Charlotte 49ers senior Corey Nagy (Charlotte, N.C./Vance H.S.), of men's golf and Hailey Beam (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), of women's soccer, were named the Atlantic 10's Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year in a vote by the league's athletics directors. This marks just the fourth time in league history and the first since 2001-02 that one school has won both of the A-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. The two honors give Charlotte five award winners over the school's five years in the league.
"I have been so proud of the accomplishments of our student athletes both in the classroom and on the courts and fields," said 49ers Director of Athletics Judy Rose. "The fact that Charlotte student athletes have received the A-10 Scholar-Athlete Award five times is incredible. It is even more exciting to garner the award for both the male and female student athletes in the same year. It speaks volumes for the emphasis that we place on both academics and athletics. My congratulations go out to both Corey and Hailey for their tremendous careers, here."
Nagy, the first athlete in school history to earn all-America honors in each of his four years, was named second team all-America in 2010 by both the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and Golfweek publication. A third-team ESPN the Magazine Academic all-America in the at-large category, Nagy graduated cum laude with a 3.60 GPA as a psychology major. He led the 49ers to four straight A-10 titles and NCAA tournament berths in his four years with the 49ers. He keyed the 49ers back-to-back top 10 NCAA finishes in 2007 and 2008 and was a part of the 49ers first-ever consensus No. 1 ranking in the fall of 2007. The 49ers tied for third at the 2007 NCAA Championships with Nagy earning Freshman all-America and GCAA honorable mention all-America honors. The 49ers tied for eighth at the 2008 NCAA Championships, with Nagy again earning honorable mention all-America honors. He won A-10 individual golf titles in 2009 and 2010 to go along with A-10 Golf Student-Athlete of the Year awards in those seasons.
As a senior, Nagy posted a 70.71 stroke average to break the 49ers existing school record by more than a stroke. He also added the school's career record with a 71.97 stroke average over four years. He won three individual tournament titles as a senior and placed in the top five in seven of 12 events to finish the year ranked 14th in the nation in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings. He was one of six finalists for the Byron Nelson Award and was a member of Team USA's championship 2010 Palmer Cup squad.
A four-time GCAA all-America and three-time Golfweek all-America, Nagy was a four-time all-South Region player and a four-time all-Atlantic 10 choice. In fact, at four A-10 championships, Nagy won two titles, posted one runner-up and one third-place finish.
He completes his career as the most and highest decorated golfer in that program's elite history. In addition, he is one of just six athletes in school history to earn both athletic and academic all-America honors. He is the second 49er to win the A-10 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
Beam, the 49ers women's soccer program's first consensus all-America, is a two-time Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year, a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic all-America and a two-time A-10 Women's Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year.
Beam was named second-team all-America by both Soccer America and Soccer News and third-team all-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and TopDrawerSoccer.com in 2008. She was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com 2009 National Team of the Season. A member of the 2007 and 2008 Atlantic 10 Tournament champions, Beam became just the second player in league history to twice be named A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player. A member of three A-10 regular-season champions, she led the 49ers to two NCAA Tournament appearances in her four seasons.
Beam graduated magna cum laude with a 3.81 GPA in Finance and Marketing. She earned first team ESPN the Magazine Academic all-America honors in 2009 and second-team honors in 2008. She was named the A-10's Women's Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and was a first team NSCAA Scholar all-America
The A-10 Midfielder of the Year in 2008 and 2009, Beam is a two-time first-team all-Atlantic 10 choice and a two-time NSCAA all-Mid-Atlantic Region selection. She finished her career with a school-record 103 total points. Her 36 goals match the 49ers all-time school record and her 31 career assists ranks second all-time.
She is one of just six athletes in school history to earn both athletic and academic all-America honors. She is the third 49er to win the A-10 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Beam's sister, Lindsey (Beam) Ozimek won the same award in 2008. They are the second set of sisters to win the award. Xavier women's tennis players Lauren and Kristen Clary won the award in 2005 and 2006, respectively.
Nagy and Beam give the 49ers five winners of the A-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in the 49ers five years in the league, equating to half of the possible awards over that time. That is the most of any school over that time period. In the last five years Saint Louis (2) is the only other school that has produced more than one recipient.
The last school to sweep the A-10 Scholar-Athlete awards: Saint Joseph's in 2001-02 with basketball players Bill Phillips and Susan Moran winning the awards.
Charlotte 49ers All-Time A-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards
2010: Corey Nagy, male (golf); Hailey Beam, female (soccer)
2008: Lindsey Ozimek, female (soccer)
2007: Jane Daniels, female (cross country; track and field)
2006: Mike Ambrose, male (baseball)
Charlotte 49ers 2009-10 A-10 Sport Student-Athlete of the Year Awards
Men's Soccer: Adam Gross
Women's Soccer: Hailey Beam
Men's Indoor Track and Field: Darius Law
Men's Golf: Corey Nagy
Men's Outdoor Track and Field: Darius Law