FAMU shared the Women’s Award with Bethune-Cookman, after both programs totaled 92.8 points to share top honors in the All-Sports tally.
This was the first Women’s Award for FAMU since 2001, and their 10th overall, as the school won nine (9) straight awards from 1993 to 2001, while Bethune-Cookman won its’ first-ever award.
The win ended a 14-year reign of dominance by Hampton University, which had a string stretching back to 2002.
The Lady Rattlers won conference titles in Softball, Cross Country and Outdoor Track and Field, while finishing tied for first in the Southern Division in Women's Tennis, placing second in the Southern in Women's Volleyball and second overall in Indoor Track; placing fourth in the Southern Division in Bowling, and seventh overall in Basketball.
The All-Sports Awards are indicators of the overall strengths of the conference’s men’s and women’s athletic programs.
Each institution was presented with a $20,000 check during a reception at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples, Florida on Wednesday evening.
Dr. Dennis Thomas, Commissioner of the MEAC said on Wednesday: “I would like to congratulate Florida A&M University and President Dr. Elmira Mangum, Director of Athletics Milton Overton and all of the outstanding individuals including staff, coaches and student-athletes who were involved in the women’s programs sharing the Mary McLeod Bethune Award.”
The Mary McLeod Bethune Award, named after the founder of Bethune-Cookman College, awards the top overall women’s athletic program during the course of one full academic year. The first Mary McLeod Bethune award was given in 1987 to Delaware State University.
Hampton leads all MEAC schools with 14 Women’s Awards, followed by FAMU with 10.