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GGC's Enang named NAIA All-American

Georgia Gwinnett College’s Rene Enang dribbles up the field during a game this season in Lawrenceville. The senior was named honorable mention NAIA All-American. (Special Photo: Tom Grason)

Georgia Gwinnett College’s Rene Enang dribbles up the field during a game this season in Lawrenceville. The senior was named honorable mention NAIA All-American. (Special Photo: Tom Grason)

It didn’t take long for the individual awards to follow the success on the field.

On the heels of the precedent-setting season for the Georgia Gwinnett men’s soccer season, senior midfielder Rene Enang set another high bar for players in the growing program.

The Cameroon native was named honorable mention NAIA All-American and first team honors in the Grizzlies conference, the Associations of Independent Institutions. The All-American designation is the first-ever for GGC.

“We are thrilled for Rene and this outstanding accomplishment,” men’s head coach Steve DeCou said in a team release. “He has truly been a leader as we’ve built this program and we are proud to see his hard work as a Grizzly recognized nationally.”

Earlier in the year, DeCou called Enang his team’s “father figure” and the versatile player made the most of his move from defense to the midfield. He led the team with eight goals to go with a pair of assists as the Grizzlies finished the season 15-5.

The postseason awards follows his most outstanding player honor following the A.I.I. tournament hosted by GGC after the Grizzlies claimed their first conference crown by upsetting No. 3 Ashford (Iowa). DeCou was also named A.I.I. coach of the year earlier this month.

Enang played two full seasons with the Grizzlies, staring 32 of his 35 games, and didn’t miss a start his senior season. All of Enang’s goals came this season.