After an exciting season that involved both the men’s and women’s basketball teams advancing to their respective North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) tournaments, members of both teams are being honored by the NCAC.
Men’s basketball coach Chris Kibler was named NCAC Coach of the Year earlier this week. Additionally, senior J.J. Woodson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford) was named Second Team All-NCAC, sophomore Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake, Ohio/Brookside) earned an Honorable Mention All-NCAC honors, sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technolgy Center) was named Second Team All-NCAC and Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) earned an Honorable Mention All-NCAC selection.
Kibler led the Terriers to one of their best seasons in program history in 2015-16. Picked to finish last in the conference in the preseason poll, Kibler guided Hiram to a program record of 12 NCAC wins, which was third in the conference. Hiram also won its first ever NCAC Tournament game and recorded 19 victories, which was just one shy of the program record of 20 set in the 1973-74 season.
He also becomes the first coach in Hiram men’s basketball history to earn NCAC Coach of the Year honors.
Woodson earns his second consecutive Second Team All-NCAC selection, after leading the team in scoring (16.6 ppg).
He also posted a team best 57 steals, which was third most in single season program history. Woodson concludes his career with a 12.4 ppg scoring average and 118 steals, which ranks him sixth all-time.
Kevin Jones garners his first All-NCAC honor after posting a strong season.
He led the team in rebounding (9.7 rpg) and field goal percentage (.559) and was third on the Terriers in scoring (10.2 ppg). He also posted a team-high nine double-doubles and recorded at least 15 rebounds in four different games this season.
Mercedes Jones, named NCAC Newcomer of the Year last season, posted a breakout campaign for the Terriers in 2015-16.
She led the team in scoring (15.3 ppg), shooting percentage (.445) and was second on the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg). Jones also finished the season with a team-high five double-doubles.
Shockley put together a solid second for the Terriers, taking on an increased role.
She averaged 10.8 ppg, which was third on the team and recorded 65 steals. Her 65 steals led the team and was ninth most in single season program history.
Under second year head coach Emily Hays, Hiram tied the program record with 12 victories. In addition, the Terriers won six NCAC games, the most since the program joined the conference in the 1999-00 season.