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Points of Pride

During and following the 2009-2010 academic year, the 26 Springfield College varsity sports teams produced an abundance of “Points of Pride.” Here are some of the highlights:

Springfield College athletics finished 34th (of 432 schools) in the NACDA Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings nationally.

Four varsity teams won post-season conference, national or regional championships, doing so in men’s volleyball (AVCA/Molten Division III national and EIVA Regional Division III), football (ECAC Northeast Regional Division III), women’s swimming & diving (NEWMAC), and men’s lacrosse (Pilgrim League).

Ten varsity teams placed second in conference competition throughout the academic year, doing so in men’s cross country (NEWMAC Championships), field hockey (NEWMAC Tourney), women’s soccer (NEWMAC Tourney), men’s basketball (NEWMAC regular season), women’s basketball (NEWMAC tied for 2nd regular season), wrestling (NEWA Championships), softball (NEWMAC regular season, and in NEWMAC Tourney), women’s lacrosse (NEWMAC regular season, and in NEWMAC Tourney), men’s track & field (NEWMAC Championships), and women’s track & field (NEWMAC Championships).

Two varsity teams placed third in regional competition throughout the academic year, doing so in men’s track & field (ECAC’s outdoors), and in women’s track & field (ECAC’s outdoors).

The following 12 teams or individuals from teams competed in national post-season competition. They were men’s cross country, men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics, men’s indoor track, women’s indoor track, men’s diving, women’s diving, wrestling, men’s volleyball, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field, and men’s lacrosse.

The following two players were named National Players of the Year. They were: AJ Nally (AVCA National Division III Men’s Volleyball), and Steve Headley (USTFCCCA National Division III Men’s Track).

The following five players were named Conference Players of the Year. They were: AJ Nally (EIVA Division III men’s volleyball), Brian Sobel (NEWMAC men’s diving), Steve Headley (NEWMAC men’s track), Nikki Hay (NEWMAC women’s track AND NEWMAC women’s field), and Mark Eaton (Pilgrim men’s lacrosse).

The following three players were named Most Outstanding Performer of a national championship. They were: Nikki Hay (indoor women’s track), Steve Headley (outdoor men’s track), and Alberto Bravo (men’s volleyball MVP).

The following three players were named Most Outstanding Performer of a regional championship. They were: Josh Carter (ECAC football playoff), Nikki Hay (outdoor women’s track), Steve Headley (outdoor men’s track).

The following two players were named Conference Rookies of the Year. They were: Zach Pietras (NEWMAC men’s cross country), and Sam Carney (NEWMAC women’s tennis).

The following one head coach was named National Coach of the Year. He was Charlie Sullivan (AVCA men’s volleyball).

The following five head coaches were named Regional or Conference Coaches of the Year. They were: Peter Ferraro (NEWMAC men’s cross country), Charlie Brock (NEWMAC men’s basketball), John Taffe (NEWMAC women’s swimming), Peter Avdoulos (NEWMAC men’s diving), and Charlie Sullivan (EIVA regional men’s volleyball).

The following four assistant coaches were named assistant National or Regional Coaches of the Year. They were: Dan Berlin (national men’s gymnastics), Matt Davis (national men’s gymnastics), Greg Monaco (national men’s gymnastics), and JJ Ferreira (ECAC Div. III regional women’s gymnastics).

22 Springfield College athletes have achieved All-America status a total of 31 times thus far through 2009-2010.

33 Springfield College athletes have achieved All-ECAC status a total of 59 times thus far through 2009-2010.

47 Springfield College athletes have achieved All-New England status a total of 91 times thus far in 2009-2010.

85 Springfield College athletes have achieved All-Conference status a total of 119 times in 2009-2010.

Springfield College student-athletes have earned a total of 124 Academic Excellence Awards thus far in 2009-10 Included are four CoSIDA -- ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans (District I) in Dave Kotulski (men’s soccer), Bryn Worrilow (softball), Michelle Wlosek (softball), and Brian Sobel (men’s diving).

SC hosted numerous major events in 2009-2010. Included were conference tournament semifinal and final games in men’s lacrosse, conference championships in track & field (NEWMAC), and regional events in men’s gymnastics (New England’s), men’s and women’s track & field (outdoor ECAC’s), wrestling (NEWA Duals), and a national event in women’s gymnastics (NCGA’s). Next year, Springfield will host a national event in the USAG’s in men’s gymnastics.

Additional “Points of Pride” within the past decade (beginning in January 2000) include the following:

The new Springfield College Wellness & Recreation Complex, which opened in September 2008, received the 2009 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award at the annual conference of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association on April 2, 2009 in Charlotte, N.C.

Springfield College’s top three athletic administrators have all been honored in recent years. Director of Athletics Cathie Schweitzer was named the NACDA/Astroturf Northeast Division III Athletic Director of the Year in 2007. Senior Associate Director of Athletics Craig Poisson was named the Jostens/ECAC Administrator of the Year in 2005. And Associate Director of Athletics Kelly Hart was named the NACWAA Administrator of the Year in 2008.

In each of the past 11 years, Springfield College varsity sports teams as a whole accrued a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. In 2008-2009, that cumulative GPA was above a 3.1.

In the past 12 years, each of the following SC teams have won at least one conference or regional title: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving (current streak is at ten), men’s track & field, women’s track & field, men’s volleyball, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.

Springfield College has hosted numerous conference, regional, and national championships on campus. In the past decade alone, SC has hosted the following national championships:

1) the NCGA Division III Women’s Gymnastics nationals in 2000 and 2010;
2) the Molten Division III Men’s Volleyball championships in 2001 and 2008;
3) the NCAA Division III Field Hockey nationals in 2001 and 2002,
4) the USAG Men’s Gymnastics nationals in 2002 and 2008, and
5) the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Final Fours in 2006 and 2007.

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