ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomizes the conference's beam of Students First.
Owning a 3.75 cumulative GPA as a Sport Management major, Liberty's Ervin Chang became the first-ever Flames Men's Golfer to earn the ASUN's Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. Off the course, the junior from Malaysia actively participates in a variety of community service initiatives including Blessing Bags, Spooktacular, Hop on Pop Reading Day and Project Life Movement.
"I think everyone knows that Ervin is a heck of a golfer and he's a phenomenal athlete but he is not just focused on golf, he's focused on the academic side of things," Liberty Academic Coordinator Lauren Amy said. "So, whether Ervin does go professional in his sport or he starts working in a profession in the sport management industry he's setting himself up for success. The quality that makes Ervin stand out as a student-athlete is his work ethic. Ervin is never idle. He's always moving whether he's going to the course to practice or he's traveling for competition or he's in the LEC studying. Ervin is constantly on the move around campus and making sure he's using his time wisely."
"Being a student-athlete means I can have two careers -- one is the sport I'm playing and the one is what I'm majoring in," stated Chang. "If I don't succeed in golf, I can still go into event management for sports, sports marketing or sport finance. The advice I would give to future student-athletes is work hard, play hard, have fun and have a good attitude in your academics and sport. If you have a good attitude and have fun doing whatever you like, it will make it a lot better."
Also earning First Team All-Conference accolades, Chang currently sits 31st in the latest GolfStat rankings while Liberty is No. 22 as a team. He owns a 71.10 season stroke average on the year with seven top-10 finishes in 10 events this season, including three top-five finishes, while playing 18 of his 29 rounds at par or better.
"Ervin is the most humble and down-to-earth student-athlete I work with" continued May. "He is ranked super high in his home country of Malaysia and ranked really high in the NCAA standings but you would never know that by asking him or by his actions and mannerisms."
"Ervin excels both on and off the course," Liberty Head Men's Golf Coach Jeff Thomas said. "He does a great job in the classroom. He takes it seriously and works hard at making sure he gets his classwork done. On the course, Ervin has done exceptional, too. He's had a great season and career so far at Liberty. He's been able to have success both in the classroom and on the course. What other students can learn from Ervin is he does a good job of staying positive and being thankful for everything he's been given. He's doesn't take anything for granted. He's just a happy guy to be around."