Jamie Neely, Bowdoin College
A top-notch scholar-athlete and sportsman, Jamie Neely exemplified the ideals of the NESCAC and Division III during his time at Bowdoin College, and graduated as one of the most decorated tennis players in program history.
Neely garnered several accolades during his tennis career, capturing First Team All-NESCAC, First Team All-American in addition to leading the program to their first-ever NESCAC Championship in 2008. In 2009, he joined Oscar Pena in becoming the program's first NCAA Individual Finalist, when the doubles pairing reaching the championship match of the Division III Doubles Tournament.
A double-major in History and Physics, Neely was even more impressive in the classroom, achieving Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar status, Phi Beta Kappa, Academic All-NESCAC ITA Scholar-Athlete honors. In May, he earned the Athletic Department's Academic Achievement Award, recognizing the top cumulative GPA of all athletes at the College. Neely used his expertise to assist others while working for the Writing Project Bowdoin, an across-the-curriculum program that offers student writers a chance to talk through their ideas through peer assessment.
His playing skills, combined with his demeanor on-and-off the court saw Neely receive two of the most prestigious honors in collegiate tennis. In 2009, he was honored as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Division III Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award recipient. In 2010, he was tabbed for the NESCAC's Clarence Chaffee Award, recognizing the individual who best combined and displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest level of sportsmanship.
"Jamie exemplifies what it means to be a Scholar-Athlete," says his head coach Colin Joyner. "He graduated at the top of his class with Honors, he's an All-American who has competed at the highest level of college tennis, and he is a national sportsmanship award winner. Jamie is the complete package. Despite all the personal accolades Jamie remains humble and he always puts the team first. He has been a cornerstone of the program and he will be sorely missed."