PEACH BELT TRAILBLAZING

Columbus State University’s student-athletes consistently aim to win on courts and in classrooms.

During the 2015-16 academic year, Cougars and Lady Cougars proved the point by bringing home their second straight Peach Belt Conference Presidents’ Academic Award and the Peach Belt Conference Commissioner’s Cup.

“Winning the Commissioner’s Cup is an incredible accomplishment by our student-athletes, coaches and the overall athletic department,” said CSU Director of Athletics Todd Resser, who received the cup at this year’s annual Peach Belt Conference awards dinner in Hilton Head, South Carolina. “This award is a direct reflection on our outstanding coaches and their effort and resourcefulness to recruit talented young men and women, and inspire them to compete at a very high level.”

The Commissioner’s Cup is given annually to the best overall athletic department by conference standings. The university secured its first cup during the 2010-11 academic year, making this one its fifth and tying with North Florida for the most in conference history.

The Presidents’ Academic Award recognizes excellence in academics, including all of an institution’s students-athletes.

Along with the award and cup, CSU’s exceptional athletic year also included the Cougars and Lady Cougars winning championships in the following PBC regular season sports:

  • women’s soccer in regular and tournament;
  • women’s basketball;
  • men’s basketball;
  • men’s golf;
  • men’s baseball in regular and tournament; and
  • all-girl cheerleading title.

“I could not be more proud of our athletic department,” Resser said, “and their representation of Columbus State University.”

Athletics By The Numbers

  • 9: Number of All-Americans during the 2015-16 academic year;
  • 7: Peach Belt Conference Championships;
  • 33: All-Conference selections;
  • 7: Teams in NCAA post season;
  • 3: PBC Players of the Year;
  • 4: PBC Coaches of the Year;
  • 345: Overall GPA of student-athletes;
  • 5: Academic All-Americans;
  • 60: PBC All-Academic selections;

CSU also earned PBC male (Blake Edwards, baseball) and female (Shelby Rolling, soccer) Scholar Athlete of the Year.

DID YOU KNOW? NBA center and power forward Dwight Howard of the Atlanta Hawks congratulated Anita Howard (no relation) for becoming CSU’s new head coach of the Lady Cougar basketball program. This year Anita became the third head coach in the program’s history. Here is what Dwight had to say: “Congratulations to Columbus State University for hiring Anita Howard as its new head women’s basketball coach. I’ve observed unparalleled energy and passion in her leadership. She is a true winner and a great person!”

For the full story, visit news.columbusstate.edu and search “Anita Howard.”

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Stefan Lawrence: Muscogee Teacher of the Year

Alumnus Stefan Lawrence, ’09, ’12, earned the title of Muscogee County School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2016. The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation announced Lawrence as this year’s winner during its annual gala in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center during May. The former Cougar basketball guard graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in secondary education. Today, Lawrence teaches English and Advanced Placement English at Carver High School — one of five Georgia schools named this year as an AP Champion.