UMFK athletes and coaches receive accolades at national conference

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent was well represented with awards for high-achieving athletes and coaches at the 2022 USCAA National Conference in November.

Jermaine West is the USCAA Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year. West stepped in to fill the head coach role late into the season, but made an immediate impact. His players connected immediately and they hit the ground running with a successful season that ended with the USCAA national championship.

“This is not a team; this is a family. Coaching this group, I couldn’t ask for anything more. It was a pleasure to work with this group of ladies and if I could go back and do it all over again I would without hesitation,” said West. 

Tara Kelley is the USCAA Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year. 2022 was Kelley’s second season. In addition to a 16-game win streak, she elevated the volleyball program to a runner-up finish. She was able to mix in several new athletes with the returners and create a cohesive group. 

“This team was built differently from the start,” Kelley said. “They have the leadership, encouragement, positivity, and energy that every team strives for. With every game, win or loss, they found positives that they reflected on. They also found things they individually needed to work on.”

Beatriz (Bea) Garrido Jaramillo is the USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year. Beatriz  is slated to graduate in the spring of 2023 with a bachelor of science degree in behavioral science (MHRT/C concentration) with a minor in criminal justice. The senior volleyball setter is not only a leader on her team, but also serves as the SAB president, student senate secretary, and helps out anywhere she is needed. Her high GPA also has her on the All-Academic Team.

“Bea is a great ambassador of UMFK. She embodies everything you want in a student-athlete,” said UMFK Athletic Director Carly Flowers. “She is a good teammate and heavily involved on campus. I have enjoyed getting to know Bea and watching her compete. This honor is very much deserved!”

Men’s soccer USCAA awards — 2022 USCAA national champions.

USCAA Academic All-American Team (needing to maintain 24 or more credits on their USCAA transcripts and hold overall grade point averages of 3.50 on a 4.00 point system or greater): Seniors Aaron Boateng, Marcel Holness, Ronaldo Watson, Vaughn Kelley, Adil Iggoute, and sophomores Kevon Maitland and Asib Khamush.

USCAA All-Americans: Aaron Boateng, Kevon Maitland, John Amoah, and Adil Iggoute.

USCAA All-Tournament: Markell Holness, Aaron Boateng, Jaheim McIntosh, Ajay Chin, and Ronaldo Watson.

USCAA Tournament MVP: John Amoah.

Women’s soccer USCAA awards — 2022 USCAA national champions.

USCAA Academic All-American Team: Seniors Gizela Carranza, Tarece Lawrence, Angel Maxwell, and Ryan Hernandez, and sophomore Julia Audunsdottir.

USCAA Division I Women’s Soccer National 1st Team All-American: Sophia Noe, Chelsea Thornburgh, Isabel Kiledjian, and Tarece Lawrence.

2022 USCAA All-Tournament Team: Naylea Beltran-Mendoza, Tarece Lawrence, Chelsea Thornburgh, and Dominique Valadez 

2022 USCAA Tournament MVP: Sage Stroud.

Women’s volleyball USCAA awards — 2022 USCAA national runners-up.

USCAA National All-Academic Team: Seniors Beatriz Garrido, Danae Ford, and Brooke Russell, and sophomore  Carla Rodriguez.

USCAA National 1st Team All-American: Halle Ham and Jamie Nena.

USCAA National 2nd Team All-American: Kayla Iwata.

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