ODAC Names Jopson, Berkley Winners
H-SC’s Moss, VWC’s Bradford Win Top Scholar-Athlete Awards
SALEM, Va. --- A pair of student-athletes were
honored with the league's highest honors on Thursday afternoon at
the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Board of
Directors meetings. Rebecca Bradford, a senior volleyball
standout from Virginia Wesleyan College, was awarded the 2010
Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete Award as the top female
student-athlete in the conference. Fellow senior and
Hampden-Sydney College men’s tennis star, William Moss,
garnered the 2010 Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Scholar-Athlete Award as
the league's top male student-athlete.
Inaugurated in 1984 and 1981, respectively, the Marjorie Berkley and Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Scholar-Athlete Awards are given each spring to member college seniors and conference sport participants who exhibit the highest athletic, academic, and extracurricular achievements. Ms. Berkley began her collegiate teaching career at Lynchburg College. Several years later after leaving Lynchburg, Ms. Berkley moved to Hollins University where she coached tennis, field hockey and soccer, and served as the athletic director for 30 years. The Jopson Award is named for the Bridgewater College professor and coach who retired in 1981 following 45 years at the college. Dr. Jopson, who initiated and directed the Eagles' cross country and track programs, led his teams to ODAC indoor track titles in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and outdoor crowns in 1978 through 1981.
Bradford, from Virginia Beach, Va., is the first winner of the Berkley Award from Virginia Wesleyan. Bradford starred as a recreation and leisure studies major in the classroom and as an outside hitter on the Marlins' volleyball team. A multiple honoree on the VWC Dean's List, Bradford boasts a 4.0 grade point average. She is a recipient of the Academic Dean's Scholarship, and was named to the 2008 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team. She bettered the latter honor this past season as she was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team. Bradford has also won each of the past two ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards in volleyball.
On the court, Bradford is a former ODAC Rookie of the Year and two-time All-ODAC First Team honoree. She helped Virginia Wesleyan to back-to-back 23-win seasons, marking a program record for victories. She is the first VWC player to have two 300-plus kill seasons, and stands in the top five in several career program records including kills, total attacks, digs and aces. She is a two-time honoree on the All-State First Team as presented by VaSID.
Bradford’s community and leadership involvements are numerous. She is heavily involved with the Sovereign Grace Church in Chesapeake, Va., as a special events volunteer and children’s ministry worker. She is a tutor and instructor in several areas, as well as serving as a VWC peer advisor. A tutor and volunteer in ceramics, Bradford made and donated ceramic bowls to the Empty Bowls Charity Dinner. She was heavily involved in Virginia Wesleyan’s “Go Green” Week as a member of the planning team and as a volunteer staff member.
“On behalf of Virginia Wesleyan College and Marlin athletics, we are so proud of Rebecca Bradford, class of 2010, as she is this year's recipient of the ODAC woman scholar-athlete award,” said Joanne Renn, athletic director at VWC. “Ms. Bradford exemplifies every characteristic of a serious scholar and combines the work ethic and passion needed to achieve supreme academic status combined with the spirit and ability to also excel on the volleyball court. The winning of this award is a first for VWC women's athletics and we are honored that the conference chose Becca from among so many qualified individuals.”
Moss, from Fredericksburg, Va., is the 10th H-SC winner of the Jopson Award with the school’s first coming in 1983. Moss accumulated a 3.657 grade point average as a History major with a minor in Military Leadership and National Security Studies at Hampden-Sydney. He was the chairman of the Hampden-Sydney honor court and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honor society), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Phi Sigma Iota (foreign language) and Phi Beta Kappa. Moss won the President’s Award for scholarship and character in 2008. He capped his H-SC honor list with the Gammon Cup, which serves as the Hampden-Sydney graduation award for character, scholarship and athletic ability. Moss twice has been the winner of the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s tennis, and was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team in 2010.
On the court, Moss, a four-time ODAC Player of the Year recipient, finished the season ranked #12 in the ITA Atlantic South Region Rankings. He was name to the All-ODAC First Team in both singles and doubles four times, and did the same on the VaSID All-State First Team. He was also VaSID Rookie of the Year in 2007 and the VaSID Player of the Year in 2009. Moss helped lead the Tigers to the 2009 ODAC men’s tennis championship, marking the third team title in program history.
A team captain each of his four years at H-SC, Moss’s leadership exploits were extensive on campus. He was a member of the Hampden-Sydney Student Honor Court for two years followed by two more years as the court’s chairman. He was a member of the H-SC Student Affairs Committee as well as the Tigers’ Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Moss also served a term within his fraternity, Kappa Alpha, as the recording secretary.
“William Moss is a shining example of the true student-athlete,” explained H-SC athletic director Joe Bush. “Throughout his career at Hampden-Sydney College, William was an outstanding leader in all phases of campus life. He is one of a select few student-athletes to win four player of the year awards in their sport. He also led H-SC to its first tennis championship since the early 1980's.”
2010 Harry G. “Doc” Jopson Award Nominees
Max Axelrod, Baseball, Virginia Wesleyan College
Brian Creghan, Golf, Guilford College
Drew Elkins, Baseball, Bridgewater College
Ben Goetsch, Basketball/Track & Field, Washington and Lee University
2010 Marjorie Berkley Award Nominees
Molly Ariail, Basketball, Randolph-Macon College
Katie Furches, Equestrian, Hollins University
Madison Kebler, Tennis, Randolph College
Ashley Meyer, Cross Country/Track & Field, Lynchburg College
Sarah Roth, Field Hockey, Eastern Mennonite
Ann Seufer, Basketball, Guilford College
Jazamine Stallings, Track & Field, Roanoke
Jenna Worsham, Swimming, Washington and Lee University