Sarah Leyman '11 Named Finalist for Wooden Citizenship Cup


ATLANTA, GA – Amherst College senior Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) was named one of five finalists from the NCAA’s Division I, II and III for the prestigious 7th Annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup. Presented annually by Athletes for a Better World, the Wooden Cup is awarded to the most outstanding role model among college athletes in America.

The Wooden Cup is named in honor of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, one of the most successful coaches in collegiate history. Wooden’s legacy as a person of integrity, high moral character, compassion, and civic-mindedness continues to make him one of the most admired coaches in the history of sport. The award recognizes those athletes whose character represents the highest and best in sport, and who make the greatest difference in the lives of others.  

Since it is open to all athletes, all sports, the Wooden Cup is regarded as one of the highest honors in all of college sports. Leyman is joined by Agnes Scott’s Kimberley Reeves, Alabama’s Greg McElroy, Oklahoma’s Quinton Carter and Denison’s Daniel Crawford as finalists for this year’s award.

Leyman, a two-time co-captain for the top-ranked women’s basketball team, has earned a reputation around Amherst College’s campus as one of the best student-athletes both on the court, in the classroom and in the community.  

On the court, Leyman has helped lead one of the most impressive program turnarounds in the history of the school. A 12-13 team the year before her arrival, Leyman’s Jeffs have posted an amazing 93-8 record during her career. Last year, the Jeffs finished the season with a 32-1 mark, losing only to the eventual national champions in the national semifinals. Amherst has made two straight trips to the NCAA Division III Final Four, and is a heavy favorite to return once again this season.

On campus, Leyman is in her third year as the president of Amherst’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She has also taken a role as a student representative to Amherst’s Faculty Committee on Education and Athletics. As a pre-med student, Leyman maintains a 3.8 grade-point-average and spend her summer working in Amherst’s experimental science lab doing research. Leyman has also been involved in numerous community service efforts in the Amherst area during the last four years.

The 2010 Collegiate Wooden Cup recipient will be announced at the award ceremony on January 25 at the famed East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The recipient of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is chosen by a screening committee, a national group of electors, and a committee chaired by Vincent Dooley, former University of Georgia athletic director, and other distinguished individuals involved in athletics across the country.