Featuring 26 home games and 12 contests against top 10 nationally ranked teams, including defending national champion Chipola College, head coach Robert Iamurri and the Florida SouthWestern State College softball team has announced the team’s 2016 schedule. In their first season under Iamurri, the Buccaneers’ campaign begins Jan. 30 at the JUCO Kickoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla., while the team’s 2016 home opener is set for Feb. 4 with a double-header against Palm Beach State College.
FSW will call City of Palms Park in downtown Fort Myers their home stadium. City of Palms Park, originally built by the City of Fort Myers, was the spring training site of the Boston Red Sox from 1993 until 2011, when the team moved for spring training in 2012 to JetBlue Stadium.
The 2016 schedule will also feature 20 Suncoast Conference games (10 home, 10 away). The Suncoast Conference is made up of six schools, including FSW, Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.
The Buccaneers will be led by Iamurri, who earned his Associate in Arts degree from Edison Community College. Iamurri joins FSW after leading Naples HS from 1986-2014. Iamurri, who is the state leader in wins, tournament games played, tournament wins and fastpitch state championships, is in both the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and Florida High School Athletic Association halls of fame, and has won a record 12 state titles at Naples, 10 of them fastpitch. He also was an assistant at Lely HS when it won a slowpitch state title in 1985.
“We have a very competitive pre-conference schedule,” said Iamurri. “We like to schedule as many top teams as we can, which is why we’ve scheduled 12 games against top 10 nationally ranked teams including the defending national champion. Our two doubleheaders with Ava Maria will be played at Cambier Park in Naples for our Collier campus students.”
FSW, then the Edison Community College Buccaneers, last took the field in 1997 and played all of its home games at Terry Park. Edison Community College was a member of the Southern Conference of the Florida Community College Activities Association and fielded competitive teams in baseball, softball and women’s tennis.
The 2016 season kicks off on January 30 when the Bucs head to Clearwater, Fla. to play in the JUCO Kickoff Classic. FSW will play three games (Pensacola State College, Georgia Highlands College, Chipola College) with the first contest starting at 9 a.m. The Buccaneers will host their home opener at City of Palms Park on Feb. 4 (4 p.m. and 6 p.m.) against Palm Beach State College. Admission to each Buccaneer home game is $5.00, but current FSW students, faculty and staff get in FREE to all home baseball games with a valid BUC Card.
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The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball), with Volleyball coming in the fall of 2017.
Baseball and Softball will begin their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers will be the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (set to be completed by fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams will compete.
The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.
On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org.
The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non?profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.
Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy?making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.
For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.
NJCAA REGION 8 & THE SUNCOAST CONFERENCE
Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college.
The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors.
FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.
The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.
For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.