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USF newcomer Christina Miller was named Big East Player of the Year while senior Kelli Pry and junior Shena Yang joined her on the All-Big East team. Big East Coach of the Year honors went to USF women's golf coach Marci Kornegay after her squad captured the program's first-ever Big East tournament title. "It's not about what I do or say anymore, it's about the structure and the culture that we're building at USF with our golf programs," Kornegay says.
Ace left-hander Sara Nevins became one of 11 finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award after going 26-4 with a 1.05 earned run average in the regular season. Aside from her win total, the sophomore also was in the nation's top 15 in saves (4), total strikeouts (268) and strikeouts per seven innings (9.1). USF finished the regular season ranked No. 19 with a 45-10 record.
Track and Field
Both USF teams posted their highest-ever finishes at the Big East Outdoor Championship with the men placing second and the women taking third in Tampa. Junior Neamen Wise's personal-best leap of 26' in the long jump won him the event and made USF program history. The mark ranked fifth in the NCAA at the time.
USF's historic season included finishing one game shy of the Sweet 16 in the program's first NCAA Tournament trip in 20 years. Stan Heath was named Big East Coach of the Year after leading the Bulls to single-season records in total victories (22) and Big East regular-season wins (12). "We're continuing to move the bar in the right direction," Heath says.