Hicks of the Tiger softball team was named the Tennessee State University Female Athlete of the Year in a ceremony held last night. She is the first female recipient of this prestigious award. The native of Smyrna, Tenn. has started every game since her freshman season. She has led the team in doubles each of the past two seasons and is currently second on the team in RBI with 17. Over her career, she has recorded 21 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 51 RBI. Inside the circle, Hicks has thrown nearly 390 innings and collected over 140 strikeouts. For her achievements on the field, Hicks was tabbed a Second-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) honoree and has served as a team co-captain for the past two seasons. She also has been honored as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar-Athlete the last two years as well as an OVC Honor Roll selection for three consecutive seasons (2001-03). Heavily involved in activities on the TSU campus, the Dean's List student has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has volunteered her time in NYS Softball Club. This is the inaugural year of the Female and Male Athletes of the Year Award. Head coaches from each of the respective teams at Tennessee State were allowed to nominate candidates that had to be at least a junior in eligibility with a minimum grade point average of 2.4 and significant campus and/or community involvement. The honorees were then chosen by a vote of the head coaches and members of the athletic department's administration.