Friday, November 22, 2019

Law to Soccer to CEO

NOVEMBER 22, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  Law to Soccer to CEO

Steven O’Day learned early in life how to adapt to new challenges and responsibilities: He spent four years at Millersville bouncing from defense to midfield to striker, a starter at each spot on the school’s soccer team. After graduating in 1985, he sought a law degree at Temple. O’Day had no idea, though, that his four years on the pitch would wind up shaping the direction his professional life would take just as much as the three he spent nose-deep in law books.
A circuitous career, including 11 years spent coaching women’s soccer at Franklin & Marshall, eventually led O’Day to his current role as president of Austin College, a Division III school in Texas. “I’m sorry to sound cliche about this, but the experiences that I had as a student-athlete in college were transformational for me,” he says. “At the time, I never imagined that it would someday morph into being the president of Austin College.”

>> Reality Check: “At about the nine- or 10-year mark of law practice, most attorneys go through a soul-searching moment of are they going to stay in the profession or are they going to go in a different direction?”

>> Between The Lines: O'Day coached the Diplomats from 1997 to 2007, recording 112 wins which remain the most in program history. “Once I started coaching, that’s when I really discovered a calling to work with college students. It was such a blessing for me to be entrusted with, in any given year, 27 or so soccer players on the roster and help them — not just on the soccer field.”

>> Of Note: O'Day became senior associate dean at F&M before taking a position at Lebanon Valley College as vice president of strategic initiatives. Four years later, he became president of Austin College. “I wasn’t going to just pursue anything. I really wanted it to be the right fit for me — a mission, a vision that I believed in — and Austin College fit that bill.”
2.  XC Championship Preview 
The 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship meet will be held on Saturday. Here is our preview.

Men, 11 a.m. start
  • There is a new No. 1 team in the country for the first time since the middle of 2016 - Williams. The Ephs put six runners in the top-10 and scored 24 points to win the New England Regional.
  • North Central has not been ranked second entering the NCAAs since 2012. The Cardinals have won six national titles this decade. NCC placed six runners in the top-15 to easily win the Midwest Regional.
  • Two SCIAC members - Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps - and Carnegie Mellon could play spoiler. The Sagehens won the West Regional, while the Tartans were champion of the Mideast Regional.
  • Individuals to keep an eye on include Carleton's Matt Wilkinson, Stevenson's Patrick Watson, Chicago's Ryan Cutter, Williams' Aidan Ryan and Pomona-Pitzer's Ethan Widlansky.

>> Dominant: North Central's 19 championships (1975-76-78-79-81-82-87-92-93-97-98-99-2009-11-12-14-16-17-18). The Cardinals have finished second on 14 occasions. That's 33 times in the top two in 46 championships.

Women - 12 p.m. start
  • It could be a two-horse race between Washington-St. Louis and Johns Hopkins. The top-ranked Bears placed six runners in the top-15, totaling 37 points to easily win the Midwest Regional. The #2 Blue Jays had a more difficult time in winning the Mideast Regional, outpointing #4 Dickinson by just 10 points.
  • Don't sleep on the Red Devils or #3 Williams. Dickinson's Isabel Cardi was the region's individual champion and could be a threat to win the NCAA title. The Ephs packed five runners between 8-21 with a 29-second spread to win the New England Regional crown.
  • Other individuals to watch include Ithaca's Parley Hannan, Trine's Evie Bultemeyer, WashU's Paige Lawler, MIT's Izzi Gengaro, Dallas' Anna Wilgenbusch and Whitman's Whitney Rich.

>> By a Thread: WashU won its third NCAA championship by a single point over two-time defending champion Johns Hopkins last year. But it only shares the record for smallest margin of victory, as Middlebury edged NESCAC rival Amherst by one point in 2006.

3.  Volleyball Final Four 

National Quarterfinals

#1 Emory d. Clarkson, 3-2
#4 Carthage d. Bowdoin, 3-0
#6 Johns Hopkins d. #15 Saint Benedict, 3-0
#7 Trinity TX d. #3 Calvin, 3-2

National Semifinals
Emory vs. Carthage, 6 p.m.
Johns Hopkins vs. Trinity, 8:30 p.m.

National Championship
semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

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4. Carolina on Their Minds 

Round of 16 (M)
Rowan at #4 Amherst; #14 Rensselaer vs. #6 Messiah
#21 Centre vs. #20 Claremont-M-S; Montclair State at #5 Kenyon
#17 Connecticut College at Swarthmore; #2 Tufts vs. #11 Washington and Lee
#18 Ohio Wesleyan vs. Luther; #1 Calvin at North Park

