Florida Atlantic University joined the NCAA Division I level
in 1993 after competing nationally in seven of the 14 sports
offered at that time and claiming 83 All-American honors at the
Division II level. The University sponsors 18
NCAA Division I sports and over the years, FAU teams have won more
than 20 conference championships. FAU teams now compete in the Sun
Belt Conference (SBC). (Note: The Sun Belt does not sponsor menís soccer; this FAU team
competes in the Mid-American Conference.)
The following sections give a recap of the teamsí most recent seasons. For
the most up-to-date information on FAU sports, visit www.fausports.com.
Baseball clinched the top seed and first Sun Belt Conference regular season title in school history by winning 21 of their 30 league games. FAU won all but one conference series, and Head Coach John McCormack was named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year. The Owls had a sell-out crowd for the third consecutive season when they hosted Miami. FAU took three out of four games from Boston College, swept Rutgers, won two of three from Cincinnati and knocked off Pittsburgh. The Owls also split two meetings against Florida Gulf Coast and beat in-state foe Bethune-Cookman. The team had four players earn all-league honors:
Andy Mee and Dan Scheffler were first team selections, while Nick DelGuidice and Mike Gipson were named to the league’s second team. FAU played nationally ranked Miami three times, Florida and Auburn once and hosted UCF.
Menís Basketball is
under the direction of Mike Jarvis,
one of the most accomplished
coaches in NCAA history. Coach Jarvis led the Owls to 10 conference wins in his second season at FAU, tying for the most conference wins since joining the Sun Belt. FAU had two players (Raymond Taylor and Greg Gantt) named to the all-conference third team as well as Brett Royster named Defensive Player of the Year. The Owls played a tough nonconference schedule, which included games at USF, Maryland and Georgia as well as facing the University of Miami in the Orange Bowl Classic. FAU returns 11 players for the 2010-2011 season and is expected to compete for a conference title.
Womenís Basketball reached new heights last season. Head Coach Chancellor Dugan led her team to 10 conference wins and a fifth overall seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, the most wins and highest seed the Owls have received since joining the Sun Belt four seasons ago. Brittany Bowe and Carla Stubbs both capped off their senior years by surpassing the 1,000-point career scoring mark. Bowe also received individual accolades, being named to the third team all-conference in addition to being a first team all-district academic All-American. The Owls will reload, adding eight new players to the roster in the 2010-2011 season.
Cheer and Dance squads
are an integral part of game day at FAU athletic events. Cheer
performed at every football game and saw the crowd welcome their
enthusiastic efforts to rally the Owls. Dance continued to delight
fans at the football and basketball games as well as at FAU fundraisers
and pep rallies with their high-energy performances. With nationally
recognized cheer and dance teams, FAU Athletics has outstanding
support at every event.
Cross Country, both men’s and women’s, enjoyed their best seasons since joining the Sun Belt Conference. Friederike Feil finished sixth overall, the highest Sun Belt Conference individual finish by an FAU runner.
The Owls finished 6th at the Sun Belt Conference Championships and performed well, including top-five finishes in the mile and distance medley relay, topped off with an individual event title in the 800 meters. FAU returns many of its top performers for the 2010-2011 season.
Football celebrated the program’s 10th anniversary in 2010 and celebrated the progress of the first player in the program’s history to make an NFL roster. Rusty Smith, a rookie and sixth round draft pick, drew a start for the Tennessee Titans. FAU football concluded the year 4-8 with senior Jeff Van Camp under center. Junior punter Mickey Groody earned first team all-Sun Belt honors while wide receiver Lester Jean, who was selected to participate in the senior all-star game, and tight end Rob Housler earned second team honors. Seniors Michael Lockley and Tavious Polo were second team defensive selections as was junior Marcus Bartels. Van Camp and Tarvoris Hill received honorable mention recognition. The Owls also were on hand for the October 15, 2010, groundbreaking ceremony that marked the official start of construction of an on-campus stadium, scheduled to open in October 2011. Among FAU's accomplishments in the program's first 10 years, the Owls are the youngest
start-up program to earn a berth to a bowl game when they captured
the Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2007. They went on to win the New Orleans Bowl, the team's first-ever appearance in a bowl game. In 2008, the Owls repeated their post-season bowl appearance
by being selected to play in the Motor City Bowl in Detroit,
a game they also won.
