Taylor, MI – Freshman Nicole Trudell (Coventry, RI) became the first Pioneer in program history to be named the division I national rookie of the year and also earned a spot on the 2011 NTCA All-America second team. The awards were selected by the National Tenpin Coaches Association and announced at the annual championship banquet on the eve of the 2011 NCAA tournament. Trudell is one of five Northeast Conference representatives to be named an All-American and is the only NEC bowler not from Fairleigh Dickinson to earn that distinction.
The right-handed Pioneer was the squad's most consistent performer all season, claiming NEC rookie of the week accolades five times and also picking up one nod as the league's bowler of the week. Trudell's success also led to her capturing the NEC's rookie of the year award as the SHU freshman struck in 53 percent of frames in conference matches and filled 84 percent of her frames.
Trudell was the only NEC bowler to claim one of the four major awards of the night while the conference did secure both coach of the year honors. Mike LoPresti from Fairleigh Dickinson earned division I coach of the year and Joe Ambrose of Kutztown secured the same award among programs from division II/III. Trudell will remain in Taylor, Michigan to watch a national champion be crowned at the NCAA tournament, a field Sacred Heart hopes to break into in 2012.
Players of the Year
Division I: Maria Rodriguez - University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
Division II/III: Natalie Jimenez - University of Central Missouri
Rookies of the Year
Division I: Nicole Trudell - Sacred Heart University
Division II/III: Kara Richard - University of Central Missouri
Coach of the Year
Division I: Mike LoPresti - Fairleigh Dickinson University
Division II/III: Joe Ambrose - Kutztown University