Dr. Len Nardone, the Athletic Director at GCC, recognized Jeff Gmerek and Ashley Smith as the Scholar-Athletes of the Year at the annual awards dinner on May 12, 2006. This award is given annually to a male and female student who has accomplished outstanding athletic and academic success.
Gmerek was a member of the first ever WNYAC champion men’s baseball team. The outfielder for the Cougars carried a 3.65 grade point average as a physical education major. He also played volleyball for one year. Smith was the starting pitcher for the women’s softball team. She had a 3.47 grade point average as a major.