Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Horth and Coker Named Gordon Athletes of the Year

As announced by Athletic Director Jon Tymann, Matt Horth ’11 and Hala Coker ’12 have been honored as Gordon College’s 2011 Athletes of the Year.

Horth, a senior captain this past fall, led the Fighting Scots men’s soccer team to a 10-4-6 overall finish and their first The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) championship appearance since 2005. Controlling the midfield for much of his four-year career, he tallied 36 career goals on his way to four consecutive All-TCCC First Team selections. The conference also honored him as the Rookie of the Year in 2007 after he netted 15 goals in 18 games. Additionally, Horth was selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to the NSCAA Division III All-New England First Team following his junior and senior years. Currently he is playing with the Atlanta Silverbacks, a professional soccer club in the North American Soccer League (NASL).

Coker, a junior captain for the women’s lacrosse team this spring and captain-elect for the 2011 women’s soccer season, has been instrumental in the Scots’ defense in both sports. Playing center back for the soccer team, Coker anchored a back line that kept opponents to 0.95 goals per game over the course of Gordon’s 10-8-1 2010 season. As a defensive midfielder for the lacrosse team, she started in each of her team’s 18 games, netting 10 goals and dishing seven assists overall on the season while leading the Scots to an 11-7 finish.

“Both Matt and Hala are worthy recipients of this award,” said Tymann. “Not only are they outstanding athletes, but they are outstanding representatives of what Gordon athletes should be through their work ethic, leadership and character on and off the field.”

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