Furey and his team were recognized with the honor during the NCCAA Men’s National meeting and received the award from Dan Wood, executive director of the NCCAA and John Vandervaarst from National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association.
The Award is in honor of the late Layton Shoemaker, legendary coach from Messiah College.
“This is a special honor in that it recognizes what we are really striving for,” said Furey. “We want to represent Lee, the NCCAA and our faith in a way that makes us different. Not that we are perfect all the time but we strive to bring honor to Christ in the way we compete.
“I’ve always had the utmost respect for Layton Shoemaker,” added Furey, “and I will proudly have this honor displayed on our wall.”
The Lee University men’s soccer team finished 13-5-6 and lost in the NCCAA National championship to Southern Wesleyan University, 1-0.