Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Athletic Directors of the Year


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Athletic Directors of the Year

ADOY 2022

"The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Cushman & Wakefield AD of the Year Award (ADOY) today. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College / Community Colleges). Winners will be recognized in conjunction with the 57th Annual NACDA & Affiliates Convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, prior to the Featured Session on Tuesday, June 28 at 4 p.m.

Winners of the 2021-22 Cushman & Wakefield AD of the Year Awards are: 

Division III
Stevie Baker-WatsonDePauw University
Amanda DeMartinoThe College of New Jersey
Marybeth LambBridgewater State University
Lori RunksmeierEastern Connecticut State University

Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control during the tenure of the current athletics director.

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2. Women's Final Four Preview

2022 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship

The 2022 NCAA Division III women's basketball semifinals take place on Thursday in Pittsburgh, Pa. Here is a look at each semifinalist.

Amherst vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 5:00

Amherst Mammoths (25-3)
NCAA Titles (3): 2011-17-18
Trips to the Final Four (9): 2009-10-11-12-13-16-17-18-22
Scoring Offense / Defense: 61.6 / 49.0
FG% Offense / FG% Defense: 39.1 / 31.8
Leading Scorer: Dani Valdez, 11.7
Leading Rebounder: Valdez, 7.4

UW-Whitewater Warhawks (27-4)
Best NCAA Finish: 2nd (2013)
Trips to the Final Four (4): 2008-13-14-22
Scoring Offense / Defense: 71.7 / 55.5
FG% Offense / FG% Defense: 39.8 / 36.4
Leading Scorer: Aleah Grundahl, 16.3
Leading Rebounder: Johanna Taylor, 7.7

Hope vs. Trine, 7:30

Hope Flying Dutch (30-1)
NCAA Titles (2): 1990-2006
Trips to the Final Four (4): 1990-2006-10-22
Scoring Offense / Defense: 86.5 / 48.4
FG% Offense / FG% Defense: 47.2 / 32.4
Leading Scorer: Kenedy Schoonveld, 11.2
Leading Rebounder: Olivia Voskuil, 6.1

Trine Thunder (28-3)
Best NCAA Finish: 3rd Round (2018)
Trips to the Final Four (1): 2022
Scoring Offense / Defense: 72.5 / 47.0
FG% Offense / FG% Defense: 43.3 / 32.0
Leading Scorer: Tara Bieniewicz, 11.3
Leading Rebounder: Kelsy Taylor, 5.4

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3. Allen-Cook Announces Retirement

MIAA Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook to Retire in July 2022

"The Chair of the Presidents' Council and Calvin University president Dr. Michael Le Roy announces the retirement of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook, effective July 1, 2022.  Allen-Cook has served eight years at the helm of "America's First Conference".

Since being introduced as the ninth MIAA Commissioner in 2014, Allen-Cook has put the Division III student-athlete experience at the forefront of her career.  She has made a large effort to destigmatize mental health, provided educational opportunities in a variety of topics, navigated the league through the COVID-19 pandemic, and so much more.

Allen-Cook spent nearly a decade (1996-2002) as the head volleyball coach and an administrator at Alma College, where she led the Scots to a 132-54 record and the first of what would be four consecutive conference championships during the 2001 season.  Additionally, Allen-Cook was the assistant track coach in 2004-05.

The MIAA will begin the search for a new Commissioner immediately."

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4.  Turell Turning Pro

by Jonathan Givony,

"Yeshiva University's Ryan Turell will forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the 2022 NBA draft, he told ESPN.

"My full intention is to play professional basketball next year," Turell said.

Turell is the leading scorer in college basketball across all divisions, averaging 27.1 points while shooting 47% from 3. His team won the Skyline Conference championship, winning 50 consecutive games spanning from November 2019 to December 2021 and at one time being ranked No. 1 in the country in Division III."

>> Court Awareness: "Turell is attempting to become the first Orthodox Jewish player in the NBA. He wears a yarmulke on the basketball court when he plays, and he said he plans on continuing to do so as a professional."

>> The Big Picture: "Turell's ability to make shots in a variety of situations at 6-foot-7, be it running off screens, pulling up in transition, or spacing the floor from well beyond the NBA 3-point line, gives him a coveted niche he could potentially fill at the professional level. His 1.31 points per possessions ranks him as the third most efficient shooter in all of college basketball according to Synergy Sports Technology, including second in shooting off screens."

>> What They're Saying: "Being the first Orthodox Jew in the NBA would mean the world to me, and a dream come true, God willing. But, just as importantly, it would mean the world to others that never saw this as a possibility."

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5.   Marietta Takes Top Spot

Zach Boyd, Marietta / Rebecca Wheeler photography

Marietta jumped Cortland for the top spot in the latest rankings. The Pioneers garnered 14 first-place ballots and 610 points to the Red Dragons' 10 and 588.

  1. Marietta (14), 9-2
  2. Cortland (10), 10-3
  3. Birmingham-Southern, 11-4
  4. Eastern Connecticut (1), 4-0
  5. North Central, Ill., 8-2
  6. Lynchburg, 12-2
  7. Texas-Dallas, 15-2
  8. Salisbury, 10-5
  9. Rowan, 5-1
  10. Webster, 6-2
>> Movers and Shakers: Denison (+7), Adrian (-5), Aurora (-4)

>> New to the Poll: Baldwin Wallace, Loras

>> Complete Poll

    6.   Lightning Round  

      SwimSwam provides a fan's guide for the men's swimming championship. Hopefully the women's guide comes out this morning.

      Washington's (Mo.) Jeff Stiles and Loras' Matt Jones named National Coaches of the Year by the USTFCCCA.

      Christopher Newport 1B Kaitlyn Hasty and Texas Lutheran P Ashlyn Strother captured the NFCA Player and Pitcher of the Week awards.

      Cake and candles to Moravian football student Jeremiah Espinosa.



      7.  Comings and Goings
      1 THING

      8.  St. Patrick's Treat

      A server at Little Goat Diner pours Green River into a fountain glass. GIF: Monica Eng/Axios

      Now you can have an ice cream float, St. Patrick's Day style.

      • Axios Chicago co-author Monica Eng tried a special Green River Float ($9) at the Little Goat Diner during an Axios team breakfast last week with Axios Local deputy managing editor Emma Way.

      The idea: A St. Patrick's twist on a root beer float using the Chicago-invented Green River soda.

      •  Insta-rating: The float looks pretty cool, but not quite make-your-friends-green-with-envy cool.
      •  Taste rating: Pleasing lime Jell-O flavor, with a stomachache.
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