Mark Harrill, a successful real estate developer in the High Country and a huge supporter of Appalachian State University athletics, has received the Distinquished Service Award from the Southern Conference.
Harrill,who is among 12 award winners, will be recognized at the SoCon Honors Dinner Wednesday night in Charleston, SC.
His generous contributions have helped provide state of the art facilities for not only student-athletes but for coaches and staff as well. Harrill annually supports the Yosef Club scholarship fund as well as special projects that improve the student-athlete experience at Appalachian State.
Also honored in that group is former women's basketball coach Lynne Agee. She led the UNC-Greensboro program for 30 years. She won 602 career games, including 566 with the Spartans. During her storied career, Agee became the first women's basketball coach to lead a team to the NCAA tournament in all three divisions.
She also directed the Spartans to nine NCAA berths and a WNIT bid in 2002. The Spartans won 13 regular-season conference championships and seven league tournament titles during her tenure. UNCG also won 20 games or more in a season 16 times during her stay with the program.
GOUDELOCK, ARGUELLO NAMED SOCON ATHLETES OF YEAR
Andrew Goudelock of College of Charleston and Monica Arguello of Furman have been named the 2011 Southern Conference Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Goudelock, who tossed in a school-record 39 points in the opening round of the NIT against Dayton this season, finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in school history with 2,571 points. He is also the first Cougars' player to win this award.
Goudelock, who was fourth in the nation in scoring (23.7 ppg average), was the Player of the Year in the Southern Conference this past season, and he was also named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press.
Arguello is the seventh Paladins' player to win the SoCon Female Athlete of the Year Award. She won 67 matches in her career, and she was 39-1 in the SoCon during her four-year career, which includes a 10-0 mark this season.
Arguello was 19-4 playing No.1 singles for Furman and qualified for nationals. She is also an education major and was named to the SoCon Academic All-Conference Team and the ITA All-Academic Team.