On April 26, the Tommy Awards were presented by Florida Hospital in Rollins College’s Warden Arena. The awards celebrate and honor the College’s student-athletes in eight categories. See the photos on rollinssports.com.
Florida Hospital Community Service Award
Tars softball participated in a variety of community service projects. They focused on work with Team IMPACT, an organization that matches children who have chronic and life-threatening illnesses with NCAA teams.
Newcomer of the Year
Deion Clark ’17, men’s basketball
Deion transferred to Rollins this year and made an immediate impact on his team. He started in all but one game for the Tars, scoring in double digits 11 times. He ranked among the SSC leaders in scoring, pouring in more than 11 and a half points per game, and finished third on the team in rebounding. In early December 2015, he has named SSC Defensive Player of the Week.
SAAC Coach of the Year
Julie Garner, women’s golf
The winningest coach in Division II women’s golf, Julie Garner again has Rollins in contention for a National Championship. The Tars have averaged a fourth place finish in 10 tournaments this season. Highlights include wins at the Ross Resorts Invitational, Guy Harvey Invitational, Lady Moc Classic, Argonaut Invitational, and recently secured their SSC leading eighth Conference Tournament Title. They will head into the NCAA postseason ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Team of the Year
Coming off a 9-18 season a year ago, the Tars were picked to finish last in the SSC preseason poll. They would go on to win their first nine games and worked their way to a No. 11 ranking mid-season before earning a share of the Regular Season SSC title. Dating back to the 2002-03 season, The Tars have now earned at least a share of the SSC Regular Season Title seven times. The men’s basketball team went on to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in program history.
Alumni Association Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Danielle Johnson ’16, women’s waterski
Danielle made the switch from wakeboarding to waterski for her senior year and added much needed depth in jumps. She has spent the last three years as a peer writing consultant, the last two as a history tutor and is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta national honors society. Danielle earned the Gary Williams Award for the History Paper of the Year in 2015 and has co-authored two history books as part of a Student-Faculty Collaboration Grant as a sophomore. Danielle will graduate with honors, carrying a combined GPA of 3.92 while pursuing her degree in history.
Find Your Anchor Award
Marie Gilbert ’16
Marie is an ambassador for the school not only through the admissions office, but also through informal interactions that she has with members of the campus each day. She is also a rallying voice behind Rollins school spirit.
Anchor Club Moment of the Year
James Crowley ’18 highlight-reel goal, men's soccer
In a 5-2 win on the road at Embry-Riddle, James tracked down a long pass during the closing seconds of the first half and volleyed a shot past the keeper as the horn sounded. The remarkable goal was showed on FOX Soccer shared through numerous social media avenues.
Female Athlete of the Year
Tyler Thomas ’16, women’s lacrosse
The 2015 SSC Player of the Year, Tyler started all 15 games for the Tars in 2016 and currently leads the team in goals with 39. A now two-time finalist for the Rollins Female athlete of the year award, she has set the program record for goals and points this season and has been named SSC Offensive Player of the Week twice.
Male Athlete of the Year
Tosan Popo ’17, men’s soccer
Playing in all 21 games this past season, Tosan finished as the SSC leader in assists en route to being named First Team All-SSC and D2CCA Third-Team All-America. The Junior has now been named First Team All-Conference three times. Tosan was also the team leader in points with 35 and was the SSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.