Feb. 8, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's Athletics Department will induct Kevin Cooney and Shontavia Williamsinto its Hall of Fame on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Delray Acura Premier Club of FAU Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
The weekend celebration will carry over to Saturday, February 25 with Cooney scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the 1 p.m. FAU baseball game versus Manhattan College, a scheduled doubleheader.
Williams will also have the opportunity to see her alma mater play on Saturday, February 25 as the women's basketball team play host to Troy University and senior night at FAU Arena. Following recognition of six seniors, the Owls will tip-off the double header and Williams will toss a ceremonial opening tip.
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $35. To purchase tickets or for more information, Brenda Husinka at 561-297-0069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head Baseball Coach - 1988-2008
For 21 seasons, Kevin Cooneymanned the dugout for the Florida Atlantic University baseball program. He compiled a record of 750-480-5 at FAU. His 1999 squad tied an NCAA record with 34-consecutive victories and was the first FAU team to advance to a NCAA Division I Regional. FAU baseball was also the first member of the Atlantic Sun Conference to be ranked in the Top 10 in every national poll. In 2002, he guided the Owls to a regional championship and Super Regional appearance, defeating No. 3-ranked Alabama in the regional. While the team competed in the A-Sun under Cooney, they won two-regular season titles and one postseason championship, advancing to seven NCAA Regionals. The 2007 season was the team's first as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, and they finished the year with a record of 36-22. Cooney pitched at Montclair State and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1972. He became assistant coach at Montclair State and was eventually head coach of the team for four seasons before coming to FAU. As a head coach, he amassed 888 wins. Thirteen FAU baseball players earned All-American honors while 81 have continued baseball among the professional ranks, six earned a spot on a major league roster.
Women's Basketball - 2002-06
Shontavia Williams ended her career as the FAU women's all-time leading scorer. Williams captured the mark on March 9, 2006, in the Atlantic Sun Tournament quarterfinals. She finished her outstanding four-year career with 1,466 points. Williams also captured the all-time record for free throws made in a career (394). Williams finished her career ranked second all-time in rebounds with 615 and was also among the top 10 in field goals made (490, third), steals (191, sixth), three-point field goals made (92, seventh) and free-throw percentage (72.3 percent, ninth). She was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman First Team in 2002-03, All-Conference Second Team her junior year (2004-05) and made All-Conference First Team her senior season (2005-06). Williams also helped lead the Owls an Atlantic Sun Tournament title and appearance in the 2006 NCAA Division I Tournament. Upon graduation, Williams played professionally in Germany.