NEAC Well Represented On D3Hoops All-Region Teams
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has landed seven student-athletes and a coach on the all-region teams for d3hoops. Among the selections are NEAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year, both the men's and women's player of the year and tournament MVPs.
SUNYIT's Men's Basketball Coach was honored as D3Hoops Regional Coach of the Year for the East region after leading his team to the Sweet 16 and a 26-5 record. He was joined by two of his student-athletes with honors in the east region where Diloo Brown and David Golembiowski were boths elected to the first team. Conference rival's Wells College had two selections, Darrell Bullock and Juan Paulino, to the all-region second team.
On the women's side, the NEAC had two selections in the east region where Cazenovia Colleen Clark received all-region first team selection and SUNIT's Tamara Williams received all-region second team selection. In the mid-atlantic region, Penn State Berks' Courtney Bailey was selected to the all-region third team.
SUNY Institute of Technology Award Winners
Men's Coach of the Year: Kevin Grimmer
Men's First-Team All-Region: David Golembiowski & Diloo Brown
Women's Second-Team All-Region: Tamara Williams
The awards continue to pile up for the SUNYIT men's basketball team, as Head Coach and SUNYIT Athletics Director Kevin Grimmer was named the D3Hoops East Region Coach of the Year. Grimmer took the program to unprecedented heights this season, leading the team to the NCAA Division III Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The team qualified for the tournament for the second year in a row after winning their second straight North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Grimmer also notched his 150th career victory this season and was selected as the NEAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. His squad finished with a program-best record of 26-5 overall and won a school-record eighteen straight contests during the season.
David Golembiowski (Barneveld, NY/Holland Patent) earned the honor after an incredible season for the Wildcats, as he was named the NEAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and made his second straight appearance on the NEAC All-Conference First Team. The 6-foot-7 sharpshooter led the team in points (21.1), rebounds (10.3) , blocks (3.0) per game, and free throw percentage (.794), while being second in field goal percentage (.501) and three-pointers made (72). He also led the NEAC in both points and blocks and was second in rebounds, while winning two conference Student-Athlete of the Week awards. Golembiowski became the program's all-time leader in career rebounds and blocks this season, and also netted his 1,500th career point to help him place second all time in that category. The D3Hoops.com Preseason All-American also blocked a school-record nine shots in one game and currently ranks seventh in the nation in blocks per game.
Diloo Brown (Harlem, NY/Technical Careers Institute) also had a sensational season, as he was selected to the NEAC All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row after leading the team and conference in both assists (4.9) and three-pointers made (92), while also leading the team in steals per game (2.1). The 6-foot guard also averaged 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, which were both second best on the team, while shooting 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc. He was named the NEAC Tournament's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season after registering three-game averages of 18.3 points, 10 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 1 block per contest. Additionally, Brown won one NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week award and was a D3Hoops.com Team of the Week selection throughout the course of the season. Brown certainly left his mark on the program during his tremendous two-year run as Wildcat, as he scored his 1,000th career point in a SUNYIT uniform this season and is fifth in school history in that department, while being second in both free throws made and attempted, third all time in steals and fourth all time in both assists and three-pointers made.
Tamara Williams (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy), a junior team co-captain, led the Lady Wildcats in rebounds (11.7) and blocks (2.0) per game, while being second in points per game (12.0) and shooting 43 percent from the field. She also led the North Eastern Athletic Conference in blocks and was second in rebounds to help place her on the NEAC All-Conference First Team. The 6-foot-1 center became the program's all-time leading rebounder on the same night that she grabbed a program-record 27 rebounds in one game, in which she also added 24 points to lead the Wildcats to an 89-75 victory over Cazenovia College on January 13. It was one of two contests in which she grabbed 20+ rebounds, as she also posted a 23-point, 23-rebound effort in a last second 65-66 loss to Penn State Abington on February 20. In total, she registered 12 double-doubles on the year, and also won one NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week award. Williams will enter her senior season second in program history in career blocks and fifth all-time in career points. She led the team to a 15-11 overall record and an appearance in the NEAC Tournament Quarterfinals.
Wells College Award Winners
Men's Second Team All-Region: Darrell Bullock & Juan Paulino
Seniors Darrell Bullock (Chicago, Ill./Olive Harvey C.C.) and Juan Paulino (Bronx, N.Y./Finger Lakes C.C.) helped lead the Express to a 21-7 record, one of the most successful seasons in school history, and the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship game.
Bullock, who was selected to the All-NEAC First Team, proved to be one of the top guards in the region leading the Express in points per game (19.0), assists (110/3.9 apg), and steals (57), while reaching the 1,000 point plateau in the Express' final game against SUNYIT in the conference championship.
Paulino, who was also selected to the All-NEAC First Team, led all of Division III in rebounds per game (16.5), and field goal percentage (.699), while averaging 17.1 points per game. Paulino finished the season with 24 double-doubles, including 17 straight to end the season.
Cazenovia College Award Winner
Women's First-Team All-Region: Colleen Clarke
Colleen Clarke (Johnson City, NY), a senior guard and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Player of the Year, makes her first ever appearance on an all-region squad after averaging career-highs of 22.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 2.9 assists. The 2010 Jostens Trophy National Finalist scored 20 or more points in 16 of 25 games in her senior season and is seventh nationally in points per game and second nationally in steals per game. This season, she became Cazenovia's all-time leading scorer, finishing her career with 1,910 points, and also holds career records with 644 rebounds, 431 steals and 151 three-pointers. Clarke's first team anointment makes her eligible for D3hoops.com All-American consideration.
Penn State University - Berks Award Winner
Women's Third-Team All-Region: Courtney Bailey
Courtney Bailey (Senior/Dauphin Co. Vo-Tech) is continuing to collect accolades for the 2009-2010 season. This is Bailey's first time being named to the D3 All-Region Team after being named to the NEAC All-Conference First-Team. She led the NCAA for the second consecutive year and the NEAC conference for a fourth consecutive year in rebounding averaging 16.2 a game and second in the conference in scoring with 20.2 a game. Courtney led Berks to their first NEAC Championship and was named the tournament MVP averaging 24.6 points and 18.3 rebounds a game over the three day tournament. She will leave Penn State Berks as the school's all-time leading scorer for both programs with 1,734 points and the leading rebounder with 1,551 rebounds over her four year career.
The D3Hoops All-Region Teams were nominated and voted on by the Sports Information Directors from various NCAA Division III schools. To view all of the men's All-Region teams, visit: http://www.d3hoops.com/all-region/index.html