Celebrating Sports Fellowship, 
Spirit, and Community Pride
2011 GCAC Scholarship Winner
 Shaun “Dylan” Searcy
President Dec McClelland presented the $2,000 award.

We recognized 6 outstanding Gulf Shores High School scholar athletes during the season including: 
Nicholas Anagnostopoulos, Mary L. Gottfried , Laura N. Jones, Allison E. Taylor, Andrew J. Tranchina, and Shaun “Dylan” Searcy.  

A $2000 scholarship was presented to Shaun “Dylan” Searcy at the annual awards night on May 18th.  Dylan plans to attend Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL, where he will pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He also will participate in the schools first football program which plans to be recognized 
as a Div. II program by 2013.

Congratulations to Dylan and all the very deserving 
student/athlete nominees for the 2011 Scholarship Award.
Congratulations to our 2012 Scholarship Winners!
Virginia Jones and Tyler Stargel

What a great year for the GCAC!  We were privileged to have had some great speakers visit our club, a wonderful attendance for our annual golf tournament and of course, we were able to award $1500 scholarships to two, well deserving scholar-athletes from Gulf Shores High School. 

This year our recipients were volleyball player Virginia Jones and football player Tyler Stargel, both acknowledged for their great sportsmanship and academic leadership. Virginia Jones will be attending Auburn University while fellow winner, Tyler Stargel, will be attending and playing football for the Georgia Tech. Congratulations to them and their families!!!

We had a great year and we look forward to next year as the planning has already begun. Membership is up and we are looking to increase our numbers again this coming year under incoming president, Fred Dickinson. Fred has been a valuable part of our GCAC and will continue on with his leadership role. I want to thank all of you that have supported me and our club in the past 2 years and I certainly look forward to another exciting GCAC season! 

Dec McClelland
GCAC President 
L to R:  Virginia Jones, GCAC President: Dec McClelland, Tyler Stargel
GCAC Donates $5,250
To Gulf Shores Middle School
The Gulf Shores Athletic Club presented the Gulf Shores Middle School football program with a check for $5,250.00 on Thursday, May 23rd.  

Earlier Discussions with Head Football Coach Mel Stringfellow, revealed that the Gulf Shores Middle School football program was in dire need of
updated equipment, especially from a safety standpoint. As an example, Coach Stringfellow pointed out that all of their shoulder pads were in disrepair, 
and were literally held together with string and tape.  

The Gulf Coast Athletic Club made a decision to help.  The donation from GCAC allows the school to purchase new shoulder pads for the entire team and help with the purchase of new uniforms.

This donation only helps Coach Stringfellow in his quest to update their equipment and the Gulf Coast Athletic Club would encourage other individuals or organizations to consider doing the same.  

A strong Middle School program can do nothing but help the Gulf Shores High School Dolphins football program.
Congratulations To Our 
2013 Scholarship Winners!
Nicole Wallace and Brooks Mason
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club recognized the club’s “Scholar Athletes of the Year” and presented its annual scholarships to Gulf Shores High School Senior Scholar Athletes, Nicole Wallace & Brooks Mason at the school’s annual awards night May 17th.  Each received a scholarship from GCAC valued at $2250.00.

Nicole Wallace is an active student at Gulf Shores High School where she maintains a 3.94 GPA while taking Honors and Advanced Placement classes. She is an A-B Honor Roll student and is ranked 23rd in her class of 185 students Her ACT score is 26.   Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society, Juniorettes, Pure Club officer, active in Friends of Exceptional Children and Teens Against Animal Cruelty.

Nicole is captain of the varsity softball team and played and lettered in softball her entire high school career.  She was 7th in the state for 5A stolen bases as a 9th grader and All-County both her Junior & Senior years.  She also lettered in Varsity basketball. Nicole was voted “Most Athletic Female” in her senior class.

Nicole is active in her community where she was a softball tournament scorekeeper and soccer official for the City of Gulf Shores.   She is a Volunteer for softball camps, Children’s Church, Costal Cleanup, and is active in Vacation Bible School. 

Nicole plans to attend The University of Alabama in the fall to pursue a degree in Nursing and, ultimately, obtain a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She is inspired by her grandmother, a nurse for 17 years, but who entered college only after 22 years as a homemaker.  Nicole is motivated to be the best caregiver she can possibly be.

