Eastern Florida State College Sports Roundup
By Mark DeCotis // May 22, 2014
EASTERN FLORIDA FINISHED THE SEASON 24-7
MEN’S BASKETBALL — Eastern Florida’s men’s basketball team, which won its second consecutive Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference championship, appeared in the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 tournament for the second straight season and extended its home court winning streak to 31 games, honored its players at a recent banquet.
The awards presented by head coach Jeremy Shulman and his staff went to:
• Co-MVP: Sophomores Ben Patrick and Torrance Rowe.
Rowe will continue his career at NCAA Division I Tennessee Tech.
• Newcomer of the Year: Freshman Demetrius McReynolds.
• Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Kirkland.
Kirkland will continue his career at NCAA Division I Fairfield University in Connecticut.
• Toughness Award: Jure Gunjina.
Gunjina will continue his career at NCAA Division I Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW).
• Lou Adams Award: Julian Adams. The award is for what characterizes a student-athlete in Eastern Florida’s men’s program: work ethic, character, team mentality and unselfishness.
Louis Adams is a former Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida) men’s basketball player who played at NCAA Division I South Carolina State and for the Senegal National Team.
Julian Adams, a sophomore from Palm Bay, Florida and Bayside High, will continue his career at NAIA Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida.
Eastern Florida finished the season at 24-7 and has a 50-14 record over the past two seasons.
Renovation Project Under Way on Eastern Florida State’s Bruce Bochy Field
BASEBALL – Renovation of Bruce Bochy Field on Eastern Florida State College’s Melbourne Campus has begun. The target date for completion of the upgraded baseball facility is January, 2015.
Updates include a new concession/press box, dugouts, fencing around the field, a backstop system and seating for 750.
The additions will complement the clubhouse completed prior to the 2012-2013 season thanks to the generosity of Bochy, a Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida) graduate, a former All-American, and current two-time World Series champion manager of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants. The baseball facility was named for Bochy in 2011.
The upgraded baseball facility will join the soccer playing and practice facilities completed on the Melbourne Campus prior to the 2013 season and eight new tennis courts being built north of the soccer complex. Target date for completion of the tennis courts for Eastern Florida’s women’s tennis team is January, 2015.
“We are very excited to be moving forward with the baseball upgrades,” said Eastern Florida Associate Vice President for Athletics Jeff Carr. “Once again the upgrades and additions to our athletics programs and facilities would not be possible without the support of our college president Dr. Jim Richey and the Board of Trustees.
“We hope the baseball facility and the tennis courts will, like the soccer complex and the wood floor and upgrades to our gym, become a resource to benefit not only the college but the community as well.”
The soccer fields are home to Eastern Florida’s women’s and men’s soccer teams, which both reached their respective national tournaments in 2013, and host the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Championship Tournament through 2016. The tournament brings an estimated $1 million in economic impact for Brevard County.
The soccer complex also hosted the Florida High School Athletic Association girls and boys state championship tournaments in February.