LAKEPOINTE, Ga. – Despite McCarley Thomas’ Lipscomb softball career coming to an end with her graduation in May, her work on and off the field continues to be recognized. On Monday, Thomas was named to the ASUN Conference’s 2016-17 spring semester “Winners for Life” team.
The Winners for Life team is comprised of one student-athlete from each of the eight ASUN institutions who best demonstrates the conference’s “Core Values” – Education, Honesty, Student-Athlete Experience, Fairness, Health, Ambition, Respect, Diversity, Inclusion, Leadership, Responsibility, and Sportsmanship.
“I think McCarley is perfect for this award,” softball head coach Kristin Ryman said. “She puts everything she has into softball, but then puts it into everything else she does too. She’s just a well-rounded student-athelete.”
After three years as a rarely-used backup pitcher, Thomas carried a heavy load as senior pitching in 25 games and collecting a dozen wins. She finished seventh in the ASUN with a 2.50 ERA and her 120 strikeouts were good for sixth-best.
However, Thomas’ off the diamond impact was just as great. She finished her English Teaching degree with a 3.95 grade-point average and was named an NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete as well as a member of the ASUN All-Academic Team. While a senior, Thomas served as the President of Lipscomb’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“She was the spiritual leader of our team and was for a long time,” Ryman said. “She puts others before herself and is as humble as they come. She’s a great teammate to everyone.”
Even with her busy schedule, Thomas found time to tutor younger students across the campus at Lipscomb Academy. On the University side, she helped mentor IDEAL students, a program on campus that teaches life skills to those with developmental disabilities.
“I can’t think of anybody that represents an award like this better than McCarley Thomas,” Ryman said. “Obviously, I’m really, really proud of her.”