Greenville, SC - The NCCAA inducted two new members into the Hall of Fame at the Hall of Fame Banquet during the Annual Convention on May 31. Also honored were recipients of the Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award, Heart of Courage Award, Meritorious Service Award, Presidential Award, and Sports Ministries Award. Among the winners, Head Women's Volleyball Coach and Associate Athletics Director Julia Reininga was nominated as the 2017-18 female athletics staff recipient of the Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award. The award was given to her in recognition of her career-long demonstration of sportsmanship both on and off of the volleyball court.
Julia Reininga has been a great impact in the Southern Wesleyan community on and off of the volleyball court since joining the Warrior team in 2012. While being the associate athletics director, head volleyball coach and the student-athlete advisory committee liaison, she has learned to balance her regular duties while also being a pivotal asset to the Warriors during their transition from NAIA to the NCAA. When she is not in the office, Reininga can be found on the volleyball court with her team, welcoming everyone who enters Historic Tysinger Gymnasium. Coach Reininga continues to have a large impact on the lives of both student-athletes and coaches alike.
A complete list of the honorees is listed below:
Hall of Fame Inductees
Candace Moats, Indiana Wesleyan University
Tony Natali, Bethel College
Wilhelmi-Haskell Stewardship Award
Sam & Angie Kelly, Friends of the NCCAA
Terry & Connie Metzger, NCCAA Board of Directors
Roger & Donna Skelly, NCCAA Board of Directors, Chairman
Grover & Darla Todd, NCCAA Board of Directors
Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize NCCAA student-athletes and athletics staff who epitomize the Christian character qualities of LOVE, INTEGRITY, FAITH, and EXCELLENCE.
Female Student-Athlete Recipient- Alanna Battermann, Columbia International University
Male Student-Athlete Recipient- Chris Baker, McMurry University
Female Athletics Staff Recipient- Julia Reininga, Southern Wesleyan University
Male Athletics Staff Recipient- Neal Ring, Bob Jones University
Heart of Courage Award
Lindsey Burton, Greenville University
Meritorious Service Award
Jim Hardy, Campbellsville University
Jon Mack, Southwestern Christian University
Alicia Mucher, Houghton College
Jacob Phillips, Dallas Baptist University
Bill Schepel, Trinity Christian College
John & Jody Wheeler, NCCAA Board of Directors
The NCCAA is pleased to provide an annual All-Sports Award to be presented to one Division I and one Division II member institution. Points are earned based upon a team's finish in an NCCAA National Championship.
Division I Recipient- Campbellsville University
Division II Recipient- Bob Jones University
Sports Ministries Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize member institutions having significant spiritual outreach through the utilization of athletic ministries.
Recipient- Bob Jones University