One would not expect a new college to HAVE ALREADY MADE a mark on the national stage, but Georgia Gwinnett has done just that.
Men’s tennis earns second national championship
In the Grizzlies’ first year of post-season eligibility, 2013-14, both its men’s and women’s tennis teams won the national NAIA championships. Coming off that amazing feat, both teams were ranked #1 the entire next season, after which the men’s team won the 2015 national title and the women earned runners-up. For a new team to win two consecutive national titles in its first two years of eligibility is unprecedented.
GGC’s Wilson is national Athletics Director of the Year
For the second time in his career and the first time since founding GGC’s intercollegiate athletics program in 2011, Dr. Darin S. Wilson has been named Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Wilson, GGC’s inaugural Director of Athletics, has guided the Grizzlies to an incredibly successful start and is an influential figure on the national landscape of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Info technology students win three national championships
Students in Georgia Gwinnett’s information technology program brought home three national championships from the 2015 Association of Information Technology Professional (AITP) National Collegiate Conference.
GGC’s AITP teams have won national trophies at previous conferences, besting the competition from the top college and university programs from both the U.S. and Canada, but this year was different.
“This is the first time I’ve seen any team win three national championships,” said Dr. Lissa Pollacia, assistant dean and professor of information technology. The team also won a second place trophy.
The conference attracted about 2,000 students on 175 teams, competing in 14 categories. Aida Syrkett of Lawrenceville won first place in database design, and she and Matthew Berger of Loganville, teamed up to win both the mobile application development and Java developer first place trophies. The team of Yury Park, originally from Seoul, South Korea, and Quan Tran, an international student from Chau Duc, BRVT, Vietnam, earned a second place win in the Code-a-Thon.
Abbot named national Player of the year
GGC outfielder Ty Abbott, class of ’16, after posting nation-best totals in both hits (106) and runs batted in (93), became the first-ever Grizzly to be named National Player of the Year by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association. The Milton, Ga., native and business major was the engine of an offense that ranked second in the country in both hits and runs, and integral to a Grizzly line-up that broke the 50-win mark in
back-to-back seasons, twice earning a berth into the NAIA national tournament. Additionally, four Grizzly players have been drafted by Major League Baseball.