Eighth Annual Techspys Set for May 2

The blue carpet is getting rolled out again as Louisiana Tech Athletics will host the 8th annual Techspys awards on Monday, May 2 inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

The blue carpet portion of the evening will begin on the front steps outside the TAC with a dessert bar and photo opportunities available to LA Tech student-athletes, including a photo booth that will be open from 4:45-5:45 p.m. (will be in the concourse if there is inclement weather).

The doors open to the arena at 5 p.m. with the event, free and open to the general public, beginning at 6 p.m. as Gavin Kelly will serve as the master of ceremonies.  Student-athletes, their plus-ones and coaches/staff will sit in the lower level while the general public will be seated in the upper level. 

Members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members will present the awards throughout the evening.  A total of 16 awards will be presented, including Moment of the Year which will be determined by fan vote.   

Formal attire is requested.



(Season awards must have finished a full season prior to March 30, 2022.  Play awards must have happened between April 1, 2022 to March 30, 2022)


Male Performance of the Year

Kenneth Lofton, Jr. (MBB) at NC State – Nov. 27, 2021

Hunter Wells (Baseball) vs. Rider – June 4, 2021

BeeJay Williamson (Football) vs. Southeastern – Sept. 11, 2021

Sam Murphy (Golf) at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate – Sept. 14, 2021


Female Performance of the Year

Anna Larr Roberson (WBB) vs. Rice – Feb. 24, 2022

Keiunna Walker (WBB) vs. Rice – Feb. 24, 2022

Johannon Murray (Women’s T&F) at C-USA Indoors Championships – Feb. 19, 2022

Leonie Schuknecht (Tennis) vs. Middle Tennessee – Feb. 25, 2022

McKenzie Johnson (Volleyball) vs. North Texas – Oct. 2, 2021

Danielle Jedlicki (Bowling) at SWIBC – Oct. 2, 2021


Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year

Kenneth Lofton, Jr. (MBB)

Taylor Young (Baseball)

Tyler Grubbs (Football)

Mac Murphy (Golf)


Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year

Josie Studer (Soccer)

Keiunna Walker (WBB)

Allie Leiendecker (Bowling)


Male True Freshman of the Year

Kaleb Stewart (MBB)

Daniel San Juan (Men’s T&F)


Female True Freshman of the Year

Lauren Menzina (Softball)

Leonie Schuknecht (Tennis)

MacKenzie Johnson (Volleyball)

Amaya Brannon (WBB)


Male Newcomer of the Year

Keaston Willis (MBB)

Marcus Williams, Jr. (Football)

Tripp Marcus (Men’s T&F)


Female Newcomer of the Year

Salma Bates (WBB)

Patricia Rosales (Bowling)

Kylie Neel (Softball)


Male Play of the Year

Cobe Williams (MBB) at Florida Atlantic – Feb. 3, 2022

Austin Kendall (Football) at Mississippi State – Sept. 4, 2021

Manny Garcia (Baseball) vs. Southern Miss – April 18, 2021


Female Play of the Year

Valeria Rios (Soccer) vs. Southern Miss – Oct. 8, 2021

Salma Bates (WBB) vs. Boise State – Nov. 26, 2021

Allie Leiendecker (Bowling) at Music City Classic – March 19, 2022

Caroline Easom (Softball) vs. FIU – March 18, 2022


Team of the Year (winner to be determined live at the event)



Women’s Basketball


Moment of the Year (fan vote)

Baseball – LA Tech Defeats Southern Miss in Two Wild Comebacks to Advance to C-USA Championship

Tennis – LA Tech Sets Program Record for Longest Winning Streak

Soccer – LA Tech Plays First Match at Robert Mack Caruthers Field

Women’s Basketball – Keiunna Walker and Anna Larr Roberson Spark Overtime Win versus Rice

Bowling – LA Tech Qualifies for the NCAA Tournament