The University of the Sciences men’s athletic program has been recognized as the winner of the 2011-12 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men’s Team Sportsmanship Award in an announcement made by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara.
,p>This year’s honor marks the third time in the past four seasons that the Devils' men's athletic teams have earned this award, winning the honor in 2008-09 and 2009-10. On the women’s side, Nyack College earned the honor for the sixth straight year.
The coaches of each CACC sport select a sportsmanship award winner at the conclusion of its respective season and institutions receive points for the votes they receive throughout the year. The point total for each school is then divided by the number of sports the institution sponsors to determine the overall winners for the academic year. One men’s program and one women’s program receives a plaque each year. The overall Team Sportsmanship Awards were first given out after the 2006-07 athletic season.
“The CACC takes great pride in fostering sportsmanship among coaches, student-athletes, administrators and fans,” said Mara. “The CACC and Division II emphasize sportsmanship and a positive game environment on all of our campuses. The University of the Sciences and Nyack College have now both won the honor on multiple occasions. This speaks to the strong values of the student-athletes and coaches at both institutions. Congratulations to USciences and Nyack for setting the CACC standard for sportsmanship.”
“Our student-athletes work hard in the classroom and play every bit as hard on the playing fields,” said USciences Athletic Director Paul Klimitas. “This award is a reflection of their endeavors.”
University of the Sciences sponsors five men’s and five women’s sports within the CACC. Men’s sports sponsored within the CACC are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and tennis. CACC women’s sports sponsored by USciences include basketball, cross country, softball, tennis and volleyball. USciences also sponsors a mixed and a women’s rifle team, giving the Devils a total of 12 sports sponsored. The rifle teams are members of the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC).