HIGH POINT, N.C. –- Belmont Abbey catcher Claire Doyle has been named Conference Carolinas Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Softball, the league office announced today. The prestigious award, voted by the Student-Athlete Affairs Committee, is presented annually to one student-athlete in each sport for recognition of their outstanding performance both on the field and in the classroom.
As a junior, Doyle stood out as a leader both in the classroom and on the field. Carrying a 3.94 GPA as a double major in both psychology and educational studies, the Jacksonville, Fla. native was named to the Academic All-Conference team. On the field, Doyle was a First-Team All-Conference Carolinas selection, leading the Crusaders and standing fourth in the league with a .406 average. She stood fifth in the league in hits and 14th in doubles, leading or sharing the team lead in both. Doyle was a Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and is under consideration for Academic All-America honors.
Candidates are submitted by member institutions for each of the conference's twenty-three sponsored sports. To be considered for the honor, the student-athlete must have been named Academic All-Conference, which entails having attended their member institution for at least one year and having reached junior or senior standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4-point scale. Scholar-Athletes of the Year must also be represented on their sport's all-conference teams which are chosen by coaches at the end of each playing season. This spring's class of honorees holds an impressive average GPA of 3.80.