Published: June 09, 2008
University of Tampa athletes Jeremy Black and Shannon Aitken were named
June 9 as the 2008 Sunshine State Conference Male and Female Athletes of
the Year respectively.
Black, a standout on the UT men’s
basketball team, and Aitken, the goalkeeper for the 2007 national
champion women’s soccer team, were each named Athlete of the Year
following a poll conducted by the SSC’s sports information directors.
enjoyed a stellar year in his final campaign at Tampa, averaging 18.7
points and 11 rebounds per game. He led the conference in rebounding and
ranked second in scoring, helping guide the Spartans to a second-place
finish in the final men's basketball standings.
A Tampa native,
Black is the fourth UT athlete to be named SSC male athlete of the year,
joining baseball players Eric Beattie (2002-03), Mike Valdes (1997-98),
and Paul Russo (1989-90).
Aiken’s final year saw her as a key
player who helped propel the soccer team to its first ever NCAA Div. II
National Championship and earning her the Div. II Women’s Soccer
National Player of the Year Honor.
She played in goal in all 25
of Tampa's matches, notching a 20-2-3 record with 14 shutouts and a 0.61
goals against average. Aitken set school single-season records in
shutouts and wins, while her 0.61 GAA ranks third in program history.
native of Land O’ Lakes, FL, Aitken becomes the second UT athlete to
earn SSC female athlete of the year honors. Volleyball player Danielle
Faggion earned the distinction for the year 1999-2000.
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