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UMFK Athletes and Coaches Receive Accolades at National Conference

Published: December 12, 2022
USCAA 2022 Small College National Championship
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The University of Maine at Fort Kent was well represented with awards for high-achieving athletes and coaches at the 2022 USCAA National Conference in November.

Jermaine West: USCAA Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year

Jermaine stepped in to fill the head coach role late into the season but made an immediate impact. His players connected immediately, and they hit the ground running with a successful season that ended with the USCAA National Championship title.

“This is not a team; this is a family. Coaching this group, I couldn’t ask for anything more. It was a pleasure to work with this group of ladies, and if I could go back and do it all over again, I would without hesitation,” said West.

Tara Kelley: USCAA Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year

2022 was Tara’s second season. In addition to a 16-game win streak, she elevated the volleyball program to a runner-up finish. She was able to mix in several new athletes with the returners and create a cohesive group.

“This team was built differently from the start,” said Kelley. “They have the leadership, encouragement, positivity, and energy that every team strives for. With every game, win or loss, they found positives that they reflected on. They also found things they individually needed to work on.”

Photo of Beatriz Garrido Jaramillo, 2022 USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year
UMFK senior volleyball setter, Bea Garrido Jaramillo was awarded the 2022 Student-Athlete of the Year at the USCAA National Conference this year.

Beatriz Garrido Jaramillo: USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year

Beatriz (Bea) is slated to graduate in the spring of 2023 with a bachelor of science degree in Behavioral Science (MHRT/C concentration) with a minor in Criminal Justice. The senior volleyball setter is not only a leader on her team but also serves as the SAB president and student senate secretary and helps out anywhere she is needed. Her high GPA also has her on the All-Academic Team.

“Bea is a great ambassador of UMFK. She embodies everything you want in a student-athlete,” said UMFK Athletic Director Carly Flowers. “She is a good teammate and heavily involved on campus. I have enjoyed getting to know Bea and watching her compete. This honor is very much deserved!”



USCAA Academic All-American Team*

  • Aaron Boateng (Senior)
  • Marcel Holness (Senior)
  • Ronaldo Watson (Senior)
  • Vaughn Kelley (Senior)
  • Adil Iggoute (Senior)
  • Kevon Maitland (Sophomore)
  • Asib Khamush (Sophomore)

USCAA All-American

  • Aaron Boateng
  • Kevon Maitland
  • John Amoah
  • Adil Iggoute


  • Markell Holness
  • Aaron Boateng
  • Jaheim McIntosh
  • Ajay Chin
  • Ronaldo Watson

USCAA Tournament MVP

  • John Amoa



USCAA Academic All-American Team*

  • Gizela Carranza (Senior)
  • Tarece Lawrence (Senior)
  • Angel Maxwell (Senior)
  • Ryan Hernandez (Senior)
  • Julia Audunsdottir (Sophomore)

USCAA Division I Women’s Soccer National 1st Team All-American

  • Sophia Noe
  • Chelsea Thornburgh
  • Isabel Kiledjian
  • Tarece Lawrence

2022 USCAA All-Tournament Team

  • Naylea Beltran-Mendoza
  • Tarece Lawrence
  • Chelsea Thornburgh
  • Dominique Valadez

2022 USCAA Tournament MVP

  • Sage Stroud



USCAA National All-Academic Team*

  • Beatriz Garrido (Senior)
  • Danae Ford (Senior)
  • Carla Rodriguez (Sophomore)
  • Brooke Russell (Senior)

USCAA National 1st Team All-American

  • Halle Ham
  • Jamie Nena

USCAA National 2nd Team All-American

  • Kayla Iwata

* All-Academic Athletes need to maintain 24 or more credits on their USCAA transcripts and hold overall (cumulative) grade point averages of 3.50 (on a 4.00 point system) or greater.

For more information about athletics at UMFK, contact Carly Flowers at (207) 834-7571.