2010-11 PAC NEWS ARCHIVE


THOMAS MORE HIRES JACKSON AS CROSS COUNTRY COACH (6/30/11)
Derrick Jackson has been named head men's and women's cross country coach at Thomas More College. Jackson replaces Brian Alessandro, who resigned this spring after six years in the position. He comes from Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was the assistant cross country coach for three seasons. Jackson ran cross country and track and field at Wilmington College where he was named All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) and All-Great Lakes Region.  He also served in the Ohio Army National Guard from 2000-2007, where he was deployed to Iraq twice and earned numerous military awards.

 

PAC HONORS 375 ON SPRING 2011 ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL (6/24/11)
A total of 375 student-athletes have been named to the Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll for the Spring 2011 semester. The PAC Academic Honor Roll honors student-athletes on winter and spring varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. Combined with 359 honorees on the fall honor roll, the PAC honored a total of 734 student-athletes during the 2010-11 academic year, a 15 percent increase over the 2009-10 conference total of 641 honorees.

 

BETHANY'S DESIREE FINLEY, WESTMINSTER'S RYAN BELL NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE 2011 (6/23/11)
The PAC has selected senior multi-sport athlete Desiree Finley  of Bethany and junior track & field standout Ryan Bell of Westminster as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for June 2011. Each month, SAAC members at a PAC school nominate a student-athlete to highlight based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athletes of the Month must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved on his or her campus community.

 

GROVE CITY'S BENNETT NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (6/14/11)
Grove City College junior women's tennis standout Megan Bennett recently earned Capital One Academic All-America College Division At-Large Third Team recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Bennett helped Grove City advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament for the third straight season in 2010 by leading Grove City (13-4 overall) with 13 singles wins. She won PAC titles at third singles and first doubles last fall, as the Wolverines won the conference title. In the classroom, Bennett owns a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average as a finance major.
 

BETHANY NAMES DAVID DOW HEAD SWIMMING & DIVING COACH (6/4/11)
David Dow
has been selected as the new head menís and womenís swimming and diving coach at Bethany College. Dow, who replaces John McGowan leading the Bison programs, was most recently an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Cortland State (NY). During his tenure on the coaching staff, the Red Dragon menís team went 28-5 in dual meets and finished in second place in the SUNYAC twice, while the women were 21-7 rand finished second at the SUNYAC meet in 2010 and third this past winter. Dow holds both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Cortland.

 

THOMAS MORE HIRES HANS AS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH (6/3/11)
Thomas More has announced that Jeff Hans has been named the new Thomas More head women's basketball coach. Hans replaced Brian Neal, who resigned to take an assistant coach position at Division I Xavier. Hans comes from Division II Northern Kentucky University, where he was the top assistant for the past three seasons.  He assisted in all areas of coaching, scouting and recruiting for the Norse. Hans, a 1999 graduate from Wilmington College, helped his teams go a combined 168-67 (.714) in his eight years as an assistant at the collegiate level. 

 

SEVEN PAC STUDENT-ATHLETES SELECTED TO 2011 CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK & FIELD TEAMS (6/3/11)

Seven PAC athletic standouts (four women, three men) have been honored with selection to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District II College Division Cross Country/Track & Field teams, released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Leading the way for the women was the lone first team selection, Grove City sophomore Mary Kate Breese (4.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), majoring in accounting). With the selection, Breese now advances to the national Academic All-America ballot. Three other PAC women garnered second team recognition: Grove City senior Emily Pierce (3.83 GPA, sociology/Christian thought) and the Washington & Jefferson senior duo of Katelynd McElhany (3.51 GPA, international business) and Michelle Wuenstel (3.68 GPA, environmental studies). On the men's side, also earning second team laurels were Grove City seniors Garrett Cichowitz (3.64 GPA, entrepreneurship) and Kevin Gallagher (3.86 GPA,policital science/history) along with Westminster junior Morgan Hanes (3.89 GPA, political science).

 

WC'S BELL, W&J'S WUENSTEL EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS AT 2011 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (5/28/11)
Three PAC qualifiers completed action on Saturday at the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Track & Field Championships (hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio), with two earning All-America recognition. Leading the way was Westminster junior Ryan Bell, who became the first Titan in school history to earn NCAA Division III All-America honors with a fourth-place national finish in the men's javelin. Bell's best toss was 62.80 meters (206-0), with the title going to Gary Zack of Moravian (67.37 meters). Washington & Jefferson senior Michelle Wuenstel also garnered All-America recognition with a sixth-place finish in the women's 400 meter dash. Wuenstel, who was seeded seventh following the prelims on Friday night, finished the championship heat in 56.67. The individual title went to Nevada Morrison of Wartburg (54.74). Finally, W&J junior C.J. Corcoran finished in 16th place in the women's javelin with a throw of 39.85 meters (130-9). Complete championship results are now online.

 

PAC AWARDS 2011 SPRING TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP HONORS (5/26/11)
The PAC has announced the 2011 Spring PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners. The sportsmanship awards are sponsored by the members of the PAC Student-Athlete-Advisory Council (SAAC), in an effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among the conference teams. The SAAC is a committee comprised of student-athletes from each member institution assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience.

 

W&J MEN, GCC WOMEN CAPTURE PAC ALL-SPORTS TROPHIES (5/24/11)
The Washington & Jefferson College men and Grove City College women have captured the 2010-11 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) All-Sports Trophies. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition.

 

THOMAS MORE DUO NAMED ALL-AMERICANS BY D3BASEBALL.COM; SEVEN FROM PAC LAUDED WITH ABCA ALL-REGION LAURELS (5/25/11)
Junior 1B Andrew Thole and sophomore SS David Kennett of PAC champion Thomas More College have each been honored with selection to the 2011 D3Baseball.com All-America teams, with Thole earning first team honors and Kennett being tabbed to the second team. In addition, both players joined four others from the PAC on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region baseball teams. Thole was the lone first team selection from the conference, while the Saint duo of freshman 2B Jason Handley and senior 3B Sam Schmeltzer each garnered second team laurels. Kennett was joined on the third team by Westminster junior 1B Tim Wiand and Grove City senior P Cory Metcalf. Washington & Jefferson junior P Dave Trushel was the lone conference selection to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Gold Glove team.

 

GROVE CITY'S PATTERSON, THOMAS MORE'S SCHMELTZER NAMED COLLEGE DIVISION BASEBALL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS (5/24/11)
A pair of PAC baseball standouts have been honored with inclusion into the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Baseball teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Leading the way was Grove City senior second baseman Andrew Patterson, who earned first team recognition. Patterson, who recently graduated from Grove City with a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) majoring in molecular biology, became just the third Academic All-American baseball player in GCC history. He was joined by Thomas More senior third baseman Sam Schmeltzer, who was named to the third team. Schmeltzer, who boasts a 3.53 cumulative GPA majoring in biology, becomes the fourth Academic All-American diamond standout for the Saints in the past three years.

