Athletics

By the Numbers

  • 444 Student-athletes
  • 7 Conference championships
  • 2 NCAA Division I Tournament
    Participants
  • 2 IC4A Track & Field Championships
  • 10 All-American Player Selections
  • 50 All-Conference Honorees
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Major Highlights

In 2008-09, UAlbany won the Northeast Conference football championship and America East Conference championships in women's volleyball, women's field hockey, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, and women's golf.

The UAlbany football team became the first NEC champion to win the Gridiron Classic by defeating Pioneer Football League champion Jacksonville.  Head coach Bob Ford led the Great Danes to a 9-3 record and an undefeated campaign in league play for the second consecutive season.

Men's track & field won both the IC4A indoor and outdoor championships for the first time in program history. The Great Danes edged Big East Conference champion Connecticut for indoor title.

Women's field hockey captured its first-ever America East crown and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time.

Women's volleyball claimed its fourth America East tournament championship in the last five years and advanced to the NCAA's first round.

Women's track & field won the third America East outdoor championship in the program's history.

Corrin Conroy earned medalist honors as women's golf won its third America East championship.

UAlbany finished second in the Stuart P. Haskell America East Conference Commissioner's Cup standings for the third consecutive year.


Awards and Recognition

Pole vaulter Luke Schoen placed sixth at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships to earn All-America status.

Joe Greene (400-hurdles), Luke Schoen (pole vault) and Ricardo Estremera (3,000-steeplechase) earned All-America recognition at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Steward Ceus became the first men's soccer All-American since 1991 when he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America third team. Ceus also became the first Great Dane to be drafted by a Major League Soccer franchise when he was taken by the Colorado Rapids in the third round.

Rafael Nguti, a senior offensive tackle, and David McCarty, a junior tailback, were each selected as football All-Americans.  Nguti was named to the American Football Coaches Association first team.  McCarty was voted to The Sports Network third team, while defensive tackle Tom Pandolf was an honorable mention selection.

Brian Caufield of men's lacrosse was an honorable mention United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American.  Corey Small (third round) and Chris Schongar (fifth round) were selected in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Toronto Nationals.

Michelle Simpson of women's field hockey earned second-team National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America honors for the second straight year.

Selected for All-Conference honors were 50 Great Danes: men's soccer (5), field hockey (5), volleyball (5), football (13), men's basketball (2), baseball (4), softball (5), women's lacrosse (4) and men's lacrosse (5).

Tapped for Conference All-Academic honors were 45 athletes: men's soccer (2), field hockey (3), volleyball (2), women's cross country (1), football (11), men's basketball (1), men's indoor track & field (4), women's indoor track & field (3), softball (2), women's lacrosse (4), men's lacrosse (2), women's Golf (1), women's tennis (1), baseball (2), men's outdoor track & field (3), women's track & field (3).

Four student-athletes received State University of New York Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Awards.