The Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) inter-collegiate athletics department hosted a Student Athletics Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 21 at the West Campus in New Port Richey.
Each year, one female and one male PHSC student athlete who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, on the fields and courts, in leadership on campus, and with service in the community are selected by the PHSC coaching staff to receive the prestigious Dr. Debra J. Hay Outstanding Student Athlete Award. Hay was a former dean of student services, and an advocate for student athletes who encouraged excellence. The 2016 Dr. Debra J. Hay Outstanding Student Athlete Award winners are:
Female student-athlete winner Rachel Gardner, PHSC sophomore from Gulf High School in New Port Richey, Fla. currently holds a 3.78 grade point average and is a member of the women’s softball team. The third baseman is currently batting .298 on the season. Gardner’s community service has included collecting gifts for All Children’s Outpatient Hospital in New Port Richey and working a softball clinic at West Pasco Little League; and
Male student-athlete winner Michael Faul, PHSC sophomore from Bullitt East High School in Mount Washington, Ky., currently carries a 3.26 grade point average and is a member of the men’s baseball team. The first baseman is currently batting .368 with 9 doubles and 28 runs batted in. Faul’s community service has included the Forest Lakes Park cleanup and working the PHSC 5k race each of his two years at the college. He will graduate with his Associate in Arts degree this May.
“The student athletes deserve recognition for their dedication and hard work on the field and in the classroom,” said Steve Winterling, PHSC athletic director and men’s baseball head coach. “Also, we were excited to have former PHSC basketball coach and athletic director Bobby Bowman as our guest speaker,” said Winterling. Coach Bowman defined and directed the inter-collegiate athletics program at the college for two decades.
Other recognition included the naming of the 2015-2016 most outstanding players for each intercollegiate sport at PHSC. Winners include: Amanda Kahn (junior), co-ed cheerleading; Angela Cruz (sophomore), cross county and half-marathon; Teddi Wright (sophomore), volleyball; Gabriel Steele (freshman), men’s basketball; Clarissa Lynch (sophomore), women’s softball; and Jordan Ding (sophomore), men’s baseball.
For more information about athletics at PHSC visit www.phsc.edu/athletics.
The 2016 Dr. Debra J. Hay Outstanding Student Athlete Award winners.
Rachel Gardner PHSC Softball.jpg – PHSC female student-athlete winner Rachel Gardner
Michael Faul PHSC Baseball.jpg – PHSC male student-athlete winner Michael Faul
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multicampus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.