SMCC Athletics Department honors student-athletes

Cameron Cousens and Ryleigh Lord have been named SMCC’s Sports Persons of the Year.

Cousens and Lord were among the many student-athletes honored at the annual Athletics Awards ceremony on May 5. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Athletics Department produced a virtual ceremony in which Athletics Director Matt Richards announced award winners and recognized dozens of student-athletes for their achievements during the 2019-20 academic year.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our student-athletes, their families, our coaches, our athletic trainers and the staff here at the College who helped make this another great year for SMCC Athletics,” Richards said.

Cousens and Lord were each awarded the Carroll Rines Awards as Sports Persons of the Year for demonstrating a high level of determination and commitment to their team and the athletic department.

Cousens, who is majoring in Electrical Engineering Technologies, played on the men’s basketball and baseball teams. Lord, who is in the Hospitality Management program, played on the women’s soccer and softball teams.

Other awards included:

  • Donald Ferrante Award-Most Improved Athlete (male and female): Soccer player Max Pushaw and basketball player Bailey Whitney
  • Timothy D. Hagerman Scholarship: Basketball player Jake Drew
  • John Dakin Award-Outstanding Contribution (given to a non-student-athlete who gave of themselves beyond expectations): SMCC employee and SeaWolves Athletic Club member Leslie Barteaux

During the year, 12 SeaWolves student-athletes were named Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) Players of the Week and four were named United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Players of the Week. Twelve students were named to YSCC All-Conference teams, while seven were named to USCAA All-American teams.

Five student-athletes were named to the USCAA All-Academic team, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher with at least 24 credit hours.

For a list of all the people recognized at the awards ceremony, please visit the SMCC Athletics website.

People can also watch the awards ceremony on the Athletics Department’s YouTube channel.