A video look at the highlights for Saint Leo Athletics during a memorable 2015-16 (2:40).
VIDEO: Saint Leo Athletics Moments to Remember from 2015-16 (10:20)
VIDEO: "Legacy of the Lions" (6:43) - Athletic Director Francis X. Reidy revisits all that Saint Leo Athletics accomplished in 2015-16, reflects on changes within Saint Leo's 19-sport NCAA Division II program, and looks ahead at what 2016-17 has in store for the Lions.
Saint Leo Athletics in 2015-16, By The Numbers...
1st – Saint Leo captured its first NCAA national championship of any kind when freshman Hugo Bernard won the individual title at the 2016 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship in Denver, Colo. Two days later, Bernard and his teammates won Saint Leo’s first team championship by defeating Chico State in the final of medal/match play at the NCAA men’s golf championship.
1st – Saint Leo’s finish in the race for the 2015-16 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Mayors’ Cup, marking the third time in four seasons that the Lions have won the top prize in SSC men’s sports. Saint Leo finished second in the Women’s Mayors’ Cup standings; combining the two scores, Saint Leo earned the most points of any SSC institution.
2nd – Saint Leo finished 2nd out of 320 institutions in the final 2015-16 Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup rankings – the highest finish in program history, and the highest finish ever by a Sunshine State Conference institution.
4 – Top-four finishes by Saint Leo teams in NCAA Championship competition in 2015-16. Men’s golf led the way by winning the national championship, while men’s tennis was the national runner-up. Women’s tennis was a national semifinalist, and women’s golf was tied for a fourth-place finish in that championship.
6 – Number of Sunshine State Conference championships won by Saint Leo teams in 2015-16: men’s soccer (regular season), men’s cross country, softball, men’s tennis (regular season), women’s tennis (regular season), and men’s tennis (tournament).
7 – Academic All-America awards, as presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), earned by Saint Leo student-athletes in 2015-16. Four of those were First Team selections, doubling the number of First Team Academic All-America awards earned by Saint Leo Athletics over its previous 46 years of competition as an NCAA institution.
13 – Teams represented in NCAA Championships during 2015-16. Qualifying teams were: men’s soccer, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s swimming, women’s swimming, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s track. Men's cross country won Saint Leo's first Regional Championship after winning the NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country South Region Championship, hosted by Saint Leo at The Abbey Golf Course.
23 – Number of Saint Leo athletes to earn All-America honors during the 2015-16 season. Included in that number were Saint Leo’s first All-American in cross country and track & field in Colett Rampf.
24 – All-South Region honorees among Saint Leo’s nearly 350 student-athletes.
24th - Round in which Saint Leo baseball All-American Troy Sieber was drafted by the Houston Astros, on June 11 in the 2016 MLB Draft. Sieber is the fifth Saint Leo player to play for Head Coach Sean O'Connor to be drafted.
58 – All-Sunshine State Conference selections across 17 sports during 2015-16. Included in that number are seven athletes who won SSC player/athlete of the year honors in their respective sports (Colett Rampf, women’s cross country; Valentin Lenz, men’s cross country; Alberto Barroso-Campos, men’s tennis; Natalia Siedliska, women’s tennis; Rachael Heath, softball Player of the Year; Stephanie Adkins, softball Pitcher of the Year; and Marie Coors, women’s golf) and five SSC Freshmen/Newcomers of the Year (Brooke Samios-Uy, softball; Chelsy Springs, women’s basketball; Anna Siruckova, volleyball; Alberto Barroso-Campos, men’s tennis; Natalia Siedliska, women’s tennis).
3.17 – Average Cumulative GPA for Saint Leo student-athletes in 2015-16. Among that was 13 student-athletes who posted a perfect 4.00 grade point average. 17 of Saint Leo’s 19 teams recorded a 3.00 or higher team GPA.
2 – Saint Leo head coaches honored as national coaches of the year by their respective coaching associations. Chris Greenwood was named National Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America, while Chris Frusci was named National Coach of the Year for both men’s tennis and women’s tennis by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
5 – Saint Leo head coaches to receive SSC Coach of the Years honors: Kent Reiber (men’s cross country), Keith Fulk (men’s soccer), Sam Cibrone (women’s volleyball), Erin Kinberger (softball), and Chris Frusci (men’s tennis).
165 – Saint Leo student-athletes on the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for achieving a 3.20 or higher GPA during the semester of their competitive season.
70 – Saint Leo student-athletes who were named as recipients of the D2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Awards, after posting a 3.50 or better GPA following the completion of at least four semesters of post-secondary academic work.