Brooks Mason maintains a 3.87 GPA while enrolled in Honors Classes and has a 25 ACT score. He is ranked 20th in his class of 187 students.  Brooks is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Interact Club, Friends of Exceptional Children, Teens Against Animal Cruelty, and is a Juniorettes Sweetheart.

Brooks played both baseball and football at Gulf Shores High School. His honors and achievements include:

4 Year Letterman-Varsity Baseball 3 Year Letterman-Varsity Football 
Team Captain-Baseball-2011Honorable Mention-All Region-Baseball-2009
All-County Baseball-2011 & 2012Eric B. McCoy Leadership Award-2012
Alabama East-West All-Star Baseball Team Selectee

Brooks is very active in his community and church.   He is a volunteer and Youth Leader at Liberty Church and participates in the Youth Group activity of feeding the Homeless in Pensacola.  He is a reader for Orange Beach Elementary School and volunteers for other Orange Beach and Gulf Shores activities.

Brooks plans to attend Samford University where he will major in accounting.
GCAC
AWARDS
GCAC Donates $5,000
To Gulf Shores High School
Gulf Coast Athletic Club President, John McCormick, was pleased to surprise Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Ben Blackmon, with a check for $5,000 at Monday nights meeting.  The funds will be used to purchase a much needed endzone camera for filming each game and practices.  

The portable unit is needed to replace the previous method of borrowing a bucket truck, that was able to pull up to the endzone and raise a volunteer high enough to record the games.  New renovations at the football stadium do not allow for a truck to be used in the this same manner.  

Coach Blackmon seemed genuinely surprised by the donation  and thanked the club for the very generous contribution to the needs of the football team.

Coach Kevin Steele, later added that this is how communities can make a difference in not only how the teams can prosper, but how individuals can be benifited by these types of technologies as well, to further their goals and ambitions. 
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club
Is Proud To Announce Our 
2015 Scholar Athlete 
$5,000 Scholarship Award Winners!

Brittany Leserra & Ryan C. McIntosh

Brittany and Ryan will both receive a $5,000 Scholarship Award.
The GCAC, through the hard work of their members and partnered sponsors, were able to increase the scholarship award 
to the highest in the clubs history.

Brittany and Ryan were chosen from a distinguished list of Scholar Athletes from the Gulf Shores High School.  We wish nothing but continued success in the futures of both our winners.
G U L F   C O A S T   A T H L E T I C   C L U B
GCAC Donates $9,260
To Gulf Shores High School
& Middle School
The money donated will be used throughout Gulf Shores Athletics, including new track uniforms, state of the art sideline communication equipment, and much more.
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club
Is Proud To Announce Our 
2016--Scholar Athlete 
$3,500 Scholarship Award Winners!

Taylor Brown & Ishan Patel

Taylor and Ishan will both receive a $3,500 Scholarship Award.
The GCAC, through the hard work of their members and partnered sponsors, were able to increase the scholarship award 
to the highest in the clubs history.

Taylor and Ishan were chosen from a distinguished list of Scholar Athletes from the Gulf Shores High School.  We wish nothing but continued success in the futures of both our winners.
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club
Is Proud To Announce Our 
2017--Scholar Athlete 
$3,000 Scholarship Award Winners!

Tristen Fitts and Conner Reese

Tristen and Conner will both receive a $3,000 Scholarship Award.
The GCAC, through the hard work of their members and partnered sponsors, were able to increase the scholarship award 
to the highest in the clubs history.

Tristen and Conner were chosen from a distinguished list of Scholar Athletes from the Gulf Shores High School.  We wish nothing but continued success in the futures of both our winners.
Conner Reese and  Tristen Fitts
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club
Is Proud To Announce Our 
2017-2018--Scholar Athlete 
$3,500 Scholarship Award Winners!

Erin Corcoran and Jyon Corbett

Erin and Jyon will both receive a $3,500 Scholarship Award.
The GCAC, through the hard work of their members and partnered sponsors, were able to increase the scholarship award 
to the highest in the clubs history.

Erin & Jyon were chosen from a distinguished list of Scholar Athletes from Gulf Shores High School.  We wish continued success in the futures of both our winners and all our Nominees.

Erin Corcoran and Jyon Corbett with Linda Martin & Dec McClelland