Transylvania celebrates athletic achievements of 2019-20 with virtual RAFY award

Transylvania’s entire Class of 2020 won the RAFY’s Inspiration Award for its ability to rise above challenges.

Transylvania University on Sunday evening celebrated its standout student-athletes, coaches, teams and entire senior class during the school’s first-ever all-digital RAFY awards.

Watch the show here.

The volleyball team culminated a landmark season by winning the Pioneer Team of the Year award, and head coach Amy Barmore and her staff captured Pioneer Coaching Staff of the year honors during the awards show.

Presented in an all-virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 RAFY awards celebrated achievements across 27 varsity sports.

“Transy Sports is a family, and our motto of — We. Us. Together. Family. One — appropriately speaks to the power of community and love that is Transy Sports,” Vice President of Athletics Holly Sheilley said. Whether we are together in physical community or we are away from each other, you should know we love you, we are proud of you, and we care deeply about each one of you.”

A pair of Transylvania basketball players, who each led their respective teams to the NCAA Tournament, were honored with athlete of the year recognitions. Junior guard Michael Jefferson was named the Pioneer Male Athlete of the Year, and senior guard Shelby Boyle finished her illustrious career on a high note in winning Pioneer Female Athlete of the Year.

The ceremony also featured a poignant moment as Sheilley announced the entire 2020 senior class as the winner of the annual Inspiration Award for its ability to rise above challenges which, for some, included the early end of their season.

The awards are named for the Pioneers’ mascot, Raf the bat.

2020 RAFY award winners

Team of the Year — Volleyball

Pioneer Female Athlete of the Year — Shelby Boyle, Women’s Basketball

Pioneer Male Athlete of the Year — Michael Jefferson, Men’s Basketball

Coaching Staff of the Year — Amy Barmore and Volleyball

Female Rookie of the Year — Malauri Edwards, Triathlon

Male Rookie of the Year — Mitchell Crispin, Men’s Soccer

Team Community Service Award — Cheer and Dance

Inspiration Award — The Class of 2020

George Stopp Academic Achievement Award — Rachel Fine and Rebecca Fine, Women’s Golf

Highest Team GPA – Dance

Female Senior Leadership Award – Brianna McCulley, Women’s Lacrosse and Field Hockey

Male Senior Leadership Award – Logan Fogle, Men’s Lacrosse

Read more at transy.sports.edu.