CHICKASHA — From Players of the Week to All-Americans, the Drovers feature honored athletes.
Coach Jimmy Hampton: After taking one team to the SAC Tournament and another to the National Tournament, it’s no wonder Soccer Coach Jimmy Hampton was named both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Southwest Region Coach of the Year and the Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Hampton has been the head coach of the soccer programs since it began 12 years ago and this year led both teams to two of their best records in Drover history.
David Otieno: Junior David Otieno was showered with honors soon after his first soccer season at USAO ended. He was named SAC Player of the Year, SAC Newcomer of the Year, NAIA All-America Second Team, NSCAA Second Team All-American and NSCAA All-Southwest Region First Team. He was the team’s highest scorer with 24 goals, averaging 1.2 per game. He led the division in shots per game (6.55) and was No. 2 in the division for shots on goal per game (3.4).
Calli Cooper: Another soccer athlete to be offered numerous honors was freshman Calli Cooper. She was named women’s soccer SAC Newcomer of the Year, NAIA All-America Honorable Mention and NSCAA Third Team All-American. Cooper ended the season with 26 goals (No. 4 in the division) and 18 assists (No. 3). Cooper was No. 1 in the division for assists per game (1) and shots per game (8.06). Additionally, she was named a SAC Player of the Week in September.
Aiden Ashmore: Senior Aiden Ashmore was honored for his time off the field. While in the national tournament, he was named an NAIA Champion of Character in soccer and later he received the Bill and Pat Smith Award, which is given annually to one male and one female athlete who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Ashmore maintained a 3.26 GPA as a chemistry major. He was also named to the All-SAC Second Team.
John Gardner: Despite being out with an injury, Junior John Gardner was named an Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete in soccer. To become a scholar-athlete, the student must maintain and GPA of 3.5 or higher. NAIA named 256 students Scholar-Athletes.
Destiny Wilson: After playing through an injury all season as a goalkeeper, Senior Destiny Wilson was honored with the Bill and Pat Smith Award, which is given annually to one male and one female athlete who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Wilson maintained a 3.13 GPA while majoring in business.
Coach Laci Tompkins: Halfway through the basketball season, Head Coach Laci Tompkins reached 200 collegiate wins as a head basketball coach after a last second three-pointer gave the Drovers a win over John Brown University. Tompkins is an USAO alumna and former assistant coach for the USAO basketball team and former head coach of the softball team at USAO. This is her first season as the women’s basketball head coach for USAO.
Luke Krobath: Senior Luke Krobath was named a SAC Player of the Week in baseball in late February after hitting an average of .583 in the Drovers four games. He hit two home runs and two doubles, while batting eight runners in. He added six runs and put out 29 players in those four games.
Conner Bridgman: After hitting four home runs in three games against Wayland Baptist and leading the Drovers to a 2-1 win in the series, Junior Conner Bridgman was named SAC Player of the Week in baseball in March. During those three games, he had five runs and batted nine runners in.
Ryan Mcentee: Freshman goalie Ryan Mcentee had three saves against John Brown University and two against Rogers State University in October, earning him the soccer SAC Player of the Week title. Both games were shut outs.
Nate Hammons: Senior Nate Hammons was named a starting pitcher for the All-SAC Second Team. He pitched 85.2 innings for the Drovers this season, striking out 66 batters in the process. He led the Drovers to eight wins and threw seven complete games. Additionally, he was named to the All-SAC Gold Glove Team. He had a 1.000 fielding percentage with 22 assists and five putouts.
Regulo Moy: Junior Regulo Moy was named All-SAC Second Team Utility Infielder in baseball after spending the season at shortstop for the Drovers. Moy had the best batting average on the team at .413. He had 62 hits — five of which were home runs — scored 37 runs and batted 43 runners in this season.
Charitie Lewis: Senior Charitie Lewis was named All-SAC Second Team in basketball after scoring 412 points and grabbing 257 rebounds for the Drovers this season. Her rebounds, which average 8.57 a game, earned her the No. 1 spot in the conference in average rebounds per game. She holds the No. 2 spot in the SAC in total rebounds.
Niall Crick: Sophomore Niall Crick was named All-SAC Second Team in soccer after racking up 19 assists in 2009. Additionally, he scored seven goals for the Drovers, including two against both Wayland Baptist and Hillsdale College.
Brittany Jay: Junior Brittany Jay was named All-SAC Second Team in soccer in 2009. She scored 13 goals and had 12 assists in the 19 games she played in the season. She earned 38 points total.
Gabby Martinez: Sophomore Gabby Martinez was also named All-SAC Second Team in soccer. The middle fielder scored nine goals for USAO, including two against Huston-Tillotson in September.
Taylor Fain: Freshman Taylor Fain, who scored 15 goals in 2009, was named All-SAC Second Team in soccer. She had a hat trick against Wayland Baptist in November and had seven assists during the season.
Fred Savoie: Junior Fred Savoie was named All-SAC Third Team in basketball in his first season at USAO. He scored 389 points for USAO, averaging 16.21 a contest. He shot 51.5 percent from the field. During the season, he recorded five double doubles.
Michelle Bauer: Senior Michelle Bauer, a hitting pitcher, was named an All-SAC Honorable Mention. She had the highest batting average on the team with 0.373. She had 60 hits — including 12 doubles, a triple and five home runs — and batted 20 runners in. Additionally, she spent 81 innings in the circle and threw 43 strikeouts this season.
N’Faly Berete: Senior N’Faly Berete was named an Academic All-SAC in basketball. The lone senior played in 27 games, averaging 3.93 points and 5.52 rebounds a game. Berete maintained a GPA of 3.14 as an accouting major.
Danielle Cota: Junior Danielle Cota was named an Academic All-SAC in basketball.
She earned a 3.42 GPA, while playing in 27 games as a guard. Cota racked up a total of 70 points for the Drovers. Her career-high 11 points came against Dallas Christian at the beginning of the season.
Nate Hammons: Career ERA (4.438), Career Strikeouts (192), Most Career Complete Games (17), Career Wins (23), Most Career Innings Pitched (217)
Charitie Lewis: Career Field Goals Made (509), Career Free Throws Made (345), Career Free Throws Attempted (517), Career Rebounds (842)
Annitra Walls: Most Assists in a Single Game (12 v. Southern Nazarene, 1/11/10)
Calli Cooper: Single Season Goals (26), Single Season Assists (18), Single Season Points (70), Multiple-Goal Games (8)
David Otieno: Single Season Goals (24), Single Season Points (57), Game-Winning Goals (7)
Published: June 2, 2010