Athletics Celebrates Coaches of the Year

Scott Halkett

Two Spartans received Coach of the Year honors from the Big South conference this season.

USC Upstate men's soccer head coach Scott Halkett was named Men's Soccer Coach of the Year, while head golf coach Todd Lawton received Women’s Golf Coach of the Year. The honor was a first for both men.

In men’s soccer, Halkett and his staff led the Spartans to one of their best seasons in the program’s Division I era, which was capped by Upstate’s first-ever trip to the Big South Championship final where the Spartans finished as the tournament runners-up.

Upstate's only loss in conference play this season came against the league leader High Point. The Spartans ranked in the top three as a team in the Big South in several statistical categories, including second in shots (154) and corner kicks (58), and third in points (54). Additionally, the club ranked third in goals (21) and goals per game (2.1), and well as goals allowed (14) and goals against average (1.35).

The USC Upstate women’s golf team is coming off their best season in school history. The Spartans recorded their lowest stroke average in school history (297.23) and recorded the best team winning-percentage in program history (.896). As a team, the Spartans won two tournaments in the same season for the first time ever and finished inside the top 3 in all but one tournament.

Todd Lawton

Beem Pabsimma became the first female golfer in school history to capture a conference championship. With the victory, Pabsimma became the first female golfer in program history to play in the NCAA Regionals. Praew Nontarux earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors. Under the guidance of Lawton, the USC Upstate golf program holds both the Men’s and Women’s Big South Individual Golf Championships.