FNU Conquistadors First Year Sets the Stage for Continuous Growth

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Florida National University’s Inaugural Athletic Season Solidifies Its Purpose

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Creating athletics is more than just having sports; it's about creating a culture of visibility, awareness, community outreach and service.

Acknowledging the prominence of Florida National University (FNU), the university’s introduction of an Athletic Department has proven to be successful in more ways than one. Modeled as an example on how the university continuously works towards enriching the quality of its students’ education, the FNU Conquistadors first season has left a significant impression on FNU’s Athletic Department, administrative team, student body and the community at large.

“Our initial goal was and is to obviously win as many games as possible, but our long term and primary goal is to impact as many young men and women’s lives as possible,” says Scott Schmidt, Florida National University Athletic Director and Head Coach. “Creating athletics is more than just having sports; it’s about creating a culture of visibility, awareness, community outreach and service. We want to raise awareness that the student athletes of FNU will leave as well-rounded human beings, having learned various life skills through the implementation of sport within an educational setting.”

Conjured by a community of involved students, the team name, Conquistadors, embodies the values, culture and rich Latin heritage of Florida National University. Giving students the chance to contribute to the final name of the FNU’s first athletic team signifies the university’s emphasis on commemorating the roles of its students.

Entering the last game of the season with a record of 10-17, the team’s progress is characterized by its ability to work together and grow as an entity. Due to the fact that the Conquistadors were in so many late game situations, each player had to adapt to certain roles, which, in turn, expedited the maturation process of the team and each individual.

To demonstrate how far the Conquistadors came in just one season, the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) denoted the following highlights:

  •     Points Per Game

Quantavis Hall- 5th - 19.6 ppg

  •     Rebounds Per game

Yves Goedschalk-3rd-10.2 rpg

  •     Assists Per Game

Quantavis Hall- 1st-7.5 apg

  •     3-Pt Percentage

Bruce “Evan” Moorman-3rd-45.5

The FNU Conquistador’s last game of the season will take place at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 22nd at the Bucky Dent Gym, located at 2250 W 60th Street, Hialeah, FL, 33016.

Florida National University is a globally focused higher learning institution located in Hialeah, FL. Florida National University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida National University. http://www.sacscoc.org


For more information on FNU’s Conquistadors, South Florida’s newest men’s college basketball team, please call Coach Scott Schmidt at 305-821-3333 x1071 or email sschmidt(at)fnu(dot)edu.

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