ROCK HILL, South Carolina (TheSAC.com) – The South Atlantic Conference announced Thursday, July 14, its awards for Woman and Man of the Year 2021-22. Graduate student in softball from Lenoir-Rhyne Savannah Moorefield was named SAC Woman of the Year, while student female basketball athlete Coker, Raya Coley was named SAC Minority/International Woman of the Year. In addition, the male footballer of Lenoir-Rhyne Charles Montoliu Lobo was named SAC Man of the Year.

Moorefield, an aerobatic graduate student from Claudville, Va., earned a 3.92 GPA in public health and recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science for her undergraduate. In four of her years as a Bear, she earned All-SAC honors for outstanding performance on the court, while starting in all five seasons. Moorefield has been named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll each year for maintaining a GPA of 3.30 or higher. Moorefield also made the all-district CoSIDA academy team her junior season and received numerous awards based on Lenoir-Rhyne’s merit as a student-athlete.

In her first year as a Bears, she played in 55 games totaling 44 runs and 28 RBI while winning the SAC Regular Season Championship title. Moorefield’s sophomore and third years were nothing short of amazing as she started and played in every game and had nine homers, 41 RBIs and 82 runs scored between the two years. She continued to build on her ever-successful career playing in every game in her senior and grad year while breaking the school record for a hitting streak with 22 and earning first-team All-SAC. during both seasons.

Moorefield was dedicated not only to his education and schooling, but also to serving his community. During the five years, she served the Gathering House of Ministries, participated in Operation Christmas Child Box, and community service events on and off campus. She was also selected to join the Bears Leadership Academy for athletes who demonstrate leadership qualities and achieve leadership roles on their sports team.

Coley, a recent graduate, was a member of the women’s basketball program for four years and achieved a 4.0 GPA while majoring in physical education with a concentration in exercise science and a minor in psychology. Coley made Coker’s President’s List all four years, won the 2020-21 D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award, was a finalist for SAC Student-Athlete of the Year in 2019 and 2020, and made the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his four years.
On the pitch, she has appeared in at least 10 or more games in her four seasons. Most notably during her junior season, she started all 20 games averaging 29.3 minutes per game, 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. During her senior season, she played in 25 games averaging 13.9 minutes per game, 3.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.

Hailing from Raleigh, NC, Coley was active on and off the court in the Coker community. She has volunteered at Coker Enactus where she was the Project Manager of the Women Empowerment Project which specifically led to the promotion of women owned businesses, highlighting, sponsoring and sponsoring a particular local business during the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also been involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Coker Emerging Leaders, Hartsville Soup Kitchen, Coker Writer’s Studio, and many other extracurricular activities. Since graduating, Coley will begin PT school at Elon University in January 2023 to continue her research and work to ensure the next generation of athletes stays healthy.
Montoliu Lobo, a graduate from Valencia, Spain, graduated with a GPA of 3.91 while majoring in Engineering Physics and Computer Science. He has made three appearances on the university’s presidents list for having a GPA of 3.9 or higher and no Bs. He also won the CoSIDA Academic All-District Award in 2021 as well as the SAC Men’s Soccer Elite award 20 and the SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

On the pitch, Lobo is a three-time All-SAC selection as a midfielder, including earning first-team honors in 2021. He has three goals and two assists during the 2021 season, scoring the winner of the game against Florida Tech and he helped lead the Bears to a No. 8 national ranking during the season. He was named SAC Freshman of the Year in 2018 for his outstanding skills on the pitch.
Montoliu Lobo has also been very active off the court, as a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and he is part of the Bears Leadership Academy. The double team captain has also volunteered during the summer months with the Asociacion Periferia, a Spanish association which helps children at risk of social exclusion.

Moorefield and Coley will move forward as conference nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

NCAA member schools have nominated 577 female student-athletes for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award is rooted in Title IX and recognizes graduate female athletes who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility and achieved academic, athletic, service and leadership throughout their academic career.