LAKELAND, FL – 2018 NCAA Division II men’s golf all-American John VanDerLaan and women’s lacrosse all-American Meghan O’Brien have been named as the recipients of the Hal Smeltzly (men’s) and Lois Webb (women’s) Awards as Florida Southern College’s Most Outstanding Male and Female student-athletes for the 2017-18 academic year.
MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the Sunshine State Conference title, the SSC announced on Thursday. In a poll of the conference's 11 head coaches, the Moccasins earned seven first-place votes and 94 total points after finishing as last year's NCAA Division II national runners-up and winning their first SSC title since 2006
LEXINGTON, KY - After finishing as the NCAA Division II national runner-up a year ago, Florida Southern College volleyball has been ranked No. 4 in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Thursday. The Moccasins finished last season ranked No. 2 in the final AVCA Coaches Poll of the season after finishing as the national runners-up at the 2017 NCAA Division II Volleyball Championships.
GRAND LAKE, CO - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse has been named as the Zag Sports NCAA Division II Academic Merit Squad, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced on Wednesday. The Moccasins earned the award by finishing with the highest cumulative team grade-point average among all Division II women's lacrosse programs.
Senior Nicole Mattson has been selected as the Florida Southern volleyball team MVP by Moccasin head coach Jill Stephens (Ed. Note: Coach Stephens announced her retirement at the conclusion of the 2017 season and associate head coach Chris was promoted to head coach).
NORMAN, OK - Florida Southern College men's golf saw four of its student-athletes earn Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America, the GCAA announced earlier this week. Recent graduates John Coultas and John VanDerLaan each earned the award for the second-straight year, while Christian Anderson and Michael VanDerLaan were named all-American Scholars for the first time in their young careers.
NEW ORLEANS – Both the Florida Southern women's and men's track teams were named Scholar Teams for the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field seasons as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday.
Eight members of the Florida Southern men's tennis team have been named to the 2017-18 All-Academic team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The honored players (and their respective majors) include:
Eight members of the Florida Southern women's tennis team have been named to the 2017-18 All-Academic team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The honored players (and their respective majors) include:
NICHOLASVILLE, KY - After putting together one of the most successful careers in the history of the storied Florida Southern College men's golf program, former Moccasin all-American John VanDerLaan made a splash in his first PGA Tour event at the 2018 Barbasol Championship over the weekend. VanDerLaan qualified for the event, which was played at Keene Trace Golf Club, by winning the 2018 Barabsol Shootout in June and earning a sponsor's exemption to the Barbasol Championship.
GRAND LAKE, CO - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse was named as an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced on Monday. In addition, the Moccasins also had nine individual student-athletes earn IWLCA Division II Academic Honor Roll accolades.
KANSAS CITY, MO - Former Florida Southern College men's basketball student-athletes Tyler Ross and Luke St. Lifer have been named to 2017-18 NABC Honors Court, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced this week. In order to be eligible for a spot on the NABC Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet the following criteria:
GRAND LAKE, CO - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse head coach Kara Reber has been named as the NCAA Division II South Region Coach of the Year, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWCLA) announced on Thursday. Along with 15 other regional winners at the NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division II levels, Reber will be honored at the annual IWLCA Honors Banquet on Nov. 14 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.
LEXINGTON, KY - Florida Southern College earned a pair of team AVCA Team Academic Awards, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced on Monday. The Moccasins earned the award in both beach and indoor volleyball. This year's round of awards marks the 11th-straight time that indoor volleyball has been honored, while beach volleyball earns the honor in its inaugural season.
CORAL SPRINGS, FL - The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has released its all-American Scholars for the recently completed 2017-18 season, and Florida Southern College women's golf saw three of its student-athletes earn the honor. Tori Higgins, Shelby Lewis, and Ashley Zagers were all recognized for their work in the classroom. The criteria for selection as a WGCA all-American scholar are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics, as student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 or higher.