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A Year in the Life …
Winning championships
t was a banner-raising year for BSC’s sports
teams, with conference championships in
three sports, post-season play at the NCAA
Division III level for the first time, and every
Panther team posting a winning record.
Overall, the college finished 45th out of more
than 450 Division III schools in the 2011-12
Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standing, a
program that honors institutions that have
success in a wide range of men’s and women’s
sports. At the same time, BSC’s scholar-athletes
had an average GPA of 3.0.
This season was a reflection of the gifted,
motivated student-athletes who are attracted
to BSC’s quality athletics and tradition of
excellence on the playing fields and courts,” said
Athletics Director Joe Dean Jr.
A few of the season’s highlights:
Tailback Shawn Morris set all kinds of
Birmingham-Southern football records in
leading the Panthers to a 7-2 season, the
most wins since the sport was reinstated in
Most notably, Morris rushed for a BSC
and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference-
record 332 yards in the Homecoming win
over Millsaps on Nov. 12 and was named First
Team All-American.
The men’s basketball team earned
Birmingham-Southern’s first-ever at-large bid
to the NCAA Division III tournament. The
Panthers finished the season with a 25-3
record, and at one time were ranked No. 8 in
the nation.
The baseball, softball, and men’s lacrosse
teams all won SCAC championships over the
same weekend and earned automatic berths
in the NCAA National Tournament.
Bruce Maxwell was named 2012 Player of
the Year by and the 2012
American Baseball Coaches Association/
Rawlings National Player of the Year as a
junior catcher. He also made history by being
picked 62nd overall in the Major League
Baseball Draft, BSC’s highest draft pick ever.
Hurdler Tiarra Goode won two national
championships in the 60-meter indoor
hurdles and 100-meter outdoor hurdles.
The men’s track and field squad finished
second in the SCAC Championships, and
Panther track and field athletes won
conference championships.
The men’s and women’s golf teams both
finished second in their respective SCAC
Championship competitions.
Forward Caleb
Lee drives over a
defender en route
to the Panthers’