Friday, September 11, 2020

Born to Be in Football


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SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Born to Be in Football

Alex Hanna
by Alex Hanna and Kristen Brill, The Unsealed

"To my players on the Oberlin football team,

I am probably your first female football coach. The idea of a woman running drills is new for a lot of people – not just you.

Recently, Coach (Ryan) Swingle, our running backs coach, and I went to a recruiting camp in Michigan. When we walked in, Coach Swingle started getting funny looks because he was with me. One coach came up to him, shook his hand and introduced himself. I was standing right there, but he didn’t look in my direction. It was like I didn’t exist.

So, I interjected and said, “Hey! I am Coach Hanna. It’s nice to meet you. What’s your name again?”

He reached out his hand and looked back over to Coach Swingle, as he said, “So what is she, your assistant or something?”

I knew I had Coach Swingle’s support, as I said, “I’m the director of football operations as well as the corners coach.”

When he realized I was serious, the coach chuckled, rolled his eyes and walked away.

I share this story with you because if I can get you to understand the significance of this moment, I know I can help you grow as football players and people."

>> The Back Story: "Growing up, my dad was a Browns fan. Neither my younger sister nor older sister seemed interested in watching games with him. So, I threw on an orange and brown shirt and sat beside him. Right away, I wanted to have a deeper understanding of the game."

>> Reality Check: "However, the realization that being a woman in football wasn’t going to be easy came in waves.  In the beginning, I was told that a good spot for me would be in a dress, helping out with recruiting, as opposed to being on the sideline calling plays. The next wave came with being assigned to assistant work, all the stuff that they didn’t want to do, but thought they could easily teach someone who never played."

>> Turning Point: "I coached at the high school level and with the Cleveland Browns youth programs before Coach (Steve) Opgenorth saw my love for the sport and hired me here at Oberlin. He believes in me. Coach (James) Mayden, our safeties coach, has helped me learn and develop an understanding of the secondaries."

>> What They're Saying: "She was born to be in football.  It will be inspiring to see her grow within the profession and help our student-athletes reach their full potential on and off the field." - Opgenorth

>> The Final Word: "How I dress doesn’t change why I am here, what I have to offer you or how I expect you to treat me."

>> Worth Your Time


2.  Soccer Taking Shape

by J.R. Eskilson,

"The schedule for college soccer for the spring is starting to take shape. This week, the coaches of Division I put forth recommendations for dates for the spring season to the Division I Board of Directors. The Board is schedule to vote to approve the dates on Sept. 16. 

Under the recommended dates, the start of practice for each program would be left up to the decision for each school. The first date for games would be February 3 and the regular season would conclude on April 24. 

The NCAA Tournament would start on April 30 and the Championship would be held between May 13-17."

>> Situational Awareness: These new dates come after the Division I Oversight Committee met last week and supported a reduction of 25% for playoff size for holding the championships in the spring. This would move men’s soccer tournament from 48 teams to 36 teams (with 24 automatic qualifiers and only 12 at large bids). The women’s soccer tournament would shrink from 64 teams to 48 teams (with 31 automatic qualifiers and only 17 at large bids). 

>> Between The Lines: "A source also told TopDrawerSoccer that there has been some discussion about including the results of the fall season into consideration for the spring. In effect, this could be a trial run for the two-semester model that college soccer has been pushing toward for the last decade. While those are in discussion, there has been no confirmation from NCAA on that front."

>> What's Next: The NCAA Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on the new bracket size and tournament dates on Friday, Sept. 11. 

>> Be Smart: Could this be the model that Division III eventually adopts?

>> Go Deeper


3.  Randy Tuggle 1958-2020

Randy Tuggle Memorial

"The Greensboro College community is mourning the loss of Head Women's Basketball Coach Randy Tuggle, who passed away Thursday following a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

"Randy was a longtime friend and colleague, who inspired not only the young women he coached, but everyone in the Greensboro College community," said Pride Athletic Director Kim Strable.
With 198 victories, Tuggle became the winningest coach in program history. He led the Pride to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011 and was named USA South and Coach of the Year.  During his tenure, Tuggle helped mold Greensboro College's women's basketball team into a USA South Athletic Conference powerhouse where he helped the Pride to seven USA South Regular Season and five USA South Tournament Championships. In addition to his team's performance on the court, Tuggle is also credited with coaching and recruiting 17 All-Conference selections, two USA South Rookies and Players of the Year, and two All-Americans.

Tuggle, a lifelong native of the Triad area, graduated from Northwest Guilford High School before going to play college basketball at UNC-Greensboro where he played in the NCAA Tournament and served as a team captain his senior campaign. He joined the Pride community in 2002 to serve as the assistant women's basketball coach, alongside his cousin Jason Tuggle, before taking of the head spot in 2009-2010.
Randy is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Lauren Childrey (Ryan), grandchildren Ella and Kennedy, and son Jimmy Duck.

>> Complete Release

>> Editor's Note: Our condolences to the family, the team, and the Greensboro College community.


Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college student-athletes who receive a varsity letter in their sport, achieve junior academic standing or higher after their fifth full-time semester, and earn a 3.4 cumulative grade point average. Student-athletes who compete for a collegiate club team are also eligible if the club team is overseen by the athletics department at the local chapter.

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4.  Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed in the Big 80s.
Men's Outdoor Track and Field - Skyline

Conference: Skyline Conference
Commissioner: Linda Bruno
Headquarters: New York, N.Y.
  • Founded: May 16, 1989
  • Charter Members (4): Manhattanville (1989), Merchant Marine (1989), Mount St. Vincent (1989), SUNY Old Westbury (1989)
  • Other Core Members (8): Mount St. Mary (1993), Maritime (1996), Yeshiva (1998), St. Joseph’s, LI (1999), Farmingdale (2003), Purchase (2007), Sarah Lawrence (2014), St. Joseph’s, Brooklyn (2015)
  • Associates (2): New Jersey City (MVB), Ramapo (MVB)
  • Oldest: Manhattanville (1841)
  • Largest: Farmingdale State (7,575)
  • Smallest: St. Joseph's, Brooklyn (823)
  • Longest Trip: 113 miles (Mount Saint Mary to St. Joseph's-L.I.)
  • Championship Sports: 19
  • Top Team Moment(s):  Farmingdale State advanced to both the men's basketball Elite Eight and the baseball World Series in 2009.

>> Monday: Capital Athletic Conference

Previously: AEC |  SAA | NECC | NACC | Landmark | NEAC | NEWMAC | 
AMCC | NAC | ASC | GNAC | Liberty | CSAC 

sources: Google Maps, EADA


5. Comings and Goings
6.  1 (or perhaps, Another) Bruce Thing

Nine newly written Springsteen songs are on the way, with an album expected in October, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

  • The 12-song album, recorded with the E Street Band over five days at Springsteen's home studio in New Jersey, includes "three new versions of previously unreleased tracks from the 1970s."
  • It "turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had," Springsteen said in a statement.

- courtesy of Axios

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