RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech baseball player Dylan McDearmon has been named the Great American Conference male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Thursday. 

McDearmon is completing his master's in business administration and boasts a 4.0 grade point average. He was recently named a consensus all-region and first team all-Great American Conference pick after hitting .349 on the season, smashing a team-best 11 homers and driving in 39 runs. He walked 21 times and fanned 21 times, going a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts. He racked up seven three-hit games his senior year. In his career, he finished ranked second in GAC history in doubles, third in total bases and fourth in runs scored. Additionally, he became the fifth player in league history to collect 200 base hits.

McDearmon also became the first Arkansas Tech baseball player to be named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America first team since 1997 when he received the honor last month. Additionally, McDearmon received the 2019 John Tucker Award for the top male student-athlete at Arkansas Tech in April.

In the community, McDearmon has offered his time to multiple service projects. In all four of his years in Russellville, he helped with Paint the Town Green & Gold, the Russellville Fall Festival, Arkansas Tech's Move-In Day Event, the Russellville Floating Parade multiple park clean ups and the 2019 Journey Church Fear Factor Event.

The GAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is awarded annually to one female and one male student-athlete from one of the 12 member institutions. The league's faculty athletic representatives or designees vote on the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. They could not vote for their own student-athletes.

Other nominees for the 2018-19 GAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award included Arkansas-Monticello junior Kinley Lee (Golf), East Central junior Larry Filer (Cross Country/Track & Field), Harding senior Lucas Goodspeed (Cross Country/Track & Field), Henderson State senior John Laubacher (Football), Northwestern Oklahoma State sophomore Daschal Johnson (Baseball), Oklahoma Baptist sophomore Michael Stewart (Soccer), Ouachita senior Chandler Blake (Baseball), Southeastern Oklahoma State senior Trevor Proctor (Golf), Southern Arkansas junior Kile Pletcher (Football), Southern Nazarene junior Jacob Spady (Football), and Southwestern Oklahoma State junior Brandon Roe (Football).

Arkansas Tech repeats as the institution with the winning male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as Wonder Boys football player Ty Reasnor won the 2017-18 award.

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