Tuesday, January 31, 2023

As Losses Mount, Webster Seeks Answers

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
 
>> Good Morning DIII! It's the last day of January. One down, 11 to go.

>> Do Your Record Books Need An Update? Email us. We have solutions.

>> Thanks for reading D3Playbook. Help us keep this site free. Support D3Playbook and click on our advertisers' links. 
 
I know someone who would like D3Playbook
TOP STORY

1.  As Losses Mount, Webster Seeks Answers


Webster University Achieves Best U.S. News & World Report Ranking - Webster  University Athletics
by Steph Kukuljan, Blythe Bernhard, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


"For nearly a decade, Webster University has seen enrollment decline by thousands of students and debt rise by the tens of millions of dollars.

The private college, located at Big Bend Boulevard and Edgar Road, faces a precarious future, one that analysts have little faith will improve any time soon, as annual losses reach $25 million.

And Webster’s bet on pivoting from being an arts-focused institution to one catering to business, technology and health sciences — leading it to take out over $60 million in bonds to construct new high-tech buildings at its main campus here — has yet to pay off."

>> Situational Awareness: "In recent years, the college has failed to attract enough students to offset expenses, despite raising tuition. An increase in international students has boosted enrollment system-wide for the upcoming school year following a significant drop. Over a six-year period from 2015 to 2021, Webster’s enrollment declined 42% from a little over 17,000 students to 10,000, according to university audits and bond documents."

>> Between The Lines: "Tuition also rose 17 percent over the same period, from $25,300 to $29,640 per academic year. Yet, despite tuition increases, revenue plummeted from $186.7 million in 2016 to $133.6 million in fiscal 2021. During the same period, the university’s losses continued to spiral from $12.8 million to $24.5 million, financial filings show."

>> The Big Picture: Other private colleges here are facing similar financial pressures, but not of the same magnitude as Webster. Fontbonne University has seen enrollment drop below 1,000 in the past couple years. Its expenses have continued to outpace revenue, though they have improved from a loss of $5 million in the 2015-2016 academic year, according to the latest available financial filings. Across the country, dozens of smaller colleges have shuttered in recent years, including MacMurray Colleges."

>> Quotable: “It boils down to a supply-and-demand issue,” said Lisa Washburn, managing director at Municipal Market Analytics. “We’ve just got too many seats for too few students. Add to that rising costs and a pandemic, and some schools just become uneconomical to run.”

>> Continue Reading

A MESSAGE FROM HUDL/BLUEFRAME TECHNOLOGY
 
 

Ready to stream like a pro this season? With Hudl (formerly BlueFrame), powerful broadcasting tools meet the advanced capture capabilities of Hudl Focus, bringing your program unmatched opportunities to generate revenue and connect with your fans. Plus, you get the flexibility to select the streaming option that makes the most sense for your school. [Learn More]
ICE HOCKEY (M)

2.  Plattsburgh Vaults Into Top 10


Carson Gallagher
photo by Gabe Dickens

Plattsburgh State made a five-spot leap into the top 10 at No. 6 as the USCHO.com DIII men's ice hockey poll was released Monday.

  1. Utica (15), 16-2-1
  2. Hobart (4), 19-2
  3. Adrian, 16-3-2
  4. Endicott (1), 17-1-1
  5. Curry, 15-3-1
  6. Plattsburgh, 15-4-2
  7. Aurora, 15-4-2
  8. Norwich, 15-4-2
  9. Geneseo, 13-5-2
  10. UW-Stevens Point, 13-5-3

>> Power Play Prowess: Adrian's man-up unit is the best in DIII, scoring 41.0 percent of the time on the power play. Endicott is the only other unit nationally above 30 percent (30.9%).

>> Penalty Killers: UW-Stevens Point tops DIII in penalty killing percentage, snuffing out 93.7 percent of all power play chances for the opposition. Bethel is a close second at 93.0%.

>> Complete Poll
ICE HOCKEY (W)

3.  Amherst Aiming For Top Spot


Leslie Shwartz 12123

The top four teams in the USCHO.com DIII women's ice hockey poll stayed in place in this week's rankings.

  1. UW-River Falls (18), 18-2
  2. Gustavus Adolphus (1), 16-2
  3. Amherst (1), 18-1
  4. Plattsburgh State, 18-2
  5. Hamilton, 14-3-1
  6. Adrian, 17-2
  7. Norwich, 14-5-1
  8. Middlebury. 10-5-2
  9. UW-Eau Claire, 17-3-1
  10. Elmira, 16-5

>> Road Warriors: UW-River Falls has won 18 consecutive games away from home ice - eight more games than Amherst who has a 10-game road streak.

