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Senior Awards Announced

Senior Awards Announced

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its Senior Awards Monday night as part of its annual Senior Class Banquet.

Following a keynote speech by Courtney (Beard) Jarrett '07 and the presentation of commorative plates to the 62 members of the Class of 2016, the department announced the winners of the major awards for the senior class.

Each year, the department recognizes the Outstanding Athlete, Outstanding Student-Athlete and Athletic Director's Award for males and females in the graduating class.

The awards emcompass the student-athletes entire SU career with the Athletic Director's Award, the highest award in the department, recognizing the two students that excel in the classroom, on the playing field and in service to the community.

The six awards are nominated and voted on by the head coaches and athletics department senior administrative staff.

This year, four student-athletes: Kelani Bailey, Danielle Burris, Nate Long and Darrell Thompson, earned the six awards.

Burris and Thompson both garnered two awards each; Burris was recognized as both female athlete and female student-athlete and Thompson as male athlete and male Athletic Director's award.

Bailey, a member of the field hockey team and a collegiate national champion in racquetball, earned the female Athletic Director's Award while Long was named as the Outstanding Male Student-Athlete.

Winner Bios:

Athletic Director's Award - Female: Kelani Bailey

  • Norfolk, Virginia native
  • Business/Sports Management major
  • A four-year member of the field hockey team
  • Three-time All-ODAC
  • 2015 ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • 2015-16 SAAC President
  • 2015 USA Racquetball Collegiate National Champion
  • Four-year member of the NFHCA Scholar-Athlete Team
  • NFHCA Scholar of Distinction
  • NCAA Leadership Forum

Athletic Director's Award and Outstanding Athlete - Male: Darrell Thompson

  • Middletown, Virginia native
  • Athletic Training major
  • A four-year member of the baseball team
  • Two-time All-ODAC
  • 2015 ODAC Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • 2014 ODAC Pitcher of the Year
  • 2014 and 2015 NCAA Regional All-Tournament
  • 2014 All-Region by ABCA and
  • Academic All-State 

Outstanding Athlete and Outstanding Student-Athlete - Female: Danielle Burris

  • Cooksville, Maryland native
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate
  • A four-year member of the soccer team
  • Three-time All-ODAC
  • 2014 and 2015 Academic All-America
  • 2014 and 2015 ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • 2014 and 2015 All-State
  • Two-time team captain
  • Academic All-State 

Outstanding Student-Athlete - Male: Nate Long

  • Biglerville, Pennsylvania native
  • Biology major
  • A three-year member of the soccer team
  • First men's soccer player ever to earn All-ODAC honors
  • NSCAA Regional All-Academic team
  • Two-time team captain
  • Academic All-State
  • ODAC All-Sportsmanship team
  • ODK Leadership Honor Society