Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Steward Steps Down


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Steward Steps Down

"Hobart and William Smith Colleges Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Deb Steward has announced that she will retire from her position in mid-November. Steward's outstanding career in collegiate athletics spans more than 33 years including the past 16 in a leadership role at the Colleges.

HWS President Joyce P. Jacobsen has appointed Associate Director for Athletics and Recreation and Director of Athletic Compliance Brian Miller to succeed Steward. Miller has been a member of the HWS athletics administration since 2009, including two years as the interim director of athletics for Hobart.

Steward was named the 2014 ECAC Division III Female Administrator of the Year and the 2017 Women Leaders in College Sports Division III Administrator of the Year. She has hired 20 head coaches; broken the Colleges' single day fundraising record; overseen team and individual accomplishments that have earned conference, regional and national acclaim; and was instrumental in improving multiple athletic and recreation facilities at HWS."

>> What They're Saying: "It's remarkable what Deb has built here, first with William Smith and in particular over the past 18 months leading both Hobart and William Smith Athletics," says Jacobsen. "She led our teams through the uncertainty of the pandemic and set us on an exciting course that will expand our athletic opportunities from 23 sports to 35 sports over the next five years."

>> What's Next: "Miller initially came to the Colleges as the NCAA compliance coordinator. In his current role as the associate director of athletics and recreation, Miller is responsible for external operations including alumni and alumnae relations, marketing and promotions, corporate partnerships, and coordination of the SAA and Heron Society. He continues to oversee the athletic departments' NCAA rules compliance."

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2. Second Legislative Proposals

The 2022 NCAA Convention Division III Second Publication of Proposed Legislation will be available through the NCAA website at September 23. The SPOPL contains the proposed amendment to NCAA Division III legislation that was properly submitted in accordance with the July 15 and September 1 deadlines in the NCAA legislative calendar.

Proposal Highlights

  • To reduce the minimum number of member institutions required to form a single-sport conference from seven to six.
  • To utilize the NCAA Eligibility Center in certifying the amateur status of international student-athletes to provide more consistency and efficiency to the certification process.
  • To specify that a student-athlete would be charged with a season of eligibility if the student-athlete competes at any point during the traditional season.
  • To specify permissible contact opportunities and equipment use for the football preseason, regular season and spring period.
  • To permit Division III member institutions with Division I sports to apply all Division I legislation, including Bylaw 15 (financial aid), to the Division I sports.

>> What's Next: The Amendment-to-amendment period. The Presidents Council and Management Council as well as the membership (see Constitution may submit amendments to the proposals in the Second Publication of Proposed Legislation. These amendments-to-amendments may not increase the modification of the provisions to be amended; they must fall between the provisions of the original proposed amendment and the current provisions. These must be received by the national office by November 1.

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3.  Monks Rule


St. Joseph's (Maine) overcame a small deficit after day one by firing a tournament-best 316 over the final 18 holes to capture the Great Northeast Athletic Conference men's golf championship. Albertus Magnus was second.

The Monks' Drew Mathieu, who trailed by four shots entering the final round, carded a final-day 78 to win medalist honors.

>> Complete Results

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Cup, formerly known as the Small College Nationals, begins Thursday at the Rome (Ga.) Tennis Center.

The draws are out and here are the top seeds:

Singles (M)
1-James Hopper, Case Western Reserve; 2-Cameron Krimbrill, Trinity (Texas); 3-Chase Cohen, Williams; 4-Robert Liu, Claremont-M-S

Singles (W)
1-Sahana Raman, Middlebury; 2-Eliza McPherron, Emory; 3-Dakota Fordham, NYU; 4-Sylwia Mikos, Chicago

Doubles (M)
1-Leach/Lemaitre, George Fox; 2-Hopper/Powell, CWRU; 3-Watson/Hutchison, Mary Washington; 4-Harris/Laber, Middlebury

Doubles (W)
1-Cornwall/Zheng, Carnegie Mellon; 2-Rigby/Christensen, Tufts; 3-Goetz/Li, Emory; 4-Guo/Mikos, Chicago