>> Power Play Ranger: UW-Eau Claire's Sophie Rausch has tallied nine of her 26 goals on the power play this season to lead all of Division III

>> Complete Poll
A MESSAGE FROM MORNING BREW
 
 

2.6 million people wake up to this newsletter every morning

There's a reason over 2.6 million people start their day with Morning Brew - the daily email that delivers the latest news from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Business news doesn't have to be dry and dense...make your mornings more enjoyable, for free.
 
BASKETBALL (M)

4.  Blue Jays Fly Into Top 10


Carson James vs Swarthmore

Welcoming Johns Hopkins to the top 10 in the latest D3hoops.com men's basketball ranking, while saying adios to Williams.

  1. St. Joseph's, Conn. (15), 20-0
  2. Randolph-Macon (10), 19-1
  3. Middlebury, 17-2
  4. Christopher Newport, 18-3
  5. Mount Union, 17-2
  6. Keene State, 19-1
  7. John Carroll, 17-2
  8. Wheaton, Ill., 17-3
  9. Johns Hopkins, 16-3
  10. Swarthmore, 17-2

>> The Eraser: Emerson's Jarred Houston tops DIII in blocks with 78 or 4.11 per game. Middlebury's Alex Sobel has 77 rejections for a 4.05 per outing average.

>> Home, Sweet Home: Randolph-Macon has won 59 consecutive games at Crenshaw Gym dating to 2018. The Yellow Jackets' last home loss came against Eastern Mennonite on Jan. 24, 2018, by a 70-69 count. The DIII record is 62 straight home victories, established by North Park from Feb. 8, 1984 to Feb. 3, 1988.

>> Complete Poll
BASKETBALL (W)

5.  "T" Time as Trinity, Transy Remain 1-2



photo by Scott Burkhalter

Two new teams join the top 10 in the latest D3hoops.com women's basketball poll - Hardin-Simmons and DeSales - while Babson and Baldwin Wallace bow out.

  1. Trinity, Texas (19), 19-0
  2. Transylvania (5), 19-0
  3. Christopher Newport (1), 20-0
  4. Scranton, 19-0
  5. Smith, 18-1
  6. Hope, 18-2
  7. New York U., 15-2
  8. Hardin-Simmons, 18-2
  9. DeSales, 18-1
  10. Chicago, 16-2

>> Filling The Stat Sheet: A pair of players - SUNY Poly's Molly Burdick and Meredith's Kate Perko - share the DIII lead in double-doubles with 16. Saint Elizabeth's Destiny Battle has three triple-doubles to her credit.

>> From Way Downtown: Sewanee's Lilly Phillips has the best range in DIII, leading the country with 70 three-point field goals. Lyric Grumblatt of Rivier (67) and Kean's Shannon McCoy (66) are not far behind in second and third, respectively.

>> Complete Poll
 
STREAMING

6.  What to Watch


What we're watching online this Tuesday night. All times EST

 MBB: Nazareth (15-3) at Utica (16-2), 7:30p
 WIH: #2 Gustavus Adolphus (16-2) at #1 UW-River Falls (18-2), 8:05p

NEWS

7.  Lightning Round 


  News 

  • The Culvers Isthmus Bowl will sign a 3-year memorandum of understanding to keep the game at the Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field through 2025.
     
  • Our condolences to the family and friends of former Marian director of athletics and head women's volleyball coach Doug Hammondswho passed away at the age of 57. May his memory be a blessing
  Happy Birthday
  • Cake and candles for Bill Wilson, senior director of athletics, Wilmington; and Dick Lenfest, athletic director, Westfield State

Do you know of someone celebrating an upcoming birthday? Drop us a line at D3Playbook@gmail.com
TRANSACTIONS

8.  Comings and Goings
 
Thanks for starting your day with us.

What did you think of today's newsletter?

 Please invite your friends to sign up for D3Playbook
 
Sign Up for Free: D3Playbook
Copyright © 2022, D3Playbook.com All rights reserved.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Phillip, Blaskowski Set National Marks

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
>> Monday, Monday. Congrats to Mount Union alum Nick Sirianni on leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl, as well to those D3 alums working on the staffs for the Birds and the Chiefs.

