ATLANTA (May 12, 2016) – Sewanee senior student-athletes Eric Roddy and Emily Javadi have been named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Man and Woman of the Year.
The SAA Man and Woman of the Year awards, presented by Summit Management Corporation, are the highest honors the league bestows. An event will be held at the University of the South campus on June 13 to celebrate the recipients and their families.
Since the league started in 2012-13, the Tigers have won five of the eight SAA Man and Woman of the Year awards.
A recent graduate of the University of the South, Javadi completed her bachelor of science degree in biology with a 3.54 GPA. A member of the SAA Academic Honor Roll every semester, she parlayed her love of science into community service when, during her junior spring semester break, she spent a week in Haiti providing medical service.
On the links, Javadi has enjoyed success unlike any other women’s golfer in program history. Already named one of the top-15 Sewanee female athletes all-time by the Tennessean Javadi rose to No. 1 in the national rankings earlier this season.
The Chattanooga, Tenn., native entered her fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament ranked No. 5 nationally. A two-time SAA Women's Golf Player of the Year winner, Javadi has been named to the All-SAA First-Team all four seasons.
This season, the Chattanooga, Tenn., native was just named a WGCA All-American for the third time. She also won the Dan Quayle Collegiate, MCC Women’s Intercollegiate, the GolfWeek Preview, and SAA Championship. Along with breaking the GolfWeek Preview scoring record, Javadi finished no worse than seventh in any event in 2015-16.
Additionally, she has been awarded as a WGCA Academic All-America twice (2013, 2015). In 2013, Javadi was named the WGCA/NCAA Freshman of the Year.
Currently, she, along with her teammates, are on the course competing in the 2016 NCAA Championships in Houston, Texas.
Eric Roddy is the rare student-athlete who perfectly encapsulates the character of the league’s top honor. A double major in English and Spanish, he graduated from the University of the South as one of the top four students in the Class of 2016, with a 4.03 GPA.
Additionally, he has served tirelessly over a four-year period as a Bonner Leader, performing community service in a neighboring poor rural county school system. On the tennis court, he led his team to four straight SAA Regular Season and Tournament Championships while earning four All-SAA First-Team awards.
A Bonner Leader for eight semesters, Roddy volunteered eight hours a week tutoring in the Grundy County School System as a college counselor.
He is currently ranked No. 2 in the country in doubles and No. 9 in the region in singles. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native has a 25-3 doubles record and a 19-4 singles record that includes only one NCAA Division III loss this season.
Already a 2016 All-American as a result of his ITA Regional Doubles Championship and second place finish at the ITA National Championships last fall, Roddy and teammate Jack Gray have qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championships later in May.
Finally, Roddy was a 2015 Rhodes Scholar finalist and traveled to Spain to study in the summer between his sophomore and junior years. In 2015, he started an internship in New York for Scout.com and writes a weekly blog on the Miami Dolphins. He also has published articles for Sewanee's local community paper, the Sewanee Mountain Messenger, as a guest columnist.
In a joint effort to honor the Southern Athletic Association's most elite student-athletes, Summit Management Corporation, and the SAA partnered last fall to create the annual SAA Man and Woman of the Year. The awards, selected by a committee comprised of Summit Management and SAA representatives, are given to the senior class male and female nominees who best exemplify traits of leadership, character, athletic and academic success.
The criteria for SAA Man and Woman of the Year nominees included that they must be a senior with no eligibility remaining, they must have been named First-Team All-SAA in the sport in which in the participated during their athletic careers, and they must have qualified for the SAA Academic Honor Roll during their tenure as a student-athlete. Additionally, SAA Man and Woman of the Year candidates are expected to be involved in their local community in some meaningful way.