Men's Soccer Holds Tommy Smith Banquet
April 10, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The 12th Annual Tommy Smith Banquet was held by the University of Memphis men's soccer team on Tuesday evening. Head coach Richie Grant and head men's football coach Justin Fuente spoke at the Banquet, named in honor of the late Tommy Smith.
Fuente, appointed head coach of the men's football team in December, served as the featured speaker of the banquet. Fuente spoke about the commitment necessary to elevate a program to the highest level and encouraged the players to avoid complacency.
Following Fuente's speech, Grant then distributed some of the team's honors and accolades. Graduating senior Cody McCoy, a past recipient of the Tommy Smith Spirit Award, was named the Hardest Working Player and Parker Duncan was recognized for being named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team.
Prior to handing out the Tommy Smith Spirit award, the coaching staff honored All-American Mark Sherrod. Sherrod was presented with a certificate for being named to the NSCAA All-America Third Team, joining U of M-Hall-of-Fame-member Dayton O'Brien as the only Tigers to have earned All-America status.
Junior Andreas Guentner was presented with the final award of the evening, the 2011 Tommy Smith Spirit Award. The honor is bestowed to the Tiger who best demonstrates the attributes displayed by Smith, high academic standards, dedication, love of the game and sportsmanship. In addition to serving as a co-captain on the pitch, Guentner holds a 3.89 GPA in International Business and German.
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