Greene, Schmiege and Robinson Named Coca-Cola Student-Athletes of the Year at Upstate Coca-Cola Athletics Awards Banquet

April 27, 2015 at 9:18 am

The USC Upstate Athletic Department held its annual Coca-Cola Athletic Awards Banquet Sunday night and gave out more than 70 awards to celebrate the accomplishments of the department and its student-athletes in 2014-15. Ty Greene (men’s basketball), Marvin Schmiege (men’s soccer) and softball standout Shellie Robinson (softball) received the night’s highest honor in being named the Coca-Cola Student-Athletes of the Year.

In addition to the Student-Athlete of the Year awards, the Spartans honored career achievement with the Dr. Joe Bowman Pinnacle Award. Mario Blessing (men’s basketball), Ty Greene (men’s basketball), Cheyenne Griffin (softball), Alexis Jacobs (women’s track & field), Dana Landers (softball), Fred Miller (men’s basketball), Jasmine Polite (women’s cross country/track & field), Shellie Robinson (softball), Erik Samples (baseball), Kendall Settlemyre (softball), Isabel von Stryk (women’s tennis) and Brittany Walls (women’s track & field) were honored for career excellence as members of their respective programs.

Greene turned in an epic season that culminated his being named the Lou Henson Award winner as the best mid-major college basketball player in the country. He is the first Upstate student-athlete to receive a major national individual award since the department moved its athletic program to Division I in 2007-08. He was named the A-Sun Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection after leading Upstate to its most wins on the Division I level and its third postseason tournament appearance in the last four seasons. He became just the third player in A-Sun history to score 700 points in a season and finished the year with 709. He ranked 11th in the nation in scoring and among the Top 20 in steals and steals per game. He moved into fourth place on Upstate’s career scoring list with 1,884 points. He is also a standout in the classroom as a Political Science major and has been a key leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serving on mission trips outside of the campus community.

Schmiege nearly single-handedly lifted the men’s soccer team to its second appearance in the A-Sun Tournament with the best individual season during the Spartans’ Division I era. He broke the school’s Division I single-season and career scoring records en route to earning A-Sun Player of the Year honors. He became the first men’s soccer player to earn a major individual award from the conference since the department moved to Division I eight years ago. He also earned first team all-conference honors and was named an all-region player by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A standout in the classroom with a near-perfect GPA as a Business Administration major, he was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American after receiving first team Academic All-District and A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

Robinson will go down as one of the top student-athletes in the history of the athletic department and capped a tremendous career with a record-breaking senior season. The softball team still has the A-Sun Tournament and, potentially, the NCAA Tournament still to play, but Robinson has already had a memorable season. She not only broke her own single-season home runs record during the Division I era, she also broke the program’s all-time career record as well. She has hit over .400 for the entire season en route to also breaking the Division I era school record for runs. She moved into the top spot on Upstate’s Division I era record book for hits, home runs, doubles, runs, RBIs and slugging percentage during he season. She also became just the second player in the history of the A-Sun to reach 200 career hits and runs. Her senior season has helped her move into second place on the A-Sun all-time lists in four Different statistical categories and her home run production helped the 2015 Spartans break the A-Sun’s single-season home run record as well. She was named to USA Softball’s Top 50 “Watch List’ for National Player of the Year honors and became the third Spartan softball player to be drafted into professional softball when she was selected by the Akron Racers with the 23rd pick of the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft earlier this month. She has also been a solid student in the classroom as a Physical Education – Exercise and Sport Science major.

Athletics Department Awards

Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Year

Men – Ty Greene, Men’s Basketball & Marvin Schmiege, Men’s Soccer

Women – Shellie Robinson, Softball

Dr. Joe Bowman Pinnacle Award

Mario Blessing, Men’s Basketball

Ty Greene, Men’s Basketball

Cheyenne Griffin, Softball

Alexis Jacobs, Women’s Track & Field

Dana Landers, Softball

Fred Miller, Men’s Basketball

Jasmine Polite, Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field

Shellie Robinson, Softball

Erik Samples, Baseball

Kendall Settlemyre, Softball

Isabel von Stryk, Women’s Tennis

Brittany Walls, Women’s Track & Field

Academic Excellence Award

Men – Mario Blessing, Men’s Basketball (3.798 GPA)

Women – Rachel Reiling, Women’s Golf (4.0 GPA), Isabel von Stryk, Women’s Tennis (3.728 GPA)