 

FOUR FROM PAC NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT AT-LARGE (5/23/11)
Four PAC student-athletes have been tabbed to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District College Division At-Large teams, released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Leading the way was Thomas More senior golfer Jacob Bowman, who was a first team honoree in District IV with a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) majoring in accounting. Three Grove City student-athletes rounded out the conference selections in District II, as senior tennis player Megan Bennett (3.98, finance) was a first team women's honoree while senior swimmer Sarah Page (3.66, chemistry) and sophomore tennis player Caleb Fuller (3.89, economics) were tabbed to the women's and men's second team, respectively. Both Bowman and Bennett now advance to the Academic All-America At-Large national ballot.

 

GROVE CITY BASEBALL CAPTURES ECAC D-III SOUTH TITLE (5/22/11)
The fourth-seeded Grove City College baseball team went 3-0 this weekend to capture the championship of the 2011 ECAC Division III South Region Baseball Tournament at Neumann University. After opening with a 14-7 victory over fifth-seeded Medaille on Saturday, the Wolverines secured the title with a 5-0 blanking of the top-seeded host school followed by a 3-1 decision over second-seeded Penn State-Behrend in the title tilt on Sunday. The GCC diamondmen finished the 2011 season at 25-16 overall.

 

WESTMINSTER'S BELL, W&J DUO QUALIFY TO COMPETE AT 2011 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (5/22/11)
Westminster junior track & field standout Ryan Bell has qualified to compete in the javelin while the Washington & Jefferson women's duo of senior Michelle Wuenstel (400 meter dash) and junior C.J. Corcoran (javelin) also have been tabbed to compete at the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio on May 26-28. Bell, who is seeded seventh in the country with a throw of 64.87 meters, is just the second Westminster men's track and field athlete to qualify for the NCAA meet since the Titans joined NCAA Division III in 2002-03. A full listing of men's national qualifiers is now online. On the women's side, Wuenstel is seeded fifth out of 23 competitors overall in the 400, while Corcoran is seeded 18th in the javelin. Wuenstel and Corcoran are the first President females to compete at the outdoor national championships since Summer (Baumgard) Spencer in 2008.  The complete women's D-III qualifiers are also available online.

 

TMC BASEBALL POSTS  1-2 MARK AT NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL (5/21/11)
The 2011 PAC champion Thomas More baseball team posted a 1-2 record to finish as a regional semifinalist at the NCAA Division III Baseball Central Regional in Bloomington, Ill. After opening with a narrow 3-2 loss to the host school and defending NCAA D-III national champion Illinois Wesleyan, the TMC diamondmen stayed alive following a 5-3 decision against Ripon before being eliminated following a 10-4 defeat to Carthage. Thomas More finished the 2011 campaign at 29-9 overall.

 

MUMMERT, FLOYD HONORED AS PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (5/18/11)
Women's swimming standout Chelsea Mummert of Chatham University and two-sport (soccer/tennis) star David Floyd of Waynesburg University have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for May 2011.

 

KATARSKI RESIGNS AS WOMEN'S HOOPS COACH AT CHATHAM (5/18/11)
Mark Katarski has resigned as the head womenís basketball coach at Chatham University to accept a position as an assistant womenís basketball coach at NCAA Division I Niagara University. A nationwide search will begin to fill the position. Katarski led Chatham for six seasons, finishing his tenure with four consecutive double-digit victory seasons. On two occasions his teams advanced to the semi-finals of their conference tournament, including the schoolís first PAC playoff victory in any sport in 2010.

 

2011 ALL-PAC BASEBALL TEAMS ANNOUNCED (5/17/11)
The 2011 All-PAC Baseball Teams have been released. PAC champion Thomas More took two of the three major awards, as TMC junior 1B Andrew Thole was named Player of the Year while veteran Saint mentor Jeff Hetzer was tabbed Coach of the Year. PAC Pitcher of the Year laurels went to Grove City senior Cory Metcalf.

 

TMC ASSIGNED TO NCAA D-III BASEBALL CENTRAL REGIONAL (5/16/11)
The 2011 PAC champion Thomas More baseball team will be the third seed in the six-team Central Regional of the 2011 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. The Saint diamondmen (28-7) will open postseason play on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.  facing host and defending NCAA Division III national champion Illinois Wesleyan (26-16) in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament. The Central Region champion will advance to the D-III Baseball National Championship at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin, May 27-31.

 

GROVE CITY BASEBALL EARNS ECAC SOUTH PLAYOFF BID (5/16/11)
The Grove City College baseball team has received an invitation to compete in the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Championship Tournament. The Wolverines (22-16) are the fourth seed in the six-team tournament and will face fifth-seeded Medaille (22-15) Saturday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals at top-seeded Neumann University. Grove City is making its second straight appearance in the ECAC South Championship Tournament, as the Wolverines fell at La Roche in the 2010 quarterfinals. It is Grove City's third postseason berth in the last four years.

 

THOMAS MORE WINS 2011 PAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (5/14/11)
#3 seed Thomas More captured its second straight conference baseball title at the 2011 PAC Baseball Championship today at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. The Saints topped #4 Westminster 9-1 in the title game, after the Titans eliminated #1 Grove City 8-4 in the play-in game. With the victory, the Saints have earned the PAC's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Baseball Championships beginning next week.

 

DEFENDING CHAMPION THOMAS MORE WINS PAIR, ADVANCES TO TITLE GAME OF 2011 PAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT (5/13/11)
The 2011 PAC Baseball Tournament got underway one day late due to rain on Friday (May 13) with four contests at Bob Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. Lower seeds posted wins in the two opening round games, as #4 Westminster upset #1 Grove City 12-3 in Game A, while #3 Thomas More outlasted #2 Washington & Jefferson 10-5 in Game B. The defending PAC champion Saints then advanced to the title game via an 11-4 Game C victory against Westminster, while Grove City eliminated W&J from the tournament with an 8-5 decision in Game D. Play begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with Game E, as Grove City and Westminster face off again with the winner advancing to take on Thomas More for the PAC title in Game F at 1 p.m.

 

GCC MEN TOP ELIZABETHTOWN 5-3 IN NCAA TENNIS OPENER (5/13/11)

The 2011 PAC champion Grove City College men's tennis team was victorious in opening round play of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship in Lexington, Va. The Wolverines defeated Elizabethtown College 5-3 in a first round match. With the victory, the GCC netters now advance to a second round matchup against Emory University on Saturday (May 14) at 2 p.m.
 

PAC SOFTBALL TEAMS CLOSE OUT 2011 POSTSEASON PLAY (5/13/11)
Both PAC softball teams participating in the postseason saw their respective seasons come to an end on May 13. PAC champion Bethany went 0-2 at the NCAA D-III Regional hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., falling to Baldwin-Wallace 6-3 on Thursday and Alma 11-0 on Friday. Despite being the #8 seed, Geneva went 2-2 to finish in fourth place at the eight-team NCCAA National Tournament in Botourt County, Va. The GTs opened play Thursday by shocking #1 seed and defending NAIA national champion Central Baptist 4-2. On Friday, Geneva fell to North Greenville 3-1 and topped Cedarville 4-3 before being eliminated by Central Baptist with an 8-0 loss.

