FORT MYERS, Florida. – Associate Director of Communication Nicolas huenefeld and deputy director of facilities and operations Nick reeves were named FGCU Athletics Eagles of the Quarter, as announced by the sports director Ken kavanagh today.
The duo have each taken on additional assignments over the past few months in their respective fields and have shown remarkable efforts to benefit the department as a whole and the programs they work with directly. Huenefeld has served an acting position as the primary media contact for baseball for the past several months, while Reeves has assisted in all areas of facilities and operations. Both Huenefeld and Reeves took on the additional assignments during staff transition and helped ensure the continuity of day-to-day operations, while providing continued quality professional service.
“Nicks’ sacrifices, effort and daily contributions fit with what the honor of the Eagles of the Quarter represents. In particular, they went beyond those surreal pandemic times that led to seeing for the first time our 15 teams conduct their championship segments in the spring.
Reeves first joined the department in a full-time role as Facilities and Operations Coordinator in August 2016. He was then appointed Deputy Director in August 2017. He oversees the maintenance of FGCU sports facilities throughout assisting in game day operations of all sports. He worked with the department as an undergraduate student before earning a bachelor’s degree in sports management in the spring of 2016. He continues his education by pursuing an MBA at FGCU and was a member of the Staff Advisory Council of the ‘University (SAC).
Huenefeld first joined the department in September 2017 as deputy director of sports communications and was promoted to his current position of associate director two years later. He was also twice Acting Director of the FGCU Sports Communications Department. He is the primary media contact for nationally ranked women’s basketball, indoor volleyball and beach volleyball programs. A 2010 graduate of Bowling Green State University, he also worked at Owens (OH) Community College and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference, as well as Toledo Blade where he was a writer.
The Eagles of the Quarter began in January 2021 to honor FGCU Athletics staff members who go above and beyond to serve Eagle student-athletes and ensure the success of the department. Senior Assistant Sports Director for Administration, Mike Estes, and Assistant Sports Director for Health Performance, Nicole Neal, were chosen as the first recipients. In May, Deputy Director of Marketing and Promotions Shane Pellegrine and video production director Monica Weber were selected.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 regular season conference and tournament titles in just 13+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 42 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA Championships. Eight FGCU programs placed in the top 25 in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (# 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (# 20, 2021) and men’s football (2018 , 2019) and women’s football (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-2017, the Greens and Blues secured a sixth place, the best in the department, in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors Cup and a top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven ASUN and Florida State teams that won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall semester of 2020 and outperformed the general undergraduate population for 23 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020 semesters each saw another milestone as all 15 programs achieved a Team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also completed a record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the NACDA Community Service First Prize presented by the Fiesta Bowl.