Brookdale athletes Maclane Smoke and Bobbie Boehler have been named the male and female Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA). This marks the first time in the award’s 22-year history that one college has swept both categories.
Boehler, a softball player, earned first-team All-American honors at shortstop as a freshman. She earned the distinction of Region XIX’s top infielder for each of the past two seasons.
In 2013 she was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Tournament team. That year her squad finished as runner-up in the NJCAA National Tournament and broke the Brookdale softball program’s all-time record for wins with 59. Boehler was a major contributor to the squad’s third-place finish in the tournament this year.
Boehler also served as co-chair to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and organized community service projects such as the “Walk for the Cure” for breast cancer and a campus cleanup.
Smoke, a 2013 and 2014 first-team All-American in men’s tennis, is the first back-to-back national first singles champion in program history. He excelled at the highest levels of competition, defeating the national tournament runner-up in three straight sets this spring. Smoke garnered three first-team All-Region accolades and three first-team All-GSAC (Garden State Athletic Conference) honors in his two years at Brookdale.
Off the court, Smoke raises awareness for Operation Beachhead, a Jersey Shore-based nonprofit that helps veterans, troops, and disabled individuals participate in adaptive sport and recreational activities.
Both Smoke and Boehler are two-time academic All-Region honorees and will be up for NJCAA academic honors of distinction this year. Boehler graduated with a 3.94 grade point average (GPA) and Smoke finished with a 3.81 GPA.
“Bobbie and Maclane exemplify the true meaning of a scholar-athlete,” said Brookdale Athletic Director Shawn Noël. “Their leadership and unwavering commitment to both their teams and academic endeavors is unprecedented. They could not be more deserving of this honor, and we couldn’t be prouder to call them Jersey Blues.”
Smoke, a criminal justice major, will be attending New Jersey City University in the fall. Boehler will pursue a bachelor’s degree in education at Georgian Court University on an athletic scholarship.
The NATYCAA’s Scholar-Athlete Award is presented annually to a male and a female student-athlete who earn a GPA of 3.6 or higher, display outstanding qualities of leadership and citizenship and earn at least All-Region athletic honors.
Pictured Above (l-r): Shawn Noël, director of athletics and recreation at Brookdale; Maclane Smoke; Carol Maloof of Summitt America Insurance; Bobbie Boehler; John Scarpino, 3rd Vice President of NATYCA