Outstanding Freshman Award

Men – Chuck Carpenter, Baseball & Jacob Schulte, Men’s Basketball

Women – Courtney Bradley, Women’s Track & Field & Sidney Dermody, Women’s Golf

Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award

Sheryl Turner-Watts

Team Academic Excellence Award

Men – Tennis, 3.673

Women – Tennis, 3.652

Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Fraternity

Junior Inductees – Malika Allie (Women’s Golf), Molly Bliss (Women’s Cross Country), Ellen Bright (Women’s Soccer), Courtney Deblois (Women’s Soccer), Daniel Fickas (Baseball), Javon Gates (Volleyball), Travonda Haddock (Women’s Basketball), Alexa Hone (Women’s Soccer), Joshua Jenkins (Men’s Soccer), Anastasia Kolesnitchencko (Women’s Cross Country), Kenzie Major (Women’s Soccer), Courtney Reilly (Women’s Soccer), Jack Rubin (Men’s Soccer), Marvin Schmiege (Men’s Soccer), Ramon Simonetti (Men’s Tennis), Brittany Starling (Women’s Basketball), Hailey Venable (Women’s Soccer), Shannon Weiss (Volleyball), Jamie Yates (Men’s Tennis)

Senior Inductees – Mario Blessing (Men’s Basketball), Dana Landers (Softball), Marche Llanos (Softball), Rachel Reiling (Women’s Golf), Erik Samples (Baseball), Samantha Seelinger (Women’s Soccer), Viktor Selander (Men’s Tennis), Isabel von Stryk (Women’s Tennis)

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Leadership Award

Dana Landers and Kayla McAvoy

Leadership Award

Mario Blessing, Men’s Basketball

Brittany Clency, Women’s Basketball

Lexi Gober, Volleyball

Ty Greene, Men’s Basketball

Cheyenne Griffin, Softball

Alexa Hone, Women’s Soccer

Sebastian Lopez Bulla, Men’s Golf

Rachel Reiling, Women’s Golf

Viktor Selander, Men’s Tennis

Isabel von Stryk, Women’s Tennis

Taylor White, Men’s Golf

Sportsmanship Award

Men – Mario Blessing, Men’s Basketball

Women – Alexa Hone, Women’s Soccer

Spartanburg Regional Sports Medicine Award

Javon Gates, Volleyball

Courtney Reilly, Women’s Soccer

Conrad Award for Strength & Conditioning

Men – Ryan Cornfield, Golf

Women – Alexis Jacobs, Track & Field

Wilde Soccer Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Men – Leon Schwarzer

Women – Alexa Hone

Dr. Joseph C. Bowman and Deanna Bowman Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Shannon Weiss

Spartan Heart Award – SAAC

Men – Tristan Thomas, Men’s Basketball

Women – Lindsey Greeson, Softball

Most Improved Team – SAAC

Men’s Basketball

Helping Hands Award – SAAC

Men – Riley Doherty, Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field

Women – Alexa Hone, Women’s Soccer

Spartan 300 Award – SAAC

Men’s Tennis


Team Awards

Baseball – Will be announced after the season

Men’s Basketball

Defensive Player of the Year – Mario Blessing

Newcomer of the Year – Jacob Schulte

Women’s Basketball

Coach’s Award – Raven Jefferson

Most Improved Player – Travonda Haddock

Men’s Cross Country

Most Valuable Performer – Griffin Eubanks

Coach’s Award – Alex Love

Women’s Cross Country

Most Valuable Performer – Jasmine Polite

Coach’s Award – Anastasia Kolesnitchenko

Men’s Golf

Most Valuable Player – Ryan Cornfield

Spartan Award – Ryan Cornfield

Women’s Golf

Most Valuable Player – Rachel Reiling

Spartan Award – Eden Howard

Men’s Soccer

Most Valuable Player – Marvin Schmiege

Coach’s Award – Tucker Beerman

Women’s Soccer

Most Valuable Player – Haley Gethin

Players’ Player Award – Hailey Venable


Most Valuable Player – Entire Senior Class

Defensive Player of the Year – Lexi Shubert

Men’s Tennis

Most Valuable Player – Viktor Selander

Most Improved Player – Ramon Simonetti

Rookie of the Year – Ignacio Garrido

Women’s Tennis

Most Valuable Player – Isabel von Stryk

Spartan Award – Sarah Vande Berg

Rookie of the Year – Nona Ruppert

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Most Outstanding Track Performer – Kyle Drollette

Most Outstanding Field Performer – Blake Hayes

Coach’s Award – Griffin Eubanks

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Most Outstanding Track Performer – Brenicke Johnson

Most Outstanding Field Performer – Brittany Walls

Coach’s Award – Jasmine Polite

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

Will be announced after the completion of the season

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Will be announced after the completion of the season


Spartan Award – Kayla Eversgerd

George Gaines Heart Award – Lexi Gober


Spartan Spirit Award – Shalyn Shine

Spartan Excellence Award – Brittney Harris

Spartan Leadership Award – Nike Thompson