Tigers Garner Season Ending Awards, Including Player of the Year and Coach of the Year
Sophomore Kiauna Hemsley was named Soccer Player of the Year by the Association of Division III Independents; she was also named to the first team in soccer by the Division. Joining Hemsley on the first team is Macee Wray; Allison Evans and Cristina Martinez made the second team selection; and honorable mention selections are Charity Blackwell for soccer and Ellen Bethea for volleyball. Soccer coach Beth Stone was named Coach of the Year for her efforts in guiding Trinity to its first winning season (8-7).
Hemsley, of Baltimore, Maryland, was a unanimous selection for Player of the Year as she recorded 15 goals and two assists during the 15-game season. She also finished the season ranked 32 in the nation for goals per game and 46 in the nation for points per game. Other unanimous selections were sophomore midfielder Macee Wray who led the Division in assists and senior defender Allison Evans. Junior Cristina Martinez, who pulled double duty this season as both goalkeeper and striker, was named to the second team. Freshman Charity Blackwell was named as honorable mention as a defender and freshman Ellen Bethea was named honorable mention as a setter for volleyball.
When Stone first started at Trinity, the soccer team had not won a game in three seasons and in her fourth season as head coach, she has turned the program around by strong recruiting and athlete retention. Volleyball coach Kristi Grant is building a strong team for Trinity and Athletic Director Tracy Renken provides leadership and support to Trinity’s coaches and teams.