 

PAC PLACES SIX ON 2011 NFCA ALL-CENTRAL REGION TEAMS (5/12/11)
Six PAC softball standouts have been honored with selection to the 2011 NCAA Division III All-Central Region teams, selected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Leading the was was 2011 PAC champion Bethany with three selections, including both first team honorees in senior 3B Andrea Thomas and sophomore OF Maria Vallone. Senior 2B Chelsea Butler was a second team honoree, as was Thomas More senior P Samantha Ladenberger. Third team laurels went to Waynesburg senior P/DP Amanda Baughman and Thomas More junior 1B Brittany Wegman.

 

W&J PLACES 27TH AT NCAA D-III MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP (5/12/11)
Washington & Jefferson shot its second-lowest round of the season, but still missed the cut Wednesday following the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Menís Golf Tournament at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. The top 15 teams advance to the final two rounds.  W&J placed 27th in the 40-team field with a two-day score of 615 (314-301).  Washington & Jefferson finished 15 strokes back of the cut line. The Presidents were led in the second round by freshman Brian Omslaer, who shot a season-low score of one-under par 71.  Omslaer, whose previous collegiate-best score was 76, finished in a tie for 84th place with 152 strokes. 

 

BRIAN NEAL RESIGNS AS TMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH (5/11/11)
Brian Neal has resigned as the head women's basketball coach at Thomas More College to accept an assistant women's basketball coach position at NCAA Division I Xavier University.  A nationwide search for a new coach will begin immediately. Neal leaves Thomas More as the program's winningest coach with a .847 win percentage (171-31) over seven seasons.  He led his team to NCAA postseason play in the last five seasons, including Sweet 16 finishes in 2008 and 2011.  Neal guided the Saints to six straight PAC regular season titles, five straight PAC Championship titles, six straight 20-win seasons and two undefeated regular seasons in his seven years in Crestview Hills.

 

PAC ANNOUNCES 2011 ALL-CONFERENCE SOFTBALL TEAMS (5/10/11)
The 2011 All-PAC Softball Teams have been announced. PAC champion Bethany swept the top two awards, as Bison senior 3B Andrea Thomas earned PAC Player of the Year honors while veteran BC mentor Jan Forsty was tabbed PAC Coach of the Year.

 

GROVE CITY EARNS TOP SEED FOR 2011 PAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT; GCC TO HOST TOURNEY AT CENE PARK IN STRUTHERS, OHIO (5/10/11)
Grove City College has earned the top seed and will serve as the host institution for the 2011 PAC Baseball Championship Tournament, scheduled for this Thursday-Saturday (May 12-14). Due to Grove City's on-campus Commencement exercises, the Wolverines will host the three-day, double-elimination tournament at Bob Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. GCC (21-14, 16-5 PAC), led by veteran head coach Rob Skaricich, finished in a three-way tie for the PAC regular season title with second seed Washington & Jefferson (19-18, 15- 6 PAC) and third seed Thomas More (25-7, 15-6 PAC). The Wolverines earned the top seed based on combined head-to-head record tiebreaker between the three schools (GRO 4-2, W&J 3-3, TMC 2-4). Fourth seed Westminster (23-14, 10-11 PAC) rounds out the participants. The complete tournament schedule is now online.

 

GROVE CITY M&W TENNIS TEAMS SET TO OPEN NCAA ACTION (5/10/11)
The PAC champion Grove City men's & women's tennis teams open play in the NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Tennis Championships this week. The Wolverine men face Elizabethtown in a first round match at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., this Friday, while the GCC women face Albion at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., on Thursday.
 

FITZPATRICK RESIGNS AS W&J TRACK/CROSS COUNTRY COACH (5/10/11)
Six-time PAC cross country/track & field Coach of the Year Mark FitzPatrick resigned from Washington & Jefferson today to accept the head men's and women's track & field position at Denison University. FitzPatrick, who guided the W&J women's track & field team to its third PAC title two weeks ago, spent eight years as the head coach for the Presidents' cross country and track & field programs.  A national search for the Presidents' new head cross country/track & field coach begins immediately. 

 

BETHANY SOFTBALL TO FACE B-W IN ADRIAN REGIONAL (5/9/11)
The 2011 PAC softball champion Bethany Bison will travel to Adrian, Mich. this week to compete in the eighth-team NCAA Division III Regional Tournament hosted by Adrian College. The Bison (29-14), seeded sixth in the double-elimination regional, will open play against third-seeded OAC champion Baldwin-Wallace beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The regional champion will qualify to compete in the NCAA Division III College Softball World Series in Salem, Va., on May 20-24.

 

GENEVA SOFTBALL QUALIFIES FOR NCCAA NATIONAL TOURNEY (5/8/11)
The Geneva softball program has been selected to compete in the NCCAA National Tournament, which begins Thursday (May 12) in Troutville, Va. The eighth-seeded Golden Tornadoes will battle seven scholarship programs for the title and will open play against top-seeded Central Baptist (52-4) in the first round.

 

BETHANY BISON CAPTURE 2011 PAC SOFTBALL TITLE (5/7/11)

An RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning by senior 2B and tournament Most Outstanding Player Chelsea Butler lifted Bethany to a 1-0 victory over Thomas More in the championship game of the 2011 PAC Softball Tournament. The top-seeded Bison, who allowed just one run in three tournament games, earned their conference-high 13th PAC softball crown. Earlier in the day, the second-seeded and defending PAC champion Saints advanced to the title tilt via a 5-4 victory which eliminated third seed Westminster from the tournament. Bethany has now earned the PAC's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament beginning next week.

 

BETHANY WINS PAIR ON DAY ONE OF PAC SOFTBALL TOURNEY (5/6/11)
The top-seeded Bethany Bison posted a pair of wins to advance to the conference finals on day one of the 2011 PAC Softball Championship Tournament, hosted by the Bison in Bethany, W.Va. on May 6. BC opened the day with a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Waynesburg. In game two, second-seeded Thomas More overcame a 2-0 deficit to posted a 5-4 decision over third seed Westminster. In the winner's bracket final, the Bison used a pair of stellar defensive plays in the sixth inning to save a 2-1 win over the Saints. Finally, the last game of the day saw Westminster eliminate Waynesburg from the double-elimination tournament with a 3-0 shutout.

