Mount Union's Goedecke and Neff Awarded OAC Clyde Lamb Honors

Tyler Neff and Katie Goedecke (Photos by Joe Colon)
Tyler Neff and Katie Goedecke (Photos by Joe Colon)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mount Union seniors Katie Goedecke (Cuyahoga Falls / Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Tyler Neff (Navarre / Fairless) will be awarded the Ohio Athletic Conference's Clyde Lamb Awards at the conference's awards dinner Monday, May 14, in Columbus.

The Clyde Lamb Awards are given to the top male and female scholar athletes at each of the OAC's 10 institutions.

Goedecke excelled in three sports for the Purple Raiders – soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field but also in the classroom as she is an Academic All-American in both soccer and track as a Mathematics major with a 3.88 grade point average.

On the track, Goedecke won a national outdoor title as part of the 4x100 meter relay team in 2017 and was the 2017 OAC Fred Raizk Indoor Track Sprinter of the Meet at the conference championships. In total, she had 10 all-conference performances and was a seven-time OAC event champion. On the soccer pitch, she has been among the team's top scorers in each of the last two seasons and helped lead the Raiders to an OAC Tournament title and first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016.

Neff will wrap up a career as one of Mount Union's most decorated sprinters as he has been part of three event national title relay teams and helped the Raiders win the team title at the 2018 NCAA Indoor National Championships. All of this while being an Academic All-American with a 3.70 grade point average as a Mechanical Engineering major. 

He has been on three 4x400 meter relay national championship teams, two outdoor and one indoor, as he is a four-time All-American who twice was named OAC Sprint Athlete of the Meet at the conference's 2017 and 2018 indoor championships. He put up 14 All-OAC performances including 10 OAC event championships.

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.