KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Monday, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that Spring Hill College head softball coach Alison Sellers-Cook was named the 2011-12 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Coach of Character in recognition to her commitment to the five core character values of the NAIA's Champions of Character program.
In the NAIA, a coach has a great opportunity to help student-athletes have a great sports experience that is meaningful, challenging, educational and fun. With the Champions of Character program coaches are able to help define, model, shape and reinforce the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.
Nominated by SHC Director of Athletics Jim Hall, head baseball coach Frank Sims and senior softball first baseman Jenny Laird of Mobile, Ala., Sellers-Cook has been a dedicated supporter of Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child, Strike Out Cancer, and many other charitable organizations in the Mobile area.
"I am extremely honored to receive this award," said Sellers-Cook. "As a coach, I believe you should strive to not only bring the best out of your players on the field, but to also prepare them for a life after sports off of the field. You become invested in them as players and as people. I always try to keep this thought in mind as I develop a relationship with a player."
Sellers-Cook has been head coach of the Badgers since 2005 and won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Coach of the Year Award after the 2007 season when her team advanced to the NAIA Region XIII Tournament.