Officials and dignitaries from across the state came together on June 9 to recognize the historic achievements of Brookdale’s 2014 women’s soccer team, which became the only squad in college history to win back-to-back national championships with an NJCAA Division III title win last fall.
Brookdale President Maureen Murphy, Director of Athletics Shawn Noël and deans David Stout and Nancy Kegelman joined Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley at Porta in Asbury Park as the team members officially accepted their championship rings.
Murphy and Noël both gave the gathered group of friends and family a warm welcome, before Curley congratulated the team and presented each student-athlete with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the county.
From Trenton, state Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande also issued an official proclamation on behalf of the New Jersey State Assembly, which was framed and displayed alongside the team’s national championship trophy.
Head softball coach and three-time national champion Thomas “Bo” Scannapieco later spoke on behalf of the athletic department, expressing his pride in the team for continuing the Jersey Blues’ long tradition of excellence.
Scannapieco was followed by former women’s soccer player, current soccer coach and two-time national coach of the year Katie Miller, who enthralled the crowd with a spirited recap of the 2014 championship season. She also said a heartfelt goodbye to the team’s graduating sophomores, wishing them continued success and happiness in their journey ahead.
Miller and Noël then presented the rings to each player, forcing some to make room on their hand for a second piece of championship hardware.
For a full list of the team’s athletic and academic achievements in 2014, visit the Brookdale Athletics webpage.
Check out more photos of the ceremony here.
Article courtesy of Brookdale Athletics.