ASU Athletics announces "Spirit Award" winners

From Arkansas State University

Arkansas State Athletics announced its third annual "Spirit Award" winners this week at its monthly all-staff meeting, using a large portion of the gathering to honor those winners with a plaque and time of recognition before the entire athletic department.

The "Spirit Awards" were created as a way to honor individuals both inside and outside the department who have demonstrated outstanding service, commitment to excellence and gone above and beyond expectations in advancement of the Arkansas State Athletic Department. Each year at least one athletic staff member, assistant coach, graduate assistant or intern, university staff member and faculty member are bestowed the honor for their efforts to enhance A-State Athletics.

"We are extremely proud to be able to once again present our 'Spirit Awards' to an outstanding group of individuals who play such a tremendous role for our athletic department," said ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee. "There are so many people associated with ASU Athletics that are deserving of these awards, and that is a testament to not only the quality staff we have in our athletic department, but also across the entire campus."

This year's athletic staff winner was Administrative Assistant for the Red Wolf Club Gina Winchester. "Gina is truly a team player," said ASU Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Director of the Red Wolf Club Doug Doggett. "No matter how heavy her workload may be, she's always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone. She puts in the extra hours needed to make sure the Red Wolf Club office runs efficiently and to meet the needs of every donor."

Running backs coach and director of player development for the football team, David Gunn received the assistant coach award. "Coach Gunn is an outstanding coach and an even better person," said ASU Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions Gleen Hart. "He truly represents ASU in a first-class manner through his character, his faith and his coaching knowledge and our student-athletes are better because of it."

Will Lawler, ASU's compliance coordinator, was selected as this year's "Spirit Award" intern for the athletic department. "Will was extremely deserving of this award as he was a tireless and selfless worker throughout the year," said ASU Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Daniel Feig. "He went above and beyond the call of duty every day in his dedication to ASU and the athletic department. Will was easily approachable by any and all who had questions, and he always provided all ASU constituents with thoughtful, common sense solutions to their problems while staying within the bounds of the NCAA bylaws."

Carol Barnhill, Director of Procurement Services, earned the award for university staff. "Carol Barnhill possesses all the attributes the athletics department recognizes in 'Spirit Award' winners: outstanding service, commitment to excellence, and going above and beyond expectations," said ASU Associate Director of Athletics Doug Abel. "We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber at ASU.

ASU faculty member Dr. Shane Hunt, an assistant professor of management and marketing, also received one of the awards. "We are excited to have faculty members such as Dr. Hunt who are so passionate about their profession and ASU Athletics," said ASU Associate Athletic Director for Student Services Stacey Willmott. "Our student-athletes are fortunate to have professors of his caliber in the classroom."