The Cliff Hare Award is given in memory of Clifford Leroy Hare, a member of Auburn's first football team, professor of chemistry, president of the Southern Conference and longtime chairman of Auburn's Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. The Leah Rawls Atkins Award is presented in honor of Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins, noted Alabama historian, world champion water skier and the first woman in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. She also served as Director of the Auburn University Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Both awards are presented in the Auburn belief that "athletics make men strong, study makes men wise, and character makes men great."
Garcia is the first diver to win the award while Short is the fourth swimmer to win the award, joining Tracie Tips (1986), Keri Reynolds (1995), and Katie Taylor (1999).
"We are extremely proud of all our student-athletes and we are especially proud of Caesar and Becky," said David Housel, athletic director at Auburn. "They represent the highest ideals of Auburn and the athletic department as outlined in the Auburn Creed. They are examples of Auburn at its finest.
Garcia is one of the most prolific divers in Auburn history, winning two consecutive NCAA titles on the platform, becoming the first man to ever successfully defend his NCAA title. A nine-time All-American, he also helped lead the Tigers to two consecutive NCAA titles. After winning the Olympic Trials, he represented the United States in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Currently pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, Garcia won the Boyd McWhorter award in 2004 as the SEC's Top Student Athlete. Garcia also claimed back-to-back SEC titles on the platform, earning NCAA and SEC Diver of the Year awards following the 2004 season in addition to being named USA Diving's Sportsman of the Year in 2003.
Short helped lead Auburn to three consecutive NCAA swimming and diving championships. She earned 18 All-America honors along the way, which included three NCAA individual relay titles, and was a five-time SEC champion in the pool. She also is a part of two SEC and NCAA record-holding relays.
An early childhood development major, Short was named to the CoSIDA District 4 Academic Team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll. A native of Germantown, Tenn., she has also been involved in numerous community service activities including volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. She also serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The Walter Gilbert Award is given annually to former Auburn athletes who have distinguished themselves through achievements after graduation from Auburn. The award is given in memory of the Tigers' three-time All-America center Walter Gilbert, who later became vice president of Texaco's European Oil Operations.
"When you see some of the names of the people who have won this award before me, you become overwhelmed with humility," Carlan said. "I was astounded to hear that I was going to be getting it. It's certainly a rewarding experience for me."
Carlan lettered in baseball from 1957-1959, playing shortstop his first two seasons for the Tigers before moving to center field as a senior. He was part of Auburn's first Southeastern Conference Championship team in 1958. That club defeated Alabama in the first two games of a best-of-three series to obtain the title.
"Charlie Carlan was the epitome of the ideal Auburn student-athlete," said Auburn athletic director David Housel. "He is a great competitor and a man of impeccable integrity. We've had a lot of outstanding people to win the Walter Gilbert Award which is the highest award bestowed on a former athlete, but no one is more deserving than Charlie. He is a living example of what an Auburn man is and should be."
Carlan earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Auburn in 1960, and after signing a contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1959, hung up his cleats in 1961.
In the next 11 years, Carlan served in a number of professional capacities. Among them, he served as the Staff Director for the State of Florida Senate Transportation Committee, Maintenance Engineer of the Florida Department of Transportation and the Streets Superintendent and City Engineer for the City of Pensacola.
In 1972, Carlan moved to Tallahassee, Fla., and joined the architectural firm of Barry, Daffin and Figg. A year later, he moved back to Pensacola, and remained with the firm in their office there. In 1978, he was made a senior partner. The firm became Carlan Consulting Group in 1991. In 1996, the Millburn, N.J., headquartered Killam Industries purchased the firm and renamed it to CarlanKillam Consulting Group. Hatch and Associates and Mott-Macdonald bought Killam in 2001.
In 1985, Carlan became a company president, a post he still currently holds. CarlanKilliam offers services in architecture, civil engineering, transportation engineering, structural engineering, surveying services, utilities engineering and construction engineering inspections. Their architectural design services include municipal, educational and multi-residence facilities. It has offices in Mobile, Ala., Pensacola, Panama City, Tampa, and Miami.
Carlan is the 24th recipient of the Walter Gilbert Award.
Walter Gilbert Award Recipients:
Year Athlete Sport
1981 Joe Stewart Football
1982 Thomas K. McGehee Football
1983 Joel Eaves Football
1984 Dr. David Middleton Football
1985 William A. Fickling, Jr. Basketball
1986 Ted Fereira Football
1987 John Adcock Football
1988 Bill Nichols Football
1989 C.H. "Babe" McGehee Football
1990 Billy Hitchcock Baseball, Football
1991 Vince Dooley Football, Basketball
1992 Jeff Beard Track
1993 Morris Savage Football
1994 Ed Dyas Football
1995 Lloyd Nix Football
1996 Richard Guthrie Football, Track
1997 Jim Voss Wrestling
1998 Ernie Warren Football
1999 Dr. James E. Martin Basketball
2000 John Mengelt Basketball
2001 Hal Herring Football
2002 Jim Fibbe Basketball
2003 Mac Crawford Football
2005 Charles Carlan Baseball