Patriots soccer coach Webb wins national award


UT Tyler women’s soccer coach Stefani Webb has won a national award.

Webb has been named as the recipient of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association/National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Merit Award.

Webb is the first female coach to receive this award since its inception.

According to the NISOA website, the NISOA/NSCAA Coach of the Year Award goes to the coach that best promotes fair play by his or her team; conducts themselves in a professional manner at all times; is a positive influence to the student-athletes; promotes respect for the game and the referees to his or her players; and consistently fields a good team.

Webb helped the Patriots to arguably their best season ever in the fall, going 14-5-1 overall and 11-1 in American Southwest Conference play. The Patriots finished as runner-up in the conference.

This season, Webb coached 11 All-ASC performers and had three players named to the NSCAA All-Region team.

Webb will receive the award at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention on Thursday, Jan. 17 in Indianapolis.

ACADEMIC HONOR

One of Webb’s players also received a national honor.

The Patriots’ Amanda Weaver was named a National Soccer Coaches of America Association Scholar All-Region for the 2012 season. To be named Scholar All-America, a college student must attain a 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Weaver, a senior defender from Arlington, garnered honorable mention Scholar All-Region, boasting a 3.9 grade point average. The English major is a three-time All-Academic conference performer, as well as a two-time All-ASC performer on the field.

Weaver joins 43 other Division III players on the Scholar All-Academic team, and is the first NSCAA Scholar All-Region member in program history.

HOOPS ON THE ROAD

The UT Tyler basketball teams hope to continue their successful basketball seasons with three straight road dates — Thursday vs. Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark. (women at 5:30 p.m., men at 7:30 p.m.), Saturday vs. UT Dallas in Richardson (women at 1 p.m., men at 3 p.m.) and Tuesday vs. East Texas Baptist in Marshall (women at 5:30 p.m., men at 7:30 p.m.).

The Patriot men’s team still leads the American Southwest Conference East with a 5-2 mark. UT Tyler is 10-3 overall and the Patriots are trying to break a two-game losing streak. Ozarks enters with a 4-9 overall mark and 2-6 in league play.

The Patriot women’s team is tied for fourth in the East with a 4-3 record. Overall, UT Tyler is 9-4. Ozarks is 6-7 and 3-5.

PATRIOTS HONORED

Three Patriot basketball players were recently honored as Players of the Week in the American Southwest Conference — Darren Houliston, Joe Stephens and Jordan Cannon.

Houliston, a 6-4 senior from Euless, was named the Co-Player of the Week for Dec. 3-9. He shared the honor with Kyle Schleigh, a junior forward from UT Dallas. Houliston averaged 20 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

In the Patriots’ dramatic 73-72 win over Hardin-Simmons, Houliston poured in a game-high 30 points. His layup — off his own steal — with 1:14 to play gave the Patriots a 70-68 lead before Travis Dykman eventually hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Houliston also had a double-double against Jarvis Christian.

Stephens, a 6-3 junior from Flower Mound, was honored for Dec. 10-15. Stephens had a season-high 22 points — including going 5 of 9 from 3-point range — and seven rebounds to fuel a 77-68 non-conference home win over Northwood and extend the Patriots’ program-record start to 7-1.

Cannon was honored for the second time for the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 1. Cannon, a junior guard from Las Vegas, averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds and two assists to fuel a 2-0 week. Cannon also hit 10 of 12 free throws. In an 82-71 road win against Rhodes in Memphis, Tenn., Cannon scored a game-high 25 points — including going 4 of 6 from 3-point range.