Southern Arkansas volleyball standout Maggie Glover (Waxahachie, Texas) reached the pinnacle of the Gulf South Conference when she received the league’s top award in being named the winner of the 2010-11 Commissioner’s Trophy Monday at the annual GSC Awards Banquet at the Hilton Birmingham Hotel.
The Commissioner’s Trophy is the highest honor bestowed by the conference and one of the most prestigious individual honors in NCAA Division II. The league initiated the men’s award in 1974-75 and added the women’s honor in 1982-83. Both the men’s and women’s Commissioner’s Trophy honorees are selected from among the GSC’s “Top Ten” recipients, who were also recognized at the annual banquet, as well as the conference All-Sports Trophy champions for both men (Harding) and women (West Florida).
There were 23 student-athletes from across the conference nominated for this year’s GSC “Top Ten” from which the Commissioner’s Trophy honorees are selected. Criteria is based on athletic achievement, academic excellence, and extracurricular activities, leadership and community service, with the male and female earning the most votes from a committee receiving the Commissioner’s Trophy. North Alabama senior starting pitcher Trey Mitchell was this year’s male recipient.
Glover is SAU’s second all-time women’s student-athlete to receive the award after former softball great Krystal Poulin (Marana, Ariz.) in 2003-04, and the fourth from Southern Arkansas overall in addition to football All-American Eddie Key (Longview, Texas) (2001-02) and baseball All-American Bobby Beeson (Magnolia) (2003-04).
Glover was the only graduate student among this year’s “Top Ten” field, having begun that course work this past fall during her final season. The focal point of this year’s Lady Mulerider volleyball team, she guided the squad to a 20-12 mark, a 19-win improvement over the 2009 season, which was one of the top turnarounds in the country. Her .440 attack percentage set a school record, led the league, and ranked fourth in Division II, and is the second-best mark in GSC history for a season. Glover also had the conference’s fourth-highest single-match attack percentage in history, hitting .875 in a win over Philander Smith. That and her .778 percentage against Stillman set the top two marks all-time at SAU. A team captain, she also led the squad with 96 total blocks and 397 points scored, and was second on the team with 299 kills.
For her efforts on the court this season, Glover was a second team selection on the Daktronics All-South Region team, was named first team All-GSC, and was honored as both a GSC West Division defensive and offensive player of the week. In April she received Southern Arkansas’ women’s Auburn Smith Award, the highest accolade a student-athlete can earn, and was awarded volleyball’s most outstanding athlete.
A fifth-year player, Glover suffered a season-ending injury in her first match as a freshman in 2006, and then went on to 122 starts in 124 matches for the rest of her career. This year she became the Lady Muleriders’ fifth player all-time to reach 1,000 kills for a career, finishing with 1,037, and ranks in the top five all-time with 364 career blocks.
Glover’s academic achievements are equally impressive, posting a 3.77 cumulative GPA in graduating Cum Laude in May 2010 with a B.S. in psychology and minor in sociology, before recording a 4.00 GPA this past fall in her first semester in graduate school in counseling. She was a second team honoree on this year’s ESPN Academic All-District 6 team, was named to the GSC All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year, and is a now a five-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll.
While at SAU, Glover was inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu National Social Sciences Honor Society, Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society, and to Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was twice an American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award honoree, received both theSouthern Arkansas women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Mulerider Leadership awards, and was a four-time member of the President’s List and two-time member of the Dean’s List.
Glover was actively involved in the Association of Baptist Students (ABS), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Forward Club. She served as a student affiliate in both the American Psychological Association and the Arkansas Counseling Association, and was an SAU President’s Ambassador.
Among her many community activities, Glover helped lead worship services in local churches through the ABS Travel Team, was a Friend of CASA, participated in highway and street trash pick-up programs, and was actively involved in organizing, advertising and participating in various fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Relay for Life.