CSM Announces Spring 2010 Student Leadership, Athletic Award Winners

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The College of Southern Maryland honored student leadership, involvement and commitment during its annual Student Government Association and athletic awards banquets earlier this spring.

Linda Dexter of Lusby received the President’s Cup award from CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried for her involvement, dedication and eagerness to help make a difference as a member of the Prince Frederick Campus Future Teacher’s Club and president-elect to the Prince Frederick Student Association.

Theresa Williams of Chesapeake Beach received the Vice President’s Cup award from CSM Vice President of Student and Instructional Services Dr. Bill Comey for her work and dedication as a success networking team coordinator for CSM’s Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

            Athletic Awards for CSM’s Hawks’ soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and golf teams capped off a fulfilling spring season overall, with 101 wins, 84 losses and 1 tied game.

Twelve CSM athletes received the rank of All-American Junior College Athletic Conference, 13 received All-Region and two received All-American.

Men’s Soccer Head Coach Tony Galeano said that his team “had more victories off the field than on the field,” explaining that the young team had improved their peer relationships and matured throughout the season. The men’s soccer team had a winning streak and a final record of 11-4-1, second in the region.

CSM’s volleyball team ranked 17th of the top 25 teams in the country, with a record of 30-6. The team has participated in Dig Pink, a national breast cancer awareness campaign. “We learned about leadership, life lessons and ourselves,” said Volleyball Head Coach Michelle Ruble.

Although the women’s basketball team started with only three girls, they ended the season with a full squad and are looking to build on their experience, according to Head Coach Phil Hempfield. “It was a tough year but we stuck through it,” he said. The team ended the season with a 1-16 record.

This year, CSM’s baseball team had one of the highest grade point averages as a team. “I enjoyed coaching these young men,” said Head Coach Joe Blandford. The team finished with a 12-28 record and enjoyed playing the Minor League Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in a pre-season exhibition game.

Danny Williams, head coach of the golf team, was named Coach of the Year for his team’s perfect 6-0 record. Four CSM golfers qualified and competed in the National Tournament, held in Phoenix, Ariz.  The team placed 18th in the nation, with four Hawk golfers placing near the top 100 players in the country: tied for 87th place were Kyle Carranaza and Chris Simpson, and tied for 102nd place were Gavin Connell and Tyler Morris.

Former Hawk Jerry Michael was inducted into the CSM Hall of Fame this year for his achievements in baseball. Michael’s overall pitching record was 12-3, and he was the pitching most valuable player in 1972 and 1973. Michael also led the Hawks to two Region XX Championships. Michael also played for local leagues, and participated in the American Legion World Series.

The Wings of the Hawk Award, for individual efforts that help CSM athletics, was presented to volunteer Ron Mann who ensured accuracy of all student athlete eligibility paperwork, and worked the scoreboard at all home basketball games this year.

The Male Athlete of the Year Award was presented to Hawks’ baseball player James Newsome of Chaptico whose cumulative GPA was second only to the Scholar Athlete of the Year. Newsome has been accepted to St. Mary’s College of Maryland and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The Female Athlete of the Year Award was presented to volleyball athlete Ashley Wolfe of Lusby who was named All-American Honorable Mention by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Wolfe has a 3.16 GPA and appeared in “Who’s Who Among College Students.” She said that her greatest achievement was winning All-American and receiving her associate’s degree. “I’ve learned a lot of skills— teamwork goes a long way,” she said.

The Scholar Athlete of the Year Award was presented to Hawks’ soccer player Nicole LaDue of Mechanicsville, with a 3.7 GPA. LaDue will be attending Towson University next year.

The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference presented CSM with the Jack Cistriano Sportsmanship Award for the 2008-2009 season. This is the first time that CSM has won this award.