Hawk athletics grab four coach of the year awards
For the first time in the history of the college the New Paltz Department of Athletics has completed its fall sports schedule with four of its coaches honored by the SUNY Athletic Conference as coaches of the year.
For the second time in the last three years, head women's tennis coach Rob Bruley was named the conference's coach of the year. In addition to directing the Hawks to a third consecutive, top-two finish at the SUNYAC Championship, his squad went 7-2 this fall and earned a bid to compete in the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association Championship for the second straight year.
Head men's soccer coach Stuart Robinson and head women's soccer coach Colleen Bruley were both honored with the coaches of the year awards for 2004, as well.
Picked to finish sixth in the pre-season coaches poll, Robinson directed his team to a 6-3 record and a third place finish in the SUNYAC. The Hawks reached the semifinals of the conference tournament before falling 1-0 to second-seeded, and eventual champion, Geneseo. After an 0-5 start, New Paltz won 12 of its last 17 games, to finish with a 12-10 record. With 12 victories, New Paltz recorded its highest win total since 1970, when the team finished with a 14-5-1 mark.
It's the second time in Robinson's 12 years at New Paltz that he has been named the league's top coach.
Colleen Bruley was named the conference's coach of the year for women's soccer for the first time in her career. She returned to the sidelines this fall after taking a leave of absence in 2003 following the birth of her son. Picked to finish ninth in the 11-team league, Bruley and her squad proved the pre-season coaches poll wrong. New Paltz recovered from their 1-9 league record in 2003 to finish sixth in the conference with a record of 4-4-2. The Hawks were 7-10-3 overall and qualified for the SUNYAC Tournament for the first time since 1999. New Paltz was seeded sixth in the tournament and lost, 2-1, to third-seeded Cortland in the opening round.
Hawks head women's volleyball coach Matt Giufre also earned the league's coach of the year award for 2004.
In his third season, Giufre directed the Hawks to a secondplace finish in the Eastern Division of the SUNYAC. The Hawks were 7-3 in conference play, are 27-10 overall and have been ranked as high as sixth in the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) poll. The Hawks have equaled the program's highest win total since 1999 and qualified for the NYSWCAA Tournament for the first time in five years.
In addition, the Hawks were one of six teams invited to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Upstate Tournament (Nov. 12-13) at Rochester Institute of Technology. Seeded fourth, the Hawks lost in five games to fifth-seeded Elmira in the opening round.
NOVEMBER 22, 2004
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