Former Coastal Carolina University mens soccer player Joseph Ngwenya (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe-Chegtu) added another honor to his collegiate soccer career as the Big South Conference named him the winner of the Howard Bagwell Award, denoting the most outstanding mens student-athlete for the 2003-04 season.
Ngwenya is coming off of a season where he led the nation in scoring for the second consecutive season and was on the finalist for the Hermann Trophy while being honored as the 2003 Mens Soccer National Soccer Player of the Year by Soccer America. He also earned his second-straight All-Big South, was named to CSTVs inaugural Mens Soccer All-American team and was awarded with MVP honors at the Big South Tournament. In 2003, Ngwenya scored 21 goals and 56 points and broke Coastal Carolinas career record for career shots (296), points (164) and goals (68). He also led Coastal Carolina University to its third straight NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.
After his stellar season, Ngwenya became the first Coastal athlete ever drafted in the first-round in any sport, when he was taken with the third overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. .
The Bagwell award is named for the Big South Conference founding father Howard Bagwell, who served as the Charleston Southern first and only Director of Athletics for 35 years before his retirement in the spring of 2000. This marks the fifth year of the award, which is the highest athletic honor the league can bestow on a student-athlete. The nominees for the awards are made up of the Player of the Year in each Conference-sponsored sport. The awards are voted on by the Directors of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrators and Sports Information Directors at each institution.