ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia College softball senior Amber Coy (Warner Robins) has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious Coach Wooden Citizens Cup Award. Coy is one of five athletes chosen from the Division II ranks.
The Coach Wooden Citizen Cup Award presented by Athletes for a Better World is named after Coach John Wooden, who was not only a tremendous coach but also an outstanding role model for student athletes everywhere. Twenty-two semifinalists were selected from three divisions in the NCAA including Bobcat student-athlete Amber Coy.
This award is one of the best an athlete can receive, given to the athlete who shows tremendous character on and off the field. Coy is a prime example of the athletes that earn this award, showing extraordinary teamwork, hard work and character on the softball diamond; off the diamond she displays extraordinary citizenship and the will to help people in need. A nursing major with a 3.90 GPA at Georgia College, Coy proves her willingness and readiness to take effective action to help those in need. She embodies what it means to be a Bobcat student-athlete.
Coy serves as the secretary for the Bobcat Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is very active in the Baldwin County community and back at home in Warner Robins. She is active in her church and has volunteered at the Mary Vinson Library and the Life Enrichment Center in Milledgeville among others. She also won the 2019 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Elite 15 Award, given to the student-athlete with the top GPA among the teams at the championship site.
“We are so happy that Amber has been selected for this great honor,” said GC softball coach Jamie Grodecki. “Amber is an exceptional person in aspects of life. She is a great leader, teammate, student, Christian, and I can’t think of someone more deserving. She is just one of the many reasons I enjoy coaching. I get to spend time with extraordinary young women would bring the best out of everyone around them.”
All-time Georgia College Athletics has had two other student-athletes reach the semifinalist level for this honor. The most recent was GC Soccer’s Ally Barys in 2016, joining fellow soccer alum Kara Teresi in 2009. Tim Tebow from the University of Florida would go on to win that year. This prestigious award as been granted to athletes like Jack Nicklaus, Pat Summitt, Dikembe Mutombo, Drew Brees, Mia Hamm, Peyton Manning, John Smoltz, John Lynch, Andrea Yaeger and Cal Ripken, Jr. Thus truly making it one of the highest honors in sports.