Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Recruiting Survey Recap


FEBRUARY 23, 2021 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Recruiting Survey Recap

Division 3 recruiting for football proves challenging – Survive and Thrive

An online survey on official and unofficial recruiting visits was distributed to athletics directors and senior compliance officers at all Division III institutions. Responses were received from 350 for a response rate of 79%. 

Nearly 80 percent use official visits - where an institution provides benefits to the prospective student or parents - to recruit. Approximately 58 percent offer 20 or more official visits per year.

An overwhelming 86 percent of respondents use student who participate in athletics as hosts on official visits. The student host legislation allows the institution to provide $40 per day to cover entertainment expenses, as long as they remain within a 30-mile radius of main campus.

Nearly everyone uses unofficial visits in the recruitment process and half would like to see the meals legislation - whereby an institution may only provide one on-campus meal for the student only - changed.

The vast majority was not in favor of changing the entertainment (85%), transportation (78%) or social media (67%) legislation.

>> Go Deeper


2.  Endowments

Part Two in our series on college and university endowments.

Top 20 Endowments of DIII Liberal Arts College Members (in $1,000s)

  1. Williams, $2,841,360
  2. Amherst, $2,565,148
  3. Wellesley, $2,285,397
  4. Pomona, $2,257,399
  5. Swarthmore, $2,103,670
  6. Grinnell, $2,090,750
  7. Smith, $1,907,178
  8. Bowdoin, $1,782,278
  9. Washington and Lee, $1,630,163
  10. Middlebury, $1,133,644
  11. Vassar, $1,097,976
  12. Wesleyan, Conn., $1,052,631
  13. Hamilton, $1,020,321
  14. Berry, $981,511
  15. Oberlin, $954,934
  16. Denison, $904,772
  17. Bryn Mawr, $887,795
  18. Colby, $878,323
  19. Carleton, $868,695
  20. Claremont McKenna, $855,451
Largest Change in Market Value
  1. New England College, 70.05%
  2. Nichols, 25.85%
  3. Redlands, 16.56%
  4. Thomas, 11.75%
  5. Marywood, 10.65%
  6. Mount Saint Mary, 9.41%
  7. Concordia-Moorhead, 9.15%
  8. Pitt-Bradford, 8.53%
  9. Worcester State, 7.62%
  10. Johns Hopkins, 7.56%
Largest Decline in Market Value
  1. Beloit, -23.18%
  2. Millikin, -11.81%
  3. Albright, -10.23%
  4. Macalester, -9.54%
  5. Earlham, -9.27%
  6. Washington & Jefferson, -8.95%
  7. Washington College, -7.67%
  8. Whittier, -7.58%
  9. Berry, -7.28%
  10. Guilford, -6.82%

>> A Closer LookD3Playbook will take a deeper dive into DIII endowments throughout the week. Tomorrow, we look at the differences between conference members.



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3. Finch Named Wolves' Coach

NBA : Timberwolves fire Ryan Saunders and his replacement will be Chris  Finch – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines

On Monday, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced the hiring of Toronto Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch as their next coach. Finch has 24 years of coaching experience, roughly half of that in Europe. The two-time NCAA Division III All-American at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania played for the Sheffield Sharks in the British Basketball League and later coached the same team from 1997-2003.

Finch was a NABC Honorable Mention All-American in 1991 and 1992. He played in all 119 games in his career, which tied a then NCAA Division III record for most games played in a career. As a starter, Finch played 115 games compiling a 102-13 record, good for the most career wins as a starter in D-III history.

The all-time blocked shot leader (103) at Franklin & Marshall, he ranks among the all-time best Diplomats in scoring (1,287-tenth), rebounding (628-twelfth), assists (532-second), steals (253-second) and three point field goals (81-ninth). In four years, Finch’s F&M teams were Middle Atlantic Conference Southwest Champions (four times), MAC Champions (three times), a 1991 NCAA finalist, made the Final Four once and the Elite Eight twice.

“I would like to thank Glen Taylor and Gersson Rosas for this incredible opportunity to be the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves,” said Finch. “I look forward to working hand and hand with Gersson to build and lead a team that Timberwolves fans will be proud of. We have excellent pieces in place and I can’t wait to get to work.”

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4.  Still The Same

The weekly D3hoops.com polls are out and the Hope women and Randolph-Macon men remain in the top spots.


  1. Hope (12), 10-0, 222
  2. East Texas Baptist (3), 19-0, 208
  3. Trine, 11-1, 190 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  4. Wartburg, 11-1, 160 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  5. Oglethorpe, 7-1, 130
  6. Whitman, 5-1, 123
  7. Millsaps, 9-1, 115 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  8. Hardin-Simmons, 12-3, 97 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  9. Texas-Dallas, 9-3, 93 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  10. Maryville, 10-0, 87 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
11-15: DePauw, John Carroll, Wheaton (Ill.), Simpson, UW-Eau Claire

>> Complete Poll


  1. Randolph-Macon (14), 5-0, 260
  2. Illinois Wesleyan (1), 4-0, 228
  3. Trine (2), 13-0, 209
  4. Wheaton, Ill., 9-0, 205 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  5. Saint John's (1), 3-0, 195
  6. Yeshiva, 3-0, 174 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  7. St. Thomas, Minn., 2-0, 140
  8. Dubuque, 9-0, 124 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  9. Marietta, 7-1, 122 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  10. UW-Platteville, 5-1, 121 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
11-15: UW-Oshkosh, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Whitworth, UW-La Crosse, DePauw

>> Complete Poll



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5. Preseason Honors

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced its preseason DIII men's lacrosse All-Americans.

A-Ronan Jacoby, Wesleyan
A-Mac Bredahl, Tufts
A-Larson Sundown, RIT
A-Josh Melton, Salisbury
A-Luke Keating, Franklin & Marshall
M-Matt Treiber, Tufts
M-Jarrett Bromwell, Salisbury
M-Ty Kostack, Cabrini
SSDM-Brad Griek, Salisbury
F/O-Brett Malamphy, Salisbury
LSM - Kevin Murphy, Salisbury
D-Finn McTiernan, Tufts
D-Brad Apgar, Salisbury
D-Tommy DeLuca, Cabrini
D-Alex Maruna, RIT
D-Tamer Sullivan, Amherst
GK-Walker Hare, RIT

>> Entire Team



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6.  Comings and Goings

7.  Iconic

In this Feb. 23, 1945, file photo, Marines with the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)
AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal

On this date in 1945, during World War II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi, where they raised two American flags (the second flag-raising was captured in the iconic Associated Press photograph.)

On the day of the iconic photograph by Rosenthal, the war photographers heard of a flag going up on Mount Suribachi, a volcano on the southern end of the island. After speeding up the mountain, Rosenthal perched himself on rocks and a sandbag just in time to set his shutter speed to one-four-hundredths of a second, capturing what has been called, “the most widely reproduced photo in American history” (Richard Goldstein, New York Times). Found on front-pages across the country, a centerpiece on at least 3.5 million war-bond posters, the design of commemorative stamps, the inspiration for a 100-ton Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture, it’s no surprise that this photograph won the honor of a Pulitzer Prize.

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