Five Former UWA Student-Athletes Named to GSC Fall All-Decade Squad
BIRMINGHAM – The University of West Alabama had five former student-athletes named to the Gulf South Conference Fall All-Decade Teams. Football placed three on the list with volleyball adding two selections.
Student-athletes could only be nominated for the All-Decade Team if they competed in at least two seasons during the decade and were also named to the All-GSC First Team at least once. Each squad was broken up into First and Second Teams and Players and Coaches of the Decade were selected. Honorable Mentions were also recognized in special circumstances.
Paul Girton was named to the First Team for football as a long snapper. Girton was a three-time All-GSC performer, including being named First Team in 2005. Terry Allen was named to the Second Team as a return specialist. Allen owns the GSC record for kickoff return yards with 2,545 yards. The Huntsville, Ala.-native was a two-time All-GSC selection, including First Team honors last season, and was a three-time All-Region honoree.
Garry Pack was one of five named as an Honorable Mention to the list. Pack led the NCAA in solo tackles in his one season at UWA. The Hattiesburg, Miss.-native was named to the Daktronics Second Team All-American list and was a two-time All-American Honorable Mention. Pack received All-GSC First Team laurels along with being a Regional Finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy. Pack led the GSC in total tackles with 114 in 2008.
Ana Gabriela Pedrosa and Allison Nail represented the Tiger volleyball team as Second Team honorees. Pedrosa finished her career as a three-time All-GSC performer, including First Team accolades in 2008 and 2009. The Belo Horizonte, Brazil-native was a 2008 AVCA All-South Region Honorable Mention, a 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar Second Team member and a three-time GSC Academic Honor Roll selection and a two-time GSC Academic Team member. Allison Nail was a two-time All-GSC East First Team selection in 2007 and 2008. The Cullman, Ala.-native stands as the school’s all-time kill leader with 1,377 kills and is just one of three players to reach the 1,000 career kill mark at UWA. Nail was named Daktronics All-South Region in 2007, member of the 2007 All-Academic Team and a two-time honoree on the GSC Academic Honor Roll.
The six-sport team is the first of three such squads to be released by the conference.