On The Cover

30 Years of
NCAA Sports

Brand New
University debuts fresh look and feel

Giving Back
Service-learning shapes students

On Top Of The World
Barry pride displayed around the globe

Fall 2013, Volume 18

Campus Currents I Spotlight On Sports I Barry Beat I Features


We Are The Champions!

The men’s tennis and golf teams swung into action and brought home
NCAA Division II Championships this year.


Trophies are proudly displayed by the men’s tennis team

An Ace Performance

With a 29-0 record, Barry University’s men’s tennis team went undefeated all season – the fi rst team in Barry history to do so. The team culminated the extraordinary year with a NCAA Division II Championship after defeating Armstrong Atlantic State University in a 5-4 thriller at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona. It’s the second NCAA Division II Championship for the Buccaneer men’s tennis team.

“This is a Cinderella story and I was hoping it would come to an end this way,” longtime coach George Samuel said. “By far, this is the best year that I’ve ever had in my 23 years as far as the success went throughout the year.”

George Samuel was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Tennis National Coach of the Year

Marco Mokrzycki was named Sunshine State Conference
Player of the Year


The men’s golf team celebrates being number one

Teed Up for Victory

It can’t get any sweeter for Barry University’s men’s golf team. Barry defeated Lynn University by four strokes to break a 2-2-1 tiebreaker in the NCAA Division II National Championship on a frigid day at the par 71 Hershey Country Club course in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It’s the second time the men’s golf team has brought home a NCAA Division II Championship trophy.

“It’s unbelievable,” head coach Jimmy Stobs said. “Every year, our goal is to win the national championship, just like Nova Southeastern, Lynn and all the top programs. When it’s reality, it’s very satisfying, especially for the kids.”

Jimmy Stobs was honored with the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year award by the Golf Coaches Association of America

Adam Svensson was honored with the Phil Mickelson Award, given to the most outstanding freshman in NCAA Division II men’s golf

Win Out

Barry University sophomore women’s golfer Nancy Vergara won the NCAA Division II National Championship at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida, winning the individual title with a four-round, three-over 291. Vergara had three bogeys and no birdies in the final round, completing a steady 72-hole championship event in which she never wavered out of second place.

“It was amazing,” Vergara said. “I was hitting the ball pretty solid the four days. In the last three holes, everything came together and I won.”

Nancy Vergara won the NCAA Division II National championship at
LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida

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