 

PAC PLACES 12 ON BB/SB ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT II TEAMS (5/5/11)
A total of 12 PAC student-athletes (nine baseball, two softball) have been honored with selection to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District II College Division Baseball and Softball teams. In baseball, leading the way for the conference were three first team selections who now advance to the Academic All-America national ballot in W&J senior P Pat Kennedy (3.93 cumulative grade-point average, chemistry) and Grove City senior IF Andrew Patterson (3.96 GPA, molecular biology) in District II, as well as Thomas More senior IF Sam Schmeltzer (3.53, biology) in District IV. The PAC dominated the District II second team, with seven of the team's 13 players hailing from the conference. PAC honorees included Grove City senior C Marcus Magister (3.49, molecular biology), the Bethany duo of senior IF Eric Fudala (3.71, business administration) and sophomore IF Brad Kubis (3.54, biology), Waynesburg sophomore P Anthony Longo (3.52/wellness & physiology), Westminster senior OF Rick DeBlasio (3.37, political science), W&J senior OF Andy Trettel (3.79, business administration) and Thiel junior OF Phil Double (3.80, secondary education/history). In softball, both conference representatives hailed from Thiel, as senior DP Danielle Dwyer (3.96, business & media communication) was a second team pick and senior C Melissa Rankin (3.59, communication sciences & disorders) was tabbed to the third team.

 

SVC'S HENRY NAMED NCBWA NATIONAL PITCHER OF THE WEEK (5/5/11)
Saint Vincent freshman LHP Max Henry has been named the NCAA Division III National Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 1, 2011 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Henry, who was also named PAC Pitcher of the Week on Monday, was 2-0 on the week for the Bearcats, allowing just one run on four hits in 11 2/3 innings for an 0.77 ERA while recording 18 strikeouts.  He fired a two-hitter in a 4-1 conference win over Bethany last Monday, taking a no-hitter into the sixth and setting a new SVC seven-inning record with 13 strikeouts.  On Friday, he earned a relief victory with 4 2/3 scoreless innings and five strikeouts in a 7-5 win over Franciscan. 

 

WC'S REDDINGER EARNS 400TH CAREER SOFTBALL VICTORY (5/3/11)
Westminster College head softball coach Jan Reddinger won her 400th career game as a head coach in Monday's doubleheader sweep of visiting Washington & Jefferson. The Titans' 6-1 win in the first game clinched Reddinger's 400th win and the 8-0 shutout in the second game was win 401. After Monday's two wins, Reddinger owns a 20-year career record of 401-306-2 (.567), including a 345-245-2 (.584) record in her 15th year at Westminster. Reddinger previously coached at La Roche with a 56-61 (.479) record from 1992-96. Reddinger is one of 34 active NCAA Division III head coaches with at least 400 career wins and she is one of 51 all-time NCAA Division III coaches to reach the 400-win milestone.

 

W&J WOMEN, WESTMINSTER MEN CAPTURE PAC T&F TITLES (4/30/11)
The Washington & Jefferson women and Westminster men captured team titles today at the 2011 PAC Men's & Women's Track & Field Championship, hosted by Bethany College at Bison Stadium in Bethany, WV. The Presidents finished with 156 points to edge the Westminster women (146), while the Titan men recorded 129 points to pass second-place W&J (119). Winning coaches Mark FitzPatrick of W&J and Tim McNeil of Westminster were lauded as PAC Women's and Men's Coaches of the Year, respectively. Overall men's and women's Track & Field MVP awards, which are given to the highest point scorers in the meet, were W&J junior Taylor Hockman and senior Katelynd McElhany. Complete results are now online, along with a complete list of All-PAC performances and other award winners.

 

GROVE CITY WINS 21ST CONSECUTIVE PAC MEN'S TENNIS TITLE (4/30/11)
The Grove City Wolverines swept all nine singles and doubles flights to earn their 21st consecutive conference crown this weekend at the 2011 PAC Men's Tennis Championships, which took place on Friday-Saturday, April 29-30 at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie, Pa. GCC, led by 2011 PAC Coach of the Year Joe Walters, lost only one set in the tournament. 2011 PAC Player of the Year laurels went to Wolverine senior Ricky Garrett, who captured the first singles flight. Final singles and doubles flight brackets are online.

 

W&J MEN, GROVE CITY WOMEN CAPTURE 2011 PAC GOLF TITLES (4/27/11)
The Washington & Jefferson men and Grove City women each captured team titles at the conclusion of  the two-day 2011 PAC Golf Championships for both men and women, held April 26-27 at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa. The 36-hole Fall Invitational and 36-hole spring Championship combine for a 72-hole total to determine the 2010-11 PAC golf champions. The Presidents fired a final round four-player total of 318 to finish with 613-620-1233, comfortably ahead of defending PAC champion Thomas More (640-627-1267) in second place. The Wolverine women fired a final round four-player score of 354 to finish at 567-713-1280, well ahead of defending PAC champion W&J (589-752-1341). In individual competition, 2011 PAC MVP honors went to medalists Brandon Dulle (75-73-148) of Thomas More and Arielle Goyzueta (87-81-168) on Grove City, while 2011 PAC Coach of the Year laurels were given to PAC champion coaches Sean Dove of W&J (men) and Melissa Lamie of Grove City (women).

 

PETRUSKA NAMED SVC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH (4/26/11)
Saint Vincent has announced the hiring of Jimmy Petruska as its full-time head women's basketball coach. Petruska, 29, has been with the Bearcat program since 2006, and served as Interim Head Coach during the second half of the 2010-11 season following the unexpected passing of Kristen Zawacki on December 25, 2010.  Zawacki had been the program's only head coach in its 28-year history. A native of Mars, Pa., and a graduate of Mars High School, Petruska graduated from Saint Vincent in 2004 with a degree in History and minor in Secondary Education. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Saint Vincent.
 

ZINN STEPS DOWN AS CHATHAM DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS (4/25/11)
Chatham University Athletic Director David Zinn has officially resigned from the position as of Friday, April 22. Zinn had held the position since his hire last May (2010). Chatham has embarked on a national search to fill the Athletics Director position.

 

URBANSKI, TRETTEL NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (4/19/11)

The PAC has named track & field athlete Julia Urbanksi of Geneva College and baseball player Andy Trettel of Washington & Jefferson College as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for April 2011.

 

TOMMY PRAIRIE NAMED WRESTLING HEAD COACH AT W&J (4/15/11)

Washington & Jefferson College has hired Tommy Prairie as its new head wrestling coach. Prairie who replaces Jay Robison, comes to W&J after spending four seasons as the head wrestling coach at Plymouth State University (N.H.).  This past winter, he helped the Panthers to their best finish (4th) at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships since 2003. Prairie is a 2005 graduate of Williams College.

 

TMC's DARNER IS NCAA D-III NATIONAL HITTER OF THE WEEK (4/14/11)

Sophomore RF Ryan Darner of Thomas More has earned NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week honors for the week of April 4-10, 2011, as voted on by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Darner batted .722 (13-for-18) with two home runs, two doubles, 11 runs scored and 12 RBIs for the 23rd-ranked Saints, who went 5-0 last week (4-0 in conference) with double-digit run totals in all five wins. His slugging percentage for the week was 1.167, while his on base percentage was .750 (18-for-24).

