RICHMOND, Va. – William & Mary’s Matthew Feinstein (men’s golf), Conor Sokolowsky (men’s swimming), and Daniel Layton (men’s track and field) were recipients of the prestigious Colonial Athletic Association Leadership and Sport Excellence Award for the 2022-23 academic year, the league announced on Wednesday.
In total, the league handed out 21 awards among its league-sponsored sports. The award, which has been handed out since 2017-18, mimics the Chuck Boone Leadership Award in football and the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award in men’s and women’s basketball. One student-athlete, who represents the highest standards of teamwork, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship in his or her academic and athletic achievements, was selected in each of the other 21 sports sponsored by the Conference.
After evaluating the nominees, the CAA’s Faculty Athletic Representatives voted on the winners. The Tribe’s three honorees in 2022-23 were the most for the school since the award was founded in 2017-18. W&M produced two award winners in 2018-19 and 2021-22. In total, eight Tribe student-athletes have been honored. The three selections were the second-highest total in the league this season behind Monmouth and Elon, who each had four.
Feinstein is pursuing an MBA from W&M’s prestigious Raymond A. Mason School of Business after completing his undergraduate degree in finance and history with a GPA of 3.94. A three-year team captain, he was recognized as a Monroe Scholar at William & Mary and was inducted into Beta Sigma Gamma for being in the top 10% by GPA of his graduate business class. Feinstein earned second-team All-CAA honors in 2023 and was recognized as a GCAA All-America Scholar in 2021 and 2022. He posted the third-best single-season scoring average in school history in 2022-23, tied the W&M record for low 18 and 36-hole scores, and broke the 54-hole scoring record at 15-under in a victory at the VCU Shootout.
Sokolowsky achieved a 3.95 GPA while majoring in Economics and minoring in Data Science. A four-time W&M Provost Award winner, he received the 1693 Award and was the 2022 Dudley Jensen Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Sokolowsky was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board, and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He volunteered with a variety of activities, including working with the City of Williamsburg Planning Commissioner and Public Arts Committee. In the pool, Sokolowsky earned W&M’s Most Valuable Award. He finished fourth in the 200 IM and 200 Back at the CAA Championship and achieved a NCAA B-cut time.
Layton compiled a 3.69 GPA while majoring in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. A three-time W&M Provost Award winner, he received the Tribe Athletics President’s Award in 2022-23 for leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship. He is a member of the William & Mary Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served on the Executive Board as well as serving as the Health & Wellness Committee chair. On the track, Layton was the heptathlon champion at the 2023 CAA Indoor Track Championship and claimed the decathlon championship at the 2022 and 2023 CAA Outdoor Track Championships to earn all-conference honors.
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