Thursday, June 23, 2022

Hartford Joins CCC


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Hartford Joins CCC

CCC Grants Full Membership to University of Hartford, Beginning Competition in 2023-24

by Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant 

"The University of Hartford will join the Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference at the start of the 2023-24 academic year, the school announced Tuesday.

Hartford has been searching for an athletic home since the decision was made to drop down from Division I to Division III in the spring of 2021. The Hawks will become the 11th member of the CCC, which includes schools in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine.

The transition to the CCC conference comes after the NCAA approved UHart’s move from Division I in March. Hartford approached the conference initially.

“It was almost like a mutual occurrence,” Hartford Athletic Director Sharon Beverly told The Courant. “We had been thinking about the CCC, we just weren’t sure where they were on adding another institution. We reached out and they were amiable to having a discussion."

>> Field Awareness: "Hartford currently offers 17 sports and hopes to add tennis, field hockey and ice hockey in the future. There is also an esports program and plans to construct a new track and field facility in 2023."

>> What They're Saying: “Kudos to (CCC Commissioner) Gregg Kaye for seeing all the positives that [we] as a conference institution,” Beverly said. “Some of the conferences we were looking at could only see negatives. We didn’t feel we were bringing negatives. We were bringing positives. We were fully committed to the Division III philosophy and the goals of Division III.”

>> Geography Lesson: "Hartford joins the conference, founded in 1984, that includes Roger Williams and Salve Regina in Rhode Island; Western New England, Nichols, Wentworth, Curry, Endicott, Suffolk and Gordon in Massachusetts; and the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine."

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>> CCC Release
>> Hartford Release



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2.  Three Named to NCAA Governors Board

The NCAA announced today the members of its new Board of Governors as outlined by the new NCAA constitution (PDF) adopted in January by member schools and conferences.

The new board includes nine voting members: four from Division I (at least one school president and one conference commissioner), one from the Division II Presidents Council, one from the Division III Presidents Council, two independent members and one graduated student-athlete.

Nonvoting ex officio members are selected by virtue of their position and include the NCAA president, the chairs of the Division I Council and Divisions II and III Management Councils, the president of one historically Black college or university and one former NCAA student-athlete from each of the two divisions not represented by the voting student-athlete.

The new voting Board of Governors members include:

  • Mary-Beth Cooper, president, Springfield College
  • TBD, student-athlete

The ex officio members include:

  • Michelle Morgan, Division III Management Council chair and athletics director at John Carroll University
  • TBD, student-athlete
  • TBD, student-athlete

The voting student-athlete will be chosen by the Board of Governors at its August meeting. The graduated student-athletes who will serve on the board include:

  • Division III — Isaiah Swann, former baseball student-athlete at the University of Texas at Dallas.

>> Complete Release

3.  Cline Hopes To Launch Scouting Career

Kelly Cline
by James Krause, La Crosse Tribune | photo by Jim Garvey, UWL

"The newest coach on the UW-La Crosse football staff will not only be breaking into the sport for her first coaching job, she’ll be breaking down boundaries.

Kelly Cline will join the Eagles staff this season as a student assistant coach working with linebackers, the team announced on May 23. The sports management major came to UW-L with no prior football experience, but just a few years later, Cline hopes her first coaching gig helps launch her toward a dream job.

“My end goal is to scout for the NFL,” Cline said. “This coaching will really boost my confidence, and I want to understand the game deeper.”

>> Situational Awareness: "Cline is slowly adapting to coaching, expecting to slowly get into the process of learning plays, breaking down film and running practice drills. The job is a huge jump from her other sports experiences as a marketing intern, previously for the Durham Bulls and currently with the Madison Mallards."

>> What They're Saying: “Kelly has been a big piece of our program the last few years,” head coach Matt Janus said. “She did a fantastic job with our film and that side of things. From the standpoint of what she wanted to do, we had that conversation. Kelly said she wanted to get into scouting and that side of things. We moved from there with the mindset of figuring out how she could help us and how we could help her.”

>> Quotable: “I definitely in the future want more of an on-field role instead of in the office,” Cline said. “I’m very hands on in my learning style. I love marketing, it’s fun for a creative person like me. It’s definitely one of my passions, but coaching is going to give me this experience.”

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4.  Water Polo Rules Recap

"The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel during a virtual call Tuesday approved reducing the shot clock in women's water polo to 30 seconds for the 2022-23 academic year. Previously, the shot clock was 35 seconds.

The Men's and Women's Water Polo Rules Subcommittee, which proposed the change, thinks a reduction in the women's shot clock will reduce the holding and grabbing that occurs while the ball is in play.

