SAINT LEO, Fla. – Head men’s golf coach Ray Cisbani has announced the signing of four additional student-athletes to his squad, bringing his 2010-11 offseason signing total to five. Joining Mark Sabatino is a trio of freshman and one junior college transfer. The quartet consists of Codi Daudelin, Chaz Heinz, Terrence O'Reilly, and Justin Foster.
The men’s golf team enjoyed a fantastic 2009-10 campaign, as they earned their first team appearance into the NCAA South Region Tournament. The team performance was highlighted by the tremendous individual performance of JP Albuquerque as he earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament Finals. He is only the second Lion in program history to earn a spot on the grand stage.
However, it is a bit of a rebuilding year for the Lions as Saint Leo graduated five seniors, including the likes of Cole Cisbani, Mark McGuire, as well as Albuquerque.
Captained by lone senior Tom Lynn, as well as emerging sophomore Nick Brothers, Cisbani in counting on a young group of returners who gained a significant amount of experience during their NCAA run a year ago.
Cisbani grows more and more anxious with the approach of the season and is especially interested in the competitive nature of his guys, “The exciting thing about this year will be the battle to make the top five. Along with the new players, my returnees have been competing and practicing throughout the summer and should be coming back to the season in top form.”
Rochester, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy
Daudelin developed a tremendous resume over his four-year playing career at Coe Brown Northwood Academy. As a freshman in 2006, Daudelin finished 23rd at the state championships. He followed that with a third-place performance at state championships in 2007 and ended the year with a 39 scoring average. He closed the 2008 state championships as the runner-up and eventually secured the state championships as a senior with a scoring average of 36. The Dover, New Hampshire native also claimed the Sportsmanship Award during the same year.
Coach Cisbani’s thoughts: “Codi presents a lot of good intangibles as a golfer. He has a very compact swing which will be an additional asset when dealing with the Florida winds.”
Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake HS
Criminal Justice Major
O’Reilly was the all-around student-athlete while at East Lake HS. The incoming Criminal Justice major was named all-county and all-conference on multiple occasions, while concluding his high school playing career as a state finalist three consecutive years. As a student, O’Reilly earned academic honors in three of his four years and was also named SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club member of the year.
Coach Cisbani’s thoughts: “Terry has had the distinct advantage of being able to play his golf in Florida, which is an advantage when knowing how to play certain courses. He is also aware of how to adapt to the conditions of the wind. He gets good length of the tee and I look forward to seeing his impact to the team.”
Dunedin, Fla./Dunedin HS/Louisburg College
Foster is another central Florida product, as spent four years as a Dunedin High School Falcon. During his tenure at the school, he posted a 35.2 hole scoring average. As a senior, he medaled at both the PCAC’s and Districts. At Louisburg, he registered a 75 scoring average over a 22-tournament span. He earned the Lee Fowler Scholar Athlete Award, while his team was ranked second in Region X for North Carolina community colleges.
Coach Cisbani’s thoughts: “Foster also presents Florida playing knowledge, as well as the experience of a full season at the junior college level. He brings a strong scoring average and will certainly make an impact on this team.”
Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS
Sport Business Major
While at Mitchell high school, Heinz achieved significant heights as he helped guide his squad to 2008 and 2009 Sunshine Athletic Conference crowns. During the same period he named SAC Player of the Week.
Coach Cisbani’s thoughts: “Heinz, like his three other teammates, is a Florida player who brings the experience of many of the Florida courses. Aside from the wind, Heinz will also be able to take advantage of the rough and the thick Bermuda grass.”
The Lions will begin shaping their new team in the coming days as they will open their fall schedule on Monday, October 4 from the Spartan Invitational hosted by the University of Tampa.