DUNDALK, MD - On May 10, CCBC Dundalk held its annual Year-End Athletics Celebration, recognizing the teams, coaches, and staff, and athletic and scholastic achievements over the past year.
After a buffet dinner, the evening continued with recognition and acknowledgement of our many support staff and partners college-wide. It is a true testament to the many people and hours it takes to run and support a successful intercollegiate athletics program.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was a great friend of supporter of CCBC and a man who gave over two decades of service to all who live in Baltimore County. The program opened with a moment of silence in remembrance of him and in recognition of his passing earlier in the day.
Assistant Coach Service Awards - Acknowledges the years of dedicated service of our assistant coaches:
- 5 years Gus Durr, Men's Basketball
- 5 years - Rodney Harrison, Men's Basketball
- 5 years - Darryl Perry, Men's Basketball
- 3 years - Joe Mirabile, Baseball
CCBC Dundalk Lions Team Recognitions - The coaches recapped their respective seasons, acknowledged student-athletes, and presented the following awards:
- Baseball (Presented by Assistant Coach Tripp Staley):
- Most Improved Player: Nick Wynn (Towson)
- MVP: Shawn Dignazio (Kenwood)
- Men's Basketball (Presented by Head Coach Jaron Taylor):
- "Heart of a Lion" Award: Harvey Paige (W.E.B. DuBois)
- MVP: Richard Hibbert (Patterson)
Service Project Recognition:
This past fall, CCBC Student Athletes participated in the College's department-wide community service project. CCBC teams raised over $3,000 to benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation – an organization that raises awareness and prevention of child abuse through its Courage House National Support Network for Kids. This organization, though national in scope, was founded in Baltimore and is headquartered in Baltimore County. More than that, its mission, named in honor of Ed Block, a former Baltimore Colts trainer, supports his profession of athletic training and trainers that play a crucial role in providing a safe and supporting environment for our student athletes on a daily basis each season. Let's give a round of applause to all of our student athletes for their participation in this initiative.
Nick Wynn (Towson), a CCBC Dundalk Baseball participant, was recognized as CCBC's leading male fundraiser at the organization's March 2018 Gala at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Baltimore where his picture was included in the commemorative program and he received an award, just as a member of each NFL team did, that night.
The criteria for Scholar Athlete is minimum GPA of 3.25, at least 36 earned credits, and sophomore athletic standing.
2018 Dundalk Lions Scholar Athlete - Baseball outfielder Andreas Holtzer (Good Counsel)
Outstanding Support Staff:
This Year's Outstanding Support Staff Recipient completed his first year of service to CCBC Dundalk Athletics. Provided invaluable Academic Advisement to CCBC Dundalk Student Athletes. Monitored Academic Progress Reports/Counseled & Intervened with students as needed. Assisted Student Athletes with formulating Degree Works academic plans. Serving as a liaison to Enrollment Services and Financial Aid on behalf of CCBC Dundalk Student Athletes. Provided Academic Support Service to CCBC Dundalk Baseball Student Athletes while traveling in South Carolina this Spring.
2018 CCBC Dundalk Outstanding Support Staff of the Year - David Gnibus, Academic Advisor
Volunteer of the Year:
This year's Volunteer of the Year Recipient served as "Bat Boy" for CCBC Dundalk's 2018 Baseball Season. A very energized and enthusiastic young man; Brought positive energy to the field and dugout for every Baseball game. Loves talking Baseball with CCBC Dundalk students, coaches and staff. Formed strong bonds and friendships with most of the CCBC Dundalk Baseball Student Athletes In Coach Kyle Campbell's words, "Gave pep talks to the baseball team and really got them fired up! Everything he does just brightens everyone and brings a smile to everyone's face – it's really cool!"
2018 CCBC Dundalk Volunteer of the Year - Austin Luthy
Don Weller Athlete of the Year
The Don Weller Athlete of the Year Award is named in honor of the CCBC Dundalk Founding Athletic Director and is nominated and voted upon by the coaches.
This year's Athlete of the Year played short-stop and pitched for the Lions Baseball Team. Batted .313 with a .440 on base %, .518 slugging %, 5 home runs and 17 RBI's. Ranked 1st on the team in on base % & hits, 2nd in batting average, 3rd in slugging %, and was in the top 3 in nearly every offensive statistical category. Pitching – started 7 games with a 4-2 win/loss record and 4.39 ERA. Led the team with 3 complete games pitched and 53 strike outs in 41 innings. We anticipate post-season Conference and Region Awards but they have yet to be announced
2018 CCBC Dundalk Athlete of the Year - Shawn Dignazio (Kenwood)