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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2012

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

Schenectady County Community College Names Female and Male Athletes of the Year

Three standouts on the Women's Basketball, Men's Basketball and Men's Baseball teams have been named as the Schenectady County Community College Female and Male Athletes of the Year for 2011-2012.

Brittany Baker

Brittany Baker, a graduate of Schenectady High School and Human Services major at SCCC, was named as the College's Female Athlete of the Year. A first-year student, Brittany was a starting point guard for the Women's Basketball Team. She averaged 22 points per game with 444 points over the whole season. Brittany also had 60 assists and 85 steals, averaging about 3.9 steals a game. She was named to the First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region.

"Brittany has been a huge asset to the SCCC Women's Basketball Team," said Women's Basketball Head Coach Dayna Torino. "She is not only a leader on the court, but she is a motivator and leader for her teammates off the court as well. She maintained a 3.0 GPA and never missed a team study hall. On the court, she has a great ability to create plays and whenever she is in the game, she makes her presence known." Brittany plans to return to SCCC in Fall 2012 and play for the Royals.

Reece Jackson

Reece Jackson, a graduate of Schenectady High School, was named Co-Male Athlete of the Year. A first-year student and Liberal Arts major, Reece was a starting forward on the Men's Basketball Team. He averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds a game, a "double-double," and scored an average of over 20 points a game. He maintained a 3.0 grade point average and next fall plans to attend a four-year college to pursue a Bachelor's degree and play basketball.

"Reece's attitude, dedication and determination are the reasons for his success," said Allah Atkins, Head Coach of the Men's Basketball Team. "His positive approach to the team and the game of basketball brought so much insight to our program. He has truly been one of the best players to join our program both on and off the court."

Mike Nowak

Mike Nowak, a graduate of Shaker High School, was named as the College's Co-Male Athlete of the Year. A second-year student, Mike, a Criminal Justice major, was a starting pitcher on the Men's Baseball Team, piling up 10 wins with only 5 defeats. He threw 86 innings in his two years with the Royals with 86 strikeouts and only 40 walks with a 3.60 ERA.

"Mike is easygoing, but is all business on the mound," said Tim Andi, Head Coach of the Men's Baseball Team. "I can't think of a better recipient for this award because he epitomizes the concept of student/athlete. He was a coach's dream and will be sorely missed as he now goes on to the next level where I'm sure he will continue his successful work ethic both on the field and in the classroom." Mike had a 3.08 GPA while at SCCC and plans to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and play baseball.

SCCC congratulates these exceptional student athletes and wishes them much success next year.


One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls over 7,000 students. SCCC offers more than 40 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs. To learn more, visit

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