31 May

Arthurs, Joy Named to 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams

first_imgCoSIDA ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – Sophomore defender Carli Arthurs of Stephen F. Austin was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team while junior forward Kaitlyn Joy of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned a Second Team selection, the organization announced Thursday. Joy also holds a perfect 4.00 mark with a major in environmental science. The junior defender from Dripping Springs, Texas, helped pace the Islanders to their most successful season in program history. A&M-Corpus Christi advanced to the postseason this year for just the second time since its inaugural 2013 season. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December. Arthurs holds a 4.00 grade point average with a major in mathematics. She is the only member of the District 7 team with a perfect GPA. She helped the Ladyjacks to a runner-up finish at the 2017 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, earning all-tournament distinction along with honorable mention all-conference after the regular season. The Ladyjacks finished the season ranked first in conference play in goals allowed (eight) and goals against average (.72) and ranked second with six shutouts in 11 Southland contests.last_img read more

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22 Dec

“He was the glue”: Jim McGuinness on the legacy of the late Pat Shovelin

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has penned an emotional tribute to ’an irreplaceable figure’, Pat Shovelin, who sadly died last month.Popular goalkeeping coach Pat passed away at home in Doneyloop after a ten-month battle with a rare form of cancer, cholangiocarcinoma.Donegal’s selectors, Damien Diver, Donal Reid, Pat Shovelin, coach Jim McGuinness, selector Paul McGonigle and Dr Charlie McManus. Picture: Morgan Treacy/Inpho He and McGuinness were second cousins and for the duration of McGuinness’s tenure as Donegal Under-21 and senior manager Pat was the goalkeeping coach. This year, he returned to work with Declan Bonner in the Donegal U21s.“He was the first person I went to when I was given the job of managing the Donegal U-21 team,” McGuinness remembers in a highly-emotional column in today’s Irish Times.“He stood as godfather to our youngest child. I knew I could trust him. He was taken aback when I first asked him in. But I knew what he would bring to our group.“I am not sure if there was one person I ever met in my life who had a bad word to say about him. That is the kind of mix you want in a coach. “I know I’ve often spoken about this bond I felt that the group had. And he was the glue.”McGuinness recalls how Pat devised for himself the role of ‘jester’ in the Donegal dressing room.He wrote: “He was the person who, when he walked into a room, created the atmosphere. It was like a bright energy. You could feel it.“He just brightened the room, whether it was before a big match or on those black nights at training in Ballybofey. He would have a line for everyone straight away.”A few weeks before Pat’s passing, McGuinness – who is now based in Beijing, where he works with Beijing Sinobo Guoan – travelled back home to visit him in hospital. McGuinness said:  “There was so much learning in those couple of days for me. The humility that he showed all the way until the end. The courage he showed in facing this illness down.“On the day I was heading back to Beijing, there was no acknowledgment that we wouldn’t see each other again.“The attitude was: we both keep going. If there was a big goodbye it would have been a concession that the illness had won. So it was very hard walking out of the room and down that corridor that day and leaving him behind.”Read the full column by Jim McGuinness here “He was the glue”: Jim McGuinness on the legacy of the late Pat Shovelin was last modified: November 5th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ArdaraBeijingcancerCholangiocarcinomaDeclan BonnerDonegal GAADoneyloopGlentiesJim McGuinnessPat Shovelinlast_img read more

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