CARROLLTON, Ga. – The 5th Annual Westpy Awards were a night to remember with many honorable moments. Athletes who have represented their sport and the university were honored Tuesday night at The Coliseum, with more than 200 athletes, family members, and members of the community in attendance. From athletes who have begun and completed their eligibility at UWG to the triple threat of a student, athlete, and a figure in the community.

The 2017-18 Athletic Director’s Award Recipients (Began and ended their career at UWG):

Sosteen Kirwa Kiptoo - Men’s Cross-Country

Paige Braswell - Women’s Cross-Country

Bailey Roberts - Women’s Cross-Country, Track & Field

Maria Torres - Women’s Golf

Danielle Easterly - Softball

Zed Brown - Football

Harley Vaughan - Football

Katie Phillips - Soccer

Francessca Ellis - Soccer

Schyler Folsom - Soccer

Kelly Geary - Soccer

Gabrielle Chanthaphaeng - Tennis

Sara Watson - Tennis

Carson Vaughn - Men’s Golf

China Amey - Women’s Track & Field

Emani Collins - Women’s Track & Field

Andrea Foster - Women’s Track & Field

Trisan Haughton - Women’s Track & Field

Bre Kittles - Women’s Track & Field

D’erika Montford - Women’s Track & Field

Caitlin Teknipp - Women’s Track & Field

Award Breakdown:

Award Athlete Spot
Offensive Player of the Year Devontae Jackson Football
Defensive Player of the Year Montrell Pardue Football

Special Teams Player of the Year

Tevin Isom Football
Wolf Award Jojo Webb Volleyball
Most Improved Devon Dickey Volleyball
Most Valuable Player McKenna Wharton Volleyball
Most Valuable Player Thomas Adkins Men’s Cross Country
Rookie of the Year Parks Turner Men’s Cross Country
Coach’s Award Jonah Negusse Men’s Cross Country
Most Valuable Player Mackenzie Morse Women’s Cross Country
Rookie of the Year Alaina Burnside Women’s Cross Country
Coach’s Award Bailey Roberts Women’s Cross Country
Most Valuable Player Jackie Donaldson Soccer
Most Improved Player Valerie Billstrom Soccer
Academic Award Kelly Geary Soccer
GSC Leader in Steals Aysha Harris Women’s Basketball
Player of the Year Marquill Smith Men’s Basketball
Academic Athlete of the Year Greg James Men’s Basketball
Wolves Ironman Aren Ulmer Men’s Basketball
Leadership Award Gabrielle Chanthaphaeng Tennis
Newcomer of the Year Brooke Kane Tennis
Academic Award Sara Watson Tennis
Track MVP Dawn McCaskill Track and Field
Field MVP Nya Moses Track and Field
Coach’s Award Emani Collins Track and Field
MVP Samuel Jones Men’s Golf
Academic Award Carson Vaughn Men’s Golf
MVP Fanziska Bremm Women’s Golf
Academic Award Maria Torres Women’s Golf
Most Improved Player Peyton Stallworth Softball
Career Achievement Award Danielle Easterly Softball
Newcomer of the Year Alley Taylor Softball
Best Teammate Ben Utley Baseball
Gold Glove Cade Marlowe Baseball
Most Valuable Player Price Peters Baseball


Women’s Academic Team of the Year for 2017-18


Men’s Academic Team of the Year for 2017-18

Men’s Golf

Team/Coach of the Year

Football and Coach David Dean


Female and Male Athlete of the Year

Each year at the WESTPYs, we honor the best individual male and female athlete throughout the year with an Alpha.

Female Athlete of the Year - Alley Taylor

Male Athlete of the Year - Devontae Jackson


Fan of the Year

In each of the first four WESTPY Awards ceremonies, the University of West Georgia Department of Athletics has presented the Fan of the Year. This man was a fan, but he epitomized the word supporter, because that’s what he did for the University of West Georgia athletic department, the University as a whole, and the community through his work at American Pie Pizzeria. While we honor our fifth Fan of the Year, this is the first posthumous Alpha that we have presented. This year’s Fan of the Year is Mr. Max Hartman.

Mr. Wolf and Miss Wolf

Mr. Wolf and Miss Wolf are everything that each athlete at West Georgia should strive for while here in Carrollton. The winners are strong on the field, in the classroom, and in community service and they represent the University in a positive way.

Mr. Wolf - Cade Marlowe, Baseball

Miss Wolf - Emani Collins, Track & Field