Since joining the college in 2011, Coach Ryan Beckman has found great fortune with moving his players on to playing at four year schools. When asked about his success he responded, “It is something I take a lot of pride in. When a player does what he is supposed to do in the classroom, works hard on the field, is a solid member of the community, is willing to make the sacrifice to be a student/athlete, and plays for SPC, he has a strong possibility of finding a home somewhere else. We have been very fortunate over the years.” Over the previous four years, 38 players have continued their careers. Some went on to become professional baseball players and others attended a four year school.

Baseball Athletes Continued Careers
16 went to: Division 1 programs
15 went to: NCAA Division 2 and NAIA programs
7 went to: Professional Baseball

The 2014-2015 graduating class is no different. Coach Beckman explained, “This year we had five guys move on to division 1 programs and another two who had better scholarship opportunities at the division 2 level. We still have a few more players we are looking to place, but to have this many in place prior to the draft is special.” Below is the list of players moving on:

Tyler Shambora – University of Virginia (ACC)
Trey Amburgey – High Point University (Big South)
Duke Stunkel – University of South Florida (American)
Jordan Doyle – Flagler College(Peach Belt)
Mike Mann – Saint Leo University (Sunshine State)
Alex Demchak – Florida International University (Conference USA)
Marcus Guzman – Southeastern University (Sun)
Cornelius Copeland – Jackson State (SWAC)

St. Petersburg College’s women’s softball team had two players selected into the FCSAA All-State Team.

Jennifer Bazylak was selected to the All-State First Team. This season she was also awarded team Offensive Player of the Year. Coach Meyers’ mentioned, “Jennifer has been a breakout player at the plate. She led the team with a .434 avg. and .471 OBP.” Jennifer will graduate this May with her A.A. and received a scholarship to play at Union College in Kentucky next year.

Kelsie Sanchez was selected to the All-State Second Team. Kelsie has been the starting CF for two years. Coach Meyers’ remarked, “She runs the outfield, covers a ton of ground and leads SPC in almost every offensive category. She has been our run producer and makes things happen on the base paths.” Kelsie earned the Freshman of the Year award last season, along with 2nd Team All Conference honors, All Conference Academic team and the NFCA Scholar award. This season she has earned 1st Team All Conference, 2nd Team All-State, the team MVP and College-wide Female Athlete of the Year. Kelsie will graduate in July with her A.A. and has received a scholarship to play at Presbyterian College in South Carolina.

St. Petersburg College has exciting news about a few of its athletes. Six of our Women’s Softball players, a Men’s Basketball player and one of our Women’s Volleyball players have either signed or committed to other schools. We are excited for our athletes and this tremendous accomplishment! Go Titans!

Women’s Softball:

  • Brianna Skipper signed with Palm Beach Atlantic
  • Jennifer Bazylak signed with Union College
  • Allison Williams signed with Northwood University
  • Meghan Sullivan signed with Ava Maria University
  • Torey Scott has committed to Warner University
  • Keslie Sanchez signed with Presbyterian College

Men’s Basketball:

  • Maljhum McCrea has committed to play at Texas State University

Women’s Volleyball:

  • Becca Brown has committed to play Sand Volleyball for University of Louisiana, Monroe

Our women’s tennis team put up a great fight at the state tournament. The top 3 teams in the state get an automatic bid to the national tournament in Arizona and SPC finished 4 by 0.5 points. Even though the team did not qualify for nationals, our number one doubles team did. The doubles team of Whittaker/Tagashira won the state championship and will be representing SPC out in Arizona in a couple weeks. Go Titans!​

St. Petersburg College tryouts for the upcoming 2015 – 2016 women’s basketball season will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Tryouts begin at 2 p.m. and will be held at the St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus Gymnasium:

SPC Gibbs Campus
6605 Fifth Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

If you are interested in trying out as a student athlete, please bring a copy of your sports physical. 

For questions, contact:

Coach Davidson
(727) 341-4371

St. Petersburg College tryouts for the upcoming 2015 – 2016 men’s basketball season are scheduled for April 11 and 18. They will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days and will be held in the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus gym.

Congratulations to our men’s and women’s basketball teams for the players recently presented with All-Tournament and All-State team awards. Our women’s basketball player, Shayla Wilson was recognized as both an All-State player and an All-Tournament player. With our men’s basketball team, Justin Satchell was named to the All-Tournament team and Malijhum McCrea and Devonte Pratt were recognized as All-State players. St. Petersburg College’s men’s basketball team was the only team that had two players selected as All-State team members!

Award Winners

Men’s BB Awards Ceremony
Women’s BB Awards Ceremony


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