Vikings Climb To Number Five In The Nation
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 13, 2000
The Hudson Valley Community College men's
basketball team, previously ranked sixth in the nation among NJCAA Division
III squads, climbed to fifth in the poll released today.
Hudson Valley's defense, allowing 63.4 points
per game, is ranked ninth in the nation. The 9-1 Vikings are ranked first
in the most recent NJCAA Division III Region III coach's poll.
This is the highest national ranking the Vikings
have obtained during 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 106-51.
The last time Hudson Valley's men's basketball
team was ranked as high as fifth 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.