Martin honors Lunney

Friday, May 22, 2015
Stephen Lunney accepts his Musco Lighting Male Student Scholar-Athlete of the Year award from SSAC Commissioner Mike Hall. Photo by Sam Knehans/SAAC

PULASKI -- For the second time in as many seasons, Martin Methodist Men's Soccer standout Stephen Lunney was honored for his commitment to excellence both on the pitch and in the classroom as the senior was named the Musco Lighting Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Southern States Athletic Conference Awards Banquet Sunday evening.

The Dublin, Ireland native, who finished his career as arguably the most decorated student-athlete in school history, collected one last award for the trophy case. The award is presented annually at the conference's awards banquet.

Lunney, made the trip down to Montgomery, Alabama to accept the award and reflect on his academic and athletic careers in front of a room full of coaches, staff members and administrators.

"This is truly a humbling experience to be in front of you all to accept this great honor," Lunney said. "I have had a remarkable journey and especially enjoyed my time in the SSAC these last two seasons. It has especially been a joy to play under two great head coaches, some fantastic assistants and with a tremendous athletic department. If not for their hard work, I would not be able to stand here and accept these kinds of awards."

Lunney was also named the CoSIDA Capital One Men's Soccer Academic All-American of the Year for the second-straight year. He maintained a 4.0 grade-point average at Martin Methodist and was one of two recipients of the President's Award, handed out at commencement to the senior with the highest grade-point average.

Lunney was also heavily involved with projects outside of the classroom and fields of play as he served as one of two officers on the Inaugural SSAC Student Leadership Council. He also devoted countless hours toward the RedHawks Champions of Character program.

"Stephen Lunney is truly the perfect embodiment of what a student-athlete should be," RedHawks Executive Director of Athletics Jeff Bain said. "His dedication to success in soccer is only matched by his dedication to success in the classroom. We offer one final salute to Stephen for his successes at Martin Methodist and we wish him all the best as he begins this next chapter of his life."

Lunney, who is spending the summer playing for semi-professional side Nashville FC, is expected to continue his academic career at the graduate level this fall.