Vikings Move Up To Number Six In The Nation
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, December 5, 2000
The Hudson Valley Community College men's basketball
team used a November 30 victory against SUNY Cobleskill to jump three spots
in the NJCAA Division III poll. The Vikings, previously ranked ninth in
the nation among NJCAA Division III squads, earned the number six spot
with a 63-60 win over Cobleskill, who entered the contest ranked sixth.
Cobleskill dropped to ninth in today's poll.
Hudson Valley's defense, allowing 65.5 points
per game, is ranked ninth in the nation. The Vikings are 7-1.
This is the highest the Vikings have been ranked
in head coach Vince Medici's reign. Medici, now in his sixth season, led
Hudson Valley to a number 10 ranking last year. He also led the Vikings
to the NJCAA Division III championship tournament in 1998-99, establishing
his squad as one of the eight best in the nation. The Vikings have qualified
for the NJCAA Division III Region III tournament during each of Medici's
first five seasons, and he has twice been named Mountain Valley Conference
Coach of the Year. Medici has a lifetime record of 104-51.
The last time Hudson Valley's men's basketball
team was ranked as high as sixth was 1992-93.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy,
offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions;
Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and
Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of more than 30 community colleges in the
State University of New York system, Hudson Valley Community College has
an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a
leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.