BELTON – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s tennis player AshLee Bilbo and football player Josh Holt have been recognized as the school’s winners of the American Southwest Conference Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor. The ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor recipients were announced by the conference office. Bilbo and Holt both closed out standout playing careers this school year and both maintain 4.00 GPA’s in the classroom.
Bilbo is a senior organismal biology major from Bryan High School. Bilbo was a four-year letter winner for the Cru women’s tennis team and she helped lead UMHB to West Division titles in two of the last three seasons. She was an Academic All-American last year and was also the ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete for women’s tennis. Bilbo earned a total of eight ASC All-Conference and All-Division honors and played for a pair of ASC West Division champions during her career. She played No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles for the UMHB women this spring and was a two-time Capital One Academic All-District VIII selection.
Holt is a senior offensive lineman from Lorena High School with a double major in history and exercise and sport science. He was a four-year letterman for the Cru football team and played for four conference champions. UMHB advanced to the National Semifinals twice and the National Quarterfinals twice during his career. Holt was a two-time Capital One Academic All-American and two-time Capital One Academic All-District VIII selection. He earned D3football.com First Team All-America honors this season and was also an All-South Region and ASC All-Conference pick. Holt started 13 of the 14 games at offensive guard for UMHB this season and the Cru never lost a regular season game during his career. He is a three-time ASC All-Academic pick and was also voted ASC Football Distinguished Scholar-Athlete following the 2013 season.
The ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor Award is presented to one male and one female member of the graduating class who has compiled the most outstanding record in academics, athletics and leadership over their collegiate career. The award is presented annually by the Faculty Athletics Representative at each conference member institution.
Recipients of the ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor Award winners represent 15 different conference sports and include individuals who graduated with academic honors or hold admissions to graduate-level programs; are members of academic honor societies and campus organizations; competed on national, conference or division title teams; earned ASC All-Academic, Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, All-Conference honors; and who served as volunteers, tutors and teachers within their campus, community and church groups.