“The mission of the Florida National University Athletic Department is to provide assistance within an athletic structure that promotes the development of a well rounded education through structured sport and competition, to develop life skills of discipline, integrity, leadership, philanthropy and social responsibility, to elevate ethnic and cultural diversity within the athletic programs, to assure equitable opportunity for all staff and student-athletes, and to make the athletic program a durable source of pride for the student population, student-athletes, alumni, university, and community of FNU.”
Conquistadors hold try-outs for Men’s and Women’s soccer teams
The Conquistadors are gearing up for an exciting year in athletics. In a few months, Florida National University will play their first competitive men’s and women’s soccer games. This past week the Conquistadors held a try-out for anyone interested in playing soccer. The turnout was amazing as almost 50 young men and women took part in drills and played in games. Coach Joao was please at the turnout. “It was exciting to see so many local kids competing to be a part of the first ever Conquistador soccer team.” The Conquistadors will have their hands full this year as they will play one of the toughest schedules in the state of Florida. Coach Joao is optimistic about the possibility of the programs competing in year one. “We are building our programs with a solid foundation of student athletes who work hard on the field and excel in the classroom. The soccer season kicks off for the men on August 15 against Clearwater Christian College at 7:30 and the women take the field August 17 at 4pm against Florida Memorial University at Goodlet Park in Hialeah, Florida.
All soccer home games will be played at Goodlet Park. The address is 4200 West 8th Avenue Hialeah, FL.33012.
Conquistadors sign two players to Volleyball scholarships
The Conquistadors will play its inaugural women’s volleyball season in the fall and Coach James Exley has added two players who will be the foundation of the program. Local players, Melanie Torres and Annette Dominguez, both Hialeah Gardens High School graduates, are the first of many young ladies who will sign on the dotted lines to play women’s volleyball for the Conquistadors. Melanie will play outside hitter, but according to Head Coach James Exley, she is versatile and can play many positions if needed. Annette will play right side and is considered to be a defensive specialist. “I love her never quit attitude- she gives us a chance to win every point,” said Head Volleyball Coach, James Exley. The Conquistadors will take the floor for its first match Saturday, August 15, in a Tri-Match at Ave Maria, Florida, against Ave Maria University and College of Coastal Georgia.
Conquistadors Putting Together a Very Talented Recruiting Class
Monday, May 11,2015
One week after signing Barry transfer center Alvaro Simoza, the Conquistadors remained hot on the recruiting trail by adding 7 talented players. “This recruiting class is a combination of size, speed and versatility,” said Recruiting Coordinator, James “JJ” Thatcher. The Men’s basketball program made it to the USCAA National Tournament in only its second year of competition, but failed to win the championship. “As a coaching staff, we have identified some of our weaknesses and needs and we feel this class has addressed those needs and made us a better team and one capable of winning it all next year,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Scott Schmidt.
2015 Recruiting Class
LaQuon is a 5’10” point guard from Jacksonville, Florida. He transferred from State College of Florida a NJCAA D1 junior college in Bradenton, Florida. LaQuon’s former coach, Elliot Washington, speaks highly of his former player. He says that LaQuon has a high IQ and knows how to run a team. “He is one of the top point guards in the state of Florida,” said State College of Florida Head Coach, Elliot Washington. LaQuon’s combination of speed and the ability to shoot the long range shot makes him a perfect fit for the Conquistadors style of play. “He sees the floor so well,” said Florida National Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Scott Schmidt. LaQuon will be a perfect fit to the FNU basketball family.
Erich is a 6’7” forward from Jacksonville FL. He is transferring from one of the best NAIA D1 programs in the country, Dalton State College. Erich’s size and ability to step away from the basket to hit open shots make him a nightmare for traditional post players to guard. “Adding a player with as much versatility as Erich is a huge plus for us,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Scott Schmidt. Erich is also a good student of the game. He brings a very high basketball IQ to the Conquistadors team.
Aaron is a 6’4” guard/forward from Jacksonville, FL. He is transferring from Waldorf College in Iowa. Aaron will provide depth at the shooting guard position. He is explosive when he attacks the rim and he is an excellent outside shooter. With his athleticism, Aaron has the ability to be a lock down defender. Aaron is excellent at using screens and setting his defender up. He brings a high level of experience and competitiveness that is second to none. He will be a welcome addition to the Conquistador family.
Jamal Walker is a 6’0” combo guard from the Bahamas. He is transferring to Florida National University from Otero College in Colorado. He also played a year of basketball at D1 Western Illinois. Jamal is the prototypical Florida National guard, athletic and has the ability to shoot the ball. Jamal adds a very high level basketball IQ. As a point guard, Jamal has the ability to get his teammates involved in the game. His on court leadership will be a major bonus for the Conquistadors.
Mark is a 6’6” forward from Budapest Hungary. He is transferring to Florida National University from Indian River State College. Mark is a blue collar role player who loves to defend and rebound. He is an athletic forward who loves to run the floor. Mark is an excellent student. He has a 4.0 GPA. “Having a guy like Mark on your team who is the perfect example of a student athlete, is awesome for our program,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Scott Schmidt.
Adriel is a 6’3” shooting guard from Miami, FL. Adriel is transferring to Florida National University from Williston State College in North Dakota. Adriel brings a winning pedigree to the Conquistadors. He won a state title at Miami High School. Adriel has unlimited range. He is a high percentage shooter who knows how to set up defenders. Adriel is always in the gym working to get better. His work ethic is infectious. Adriel will be looked upon to come in games and add instance offense. “It’s always good to add local players to your team, but Adriel is a steal for us because of his ability to score the basketball,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Scott Schmidt.