The panel also approved a change to the penalty for simulation."

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: Hartford to Join Commonwealth Coast Conference


written by STEVE ULRICH
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CCC Grants Full Membership to University of Hartford, Beginning Competition in 2023-24

Hartford to Join Commonwealth Coast Conference

"The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) is pleased to announce the addition of the University of Hartford as its 11th core conference member.  The announcement was made by the CCC Board of Directors on Tuesday morning. UHart will officially join the conference in 2023-24 as it progresses through the NCAA Reclassification process from NCAA Division I to NCAA Division III, effective Sept. 1, 2025.

“On behalf of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Board of Directors and my fellow CCC Presidents, I wish to welcome the University of Hartford to the CCC family,” said CCC Board of Directors Chair and University of New England President Dr. James D. Herbert. “The CCC Board has been most impressed with UHart’s thorough strategic plan, vision for athletics and solid commitment to provide expanded sport offerings. Each of the CCC member institutions places the highest emphasis on providing elite academic and athletic opportunities that complement each other, and the CCC board is pleased to partner with an institution that has demonstrated their commitment to these values."

“The University of Hartford is honored to have found a great match in the Commonwealth Coast Conference,” said University of Hartford President Gregory Woodward. “The CCC member institutions share UHart’s vision and values, our high expectations for academic and athletic achievement on a regional and national level, and our prioritization of student experiences and success. We are excited about the natural rivalries that will unfold and look forward to the competitive future of Hartford Athletics with our new conference partners. We have found the ideal conference to ensure the success of our landmark reclassification to Division III.”

“In recent years, the CCC has become a prime destination for elite-level prospective student-athletes in all sports,” said CCC Commissioner Gregg M. Kaye. “As the University of Hartford expands its athletic offerings in the coming years, that will help with the continued growth of our conference.”

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Tufts Wins Directors' Cup


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Tufts Wins Directors' Cup

Jumbos Win First Directors' Cup as Most Successful Division III Program

Tufts University won its first-ever Learfield Directors Cup by just 37 points over Johns Hopkins.

The Jumbos took advantage in men's lacrosse, women's rowing and softball - outpointing the Blue Jays, 211-0, to overtake Hopkins who led following the winter season.

"This is a really exciting day for Tufts Athletics. Winning the Learfield Directors' Cup reflects a total team effort, and we are so grateful to everyone who helped us achieve this goal," said Director of Athletics John Morris.

The Learfield Directors' Cup is a joint program of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's NCAA tournament finishes in up to 18 sports.

Tufts’ win ends a streak of seven consecutive Directors' Cups won by Williams College.

Top Ten Finishers

  1. Tufts, 1,080
  2. Johns Hopkins, 1,043
  3. Middlebury, 1,000.50
  4. MIT, 936.75
  5. Washington (Mo.), 922.50
  6. Williams, 908
  7. Chicago, 900.50
  8. Claremont-M-S, 858
  9. Emory, 846.50
  10. Stevens, 780.50

>> Complete Point Totals

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2.  Directors Cup Champs


The following schools led their conference in points in the Division III Learfield Directors' Cup standings.

AMCC: Penn State Behrend, 199 (92nd)
A-R-C: Wartburg, 700.75 (17)
ASC: Mary Hardin-Baylor, 338 (54)
Atlantic East: Cabrini, 236 (75)
CCIW: North Central (Ill.), 649 (22)
Centennial: Johns Hopkins, 1043 (2)
C2C: Christopher Newport, 695.50 (18)
CCC: Endicott, 392 (47)
CSAC: Wilson, 87.50 (182)
CUNYAC: Baruch, 125 (144)
Empire 8: St. John Fisher, 427 (41)
GNAC: Johnson and Wales, 204 (90)
HCAC: Transylvania, 216 (85)
Landmark: Catholic, 254 (68)
Liberty: Ithaca, 770,75 (11)
LEC: Eastern Connecticut, 228 (81)
MAC: Stevens, 780.50 (10)
MASCAC: Framingham State, 125 (144)
MIAA: Calvin, 536 (27)
MIAC: Gustavus Adolphus, 456 (38)
MWC: Grinnell, 89 (180)
NACC: Aurora, 235.50 (76)
NCAC: Denison, 487 (35)
NECC: Mitchell, 87.50 (182)
NESCAC: Tufts, 1080 (1)
NEWMAC: MIT, 936.75 (4)
NJAC: Rowan, 523.25 (29)
NAC: Husson, 138 (137)
NWC: George Fox, 273.50 (66)
OAC: John Carroll, 635.75 (23)
ODAC: Washington and Lee, 767.50 (12)
PAC: Westminster (Pa.), 233 (78)
SAA: Centre, 379 (48)
SCAC: Trinity (Texas), 685.50 (20)
SCIAC: Claremont-M-S, 858 (8)
Skyline: St. Joseph's (L.I.), 97.50 (171)
SLIAC: Webster, 163.50 (118)
SUNYAC: Geneseo, 691.75 (19)
UAA: Washington (Mo.), 922.50 (5)
UMAC: Northwestern, 116 (156)
United East: St. Mary's (Md.), 171 (114)
USA South: Southern Virginia, 189 (100)
WIAC: Whitewater, 754.25 (13)

