Coastal Carolina Athletics Recognizes Spring Graduates

More than 50 current and former student-athletes earned his or her degree this weekend.


Warren Gillis graduated on Friday afternoon at the HTC Center.
May 9, 2015

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CONWAY -The Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics enjoyed yet another successful spring season on the playing fields as three teams have represented the University in the NCAA Championships, while four others look to make a postseason appearance. However, what the department is most proud of are the 51 current and former Chanticleer student-athletes and the four additional department members who earned his or her degree this spring.

Of the 55 graduates, four earned their Master's degree and another 13 graduated with honors.

From the football team, Cody Craig and Chad Hamilton both earned their Master of Education in Learning and Teaching. Additionally, Pernell Williams of the football team and Alexander Hass of men's track & field earned their Master of Business Administration.

Of the 13 student-athletes who graduated with honors, five graduated at the top of his or her class. Maddie Phillips of the women's soccer team and Dara Shelley of the media relations department graduated magna cum laude and at the top of the marketing and information systems classes, respectively. Also, former baseball player Jake Kane, football player Imir Sanders and academic tutor Stephanie Parham graduated cum laude and at the top of the sociology, psychology and history classes.

The seven remaining student-athletes who graduated with honors includes magna cum laude graduates Lily Yednock of women's lacrosse, Ridge Robinson of men's soccer, Kasey Oliver of softball and Jenna Orner of volleyball. Lastly, Kiana Quolas of softball, Gabriella Horvath of volleyball, Frida Castillo of women's golf and Kayla Stewart of the dance team graduated cum laude.

The group of graduates included 15 members of the football team, five members of softball and women's track & field, four members of men's track & field and women's soccer, three member of men's golf, men's soccer and volleyball, two members of baseball, lacrosse, women's basketball and the spirit squad, and one member of men's basketball, men's tennis and women's golf as well as one academic tutor and media relations assistant.

Coastal Carolina Student-Athlete Spring 2015 Graduates

Jake Kane                                       Sociology (cum laude; top graduating student)
Austin Kerr                                    Recreation and Sport Management

Datarius Allen                              Communication
Quinn Backus                               Psychology
Shane Ballard                               Finance
Alex Catron                                    Recreation and Sport Management
Michael Church                            Biology
Cody Craig                                     Master of Education in Learning and Teaching
Leroy Cummings                           Interdisciplinary Studies
Chad Hamilton                              Master of Education in Learning and Teaching
De'Angelo Henderson                  Recreation and Sport Management
Calvin Hollenhorst                       Management
Andrew Mitchell                           Management
JaDamion Ross                              Communication
Imir Sanders                                  Psychology (cum laude; top graduating student)
Craig Weick                                   History
Pernell Williams                          Master of Business Administration

Jen Cosgrove                                 Marketing
Lily Yednock                                  Communication (magna cum laude)

Men's Basketball
Warren Gillis                               Management

Men's Golf
Andrew Dorn                                Finance
Peter Valasek                               Management
Ben Wheeler                                 Finance

Men's Soccer
Agust Arnarson                             Economics
Shawn McLaws                             Recreation and Sport Management
Ridge Robinson                            Recreation and Sport Management (magna cum laude)

Men's Tennis
Garik Yedigarian                           Sociology

Men's Track & Field
Tyler Cummings                            Recreation and Sport Management
Alexander Hass                            Master of Business Administration
Joseph Keitt                                   Recreation and Sport Management
Evan Niciphor                               Recreation and Sport Management

Maicie Hahn                                  Biology
Kory Hayden                                  Exercise and Sport Science
Kasey Oliver                                  Psychology (magna cum laude)
Kiana Quolas                                 Exercise and Sport Science (cum laude)
Desiree Zaragoza                          Elementary Education

Gabriella Horvath                        Resort and Tourism Management (cum laude)
Katie Martin                                  Exercise and Sport Science
Jenna Orner                                   Exercise and Sport Science (magna cum laude)

Women's Basketball
AJ Jordan                                        Communication
Keyaurna Wilson                          Sociology

Women's Golf
Frida Castillo                                Exercise and Sport Science (cum laude)

Women's Soccer
Shelby Evans                                 Exercise and Sport Science
Rylie Johnson                                Recreation and Sport Management
Kacey Kelley                                  Communication
Maddie Phillips                            Marketing (magna cum laude; top graduating student)

Women's Track & Field
Sharmaine Barnes                        Exercise and Sport Science
Ruby Durham                                Communication
Camille Hurley                              History
Tiffani Kuhn                                   Exercise and Sport Science
Symphony Thompson                   Exercise and Sport Science

Others of Note
Taylor Kress                                   Cheer                                             Exercise and Sport Science
Stephanie Parham                        Academic Tutor                            History (cum laude; top graduating student)
Dara Shelley                                  Media Relations Assistant        Information Systems (magna cum laude; top graduating student)
Kayla Stewart                                Dance                                             Management (cum laude)



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