JoaQuan Whitley is a 6’6” small forward from Jacksonville, FL. He is transferring to Florida National University from Southwest Christian College in Texas. JoaQuan has off the chart athletic ability which allows him to be able to defend guards as well as post players. JoaQuan has a high motor and loves to run the floor. Whitley’s 6’9” wing span is a nightmare for opposing teams. He can shoot over smaller defenders and post up slower defenders in the paint. JoaQuan will be looked upon to bring energy and instant offense when he is in the game.
FNU Conquistadors’ Record Breaking Season Comes to an End
Wednesday, March 4 – 8, 2015, USCAA Championships
The basketball season came to an end this past week in Uniontown, PA. The Florida National University’s Men’s Basketball team defeated Iowa Wesleyan 96-79 in the consolation bracket of the USCAA National Tournament. The team received a bid to play in the national tournament after putting together a record breaking season in just its second year of competition. The Conquistadors finished the season with a 20-11 record. In the opening round of the tournament, the team lost to Concordia College Alabama 99-93 which ended its dream of winning a national championship (at least until next season).
Despite not winning a championship trophy, the Conquistadors walked away with several awards and accolades. The Conquistadors had arguably the best back court in the USCAA, led by Junior Regan O’ Rourke and Sophomore Quantavis Hall. Regan O’ Rourke was named 1st team All-USCAA. He led the nation in 3 pointers made, hitting 94-217. He led the nation in assist with 143. Quantavis Hall was named 2nd team All-USCAA. He registered the first triple-double in conquistador history by recording 15 rebounds, 10 assist and 11 points against The College of Bahamas. Quantavis was 4th in the USCAA in assist with 126, 3rd in free throws made with 151-178 and 4th in FT percentage shooting 84.8 percent. Hall became the first player in Conquistador history to score 1000 or more points in two season, scoring a total of 1033 points. The Conquistadors thrived in the classroom as well. Aldor Kola and Yves Goedschalk were named to the USCAA ALL Academic team. This team is comprised of students who maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
With all five starters expected to return along with a great recruiting class coming in, the Conquistadors will enter next season with championship aspirations.
• Team averaged 95 ppg
• Regan O’ Rourke 11-22 from 3 point range, avg. 23 ppg
• Quantavis Hall avg. 28 ppg
Battle Against Cancer Classic Recap
The Florida National University Men’s Basketball team wrapped up its home schedule by going undefeated in the Battle Against Cancer FNU Showcase, sweeping the University of Virgin Island and the College of the Bahamas this past week. The Conquistadors finished with a home record of 12-2 and have won five games in a row as they prepare to battle Trinity Baptist on Saturday, February 21st in Jacksonville, Florida while anxiously awaiting the USCAA selection show which will announce what seed and opponent they will get in the USCAA National Tournament. This has been a record setting season for the Conquistadors in many ways. In their second year of competition and with 10 wins in their inaugural season, the Conquistadors have improved their record by 8 games with a chance to improve to 19-10 with a victory over Trinity Baptist Saturday.
Wednesday, February 11
College of Bahamas 74
Thursday, February 12
University of Virgin Island 91
College of Bahamas 82
Friday, February 13
United States Virgin Island 73
Saturday, February 14
College of Bahamas 57
Sunday, February 15
United States Virgin Island 79
Quantavis Hall Avg. 16 points 5 rebounds, 6 assist, 1 steal Avg. per game
Posted the first triple-double in Conquistador basketball history with 11 points 15 rebounds and 10 assist against the College of Bahamas
As a sophomore, has scored 968 points and is 32 points away from scoring his 1000th point
Regan O’ Rourke Avg. 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assist per game
Yves Goedschalk Avg. 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 steals and 1 block per game
Terric Harris Avg. 11 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist per game
Jarvis Davis Avg. 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 steal and 1 block per game
Aldor Kola Avg. 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal per game
Quantavis Hall *MVP Florida National University
Regan O’ Rourke Florida National University
Yves Goedschalk Florida National University
Justin Smith College of Bahamas Avg. 18 ppg
John Haywood University of Virgin Island 13 ppg
Battle Against Cancer Classic Day 1
Second Half Run Propels Conquistadors
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 —Florida National 107 College of the Bahamas 74
In Day 1 of The Battle against Cancer Classic, a competitive first half by the Caribs got the attention of the Conquistadors who eventually pulled away in the second half to win the game 107-74. In the first half, the Caribs attacked the rim to convert on several lay-up opportunities and put the Conquistadors in serious foul trouble. Justin Smith scored 18 points, 14 in the first half to keep the Caribs in the game, only trailing 45-40 at halftime. Rueben Goodman and Justin Monroe also provided double digit scoring, contributing 15 and 11 points respectively.
In the second half it was all Conquistadors as they outscored the Caribs 62-34, putting the game away early in the second half with a 15-4 run. The Conquistadors had five players in double figures led by Regan O’ Rourke who scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds and 3 assist. Terric Harris had 17 points and 6 rebounds and Quantavis Hall would chip in 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assist. Yves Goedschalk and Tonny Uribe would add 12 points each.
In Day 2 of the Classic, the College of the Bahamas will take on the University of The Virgin Island at 7 pm at Bucky Dent Gymnasium. The Conquistadors will be back in action Friday against the University of the Virgin Island. Game time is 7 pm.