Churchill named 2014 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Shaela Churchill
Shaela Churchill

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former Campbell softball player Shaela Churchill has been named the 2014 Big South Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Campbell's first-ever female athlete to capture the conference's top honor recognizing success both on the field and in the classroom.

Churchill, who graduated in May with a degree in mathematics following a four-year career with the Camels, was also the recipient of the Big South's George A. Christenberry Award, the highest academic accolade presented by the conference, after maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA throughout her playing career at Campbell.

The Winterville, N.C., native was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA All-District 3 Academic Team following her junior and senior seasons and was a three-time NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete. In addition, Churchill was also a three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member after earning a spot in each of her last three seasons.

On the field, Churchill made 143 starts in 173 appearances for the Camels from 2011-14. In 343 at-bats, she collected 75 hits (17 doubles, three triples and seven home runs) while batting in 29 runs. The infielder, who saw much of her time at second base, finished her career with a strong .953 fielding percentage while playing a role in 505 put-outs across her four seasons.

Campbell won 132 games during Churchill's career, winning 30 or more games in all four seasons, and reached the semifinals of the Big South Tournament in both 2013 and 2014. The Camels went 31-27 during the 2014 season as Churchill batted .236 with 26 hits and 16 RBIs.

Churchill is the third softball player in the last four years to earn the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, with the lone exception being Megan Rhodes of Radford's women's soccer team in 2013. She finished with 35 points in the voting, outpacing Radford track and field athlete Teresa Williamson (26 points) and Winthrop track and field athlete Jeanne Stroud (23 points) for the top honor.

Trey Lambert of Liberty's baseball team took home top honors on the men's side, becoming the second consecutive male winner from the Flames.