BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Baseball) – Shawnee State baseball player Derek Moore (JR/Wheelersburg, Ohio) has been selected as the male recipient of the Mid-South Conference Character First Award, conference officials announced at the conference's annual summer meetings on Wednesday evening at the National Corvette Museum.
The award was voted on by athletic directors of each member school. MSC athletic directors select champions of character representatives for each of the 22 conference sanctioned sports during the 2015-16 academic year. Among those 22 representatives, a male and female are selected as Character First Award winners.
"Since Derek has arrived on campus, he has shown exemplary character on and off the field, loyalty, and a fierce competitiveness that makes him the perfect example of a student-athlete and Champion of Character," head coach Chris Moore said of his starting pitcher. "Derek is the rare individual who has the ability to motivate and inspire peers while maintaining his own identity."
Moore joins Campbellsville University's Kristen Jacob as the two award recipients.
A two-time nominee as Shawnee State's baseball champions of character, Moore has a laundry list of achievements, as well as a significant record of work in the community. The Wheelersburg, Ohio native has spent time working for Operation Christmas Child, Community Cleanup Day, the Red, White and Youth Council and the Wheelersburg Energy Team among many others.
"I believe Derek is unique in today's culture because he attracts teammates and classmates alike while maintaining a high standard of conduct and excellence for himself," Chris Moore said. "Derek does not pander and because of that, he earns the respect of teammates, coaches, and anyone else on staff he interacts with on a daily basis."