Vol. VIII, Issue 1

AND THEY’RE OFF … The 2008-09 sports year gets underway for the Moccasins with both soccer teams and the volleyball team in action this weekend. Coach Hugh Seyfarth’s men’s soccer team is first in line for competition. Led by returning scoring leader Patrik Dandanell, the Moccasins open the season Thursday night (Aug. 28) at home against Indianapolis at 7 p.m. at Barnett Field. Two nights later the Mocs are back at Barnett Field to take on Montreat (N.C.), a nationally-ranked NAIA team, at 7 p.m. Coach Jill Stephens’ volleyball team opens its season Friday night (Aug. 29) at home in Jenkins Field House with a 7 p.m. match against Northwood (Mich.) before heading to Tampa Saturday for matches against Northern Kentucky (11 a.m.) and Ashland (3:30 p.m.). Ranked ninth in the AVCA preseason Division II poll, the Moccasins have been made the favorite to win the Sunshine State Conference. Seniors Danielle Higginbotham and Danielle Durham, along with sophomore setter Elise Burke, head the returning cast for the Lady Mocs, but absent from that group will be Ashley Martin, a second-team All-America selection last year, who likely will be out for most, if not all, of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. Coming off the best season in the program’s history, the women’s soccer team opens its season on the road with a pair of contests in Savannah, Ga., Saturday and Monday. Saturday coach Ben Strawbridge’s squad takes on Armstrong Atlantic at 5 p.m. and then plays South Carolina-Aiken on Monday at 11 a.m. The Lady Mocs return four of last season’s top five scorers, led by first team All-SSC selections Linda Hoglund and Erin Hopkins. FSC is picked to finish fourth in the SSC preseason poll.

NEW FACES, NEW POSITIONS … As with almost every college athletic department, there are new faces and people in new positions at FSC as the 2008-09 sports year begins. New head coaches on the staff are cross country/track coach Jamie Moreno and men’s lacrosse coach Rory Whipple. Moreno came to Florida Southern after directing a successful cross country/track program at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. Whipple most recently was the boys’ lacrosse coach at Vero Beach High School, but has a proven track record in starting and building successful lacrosse programs at the college level. New assistant coaches joining the FSC staff are Rebecca Marsh (cross country/track), Jason Streets and Steve Henson (women’s soccer), Clint Harris, Jason Miller and Derek Zimmerman (men’s soccer) David Burkett (men’s basketball), Josh Hill (volleyball) and Melannie Grimes (softball). Kelly Cox has joined the athletic training staff. In a new position is head baseball coach Jim Tyrrell, who moved up from assistant coach. Last, but certainly not least, former baseball coach Pete Meyer now is director of athletics, replacing Lois Webb, who retired.

FSC RECEIVES ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS … Florida Southern is one of 67 NCAA Division II institutions receiving the inaugural Division II Academic Achievement Awards presented by WeatherPORT. Sponsored by the Division II Athletics Directors Association, the program recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher, must have been in attendance for at least four semesters and must have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during the last academic year (2007-08). FSC’s recipients of the Division II Academic Achievement Award:

  • Baseball (2) – Adam Miller, Tristan Rainone
  • Women’s Basketball (2) – Emer Foley, Victoria Vanacore
  • Men’s Basketball (2) – Andrei Grant, Braxton Williams
  • Men's Cross Country (4) - Luke Beevor, Charlie Fanning, Will Koeppel, Lief Thomason
  • Women's Golf (2) – Jackie Barenborg, Katie Jared
  • Women's Soccer (5) - Halie Clark, Linda Dahlskold, Sarah Furr, Linda Hoglund, Erin Hopkins
  • Men's Soccer (2) - Matt Holzinger, Matt Macias
  • Softball (4) – Heidi Grondahl, Amanda Kaiser, Natalie Lang, Sara Lovestrand
  • Women's Swimming (1) - Kristin Caputo
  • Women’s Tennis (2) – Erin Conroy, Senka Softic
  • Men’s Tennis (3) – Michael Knoedler, Roman Schirmaier, Alex Thesleff
  • Volleyball (5) - Maggie Drumm, Danielle Higginbotham, Courtney Johnson, Jennifer King, Beverly Stasis

VOLLEYBALL TEAM ENJOYS ACADEMIC SUCCESS …The success of the Moccasin volleyball team last season extended to the classroom as well as the volleyball court. The Moccasins are one of 39 NCAA Division II programs to receive The American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2007-08 school year. To be eligible for consideration, a team had to produce a team grade point average of 3.30 or higher for the school year. FSC's volleyball team GPA was 3.47 for the year. Eleven players had a GPA of 3.17 or better for the year, including three with perfect 4.00 GPAs - Elise Burke, Maggie Drumm and Courtney Johnson.

TENNIS TEAMS RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC PROWESS … The men’s and women’s tennis teams were recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for their academic success in 2007-08. In addition to the team awards, six members of the men’s team – Michael Knoedler, Roman Schirmaier, Alex Thesleff, Guenther Fercher, Justin LaFlamme and Ben Taylor – and three members of the women’s team – Nora Baertschi, Erin Conroy and Senka Softic – were named as ITA Scholar-Athletes. To be eligible for the All-Academic Team Award, a team must have produced a team grade point average of at 3.20 for the 2007-08 school year. Eligibility for the Scholar-Athlete award required a student-athlete to be enrolled for at least two semesters, earn a varsity letter and have at least a 3.50 GPA for the school year.

TRISH RIDDLE SCHEDULED TO PLAY IN TURKEY … Women’s tennis coach Trish Riddell is scheduled to play in the world's largest senior international tennis tournament in Antalya, Turkey, Oct. 12-18. Riddell, starting her fourth season as the Moccasins' head coach this fall, will be competing in the Seniors & Super Seniors World Team Championships against 375 four- member teams from 38 countries. She and three other players will be representing the Azalea Lane Tennis Center in Winter Park, where she teaches tennis in addition to handling her coaching duties at FSC. Nancy Reed, Kerry Young and Rich Schmidt are the other three players from Azalea Lane. Riddell will compete in the 35 and over age group. Reed will play in the 75 and over age group, Young in the 55 and over group and Schmidt in the 40 and over group. The tournament is sponsored by the International Tennis Federation, the world's governing body of tennis.

GOOD SUMMER FOR PAIR OF MOCCASIN GOLFERS … A pair of Moccasin golfers, Jude Eustaquio from the men’s team and M.J. Audette from the women’s team, enjoyed a very successful summer on the golf course. Eustaquio followed his NCAA runner-up finish in the spring with wins at the Florida State Amateur and the Eastern Amateur and a runner-up finish at the Southern Amateur. Audette, a highly touted freshman from Lakeland’s George Jenkins High School, earned the girls’ player of the year award for the Callaway Golf PGA Junior Series. She played in five junior tournaments (ages 16-18) over the summer, placing in the top five in all of them, including one win.

FORMER MOC JOINS FSC ADMISSIONS STAFF … Arden Mitchell, who ran cross country one season and played two seasons on the Moccasin softball team, has joined the FSC Admissions Staff as an admissions counselor. There probably aren’t too many families with as many ties to Florida Southern as Arden’s family. Her father, uncle, grandparents, great grandparents and a cousin all attended FSC.

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