Albertus Magnus College men’s basketball team certainly stirred up excitement this March with an amazing season. Head coach Mitch Oliver, senior Darius Watson and junior Victor Ljuljdjuraj have been recognized by D3hoops.com as Oliver was named The 2014 All-Northeast Region Coach of the Year, while Watson and Ljuljdjuraj earned All-Northeast Region First Team and Fourth Team honors, respectively. Watson has also been named a 2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-American. Watson, one of the Falcons’ three 2,000-point scorers in program history, has been named to the Division III All-America Second Team. With this honor, Watson becomes the second men’s basketball player in the Albertus Magnus program history to earn All-America honors; Ray Askew (2008-12) earned NABC Third Team recognition in 2012.
The team itself produced its most successful season in program history, battling all the way into the NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16′; and finishing an impressive 2013-14 run with a 28-3 overall record, to tie a single-season record in victories.
Albertus Magnus senior women’s basketball player Lianna Carrero (left) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). This is the second-straight year in which Carrero has earned this distinguished honor. She has also been named a finalist for the 2014 Jostens Trophy, which is awarded to an outstanding NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community. In addition, she was named to the D3hoops.com 2014 All-Northeast Regional Third Team and GNAC Player of the Year.
As you can see, in the past few weeks we have seen our future alumni and current student- athletes earn regional and national recognition for their work in the classroom and on the court. Because we, as the Alumni Board, believe in Albertus and are proud of these and many other students’ accomplishments, we wanted to find a way to engage other alumni in giving back.
Therefore, we introduced the March Madness Challenge. Alumni who make a gift to the College on or before March 31 will see their gift doubled by the Board: the Board will match dollar for dollar every gift received, up to $5,000. A gift of $25 = $50, $100 = $200! Your gift, of any amount, shows the students, our future alumni, that you, too, are invested in their future and you believe in an Albertus education.
Albertus was a great experience for me, and will always be one that I can look back on fondly. Giving to Albertus is as simple as thinking back to the good times, and hoping someone else can look back at their undergraduate experience as I do. It’s not about how much you give, but that you do.