 

WC'S HERDT PLACES SECOND IN 200 BREASTSTROKE AS PAC SWIMMERS POST THREE ALL-AMERICA PERFORMANCES ON FOURTH AND FINAL DAY OF 2011 NCAA DIVISION III SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS (3/26/11)

PAC swimmers ended things with a bang on the final day of the four-day 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., today. Conference student-athletes posted three additional All-America efforts on the last day of competition, giving the PAC 13 All-America performances for the week. Leading the effort was Westminster senior Courtney Herdt, who posted the top finish by a PAC competitor this week as she placed second in the 200 breaststroke with a school-record time of 2:17.15. She missed becoming a national champion in the event by 2.47 seconds, as Emory's April Whitley won the event in 2:14.62. Junior teammate Caitlin Lehberger took fifth in the same event with a time of 2:18.52 and is now a six-time All-American. Finally PAC champion Grove City posted its third All-America swim in the relay events, as the Wolverine 400 freestyle relay squad placed fifth in 3:26.39. Relay team members were sophomore Jennifer Ryan, junior Jenna Richert, senior Sarah Page and sophomore Angela Palumbo. In team competition, Grove City finished in 11th place nationally with 89 points, while Westminster was 13th (74 points) and W&J was 29th (26).

ALL-PAC FRIDAY: CONFERENCE POSTS FIVE ALL-AMERICA TITLES ON DAY THREE OF 2011 NCAA D-III SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS (3/25/11)
After posting five All-America titles in the first two days of the four-day 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., PAC student-athletes upped the ante on day three on Friday with five more All-America performances. Two of those came in the same event, as the Westminster duo of senior Courtney Herdt (1:03.58) and junior Caitlin Lehberger (1:03.63) placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke. Herdt, who earned her first career A-A crown, broke the WC school record in the prelims (1:02.85). Grove City also posted a pair of All-America swims, as the Wolverine 800 free relay team of sophomore Jenny Ryan, junior Jenna Richert, sophomore Kaitlin Riesmeyer and sophomore Angela Palumbo placed fifth in a GCC school-record 7:29.58. Riesmeyer added an individual A-A honorable mention swim for Grove City with a 14th-place finish in the 200 butterfly (2:04.48). Finally, W&J junior Bethany Haver earned her second laurel this week, as she placed seventh in the 1-meter diving (412.50). Complete NCAA results through the first three days are now online.

GCC'S RIESMEYER, 200 FREE RELAY EACH RECORD ALL-AMERICA PERFORMANCES ON DAY TWO ON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (3/24/11)
The second day of competition is in the books at the four-day 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., with PAC swimmers earning two more All-America laurels to give the conference five All-America honors in the first two days. PAC champion Grove City garnered both awards, led by sophomore Kait Riesmeyer who placed fifth in the 100 butterfly in 56.03. The Wolverine 200 freestyle relay team of Jennifer Ryan, Jenna Richert, Sarah Page, and Angela Palumbo also finished 12th in 1:35.82 to garner A-A status. Both times set new Grove City school records. All results from the first two days are now online.
 

WC'S LEHBERGER, W&J'S HAVER, GCC 200 MEDLEY RELAY EARN ALL- AMERICA HONORS ON FIRST DAY OF NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (3/23/11)

A pair of PAC individual standouts and one conference relay team each earned All-America honors for their performances today on the first day of competition at the four-day 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Westminster junior Caitlin Lehberger led the way with a fourth-place finish nationally in the women's 200 individual medley in a time of 2:04.10. She was joined by Washington & Jefferson senior diver Bethany Haver, who placed fifth in the women's three-meter competition with a score of 423.10. Finally, the Grove City 200 medley relay team of Jenny Ryan, Angela Palumbo, Kait Riesmeyer and Sarah Page finished in 14th place in 1:46.69. Complete first day results are now online.

 

ALEXANDER, SLATER TABBED ECAC BASKETBALL ALL-STARS (3/23/11)
Bethany junior British Alexander and Grove City senior Christine Slater have each been named Division III South Region Basketball Second Team All-Stars for men and women, respectively, by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)

 

EIGHT FROM PAC QUALIFY TO COMPETE AT 2011 NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (3/22/11)

Eight PAC women's swimming & diving standouts have qualified to compete in the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving National Championships, to be held in Knoxville, Tenn., from March 23-26. PAC champion Grove City will send five swimmers to the meet, while Westminster will send a pair of swimmers and Washington & Jefferson will send one diver to the event. In fact, W&J diver Bethany Haver will be the first women's diver in PAC history to compete at the national meet. The psych sheet for the event is now online.
 

TMC'S NEAL NAMED WBCA REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR (3/22/11)
Thomas More College head women's basketball coach Brian Neal has been named Russell Athletic/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region Six Division III Coach of the Year last week by the WBCA. Neal, who also earned PAC Coach of the Year laurels and just completed his seventh season as head coach at Thomas More, guided the Saints to a 30-1 record during the 2010-11 campaign. During the season the earned the school's first-ever No. 1 ranking, posted program's second undefeated regular season in four years and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Division III Championship.

 

SVC'S SEDLOCK NAMED D-III ALL-AMERICAN BY D3HOOPS.COM (3/21/11)

Saint Vincent College junior forward Brittany Sedlock has been named to the 2011 Womenís Basketball All-America Fourth Team by the D3hoops.com website.  Sedlock, the 2010-11 PAC Player of the Year, was also a First Team All-Region selection, First Team All-PAC, First Team Academic All-District, and two-time PAC Player of the Week. She finished the season second in the PAC in scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game, while she led the league in rebounding, averaging 9.0 per game. 
 

TMC'S DICKMAN NAMED ALL-AMERICA HON. MENTION BY WBCA (3/18/11)

Thomas More College senior forward Nicole Dickman was named an honorable mention State Farm Coaches' All-American on Friday, March 18, 2011 by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)
 

2011 PAC SPRING SPORT PREVIEWS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE (3/18/11)
As PAC spring sport teams return from their Spring Break trips to Florida and South Carolina and prepare for the opening of conference play, you can read breakdowns of the league squads in PAC previews for baseball, softball and men's & women's track & field.

 

TC'S ROZENBLAD TABBED ALL-GREAT LAKES REGION BY NABC (3/16/11)

Sophomore guard Blair Rozenblad of Thiel College, the 2010-11 PAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year, has been selected to the All-Great Lakes Region First Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Rozenblad, who previously earned All-Region second team laurels by D3Hoops.com, is one of 88 players listed on the NABC All-Region teams

 

PAGE, WILSON NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES FOR 3/11 (3/15/11)

The PAC has named swimmer Sarah Page of Grove City College and basketball player Robert Wilson of Thomas More College as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for March 2011.

 

PAC PLACES SIX ON D3HOOPS.COM ALL-REGION HOOPS TEAMS (3/15/11)
Six PAC basketball standouts have been named to the 2011 All-Great Lakes Region teams for men and women, selected by the D3Hoops.com website. On the women's side, 2011 PAC Player of the Year junior forward Brittany Sedlock of Saint Vincent was a first team honoree. She was joined by the Thomas More duo of senior center Nicole Dickman and sophomore guard Chelsea Tolliver on the second team and Grove City senior forward Christine Slater on the third team. For the men, 2011 PAC Player of the Year sophomore guard Blair Rozenblad of Thiel and senior guard BJ McGill of Saint Vincent were each second team honorees.

