Intermoia, Jones Earn GSC ‘Top Ten’ Awards

first_img BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Gulf South Conference announced its 13th annual GSC “Top Ten” Award winners on Tuesday, and West Florida soccer players Nolan Intermoia (Pensacola, Fla./ Pine Forest HS) and Courtney Jones (Panama City, Fla./Bay HS) were among the honorees.The awards, based on athletic, academic, and extracurricular achievement during the 2008-09 academic year, recognize the top five male and top five female student-athletes in the conference.  The top male and female will receive the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Conference’s most prestigious honor.Nolan Intermoia, a senior defender in 2008, is the first UWF men’s soccer player to earn “Top Ten” honors.  The Pensacola native started at West Florida in 2003, but a torn ACL injury forced a medical redshirt season in his freshman year.  His first active year on the field was cut short in 2004, as Hurricane Ivan swept through the city and put an end to the season for the Argonauts.  Intermoia and the rest of the team were awarded extra years of eligibility by the NCAA for the lost season.During the next four years, the Argonauts posted a record of 62-12-7, tallying the most wins for the program over a four-year span.  Despite missing the 2005 postseason, West Florida rebounded by winning the 2006 GSC Championship before falling in the National Semifinals. The Argonauts won their second-straight conference crown in 2007 and entered 2008 in a “rebuilding” year, returning just five senior starters.The program suffered a second hardship in late May. Co-captain Mason Hupp, a close friend of Intermoia’s and one of only three players remaining from the 2004 squad, died just three months before his senior season. Devastated and shocked by the news, the team turned to the other captain, Intermoia, for leadership. The sixth year senior stepped up and delivered by earning GSC Defender of the Week laurels three times, a unanimous selection to his second consecutive All-GSC first team and All-America choices by Daktronics and the National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA). However, the most satisfying moment came in the GSC Championship as Intermoia tallied the game-winning goal as third place West Florida knocked off top-seeded Montevallo for their third-straight league title.Intermoia’s status as team captain was a choice by his fellow players but was earned by contributions to West Florida through various activities off the pitch as well. A Criminal Justice major with a solid 3.34 grade point average in his field, Intermoia was the men’s soccer Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) representative every year he was on campus. He also organized numerous fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through SAAC events, made significant contributions in clean-up efforts in Pensacola following the destruction of Hurricane Ivan and volunteered his expertise at several youth clinics in the Gulf Coast area.“The hardships Nolan led our team through en route to our many successes are so impressive,” said UWF Head Coach Bill Elliott. “He is the type of player every coach wishes they could duplicate for every position on the squad.”Courtney Jones, a junior goalkeeper in 2008, is UWF’s fifth “Top Eight / Top Ten” winner in five years and second women’s soccer winner after Lindsey Nemanich won the 2006-07 Commissioner’s Trophy.  Jones and West Florida had a remarkable year in 2008, falling to Seattle Pacific in double-overtime of the National Championship Match, 1-0 and finishing the season with a 24-1-1 mark.Jones was the last line for a defense that put up record-breaking numbers. The Argonauts scored 32 more times (92) than they allowed shots on goal (60). UWF set new Gulf South Conference records in five categories including lowest goals against average (0.26), shutouts (20), consecutive scoreless minutes (930) and fewest goals allowed (7). Jones obliterated four season marks in the league for matches played (26), shutouts (17), goalkeeper minutes (2,206) and wins (24). With one year still remaining, the Panama City, Fla. native holds three Conference career records: lowest goals against average (0.37), shutouts (42) and wins (53).Even with accolades such as Daktronics second team All-America and NSCAA second team All-South Region, Courtney’s best praise comes from her coach, Joe Bartlinski.“Following in the footsteps of two previous All-GSC and All-Academic goalkeepers was never going to be easy,” said Bartlinski, the Gulf South Conference’s all-time leader in soccer coaching victories. “Courtney embraced the challenge and has excelled.”Jones, a GSC All-Academic Team member as well as an NSCAA Scholar All-America, has a 4.00 grade point average in her Athletic Training major. Jones embraces being a role model in the classroom and on the field, but takes her time away from school to do great things in the world.Courtney volunteered as a youth soccer coach for ages 8-14 during the past two summers, spending over four months as a mentor in Iceland. She works as a volunteer at Glencove Nursing Home in her hometown while also performing mission work in south Florida at a home for neglected and abused children. Along with working as a volunteer junior varsity coach at Pensacola Catholic High School, Courtney’s attributes as a truly great person is shown while coaching goalkeepers for the U.S. Deaf National Team.“Since first arriving at West Florida, Courtney has been a beacon in the sky for the University, both literally and figuratively,” said Bartlinski. “After being chosen as one of a few students to represent the school in billboard ads throughout the state of Florida, Courtney continues to search for new challenges and is always the first to step up when called upon in the community, in the classroom or on the pitch.”The award presentations will be made at the GSC Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 25, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front in Pensacola Beach at 6:30 p.m.  At that time, the conference will reveal the winners of the Commissioner’s Trophies and recognize its All-Sports Trophy Champions.  West Florida was the winner of the women’s all-sports trophy for the fourth straight season.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit GSC RELEASEPrint Friendly Version Share Intermoia, Jones Earn GSC ‘Top Ten’ Awardslast_img