KSU's men’s lacrosse club team wins US Lacrosse award
Collegiate program takes 2010 James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award for District 5…
Georgia (Feb 9, 2011) — Collegiate program takes 2010 James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award for District 5
KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 9, 2011) — Kennesaw State University’s Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team has won the prestigious 2010 James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award for District 5 (which includes Georgia). The award was bestowed at the annual US Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore, Md., and personally accepted by Head Coach Ken Byers at the 2011 Georgia Lacrosse Foundation Awards Dinner last month.
Jerome Ratchford, KSU’s vice president for student success, said, “Coach Ken Byers’ Fighting Owls bring a high level of intensity and excitement to every game.” Ratchford continued, “This award is a tremendous honor and reflects well on both KSU’s club student-athletes and their volunteer coaches who hold fast to the ideals of rugged play combined with the utmost in sportsmanship exemplified in the national intercollegiate lacrosse program.”
The award is given annually to a deserving school by the US Lacrosse College Officials Council District Officials. Winners are selected in each district and judged on the level of sportsmanship exhibited by the players, coaches, fans and administrators.
“Everyone on campus is proud of the three dozen players and coaches on KSU’s Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team for all they have accomplished in the past few years,” said Laura St. Onge, collegiate club sports director. She stated, “With more than 20 club sports, ranging from fencing to competitive cheer, from women’s lacrosse to ice hockey, KSU offers something to interest every student.”
Coaches and captains of the 2010 KSU Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team were as follows:
- Ken Byers, head coach
- Mark Stopher, assistant coach
- Kevin Yelken, assistant coach
- Charles Roland, team president, co-captain and midfielder
- Noah Rosenblum, team co-captain and goalie
US Lacrosse Awards Committee Chairman Chuck Cohen noted the KSU team was a standout in its district. “The KSU team was selected for its sportsmanship exhibited by the players, coaches, fans and administrators,” said Cohen, who is a member of the US Lacrosse Board of Directors. “This is an honor that I’m sure the KSU team is excited to receive.”
According to Cohen, the award is named in honor of former Army and University of Virginia Head Coach James “Ace” Adams. A National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member, Adams and his teams were known for displaying exceptional character on and off the field.
KennesawState University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.
Pictured from left to right: Ken Byers,KSU Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team Head Coach and Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame member; Eric Rudolph, District Governor for the Men’s Division Officials Council of US Lacrosse for District 5(which includes Georgia) and Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame member; KSU Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team members Casey Newton, Tom Mudrak and Scott Schulze.
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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.