DENVER – The Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team received the SCAC Fall 2018 Team Sportsmanship award on Monday.
The league's sportsmanship awards were voted on by each member institution's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), with each individual group ranking the top three teams in each sport. One team from each of the conference's five fall sports (volleyball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's soccer and women's soccer) was recognized with the award that began last academic year.
"To be honored as the SCAC men's soccer sportsmanship team of the year is a direct link to the quality of individuals within our program. We stress to our players the significance behind being a good person on and off the field, as both tend to have a direct correlation," JWU Denver men's soccer head coach Andy Kohel said. "The goal of what we do as coaches is to help young men prepare for life in the real world, and to set them up for success along the way. This award is certainly a stepping stone in the right direction towards that goal."
Two other fall JWU teams finished in the top three of voting for their respective sports -- women's soccer was runner-up and volleyball came in third.
"This recognition is a great representation of what we're trying to do here at Johnson & Wales," athletic director Tom Byrnes said. "Good sportsmanship is a top priority, and these student-athletes exemplify what the 'The Wildcat Way' is all about."
Last week five Wildcat student-athletes were named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship team: Austin Coder (men's soccer), Molly Sharples (women's soccer), Kaitlin Jones (volleyball), John Jacob (men's cross country) and Rachel Seligson (women's cross country).