Coast Guard Names Captains for 2012 Season

NEW LONDON, Conn. Coast Guard Academy head coach Brian Krautler has announced that three players have been selected to serve as team captains for the Bears' upcoming 2012 season: Cadet 1/c Andrew Breen (Falls Church, VA/George Mason), Cadet 1/c Nicholas Zablotny (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck), and Cadet 2/c Tim Wyderko (West Bloomfield, MI/Orchard Lake St. Mary's) were selected by the coaching staff and a vote by their teammates. This will be the first time each player has served as team captain.

"Andrew, Nick and Tim are great leaders on and off the field," said LCDR Krautler. "They embody what it means to be Coast Guard Academy cadets and I'm more than confident in their ability to lead this year's team. 2012 is a big year for us, we sent a great deal of talent from the Class of 2011 out to the fleet, but we have a talented and experienced group of 1/c cadets that are hungry to compete and win a championship. We also have a number of younger players who will have to fill holes and play prominent roles for us in 2012," Krautler noted.

"The leadership our three captains provide will be essential to the growth and success of our team this year and our staff could not be more pleased with the selection of these young men as our team captains. These cadets know being a captain is an important responsibility and this group is looking forward to leading this year's team and representing our program, the Coast Guard Academy and the Coast Guard."

"One of the most unique aspects of the Coast Guard Academy, and the reason I love coaching at such a place, is that the school develops leaders of character. All seven of our seniors are a product of this leadership training, and indeed, are all outstanding leaders. Clearly, our team not only looks to our captains for guidance, but looks to the entire senior class for guidance. It makes for a team atmosphere that I am honored to be a part of."

Breen has been an integral part of the Bears' defense for the last three years roaming the pitch as a long stick midfielder (LSM). His defensive prowess last year earned him 2011 PCLL 2nd Team All-Conference LSM. He spent his summer training period aboard USCGC Stingray, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat out of Mobile, AL before reporting to Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM to finish out his training. Aboard Stingray, he worked on Damage Control and Officer of the Deck qualifications. While underway, he participated in law enforcement boardings and search and rescue cases in the Gulf of Mexico.

At Sandia, Breen worked in the Robotics Laboratory and got great hands-on experience in engineering design. A leader on and off the field, Breen organized a team fundraising effort in 2011 that raised more than $1,100 for the LT John M. Senyard Endowment. A Mechanical Engineering major, Breen has also excelled in the classroom where he was named a 2011 MCLA Scholar-Athlete. He continued that success this past fall, registering a 3.88 GPA and a ranking in the top 4 percent of his class. He is currently serving as the Regimental Morale Department Head. Breen became the 3rd member of the Mike Fredie "Hard Hat" Union with 10 ground balls vs. Stonehill College on April 09, 2011.

Zablotny, a proud member of the "Old Bay Crew" (the sobriquet for our Maryland player contingent), has been a mainstay of the Bears offense the last two years. The midfielder notched a career-high 16 points last season, as well as scooping 22 ground balls. Zablotny spent a portion of his summer as an intern at the National Security Agency (NSA) before reporting aboard USCGC Sycamore, a 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender out of Cordova, AK to finish out his training program.

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