FOREST, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced on Tuesday that Washington and Lee senior men's soccer player Gillen Beck (Blacksburg, Va. / Blacksburg) is the 2018 recipient of the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Award as the top male scholar-athlete in the conference.
Bridgewater senior track & field athlete Amber Celen was tabbed for the Marjorie Berkley Award as the top female scholar-athlete in the ODAC.
Beck is the third W&L student-athlete to claim the Doc Jopson Award over the last three years. Tennis player Brooke Donnelly '17 claimed the 2017 Berkley Award marking five straight years that a General has claimed either the top male or female scholar-athlete award in the conference. Beck's selection marked the 14th time that a W&L athlete has received the Jopson Award since it debuted in 1981.
A mathematics and physics double-major, Beck was a four-year letterwinner and team captain for the soccer team as a senior. The goalkeeper was a three-time All-ODAC honoree, earning first team honors as a sophomore, second team laurels as a junior and third team honors as a senior. He twice earned the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and he was a two-time CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District selection.
Beck was a CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America honoree and United Soccer Coaches Second Team Scholar All-Region selection as a senior. Additionally, he received a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named the male recipient of the William D. McHenry Award as the top male scholar-athlete at Washington and Lee.
Over the course of his playing career, Beck competed in 58 games (57 starts), posting a 0.88 goals-against average (GAA) and a .793 save percentage, while leading the Generals to one ODAC title and three NCAA Tournament berths. His GAA ranks third in program history while his 16 career shutouts are good for a tie for third all-time at W&L.
Beck is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma US Honor Society for Physics and Phi Eta Sigma First-Year National Honor Society.
Inaugurated in 1981 and 1984, respectively, the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson and Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete Awards are given each June to member college seniors and conference sport participants who exhibit the highest athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements. Ms. Berkley began her collegiate teaching career at Lynchburg College. Several years later, Ms. Berkley moved to Hollins University where she coached tennis, field hockey and soccer, and served as the athletic director for 30 years. The Jopson Award is named in honor of the Bridgewater College professor and coach who retired in 1981 following 45 years at BC. Dr. Jopson, who initiated and directed the Eagles' cross country and track programs, led his teams to ODAC indoor track titles in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and outdoor crowns in 1978 through 1981.
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