University of Vermont sophomore Taylor Coppenrath (West Barnet, Vt.) was named the Kevin Roberson America East Player of the Year at the conference tournament banquet in Boston on Saturday night.
Also named to the All-America East, first team, Coppenrath was joined by senior forward Grant Anderson (Minnetonka, Minn.) on the all-conference team.
The pair of standout forwards led the Catamounts to a second place finish in the America East (11-5) and a 18-11 overall record heading into the conference tournament. The 18 wins are the third-most in program history following 21 last year, and 19 in 1946-47.
Coppenrath, the America East’s leading scorer, is the second straight Catamount to be named player of the year and the school’s fourth overall. He joins last year’s winner and teammate, T.J. Sorrentine as Catamounts who have won the award since it was named in memory of Kevin Roberson `92, the 1992 winner, who was killed in an automobile accident ten years ago this May. The West Barnet-native is the second Green Mountain State-native to win player of the year honors joining UVM’s first honoree, Matt Johnson ’91, of St. Albans.
In the last two seasons, Vermont has had two different sophomores win the award who were the conference rookie of the year the previous year. This is believed to be unprecedented in NCAA Division I college basketball history.
Coach Tom Brennan’s Catamounts have now had at least one first-team, all-conference selection for four straight years as well as 11 of the last 13 seasons. Vermont also has had at least one player on an all-league team for 14 straight seasons.
The Catamounts are the number-two seed in America East and will take on #7 Albany at 6:00pm on Sunday in the quarterfinals.