UNCP soccer player
is PBAC Student-Athlete of the Year
Peach Belt Athletic Conference has named UNC Pembroke soccer player
Brian Young as the Outstanding Male Student-Athlete of the Year for
2002-03. The award is presented annually to the graduating male and
female seniors with the highest overall cumulative GPA from the league's
Brian Young was
a three-year starter on the UNC Pembroke men's soccer team and graduated
this past spring with a 3.867 GPA. A team captain his senior season,
he scored two goals, one a game-winner, with one assist from the midfield
for the Braves.
He graduated summa
cum laude with degrees in both mathematics and computer science and
was named to the UNCP Chancellor's List for seven consecutive semesters
and to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll four straight years.
Director Dan Kenney said the award is a great honor for Young and UNCP
"This is a
great tribute for Brian Young, his family, UNCP and our coaches,"
Kenney said. "The mission statement of UNCP athletics is 'To Prepare
Champions' and having a UNCP student athlete receive this honor is a
testimony that goal is being fulfilled. I am proud of Brian's accomplishments
and the support he received from Coach Mike Schaeffer and his coaching
Veteran Soccer Coach
Mike Schaeffer said he was happy for Young.
"He is most
deserving of this award, having worked hard throughout his four years
at UNCP to succeed both academically and athletically," Schaeffer
said. "He is a great example of the true scholar-athlete, who made
time for both school and sport, and even found time to find a wife!"
"He set a great
standard for the rest of the team in the classroom, and we take great
pride in the fact that 11 men's soccer players were named to the Peach
Belt Conference honor roll," Coach Schaeffer said. "We wish
Brian luck as he pursues his doctorate at University of Central Florida."
The 2002 recipient
of the Braves Club Scholarship, Young was also honored as the 2003 SAAC
Male Athlete of the Year for the University. A native of Fayetteville,
Young recently wed UNCP volleyball player Jill Wilson. The newlyweds
are relocating to Florida, where he will attend the University of Central
Florida on a graduate fellowship and work towards his Ph.D. in computer
Young is the second
UNCP student-athlete to receive the yearly PBC award, following cross-country
standout Christene White in 1997.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year is presented annually to the male and female
student-athlete with the highest GPA and is the highest academic honor
the conference awards. The students must be a graduating senior and
have played and studied at a PBC member institution for at least two
UNCP places 54
on Presidential Honor Roll
A record total of
54 of UNCP athletes were among 633 Peach Belt Conference students to
earn the conference's Presidential Honor Roll. That was good enough
for third place in the conference for the 2002-2003 academic year.
Topping the list
for UNCP was a record 11 men's soccer players. The student-athletes
had to maintain a 3.0 GPA for the year.
The University of
North Florida led the way in the PBC with a record 112 student-athletes
on the list. UNC Pembroke was third 58 honorees.
Following is the
list of the 2002-03 Braves that were honored:
- Baseball: Andy
Jewell, Matt Scott.
- Women's Basketball:
Lindsay Bartholf, Katie Marsh, Rebecca Norris, Lauren Thigpen.
- Men's Cross Country:
Phillip Harley, Jeff Moody, Shawn Sledge, Nate Woodward.
- Women's Cross
Country: Naomi D'Amours, Katherine Madden, Kathy Oldham.
- Golf: Nathan
Dobbins, Matt Drye, Lee Nejberger.
- Men's Soccer:
Yousef Khader, Thomas Lindal, Graeme Little, Thomas Martin, Arthur
Mellors, Trond Myrland, Rafael Parra Roman, Pete Peranzo, Dustin Shores,
Brian Young, Michael Zindros.
- Women's Soccer:
Amy Benson, Jacquelyn Bower, Barbara Jacobson, Erin Rowley, Simonae
- Softball: Stacey
Bumgarner, Dana Evans, Cassie Hinson, Khrystal Holder, Cassie Siege,
- Men's Track:
- Women's Tennis:
Naomi Ellis, Abi French, Andrea Vukcevic.
- Volleyball: Natalie
Niesborella, Tina Talsma, Jill Wilson.
- Wrestling: Matthew
Anglin, Jerome Benjamin, Kyle Devlin, Matt Dunn, Nicholas Frazier,
Ramon Gonzalez, Jon Smith, Kevin Stambaugh, Josh Woodruff.
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