FLORENCE, SC – The Peach Belt Conference announced late Tuesday that the Francis Marion University men’s soccer team has been named the recipient of the PBC Team Sportsmanship Award for the 2008 men’s soccer season.
The awards program, which includes honoring one team from each of the league’s 12 championship sports, will also recognize one institution with the “Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award” at the end of the 2008-09 year. This is the first year of the awards program.
The program presents an award following each championship season to the team in that sport that best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship and generally conducts themselves with a high degree of integrity, character and class. The team award is selected by other teams who compete in that sport.
Under the guidance of second-year head coach Kevin Varnado, the Francis Marion men rallied from a 1-4-1 start to the 2008 season to win both the PBC regular-season and tournament titles, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots were unbeaten (5-0-1) during the PBC regular season and won the PBC Tournament with a 1-0 overtime victory in the final. FMU ended the year with a 14-5-3 record.
Earlier this fall, the FMU men’s cross country squad also won a PBC Team Sportsmanship Award.