Chad Hartman, a member of the Lipscomb University men's basketball team, and Lynn Roller, a member of the women's Atlantic Sun Conference champion basketball team, were presented Walter Nipper Sportsmanship Awards hosted by the Nashville Civitan Club.
"Chad is a quality, quality kid," said Lipscomb men's basketball coach Scott Sanderson. "I had only been here a year. When we recruited him we tried to sell him on basketball, academics and everything the school could do for him. It is all going to bode well for him because had a good basketball career and he is going to get his degree in May,"
Hartman came to Lipscomb from Archbishop Shaw High School in Belle Chase, La. His degree will be in exercise science. His plans are to intern this summer before accepting a full-time job.
"He will get a good quality job whatever he decides to do," Sanderson said. "In my mind choosing schools is about making opportunities for the rest of your life and that is what he has done. He is a solid kid. He will extremely successful at whatever he does because he works extremely hard."
Hartman started 27 of Lipscomb's 28 games last season and played in every game. He averaged 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
"His basketball playing reflects his school work and how he carries himself off of the court," Sanderson said. "He is an excellent student-athlete. He does what he is supposed to do. You could always count on him as a player or a student. It goes back to his parents and how he was raised."
Roller, a graduate of Lipscomb High School, played in all 32 games for the Lady Bosons. She served as a co-captain and averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Her value to the Lady Bisons, however, could not be measured by statistics.
"I thought she played a big leadership role," said Lipscomb women's coach Frank Bennett. "I have talked several times about the point in the season when we had lost four-out-of-five games and were 4-7,. We were trying to bounce back from that. We had a couple of internal problems to deal with and I thought she played a big part in showing internal leadership."
Roller, a junior, is majoring in Spanish and business. Her contributions on the court, especially in the second half of the season, were keys to the Lady Bisons championship success.
"In the second half of the season she hit a lot of big 3-point shots," Roller said. "She was very solid. She didn't make many mistakes. She didn't start for us, but she played significant minutes for us. She is really respected by the other players on the team.
"She is able to speaker her mind, but do it in the right way. She is a hard worker. And the players respect her for her personality and what she stands for."