Menís Golf finished fifth in strong national field in hosting the Spring Break Championship at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach. The 16-team field consisted of 10 teams ranked in the top 100 of the Golfweek Magazine poll. The field included Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Penn State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as USF and Florida Gulf Coast, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan and St. Mary’s (CA). The Owls received votes in the latest Golf World/Nike Division I Coaches poll and have been consistently ranked within the top 100 in the Golfweek Magazine poll. Senior Ben Silverman was named the Sun Belt Conference Male Golfer of the Month for October. The team had six top-five performances in tournaments and posted a win over top 50-ranked Michigan.
Womenís Golf improved its score during each round of the Sun Belt Conference Championships. Freshman Marilyne Cadieux carded rounds in the 70s in all but two rounds this season to lead the team in scoring average. The Owls competed in national field tournaments at USF, Florida and Xavier while also participating in the Pat Bradley tournament in Fort Myers. FAU won the Lady Eagles Golf Invitational hosted by Florida Gulf Coast for its first tournament title since 2007. The Owls posted three top-five efforts on the season.
Menís Soccer began the year with nonconference wins over Florida Gulf Coast, Howard, Houston Baptist and North Florida. The Owls were 4-2-2 heading into Mid-American Conference play, the most difficult portion of the schedule featuring the No. 1 team in the country. The Owls were led by Darnell King who tallied 15 points on six goals and nine assists. Before joining the Mid-American Conference, the Owls won the Atlantic
Soccer Conference championship in 2007.
Womenís Soccer played host to the University’s first Sun Belt Conference championship in any sport. The squad finished the season winning three of its last six matches, including back-to-back shutout victories over Troy and South Alabama, to conclude their SBC campaign with a 3-7-1 record. Freshman keeper Ashley Lantes led the league in saves (135) and saves per match (7.50). FAU had a total of eight freshmen see considerable playing time. Freshman Meghan Brown lead the team with three goals and classmate Jamie Greany recorded three assists in the team’s 4-1 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
Softball continued its winning tradition last season, with the Owls holding their program streak of 16-consecutive seasons with a winning record, every year of the program’s existence. The team’s usually difficult nonconference schedule included games against UCLA, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida State and Ohio State. Blair Bodenmiller was named preseason conference player of the year. She was named to the All-Conference team for the second year in a row and was joined by teammates Taylor Fawbush and Jessica Myers.
Menís Swimming recorded its best finish ever in Sun Belt Conference Championships with a fourth-place effort. Sophomore Csaba Pek was a three-time SBC Swimmer of the Week and had three top-five performances at the Conference Championships. Other individuals receiving the league’s weekly honor include divers Garret LeMon, Andrew Scully and swimmer David Rudolf. Pek and Mikolaj Czarnecki provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships. Czarnecki won the 200-yard butterfly at the conference meet. The team hosted Denver, LSU, Clemson and Cincinnati in meets throughout the season.
Womenís Swimming finished fourth in the Sun Belt Conference Championships. Freshman Eszter Bucz established school records in the 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard individual medley while at the conference meet. She also finished second in her individual races. She was named the SBC Swimmer of the Week on three separate occasions. Bucz also set the freshman school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle event. Jonna Nyback had two top-five performances at the conference meet and earned the conference’s weekly honor. Other individuals receiving the honor include divers Christina Sterman, Stephanie Goodman and Maegan Butler. The team hosted Denver, Cincinnati, LSU, Miami and FIU in home dual meets.
Menís Tennis secured its third straight double-digit win total and advanced to the semifinal round of the Sun Belt Conference Championships for the fourth straight season. Junior Marc Abdelnour and freshman Georg Matschke were named to the all-conference team. Junior Joshua Scholl was named to the ESPN the Magazine First Team At-Large Academic All-District team. The Owls picked up a 4-0 victory over the University of New Orleans in the conference tournament and knocked off Middle Tennessee State University 4-0 as part of the Sun Belt Shootout. FAU was featured in a world-wide radio broadcast on radiotennis.com when it played at Miami. The team had five players win 13 or more singles matches throughout the season.
Womenís Tennis increased its win total by two matches in 2010 and picked up victories over Sun Belt Conference foes Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The Owls played nationally ranked opponent Miami, DePaul and Florida International. The team had three players win double-digit singles matches. FAU had a three-match winning streak during the middle of the season, mirroring the longest winning streak since the 2007 season.
Track produced two individual conference champions last season. Patricia Gumbs (800 meters) and Toyria Mattear (400 meter hurdles) both won Sun Belt event titles. Mattear’s title was the second of her career at FAU. Gumbs and triple jumper Ashani Roberts also advanced to the NCAA Preliminaries in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Volleyball was honored at the Sun Belt Conference Championships with the Academic Achievement Award for having the highest team grade point average of any team in the Sun Belt Conference. The team ended the season with a 6-20 record, including four SBC victories.
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