Baylor grad and Sewanee tennis star Jack Gray ’15 was named the Southern Athletic Association’s Wessex Hotels Man of the Year in late June.
"On behalf of our eight SAA institutions, I would like to congratulate Jack on this award," said SAA Commissioner Jay Gardiner. "Jack joins a long-list of Sewanee student-athletes of winning one of our major SAA honors. He embodies what an SAA and NCAA Division III student-athlete is about. Not only did he have success on the court, but his record in the classroom and in the community truly stood out among a number of outstanding nominees.
Gray was a four-time All-SAA selection and was selected to the First Team the last three seasons. He concluded his career this spring with 77 doubles wins and 52 singles wins, finishing with a combined record of 129-59 in singles and doubles matches. Additionally, he was a member of four SAA Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
During his All-American freshman year, Gray went 28-5 with doubles partner Eric Roddy, a 2012 Baylor grad and the 2016 SAA Man of the Year. The doubles team finished ranked 16th nationally.
Academically, Gray was a four-time recipient of the SAA Academic Honor Roll and has been selected as an ITA Scholar-Athlete as he graduated with a degree in Mathematics with a Spanish minor last month.
The SAA, in partnership with Wessex Hotels, bestows an SAA Man and Woman of the Year award following the conclusion of each academic year. The SAA Man and Woman of the Year awards are the highest honors the league bestows, and a ceremony to celebrate the recipients and their families is held following the announcement.
The criteria for SAA Man and Woman of the Year nominees included that they must be a senior with no eligibility remaining, they must have been named First Team All-SAA in the sport in which in the participated during their athletic careers, and they must have qualified for the SAA Academic Honor Roll during their tenure as a student-athlete. Additionally, SAA Man and Woman of the Year candidates are expected to be involved in their local community in some meaningful way.