Saint Leo Athletics Wrap Up Another Successful Year
June 05, 2015
In the recently released results from the National Association of Collegiate Directors Association (NACDA), the final standings for the 2014-15 Learfield Directors’ Cup, Saint Leo University ranked eighth overall—the highest finish among all Sunshine State Conference (SSC) institutions for the first time in school history.
Saint Leo garnered 577.50 points in 11 team and individual sports. Using a strong spring sports season, the Lions rose from 15th place during the winter standings to finish in the top 10 in the final eighth place spot. The Lions led the SSC as the lone institution to finish in the top 10. Three other SSC schools claimed spots in the top 20: Lynn University finished 12th (557 points), Nova Southeastern was 14th (542 points), and Barry University ended 18th (508.50 points).
“We have made great strides of improvement across all areas of Saint Leo athletics in recent years,” said Fran Reidy, athletics director. “The eighth place finish reflects the commitment by our administration, coaches, staff, and student-athletes to constantly get better. I want to express my thanks to everyone in the Saint Leo community who has helped us realize our goal. I believe our best days are ahead for Saint Leo athletics, and it’s time to focus our attention on the one significant honor that has eluded us—bringing the first national championship home to Saint Leo University.”
Men’s Golf Ends Incredible Run in the NCAA Division II Championship Semifinals
After 90 holes of golf at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, NC, the Saint Leo men's golf season came to an end as the Lions’ magical run in the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship concluded in the semifinals. Saint Leo fought its SSC foe Lynn University for a spot in the finals, but came up short in a 4-1 loss in medal match play.
The team not only broke its own program record of highest finish in an NCAA Championship, but became the first men's program in Saint Leo history to advance to an NCAA Semifinal. Saint Leo men's golf is only the second program in school history to end its season in the final four.
New Head Coaches Named
Men’s Basketball – Vince Alexander, among the winningest active coaches in Division II men’s basketball and a three-time NABC Regional Coach of the Year, was recently selected as the new head coach of the Saint Leo University Lions men’s basketball team.
A 16-year veteran as a collegiate head coach, all of it at the NCAA Division II level, Alexander began the 2014-15 season among the winningest active coaches in Division II in both winning percentage (.604, 53rd) and total wins (285, 55th).
Alexander joins the Green and Gold from the University of South Carolina at Aiken, where he led the Pacers for 10 seasons. During that span, Alexander guided USC-Aiken to four Peach Belt Conference regular season championships in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and three of the last six PBC tournament titles.
In 10 seasons at USC-Aiken, Alexander posted a 196-113 (.634) record with six 20-win seasons. A four-time PBC Coach of the Year, he earned NABC Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2013, and 2014.
Prior to his successful stint at USC-Aiken, Alexander spent six seasons at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2005, charting an 89-74 record.
Altogether, Alexander has posted a 285-187 record over his 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Cross Country/Distance Track – Kent Reiber, assistant cross country coach at Saint Leo for the past four seasons, was appointed the new head coach for the Lion’s men’s and women’s cross country and distance track programs. He recently completed his fourth season as an assistant coach and has been the program’s interim coach since mid-April. He was instrumental in coaching Saint Leo men’s and women’s cross country to SSC in 2014, the first conference titles in either program’s history.
Since his arrival at Saint Leo in 2011, Reiber has coached three SSC individual champions, two SSC runners of the year, and three SSC freshmen of the year. This spring, he coached Colett Rampf (women’s 3000m steeplechase) and Herns Agyemang-Duah (men’s 800m) to appearances at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Reiber received his MBA from Saint Leo in 2013. He holds USA Track and Field (USATF) Level II Certification and is a member of the USATF Coaches Registry.