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Hagan, Jackson, and Shimborske Honored as John Smillie, Jr. Award Recipients

On Thursday afternoon, the East Coast Conference announced its three recipients for the annual John Smillie, Jr. Award, an award named in honor of former ECC-member NYIT athletic trainer John Smillie, Jr., who passed away after battling cancer. The honor is given annually to a student-athlete or student-athletes who have overcome personal or physical challenges and hardships to pursue their intercollegiate athletic careers. This year’s honorees are St. Thomas Aquinas softball senior Tara Hagan (New City, N.Y.), District of Columbia women’s basketball senior Latavia Jackson (Waldorf, Md.), and Mercy women’s lacrosse graduate student Erin Shimborske (Farmingdale, N.Y.).