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Hudson Valley Community College Announces 2008-2009 Athletic Award Winners
Jessica Zmiyarch Named College's Outstanding Female Athlete; Kamar Jorden Named Outstanding Male Athlete Photo Gallery Available

CONTACT: Brendon Layton (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Hudson Valley Community College has named sophomores Jessica Zmiyarch (Saugerties HS/Saugerties) and Kamar Jorden (Penn Wood HS/Darby, PA) as its most outstanding female and male athletes of the 2008-2009 academic year.

Zmiyarch received the Lester Higbee Award -- given annually to Hudson Valley's top female athlete -- for her outstanding play both on the softball team and women's basketball team. Between the two sports, Zmiyarch competed in 81 contests throughout the course of her career and was a starter and major contributor for both teams. She will be attending Ramapo College in the fall, majoring in business.

Jorden received the Thomas Cahill Award -- given annually to Hudson Valley's top male athlete - for his record breaking play as a wide receiver on the football team. While leading the Northeast Conference in every single receiving category, Jorden broke Hudson Valley's single-season records in receptions (60) and receiving yards (932) and finished his career as the third all-time receiver in the college's history with 1,144 receiving yards. Jorden will be attending Division I Bowling Green University in the fall on a football scholarship.

Zmiyarch and Jorden were honored at the college's annual athletic awards ceremony, which was held Tuesday, May 12, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus.

Men's basketball coach Andre Cook was awarded the Paul Bishop Award, given to the coach who "exhibits the highest level of sportsmanship, leadership, professionalism and ethics, and who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to his/her sport, the athletic department and, most importantly, to the student-athletes."

In his fifth season, Cook was named District I Division III Coach of the Year, Region III Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year and Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

Finishing the season 32-4, Cook led the men's basketball team to its most successful postseason campaign in program history, winning both the conference and Region III titles en route to an appearance in the national semifinals.

Sophomore Julie Nabozny (Ichabod Crane HS/Valatie) and freshman Cameron Couball (Mohonasen HS/Rotterdam) were honored with the Otto Guenther Memorial Award as the college's most outstanding female and male student-athletes who "demonstrate the best combination of academic and athletic success."

Nabozny posted a 3.92 GPA in the college's Individual Studies program as a member of the women's cross country team, and Couball holds a 4.0 GPA in the Physical Education program as a member of the men's basketball team.

Sophomores Rachel Dooley (Berlin HS/Grafton), a member of the women's basketball team, and Jordan Jacques (CBA/Cohoes), a member of the men's lacrosse team, were presented with the President's Award as the female and male student-athletes whose "hard work, determination, hustle and attitude have enabled them to make valuable contributions to their team, the athletic department and the college."

During the 2008-2009 academic year, 10 of Hudson Valley's 14 NJCAA Region III teams reached postseason play, collectively winning three Mountain Valley Conference titles (men's basketball, men's lacrosse and women's bowling) and one Region III championship (men's basketball). Three student-athletes were chosen as All-American selections, 11 were honored as All-Region III selections and 26 received All-Conference accolades. Three of Hudson Valley's coaches were honored with Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.