Philipp Hoffman And Dayshalee Salaman Crowned With Male And Female Athlete Of The Year Honors
April 26, 2012
HARROGATE, TN -- With the conclusion of Lincoln Memorial University athletics for the 2011-12 season, the athletes, coaches and staff gathered for the annual LMU Athletic Banquet to celebrate the year that was, honoring the players and the moments that defined this season. As the night came to a close, none stood higher than men's tennis player, Philipp Hoffmann, and women's basketball player, Dayshalee Salaman, as they were christened with Male and Female Athlete of the Year honors.
In his three seasons at LMU, Philipp Hoffmann has redefined success on the tennis court and rewritten the LMU record books. The Karlsruhe, Germany native is a three-time First Team All-SAC selection along with being named the 2010 SAC Freshman of the Year and the 2011 SAC Player of the Year. This season, Hoffmann completed the year with an 18-1 singles mark and a 16-5 doubles record with playing partner, Tom Goossens, all while playing at the No. 1 spot for the Railsplitters. He was the catalyst for an 18-4 season for LMU which ended with a runner-up finish in the 2012 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tennis Championship.
This year, Hoffmann became the all-time winningest player in Lincoln Memorial University history, as he surpassed Lukas Burkon for first on the career list for singles victories. To date, he owns nearly every record in the span of LMU men's tennis as he pushed the mark for most career singles wins to 55, holds the best career singles record with a .948 winning percentage and sits alone at the top of the career doubles record with an .852 percentage. Along with those historic figures, Hoffmann has added to his legacy by holding the three highest win totals for a single season as well as the three highest winning percentages for a season.
Hoffmann's season was highlighted by two triumphs over Anderson University's Stan Atema, who was ranked 13th in the region and 45th in the country. In both contests, Hoffmann held sway over Atema in straight sets for the Railsplitters. Hoffmann added a straight sets victory over Limestone College's Carlos Yanes, the 17th ranked player in the region and the leader of the Conference Carolinas regular season champs, in a match that LMU would go on to win.
At 55-3 for his career at Lincoln Memorial University, he looks to leave an untouchable mark on the LMU record books as yet another season looms large on the horizon for Hoffmann and the Railsplitters.
"Philipp Hoffman is a coach’s dream player," said head tennis coach Benny Collins. "He is strictly business at practice and in a match. He leads by example. He pushes himself and his teammates to excel in the endeavor and the quest to become the best. He always holds the team's success over himself. I have had so many coaches come to me and tell me how strong their number one player is and my reply is always the same. I say, 'He better be. Because his will and determination are about to forgo an extreme test'. It’s simple: Philipp is the best of the very best."
On the women's side, Dayshalee Salaman's impact was felt throughout the South Atlantic Conference as well as the region en route to her leaving an indelible mark on the women's basketball program. Salaman adds this honor to a list that includes First Team All-SAC, Daktronics All-Southeast Region First Team and Division II Bulletin All-American Honorable Mention.
This season, Salaman led the Lady 'Splitters to a 14-13 overall mark and the first winning season for LMU women's basketball since 2004-05. Her performance this year reverberated throughout the SAC as she led the conference in scoring at 20.6 points per contest and assists at 4.48 per affair. Her points average ranked nearly four points ahead of her closest competitor while her assist total was a half of an assist in front of the second-place finisher. That scoring mark also placed her ninth in the country. She sat at the top of nearly every statistical category for the Lady Railsplitters this season including minutes per (32.6), three-pointers (46), free throw percentage (.794) and steals (40).
Among her highlights from the 2011-12 campaign, Salaman's 36 point performance against Tusculum College on January 4th resonates most clearly. She followed that game with a 34 point outburst against Newberry College that included three steals. She poured in 30 points at Brevard College on January 18th for her third and final 30 point performance of the season. Her outing against Eastern Kentucky should be noted as she filled the stat sheet with 27 points, nine assists and a steal.
The bestowing of this honor caps one of the most prolific careers in the history of Lincoln Memorial University women's basketball history. Salaman narrowly missed setting the all-time mark for scoring as she finished in second with 1,825 points, just 82 points shy of tying Debbie Green's record. Her resume includes a tie for second in free throws made (390), third in three-point field goals (175), third in minutes (3,262), fourth in field goals (630) and fifth in assists (429). In total, Salaman ranks in the top-5 in ten categories at LMU and top-10 in seven others.
“On behalf of LMU Women’s Basketball, we could not be more proud of Dayshalee Salaman," commented head coach Roger Hodge. "She had one of the greatest seasons in program history in 2012, leading the South Atlantic Conference in scoring and assists. She was also among the leaders in several other categories. Even more importantly, we were able to see D grow on a personal level. As a senior captain, she helped lead Lady Railsplitter Basketball to its best record since 2005. There have been many great basketball players that have been part of our outstanding tradition in women’s basketball and Dayshalee Salaman will rank among the best to ever wear a Lincoln Memorial uniform. I fully expect to continue to see her have tremendous success both on and off the court in the future.”
The LMU Athletic Department proudly awards this honor to Philipp Hoffmann and Dayshalee Salaman. Every season is defined by the players and the moments. In the 2011-12 campaign, these two individuals stood alone as the grandest representations of LMU athletics.