Sept. 4, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Former Southern Miss baseball catcher David Walley, of Richton, Miss., was recently selected as the 2014 recipient of the Col. Tyler Fletcher Leadership Award.
The award is given annually to a Golden Eagle baseball player who demonstrates leadership both on the field and in the community. The award is named after the retired Southern Miss faculty member in criminal justice, who is also a long-time supporter of the Golden Eagle program and the university as a whole.
Walley is the fourth Golden Eagle to win the award, dating back to the 2011 campaign. Collin Cargill won inaugural award, followed by Paxton King, Travis Creel and Walley.
"Just being a part of this program for two years was rewarding enough," said Walley. "Growing up here, this was all I ever dreamed of and this (award) is just icing on the cake. All I ever wanted to do was to be able to leave my mark on the program in getting to know these coaches and players and that is really all a guy could ever ask for."
Walley, a catcher, transferred from Jones Junior College and had one year of eligibility remaining, but opted to go to law school instead.
"I am really happy that David won this award," said sixth-year coach Scott Berry
. "He has been a big part of our program for the past two years and has continued to represent our program exceptionally well both as a person and someone who has been active in the community."
Col. Tyler Fletcher Leadership Award Recipients
2014 - David Walley, Richton, Miss.
2013 - Travis Creel, Ocean Springs, Miss.
2012 - Paxton King, Brookhaven, Miss.
2011 - Collin Cargill, Hattiesburg, Miss.