Earning a Golden Eagle Award were men’s golfer Zach Lindsey and softball player Maddie Monroe. Chosen for a Silver Eagle Award, named after a former Reinhardt athletic administrator and coach, were Wes Jones, a former member of the men’s basketball program, and volleyball player Sami Lane.
Golden Eagle awards are given annually to Reinhardt’s top male and female student-athletes while the Silver Eagle awards are presented to a male and female student-athlete for his/her team spirit and loyalty to the University.
A repeat recipient of the Golden Eagle award on the women’s side, Monroe is a 5-foot-8 rising junior pitcher from Calhoun, Ga., who has been selected as the AAC Pitcher of the Year twice in her first two seasons on campus. She was also a part of the 2011 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association NAIA All-East Region Second Team after topping Reinhardt in almost every statistical pitching category this past year. Monroe made 27 appearances with 21 complete games and seven shutouts, posting a 21-5 record and 1.51 ERA. In 162 innings, she struck out 163 and walked 35 with opponents batting .219 against her. Behind Monroe, the Lady Eagles were ranked 13th nationally in the final NAIA poll after claiming both the AAC regular season and tournament championships, and finishing with a 40-11 overall record for the second year in a row. In 2011, Reinhardt made its first trip to the NAIA National Championship tournament.
All four honorees will be recognized during halftime of a men’s or women’s basketball game during the 2011-12 season. Their names are displayed on large plaques in the lobby of the James & Sis Brown Athletic Center on Reinhardt’s main campus.