Last May at the annual Athletics Awards event, the Tim Jubela Award was presented to the outstanding male and female freshman athletes. As they enter their second year of competition, coaches look to the two standouts to repeat their successful seasons. The awards are determined by the Austin College coaching staff.
Shelby Eaves ’14 earned a spot in the volleyball team starting lineup immediately upon arriving on campus and never relinquished it throughout the season. She started every match and finished sixth in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) in kills-per-game. Shelby also finished among the team leaders in digs, blocks, and service aces. Her outstanding play was recognized beyond the campus as she was named SCAC Volleyball Freshman of the Year.
A guard on the men’s basketball team, Jordan Hancock ’14 was in the starting lineup from day one his freshman year, taking on the unenviable task of replacing the previous SCAC Player of the Year—and doing the job admirably. He finished among the league’s top scorers and free throw shooters on his way to earning Third Team All-SCAC honors. A fiery competitor with a knack for hitting big shots and scoring in bunches, Jordan was one of the most respected guards in the conference by the season’s end.
The Tim Jubela Outstanding Freshman Athlete Award was established in 1970 to honor Tim Jubela, a freshman football and baseball player from Palestine, Texas, who was killed in an automobile accident in March 1969. Through this award, his legacy of athletics excellence is remembered and continued at Austin College.