CSM Receives Sportsmanship of the Year Award

College’s Athletic Department, Students Recognized by Maryland Conference

The Maryland Junior College (MDJUCO) Conference awarded the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) the Dr. Jack Cistriano Sportsmanship of the Year Award for 2012-13 at its annual spring meeting May 20.

MDJUCO is comprised of 16 Maryland community colleges; with conference members voting for the college they feel most exemplifies the behaviors represented by this award. CSM was previously awarded the Sportsmanship of the Year Award in 2009.

“We are proud of the conduct of our students not only during competition but also in their everyday lives. This award speaks to the character of the young men and women of CSM who participate in sports while managing a full load of college classes. It also speaks to the coaches who teach and model sportsmanlike behavior. This honor is very special and we are honored the conference chose us for the second time,” said Director of Student Life and Athletics Michelle Ruble.

During the 2012-13 academic year, 109 student athletes participated on the college’s baseball, softball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball and golf teams. Additional opportunities for Southern Maryland student-athletes to compete on a collegiate level in men’s lacrosse and women’s cross country will begin in the 2013-14 academic year with cross country in the fall and lacrosse in the spring. Men’s Head Lacrosse Coach Justin W. Ryan and Women’s Head Cross Country Coach Christopher Tuttle are currently recruiting athletes for these teams. The teams will compete at the Division I NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) collegiate level. CSM is exploring interest in women’s lacrosse as a future collegiate sport offered at the college.

Athletics staff includes Assistant Director of Athletics Sarah Williams, Athletic Coordinator Nicholas Williams, Compliance Officer Ron Mann and Operations Manager Colleen Joffe. Coaching staff for the 2012-13 academic year included, Men’s Soccer Head Coach Derek Dyson and Assistant Coach Al Reza; Women’s Soccer Head Coach Adam Sanchez and Assistant Coach Matt Geier; Volleyball Head Coach Pat Brewer and assistant coaches Nila Straka and Ron Swann; Men’s Basketball Head Coach Alan Hoyt and assistant coaches Burton Moody, Byron Morgan and Eddie Roberts; Women’s Basketball Head Coach Andy Norris and assistant coaches Tim Bowie, Jerome Cooke, Sue Subocz and Ed Sullivan; Baseball Head Coach Jack Cheseldine and assistant coaches Aaron Michael, Nick Vitielliss and Drew Willard; Softball Head Coach Mike Garner and assistant coaches Jim Cleary, John Creaturo and Bill Hitte; and Head Golf Coach Ned Spearbeck.

For information on CSM athletic programs, visit www.csmd.edu/athletics.