LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's basketball head coach Betsy Harris has wrapped up her recruiting class for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign with the signing of Ashley Shell, a 5-10 forward from Deerfield Beach High School. Shell will join the Moccasins after averaging 14.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game as a senior. Shell helped lead the Bucks to a 24-6 record this past season, including a trip to the FHSAA Girls 9A State Semifinals.
LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College beach volleyball head coach Hyrum Keime has announced the addition of four more student-athletes who will join the Moccasins for the 2018-19 academic year. The quartet will join Florida Southern for its second season as a beach volleyball program after the sport was added prior to the 2017-18 year. The four new signees consist of Gigi Chiaramonte, Haley Goodrich, Kennedy Mathews, and Curry Ward.
CLEVELAND, OH - Florida Southern College has finished fifth in the annual Learfield Director's Cup standings, it was announced on Thursday morning. The fifth-place finish is the highest since the Moccasins grabbed fourth during the 1999-2000 academic year, and cements Florida Southern's place as one of the nation's top Division II athletic programs.
GREENWOOD, IN - Florida Southern College men's golf standouts John Coultas and John VanDerLaan have been named as Google Cloud Academic all-Americans, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Wednesday afternoon. The pair were named as at-large selections after helping the Moccasins to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championship this year, while VanDerLaan brought home the individual national title.
MELBOURNE, FL – Florida Southern College golfer John VanDerLaan has been voted the 2017-18 Sunshine State Conference Male Athlete of the Year. VanDerLaan won the 2018 NCAA Division II individual national title and led the Moccasins to a third-place finish.
LAKELAND - Florida Southern's Logan Browning and the Moccasin Volleyball team were honored as the Polk County Male Collegiate Athlete and the Polk County Female Collegiate Team of the Year, respectively, by the Central Florida Polk County Sports Marketing Association. The awards were presented at the 2018 Polk County All-Sports Awards Banquet Tuesday at the RP Funding Center.
GRAND LAKE, CO - Meghan O'Brien was named as the Division II Attacker of the Year as four Florida Southern College women's lacrosse players earned all-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, the IWLCA announced on Tuesday.
GREENWOOD, IN - The Florida Southern College athletic communications office has been recognized for its work in the areas of graphic design and video production, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Friday, June 8. The athletic communications staff earned three different awards in the Publications and Digital Design Contest, taking first and fifth place in the Video Feature - College category and seventh in the Infographic Athlete - College contest.
Florida Southern College Director of Athletics Pete Meyer has announced the hiring of Lee White as the Moccasins’ new head men’s golf coach. White, who has spent eight years with the program as a student-athlete and assistant coach, is being elevated to the position of head coach following the retirement of Doug Gordin.
LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College men's basketball head coach Mike Donnelly has announced the signing of Pierce Kiesler as the final piece of the Moccasins four-man recruiting class for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. Kiesler will join DeAndre Campbell, Kaiyem Cleary, and E.J. Dambreville as the four new incoming Mocs. Campbell and Cleary signed with Florida Southern in April and May, respectively, while Dambreville was the first member of the class to sign back in November.
The same day he was named the Josh Willingham Award recipient the Division II Baseball's Most Valuable Player, Florida Southern senior Logan Browning was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 24th round (730th pick overall) in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. The Lakeland native is the third Florida Southern picked by the Red Sox since 1999.
Florida Southern senior Logan Browning has been named the winner of the 2018 Perfect Game Josh Willingham Award as DII baseball's Most Valuable Player. The award is named for former University of North Alabama standout, Josh Willingham, and honors a player who not only excels on the diamond, but in the dugout, clubhouse and practice field as well, and leads his team to national championship caliber status. This season Browning paced the Mocs as they competed for the program's tenth baseball national title. FSC finished the season 45-11-1 with a third-place finish at the NCAA Division II Baseball Championships.
Florida Southern senior J.T. Hintzen has been named the recipient of the 2018 Perfect Game Brett Tomko Award. The annual award is bestowed to a college baseball pitcher whose on the field performance is deemed the most outstanding at the Division II level. The award is named for former Moccasin Brett Tomko who was 15-2 for the 1995 NCAA National Champion Florida Southern team. Tomko, who went on to win 100 games in the Major Leagues, was named the 1995 National Pitcher and Player of the Year.
