Senior basketball All-American Kwame Alexander and two-time senior volleyball All-American Camille Smith were named Male and Female Athletes of the Year, during the Coyotes’ annual student-athlete banquet Thursday night at the Santos Manuel Events Center.
Alexander led the California Collegiate Athletic Association in points (16.7) and rebounds (8.8) for the Coyotes, who reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three seasons. The Moreno Valley native became the first player in seven seasons to lead the conference in both categories and was honored as just the fifth player in school history as an All-American.
Smith earned Honorable Mention All-America honors for the Coyotes, who reached the NCAA regional finals for the 13th consecutive season. The Norco native became the only player in Coyotes history to have more than 3,000 assists (3,121) and 1,000 digs (1,115) in a career and helped her team win four CCAA titles, four NCAA tourney berths, three NCAA regional titles and one NCAA runner-up finish. Individually, she was a three-time All-CCAA choice and two-time All-American.
Junior Lee Nishanian (soccer) and Chelsey Jones (soccer) were named Scholar-Athletes of the Year, while Brenna McIntosh (volleyball) and Ricardo Velasco (soccer) earned Pups of the Year honors, awarded to the top first-year Coyotes’ student-athletes.
Earning the CCAA Hal Charnofsky Awards were Johnny Bell (basketball) and Shayna Stuart (basketball).
On the season, 16 student-athletes earned All-CCAA honors with water polo’s Misty Vu receiving all-WWPA honors. Nine earned all-region honors with five teams (volleyball, cross country, men’s basketball, golf and water polo) represented in postseason play.