CHICKASHA– With the end of the regular season, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma dominated the Sooner Athletic Conference All-Conference teams.
USAO was honored with three of the high individual awards, and the Drovers had five first teamers, and two-second teamers.
“Anytime a guy gets an individual award or honor, it is a reflection of our team does and I think that our team’s success kind of reflects the individual successes,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “We are happy for all the award winners, and they represent USAO well, and we think the individual awards reflects our team in a positive way.”
Liam Madden grabbed SAC Player of the Year honors for the Drovers and was one of the five selected to the All-SAC First Team. Along with Madden, Nicolas Alberto was named the SAC Offensive Player of the Year and First Team.
Along with those two players Coach Hampton grabbed the honor of SAC Coach of the Year. Hampton had a record of 13-4, and helps the Drovers win eight straight games to end the regular season. It is Hampton’s third Coach of the Year honor for the men in five years.
“It’s an honor to get such an award in a conference with such well-coached teams,” Hampton said. “It is a reflection of the coaching staff, and our student-athletes hard work throughout the year, and it reflects all of our past and present USAO players.”
The other award winners for the Drovers were junior goalkeeper Bryan Byars, senior captain Scott Parkinson, and junior Kalokwera Okot, who were named All-SAC First Team.
Sophomores Stephen Owusu and Niall Burley were named to the All-SAC Second Team.
With nine goals and eight assists on the season, it is no wonder Madden scored Player of the Year honors. He has 26 points and 21 shots on goal for the year.
He is No. 50 in the NAIA in total assists.
He has started in all 17 games for the Drovers this season, and in his career, he has 10 goals and nine assists.
Madden is a physical education sophomore from Dumbarton, Scotland and the son of Vincent and Teresa Madden.
This year marks Alberto’s second conference individual award, having earned SAC Newcomer of the Year his freshman season.
Now a senior, Alberto has 35 goals and 20 assists to his career at USAO. He is tied for fourth in school history in total goals in a career and third in career game winners with 10.
This season, he has notched 10 goals, four assists and three game-winners.
He is a business senior from Paris, France. Alberto is the son of Victor and Valerie Alberto.
Coach Jimmy Hampton
Hampton wins his second straight Coach of the Year award after leading the Drovers from a starting 4-4 record to 13-4 after nine straight wins.
He sits at No. 18 in the NAIA in Winningest Active Coaches with 208 wins in his 16-year career at USAO.
He grabbed win No. 200 as the men’s head coach on Oct. 8 against John Brown in a 3-0 victory. For his career, he is 208-82-14 for the men and has more than 350 career wins combined between the men and the women.
As coach this is the team’s ninth conference regular season title and is the only coach in USAO’s soccer program.
Starting in all 16 games of the year, Byars continues to post shutouts, with eight this season adding to his record career of 29. He tops the USAO record books in career and single season shutouts.
With 44 wins on his career, he is one win away from tying the career school wins record.
Byars has 167 career saves with 53 this season alone. He is 44-10-4 in his time at USAO.
Byars has won All-SAC honors all three years, bringing home the SAC Goalkeeper of the Year award as a sophomore and First Team his freshman year.
Byars is a physical education and business junior from Oklahoma City, and is the son of Danny and Pauline Byars.
Parkinson has pulled in a conference award each of his four years at USAO as one of the Drovers’ key defenders. In addition to this season’s First Team honors, he was named Second Team, Defensive MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the last three years.
He also grabbed NAIA All-America First Team honors last year and NAIA All-America Third Team honors as a sophomore.
Parkinson has started in all games of his career with the exception of three and has 16 goals and four assists as a defender.
Additionally, Parkinson is the head coach of Chickasha High School Boys Soccer program.
Parkinson is a physical education senior from Liverpool, England. He is the son of James and Susan Parkinson.
As a junior, Okot grabs his first All-Conference First Team honors having earned Second Team accolades as a freshman for the Drovers.
Okot has eight goals and seven assists in his career and helps anchor a defense that has allowed only 14 goals on the year. This season, he has two goals, one of which was a game-winner.
Okot is an accounting junior and is the son of Jimmy and Ruth Okot.
Owusu received his second straight Second Team honor with the Drovers this season.
Playing forward, he has five goals and two assists this year. Two of his goals were game-winners. For his career, he boasts 17 goals and four assists as a sophomore.
Owusu is a business sophomore from Accra, Ghana. He is the son of Kwabena Owusu.
As a starting sophomore mid-fielder, Burley grabs his first All-Conference honor.
He has five goals and 14 assists on his career and has started in every game of the 2013 season.
Burley is a physical education sophomore from Warrington, England and the son of Kenny and Bernadette Howell.
The Drovers continue in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament on Monday afternoon against Northwood University. Game kicks off at 2 p.m.