Bye and Darden Named Athletes of the Year

Dr. Len Nardone, the Athletic Director at GCC, announced the male and female Athletic Director’s Award winners at the annual awards dinner held on May 12, 2006. This award is given to a male and a female athlete who has made a significant contribution to the athletic program. Men’s baseball player Justin Bye and women’s basketball player Stephanie Darden were the 2005-2006 recipients.

Bye, a sophomore from Tillsonburg, Ontario, broke two records while attending GCC. The 6’1’’ pitcher holds the records for wins in a season (5 in both 2005 and 2006) and wins in a career (10). He helped Genesee to its first ever Western New York Athletic Conference Championship in the fall of 2005. Bye recently signed a letter of intent to continue his career at Barton College in North Carolina.

Darden, a sophomore from Boston, Massachusetts, was an honorable mention NJCAA All-American slection. She was a first team All-District, All-Region and All-Conference pick during her sophomore season. She was also named to the all-tournament teams in the GCC Tip-off and the Great North Tournaments. She leaves GCC as the all time assists leader in women’s basketball history. She dished out 317 assists in her two years for a 5.2 per game average. Darden also holds the single season assist mark (188) as well as the record for assists in a game (14) and she tied the record for steals in a game (12).