Script error The Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year award is given to the male and female athlete who show extraordinary talent throughout the entire season. The award is decided by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Anthony J. McKevlin AwardEdit

The Anthony J. McKevlin Award, which originally went to the league's athlete of the year regardless of gender until 1990, named in honor of a former sports editor of the Raleigh News and Observer,[1] has been voted upon and handed out annually since the ACC was formed in 1953–1954.

Mary Garber AwardEdit

In 1990, The Mary Garber Award, named in honor of Mary Garber, a former Winston-Salem Journal reporter and a pioneer for women in the field of sports journalism, was established to honor the league's top female athlete.[1] In 2005, the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) distinguished Garber by honoring her with its prestigious Red Smith Award, making her the first female recipient in the award's 25-year history.


Male – Anthony J. McKevlin Award Female – Mary Garber Award
1954Joel ShankleDukeTrack & Field
1955Dickie HemricWake ForestBasketball
1956Dave SimeDukeTrack & Field/Baseball
1957Lennie RosenbluthNorth CarolinaBasketball
1958Dick ChristyNC StateFootball
1959Lou PucilloNC StateBasketball
1960Mike McGeeDukeFootball
1961Roman GabrielNC StateFootball
1962Len ChappellWake ForestBasketball
1963Art HeymanDukeBasketball
1964Jeff MullinsDukeBasketball
1965Brian PiccoloWake ForestFootball
1966Danny TalbottNorth CarolinaFootball/Baseball
1967Bobby BryantSouth CarolinaFootball/Baseball
1968Larry MillerNorth CarolinaBasketball
1969Frank QuayleVirginiaFootball
1970Charlie ScottNorth CarolinaBasketball
1971Don McCauleyNorth CarolinaFootball
1972Barry ParkhillVirginiaBasketball
1973David ThompsonNC StateBasketball
1974Tony WaldropNorth CarolinaTrack & Field
1975David ThompsonNC StateBasketball
1976John LucasMarylandBasketball/Tennis
1977Phil FordNorth CarolinaBasketball
1978Phil FordNorth CarolinaBasketball
1979Renaldo NehemiahMarylandTrack & Field
1980 Julie Shea*NC StateTrack & Field
1981 Julie Shea*NC StateTrack & Field
1982James WorthyNorth CarolinaBasketball
1983Ralph SampsonVirginiaBasketball
1984Michael JordanNorth CarolinaBasketball
1985BJ SurhoffNorth CarolinaBaseball
1986Len BiasMarylandBasketball
1987Riccardo IngramGeorgia TechFootball/Baseball
1988Danny FerryDukeBasketball
1989Danny FerryDukeBasketball
1990Clarkston HinesDukeFootballShannon HigginsNorth CarolinaSoccer
1991Christian LaettnerDukeBasketballDawn StaleyVirginiaBasketball
1992Christian LaettnerDukeBasketballDawn StaleyVirginiaBasketball
1993Charlie WardFlorida StateFootball/BasketballMia HammNorth CarolinaSoccer
1994Charlie WardFlorida StateFootball/BasketballBeverly SmithNorth CarolinaSoftball
1995Randolph ChildressWake ForestBasketballTisha VenturiniNorth CarolinaSoccer
1996Kris BensonClemsonBaseballKelly AmonteMarylandSoccer/Lacrosse
1997Tim DuncanWake ForestBasketballSarah ForbesMarylandLacrosse
1998Antawn JamisonNorth CarolinaBasketballVanessa WebbDukeTennis
1999Elton BrandDukeBasketballCindy ParlowNorth CarolinaSoccer
2000Joe HamiltonGeorgia TechFootballJen AdamsMarylandLacrosse
2001Shane BattierDukeBasketballJen AdamsMarylandLacrosse
2002Juan DixonMarylandBasketballBea BielikWake ForestTennis
2003Chris RotelliVirginiaLacrosseAlana BeardDukeBasketball
2004Philip RiversNC StateFootballAlana BeardDukeBasketball
2005Sean MayNorth CarolinaBasketballKelly DostalWake ForestField hockey
2006J. J. RedickDukeBasketballPaula InfanteMarylandField hockey
2007Walter DixFlorida StateTrack and fieldLindsey HardingDukeBasketball
2008Tyler HansbroughNorth CarolinaBasketballAngela TincherVirginia TechSoftball
2009Matt HillNC StateGolfCasey NogueiraNorth CarolinaSoccer
2010Ned CrottyDukeLacrosseWhitney EngenNorth CarolinaSoccer
2011Ngoni MakushaFlorida StateTrack and fieldKatie O'DonnellMarylandField hockey
2012 Luke Kuechly Boston College Football Becca Ward Duke Fencing
2013 Jarmere Jenkins Virginia Tennis Crystal Dunn North Carolina Soccer
2014 Jameis Winston Florida State Football/Baseball Alyssa Thomas Maryland Basketball
2015 Laken Tomlinson Duke Football Morgan Brian Virginia Soccer
2016 Deshaun Watson Clemson Football Molly Seidel Notre Dame Cross Country
2017 Deshaun Watson Clemson Football Kenzie Kent Boston College Ice hockey/Lacrosse
2018 Lamar Jackson Louisville Football Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame Basketball
2019 Zion Williamson Duke Basketball
* Between 1954 and 1989, Anthony J. McKevlin Award presented to best athlete, male or female.

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