>> Thanks for reading D3Playbook. Help us keep this site free. Support our advertisers and click on their links. 
 
Sign me up for D3Playbook
TOP STORY

1.  Phillip, Blaskowski Set National Marks


NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N. Carolina  Action Shot
Phillip photo by Charity Byrd; Blaskowski photo by Andy McNeill

Two NCAA Division III indoor track and field marks fell by the wayside over the weekend as John Carroll's Alex Phillip and UW-La Crosse's Sam Blaskowski etched their names in the record books.

Phillip set a national standard in the 3,000 meters, crossing the line in 7:53.24 to take third place at the Boston U. Terrier Classic. He bettered the old mark of 7:54.48 set by Williams' Aidan Ryan a year ago.

Blaskowski erased a nine-year-old mark in the 200 meters, winning in 21.13 at the Aurora Grand Prix. UW-Eau Claire's Thurgood Dennis had held the old record of 21.27.

A MESSAGE FROM MORNING BREW
 

2.6 million people wake up to this newsletter every morning

There's a reason over 2.6 million people start their day with Morning Brew - the daily email that delivers the latest news from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Business news doesn't have to be dry and dense...make your mornings more enjoyable, for free.
 
FINANCES

2.  NCAA Generates $1.1B In Revenue

 


by Amanda Christovich, Front Office Sports


The NCAA raked in $1.14 billion in revenue in 2021-22, according to audited financial statements released this week. 

That’s just slightly less than the governing body earned in 2020-21 after bouncing back from a major pandemic shortfall.

However, Division I schools still received a larger share of revenue than they did in 2021 — the NCAA distributed $657 million to D-I programs, compared to $613.4 million the year prior."

>> Court Awareness: The NCAA contract with CBS and Turner for men's basketball contributed $870 million, while the deal with ESPN for 29 other championships including women's basketball earned $43.5 million.

>> What's Next: "The NCAA faces a major expense over the next few years: defending amateurism in court and in Congress with legal fees and lobbying expenses."

>> Continue Reading
>> Only Congress Can Fix The Lousy Business Of College Sports (Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College)

SWIMMING

3. It's Emory And Kenyon, Again
 

The latest CSCAA Division III top 25 dual-meet team rankings are out and the Emory men and Kenyon women continue to hold down the No. 1 position. 

The Williams men made the month's biggest leap, jumping seven spots to No. 4, while the Connecticut College men went from receiving votes to No. 16. For the women, Case Western Reserve made the biggest leap - three slots to No. 15.

Men

  1. Emory (19)
  2. Kenyon (1)
  3. Chicago
  4. Williams
  5. Washington U.
  6. MIT
  7. New York U.
  8. Johns Hopkins
  9. Denison
  10. Carnegie Mellon

>> Conference Meets to Watch
  • NCAC (2-Kenyon, 9-Denison), Feb. 8-11
  • UAA (1-Emory, 3-Chicago, 5-Washington U, 7-NYU, 10-Carnegie Mellon, 15-CWRU), Feb. 9-11
  • MIAA (12-Calvin, 20-Hope), Feb. 15-18
  • SCIAC (11-Pomona-Pitzer, 17-Claremont-M-S, RV-Caltech), Feb. 15-18
  • NESCAC (4-Williams, 13-Tufts, 16-Conn College, 19-Amherst, RV-Bates, Colby), Feb. 16-19
Women
  1. Kenyon
  2. Emory
  3. Williams
  4. Denison
  5. Chicago
  6. Tufts
  7. MIT
  8. NYU
  9. Pomona-Pitzer
  10. Johns Hopkins
>> Conference Meets to Watch
  • NCAC (1-Kenyon, 4-Denison), Feb. 8-11
  • UAA (2-Emory, 5-Chicago, 8-NYU, 11-Carnegie Mellon, 13-Washington U, 15-CWRU), Feb. 9-11
  • NESCAC (3-Williams, 6-Tufts, 16-Bowdoin, 22-Bates, 23-Amherst), Feb. 9-12
  • MIAA (12-Hope, 19-Calvin), Feb. 15-18
  • SCIAC (9-Pomona-Pitzer, 14-Claremont-M-S), Feb. 15-18
  • NEWMAC (7-MIT, 20-Wheaton, Coast Guard), Feb. 16-19
  • Centennial (18-Swarthmore, RV-Gettysburg, F&M), Feb. 16-19

>> Complete Polls
A MESSAGE FROM 1PASSWORD
 
Productive businesses use 1Password to secure employees at scale

1Password is the world's most-loved password manager, with top ratings from G2Crowd and Trustpilot, and has been named top password manager by leading media outlets including Wired, The New York Times, and CNET.
 
