Florida National University (FNU) Basketball Team, Conquistadors, Clinch Bid to USCAA 2015 National Tournament

Florida National University’s (FNU) Conquistadors prepare to participate in the 2015 USCAA’s National Championships on March 4. Coaches speak out in support of the team’s ability to excel.

Florida National University


Hialeah, FL – February 25, 2015

In just its second year of competition, the Florida National University Conquistadors Men’s Basketball team received a bid to play in the USCAA National Tournament. The team, along with supporters from the institution, gathered in the Golden Room of the University’s Hialeah Campus on Monday, February 23rd to watch the 2015 USCAA Men’s Division I Selection Show, which can be reviewed here. They were thrilled to find they had received a #5 seed.

The Conquistadors will take on #4 seed, Concordia College Alabama. FNU considers this to be a tough draw, as the Hornets from Concordia College Alabama have won 16 straight games coming into the tournament. However, the Conquistadors are ready to take its chances in hopes of advancing.

“In just two short years, these guys have accomplished what very few teams are able to do. They have built a name for themselves through strong competition and skilled playing. They are going to take on a tough team, but I think they are ready for the challenge,” an exuberant Athletic Director/Head Coach, Scott Schmidt, stated.

The Conquistadors’ reputation was built through a triumphant second season. They are entering the tournament directly following six consecutive wins and finished the regular season with a 19-10 record.

“This team has worked hard all season and its efforts paid off,” Assistant Coach, James “JJ” Thatcher, offered. “The competition is not going to be easy, but our team has been known to shine in the face of adversity.”

The Conquistadors are scheduled to play against the Hornets next Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 4pm. This game will take place in the Main Arena at Penn State Fayette in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

FNU continues to support its team and grow its players through its mission. The mission statement of the Florida National University Athletic Department is as follows: 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.

View the FNU Conquistadors’ roster here.

Florida National University was founded on January 4th, 1988, in the city of Hialeah, Florida. At the present time, FNU offers two Master Degrees, eight Baccalaureate Degree Programs, twenty-three Associate Degree programs, nine Diploma Programs, and six Certificate Programs.

Florida National University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida National University.

For more information about Florida National University, go to the FNU website.


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