FORT MYERS, Fla., - FGCU Director of Athletics Carl McAloose was named Staff Member of the year by Student Government and FGCU assistant softball coach Ashley Cecil-Spencer was named graduate assistant of the year by FGCU at the Celebration of Excellence.
Spencer, a former player and current assistant coach for the softball team, also received a poster award for her research study from the College of Health Professions. Along with Dr. Dennis Hunt and Dr. Kathy Swanick, Spencer has also been invited to share research results on web-based versus face-to-face strength and conditioning at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s July national conference. Spencer has been a part of the FGCU softball program since day one. She has been in every game as a coach or a player. This season, Spencer has helped lead the Eagles to a 48-14 record. The Eagles have already clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Sun Championship and can clinch an outright title with a win at Stetson on Tuesday.
“Ashley has been an outstanding representative of both our undergraduate program in Human Performance and now in our graduate Physical Therapy program,” stated Dr. Dennis Hunt, an Assistant Professor and Program Director in Human Performance. “She has been very thorough in her approach to become an expert in human performance and physical therapy, especially as it relates to working with athletes and enhancing their performance levels through periodization programming.”
Student Government has selected Carl McAloose for this year’s Staff member of the year. This is an annual award given to a staff member that as has shown outstanding support and dedication to the students of FGCU. McAloose is in his eighth year as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has been responsible for literally building the athletic program from the ground up. In its first year as a Division I program, FGCU has made quite an impact. The volleyball program captured an Atlantic Sun Championship while the women’s basketball team became the only current member of the Atlantic Sun to win a post-season game with a 67-65 win over the University of South Florida in the first round of the WNIT. Two other sports, baseball and softball, are both currently in first place in the conference with a chance to bring home Atlantic Sun championships. The first year swimming and diving program finished second in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association championships and were the highest finishing A-Sun program.
“This is a tremendous honor, especially due to the fact that it comes from the students here at FGCU,” said McAloose. “Through tremendous support from our student body and the community, the FGCU athletic department has had an outstanding first season in Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference. Considering that we are here for the students, I consider this a very special award to receive.”
FGCU also recently opened a new state of the art outdoor sports complex which houses the baseball, softball and men’s and women’s soccer programs. The facility contains locker rooms and clubhouses for each of the four sports as well as administrative offices for those four sports as well as tennis and the women’s swimming and diving program.