Cumberland's top scholar-athlete
LEBANON -- Cumberland University's Chelsey Hall was voted the 2015-16 recipient of the Lindsey Donnell Award this week, presented annually to a Phoenix student-athlete who excels in both academics and athletics.
The award is given in honor of Lindsey Donnell, a former Phoenix football Little All-American and former professor at Cumberland University.
Hall earned Third Team All-America honors for the second straight season, leading Cumberland in scoring (12.8) and assists (3.0) in 2015-16 while netting double figures 18 times.
The Murfreesboro native garnered First Team All-Mid-South Conference accolades for the second straight season as well, netting 20-plus points on four occasions, including 25 points at the University of Pikeville, 24 at Georgetown College and 20 at Middle Georgia State.
"Chelsey is a great representative of our University both on-and-off the court," Director of Athletics Ron Pavai said. "She is a great competitor and a terrific player but also a tremendous teammate and an outstanding student.
She embodies all of the qualities we are looking for in student-athletes at Cumberland University."
Hall tied her career-high with 30 points at Campbellsville University in February.
A former standout at Blackman High in Murfreesboro and a transfer from Tennessee-Martin, Hall ranked 10th nationally in free throw percentage (.837), leading the conference in that category.
Hall is a two-time Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athlete and was named a 2015-16 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete this season, posting a 3.64 GPA in Health and Human Performance.
Donnell set a national collegiate football record in 1936 with 1,500 rushing yards, a single-season record that stood until the 1960s.
He graduated from Cumberland in 1936 and returned to teach English from 1960-62. CU's on-campus soccer stadium is named in his honor.
Mr. Donnell also taught for several years at Lebanon's Castle Heights Military Academy and was one of the first inductees into the Cumberland Sports Hall of Fame.