The 2017 senior class had many student-athletes that exhibited J.D. Davis' passion for excellence on and off the playing venues.
The nominees for the 2017 J.D. Davis Award included Allyson Freiermuth (Basketball), Eleni Mavres (Soccer), Morgan Strain (Cheerleading), and Julia Vineyard (Volleyball).
The 2017 Female J.D. Davis Award winner, selected by the MC athletic staff, was Julia Vineyard.
This 5'11" native of Morristown, Tennessee was a dominant right-side hitter since stepping on the court in the fall of 2013. Julia helped the Scots attain a record of 86-51 over her four-year career winning 63% of all challenges on the court. Her 779 career kills helped MC earn a 54-9 record within the USA South claiming 86% of all league matches. Julia also dominated the net on defense with 205 career blocks.
When not donning the orange and garnet on the court, Julia studied biology and chemistry and will earn a B.S. in Biology in May with a minor in chemistry. She served as co-president of the Maryville College Biology Honors Society, Tri-Beta. She paced the efforts of the MC Natural Science Club's public outreach event, STEM FEST. Julia completed her senior thesis with international research and presented her research at the Association of Southeastern Biologists Conference.
Julia has displayed great pride in giving back to the community volunteering with "Mane Support" and working with youth volleyball players at K2 Volleyball Club as a coach and mentor.
During her senior season, Julia was named to a pair of All-Tournament teams while depositing 2.47 kills per set. This 1st Team All-Western Division and USA South 1st Team all-conference honoree also earned All-Tournament accolades at the 2016 USA South Tournament.
Director of Athletics and Head Volleyball Coach Kandis Schram had this to say about her award winner. "Julia is just a gem! She embodies the word student-athlete. When I want to add to our volleyball family I want the next generation to emulate her athleticism as well as her dedication towards pursuing excellence on and off the court. Her passion to be a complete student-athlete sets the standard for future Scots to follow."
The J.D. Davis award was established in 1979 by the athletic staff. It is an annual award given in memory of a long-time coach and physical education director.
In the late 1920's, J.D. Davis was a superior athlete on the Maryville College campus. He excelled in three sports- football, basketball, and baseball- receiving 12 letters and numerous honors for his achievement. After a short stint in professional baseball, J.D. returned to his alma mater and began his dedicated service as a coach and teacher.
J.D. was a positive influence in the lives of hundreds of young people on the MC campus. He coached football, wrestling, and track and also served as the chairman of the physical education department. J.D. retired in 1971 after 40 years of service.
This award seeks to honor senior student-athletes who exhibit leadership, athletic ability, Christian values, and academic achievement. These are all characteristics for which J.D. Davis is remembered.
J.D.'s son Dylan Davis and his family were on hand for the presentation.