ACC Athlete of the Year

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The Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year award is given to the male and female athlete who show extraordinary talent throughout the entire season. The award is decided by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Anthony J. McKevlin Award[edit]

The Anthony J. McKevlin Award, which originally went to the league's athlete of the year regardless of gender until 1990, named in honor of a former sports editor of the Raleigh News and Observer,[1] has been voted upon and handed out annually since the ACC was formed in 1953–1954.

Mary Garber Award[edit]

In 1990, The Mary Garber Award, named in honor of Mary Garber, a former Winston-Salem Journal reporter and a pioneer for women in the field of sports journalism, was established to honor the league's top female athlete.[1] In 2005, the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) distinguished Garber by honoring her with its prestigious Red Smith Award, making her the first female recipient in the award's 25-year history.


Male – Anthony J. McKevlin Award Female – Mary Garber Award
Season Player School Sport Player School Sport
1954 Joel Shankle Duke Track & Field
1955 Dickie Hemric Wake Forest Basketball
1956 Dave Sime Duke Track & Field/Baseball
1957 Lennie Rosenbluth North Carolina Basketball
1958 Dick Christy NC State Football
1959 Lou Pucillo NC State Basketball
1960 Mike McGee Duke Football
1961 Roman Gabriel NC State Football
1962 Len Chappell Wake Forest Basketball
1963 Art Heyman Duke Basketball
1964 Jeff Mullins Duke Basketball
1965 Brian Piccolo Wake Forest Football
1966 Danny Talbott North Carolina Football/Baseball
1967 Bobby Bryant South Carolina Football/Baseball
1968 Larry Miller North Carolina Basketball
1969 Frank Quayle Virginia Football
1970 Charlie Scott North Carolina Basketball
1971 Don McCauley North Carolina Football
1972 Barry Parkhill Virginia Basketball
1973 David Thompson NC State Basketball
1974 Tony Waldrop North Carolina Track & Field
1975 David Thompson NC State Basketball
1976 John Lucas Maryland Basketball/Tennis
1977 Phil Ford North Carolina Basketball
1978 Phil Ford North Carolina Basketball
1979 Renaldo Nehemiah Maryland Track & Field
1980 Julie Shea* NC State Track & Field
1981 Julie Shea* NC State Track & Field
1982 James Worthy North Carolina Basketball
1983 Ralph Sampson Virginia Basketball
1984 Michael Jordan North Carolina Basketball
1985 BJ Surhoff North Carolina Baseball
1986 Len Bias Maryland Basketball
1987 Riccardo Ingram Georgia Tech Football/Baseball
1988 Danny Ferry Duke Basketball
1989 Danny Ferry Duke Basketball
1990 Clarkston Hines Duke Football Shannon Higgins North Carolina Soccer
1991 Christian Laettner Duke Basketball Dawn Staley Virginia Basketball
1992 Christian Laettner Duke Basketball Dawn Staley Virginia Basketball
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State Football/Basketball Mia Hamm North Carolina Soccer
1994 Charlie Ward Florida State Football/Basketball Bev Smith North Carolina Softball
1995 Randolph Childress Wake Forest Basketball Tisha Venturini North Carolina Soccer
1996 Kris Benson Clemson Baseball Kelly Amonte Maryland Soccer/Lacrosse
1997 Tim Duncan Wake Forest Basketball Sarah Forbes Maryland Lacrosse
1998 Antawn Jamison North Carolina Basketball Vanessa Webb Duke Tennis
1999 Elton Brand Duke Basketball Cindy Parlow North Carolina Soccer
2000 Joe Hamilton Georgia Tech Football Jen Adams Maryland Lacrosse
2001 Shane Battier Duke Basketball Jen Adams Maryland Lacrosse
2002 Juan Dixon Maryland Basketball Bea Bielik Wake Forest Tennis
2003 Chris Rotelli Virginia Lacrosse Alana Beard Duke Basketball
2004 Philip Rivers NC State Football Alana Beard Duke Basketball
2005 Sean May North Carolina Basketball Kelly Dostal Wake Forest Field hockey
2006 JJ Redick Duke Basketball Paula Infante Maryland Field hockey
2007 Walter Dix Florida State Track and field Lindsey Harding Duke Basketball
2008 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Basketball Angela Tincher Virginia Tech Softball
2009 Matt Hill NC State Golf Casey Nogueira North Carolina Soccer
2010 Ned Crotty Duke Lacrosse Whitney Engen North Carolina Soccer
2011 Ngoni Makusha Florida State Track and field Katie O'Donnell Maryland Field hockey
2012 Luke Kuechly Boston College Football Becca Ward Duke Fencing
2013 Jarmere Jenkins Virginia Tennis Crystal Dunn North Carolina Soccer
2014 Jameis Winston Florida State Football/Baseball Alyssa Thomas Maryland Basketball
2015 Laken Tomlinson Duke Football Morgan Brian Virginia Soccer
2016 Deshaun Watson Clemson Football Molly Seidel Notre Dame Cross Country
2017[2] Deshaun Watson Clemson Football Kenzie Kent Boston College Ice hockey/Lacrosse
2018[3] Lamar Jackson Louisville Football Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame Basketball
2019[4] Zion Williamson Duke Basketball Ashley Hoffman North Carolina Field hockey
2020[5] Robbie Robinson Clemson Soccer Erin Matson North Carolina Field hockey
2021[6] Trevor Lawrence Clemson Football Charlotte North Boston College Lacrosse
2022[7] Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Football Charlotte North Boston College Lacrosse
* Between 1954 and 1989, Anthony J. McKevlin Award presented to best athlete, male or female.

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  1. ^ a b Roth, John; Hinshaw, Ned (2006). The Encyclopedia of Duke Basketball. Duke University Press. p. 257. ISBN 0822339048. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Clemson's Watson, Boston College's Kent Voted ACC Athlete's of the Year". Atlantic Coast Conference. June 30, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Louisville's Jackson, Notre Dame's Ogunbowale Voted ACC Athletes of the Year". Atlantic Coast Conference. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Duke's Williamson, North Carolina's Hoffman Voted ACC Athletes of the Year". Atlantic Coast Conference. July 3, 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "Clemson's Robinson, UNC's Matson Voted Top ACC Athletes of 2019-20". Atlantic Coast Conference. May 20, 2020. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "Clemson's Lawrence, Boston College's North Named ACC Athletes of the Year" (Press release). Atlantic Coast Conference. July 1, 2021. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  7. ^ "Charlotte North Named ACC Female Athlete of the Year". Sports Illustrated. July 8, 2022. Retrieved July 8, 2022.