Dayton, Tenn. – Cody Rhinehart (SR/Ooltewah, Tenn.), the lone representative from the Bryan College Lions varsity baseball team to be named a Daktronics-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Athlete, along with junior varsity players Sawyer Bowen and Daniel Bowers, were recognized for their dedication on both the field and in the classroom by the NAIA.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Wednesday that 353 baseball student-athletes have been named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.
To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, click here.
2016 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes - PDF
A short-stop from Ooltewah High School (Tenn.), Rhinehart came to Bryan as a freshman in the fall of 2012 and made the transition to second base. He has made an impact as both an offensive and defensive threat, setting records on both sides of the ball. He is no stranger to garnering awards during his time as a Lion: earning Freshman of the Year in 2013, three consecutive All-Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Team appearances, All-AAC Academic Team honors, and Daktronics-NAIA Academic All-America team distinction. Although he has battled injury his senior year, he closed his career as a leader in games played (209), batting average (.345), runs batted in (118), hits (243), and multi-hit games. He graduated this spring with a degree in Business Management and plans to return to Bryan College to earn his master's degree.
A left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Rosedale, Va., Bowen has battled injury throughout his career at Bryan, but his commitment to excellence in the classroom hasn't wavered through his four years as a standout student in the business program at the college. He graduated this spring with a degree in Business Management and plans to return to the Bryan campus this fall for graduate school.
Thorn Hill, Tenn. native, Bowers, has been a versatile player for the Bryan Lions JV Baseball team, moving around the infield to even spending time on the mound early in his career. Bowers has been a leader on the team, caring deeply for his teammates and working hard on the field, while balancing an extremely difficult major in Biology.