LEWISTON, Idaho -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Thursday afternoon that Spring Hill College pitcher William Tillman has been named a 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete in baseball.
Tillman, a junior from Theodore (Ala.) High School, is a Pre-Med major who spent most of the 2011 season nursing a shoulder injury. As a true freshman in 2009, he pitched in five games with a 3.86 ERA in 9.1 innings pitched. Tillman is currently in the SHC Honors Program, a Dean's List student and a 2011 member of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Academic Team.
Over the 2010-11 academic year, 14 Spring Hill student-athletes from nine athletic teams won recognition as Scholar Athletes by the NAIA. Since the award was introduced in 1979, 125 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year a total of 228 baseball players were named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.