The Caimans women's volleyball and men's soccer teams start their fall 2016 seasons on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, respectively, and both are coached by some relatively familiar faces ready to take their teams to the next level.

New men’s soccer coach Roy Charles hails from the island of St. Kitts and returns to the Caimans after coaching the team in 2007. While volleyball coach DeVernie Winston is new to the volleyball squad, he is not new to Hostos. Winston actually coached the women’s basketball team to its first CUNYAC Regional Tournament win last year in his first season in 2015.

The Lady Caimans volleyball team includes some tremendous athletes from the NYC PSAL & Charter School leagues, the team is excited to have its 2014 CUNY Tournament MVP Seyma Soylu back after she missed last season.

Hostos volleyball player Seyma Soylu
Seyma Soylu

Winston is proud to report that some former Caiman stars have moved on to four-year colleges to continue playing volleyball, including, Marie McKenzie (SUNY Old Westbury), and Tenaya Hawkins (City College of New York).

The Lady Caimans also contributed to a very successful campaign within the athletic department to raise awareness for cancer research, raising $1,200 in 2015.

Coach Charles is looking to turn around the men’s soccer team. The St. Kitts native also coached that Caribbean Island’s Caribbean Cup Team, the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team, as well as the Seba United Professional Soccer Team in Jamaica. Charles also has a strong CUNY connection, as he coached Borough of Manhattan Community College’s women’s soccer team from 2012 to 2015.

Hostos soccer player Incarlos Reuter
Incarlos Reuter

Here are 3 players to watch and 3 can’t miss games from each team:
3 volleyball players to watch
1. Seyma Soylu
2. Olivia Stewart
3. Alexis Ruiz

3 can’t miss volleyball games:
1. Sept. 20 vs. Kingsborough Community College, (7 p.m.)
2. Oct. 4 vs. Bronx Community College. (7 p.m.)
3. Oct. 6 (Doubleheader) Borough of Manhattan Community College (6 p.m.) followed by powerhouse, Fashion Institute of Technology. (8 p.m.).

3 soccer players to watch:
1. Iancarlos Reuter
2. Tenzin Yougyal
3. Mohamed Mbaye
3 can’t miss soccer games:
1. Sept. 6 at Bronx Community College (4 p.m.)
2. Sept. 16 at Borough of Manhattan Community College (4 p.m.)
3. Oct. 4 at Kingsborough Community College
You can find the fall sports schedule at

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique Student Success Coaching Unit provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.