VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State softball player Morgan Johnson, recipient of the Gulf South Conference Commissioner’s Award, was named the south regional winner of the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. The honor makes Johnson eligible for the national award to be selected from the 16 regional winners, eight men and eight women, announced October 22.
The award, sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, provides the opportunity for Division II to highlight the extraordinary achievements of its student-athletes.
Johnson was able to earn the award based on her merits academically, in community service and, of course, for her athletic achievements. Her most notable athletic achievement came last season when she led Valdosta State softball to VSU’s and the GSC’s first NCAA Division II Softball National Championship.
Last season Johnson was named All-GSC, All-Region and earned All-America honors after hitting .427 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI. Saving her best performances for the most important games, Johnson was named to both the GSC and NCAA All-Tournament teams at the Blazers finished the season 58-5.
Academically Johnson achieved a 3.66 grade point average while pursuing a degree in nursing. She earned Academic All-Region and All-America honors while being chosen for several honors societies, including the International Dean’s List Society. She was also selected to the GSC Spring All-Academic Team.
The commissioners from the regions that comprise the NCAA Division II basketball alignment selected the regional winners. To be nominated for consideration a student-athlete must have attained a 3.0 career cumulative grade point average and possess outstanding athletic credentials.