July 31, 2012
CONWAY - The 2011-12 season was a great year for the Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics. The nearly 425 student-athletes experienced tremendous success on the playing fields, in the classroom and in the community.
Below is an overview of the Chanticleers' 2011-12 season. See attached 2011-12 Athletics Year in Review for additional and more detailed information.
• The Chanticleers won five Big South Team Championships: Baseball (regular season and tournament), Men's Soccer (regular season), Women's Outdoor Track and Field and Softball (tournament).
• Men's Soccer dominated the Big South Conference with a perfect 9-0-0 mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after hosting and dispatching Elon in the first round.
• Three teams earned NCAA Championship berths: Baseball, Men's Soccer and Softball. Men's Basketball added a third straight postseason berth with an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Individually, six Outdoor Track and Field student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships. In addition, Women's Golf's Brittany Henderson and Men's Golf's Sebastian Soderberg earned at-large bids to NCAA Regionals.
• The Softball team returned to the NCAA Regional for the first time since the 2006 season after capturing the Big South Tournament championship. The Chants posted a 1-2 record at the Athens Regional to finish the season with a school record-tying 44 wins.
• The Baseball team won the Big South regular season title and the Big South Tournament for the sixth straight season, becoming the first school in league history to win six consecutive Big South Tournament championships.
• The Women's Outdoor Track and Field team won its second consecutive Big South Championship and seventh since 2004.
• 70 All-Big South Conference selections and 56 Big South Conference Players of the Week.
• 13 of 17 sports programs finished third or higher in the Big South Conference standings.
• Four Academic All-District III selections: Football (Marcus Lott), Men's Basketball (Sam McLaurin), Men's Cross Country/Track and Field (Kyle Kling) and Baseball (Tucker Frawley). Seven teams received academic recognition for excellence by their respective coaches association: Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's Tennis and Men's and Women's Soccer.
• Seven Big South Athletes of the Year: Men's Soccer Attacking Player of the Year (Ashton Bennett), Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year (Cyprian Hedrick), Baseball Player of the Year (Daniel Bowman), Baseball co-Pitcher of the Year (Aaron Burke), Women's Outdoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Track Performer (Erica Peake) and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Field Performer (Kierra Gabe).
• Women's Golf was recognized by the National Golf Coaches Association for holding the nation's (all-divisions) 22nd-best team GPA.
• Big South Men's Tennis Singles Flight Champion (1), Women's Tennis Singles Flight Champion (1), Women's Tennis Doubles Flight Champions (2), Baseball Big South Tournament co-MVPs, Softball Big South Tournament MVP, Women's Golf Big South Championship medalist and 20 Big South Individual Men's and Women's Track and Field Champions.
• Received approval from the state of South Carolina for construction of the Baseball/Softball stadium renovation project and opened the Richard Ward, M.D. Sports Performance Center.