FIU’s Jerica Coley Named 2013 Sun Belt Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year
5/21/2013 8:00:00 PM

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DESTIN, Fla. (May 21, 2013) – FIU junior Jerica Coley has been named the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year, announced on Tuesday evening at the league’s annual honors banquet in Destin, Fla.

A women’s basketball standout for the Panthers, Coley becomes the school’s second student-athlete to earn the Sun Belt’s top annual honor, joining former FIU four-time volleyball All-American, Yarimar Rosa (2008).

Coley, who earned her second-consecutive Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention nod this past season, led the nation in scoring in 2012-13 with an average of 26.3 points per game. The point guard scored a single-season school record 840 points, leading FIU to its third-straight Sun Belt Conference Championship semifinal appearance and the program’s second-straight Postseason WNIT berth.

“I am extremely humbled to have been chosen as this year’s top female athlete,” said Coley, a two-time SBC Player of the Year. “It has been a great honor and a privilege to represent the Sun Belt Conference every day, both on the court and in the classroom. I want to thank my family, the conference, and everyone at FIU – my coaches, my teammates, the SAAC [Student-Athlete Academic Center], and all of the support staff – for helping me to achieve all that I have been able to accomplish thus far in my career.”

A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Coley will enter her senior season with a 30-game, double-figure scoring streak. In 2012-13, Coley notched 23, 20-plus point games, including 12, 30-plus point outings, scoring a career-high 39 points on two occasions. The Capital One Academic All-District ® honoree owns a career scoring average of 21.8 points per game, tied for first all-time at FIU, and is the only player in program history to register 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists, and 200 steals in a career.

Coley has scored 2,135 career points, a total which ranks second on the FIU all-time scoring charts. The two-time WBCA All-America All-Region nominee was responsible for 42.9 percent of the Panthers’ scoring this season, and has scored 35.1 percent of FIU’s total points for her career.

An outstanding student, Coley owns a cumulative GPA of 3.34 while majoring in dietetics and nutrition.

“There are not enough positive adjectives to describe Jerica Coley,” said veteran Head Coach Cindy Russo, who ranks as the ninth-winningest active coach in Division I women’s basketball. “We’ve had some great players come through FIU, but she is the best I’ve ever coached. She’s a total player, a total person, a total student; and she is more than deserving of this award. I am honored to have had the opportunity to coach Jerica, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next season as a senior.”

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About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit


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