By Kari HawkinsMarch 29, 2018
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The Army's top coach and athletes of the year brought a lot of accomplishments to the stage when they were introduced at the 2018 Association of the U.S. Army's Global Force Symposium and Exhibition here, March 27.
Each not only distinguished themselves on the fields of athletic competition, but also exemplified the idea of the Soldier citizen by volunteering in the communities where they have been stationed, said retired Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, who serves as AUSA's education vice president and who introduced the awardees at the symposium.
The coach of the year - Capt. Jeffrey Fearing - led the Army's efforts in fielding the first-ever All Army hockey team, which was an initiative established by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
Selected in July 2017 as the head Army hockey coach, Fearing was directly involved in standing up the team, doing everything from requisitioning equipment to selecting personnel to attend a three-week training program at Fort Drum, New York.
"He planned, led and played as a player coach in the three-week training camp," Swan told the audience. "The team came together quickly and throughout the training camp competed in games against the West Point Club hockey team, defeating them 6 to 4, and twice against the Watertown Wolves professional hockey team, winning both games, 8 to 6 and 9 to 7. Then they went on to beat the Royal Canadian Armed Forces Flyers, 4 to 2."
Next, the team took on international competition, playing in the Fifth Annual Baltic Winter Games in Lithuania. They won the gold medal by beating Estonia 9 to 0, Latvia 6 to 4 and Lithuania 2 to 1.
"Capt. Fearing himself scored a hat trick against Latvia and eventually the winning goal in that game," Swan said.
Fearing spends off-duty time volunteering on-ice instruction for local youth hockey clubs in upstate New York.
Fearing graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2008 as a field artillery officer, and deployed to Afghanistan as a member of Task Force Brawler in 2012-2013. He currently serves as a company tactical officer at West Point.
The Army male athlete of the year is softball player Sgt. 1st Class David Moore, who serves as a squadron maintenance management non-commissioned officer with the Regimental Engineer Squadron, 2nd Calvary Regiment, Grafenwoehr, Germany. His 19 years of military service include a deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-04.
Moore has played on the All Army Softball Team for five years, winning four gold medals and one silver medal in All Armed Forces Competition. He was selected for the All Armed Forces team three years in a row and served as captain of the team in 2017. During the 2017 All Armed Forces Softball Tournament, Moore had a batting average of 667, six home runs, 24 runs batted in and a 941 fielding percentage.
Besides his military service, Moore has volunteered 96 hours to help with the German-American VolksFest in Germany, which strengthened relationships between American Soldiers and their German counterparts. He also has volunteered as a soccer coach.
The Army female athlete of the year is volleyball player Sgt. Latoya Marshall, who is an Army recruiter with Wilmington Recruiting Company in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Marshall has been a member of the All Army Volleyball Team for five years, and has been selected each of those years for the All Armed Forces Volleyball Team. She has won gold medals for the Army during Armed Forces Tournaments, a national gold medal for USA Volleyball and a gold medal for the American Samoa National Volleyball Team. Marshall recently was inducted into the sports hall of fame at the University of Nevada, where she attended on an athletic scholarship to play volleyball and basketball.
While stationed with the Army in Korea, Marshall volunteered at a local orphanage, reading books to children, supervising arts and crafts classes, and learning about Korean culture. She currently volunteers for a Raleigh high school athletic program, where she leads individual workouts, scouts opposing teams and contributes to the personal development of student athletes. As a top Army recruiter, Marshall has supported high school student athletes with scholarships while encouraging them to join the Army.