Round of 16 (W)
#21 Trinity TX at #1 Messiah; Williams vs. #17 Tufts
#22 St. Thomas at #7 Wheaton IL; #23 Ohio Northern vs. Carnegie Mellon
Claremont-M-S at #3 Washington-St. Louis; #8 Pomona-Pitzer vs. #12 Chicago
#18 Stevens at #2 William Smith; #9 Johns Hopkins vs. #15 Dickinson

bold indicates sectional host; (#) ranking

>> Links to video, stats

5.  Football 

Opening Round Playoff Games
#17 Redlands at #2 Mary Hardin-Baylor; Huntingdon at #23 Berry
Monmouth at #7 UW-Whitewater; #22 Wartburg at Hope

Martin Luther at #3 Wheaton IL; #18 UW-Oshkosh at #24 Central
#20 Linfield at #12 Chapman; Aurora at #8 Saint John's

SUNY Maritime at #6 Salisbury; Case Western at #13 Union
MIT at #4 Muhlenberg; Brockport at Western New England

Hanover at #1 Mount Union; Wabash at #5 North Central
Framingham State at #10 Wesley; #9 Delaware Valley at #21 Bridgewater

bold indicates home team; (#) ranking

6. Weekend Preview

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Norwich (vs. Babson; vs. Mass-Boston)
  2. Geneseo (at Buffalo State; vs. Fredonia)
  3. UW-Stevens Point (at UW-River Falls; at UW-Superior)
  4. Hobart (vs. #6 Oswego; at Potsdam)
  5. UW-Eau Claire (at UW-Superior; at UW-Stout)
  6. Oswego (at #4 Hobart)
  7. Augsburg (A/H vs. Gustavus)
  8. Trinity (at Amherst; at Hamilton)
  9. Adrian
  10. Utica (vs. Lebanon Valley; vs. Elmira)
Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh
  2. Adrian (H/A vs. Trine)
  3. Elmira (at Nazareth; at Utica)
  4. UW-River Falls (vs. #6 UW-Eau Claire)
  5. Norwich (vs. Salem State; vs. Plymouth State)
  6. Gustavus Adolphus (A/H vs. Augsburg)
  7. UW-Eau Claire (at #4 UW-River Falls)
  8. Middlebury (H/H vs. Amherst)
  9. Hamline (H/A vs. St. Olaf)
  10. St. Thomas (A/H vs. Bethel)
H/H - home/home; H/A - home/away; A/H - away/home; A/A - away/away

Basketball (M) (preseason)
  1. Swarthmore (vs. Stockton)
  2. UW-Oshkosh (vs. Elmhurst)
  3. North Central 
  4. Amherst (vs. Elmira, vs. TBA)
  5. Wittenberg (vs. Mount St. Joseph)
  6. Emory (vs. Oglethorpe)
  7. Washington-St. Louis (vs. Coe; vs. TBA)
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. #15 St. Thomas MN; vs. TBA)
  9. Christopher Newport (vs. Randolph; vs. Lynchburg)
  10. Nichols (vs. Worcester State)
Basketball (W)
  1. Amherst (vs. #22 Ithaca)
  2. Tufts (at Brandeis)
  3. Scranton (at King's; at Wilkes)
  4. Wartburg (at Westminster MO)
  5. Bowdoin (vs. Colby-Sawyer; vs. TBA)
  6. Hope (at Case Western; vs. Juniata)
  7. Mary Hardin-Baylor (at St. Thomas TX)
  8. George Fox  (vs. Chapman; vs. Cal Lutheran)
  9. St. Thomas (at St. Catherine)
  10. DePauw (vs. #17 UW-Oshkosh; at Wisconsin Lutheran)
Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon (at West Virginia Invitational)
  2. Denison
  3. Johns Hopkins (at #7 NYU)
  4. Emory
  5. Washington-St. Louis (at Illinois Wesleyan Invitational)
  6. MIT (at WPI, Bowdoin)
  7. NYU (vs. #3 Johns Hopkins)
  8. Chicago (Chicago Fall Classic)
  9. Carnegie Mellon (at West Virginia Invitational)
  10. Pomona-Pitzer
Swimming (W) - CSCAA
  1. Johns Hopkins (at #7 NYU)
  2. Denison
  3. Emory
  4. Kenyon (at West Virginia Invitational)
  5. Williams (vs. Union)
  6. Washington U. (at Illinois Wesleyan Invitational)
  7. NYU (vs. #1 Johns Hopkins)
  8. Chicago (Chicago Fall Classic)
  9. Tufts (at Brandeis)
  10. Carnegie Mellon (at West Virginia Invitational)
Wrestling NWCA
  1. Wabash (at Concordia WI Open)
  2. Loras (at Coe Invite; Concordia WI Open)
  3. Wartburg (at Augsburg Invitational; Concordia WI Open)
  4. Mount Union
  5. Augsburg (Augsburg Invitational)
  6. (t) UW-Whitewater (at Concordia WI Open)
  7. (t) UW-La Crosse (at Augsburg Invitational)
  8. Stevens (at WPI, Castleton, Roger Williams)
  9. (t) Baldwin Wallace (BW Invitational)
  10. (t) Coe (Coe Invite)

7.  Comings and Goings
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