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Coquerille, Harris and Thatcher to represent Tech at NCAA Forum

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The inaugural NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum will take place this week in Orlando, Fla., and Tennessee Tech will send softball player Lacie Coquerille and Lloyd Harris from the tennis team.

Coordinator of Compliance and Special Events Mandy Thatcher will attend as Tech’s faculty representative.

“I’m excited for the trip to Orlando,” Coquerille said. “”It’s an honor to be selected out of all of the student-athletes at Tech and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
Coquerille is now in her fourth season as a member of the Golden Eagle softball team. During her three seasons she has received numerous academic awards including two CoSIDA Academic All-District awards and has been named to TTU’s Athletic Director Honor Roll and the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester she has been a member of the Golden Eagle squad.
Harris enters his fourth season as a member of the tennis team; a season removed from finishing 10-4 in singles play and 12-8 in doubles matches. Off the court, he has earned three OVC Commissioner Honor Roll nods and has been named to the Tech AD Honor Roll for every semester he has been a Golden Eagle.
“It is a honor to be selected,” Harris said. “I’m really looking forward to interacting with all of the other student-athletes who will be in Orlando.”
Thatcher will join Coquerille and Harris in Orlando as the Tennessee Tech faculty member and had the task of selecting Coquerille and Harris to make the trip.
“We needed to select athletes with on and off the field success and that is something both Lacie and Lloyd have been able to do over the last three years,” Thatcher said.
The purpose of the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum is to enhance personal awareness and leadership skills needed to impact the development of student-athletes.
At the forum, student-athletes will discuss issues affecting college athletes today, assess behavioral styles to enhance communication and leadership, and gain a better understanding of the NCAA.
Student-athletes should leave the forum with better communication skills among athletes, coaches and administrators and gain ideas on how to improve their campus.
To be able to attend this event a student-athlete must have participated in an NCAA-sponsored sport during the 2010-11 season, and must have a good academic standing within their institution’s requirements. All participants must also show strong leadership qualities as well.