Aggies Pick Up Player And Coach Of The Year Honors
GREENSBORO – Sophomore Emily Strombeck was named MEAC Bowling Player of the Year as announced by the conference on Friday. Head coach James Williams earned coach of the year accolades from the conference. Freshman Kristin Shinn was selected second-team All-MEAC.
All awards are voted on by the conference's head bowling coaches and sports information directors.
“I’m happy for the individual accomplishments of everyone this season,” Williams said. “It has truly been a season of firsts for the program. However those individual accomplishments were not our primary goal which is to win a conference championship.”
Strombeck helped the Aggies to their highest ranking in program history, as they are ranked 13th in the latest National TenPin Coaches Association (NTCA) coaches’ poll released on Thursday. A&T posted a 17-7 mark in conference play and 73-30 overall record as it finished second in the southern division.
The sophomore totaled 8,889 pinfall and averaged 202.0 in 44 games. She bowled a season-high 254, and was selected MEAC Bowler of the Week four times. Strombeck, who was named MEAC Rookie of the Year last season, earned tournament MVP honors at the Aggie Master’s Challenge and was selected to four all-tournament teams this season.
In his fifth season at the helm, Williams guided the Aggies to their first national ranking when they appeared at 20th in the NTCA poll in January. Since then Williams has continued to push A&T up the rankings from 17th to 13th in the latest poll. Last season, Williams led the Aggies to their first MEAC tournament in four years.
Shinn has also been impressive in her rookie campaign for the Aggies. She pinned a season-high 245 at the Kutztown Invitational and was named the MEAC Bowler of the Week on Nov. 26 after she led the Aggies with a 205.80 average in traditional games with a total pinfall of 1,029. Her average was tied for first out of a field of 70 bowlers.
The rookie also was named all-tournament at the Hampton Roads Bowling Collegiate Invitational and was the MVP of the Virginia Union University Invitational.
A&T is currently competing at the MEAC Bowling Championships in Chesapeake, Va.