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Brewster, Cope Named to Gulf South Conference "Top Ten"

Student-Athletes Two of 10 Finalists for Commissionerís Trophy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Athletic, academic and extracurricular achievement are three things student-athletes strive to accomplish, and Taylor Brewster and Frank Cope are two of the best examples.  Brewster, West Florida’s GSC Player of the Year in women’s tennis, and Cope, the Argonauts’ All-American men’s soccer player, were two of 10 student-athletes honored with GSC “Top Ten” awards announced on Friday and will be eligible for the GSC Commissioner’s Trophy on Monday.

The Commissioner’s Trophy, given to one male and one female student-athlete across all sports, will be awarded at the GSC Annual Awards Banquet on Monday, June 20 at the Hilton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Ala.  The GSC will reveal the Commissioner’s Trophy winners, as well as recognize its All-Sports Trophy winners (men: Harding; women: West Florida) at the banquet.

Brewster will go down as one of the finest players in UWF women’s tennis history, leading the Argonauts to GSC titles in two of her four seasons. The Fergus, Ontario native was a three-time All-GSC selection, including a first team honoree in both 2010 and 2011. In her final season, Brewster was selected as the GSC East Division Player of the Year, becoming just the fifth Argonaut to win the award. A doubles All-American in 2010 with partner Caitlyn Baines, Brewster finished the 2011 season ranked 20th nationally in singles and 11th in doubles.

Off the court, Brewster was just as successful. The three-time GSC All-Academic selection and Psychology major finished her collegiate career with a 3.77 GPA and a spot on UWF’s President’s List.  She was a member of UWF’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and regularly volunteered her time to help the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and various mentoring programs.

Cope, a native of Mobile, Ala., led the UWF men’s soccer team to its fifth straight GSC championship in 2010, and the junior midfielder played a crucial role in the team’s title run, earning a spot on the GSC All-Tournament Team.  Cope scored two goals in his junior season and led the team with 10 assists; he also finished the year ranked seventh in the nation and led the GSC in assists.  Cope was an All-GSC first team pick and earned Daktronics All-South Region and All-America honors.

After three years at UWF, Cope holds a cumulative GPA of 3.55 and a 3.74 GPA in his major, Exercise Science.  He has earned a spot on the UWF Dean’s List all but one semester of his college career, and he is also a two-time GSC All-Academic pick.

Cope has been active in the community as well, volunteering with Camp Rap-A-Hope, a summer camp for children ages 7-17 who have had cancer.  He has also been active on campus, volunteering to help incoming freshmen at UWF move into residence halls.  Cope’s impact has also been felt in the local soccer community, as he has volunteered with youth soccer club Dallas Texans Florida and helping coach and direct programming at UWF’s college combines.

The “Top Ten” are selected with assistance of an advisory committee representing athletic directors, senior woman administrators, sports information directors, faculty athletic representatives and presidents from randomly selected GSC schools.  The advisory committee then makes a recommendation to the commissioner, who has the final decision.

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