EFSC Men Ranked No. 6, Women Are No. 23 In Final Poll
By Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications // February 25, 2015
'We still have a long way to go'
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida’s men’s and women’s basketball teams concluded their regular season with national rankings.
The men, who finished 27-3 overall and won their third straight Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference title, are ranked sixth in the season’s final NJCAA Division I poll.
They made their first appearance at 24th on Dec. 9 and have been ranked ever since.
The women, who won 15 of their last 17 games to finish 22-7 and win their first Southern Conference championship since 2002, are ranked 23rd. This is their second appearance in the poll this season.
“What an honor for our guys, being ranked sixth in the nation,” said Eastern Florida men’s head coach Jeremy Shulman.
“It’s a testament to how hard these guys have worked and to the overall level of players we have here.”
Eastern Florida’s head women’s coach Jim Grimes also was appreciative.
“To be recognized by others is always nice and I think the team enjoys it,” he said. “But that sort of recognition is never our goal. We still have a long way to go and still have much work to do.”
Both teams are headed to next week’s FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Tournament at the College of Central Florida in Ocala.
The women play Gulf Coast State at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The men play Pensacola State College in their quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Florida teams are prominent in both polls. Northwest Florida State is fifth in the men’s poll while St. Petersburg College is 20th.
In the women’s poll Chipola College is second, Northwest Florida fifth, the College of Central Florida 10th, Daytona State College 15th and Gulf Coast State 25th.
The FCSAA poll ranks Eastern Florida’s men second and the women tied for sixth.