Each month, the Student-Athlete Support Services Office will recognize one male and one female student-athlete for their academic achievements. The academics staff will nominate worthy candidates and the winners are determined by a number of factors evaluated on a monthly basis. These factors include, but are not limited to, outstanding test results, GPA improvements, demonstrating model study habits, participating in community service activities, and/or positive overall grade reports for a given semester.

Matt Byrd, a senior on the Men’s Swimming and Diving team, has been named the October Male Seahawk of the Month. He is a business administration major with a minor in psychology. Matt is very involved in community service and SAAC events. He is a great representative for the Men’s Swimming and Dive team at SAAC meetings and has contributed a great deal of time and effort to help build meaningful programs, such as the Trask Haunted House. Matt makes sure the Men’s Swimming & Diving program is well informed and that they get required documents submitted to Student-Athlete Support Services on-time. Will Libous, the SAAC supervisor, nominated Matt and states “he acts as a strong leader when the opportunity presents itself and is the perfect representative of what it means to be a Seahawk student-athlete.” Matt has been a prominent figure at Code Teal events by supporting student-athletes on his team, as well as other UNCW teams.

Amber Reeves, a freshman on the Women’s Basketball team, has been named the October Female Seahawk of the Month. Amber has emerged as a leader in the classroom and on the court. Her hard work and dedication to her studies, as well as to her team, signifies what it means to be a Seahawk. Ever since Amber stepped foot on campus in June, she has done an incredible job adjusting to college life. Not only has she been great at staying on top of all his work, she is also consistently working ahead in all of his classes. Shannon Pease, Women’s Basketball Academic Coordinator, nominated Amber and states “Amber takes her school work very seriously and sets herself to a very high standard. She works extremely hard and it is reflected in her grades. Amber also encourages her teammates to go above and beyond and she has emerged as a very strong leader.”