Abilene Christian University seniors John David Baker, Andrea Carpenter and Micah Hermsdorf Tuesday night were honored at the ACU Athletics Awards Banquet as winners of the Paul Goad Award for the 2013-14 academic year.
The Paul Goad Award signifies the top male and female student-athlete at ACU each year. Goad was a three-sport student-athlete at ACU in the mid-1950s and the award bearing his name has been handed out to ACU student-athletes since his death in November 1978.
Carpenter also won this year's Horizon Award, which is presented to those student-athletes whose single-season performances result in extraordinary career achievements. An Amarillo native, Carpenter was honored by the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame this winter as its Soccer Player of the Year, and last fall she received third team all-region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a first team citation from the Southland Conference.
A three-time all-America, Carpenter was named all-conference at the end of each of her four seasons as she collected a program record 127 points on 56 goals and 15 assists through 77 starts. Prior to this season she was a three-time all-Lone Star Conference selection from 2010 to 2012 and was its Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
In Carpenter's first and only season as a NCAA-DI competitor, she ranked second in the Southland Conference to Nicholls State's Spencer Valdespino in both points (32) and goals (13), and tied for fourth in the league in assists (6).
Carpenter is a two-time winner of the Goad Award and is sharing this year's prize with Hermsdorf - a first-time honoree from the Wildcats' decorated tennis program. Hermsdorf is the fifth tennis player to win the award since 2001, following Julia Mongin (2013), Irene Squillaci (2009), Lacey Johnson (2003) and Leah Ticer (2001).
An all-conference players in singles and doubles the last three years, Hermsdorf made the Southland Conference's first team in singles and second team in doubles (with younger sister, Kaysie), after posting records of 18-7 and 20-6, respectively, at the top position.
Hermsdorf went 9-9 through five fall tournaments and lost her first two of the spring at a tournament hosted by Indiana. But from there, she went on to win 8 of her first 10 non-conference matches before conquering nine of 11 conference foes with her lone defeats coming against Southeastern Lousiana's Renee Villarreal and Southland Conference Player of the Year Klaudia Gawlik of McNeese State.
At the end of the regular season, Gawlik was the only conference player to have more wins than Hermsdorf at No. 1, beating her by one victory, 18-17.
In doubles play, the Hermsdorf sisters immediately established themselves as one of the top pairings in the Southland Conference despite playing only four times together over the past year. The duo began dual season on a 12-match winning streak and finished the year at 20-6 with eight of its wins coming against league opponents.
Hermsdorf was a nationally ranked doubles player with Hannah Kelly the previous two years, and in 2012 they attained all-America status. In 2011, Hermsdorf was a all-Lone Star Conference selection in singles after leading the team with 23 victories.
Baker - the fourth football player to receive the Goad Award since 2001 - finished his only season as the Wildcats' starter with 3,376 passing yards in 2013, which is the fourth-best single-season total in school history. His 247 completions are the fourth-most in a season in ACU history, and his 369 attempts are tied for the 10th-most in a season. His 35 touchdowns are the fourth-most in a season in ACU history, and his 35-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio is the second-best in program history behind the 38:3 ratio posted by Mitchell Gale in 2010.
Baker's 3,632 yards of total offense are the fourth-most in a season in ACU history, as are the 468 total offensive plays he took part in during the season. Baker posted two of the top eight single-game yardage totals in ACU history in 2013. His 485-yard effort in the season finale at Prairie View A&M is the third-best single-game total in program history, while his 428-yard performance against New Mexico State is the eighth-best single-game performance in program history.
He accounted for five touchdowns in the season finale against Prairie View A&M (four passing and one rushing) to give him 40 touchdowns accounted for in 2013 (35 passing and five rushing), which is a new single-season school record. He set a school record in the season-opener with seven touchdown passes against Concordia, breaking the old record of six set originally by Clint Longley in 1973 and later tied by Billy Malone in 2006 and then again in 2008. In the Wildcats' 60-17 win over McMurry on Sept. 7, Baker ran for 102 yards and a touchdown to become the first Wildcat quarterback since Nov. 20, 1965, when Jacky Roland ran for 1.
Paul Goad Award
Presented to the top male and female athletes of the year at ACU.
2000-01: Alfred Rugema (cross country), Leah Ticer (tennis)
2001-02: Ryan Boozer (football), Melanie Carter (basketball)
2002-03: Alfred Rugema (cross country), Lacey Johnson (tennis)
2003-04: Bernard Manirakiza (track), Melanie Carter (basketball)
2004-05: Bernard Manirakiza (track), Katie Bryan (softball)
2005-06: Danieal Manning (football), Amanda Slate (volleyball)
2006-07: Nicodemus Naimadu (track), Angie Aguilar (track and field)
2007-08: Jerale Badon (football), Abbie Lowry (volleyball)
2008-09: Jordan Schmitt (baseball), Irene Squillaci (tennis)
2009-10: Aaron Oliver (baseball), Shawna Hines (volleyball)
2010-11: Alex Carpenter (golf), Andrea Carpenter (soccer)
2011-12: Nick Jones (track and field), Jennie Hutt (volleyball)
2012-13: Alex Carpenter (golf), Julia Mongin (tennis)
2013-14: John David Baker (football), Andrea Carpenter (soccer) and Micah Hermsdorf (tennis)
About Paul Goad
Paul Goad was a three-sport student-athlete at ACU in the mid-1950s. Goad lettered in football, baseball and track and field for the Wildcats after transferring to ACU after his freshman campaign at Vanderbilt. He won the Texas Conference title in the shot put in 1954, and he was a member of ACU's NAIA national championship track and field teams in 1954 and 1955.
Goad was ACU's leading rusher and scorer in 1954, and in 1955 he was third team all-America. He went on to play professionally for one season (1956) with the San Francisco 49ers after being selected by the team in the 25th round of the 1956 draft.
Presented to student-athletes whose single-season efforts result in noteworthy career achievements.
2007-08: Nicodemus Naimadu, Bernard Scott
2008-09: Bernard Scott, Billy Malone, Johnny Knox, Sam Collins, and Camille Vandendriessche
2010-11: Amos Sang, Nick Jones, Ramon Sparks, Desmond Jackson, and Edmond Gates
2011-12: None awarded
2012-13: Alex Carpenter, Mitchell Gale
2013-14: Andrea Carpenter
Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.