Friday, March 11, 2011

CACC recognizes Post University basketball's Al Sokaitis and Josh Lopez

Coach Sokaitis strategizes on the sidelines
The Eagles have wrapped up another great season, making it to the CACC semi-finals. Although a championship would have been a perfect end to a great season, the team still has plenty of reasons to celebrate.

The CACC has named Men's Basketball Head Coach Al Sokaitis Coach of the Year, and player Josh Lopez to its All-Tournament team.

Much of the Eagles' success this season can be attributed to Coach Sokaitis. He led the Eagles to a 14-4 conference and 16-10 overall mark entering the playoffs -- the best record the Eagles have had since the 2002-2003 season.

Josh Lopez aiming high
And Josh had 50 assists, 22 steals, and maintained an 84.6 shooting percentage from the free throw line in 28 games this season.

Congrats, Coach and Josh! Well deserved.

Read on for more details on Coach Sokaitis and Josh's achievements.



Post University Men's Basketball Coach Al Sokaitis Named CACC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year

In only his first season as men's basketball coach at Post University, Al Sokaitis was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year. Although it was his first season as an Eagle, Sokaitis has been around the sport for some time. In fact, it is the seventh time in his storied coaching career that Sokaitis has received the honor.

"This is an incredible honor for Al and it is very well deserved," said Anthony Fallacaro, Post University Athletic Director. "Al took over the program late in the recruiting year and was able to construct a formidable class in a short period of time but more importantly, he was able to get the returners to work well with the new group and adapt to his system quickly."

Two times in his career, 1999 and 2002, while coaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Sokaitis was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Month.

Sokaitis turned the Post University basketball program around leading the Eagles to a 14-4 conference and 16-10 overall mark entering the playoffs. It is the best record the Eagles have had since the 2002-2003 season. The team is currently riding a seven game win streak, the second longest in the last decade.

"Coach of the Year is a team award," said Sokaitis. "It is a tribute to players who 'buy in' to the program and assistant coaches working countless hours behind the scene. I have certainly been blessed over the years on both accounts."

Sokaitis received Coach of the Year accolades a total of seven times including three times at North Adams State, twice at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, once at Western State College in Colorado, and now at Post University.

The CACC Coach of the Year Award is voted on by each men's basketball coach in the conference indicating the Sokaitis is highly respected among his peers.



Josh Lopez Named to CACC All-Tournament Basketball Team

WATERBURY, Conn. (March 8, 2011) Men's basketball player Josh Lopez has been named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference All-Tournament team. Lopez a junior studying sport management at Post University scored a game-high 17 points as the Eagles defeated Dominican College in the first round.

Lopez had 50 assists, 22 steals, and maintained an 84.6 shooting percentage from the free throw line in 28 games this season.