Birmingham, AL—University of North Alabama senior pitcher Trey Mitchell has been named the 2011 Gulf South Conference Male Commissioner's Trophy winner.
The award was presented at the GSC's Annual Meeting at the Hilton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, AL Monday. Southern Arkansas's Maggie Glover won the Female GSC Commissioner's Trophy.
Mitchell, a senior on the North Alabama baseball team and a Florence native, is the first UNA men's award winner since 2001-02 when baseball great Douglas Hargett won his second consecutive trophy. The senior is also North Alabama's fifth all-time winner following Hargett and football standouts James Davis in 1991 and Cody Gross in 1996.
Glover (Volleyball, Graduate Student, Waxahachie, Tex.) is SAU's second all-time women's honoree after softball great Krystal Poulin claimed laurels in 2003-04.
The Commissioner's Trophy is the highest honor bestowed by the Conference and one of the most prestigious individual honors in Division II. The league initiated the men's award in 1974-75 and added the women's honor in 1982-83. The Commissioner's Trophies were announced at the annual GSC Awards Banquet where the Conference also recognized its "Top Ten" recipients (released on June 17) and All-Sports Trophy Champions (men: Harding; women: West Florida).
Twenty-three student-athletes (13 females and 10 males) were nominated for the GSC's 15th Annual "Top Ten" (was previously the "Top Eight" until 2005), which combines athletic achievements and academic excellence with extracurricular activities, leadership and community service. The male(s) and female(s) earning the most points receive the Commissioner's Trophy.