Monday, October 14, 2019

Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood

OCTOBER 14, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  How Glenn Robinson Became One of the Most Decorated Hoop Coaches of All Time

Glenn Robinson is the head men's basketball coach at Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) College. He is a rarity. His first coaching job at graduation from West Chester (Pa.) University was at F&M in 1968. And he has never left.

As the new basketball season approaches, Robinson embarks on his 49th season at the helm with a career record of 967-360 - one of only three college coaches with 900 wins. And 1,000 victories are in sight, a feat achieved by just four coaches in the history of the game. (Answer below)

Mr. Robinson’s predecessor Chuck Taylor (no relation to the famed shoe salesman) retired from F&M in 1991. Taylor spent 36 years as the school’s athletic trainer, and he also coached the men’s basketball team from 1968 to 1971 before Mr. Robinson became head coach. Taylor said he hired Mr. Robinson as an assistant in 1968 and knew immediately he was the right man for the job. “After watching him coach the freshmen for two years,” he said, “I knew he would be an excellent varsity coach.”

Nick Nichay, a current F&M assistant and chief recruiter, says that continues today. “We have a great story to tell about the college, our current and former players, and our program and its success,” Mr. Nichay says. “I’ve seen and believe that, under Coach Robinson’s tutelage, good players get even better here.”

>> The Plan: “Teach it, practice it, work on it and then have your players be accountable to do it in the game.” - Donnie Marsh '79, associate head basketball coach at Florida Gulf Coast University

>> Quotable: "It is easier to see now from my current position what made Coach so good. He was all business. He focused on doing simple things, well. Everything we did in practice was translatable to the game and led to success.” - Chris Finch '92, associate head coach, New Orleans Pelicans

>> Worth Noting: F&M fell in the 1991 national final to Wisconsin-Platteville, coached by Hall of Fame coach Bo Ryan (Wilkes '69).

>> The Big Picture: Robinson's teams have recorded 20-win seasons 26 times, making 25 NCAA tournament appearances, including 17 trips to the Sweet Sixteen, 10 to the Elite Eight, and five to the Final Four.

>> The Key Stat: The graduation rate for his players is almost 100 percent.

>> Keep Reading, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and my friend, Art Petrosemolo.

2. Top of Their Game

Time to call your travel agent ... conference championship golf teams are planning a trip to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in May for the NCAA championship.

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (M)
Avalon Lakes Golf & CC, Warren, Ohio
concludes Monday

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (M)
Biddeford-Saco CC, Saco, Maine (hosted by St. Joseph's, Maine)

1. Southern Maine 596, 2. Johnson & Wales 604, T3. St. Joseph's, Maine 633, T3. UMass Dartmouth 633, 5. Suffolk 646, 6. Albertus Magnus 661, 7. Rhode Island College 671, 8. Emmanuel 776

1. Tristan Dundas (SM) 145, 2. Hunter DiLorenzo (JW) 146, 3. Nico Ciolino (JW) 148, 4. Stephen Patch (JW) 150, 5. Greg Kalagias (SM) 151.

North Atlantic Conference (M)
Waterville CC, Oakland, Maine (hosted by Thomas)

1. SUNY Delhi 600, 2. Husson 612, 3. Thomas 618, 4. Castleton 630, 5. SUNY Canton 635, 6. Maine Maritime 647, 7. Maine Farmington 662, 8. NVU-Johnson 705, 9. Maine Presque Isle 799.

1. Eric Dugas (H) 145, T2. Daniel Christy (D) 147, T2. Jacob Erwin (Cas) 147, 4. Evan Parsons (T) 148, 5. Chris Kauppila (H) 150.

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (W)
Bluffton GC, Bluffton, Ohio

1. Rose-Hulman 660, 2. Transylvania 699, 3. Manchester 706, T4. Franklin 708, T4. Hanover 708, 6. Mount St. Joseph 716, 7. Earlham 739, 8. Bluffton 789, 9. Anderson 921.

1. Namuunaa Nadmid (R) 159, T2. Lauren Conley (R) 164, T2. Maci French (F) 164, 4. Rachel Zhang (R) 168, 5. Caitlin Coverstone (R) 169.

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3. ECSU Names Field For McCarthy

Eastern Connecticut State University's multi-use turf field at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex was officially dedicated in honor of Eastern Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame coach Frederick V. "Rick" McCarthy during October 5 ceremonies.
The naming and fundraising project in honor of the program's first head coach was initiated and spearheaded by the Eastern men's lacrosse alumni and coordinated by Eastern's Office of Institutional Advancement.

A 2008 Eastern Hall of Fame inductee, McCarthy's remarkable success rate was not confined to the lacrosse field. A winner of an astounding 83 percent of his matches in his seven-year tenure between 1996 and 2002, McCarthy's indelible mark on the record books might only be overshadowed by the positive influence he exerted upon his student-athletes.
A total of 122 athletes lettered at least one season under McCarthy. Among his letterwinners, 22 of them went on to four-careers, with each of those 22 four-year letterwinners eventually earning their undergraduate degrees.

While serving as a full-time member of the administrative staff, McCarthy coached the men's program to a record of 91 wins and 19 losses in a 'part-time' capacity. In the Pilgrim League and Little East Conference, McCarthy's teams won 32 of 33 regular-season matches and nine of ten post-season contests. The Warriors won four straight regular-season and three league playoff titles in the Pilgrim League before winning all 16 of their matches en route to two regular-season and playoff titles in two years of LEC men's lacrosse play in 2001 and 2002.

