Amherst Basketball Standouts Earn Regional Honors

Head Coach GP Gromacki
Jaci Daigneault '11
Caroline Stedman '12
Conor Meehan '11

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College’s Conor Meehan ’11 (Meriden, CT), Jaci Daigneault ’11 (Guilford, CT), Caroline Stedman ’12 (Walpole, MA) and GP Gromacki earned regional basketball honors today for their outstanding performances during the 2010-11 season.

When the 2011 All-Region Teams were announced, it was no surprise that Gromacki earned Northeast Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in as many years. Daigneault and Stedman landed on the All-Region First Team, with Daigneault also taking home the title of Northeast Player of the Year. On the men’s side, Meehan was tabbed a All-Region Third Team selection, as well as an All-District First Team honoree by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Gromacki has been named the region’s top coach in each of his four years at Amherst, as he has led the Lord Jeffs to a 118-9 overall record. His career record of 281-47 as a head coach makes him the second winningest active coach across Divisions I, II and III, as his .856 winning percentage trails only Geno Auriemma of UConn (.862).

No Amherst women’s player had earned a spot on the All-Region First Team prior to 2009, but the Lord Jeffs have been well represented these past three years. Daigneault was named to the First Team as a sophomore, while Stedman was named the Northeast’s Player of the Year in 2010. Both players are now eligible for the organization’s All-America Team, which will be announced Saturday, Mar. 20.

After earning All-NESCAC recognition, Daigneault and Stedman continued to excel in the NCAA Championship. The two combined for 24.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the first four rounds of the national tournament, with Daigneault scoring 23 points against Husson and 24 during a win over Babson. They will return to the court this Friday to take on Christopher Newport in the national semifinals.

Stedman and Daigneault are the only two NESCAC players to earn First Team status this year. Landing on the Northeast’s Second Team are Colleen Hart ’11 (Tufts), Katie Bergeron ’11 (Bowdoin) and Jules Kowalski ’11 (Colby), while Rachel Mack ’12 (Colby) and Chessie Jackson ’11 (Williams) earned spots on the Third and Fourth Team, respectively.

Meehan represents the men’s program on this year’s All-Region and NABC All-District Teams. The senior co-captain put together an outstanding résumé that earned him an All-NESCAC First Team selection, and he went on to finish his career with four exceptional games in the NCAA Championship. Meehan recorded double-doubles against Skidmore (15 points, 10 rebounds) and WPI (20 points, 10 assists), adding 20 points against Rhode Island College and 17 during a setback in the quarterfinal round.

The NABC Division III All-District selections, which represent “the finest basketball players across America,” included five NESCAC players in the Northeast Region. Joining Meehan on the First Team are Ryan Sharry ’12 (Middlebury), James Wang ’12 (Williams) and Northeast Player of the Year Troy Whittington ’11 (Williams), while Will Hanley ’11 (Bowdoin) earned a spot on the Second Team.

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