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Falcons Compete in USCAA Basketball National Championships

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Florida College finished their seasons by competing in the USCAA National Championships! This was the women’s first-ever appearance in the national tournament and the men’s first appearance since 2007. It was also the first time in the history of the USCAA that a men’s and women’s team made the national tournament at the same time with the same coach, Florida College’s athletic director and head coach Pat Todd.

“Our players have worked extremely hard to create a winning culture,” Todd said. “It was nice to see both teams be rewarded with bids to the national tournament. The future of both programs is very bright!”

The women’s team was selected to compete in this year’s national tournament as the fourth seed, and the men’s team entered the tournament as the fifth seed. Although both teams lost their first two games, several Florida College Falcons were honored at the championships as USCAA All-Americans. From the men’s team, Kent Hegarty was selected to the first team and Jordan Benjamin was selected to the second team. From the women’s team, Toni Cox was selected to the first team and Lexie Risner was selected as an honorable mention.

In addition to their efforts on the court, the men’s and women’s basketball teams took the time to serve others while competing at the USCAA National Championships. Both teams visited a local elementary school to read to students in Fayette, Pennsylvania. According to Todd, service opportunities like these are an integral part of the Florida College basketball program.

“We had a platform to impact some young children and in the process our players were greatly impacted by the experience,” Todd said. “Those are the type of experiences that are critical in fulfilling the mission of our program and the mission of the college.”

Thanks to Todd’s strong dedication to the mission of Florida College, the athletic department is an extension of the school’s mission in every way. The student-athletes on the men’s and women’s basketball teams are the total package: excellent students, people and players.

“We use athletics, and in this case basketball, to accomplish the mission of Florida College with our student-athletes,” Todd said. “We want to be excellent on the basketball floor, in the classroom, and in the community.”

Congratulations to the Florida College Falcons on an outstanding season! Follow @falconbeat on Instagram and Twitter and like the Florida College Falcons Facebook page to keep up with the Falcons throughout the year!