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Darton athletics recognized nationally Friday

Darton men's soccer coach Bart Sasnett

Darton men's soccer coach Bart Sasnett

ALBANY — Two of college soccer’s governing bodies — the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the National Junior College Athletic Association — chose Darton College head men’s soccer coach Bart Sasnett as the Coach of the Year on Friday after a stellar season that saw him lead the Cavs to a 19-2-1 overall record and end with No. 3 national ranking.

The NJCAA recognized Sasnett as the Southeast District Coach of the Year, which covers Regions 17 and 10 (Georgia and South Carolina). The NSCAA chose Sasnett as the Junior College South Regional Coach of The Year, accounting for the southern quarter of the U.S.

“Coach Sasnett is very deserving of this award,” Darton College A.D. Mike Kiefer said. “His team obviously had great success throughout the season, and this award is a reflection of their hard work.”

In the fall 2011 season the Cavaliers — who were ranked No. 1 during the regular season for a short period — finished No. 3 nationally, had eight All-Region XVII players and two NJCAA All-Americans. One of them was sophomore Diego Ramos, the NJCAA’s leading scorer who also earned “Athlete of the Year” accolades from the NSCAA.

“To have the kind of season we had, it isn’t just from one person,” Sasnett said. “It takes an entire institution. I recognize (the work) that everyone at our institution puts in to help us be successful. The business office, the admissions office, the faculty — if you don’t have the support of your college, you just can’t make it this far.”

DARTON FALL SPORTS TEAMS RANKED NO. 4 NATIONALLY: The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators announced Darton College as one of the fall leaders of the 2011-12 NATYCAA Cup Standings.

The NATYCAA ranked Darton College Athletics as No. 4 among the nation’s junior college athletic departments.

“This is yet another reflection of the hard work and dedication shown by our student-athletes, coaching staff and our very supportive faculty and staff here at Darton College,” Kiefer said.

All of Darton’s fall sports programs won region titles, including the men’s and women’s soccer teams and men’s and women’s cross country teams. Both soccer programs also won Southeast District Championships before the women’s soccer program finished as national runners-up, and the men’s soccer program finished third at the NJCAA Championships.

The Darton College men’s and women’s cross country teams finished 9th and 13th, respectively, at the NJCAA Half-Marathon Championships.

Twenty-five Darton College student-athletes earned All-Region XVII honors and three became All-Americans,.

In addition to Sasnett’s honors, head women’s soccer coach Ken Veilands and head men’s and women’s cross country coach Bruce Skiles earned Region XVII “Coach of The Year” awards.