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Columbus State notes: Peach Belt Conference inducts CSU’s Herbert Greene into hall of fame

Former Columbus State men’s basketball coach and athletic director Herbert Greene was inducted into the Peach Belt Conference Hall of Fame on Tuesday night at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The 2016 class was the first to be inducted.

The PBC inducted 25 former athletes, coaches and administrators to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the conference.

Greene was the men’s basketball coach for 25 years, compiling 481 wins, nine NCAA tournament appearances, six PBC tournament titles and four PBC regular-season championships.

He was the athletic director for 28 years.

“This inaugural class really demonstrates what makes the Peach Belt Conference so special,” PBC commissioner David Brunk said. “You see some of the finest student-athletes to ever play in Division II and a group of coaches and administrators whose talent and dedication have created a conference that has stood among the best in the nation for the past 25 years.”

Best in PBC

Columbus State won the PBC Commissioner’s Cup for the 2015-16 season, it was announced Tuesday night.

This is the fifth time CSU has won the cup and the first since the 2010-11 season.

“Winning the Commissioner’s Cup is an incredible accomplishment by our student-athletes, coaches, and the overall athletic department,” CSU athletic director Todd Reeser said. “This award is a direct reflection on our outstanding coaches and their effort and resourcefulness to recruit talented young men and women and inspire them to compete at a very high level.

“We set a goal to win the Cup, and this achievement puts an exclamation point on a very memorable 2015-16 athletic year. I could not be more proud of our athletic department and their representation of Columbus State University”

According to a news release from CSU, the standings for the cup are “determined by calculating the number of points possible to each school, given the number of sports they participate in, divided by the number of points

earned during the year. Points are determined by placement in the final regular-season standings in each of the PBC’s 15 championship sports.”

CSU scored 113.5 points out of a possible 150 for a rating of .757. Lander was second at .715.

CSU won regular-season titles in women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, men’s golf and baseball.

Scholar athlete awards

CSU swept the PBC Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year awards.

Baseball player Blake Edwards won the male award. He graduated in May with a business administration degree with a 3.88 GPA.

On the field, Edwards batted .387 with nine homers, 21 doubles and 53 RBIs leading the Cougars to the PBC regular-season and tournament championships.

He finished his career second in school history in doubles with 54, fifth in runs with 191 and sixth in hits with 281.

Soccer player Shelby Rolling won the female award.

Rolling graduated in May with a with a degree in health science with a 3.966 GPA.

Rolling led a CSU defense, which posted 13 shutouts last fall. She earned PBC tournament MVP honors after scoring a pair of goals in a win over North Georgia.

She was a four-time all-conference player. Rolling earned all-America honors in 2015.

More awards

CSU won its second straight PBC Presidents’ Academic Award.

Each school submits an average GPA for all of its students and all of its athletes. Those numbers are used to determine each school’s GPA ratio, which compares athletes to the general student body.

CSU athletes had an average GPA of 3.345 and its ratio was 1.1684.

The CSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee won the LeeAnn Noble Most Improved Award.

The SAAC raised $3.147 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the 2015-16 academic year, four times what was raised the year before.