 

CROWN, BROWN EARN D-III WRESTLING ALL-AMERICA HONORS (3/12/11)
A pair of PAC wrestlers earned All-America honors this weekend at the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Lacrosse, Wisc. Leading the way was sophomore Waynesburg 125-pounder Alex Crown, who recovered from an opening round loss to finish in fourth place and earn All-America status. It is the highest finish by a PAC wrestler since Thiel's Chad Beach also placed fourth in 1993. Joining Crown as an All-American was Thiel senior 133-pounder Corey Brown, who became the first three-time All-American in school history with his second straight eighth-place finish after placing sixth as a freshman. Rounding out  the PAC contingent were two WU grapplers: 141-pounder Nick Garber was 2-2, while 285-pounder Brandon Fedorka was 0-2.

 

THOMAS MORE WBB OUSTED BY DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPS (3/11/11)
The Thomas More women's basketball team saw its 2010-11 season come to an end in the "Round of 16" of the NCAA Division III Tournament Friday night, as TMC dropped a 72-53 home decision to Washington (Mo.) in Crestview Hills, Ky. The PAC champion Saints end the 2010-11 season at 30-1 overall after being eliminated by the defending national champions for the second consecutive year.

 

W&J'S MADDOCK EARNS NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (3/11/11)
Washington & Jefferson College senior menís soccer player Sean Maddock  has been awarded a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship by the NCAA. Maddock, a physics major and French minor, is one of 29 male student-athletes from the NCAA fall season sports among all divisions (I, II, III) to earn the scholarship.  He boasts a 3.93 grade-point average. He is the fourth W&J student-athlete in the past five years to receive the prestigious scholarship, joining menís basketball point guard Matt Drakeley (2010), womenís soccer standout Megan Ferderber (2009) and baseball star Sam Mann (2007). 

 

BRACKETS ANNOUNCED FOR NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP (3/8/11)
The weight class brackets  for the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship in Lacrosse, Wisc., this Friday and Saturday (March 11-12) has been released. The PAC will have four conference qualifiers (Alex Crown (WAY)-125, Corey Brown (THI)-133, Nick Garber (WAY)-141, Brandon Fedorka (WAY)-285) attempting to capture a Division III national title this weekend.

 

ROBISON RESIGNS AS HEAD WRESTLING COACH AT W&J (3/8/11)
Washington & Jefferson College head wrestling coach Jay Robison recently announced his resignation to pursue other interests. Robison has served as the Presidentsí head coach for the past six seasons. The 2008 PAC Coach of the Year coached 12 PAC champions. 

 

WAYNESBURG WINS ECAC SOUTH WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TITLE (3/6/11)
The Waynesburg women's basketball team captured the 2011 ECAC Division III South Region Tournament championship on Sunday following a 67-63 title game win over Catholic at Marisa Fieldhouse. With the victory, the Jackets of third-year head coach Sam Jones finished the season 21-9 and become the third ECAC Women's Basketball champion from the PAC in the past four years (W&J-2008, SVC-2010).

 

THOMAS MORE WOMEN REACH NCAA "SWEET 16"; WAYNESBURG WOMEN HOST ECAC FINALS; BETHANY MEN, SAINT VINCENT WOMEN DROP NCAA OPENERS, GENEVA MEN FALL IN NCCAA EAST REGIONAL FINAL (3/5/11)
A busy weekend of tournament basketball action has resulted in two conference teams still alive in postseason play, while three others were eliminated. PAC women's champion and #1-ranked Thomas More (30-0) advanced to the NCAA D-III Tournament regional round next week, as the Saints reached the "Sweet 16" with wins over Piedmont (53-44) on Friday and #14/#16 ranked OAC champion Mount Union (76-63) on Saturday. TMC will face defending Division III national champion Washington (Mo.) on Friday at a site and time TBA. The top-seeded Waynesburg women (20-9) posted two wins to reach the finals of the ECAC D-III South Region Tournament Saturday with a 73-59 semifinal victory against Penn State-Behrend. The Yellow Jackets now host #2 seed Catholic for the title at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse Sunday at 2 p.m. In other NCAA Tournament action, PAC men's champion Bethany was eliminated with a 70-58 first round loss to Manchester, while in the women's draw Saint Vincent fell to Greensboro 83-66 in the opening round. Finally, the Geneva men were toppled in the NCCAA East Regional finals at NAIA member Roberts Wesleyan 72-59 on Thursday.
 

PAC AWARDS 2010-11 WINTER TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP HONORS (3/3/11)The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced the 2010-11 Winter PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners. The PAC Team Sportsmanship Award was started in the 2008-09 sports season, and is an effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among conference teams. The award is sponsored by the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
 

WAYNESBURG WINS ECAC WBB OPENER, TO HOST FINAL FOUR (3/3/11)

The top-seeded Waynesburg women's basketball team (19-9) overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat #8 seed Moravian 68-62 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the 2011 ECAC Division III Women's Basketball South Region Tournament. With the victory, the Yellow Jackets will now host the semifinals and finals at Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse this weekend. WU will face #4 Penn State-Behrend in one semifinal at 3 p.m. on Saturday, followed by #2 Catholic facing #6 Alvernia at 6 p.m. The championship game is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.


W&J MEN, GCC WOMEN LEAD PACE ALL-SPORTS TROPHY RACE (3/2/11)

The Washington & Jefferson College men and Grove City College women are in the lead following the 2010-11 winter sports season in the race for the 2010-11 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) All-Sports Trophies. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition.

 

2010-11 ALL-PAC MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS RELEASED (3/1/11)
The PAC has released the 2010-11 All-PAC Men's Basketball teams. PAC regular season champion Thiel swept the top awards, as Tomcat sophomore G Blair Rozenblad was named MVP and veteran Thiel mentor Tim Loomis was tabbed as Coach of the Year.

 

PAC PLACES PAIR IN D-III WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNEY: THOMAS MORE TO HOST PIEDMONT, ST. VINCENT FACES GREENSBORO (2/28/11)

The PAC has placed a pair of teams into the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tourament field. PAC champion and #1-ranked Thomas More will be at home Friday against Piedmont in a first round matchup at 7 p.m. If the Saints are victorious, they will host the second round contest Saturday against the winner of the opening round contest between Mount Union and Wisconsin-Whitewater at 7 p.m. Also, PAC runner-up Saint Vincent earned a Pool C at-large bid and will play Greensboro in the first round at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The entire tournament bracket is now online, as well as the Thomas More tournament website.

 

BETHANY TO FACE HCAC CHAMPION MANCHESTER IN OPENING ROUND OF NCAA DIVISION III MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FRIDAY (2/28/11)
2011 PAC men's basketball champion Bethany (21-7) will face Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) champion Manchester (21-6) in an NCAA Division III Tournament opening round game on Friday at 5:30 p.m., at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. If the Bison win, they will play the winner of the 1st round game between the host Scots and Benedictine in the 2nd round on Saturday at 7 p.m.. The entire tournament bracket is now online.

