ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College athletics director Michael Duffy has announced the Frank and Shirley Dick Senior Scholar-Athlete Award winners for the 2018-19 school year, including Colleen Cater (Ada, Mich./Lowell High School) of women's soccer and Tad Davis (Trenton HS) from men's soccer.
Faculty Athletic Representatives Tony Coumoundouros and Christy Mesaros-Winckles select the honorees from a pool of nominees that each sport coach at Adrian designates.
"I am extremely humbled to have received this award (because) I know a lot of people that worked extraordinarily hard throughout their years at Adrian and their hard work does not go unnoticed," stated Cater, who played on the backline for the Bulldogs. "Keeping up with school while in sports is a hard thing to do, and I couldn't have done it without the support of my family, friends, and team. I'm really thankful that Adrian emphasizes both the need for achievement in the classroom and on the field- not just one or the other."
Davis said:" It's an honor to be recognized for this award. It's a testament to what an average kid can accomplish because of a school like this one. I want to thank my parents, my family, friends, and Coach Ryan McDonald for the tremendous amount of help along the way. The soccer program was influential to who I am today and I could not have done it without the coaching staff at Adrian College."
Cater's co-curricular activities during her collegiate career included AC Honors Program, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Not for Sale campaign (awareness group about awareness of human trafficking), President's Advisory Council, Mortar Board (a national senior honor society) and Special Olympics.
Cater, who graduated from the College with a degree in marketing with a minor in leadership and ethics and a robust 4.0 grade-point average overall, is currently working at Cooper Standard in its Advanced Materials Science Division as an associate market research analyst.
The defender appeared in 33 games with 11 starts for the Bulldogs, who won their first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament championship in 2018. A two-time Academic All-MIAA standout, Cater notched her only collegiate goal on Sep. 18 vs. Michigan-Dearborn, which proved to be a game-winner.
Adrian women's soccer coach Ali Alamdari was excited to learn that Cater was selected for the athletic department's top academic award, saying "Colleen is a true legend within this program. She joined us during a time of transition and she has been such a huge inspiration to everyone in the program. She handled every challenge with selflessness and grace, and provided a phenomenal example to younger players. She's an incredibly hard-working and gifted student, and as much as we'll miss her, we're excited to see where her career after Adrian takes her."
"We knew Tad Davis was going to leave Adrian College Men's Soccer better than he found it the first day we met him," McDonald said. "He is someone who is of great character and has grown into a great leader. Tad exemplifies the type of person that should receive this award and we couldn't be more proud of him as a soccer play and a person."
Davis is the only Bulldog men's soccer player ever to be recognized a 2018 Google Cloud/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American® when he was named to the Third Team last fall. He is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District® choice his junior and senior years.
Davis, who led Adrian in scoring in 2017 and 2018, earned second-team All-MIAA honors in each of the last three seasons. He finished with 13 points which ties a career high, and also tied for the team lead in goals with five. He was named the MIAA's offensive player of the week twice last fall. He racked up 18 goals and 14 assists for 50 points during his 73-match career, which included 66 starts.
Off the field, Davis achieved a 3.95 GPA as a business administration major while minoring in communications.
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