>> Conference Totals


    3. Nicholas Receives Honda Award

    Erin Nicholas, at her Scarsdale home June 17, 2022, was recently named the women's national NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year. She excelled in field hockey and lacrosse at Middlebury
    by Nancy Haggerty, Rockland/Westchester Journal News | photo by Peter Carr, Journal News

    "The field hockey and lacrosse sticks sit, at least temporarily, idle now, next to her bed at home in Scarsdale.

    Three of Erin Nicholas's six national championships between them.

    Four straight in field hockey. Two, the most recent last month, in lacrosse.

    Their owner was a three-time field hockey All-American at Middlebury College and the national Division III Field Hockey Player of the Year for a remarkable three straight years.

    Last month, she was named All-American in women's collegiate lacrosse for a second time out of the three seasons she played.

    But Thursday, after being nominated for her field hockey accomplishments, Nicholas topped all of that, becoming Honda's Collegiate Women's Sports Awards Division III Athlete of the Year for all sports."

    >> Field Awareness: "Nicholas will receive her award at the University of Southern California during a live telecast airing at 9 p.m. East Coast time on CBS Sports Network on June 27."

    >> #WhyD3: "While she considered Division I schools when she dubbed herself a "raw athlete ... rather than a field hockey or lacrosse player" as a high school freshman and sophomore, she later concentrated on looking at Division III schools with the goal of playing both. She has zero regrets about her chosen path."

    >> What They're Saying: "I am the person I am because of the lessons athletics taught me, especially with the challenges faced the last four years," said Nicholas. "They helped me grow and learn,"

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    4. Ice Hockey Rules Committee Recap


    "The NCAA Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Rules Committee proposed a significant overhaul to the video replay process at its meeting this week in Indianapolis. In the new process, coaches may challenge a reviewable play, and if the play is not reversed, a timeout will be charged for the unsuccessful challenge. Any subsequent unsuccessful challenges would result in a minor penalty for delay of game.

    If approved, the rule would go into effect for the 2022-23 academic year. All rule proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will discuss ice hockey recommendations July 20.

    Committee members believe the current process has created significant issues with game flow and puts unnecessary pressure on officials to review plays without a formal challenge being made."

    Elsewhere ...

    • The committee reviewed data and comments regarding the overtime format, which was altered two seasons ago to include a mandatory five-minute period with three skaters on each side. The group decided to continue with this policy for all regular-season contests. The committee voted to allow a shootout in situations where the game remains tied after the overtime period. The host school's conference policy on shootouts will be followed.
    • A significant amount of discussion centered around the penalty structure for hitting from behind and contact to the head. To address this, the committee approved a proposal that will provide officials an option of a major (five-minute) penalty without an ejection.
    • The length of intermissions shall be 12 or 15 minutes. The 18-minute option for intermissions was removed.

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    5. Calendar

    20-21 - Championships Committee, Indianapolis
    21-22 - Membership Committee, Indianapolis
    23 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
    26-29 - NACDA, Las Vegas, Nev.

    11-12 - Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, Indianapolis
    12 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
    16-17 - Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Indianapolis
    18-19 - Management Council, Indianapolis

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    6.  Lightning Round 

      Swimming (W)

      Ice Hockey (M)

    • Wisconsin-Eau Claire athletic director Dan Schumacher said the university has entertained the idea of a feasibility study for reclassification to NCAA Division I hockey, but a move up is not likely to happen anytime soon.


    • "Under fire for withholding information that led to a failed presidential search, embattled University of Maine system chancellor Dannel Malloy has received a contract extension through mid-July. With his contract set to expire at the end of this month, the Board of Trustees authorized a short-term extension on Thursday, according to The Kennebec Journal. The newspaper reported that the board offered the extension so that it could further discuss Malloy’s contract at its July 11 meeting."
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