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The Presbyterian College athletic department recently honored two alumni with the school’s prestigious Bob Waters Award.The 2008 Bob Waters Award recipients are University of North Carolina men’s tennis coach Sam Paul (PC 1983) and Wingate University women’s basketball coach Barbara Frady Nelson (PC 1985).Paul is a Lancaster native and graduate of Lancaster High where he won a Class AAAA individual state title in 1979.The presentation was made when the Blue Hose battled Western Carolina University at Bailey Memorial Stadium earlier this season.The Bob Waters Award is presented to graduates of Presbyterian College who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service as coaches and who personify the qualities possessed by this distinguished alumnus.Paul’s 2007 team earned its highest national ranking ever at No. 5 to set a school record. The five-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year has coached 12 All-Americans and 31 All-ACC Selections. He has led UNC to a 49-9 record over the last two years. Paul has the fourth-best all-time career winning percentage in ACC dual match history and in the last three years Paul’s players have won the following collegiate awards: National Senior Player of the Year, John van Nostrand National Award, Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship/Leadership Award Finalist, ITA Scholar-Athlete, ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award, ITA Regional Rookie of the Year, ACC Freshman of the Year, Two ITA Mideast Region Doubles Champions.Paul is the only ACC coach to have a player ranked No. 1 in the world in the ATP men’s doubles rankings when he acted as personal coach for UNC alumnus Don Johnson during his run at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He coached Johnson to a pair of Grand Slam titles and an appearance on the U.S. Davis Cup Team. Paul played tennis at Anderson College before heading to PC and playing for the Blue Hose for two years. He was an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina and Trinity University.He was also the Director of Tennis at the University of Richmond before heading to Chapel Hill. Paul began his career with the Tar Heels as an assistant coach (under PC alumnus Allen Morris) before taking over the head coach’s position in 1993.Nelson graduated from Thornwell High School. She lettered four years in basketball at PC and was captain her senior year. She is the womem’s basketball coach at Wingate University where in her first season she led them to an NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance. Wingate went 26-7 during the 2007-08 campaign and claimed the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship. Prior to taking over the women’s basketball program at Wingate, Nelson also coached high school softball for five years, winning a state championship. She spent 21 years as the head basketball coach at Providence Day School in Charlotte. Nelson led Providence Day to seven state championships, compiling a 437-176 record.