OPINION

4. B-SC Alum Asking Hard Questions


Birmingham-Southern College's future at stake as lawmakers discuss $37.5  million bailout - al.com
by Jim Owens, AL.com | photo by Bernard Troncale

"As a 1982 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, it pains me to see the financial condition it has fallen into that now threatens its viability as an institution. I count my four years on The Hilltop as some of the most formative and enjoyable years of my life. There, I learned much about myself and much about the world.

One of the most significant things I learned there was that learning how to think for oneself is an essential component of being well-educated. So, despite my appreciation for my experience at BSC, it might surprise you to find I’m skeptical of the notion that public funds should be used to create some bridge to the future for my alma mater.

Make no mistake, I love the people and mission of Birmingham-Southern. I also believe there’s an incredible value in a liberal arts education for many of us. Yet I’m not convinced of the arguments I’ve heard suggesting the City of Birmingham and the State of Alabama should bail out the College."

>> Key Questions: "How did the Board of Trustees continue to approve budgets, which I assume they did, without acting long before circumstances became so dire? What specific steps, if any, did leadership take to increase revenue and decrease expenses over the last eight years? Finally, has the College co-mingled restricted endowment funds with unrestricted operating funds to keep it afloat."

>> The Key Stat: "There is no doubt Birmingham-Southern is a vital contributor to Birmingham and our state. But such contributions do not grant it a right to exist in perpetuity. Private educational institutions, like private enterprise, must offer a value proposition that is attractive to both community stakeholders and students alike."

>> Read More

NEWS 

5.  Lightning Round 

 

  Wrestling

  • The North Central (Ill.) men won the 31-team Pete Willson Invitational hosted by Wheaton (Ill.), edging UW-Eau Claire, 136-125. The Cardinals used their team depth, as NCC did not have an individual champion but recorded a second and three thirds. 
     
  • The Cardinal women brought home the inaugural CCIW championship, winning eight weight classes to easily outpoint runner-up Aurora.
  Ice Hockey (M)

 Swimming

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Bill Regan, Managing Director, NCAA; Clare Doyle, head rowing coach, Smith; Christopher Sykes, head swimming coach, Illinois College; Ethan Adlfinger, assistant cross country/track and field coach, Loras.

Do you know of someone celebrating a birthday soon? Drop us a line at D3Playbook@gmail.com.
TRANSACTIONS

6.  Comings and Goings
 
Open Mailbox with Raised Flag on Apple iOS 14.2  Thanks for starting your day with us.

What did you think of today's newsletter?

 Please invite your friends to sign up for D3Playbook
 
Sign Up for Free: D3Playbook
Copyright © 2022, D3Playbook.com All rights reserved.

Friday, January 27, 2023

NCAA Coach Well-Being Study

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

>> It's Friday. We made it!
  
>> Do Your Record Books Need An Update? Email us. We have solutions.

>> Thanks for reading D3Playbook. Help us keep this site free. Support D3Playbook and our advertisers by clicking their links. 
 
Yes. I want to subscribe to D3Playbook
TOP STOR

1. NCAA Coach Well-Being Study
 

Jan 2023 NCAA Coach Well-Being Study
by Corbin McGuire, NCAA


"In an NCAA-led survey, more than 80 percent of head, assistant and associate coaches across all three divisions reported spending more time discussing mental health with student-athletes than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic. At high rates, coaches also reported personally facing mental health difficulties.

About one-third of coaches reported they "constantly" or "most every day" experienced mental exhaustion, feelings of being overwhelmed by all that they had to do, and sleep difficulties. In their responses, coaches cited pandemic-related factors, roster management challenges that include an evolving transfer landscape and additional eligibility, concerns about their job and athletics department budgets, and dealing with personal situations such as financial stress and child care."

>> Situational Awareness: "More than 6,000 coaches across all NCAA-sponsored sports completed the survey, which was conducted by NCAA research to better understand how coaches are supporting student-athletes as well as their own mental health. NCAA research also has conducted three student-athlete mental well-being surveys since the start of the pandemic."