The Milwaukee Brewers have picked senior J.T. Hintzen with their 10th round pick (305th overall) in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Hintzen is the highest Moccasin draft pick since Jhalan Jackson was tabbed in the seventh round by the New York Yankees in the 2015 draft. He is the 28th Florida Southern player to be drafted in the top ten rounds of the MLB draft.
LOS ANGELES - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse standout Meghan O'Brien has been selected as the 2018 DII Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for lacrosse, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda announced this week. O'Brien is one of 11 student-athletes from 11 different sports to earn the honor and is now a finalist for the prestigious DII Honda Woman Athlete of the Year.
JUPITER, FL – Recent graduate John Coultas put together a good run at qualifying for the U.S. Open on Monday during the sectional qualifying tournament at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida, but the four-time First Team All-American fell just one stroke short of reaching next week’s PGA TOUR Event. Advancing to the sectional as an amateur, Coultas was still one of only nine golfers in the two-round tournament to break par at two-under with rounds of 68 and 74.
CARY, NC - Logan Browning, Cody Burgess, and Hayden Marze were named to the NCAA Division II National All-Tournament today following Augustana's 3-2 win over Columbus State in the national championship game. The Moccasins were eliminated by Columbus State on Friday to finish third in the eight-team national tournament.
COLUMBUS, OH – Graduating men's golfer John VanDerLaan won the 2018 Barbasol Shootout Saturday afternoon at Scioto Country Club, earning him an exemption into the PGA TOUR's Barbasol Championship later this summer. VanDerLaan became the first Division II golfer to ever win the title by shooting a three-under-par 67 to finish three shots ahead of the University of Oregon's Norman Xiong and Midland College's Callum Bruce.
CARY, NC - Columbus State took advantage of four errors and nine walks by Florida Southern to score nine unearned runs in an 11-6 win, eliminating the Moccasins from play the at the 2018 NCAA Division II Baseball National Tournament here at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The Cougars jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings and the Moccasins could not overcome the early deficit.
GRAND LAKE, CO - A trio of Florida Southern College women's lacrosse standouts are set to play in the 2018 IWLCA Division II All-Star Game, which will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, MD. Meghan O'Brien, Emily Santoli, and Megahn Vadala are the Moccasins who will participate in the annual game. This year marks the sixth-straight season in which Florida Southern has had at least one player named to the South roster for the IWLCA All-Star Game, while the three selections marks the second year in a row that three different players have gone on to participate in the game.
The books are about to close on another year for the Florida Southern Moccasins, but for one of their long-time coaches, they won't re-open again in August as they have for the last 40 years. When head men's golf coach Doug Gordin announced last summer that the 2017-18 season would be his last, he knew the final chapter would be this May and it was only a question of what would be written on the last page.
Florida Southern’s Amanda Gartrell picked up a pair of awards Thursday from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association as the sophomore from Lakeland, Florida was named to the All-South Region Team and a Second Team All-American. She is the first women’s golfer to earn All-American honors since Emily Rymer in 2015, and the first to do so as a sophomore since M.J. Audette and Silvie Dittertova in 2010.
CARY, NC– Senior Logan Browning struck out 11 batters in 6.0 innings and hot-hitting Omar Villaman went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as Florida Southern downed Columbus State, 3-2, handing the Cougars their first loss at the 2018 NCAA Division II Baseball National Tournament here at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The win by the Moccasins (45-10-1) sets up a rematch with the Cougars (47-14) scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to play for the national championship.
NORMAN, OK – Florida Southern senior John VanDerLaan has been named the 2018 Division II Jack Nicklaus Award winner, given annually to the national player-of-the-year in men’s golf. The four-time All-American recently completed his final season with the Moccasins by helping them reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division II National Championships. He is the second Moccasin to win this award, joining teammate John Coultas, who was the 2016 recipient.
CARY, NC – J.T. Hintzen tossed eight shutout innings while Hayden Marze slammed two homers as Florida Southern eliminated Texas A&M-Kingsville, 8-0, at the 2018 NCAA Division II Baseball National Tournament here at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The Moccasins (44-10-1) advance to face undefeated Columbus State tomorrow at 10 a.m. (Note new game time). The Javelinas end their season with a 42-17 record.
TEMPE, AZ - The Florida Southern doubles team of Sasha Nionova and Selin Devrimci are 16th in the final national rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Nionova was also ranked 70th as a singles player. In addition, the Moccasins were ranked 13th nationally.