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Candella, Creech Clyde Lamb Winners

May 21, 2013

Clyde Lamb award winners Julie Creech and Brandon Candella.

Clyde Lamb award winners Julie Creech and Brandon Candella.

Seniors Brandon Candella and Julie Creech have been chosen Wilmington College’s 2013 Clyde A. Lamb Award winners.

Each of the Ohio Athletic Conference’s 10 institutions selects a male and female Clyde Lamb winner. The Clyde Lamb Award is named in honor of the man who organized the Department of Health and Physical Education at Ohio Northern in 1929. He served as a coach, department chairman and athletics director at ONU from 1929-64.

Criteria for the award include at least two years participation in an OAC-sponsored sport, senior status, a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that brought credit to the student-athlete and his/her institution.

The 20 Clyde Lamb Award winners were honored at the 28th annual OAC Awards Banquet May 13 at the Holiday Inn-Worthington.

“This award epitomizes what Division III student-athletics is all about,” said Terry Rupert, Wilmington College’s director of athletics/vice president for athletics administration. “Brandon and Julie have excelled as students, athletes and community members and leaders. We are proud to have shared the last four years with them.”

Candella (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) graduated with a 3.74 GPA in Business Administration and Sport Management. He was also a two-time Academic All-OAC honoree and the 2013 First team CoSIDA All-District selection. He was the Vice President of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, captain of the Water Polo Club and the Co-founder/President of WC’s Athletes in Action. In addition, Candella was a member of the Office of Omega.

On the basketball court, he was a 2013 second team All-OAC selection and a team captain. He finished the season second on the team in scoring (15.0) and rebounding (4.1) and joined the WC 1,000-point club.

Creech (Dayton, OH/Centerville) finished her college career with a 4.0 GPA in Athletic Training. A three-time Academic All-OAC, Creech earned Dean’s List in every semester. She was also extremely active in the college community, serving as the President of SAAC and SMLC. Additionally, Creech was the Health and Wellness Promotions Coordinator and served on the Honors College Advisory Committee, Relay for Life Committee and the Water Polo Club.

She is a two-time OAC champion and earned all-OAC seven times, while holding five school records (500 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and the 800 freestyle relay).