COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mount Union seniors Louis Berry IV (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) and Rachel Tinkey (Canfield) will be awarded the Ohio Athletic Conference's Clyde Lamb Awards at the conference's awards dinner Monday, May 13, in Columbus.
The Clyde Lamb Awards are given to the top male and female scholar athletes at each of the OAC's 10 institutions.
Berry excelled in three sports for the Purple Raiders -- footbal, indoor and outdoor track and field but also in the classroom as a Marketing major with a 3.53 grade point average and a two-time Academic All-OAC selection.
On the field, Berry played on national championship football teams in 2015 and 2017 and was an All-OAC first team pick who won the 2017 Lee Tressel Award given to the conference's top defensive back while also being an American Football Coaches Association All-American. Over his four seasons, his 58 passes defended is tied for first while 18 inteceptions is second all-time at Mount Union.
On the track, Berry was a two-time All-American in the 60 meter dash indoors and his second place finish in 2018 helped lift the Raiders to a team national title. He claimed the OAC title in the same event this past winter and set a conference record with a time of 6.85 seconds. In total, he was a 10-time OAC track and field champion that had 12 all-conference (top three finish) performances.
Tinkey played in 101 women's basketball games over the last four seasons and became the 16th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points as she had 1,072 points. As a freshman, the Raiders won the OAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She was a two-time All-OAC selection with second team honors in 2018 and first team accolades in 2019.
Off the court, the three-time Academic All-OAC selection had a 3.59 grade point average as a Chemistry major. She won two Mount Union awards the 2018 Alumni Chemistry Award and 2019 Pappenhagen Prize for outstanding work in chemistry.
Criteria for the award includes 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 has brought credit to the student-athlete and his or her institution.
The award was founded in 1985 and is named in honor of Clyde A. Lamb. Lamb organized the department of health and physical education at Ohio Northern University in 1929, and served as a coach, department chairman and athletics director at ONU from 1929-64. He continued to teach full-time until his death in 1969.
Lamb, who received his bachelor's degree from Coe College in 1923 and a master's degree from Columbia University in 1929, coached numerous sports at Ohio Northern during his tenure. In 1959, he was elected to the NAIA Helms Hall of Fame. He was honored as Ada's Distinguished Citizen in 1956 and was inducted into Ohio Northern's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.