The Lonnie Folks Award, announced during Maryville University’s recent Alumni Weekend festivities, recognizes former student-athletes, coaches or administrators who exemplify the spirit of Maryville University Athletics. These individuals may not have Hall of Fame caliber career statistics, but embody character resembling that of Lonnie Folks, former student-athlete, coach, sports information director and administrator of Maryville Athletics.
Folks was involved in Maryville Athletics for over 20 years. He was a member of the men’s soccer and baseball teams and was named the men’s soccer Freshman of the Year in 1978. He later coached the women’s soccer, women’s basketball and softball teams. He was a two-time SLIAC Coach of the Year in both women’s soccer and softball.