LA Tech celebrates year with Techspys

May 17, 2018




Joniah White received the Courage Award at the the 2018 Techspys. – Photo by Donny Crowe

Louisiana Tech volleyball senior Jacie McClure and men’s track and field senior Jordan Patrick were the recipients of the Presidential Awards while the Lady Techster softball team took home the Team of the Year Award at the 2018 Techspys held Wednesday night at Howard Auditorium.


The year-end “Academy Awards”-style show highlighted all the academic and athletic accomplishments of the Louisiana Tech student-athletes for the past year (the spring sports of baseball, softball, outdoor track and field, and the spring seasons for tennis and golf all fall under the 2017 season).


McClure and Patrick were honored with the Presidential Award by University President Les Guice, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a Tech student-athlete who best epitomizes what it means to be a role model Bulldog and Lady Techster. The duo were recognized for their hard work on the playing fields and in the classroom.


The Lady Techster Softball team was named the Team of the Year for their magical run to the Conference USA Tournament title and an NCAA Regional appearance last spring. Tech won 38 games and fought its way through the elimination bracket to capture the league title in Hattiesburg. A record six Lady Techsters earned all-conference honors while Mark Montgomery was named Louisiana State Coach of the Year.

The Team GPA Award went to the Lady Techster cross country team while the SAAC Award (Community Service) was awarded to the Lady Techster basketball team. The inaugural Tenets of Tech Award was given to the student-athletes in each program that best exemplify the 12 guiding principles that exemplify the qualities that Tech students should possess upon graduating from this institution.


The inaugural Tenets of Tech recipients were: Jonathan Barnes (Football), Jacobi Boykins (Men’s Basketball), Sonia Chen (Tennis), Hayden Frederick (Golf), Monica Gebler (Soccer), Kent Hasler (Baseball), Kacie Kaufman (Women’s T&F), Sarah McComic (Bowling), Alexus Malone (Women’s Basketball), Marta Monne (Volleyball), Jordan Patrick (Men’s T&F), Boston Scott (Football) and Katie Smith (Softball).


In the individual categories, Nate Harris (baseball) and Chloe Lautric (women’s track and field) took home the Male and Female Athlete of the Year. Nate Harris (baseball) and Krystal De La Cruz (softball) earned the Male and Female Performance of the Year. Amik Robertson (football) and Kaitlyn Eder (bowling) were the recipients of the Male and Female Freshmen of the Year. Jaqwis Dancy (football) and Nomvula Kgoale (soccer) won the Male and Female Plays of the Year through a fan vote.


Bulldog basketball senior Joniah White was the recipient of the Courage Award. White missed the vast majority of the 2015-16 season after experiencing heart issues called tacachardia episodes. These ultimately led to a surgical procedure in May of 2016 to install an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (IC) as a precaution for his ventricular tachycardia diagnosis. After playing with this condition for a few seasons,


White made the difficult decision to forgo the final few months of his career after an on-the-court episode in early February, citing his long-term health and future.


For than 40 student-athletes were also recognized for the Conference USA Academic Medal honors.


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