MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- John Hedlund was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year for the third time, and three North Texas student-athletes were named First Team All-Sun Belt by the league's coaches on Tuesday. Ellen Scarfone returns to the All-Sun Belt team for the second straight season, Michelle Young earns her second All-Sun Belt selection, and Kelsey Hodges makes her first All-Sun Belt Team.
John Hedlund led the Mean Green to their fourth regular season Sun Belt Championship and sixth overall, as the Mean Green went 8-1-1 in league play. Hedlund notched his 17th straight winning season at North Texas, and only trails coaching legends Anson Dorrance (North Carolina) and John Daly (William & Mary) in active consecutive winning seasons. Hedlund's team, picked to finish fourth in the Sun Belt, clinched the league title on the last day of the season, beating Denver 1-0.
Sophomore defender Kelsey Hodges, a preseason Sun Belt pick, led all Sun Belt defenders with seven goals, and ranked tenth in the league. Hodges earned Sun Belt Player of the Week and CollegeSoccer360 Prime-Time Performer status for her performance Oct. 28 against Denver, where her long free kick goal proved to be the game and conference winner.
Junior forward Michelle Young makes her first appearance on the Sun Belt first team after leading the team with 12 goals this season. She was named Sun Belt Player of the Week on Sept. 27, after scoring three goals combined against Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. She was named the third-best player in the Sun Belt by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Junior midfielder Ellen Scarfone returns to the All-Sun Belt First Team after leading the team with eight assists and scoring six goals this season. She ranks first in the league in both Sun Belt games and all games in assists, and ranks 59th nationally in assists per game. She was named the sixth-best player in the Sun Belt by TopDrawerSoccer.com, and was a preseason All-Sun Belt pick.
The Mean Green begin the 2011 Sun Belt Tournament at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, playing No. 8 seed Troy in Murfreesboro, Tenn.