Coaches Receive National Recognition

Contact: Stephanie Flemmons
Richland College
940-206-3127

For immediate release
Feb. 15, 2007

The Richland College soccer program brought home national titles from both the women’s and men’s teams this past season. They traveled to Herkimer, NY, where they competed and conquered the national title in two hard fought games.

The Thunderduck players and coaches have gained national recognition for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the season of 2006.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America have awarded our athletes and coaches honors to carry on for a lifetime. The NSCAA is the largest single-sport coaching organization in the United States.

They recognized Women’s Head Coach Ashley Gordon as the NSCAA Coach of the year for the Nation and the Region.

Men’s Head Coach Sean Worley was awarded the NSCAA Coach of the Year for the Region.

Both the women’s and men’s teams are ranked No. 1 on the NSCAA poll, which includes all Division III junior colleges in the nation.

The Lady T-Ducks received multiple awards as well. Freshman midfielder Karina Davila was named to the NSCAA First Team All-American. Davila was also awarded player of the year.

Freshman goalkeeper Courtney Bishop and sophomore Traci Gibbs were both named to NSCAA’s Second Team All-American.

Davila, Bishop, Gibbs, freshman midfielder Lauren Scoggins and freshman defender Jessica Grayson were all recognized as the NSCAA/Adidas South/Central Region Team.

For the men, freshman forward Alberto Rodriquez, who was the T-Ducks leading scorer, was named NSCAA Division III First Team All-American. Sophomore goalkeeper Raul Herrera was named to the NSCAA Division III Second Team All-American.

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For more than 30 years, Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District has focused on teaching, learning and community building. In recognition of these efforts, the White House and the Dept. of Commerce named Richland a 2005 recipient of the Malcolm Balridge National Quality Award, the only community college to have received this award. Richland helps students build their future through courses that can be applied to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, one or two-year certificates in a number of career fields, and training in the latest technology for students who want to advance in their current careers. The student body of more than 14,000 college credit students and about 5,000 continuing education students at Richland is internationally and ethnically diverse, speaking more than 79 first languages. Visit www.richlandcollege.edu for more information.