Charlotte, NC - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) held its annual Spring General Assembly Meeting and End-of-Year Awards Reception in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday, where the conference office announced its highest administrative and team awards.
Virginia State University swept both of the CIAA's highest team accolades with the Loretta Taylor and C.H. Williams All-Sports Awards. Both recognitions are awarded to the conference institution with this year's top women's and men's athletic programs.
The VSU women earned 102 points, leading with a runner-up finish in Outdoor Track & Field and third place team finishes in Indoor Track & Field and Cross Country.
The Trojan men captured their award with 104 points, due in part to championship titles in Football, Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, and a runner-up finish in Outdoor Track & Field.
Saint Augustine's University's volleyball, indoor, and outdoor track and field student-athlete Shakera Hall was named CIAA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Hall is a senior business administration major from Bridgetown, Barbados who posted a 3.939 grade point average this year.
Hall, who was named the CIAA Volleyball Offensive Player of the Year, ranked first in the CIAA and fourth in Division II in kills per set, first in the CIAA and seventh nationally in points per game, and third in the conference in total kills.
Hall was also voted HERO Sports Division II Volleyball Fan Choice National Offensive Player of the Year. The dual sport athlete ranks No. 4 in the Atlantic Region and 26th in Division II in the 100m hurdles after winning the conference's 100m hurdles in the outdoor season and the 60m hurdle event at the indoor championship.
Senior Philip Harrison of Livingstone College earned Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for his performance on the Blue Bears' men's golf team. The business administration major from Richmond, Virginia earned a 4.0 cumulative grade point average all while helping his team to win this year's Northern, Southern, and CIAA Golf Championship Tournament titles.
Harrison was named to the CIAA All-Conference Golf Team as well as the CIAA Golf All-Tournament Team. Outside of his time on the course, the 2018 Class Valedictorian volunteers his time to feed the less fortunate, mentor young athletes at junior golf camp, and also spends time with the Special Olympics. This is Harrison's second Scholar Athlete recognition after earning 2016 CIAA Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The Bowie State University Athletics Department was recognized with the award of Most Positive Game Environment for the 2017-2018 season.
Virginia Union's Joe Taylor was named Athletics Director of the Year.
Dr. Lawanda Miller of Fayetteville State University received the Senior Woman Administrator of the Year Award and K.C. Culler of Johnson C. Smith University was named CIAA John Holley Sports Information Director of the Year.