This week is NCAA Division III Week and member institutions across the country are celebrating the sixth-year event.
Division III Week, which runs from Monday through Sunday, is intended to recognize the academic and athletic accomplishments as well as the campus leadership and community service efforts of Division III student-athletes.
As part of Huntingdon College's participation in Division III Week, five student-athletes will be featured this week. Huntingdon senior LeeAnn Cahoon is today's featured student-athlete.
By Chuck Tidmore
Sports Information Assistant
Name: LeeAnn Cahoon
Hometown: Prattville, Ala.
Major: Exercise Science with a minor in psychology
Career Goals: Would like to be a golf coach
Sport: Women's Golf
Athletic Accomplishments: During her senior season, Cahoon has finished in the top 10 in six tournaments. Cahoon opened the 2016-17 season with a win in the BSC Shootout, the lowest round in program history with a 1-under-par 69 and the best two-round total in program history of 2-over 142. Her win is the first individual tournament win in Lady Hawks' history and the second individual win of any kind in program history. For her career, Cahoon entered her senior season atop many Huntingdon records. She shot the first round under par as a junior and was the first player in program history to appear in the NCAA tournament. As a sophomore, she was ranked as high as 13th in Division III. She was named a Division III second-team All-American by the Women's Golf Coaches Association as a junior. She was named Huntingdon's Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and earned Huntingdon's Single-Game Performance of the Year her sophomore season.
Academic Achievements and Campus Activities: Cahoon was named to the USA South All-Academic Team her freshman and sophomore seasons. She has also been a Huntingdon Ambassador and Student Recruiter.
What made you feel like Huntingdon was the right place for you? "I wasn't sure I wanted to stay close to where I am from, but as soon as I came on my visit and spoke with coach Ashley Crane and coach Dave Schreyer about playing golf, I knew this is where I wanted to be. It felt like home to me and I loved the campus and the architecture of the buildings and it just felt like family here."
What has made your Huntingdon experience unique? "Being able to get to know all the professors here on a personal level. With traveling for golf so much, it's been nice to be able to interact with them and have one-on-one time with them."
How has Huntingdon challenged you academically and athletically? "I believe I have become a better student over the past four years. I have learned to study better and I learned to study while on golf trips. Out of the classroom, my coaches have made me into a better athlete and I am really thankful for them."
What has been your biggest highlight as a Huntingdon student-athlete? "It would have to be becoming the first woman in program history to make it to the NCAA Division III Championship Golf tournament. I couldn't have done it without coach Dave or coach Ashley, my teammates and God. They have all helped me so much."
As a student-athlete, what is your impression of Division III now compared to your first season? "Everyone likes to look at Division I and think they are so much better but the gap is a lot closer. Honestly, I think Division III student-athletes are just as dedicated and love our sport, if not more, than Division I because there are no scholarships."