Four receive national honors

Published on July 15, 2019 under , ,


NORTH EAST, Md. – Cecil College is proud to announce that four student-athletes were named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic teams for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student-athletes are eligible to earn academic honors by achieving an overall GPA of 3.60 or higher. The criteria for the three All-Academic teams are:

NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA

NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA

NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA

Receiving First-Team honors with a 4.0 GPA is McKale Williams, who was a member of the men’s basketball team which finished third in the nation this year. Williams attended Highlands Ranch High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and came to Cecil College as a transfer student from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. The son of Darin and Lori Williams, he is majoring in communications.

On the court, Williams averaged 8.8 points over 36 games, shooting 40.9 percent from the field. As a freshman, he grabbed 94 rebounds, handed out 41 assists, and made 33 steals.

Receiving Second-Team honors were Connor Dulin and Paul Layton, members of Cecil College’s baseball team. Dulin, son of Mike and Kim Dulin, came to Cecil College after graduating from Smyrna High School in Smyrna, Del., to major in business administration. On the field, Dulin played in 20 games for 44 plate appearances for a .103 batting average with five runs scored.

Layton, the son of Paul and Debbie Layton, is a graduate of Elkton High School in Elkton, Md. A member of the National Honor Society, he is majoring in nursing. On the field, he appeared in five games on the pitcher’s mound.

Cecil College’s Jaycie Coates was presented Third-Team honors as a member of the women’s volleyball team. The daughter of Jerrodd and Patty Coates, she graduated from Elkton High School in Elkton, Md., and is a member of the National Honor Society while majoring in nursing. On the court, Coates competed in 19 games to score 70 sets along with 12 kills. She had 31 points on the season while making 20 blocks on defense.

The NJCAA has been annually recognizing the academic success of its student-athletes since 1983.