>> Complete Brackets

4.   No Change at the Top

Josiah Crawford, Montclair State

W&L and TCNJ are still on top of the weekly soccer rankings this week from the United Soccer Coaches and

Men (United Soccer Coaches)

  1. Washington and Lee, 10-0-1
  2. Trinity (Texas), 11-0
  3. Tufts, 9-0-2
  4. Ohio Wesleyan, 9-0-2
  5. Johns Hopkins, 9-0-2
  6. Messiah, 9-0-2
  7. NYU, 8-1-1
  8. Montclair State, 11-1-1
  9. Washington (Mo.), 7-1-1
  10. Claremont-M-S, 9-1-2
>> Who's New: New Paltz, Kenyon, Babson, Swarthmore, Oneonta

>> Complete Poll

Men (
  1. Washington and Lee, 11-0-1
  2. Messiah, 9-0-2
  3. Tufts, 9-0-2
  4. Ohio Wesleyan, 9-0-2
  5. NYU, 8-1-1
  6. Trinity (Texas), 11-0
  7. Johns Hopkins, 9-0-2
  8. Amherst, 9-1-1
  9. Montclair State, 11-1-1
  10. Emory, 6-1-3
>> Goal Differential: Calvin 45, Webster 43, Montclair State 36, SUNY Poly 36, Penn State Harrisburg 35

>> Complete Poll

>> What We're Watching Today
  • Alvernia (9-2) at No. 6 Messiah (9-0-2), 4:00
  • Randolph-Macon (7-2-2) at Randolph (10-0-1), 6:00
  • Husson (9-2-3) at Thomas (8-1), 6:30
  • John Carroll (6-3-2) at Otterbein (9-0-2), 7:00
  • Grove City (6-6) at Westminster, Pa. (7-5), 7:30

Women (United Soccer Coaches)

  1. TCNJ, 11-0
  2. Johns Hopkins, 9-0-1
  3. Washington, Mo., 10-0-1
  4. Christopher Newport, 10-0
  5. MIT, 13-0-1
  6. William Smith, 10-1-1
  7. McDaniel, 12-0
  8. Case Western Reserve, 11-0
  9. Chicago, 10-0-2
  10. Misericordia, 10-1
>> Who's New: Puget Sound, Southwestern, W. Connecticut, Emory

>> Complete Poll
Women (
  1. TCNJ, 11-0
  2. Christopher Newport, 10-0
  3. Johns Hopkins, 9-0-1
  4. MIT, 13-0-1
  5. Washington (Mo.), 9-0-1
  6. Chicago, 10-0-2
  7. William Smith, 10-1-1
  8. McDaniel, 12-0
  9. Misericordia, 10-1
  10. Centre, 11-1-1
>> Scoring Defense: McDaniel 0.083, Puget Sound 0.162, Scranton 0.181, TCNJ 0.182, Occidental 0.252
>> Complete Poll

>> Matches We're Watching Today
  • No. 2 Johns Hopkins (9-0-1) at No. 7 McDaniel (12-0), 3:30
  • Virginia Wesleyan (6-4-1) at No. 2 Lynchburg (10-1), 4:00
  • Rowan (9-3) at Stockton (10-2-2), 7:00
  • MSOE (11-3) at Illinois Tech (9-3-1), 8:00

5.   Rowan Rising

Kristiina Castagnola, Rowan / photo by Nick Feldman

Rowan made the biggest leap in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, moving six spots into the No. 6 position after upsetting No. 3 Kean.

  1. Middlebury, 12-0
  2. Johns Hopkins, 12-0
  3. Tufts, 7-2
  4. Kean, 13-1
  5. Babson, 12-1
  6. Rowan, 8-2
  7. Trinity, 8-2
  8. Messiah, 9-2
  9. Amherst, 9-2
  10. Williams, 9-3
>> New to the Party: Haverford, Hamilton

>> Matches to Watch Today
  • No. 11 Ursinus (8-3) at Bryn Mawr (7-3), 4:00
  • No. 10 Williams (9-3) at No. 20 Hamilton (7-4), 6:30
  • No. 17 Lynchburg (8-3) at No. 14 Washington and Lee (9-0), 7:00
>> Complete Poll

6.  Comings and Goings
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