June 17, 2004
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Maryland softball team and head coach Gina LaMandre were honored Thursday as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its Spring Sportsmanship awards. Teams receiving the award have conducted themselves with a high degree of character and good sportsmanship, as determined by a vote of the league's teams.
The conference presents sportsmanship awards for each of its 25 sponsored sports. The concept of these awards was created by the ACC Student Athlete Advisory Committee in an effort to recognize teams who earned the utmost regard from their peers during competition.
As is stated in the conference's Mission Statement, "The ACC strongly adheres to the principles of integrity and sportsmanship, and supports the total development of the student-athlete and each member institution's athletics department staff, with the intent of producing enlightened leadership for tomorrow."
LaMandre recently completed her 10th season at the helm of the softball squad, building the program since its inception in 1995. She led her team to a 33-27 record in 2004, and captured victories over Virginia and NC State at the 2004 ACC Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla.