Midwestern State's Ryan Spence and Nathan Fitzgerald gained second-team Daktronics All-America status as released by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America Monday morning.
Spence has played a key role in MSU's strong back line play over the past three seasons while twice earning Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in addition to taking Daktronics second-team All-America accolades in 2009 before being named to the first team in 2010.
The senior from Decatur spearheaded NCAA Division II's fifth best defensive unite in 2011 which limited the opposition to a 0.54 goals against average and ranked third in shutout percentage at 0.61.
Spence proved to be a presence on the attack scoring a career-best four goals during his senior campaign often moving forward into the midfield.
Fitzgerald, a first-team Daktronics All American in 2010, anchored the Mustangs' midfield this season notching two goals and adding five assists.
Midwestern State closed the regular season with seven consecutive wins to notch its sixth consecutive NCAA Division II postseason appearance before bowing out to Incarnate Word in the opening round.
The Mustangs boast three national quarterfinal and two Final Four showings during its most recent playoff run.
Barry's Mark Anderson was named the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year after leading the nation with 21 goals.
The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award was named for long-time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. Lenz was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America program, which honors outstanding student-athletes across eight NCAA Division II sports.
The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA), with the online nomination and voting process powered by ATHLETICSITE.COM.
Midwestern State's Doug Elder was named NSCAA/Mondo South Central Region Coach of the Year Monday afternoon by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America.
Elder led the Mustangs to a 13-4-1 mark and to a sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs this fall.
Midwestern State recovered from dropping consecutive matches for the first time since 2005 to win their last seven matches and earn a postseason spot.
Elder remains the winningest active coach in NCAA Division II with a .793 winning percentage while amassing a 184-41-19 mark since taking over the reins of the program in 2000.
Under Elder's direction, the Mustangs have advanced to the postseason eight times including five national quarterfinalist showings and Final Four appearances in 2007 and 2010.
This is Elder's sixth NSCAA Region Coach of the Year plaque as he also gained the honor in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
The Halifax Rainmen of the National Basketball League of Canada signed former Midwestern State standout Chris Hagan Saturday afternoon.
Hagan, a 22-year-old from Houston, Texas, played college basketball at Midwestern State where he led the Mustangs to back-to-back NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances and ranked fourth in all-time MSU 2-year players in scoring with 1,067 points.
After graduating, Hagan went on to play professionally in New Zealand, where he signed with the Manawatu Jets.
Hagan joined the 4-4 Rainmen Sunday afternoon against the Moncton Miracles, but did not play in the contest.
He joins former NBA standout and Central Oklahoma product Eddie Robinson in Halifax and replaces former Troy standout Richard Delk, who spent time in the Atlanta Hawks' camp last season.