Six-person class represents five sports and contributor
Six-person class represents five sports and contributor
Five-time National Champion to retire from collegiate coaching.
Brown propels men's indoor track to second-place finish, men's basketball wins in OT
Legendary coach and administrator to step down for a new position.
See Joey Gardner's pics from the Women's Bowling Championship Rally, 5/3/11, celebrating their 3 titles in 2011.
See Darrell Roaden's shots of UMES winning the 2011 USBC ITCs, their second national title of the year.
See Tim Fuller's shots from all the double-elimination action on Friday.
See Tim Fuller's shots of UMES defeating FDU in the semi-finals of the 2011 NCAA Bowling Championships.
View the photos taken by the conference at the 2011 MEAC Bowling Championships.
Sharon Brummell retired as head coach of the women's bowling team in her 14th season with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She coached her final tournament in January of 2012 at the Mid-Winter Classic in Jonesboro, Ark. The Hawks took fifth at the event. She retires as one of the most successful coaches in women's bowling history, amassing over 800 NCAA wins. Since 2007, when UMES was the runner-up to the NCAA Championship, Brummell has won 82 percent of her matches and has amassed almost 600 wins.
Her 2008 National Championship was the first women's title for a Historically Black College of University (HBCU) and with it Brummell became the first African-American and the first woman to coach a National Championship women's bowling team. She is a two-time National Coach of the Year, winning the award in 2008 and 2010.
Brummell added to her legacy in 2011, leading UMES to an unprecedented double National Championship, the NCAA and USBC Collegiate national titles. She also won her fifth MEAC title. The win at USBC's made her the first African-American coach to also win that event.
The team she left mid-season in January 2012 went on to win the 2012 NCAA Championship under former player Kristina Frahm, whom Brummell hand-picked for the job, giving Brummell four National Championships on her resume. In February of 2012 she was named to the UMES Athletics Hall of Fame. In January of 2013 it was announced that Brummell would be inducted into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hall of Fame in March of the same year.
A five-time MEAC Coach of the Year (2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010), Brummell served on the NCAA National Committee for women's bowling. She received the bronze level USA Bowling Certification and is a member of the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association and the National Tenpins Coaches Association.
In what can be described as the best year ever by a collegiate bowling team, UMES won three championships in 2011, making history with a squad of just seven special young ladies. The Hawks won the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title, their fifth, and then two National Championships. Brummell's squad won their second NCAA Women's Bowling Title in four years and then one week later won the 2011 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Collegiate Championship. UMES is the first team to ever win both national collegiate bowling titles in the same year.
In the same season Maria Rodriguez was named the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) National Player of the Year, the first from UMES or an HBCU. Four bowlers (the team was made up of just seven young ladies) were named All-America (now 20 in program history) and five earned All-MEAC honors. Kristina Frahm, along with Rodriguez, both earned their fourth All-America nod, the first two athletes in UMES history to earn the distinction all four years. Frahm was the NCAA Championship's MVP and was also the NCAA's Elite 88 Award winner, an award given to the athlete with the highest GPA at their sport's National Championship. A few weeks prior to her win Frahm was named the Bernstein Award Winner, the highest academic award given by the University.
In 2010 Brummell took the Hawks to a seventh straight NCAA Championship, finishing fifth at the event. Her team was ranked second in the final National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll and stood at number one for over a month. She produced four NTCA All-Americans and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year. The previous year, Brummell led her team to a seventh place finish at the 2009 NCAA National Championships. Maria Rodriguez was named the MEAC Player of the Year and an All-American along with Kristina Frahm. Her team tallied a 115-41 mark but bowed out early in the MEAC Tournament with a semi-final loss to Florida A&M.
Brummell led the Lady Hawks to the 2007-08 national championship. That season, Brummell guided UMES to its third consecutive MEAC title and the highest national ranking of any Hawks team in history. Her team was also the most televised team in women's bowling in the country in 2007 and 2008. She coached three All-Americans (Kristina Frahm, Maria Rodriguez and Jessica Worsley), the National Rookie of the Year (Frahm), the NCAA Most Valuable Performer (Worsley), the MEAC Most Outstanding Performer (Frahm) and the MEAC Woman of the Year (Worsley), en route to being named National Coach of the Year in 2008.
Brummell's 2006-07 squad was ranked as high as third in the nation in the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) and made it all the way to the national championship finals. The Lady Hawks fell in game seven of the best-of-seven Baker match to Vanderbilt, live on ESPNU. She had three All-Americans, at the time, the most in program history, as well as the MEAC MVP and two members of the NCAA All-Tournament team.
The 2005-06 season saw Brummell's fourth All-American in MaryEtta Lewis as the team finished seventh at the NCAA tournament, while earning the No. 1 seed in the USBC Championships. The Lady Hawks also claimed their first MEAC title in five seasons.
The 2004-05 campaign marked Brummell's first All-Americans as standouts, MaryEtta Lewis, Sandra Maresca, and Jessica Worsley all earned All-American honors. In 2004, no team at UMES did better on a national level than women's bowling. In a year that featured the first-ever NCAA Championship in the sport, Brummell was determined to have her team included in the field of eight and fighting for the title. She rallied the troops after a disappointing MEAC championship third-place finish and got them winning tournaments and titles on their way to an at-large invitation to Texas.
The Lady Hawks enjoyed one of the best seasons of any team in the country in 2003-04. They accepted a second straight invitation to the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, an event that they earned a seventh-place finish out of the top-16 NCAA and club bowling teams in the country. Seven was their lucky number as they also seventh in the nation at the NCAA Championships. They were one of eight teams selected to participate in the first-ever NCAA Women's Bowling Championships. For good measure, the Lady Hawks put their name in the record books as a team, rolling a perfect 300 Baker game, the first in NCAA tournament play.
In 1998, Brummell's first year as head coach, Brummell took her team to the IBC National Championships in Omaha, Neb., where they placed fifth. In 2000, she led the Lady Hawks to their first MEAC title.
Brummell was employed by UMES since 1996 and has served in many different capacities before taking control of the bowling program. Prior to UMES, she worked for New York Life Insurance Company in McLean, Va. She served as captain of the UMES staff bowling team during the 1997-98 season. Before her retirement from UMES, she was also the Associate Athletic Director for Budgeting and Fiscal Operations and as Senior Woman Administrator. She was responsible for overseeing the entire athletic budget, purchases and team travel. As SWA and Title IX coordinator, she ensured that the Department of Athletics operates within the guiding principles of the gender equity requirements of Title IX.
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