Lenoir-Rhyne University's Michael Green has been named the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference Male Athlete Of The Year, announced today the league's Athletic Directors Council.
Green, a senior defensive back on the football team, was named the 2013 SAC Defensive Player Of The Year and earned First-Team All-American honors by Daktronics, Beyond Sports Network and d2football.com.
Green finished with 88 tackles on the year to go along with eight interceptions including three picks returned for scores as the Bears won their third straight league championship.
Green, a First-Team All-Super Region II pick by both Daktronics and Don Hansen as well, led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 13-2 record in 2013 and a berth in the NCAA Division II National Championship game.
The Bears also set a school record for wins in a single season and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the country.
Green has earned first-team all-conference honors for three straight years and leaves Lenoir-Rhyne as the school's all-time leader in interception return yards (429) and punt return yards (901). For his career, Green has 274 total tackles, 18 interceptions and six touchdowns.
Green is the first Lenoir-Rhyne male athlete to win the honor since Roman Davis in 2004-05. The last L-R athlete, male or female, to earn the award was Kate Griewisch (women's cross country) two years ago. Wingate's Jade Montgomery (women's soccer) was named the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference Female Athlete Of The Year.
2013-14 South Atlantic Conference
Athlete of the Year Nominees
Vincent Bailey, Basketball, Lincoln Memorial
Craig Brooks, Baseball, Catawba
Bo Cordell, Football, Tusculum
Ross Frame, Soccer, Carson-Newman
Jazmine Charles, Basketball, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kelli Hensley, Softball, Carson-Newman
Christina Rustscheff, Tennis, Queens
Brooklyn Watt, Track & Field, Anderson