Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Kollar Out at Concordia-Chicago

 

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1. Kollar Out at Concordia-Chicago

Basketball coach Steve Kollar is no longer employed Concordia University Chicago after "significant new information [came] to light" about his time with the team, school spokesperson Eric Matanyi told the Chicago Tribune.

Six players were hospitalized in early January after an intense workout left them with a a diagnosis including rhabdomyolsis, when muscle breaks down and enters the bloodstream, often after extreme physical activity.

Kollar, who was suspended by the school, was reinstated to his post after an internal investigation, but four members of the training staff resigned after his return.

Alan Hatten, a parent of a player, told CBS Chicago he has mixed feelings about the school's decision. But he said he does have concerns about their communication, including an offer to watch video of the Dec. 31 practice that never came through.

"We haven't been able to watch the practice film, and I know that some of the parents felt that the coach was putting the blame on the kids," Hatten said. "But here's what it boils down to: Some kids missed the curfew and the coach is to blame. So if the kids hadn't missed their curfew, then it probably wouldn't have happened, but hindsight is 20/20."

According to the Tribune, it's unclear whether Kollar resigned or was fired. 

>> Watch CBS Chicago report

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TRACK AND FIELD

2.   Oshkosh, WashU Top First Ratings


Titans Finish Red Hawk Opener With Four Event Wins  Emma Kelley

The first 2023 Division III Indoor Track and Field index ratings were released on Tuesday and the UW-Oshkosh men and Washington (Mo.) women hold the top spots.

The Titan men own 11 national top-10 efforts this year, including Jonathan Wilburn’s national-leading effort of 15.15m (49-8½) in the triple jump. 

The Bear women are buoyed by 11 national top-10 marks, including a national-leading effort by Emma Kelley in the 800 meters at 2:09.03.

Men

  1. UW-Oshkosh, 189.82
  2. Loras, 127.51
  3. Williams, 108.80
  4. UW-La Crosse, 99.03
  5. Cortland, 88.10
  6. Wartburg, 83.66
  7. Nebraska Wesleyan, 71.88
  8. Geneseo, 70.59
  9. Mount Union, 60.50
  10. MIT, 54.36
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Women
  1. Washington (Mo.), 191.87
  2. UW-La Crosse, 175.87
  3. Johns Hopkins, 153.47
  4. Loras, 129.35
  5. Chicago, 91.10
  6. Geneseo, 90.91
  7. Williams, 79.68
  8. Mount Union, 74.41
  9. Rochester, 72.84
  10. Carnegie Mellon, 71.73
>> Complete Ratings
VOLLEYBALL (M)

3.   Fisher Finds Top 10


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St. John Fisher jumped four spots into the top 10 in the latest AVCA Division III men's volleyball poll. Carthage and Springfield remain locked in at Nos. 1 and 2.

  1. Carthage (21), 2-1
  2. Springfield (2), 2-0
  3. Stevens, 5-1
  4. Juniata, 4-0
  5. Vassar, 1-1
  6. New Paltz, 5-1
  7. St. John Fisher, 7-1
  8. North Central (Ill.), 2-1
  9. Messiah, 1-0
  10. Rutgers-Newark, 1-0

>> Home, Sweet Home: Southern Virginia has a 32-match home winning streak according to NCAA Stats. Stevens has the second-longest streak at 24, while Springfield is third with a 23-match streak.

>> Complete Poll
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5.   Wednesday Watchlist


What we are watching online tonight. Game times are Eastern Time.

 WBB: #3 Christopher Newport (17-0) at Marymount (15-3), 6p
 MBB: #3 Mount Union (16-1) at #8 John Carroll (15-2), 7p
 MBB: #14 Guilford (15-3) at #25 Hampden-Sydney (14-4), 7p
 WBB: #8 Hope (16-2) at #11 Trine (14-3), 730p 
 WBB: #25 Gustavus Adolphus (14-2) at Bethel (11-5), 8p
 MBB: #7 Wheaton, Ill. (16-2) at North Park (14-4), 8p
 MIH: #9 Stevens Point (12-3-3) at Eau Claire (11-6-1), 8p

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    TRANSACTIONS

    7.  Comings and Goings
     
    • BLUFFTON - Guy Neal announced his retirement as head men's basketball coach at end of season
    • BROCKPORT - Steve Wagner stepped down as head women's lacrosse coach. Bryana Glasser named interim head coach
    • CONCORDIA-CHICAGO - Steve Kollar is no longer head men's basketball coach. Rashaan Searles named head coach
    • HARDIN-SIMMONS - Breann Shelton stepped down as head volleyball coach
    • MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR - Mark Morefield is no longer head women's basketball coach. Kendra Foreman named interim head coach
    • UTICA - Connor Lapresi named head women's wrestling coach
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