>> Quotable: "Honestly, it's a great honor and I would be fibbing if I didn't say how proud it is individually for me to see my name up here on the field, but in all honesty, my name on the field is really… it's a recognition of the groups of people and the teams that I was part of and all of you that shared in creating what's been created here and I want you to know that you share in that recognition, and I hope that you feel the same amount of pride and joy in this that I do."

    4. Weekend Review

    Football -
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (d. East Texas Baptist, 50-14)
    2. Mount Union (d. Wilmington, 63-6)
    3. UW-Whitewater (d. #19 UW-Platteville, 21-14)
    4. Saint John's (d. #6 Bethel, 19-0)
    5. Wheaton, Ill. (d. North Park, 63-0)
    6. Bethel (lost at #4 Saint John's, 19-0)
    7. Muhlenberg (idle)
    8. Berry (d. Hendrix, 27-9)
    9. North Central (d. Augustana, 42-14)
    10. Ithaca (d. Buffalo State, 48-14)
    Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Tufts (lost at #2 Amherst, 2-1 OTtied at Hamilton, 1-1)
    2. Amherst (d. #1 Tufts, 2-1 OT)
    3. Calvin (d. Trine, 3-1)
    4. Franklin & Marshall (d. Ursinus, 2-1)
    5. Washington and Lee (idle)
    6. Chicago (d. Rochester, 2-0)
    7. Johns Hopkins (tied Swarthmore, 2-2)
    8. Ithaca (lost at Clarkson, 1-0)
    9. Kenyon (d. Denison, 3-1)
    10. Penn State Behrend (d. Penn State Altoona, 7-1)

    Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Messiah (d. Widener, 4-0)
    2. Middlebury (d. Colby, 4-0)
    3. Christopher Newport (lost at Salisbury, 5-2)
    4. William Smith (d. Vassar, 4-1)
    5. Washington-St. Louis (d. Emory, 1-0)
    6. Johns Hopkins (d. Muhlenberg, 2-1)
    7. College of New Jersey (d. Kean, 4-0)
    8. Pomona-Pitzer (d. Caltech, 7-0)
    9. Wheaton, Ill. (d. Augustana, 2-0)
    10. MIT (d. Mount Holyoke, 7-0; d. #24 Williams, 3-1)

    Field Hockey - NFHCA
    1. Middlebury (d. #17 Colby, 4-1)
    2. College of New Jersey (d. William Paterson, 4-0)
    3. Salisbury (d. St. Mary's, 2-0)
    4. Rowan (lost vs. #16 Kean, 3-1)
    5. Vassar (lost vs. Ithaca, 3-0)
    6. Bowdoin (d. Connecticut College, 5-0)
    7. Tufts (d. Amherst, 3-2; d. Hamilton, 3-2)
    8. Franklin & Marshall (d. #11 Ursinus, 2-1 OT)
    9. Williams (idle)
    10. Johns Hopkins (d. Muhlenberg, 4-1)

    Volleyball - AVCA
    1. Emory (idle)
    2. Calvin (d. Albion, 3-0)
    3. Chicago (d. North Central, 3-0; d. Elmhurst, 3-1)
    4. Carthage (d. Carroll, 3-1)
    5. Saint Benedict (lost at Saint Mary's, 3-1; lost at St. Olaf, 3-0)
    6. Berry (d. Millsaps, 3-0; lost at Birmingham Southern, 3-1)
    7. Claremont-M-S (d. Pomona-Pitzer, 3-0)
    8. Colorado College (d. Illinois College, 3-0; d. Randolph-Macon, 3-0; d. DePauw, 3-0)
    9. UW-Whitewater (d. Carroll, 3-0; d. Gustavus Adolphus, 3-0; d. Illinois Wesleyan, 3-1)
    10. Trinity, Texas (d. UC Santa Cruz, 3-0; d. #11 Ohio Northern, 3-0; d. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 3-1; d. Rowan, 3-0)

    5.  Comings and Goings

    6.  Play of the Day

    7.  1 Chipmunk Thing

    Thanks to Nicole Auerbach at The Athletic ($), we here at D3Playbook have learned something new and wanted to share it with you, our readers.

    "Like most people who work in sports, Daniel Claxton is used to long hours and late nights. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get a little loopy at times, or in his words, “somewhat delusional.”
    It was the fall of 2013, and as a video producer for the University of Minnesota athletic department, he was working late one night early in the football season when he came up with an idea that would catch on as one of the most creative in-stadium distractions in the country: the “Dramatic Gopher.”

    >> Background: “I was just trying to think of different ways to spice our show up or do something different,” Claxton says. “That could also maybe impact the game and be entertaining at the same time." Claxton has moved on to a job with Minnesota United FC.

    >> The Big Picture: And so, since late 2013, every Gophers opponent attempting a kick toward the west end of TCF Bank Stadium has been greeted by this video — and the freeze-frame of the furry animal’s raised-eyebrow stare — on the video board as he lines up to kick.

    >> Between The Lines: “The clip is really, really short,” says Ryan Maus, who currently oversees Gopher Digital Productions. “And it’s super pixelated, too. You’ve seen the video online; it’s not high-definition or anything. That’s part of what makes it funnier.”

    >> Be Smart: It's not a gopher ... it's a chipmunk.

    Trivia Answer

    Who Are the Three Men's Basketball Coaches With 1,000 or More Wins?
    • Harry Statham, McKendree (52 yrs, 1122-513)
    • Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (44 yrs, 1132-344)
    • Herb Magee, Jefferson (52 yrs, 1096-440)
    Winningest All-Time Division III Women's Basketball Coaches
    • Andy Yosinoff, Emmanuel (42 yrs, 832-281)
    • Michael Strong, Scranton (34 yrs, 815-182)

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