03.25.13: The CCRI Knights’ and Lady Knights’ basketball teams were featured prominently at the 2013 Cox Sports Basketball Media Awards held on Monday at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick. CCRI took home a total of three of the 10 awards today. CCRI Knights’ Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) was the co-winner of The Steve McDonald Award as DIII/CC Men’s Player of the Year, CCRI Lady Knights Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) was honored with the Kevin McNamara Award winner as DIII/CC Women’s Player of the Year, and Lady Knights’ Head Coach Kate Lynch was honored as the Tom Carmody Award winner as DIII/CC Women’s Coach of the Year.
Williams was honored as the Steve McDonald Award as the DIII/CC Co-Men’s Player of the Year. This was the second year in a row the Williams has received this honor. Williams was a Co-Captain on this year’s team and is a two-time All-Region XXI (New England) selection. Desmond was a prolific scorer for the Knights who was ranked No. 6 in the nation this year by the NJCAA averaging 22.7 points per game. Over his career Williams scored in double-figures 60-62 games in which he played. He ended his Knights’ career as the No. 4 scorer on the CCRI all-time scoring list with 1,332 career points.
Smith was honored with the Kevin McNamara Award as DIII/CC Women’s Player of the Year. Smith is a two-year captain of the Lady Knights and two-time All-Region XXI (New England) selection. Recently, was named WBCA All-American as she helped lead her team to the “Elite Eight” this year at NJCAA National Tourney. Smith led nation is steals with 126 averaging 4.3 assists per game. In addition, she is the CCRI all-time leader in: Scoring with 1,058 points surpassing Amanda Ward who scored 956 career points; Assists with 315 surpassing Nicole Girard who had 274; Steals with 259 passing Denise Scott who had 162; and made free-throws with 186 surpassing Jerilynn Johnson who had 183.
Lady Knights’ Head Coach Kate Lynch was honored with the Tom Carmody Award as DIII/CC Women’s Coach of the Year. Lynch coached the Lady Knights to a 25-7 record, the third best in program history. The Lady Knights won their 10th consecutive Region XXI title as well as winning the District O Championship which earned the Lady Knights a trip to NJCAA Nationals at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL where they made the “Elite Eight.” Also, she was named District O Coach of the Year by the NJCAA. In addition, Lynch will also be honored as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Russell Athletic/WBCA Junior College National Coach of the Year honors for her tremendous year at the helm for the Lady Knights. She will receive that Award at the WBCA National convention in April.
There are many more awards that will be bestowed upon the CCRI Knights’ and Lady Knights’ basketball programs which will be released later this week.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.