 

WAYNESBURG EARNS TOP SEED IN ECAC D-III SOUTH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT; JACKETS HOST MORAVIAN WEDNESDAY (2/28/11)

The Waynesburg Yellow Jacket women's basketball program has earned the top seed and home court advantage for the 2011 ECAC Division III South Tournament. WU (18-9) will host Moravian (14-12) in an opening round contest at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse on Wednesday (March 2) at 7 p.m. If the Jackets win, they will host the semifinals and finals in Waynesburg this weekend.

 

GENEVA TO FACE RWC IN NCCAA EAST REGIONAL FINALS (2/28/11)
Geneva (18-8) will travel to NAIA member Roberts Wesleyan for the NCCAA East Regional Men's Basketball final on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. The winner receives a bid in the NCCAA National Tournament in Oakland City, Ind., on March 17-19. Last year, the GTs defeated RWC 71-63 in the NCCAA East Regional semifinals in Beaver Falls, en route to a national tournament berth.

 

BC MEN, TMC WOMEN CAPTURE 2011 PAC BASKETBALL TITLES (2/26/11)
February 26 was Championship Saturday for PAC basketball in 2011, as the Bethany College men and Thomas More College women each posted victories in the conference title games. The third-seeded Bison men (21-7) captured their PAC-best 13th conference championship by upsetting top-seeded Thiel (20-7) 74-67 in Greenville. On the women's side, the #1-ranked Saints (28-0) continued their unbeaten season, while also becoming the first basketball program (men or women) in PAC history to capture five consecutive conference titles, after a 66-55 win over second-seeded and #19-ranked Saint Vincent (24-4). Both PAC tournament champions have earned automatic bids to next week's NCAA Division III Basketball Tournaments.

 

FOUR PAC WRESTLERS EARNED NCAA D-III REGIONAL TITLES (2/26/11)
Four PAC wrestlers captured weight class titles today at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championships at Wabash. With the wins, the Waynesburg trio of Alex Crown (125), Nick Garber (141) and Brandon Fedorka (285) along with Thiel's Corey Brown (133) advance to the NCAA D-III National Championships. In team competition, PAC champion Waynesburg (112.5) finished third in a nine team field, followed by W&J (sixth, 88 points) and Thiel (seventh, 67.5).

 

NATIONAL POWERS THOMAS MORE, SAINT VINCENT ADVANCE TO PAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINALS; 2011 ALL-PAC TEAMS RELEASED (2/25/11)
It will be a showdown of national powers in the championship game of the 2011 PAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. Top-seed Thomas More, the #1 ranked team in the nation in both the USA Today/WBCA and D3Hoops.com national NCAA Division III polls, defeated fifth-seeded Grove City 66-54 in one semifinal, giving the Saints the opportunity to clinch an unprecedented fifth consecutive PAC title on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Saints will face second seed and #19-ranked Saint Vincent, which reached the title tilt in its first-ever PAC Tournament following a 70-53 semifinal win over third-seeded Waynesburg. TMC (27-0) won both regular season matchups with the Bearcats (24-3), winning 68-66 in overtime in Latrobe before posting a 73-48 decision in Kentucky last Saturday. In addition, the 2010-11 All-PAC Women's Basketball Teams were announced between semifinal games on Friday. Feb. 25. Top awards went to Saint Vincent junior forward Brittany Sedlock, who was named PAC Player of the Year, as well as PAC Coach of the Year Brian Neal of Thomas More.

 

THIEL, BETHANY REACH PAC MEN'S BASKETBALL TITLE GAME (2/24/11)
Top-seeded Thiel and third-seeded Bethany each posted semifinal wins on Thursday (Feb. 24) to advance to the title game of the 2011 PAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament. The Tomcats will host the Bison in the  championship tilt on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Rissell-Beeghly Gym in Greenville, Pa. Thiel used a late run Thursday night to outlast upset-minded #5 seed Thomas More 78-65 in one semifinal contest. In the other, Bethany used a late defensive stop to hold off a rally by second-seeded Saint Vincent and post a 66-65 victory in Latrobe. The PAC will be providing a free live video webcast of the men's championship Saturday night, courtesy of the Waynesburg University department of communication, to go along with Thiel's audio webcast and live statistics.

 

2010-11 ALL-PAC SWIMMING & DIVING TEAMS RELEASED (2/23/11)
The 2010-11 All-PAC Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving teams have been released. The teams are selected via a formula based on their individual and relay finishes at the 2011 PAC Swimming & Diving Championships at Grove City College on Feb. 16-19, 2011.

 

TOP THREE SEEDS EACH POST WINS IN OPENING ROUND OF 2011 PAC MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS (2/22/11)

Eight first round games highlighted the opening of the 2011 PAC Men's & Women's Basketball Championship Tournaments, with the top three seeds posting wins in each, while both tourneys saw the fifth seed post minor upsets. On the women's side, #1 Thomas More broke away from a pesky Thiel squad after halftime to win at home 68-47 and clinch hosting rights for the semifinals and finals this weekend. The Saints will face Grove City on Friday in one semifinal, as the fifth-seeded Wolverines hit all 21 free throw attempts in the second half of a 66-59 win at fourth-seeded Bethany. The other women's semifinal will feature second seed and #19-ranked Saint Vincent (a 64-47 victor against seventh-seed Chatham) taking on third seed Waynesburg, which posted its first PAC Tournament win since the 2005-06 season by topping sixth seed Washington & Jefferson 52-42. The Friday semifinals in Crestview Hills, Ky., include Waynesburg vs. Saint Vincent at 5 p.m., followed by Grove City vs. Thomas More at 7 p.m., while the Saturday championship game at TMC will begin at 5 p.m. The men's tournament saw top-seeded Thiel get all they could handle from eight-seeded Waynesburg before prevailing 73-63. The Tomcats, who won their first PAC Tournament game since 2006, will now host one semifinal on Thursday at 7 p.m. against fifth-seeded Thomas More, which edged #4 Washington & Jefferson 58-57 on a pair of Colt Stafford free throws with 17.3 seconds to play. Third-seeded Bethany used a 32-2 first half run to roll past sixth-seed Westminster 90-58 and advance to the other semifinal on Thursday at 7 p.m. at second seed Saint Vincent, which eliminated defending PAC champion and seventh seed Grove City 72-54.
 

PAC RELEASES SPRING SPORT COMPOSITE SCHEDULES (2/18/2011)
With the spring season right around the corner, composite schedules for all 2011 spring PAC sports are now online. Click on the link to get the full league schedule for baseball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's tennis, and men's and women's track & field.