>> Youth Won't Be Served: "Coaches 40 years old or younger reported higher rates of mental health concerns than their older peers. For example, 46% of coaches considered millennials (born 1981-96) and 44% considered part of Generation Z (born 1997-2012) reported near constant mental exhaustion as compared with 34% of Generation X (born 1965-80) and 19% of baby boomers (born between 1946-64)."

>> Of Note: "Additionally, coaches who identified as Black, Indigenous or people of color; female; or members of the LGBTQ+ community reported higher rates of mental health concerns, similar to data found in the student-athlete surveys."

>> Continue Reading
A MESSAGE FROM BRIGHT CELLARS
 

 
Discover Wines You Love

Bright Cellars is the monthly wine club that matches you with wine that you'll love, based on an algorithm that selects wines based on your taste preferences. Created to not only deliver excellent wine, but to also give the added bonus of learning about your wines and own tastes.
 
ICE HOCKEY

2. Turning Tragedy Into Awareness


by Tim Costello, USCHO.com


"While the hockey world has long been known for its great philanthropy and support of many diverse charitable endeavors, a close connection to a cause always brings a clearer focus and engagement.

Sophomore Jack Cooper at King’s (Pa.) College will be front and center when the hockey team hosts their Huntington’s Disease Awareness Night on Friday in a game against Alvernia. As the primary organizer and sponsor for this year’s fundraising event, Cooper is looking to shine light on the incurable disease that took the lives of both his grandfather and, last spring, his mother Carrie. With a 50/50 chance of inheriting the gene that causes the rare brain disease, Cooper wants to raise awareness and needed funds for research that may someday find a cure.

>> Ice Awareness: "Huntington’s disease causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities, usually during their prime working years and is ultimately fatal. The symptoms of HD are often described as having ALS, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s diseases. – simultaneously."

>> What They're Saying: "We are all so immensely proud and supportive of Jack,” noted head coach Tom Seravalli. “This is very personal for him and while he kept a lot of things close last spring when his mother passed, he is trying to make a positive out of this so that monies can go to research for a cure and awareness can open a dialogue on this particular disease."

>> Why It Matters: "We want to find a cure for the over 200,000 persons that may be carrying the genes and worried about passing it on to future generations," said Cooper. "I don’t want young people to have to worry about their future children. Right now, I don’t really want to know if I have it. I am focused on one day at a time and making the most of the opportunity on Friday night with the great support we have received through donations, auction items and everything around the event."

>> Read More
>> How You Can Help

A MESSAGE FROM THE GIST
 
 


Women-led and written by women
Covers the biggest headlines in men's & women's sports

Provides a refreshing female voice and perspective on sports

And it's free
ALUMNI

3. Who You Are vs. What You Do


Division III SAAC Chair Megan Koch of Colorado College and DIII Representative to the NCAA Board of Governors Isaiah Swann of UT Dallas join ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2023 NCAA Convention for a conversation about navigating the transition out of collegiate sport.

Koch and Swann discuss the challenges of “retiring” from sport and the introspection and inner dialogue that occurs when taking the next step in their athletic and academic journeys. Koch explains the distinction between setting goals and finding purpose while Swann opens up about the process he went through to redefine his identity once his competitive athletic career was over.

>> Watch, courtesy of Athletic Director U

STREAMING

4. Weekend Watchlist


A weekend filled with great Division III action awaits. Here's what we are keeping an eye on.

  Basketball (M)

  Basketball (W)

  Ice Hockey (M)  Ice Hockey (W)  Volleyball (M)  Wrestling (M)  Wrestling (W)
NEWS 

5.  Lightning Round 


  Wrestling (M)

  News

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Sarah Turner, AMA assistant director, NCAA; Charlie Potts, assistant VP for student life, Gustavus Adolphus (Sat.); Amy Backus, retired AD, Case Western Reserve (Sun.); Patrick McGrail, assistant basketball coach, Rhodes; and Charles Huschka, football recruiting coordinator, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Sun.)

Do you know of someone celebrating a birthday soon? Drop us a line at D3Playbook@gmail.com.
TRANSACTIONS

6.  Comings and Goings
 
Open Mailbox with Raised Flag on Apple iOS 14.2 Thanks for starting your day with us. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

What did you think of today's newsletter?

Please invite your friends to sign up for D3Playbook
 
Sign Up for Free: D3Playbook
Copyright © 2022, D3Playbook.com All rights reserved.