Immediate Release –Sports
July 15, 2017
Price named OCCAC Athletic Director of the Year
Dayton, OH – The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) has announced that Sinclair College’s Jeff Price has been named the 2016-17 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Athletic Director of the Year.
This is the second AD of the Year award for Price as he gets ready to enter his fifth year as the Athletic Director at Sinclair, his first award (2014-15) came in just his second year as AD. In addition to his Athletic Director duties, he is getting ready to enter his 15th season as Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
At the summer 2016 OCCAC Athletic Director meeting, the body elected Price to serve as Assistant Commissioner for the conference. He would assume his new role already holding the position of OCCAC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Chair as well as serving on the OCCAC Ethics Committee, positions he continues to hold.
As Assistant Commissioner, one of his duties is to serve on the committee for conference player of the week. Now that the conference had different divisional teams competing, the voting committee stepped outside the box to create more recognition for the OCCAC student-athletes with one subtle change. The group decided to award a Division II and a Division III Player of the Week award. This change had a large impact as the conference and its student-athletes not only received conference recognition but a number of players were awarded NJCAA Player of the Week honors that may not have been available without this change.
Serving as the Men’s & Women’s Basketball Chair for the conference also had many challenges as the conference continues to evolve. It is the responsibility of each sport chair to prepare a conference schedule for that sport. At the summer 2016 meeting, Price had prepared two separate composite schedules to be voted on as a body. The normal schedule with each institution playing each other twice had to be adjusted to allow for the Division III members to finish the OCCAC season a week early due to their District tournament requirements. The other schedule outlined a split between the D-II’s and the D-III’s as each division played twice in their division and once in the other.
The other notable change came from the number and type of post-season awards the conference awarded. A change was made to add new categories for both men’s & women’s basketball. It is also the responsibility of each sport chair to conduct voting activates and certify All-Conference awards and honors for their sport.
The change in the type of awards this past season in basketball transitioned to the other OCCAC sports as all other OCCAC championship sports ratified the award structure at this summer’s meeting.
The OCCAC also changed a number of non-sport awards this season, the OCCAC All-Academic team (3.3 GPA) is now awarded by semester. They also added two new awards not directly associated with an individual sport. The Conference awarded a Male & Female OCCAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Each AD could nominate one male and one female the best fit the eligibility requirements for the award: above 3.6 GPA, 24 hours passed, Community Service Involvement and athletic achievements.
The second new award is the Sportsmanship Award. Again each AD could nominate a student-athlete from each of the five OCCAC championship sports. The student-athlete receiving the most votes from the committee would be named Sportsmanship of the Year for that sport and all others would be named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
Price assisted and helped sculpt the criteria for the two new awards and served as committee chair and conducted voting activities.
"It's an honor to be recognized by my peers and to be a part of the leadership team in our conference that is moving our body forward and breaking new ground," Price said. "I'm honored to be associated with this group of forward thinking and inspired athletic directors."
At Sinclair, the Pride boosted 10 student-athletes earning NJCAA All-Academic (equivalent to the NCAA Academic All-American award) with 2 recording a perfect 4.00 on the year. Two teams received NJCAA All-Academic honors (volleyball & baseball) with a team GPA above 3.00. 23 student-athletes in the fall and 25 in the spring were named to the OCCAC All-Academic team.
Fielding just 5 intercollegiate varsity sports, the Pride graduated 19 student-athletes this spring with several transferring to four year institutions to continue their athletic and academic careers. Those institutions include: The Ohio State, Kent State, University of Dayton, Youngstown State, Ohio University, Marshall, Eastern Michigan, Glenville State, Point Park, Lake Erie.
Blaze Glenn (baseball) received the OCCAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, Lauren Roetgerman (women’s basketball) and Jackson Pietrzak (men’s basketball) both were the Sportsmanship of the Year award recipients for their sports respectively.
Sinclair had two NJCAA All-Americans, Meg Reineke (volleyball) and Akiean Frederick (men’s basketball) both second team. 7 student-athletes earned All-Region honors and Coach Steve Dintaman was named the OCCAC Baseball Coach of the Year.
Sinclair’s athletic teams finished with a 136-66 (67.3%) winning percentage. The baseball team won the OCCAC championship and advanced to the Region XII championship game. Volleyball and softball finished 2nd in the conference with volleyball advancing to the District championship game. Four out of the five teams were ranked in the Top 20 for NJCAA with Men’s Basketball as high as 4th (12/13) in the nation and Baseball as high as 5th (4/11).
The student-athletes also contributed many hours back to the community. The men’s and women’s basketball teams spent Thanksgiving Day volunteering at the Feast of Giving at the Dayton Convention Center. The baseball team annually gives blood and volunteers at the National Make a Difference Day. The volleyball team volunteers at the Epilepsy mud volleyball event and the softball team participates in the Breast Cancer Walk. These are just a few of the community service projects Sinclair’s student-athletes are actively involved with every year.
This is all part of being great in the 3 C’s (Classroom, Community Service & Competition). This past year has seen great results in the 3 C’s and Price is looking forward to an exciting new academic year.
“We have had a good year and I give a lot of credit to the many individuals that assist our student-athletes. It all starts at the top with our President, Dr. Steve Johnson as his leadership inspires thinking just not for today but embracing the path of the future. Our direct leadership team that guides me day to day has been a great source of inspiration and direction, Dr. Dave Collins our Provost and Dr. Sherri Rethman our Dean has guided our department to new heights and exciting possibilities.” Price said. “I have been blessed with having three strong mentors that are Division I AD’s to help me along my way. Mike Hamrick from my alma mater Marshall University, Coach Mike Kelly from the University of Dayton and Bob Grant from Wright State University.”
“The true inspiration comes from the many hours our coaching staff puts in and the dedication they provide to our student-athletes. This doesn’t happen without the most important piece of the puzzle, our outstanding student-athletes that everyday live the 3 C’s.” Price Said.