Oct. 2 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College athletic department will honor former student-athletes Brody Jackson, Lauren Spegal and Lisa Mitchell during Homecoming festivities Oct. 3-4.
Jackson and Spegal will be honored as the William and Susan B. Hanna Senior Athletes of the Year from the Class of 2008, while Mitchell will receive the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award. Recipients of the Hanna Awards are nominated and voted upon by the coaches of the Bethany Athletic Department. The winner of the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award attained the highest GPA of any student-athlete who was involved with a Bethany athletic program during their four-year career.
The PAC Player of the Year in men’s basketball, Jackson led the Bison to their third PAC title and NCAA Tournament appearance in his four-year career. The 6-0 guard ranked second in the conference in scoring with 20.1 points per game and three-pointers per game with 3.41. In addition, he was third in three-point percentage (44.1), fourth in assists (4.30) and seventh in free throw percentage (80.6). Following the season, he also earned First Team All-Region from D3Hoops.com and Second Team All-Region from the NABC.
Jackson’s final career numbers are just as impressive. He is the first player in Bethany history to play in the postseason all four years of his career, including three NCAA Tournament trips and one ECAC appearance (2007). He became the 21st men’s player in Bison history to go over 1,000 career points in February and ended his time with 1,175 career points, 11th most at BC. Jackson also knocked down 215 three-pointers to rank fourth on the career list at the school.
Jackson graduated from Bethany with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He is now teaching special education at Barrett Elementary, coaching football at Cuyahoga Falls and basketball at Manchester.
Spegal was a dual-sport star at Bethany. On the volleyball court, she earned Second Team All-PAC honors all four years, in addition to Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2004. Spegal finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in kills with 1,289 and ranked seventh in aces (132) and 10th in digs (1,013). She also earned ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-District II as a senior.
Also a standout in track and field, Spegal won back-to-back PAC championships in the shot put in 2007 and 2008. She set school records in the shot put, as well as the discus, and qualified for ECAC Championships in the shot as a junior and senior. In 2007, she took fifth place in the event for the highest finish by a Bison woman at ECACs.
Spegal graduated from Bethany with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education with an endorsement in Autism. She is now teaching in the Woodland Hills School District near Pittsburgh and is also the head varsity volleyball coach at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Mitchell earned the Scholar-Athlete Award after graduating with a GPA of 3.927 as an elementary education major. On the hardwood, she was a two-time Second Team All-PAC selection who led the team in scoring as a junior (12.7 ppg.) and was second on the squad as a senior (8.6). Mitchell, who was voted Third Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II as a senior, finished her career with 887 points and 89 three-pointers.
Currently, Mitchell works for the Pathfinder School, a school district that works under the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. In addition, she coaches the girls’ eighth-grade basketball team in the Carlynton School District outside Pittsburgh.