March 4, 2008
BABSON PARK, Mass. - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced its 2007-08 men's basketball post-season awards on Tuesday. NEWMAC tournament champions Coast Guard led the way with three All-Conference selections while WPI's Antoine Coleman was named Player of the Year.
Junior Jimmy Bartolotta was MIT's lone representative on the all-conference teams, earning his second consecutive first team selection. The two-time and reigning NEWMAC scoring champion lost his bid for Player of the Year for the second time under eerily similar circumstances. After Bartolotta and Coleman finished the voting tied for the conference's most prestigious individual honor, the remaining five coaches conducted a second vote to determine the Player of the Year. Bartolotta was on the wrong end of another 3-2 decision that enabled WPI to hang on to the league's top individual award. After guiding WPI to the regular-season NEWMAC Championship, Ryan Cain was named Player of the Year in 2007.
Junior Craig Johnson and senior Al Sowers joined Coleman and Bartolotta on the first team, while senior Jeff Prebeck was named to the second team.
While Coleman was named NEWMAC Player of the Year, his coach Chris Bartley was named NEWMAC Coach of the year. Wheaton sharpshooter Anthony Coppola was named the NEWMAC Rookie of the year, as a unanimous selection, and was also selected to the All-Conference second team.
Clark University took home the league's Sportsmanship award while Babson senior Kyle McDonald rounded out the NEWMAC First Team All-Conference honors.
2008 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team
NEWMAC Athlete of the Year: Antoine Coleman, WPI
NEWMAC Rookie of the Year: Anthony Coppola, Wheaton College
NEWMAC Coach of the Year: Chris Bartley, WPI
NEWMAC Sportsmanship Award: Clark University
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Kyle McDonald, Babson
Craig Johnson, Coast Guard
Jimmy Bartolotta, MIT
Al Sowers, Coast Guard
Antoine Coleman, WPI
SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Mark Alexander, Clark
Jeff Prebeck, Coast Guard
Jamaal Gibbs, Springfield
Anthony Coppola, Wheaton
Jim Marois, WPI