April 26, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.VA.-Marshall setter Sammie Bane (Brownstown, Ind.) earned the Chad Pennington Leadership Award this weekend. The award is given to the student-athlete that exhibits a passion to be their best and influences their team to strive for excellence, leading through serving.
“It is such an honor to be presented with this award,” said Bane. ”None of the opportunities would be possible without the gracious contributions of the Big Green and Coach (Mitch) Jacobs giving me a chance and believing in me. My experiences at Marshall University are ones that I will carry with me for my entire life. I am so grateful for being presented with this award.”
The award’s namesake, Chad Pennington, is a Herd quarterbacking legend who played 10 years in the NFL, holds nearly every school passing record and is the co-chair of the department’s Vision Campaign.
“Sammie Bane is, plain and simple, the best leader and one of the best people I have ever coached,” said Jacobs. “Sammie became our team captain midway through our freshman season and led that team to a winning finish. We’ve been successful ever since. The day I put a 5-foot-4 inch giant in charge of our team was the day Marshall volleyball once again became significant. I don’t know if anyone is a “born” leader but I do know that Sammie grew up with great parenting that held her accountable, teaching her early about the responsibilities and challenges of being a leader. Sammie strives to be a better player and leader for her teammates. By her earning this incredible award, named after the man thought to be Marshall’s greatest leader, makes me very proud that we have created an environment for Sammie’s leadership to, not only grow, but truly thrive and all of us involved in our program are benefitting greatly.”
Bane was a 2013 second-team All-Conference USA selection, and has been among the league’s top setters throughout her career. She was named Conference USA Setter of the Week twice last season (four times in her career) and was named to the league’s all-academic team for the second-straight year. Last season, she had a team-high 28 service aces, 1,339 assists, 285 digs and 28 blocks.