2021-22 Student-Athletes of the Year
MARYVILLE – An award-winning soccer star and a two-sport athlete who succeeded in both endeavors earned this year's Maryville College J.D. Davis Award Winners as student-athletes of the year.
Bailey Sipos from women's soccer and Nelson Smith from football and baseball are the 2021-22 honorees. Also earning nominations from their coaches were Nicholas Clifton of men's basketball, Davis Clothier of men's soccer, Elsa Eckenrod of women's basketball, Jonah Hedges of men's tennis and Bailee Powell of women's golf.
The J.D. Davis Award seeks to honor male and female senior student-athletes who exhibit leadership, athletics ability, Christian values, and academic achievement. These are all characteristics for which J.D. Davis is remembered.
"We are very proud of Bailey and Nelson for the way they have represented our college, and for consistently displaying the values of being a Maryville Scot," Maryville Director of Athletics Sara Quatrocky said. "They have competed at the highest level of their sports and led their teams to many victories, while also finding success in the classroom.
"This all-around success will guide their future endeavors, and we can't wait to follow their progress and welcome them back to campus time and again as honored members of our alumni community."
USA South Rookie & Player of the Year
Sipos earned All-USA South First Team honors for the fourth time in her career after finishing her collegiate days with 49 goals and 13 assists. Fifteen of those goals were game-winners, including five this season when she tallied 12 goals and five assists.
The 2017 USA South Rookie of the Year and 2018 USA South Player of the Year went on to rank ninth on the Maryville career list with 116 points and eighth in goals with 51. Sipos is one of only nine players to be named All-Region in more than one season, and one of just six to earn All-Conference First Team four times.
Sipos was a team captain, an SGA Senior Class Senator and a Best Buddies Member.
Two-Sport Leadership & Success
Smith first passed for nearly 2,800 yards and 21 touchdowns on the gridiron as Maryville's starting quarterback. He finished fourth in the conference in completion percentage at 59.9 and was fourth in pass efficiency at 135.4. On the diamond, Smith was the Scots leader in runs (40), doubles (16), stolen bases (19) and slugging percentage (.635).
The three-year starter at quarterback helped the Scots to a USA South championship in 2018, when he set the program record for season completion percentage at 62.8. He was named MC Student Activist of the Year in 2020 and was an Outstanding Senior Award Finalist in 2021.
Smith was a football team captain, a Bonner Scholar and a member of FCA who helped lead the Maryville College baseball team devotional.
Both Sipos and Smith are two-time USA South Academic All-Conference award winners.
About J.D. Davis
The J.D. Davis award was established in 1979 by the Maryville College athletic staff. It is an annual award given in memory of the long-time coach and physical education director.
In the late 1920s, J.D. Davis was a superior athlete on the Maryville College campus. He excelled in three sports --- football, basketball, and baseball --- receiving 12 letters and numerous honors for his achievements. After a short stint in professional baseball, Davis returned to his alma mater and began his dedicated service as a coach and teacher.
Davis was a positive influence in the lives of hundreds of young people on the Maryville College campus. He coached football, wrestling, and track and field, and he served as the chair of the physical education department. Davis retired in 1971 after 40 years of service.