Two Hiltoppers turned Panthers were among those recently honored by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) as members of the conference’s all-decade team.
Greenville University hall of fame track coach Brian Patton and GU baseball standout Matt Leefers were both recognized for their excellence amongst their peers who played or coached between 2010 and 2019.
Leefers earned his spot by going 8-4 with a 2.31 earned run average and six complete games in 2010 for Greenville College, which nailed down SLIAC Pitcher of the Year honors that season. That year the Coffeen native also notched 53 strikeouts in 78 innings and went 5-2 in conference play with an ERA of 1.05
Patton, the track and cross country coach at Greenville University since 1994, was honored for his leadership of the cross country team, which has won five SLIAC championships in the last ten years, including four straight to end the decade.
Patton is also a five time recipient of the SLIAC Coach of the Year award in cross country over the last ten years, and a 26-time coach of the year winner in his career.
Selections were made using a system that awarded points based on All-Conference selections. In addition, any player receiving a top individual award (Player of the Year or Pitcher of the Year) during a season earned a selection. Coaches were picked based on Coach of the Year awards won during the time span.
For more on the teams and for future all-decade announcements, go to www.sliac.org.