CLEVELAND -- Marshall's Byron Carmichael, a sophomore forward from Lumberton, N.J., has been named the 2000 Mid-American Conference's Player of the Year by a vote of the league's head coaches. Reece Richardson, a freshman forward for Western Michigan from Ann Arbor, Mich., was picked as Newcomer of the Year. Also, Bob Gray, head coach of Marshall University, was named the Gary V. Palmisano Coach of the Year.
Marshall leads the all conference list with six student-athletes on the first or second teams. The University of Akron is second with five students. Western Michigan University is third with four All-MAC performers. Six of the 11 first team choices are repeat first-team All-Mid-American Conference's choices from 1999.
Carmichael, a Co-Newcomer of the Year last year, led the conference in scoring during the regular season with 38 points on 17 goals and 4 assists. His goal total was first in the conference and his 0.94 goals per game were ranked 12th nationally in the country.
Richardson led the Broncos in scoring, while missing three games, with 18 points on eight goals and two assists. Richardson led the team with his eight goals. His 1.20 points per game were good enough for fourth in the league, while his 0.53 goals per game was sixth in the conference. Richardson also made the second team All-MAC at the foward position.
Marshall's Bob Gray ran away with the Gary V. Palmisano Coach of the Year after guiding the Herd to a 13-4-1 overall record and a 4-2-0 record in conference play. The 13 wins ties a school record. Marshall finished in a four way tie for first place, but through the tie-breaker the Herd finished second to Bowling Green in the tournament seeding.
Joining Carmichael on the first team are repeat first-team All-MAC members from 1999 Kyle Milligan (GK), Greg Prusha (D), and Orjan Bjaneso (MF) of Akron. Also from Akron is Christer Larson (F), who made the second-team All-MAC last season. Ilkka Jantti (D) and Giovanni Fernandes (MF) of Kentucky repeat as first-team All-MAC from 1999. Fred Degand (MF) of Bowling Green is the other repeat first team All-MAC from last season. Rounding out the first team is Adam Erhard of Bowling Green, Dan Parisi of Northern Illinois, and Brian McCallion of Buffalo.
On the MAC's second team is: Taly Goode (GK), Dennis Ahebwa (D), Vivian Baku (D), Chris Donovan (MF) and Dave Spaulding (MF) of Marshall; Mike Bravo (MF), Rob Friend (F), Richardson (F), and Scott Duhl (F) of Western Michigan; Tracy Dowe (D) of Akron; Matt Lyons (MF) of Bowling Green; and Nick Park (MF) of Northern Illinois.
Bowling Green is the top seed in the MAC Tournament, which begins Friday, November 3 in Buffalo, N.Y., with quarterfinal action. The semifinals are scheduled for Sunday, November 5, with the championship match to be played the following weekend at the home field of the highest remaining seed.
Pos. Player School Year Hometown (High School)
Goalkeeper Kyle Milligan# Akron Jr. Independence, Ohio (Hudson)
Defense Greg Prusha# Akron Sr. North Olmsted, Ohio (North Olmsted)
Defense Ilkka Jantti# Kentucky Jr. Lahti, Finland (Salpausselan Lakota)
Defense Adam Erhard Bowling Green Sr. North Olmsted, Ohio (North Olmsted)
Midfield Orjan Bjaneso# Akron Jr. Bergen, Norway (Fana Gymnas)
Midfield Giovanni Fernandes# Kentucky Jr. Criciuma, Brazil (Adidas Academy)
Midfield Fred Degand# Bowling Green Sr. Highland Park, Ill. (Deerfield)
Midfield Dan Parisi Northern Illinois Sr. Hanover Park, Ill. (Hoffman Estates)
Forward Byron Carmichael Marshall So. Lumberton, N.J. (Rancocas Valley)
Forward Christer Larsen Akron Sr. Bergen, Norway (U. Pihl Gymnas)
Forward Brian McCallion Buffalo Sr. Ballston Spa, N.Y. (Shenendehowa)
#repeat first-team all-MAC from 1999
Pos. Player School Year Hometown (High School)
Goalkeeper Taly Goode Marshall Sr. Woodbridge, Va. (Woodbridge)
Defense Tracy Dowe Akron Sr. North Olmsted, Ohio (North Olmsted)
Defense Dennis Ahebwa Marshall So. Kampala, Uganda (Kyembogo)
Defense Vivian Baku Marshall So. Kampala, Uganda (St. Henry's)
Midfield Matt Lyons Bowling Green Sr. Maineville, Ohio (Cincinnati Moeller)
Midfield Chris Donovan Marshall So. Lexington, KY (Dunbar)
Midfield Mike Bravo Western Michigan So. Lake Zurich, Ill. (Lake Zurich)
Midfield-Tie Dave Spaulding Marshall So. Villa Hills, Ky. (Northern Kentucky)
Midfield-Tie Nick Park Northern Illinois So. Littleton, Colo. (Arapahoe)
Forward Rob Friend Western Michigan So. Kelowna, B.C.
Forward Reece Richardson Western Michigan Fr. Ann Arbor, Mich. (Huron)
Forward Scott Duhl Western Michigan Fr. Canton, Mich. (Plymouth Salem)
GARY V. PALMISANO COACH OF THE YEAR:
Bob Gray, Marshall
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Byron Carmichael, Marshall
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
Reece Richardson, Western Michigan