 

GROVE CITY SWEEPS 2011 PAC SWIMMING & DIVING TITLES (2/19/11)
The Grove City Wolverines captured both the men's and women's team titles at the three-day 2011 PAC Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by the Wolverines as part of the 2011 Longnecker Invitational in Grove City, Pa. The GCC men finished with 948 points, comfortably ahead of second place Westminster (654), while the Wolverine women recorded 888 points to easily outdistance second place Washington & Jefferson (652). It was the fourth consecutive PAC title for the GCC men and the third straight team crown for the Wolverine women. Grove City junior Ben Bowser and sophomore Kait Riesmeyer swept the PAC Swimming MVP honors, while league diving laurels went to the W&J junior duo of Justin Weifenbach and Bethany Haver. GCC mentor Dave Fritz swept the PAC Swimming Coach of the Year awards for men and women, while Vic Galati of W&J was the PAC Men's & Women's Diving Coach of the Year. Complete invitational results for all three days are now online.

 

GCC TO HOST 2011 PAC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP (2/15/11)

The 2011 Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) Swimming & Diving Championships will take place at the James E. Longnecker Competition Pool on the campus of Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., this Wednesday-Saturday, February 16-19, 2011. The championship is part of the 2011 Grove City Longnecker Invitational, a 10-school event that includes both the PAC Championships (six schools) as well as the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Championships (four schools). The championships begin on Wednesday evening (Feb. 16) with diving preliminaries beginning at 7:30 p.m. On both Thursday and Friday (Feb. 17-18), preliminary rounds will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the consolation and championship finals beginning at 6 p.m. On Saturday (Feb. 19), the preliminary rounds will again begin at 10 a.m., followed by the consolation and championship finals beginning at 5:30 p.m. Grove City is the two-time defending champion for both men's & women's swimming & diving in the PAC. For the third consecutive year, the PAC Swimming & Diving Championships will be broadcast live via video webcast. Links to the free video webcast, as well as for live results and for the invitational psych sheet, are available on the PAC website at www.pacathletics.org and the Longnecker Invitational website at www.gccinvitational.com. Admission to the PAC Championship Longnecker Invitational contests is $5 for finals, $3 for preliminaries and $4 for heat sheets. No conference passes are accepted at PAC Championship events.

 

MILLS, BROWN NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (2/15/11)
The PAC today named soccer goalkeeper Kirstie Mills of Saint Vincent College and wrestling standout Corey Brown of Thiel College as the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for February 2011.

 

WU CAPTURES SECOND STRAIGHT PAC WRESTLING TEAM TITLE (2/11/11)
The Waynesburg Yellow Jackets captured their second consecutive conference  wrestling title at the 2011 PAC Championship, hosted by the Yellow Jackets at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse in Waynesburg. The Yellow Jackets captured six of the 10 weight class championship en route to the victory, led by junior 174-pounder Jared Roberts, who was named PAC Most Outstanding Wrestler following the meet. Third-year Yellow Jacket mentor Ron Headlee garnered PAC Coach of the Year laurels for the second consecutive year.

WAYNESBURG TO HOST 2011 PAC WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (2/8/11)
The 2011 Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) Wrestling Championships will take place at the Rudy Marisa Gymnasium on the campus of Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa., this Friday, February 11, 2011, beginning at 5 p.m. The Waynesburg Yellow Jackets will be looking to defend their PAC wrestling title after edging perennial PAC power Thiel in the 2010 PAC Championships last year in Greenville. All the links, including our free video webcast (courtesy of Waynesburg student TV station WCTV-TV) are available on the Waynesburg PAC Championship page.

 

MWC, PAC COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCE SUPER BOWL "WAGER" (2/4/11)
With Super Bowl XLV approaching between the Green Bay Packers and the

Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, two NCAA Division III conference commissioners with ties to the two participating teams will have a personal stake in the outcome.
 

SVC'S SEDLOCK PACES SEVEN PAC BASKETBALL STANDOUTS NAMED TO 2010-11 CoSIDA/CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS (2/3/11)

Seven PAC basketball standouts, led by District II first team honoree junior Brittany Sedlock of Saint Vincent, have been selected to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District College Division Basketball teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As a first team selection, Sedlock (4.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) majoring in mathematics) now advances to the Academic All-America national ballot later this month. Other PAC women's honorees included a pair of second team selections in Waynesburg senior Elisha Jones (3.92 GPA, athletic training) in District II and Thomas More sophomore Chelsea Tolliver (4.0 GPA, business) in District IV. Earning third team laurels for District II were Saint Vincent senior Maria Baroffio (3.48 GPA, communication/advertising) and Waynesburg junior Hannah Hunter (3.54 GPA, interactive design), while Thomas More sophomore Allison Long (4.0 GPA, elementary education) was a District IV third team pick. On the men's side, the lone PAC awardee was Waynesburg senior Patrick Crawford (4.0 GPA, forensic science), who earned All-District II second team recognition.
 

PARIKAKIS TABBED AS WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH AT BETHANY (2/2/11)
Former Mary Baldwin College womenís soccer coach Peter Parikakis has been selected as the new head womenís soccer coach at Bethany College. He replaces Barry Christmas, who resigned to take a similar position at Division II West Liberty State. This past fall, Parikakis was an assistant for the Bison menís program. He helped Bethany rebound from a two-win campaign in 2009 to 11 victories this past fall, a berth in the PAC Tournament Championship match and a bid to the ECAC Tournament.

 

PAC PLACES 359 ON FALL 2010 ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL (1/27/11)

A total of 359 student-athletes have been named to the Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2010 semester. The PAC Academic Honor Roll honors student-athletes on fall varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. Waynesburg led the 10 league schools, as 45 Yellow Jacket student-athletes earned PAC Academic Honor Roll laurels in the fall.

 

THOMAS MORE WOMEN EARN HISTORIC #1 NATIONAL RANKING (1/24/11)
For the first time in the 56-year history of the PAC, a conference women's basketball team is the top-ranked team in the nation in NCAA Division III. That distinction goes to Thomas More, which earned the top spot in this week's National Top 25 women's poll released by the D3Hoops.com website, covering games through Jan. 23. The unbeaten Saints (17-0) led by head coach Brian Neal moved up one spot from last week. Saint Vincent, which was ranked 23rd nationally last week, moved up one spot to #22 despite dropping an OT decision to the top-seeded Saints in Latrobe on Wednesday.

 
CHYLIK, KREJDOVSKY NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (1/19/11)
Senior volleyball standout Madison Chylik of Thiel College and senior swimmer Zack Krejdovsky of Saint Vincent College have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for January 2011.

GCC'S BOWERS, W&J'S PILATO NAMED TO ALL-DECADE TEAM (1/18/11)
Two former PAC football standouts have been honored by the D3Football.com website with selection to its NCAA Division III Football All-Decade Team, covering the years 2000-09. Grove City RB R.J. Bowers (1997-2000) was a second team honoree, while Washington & Jefferson S Frank Pilato (2001-04) was tabbed to the third team.

 

PAC WBB TEAMS TO HONOR ZAWACKI WITH UNIFORM PATCHES (1/9/11)
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference will honor the memory of late Saint Vincent College women's basketball coach Kristen Zawacki by having all 10 PAC women's basketball teams wear memorial patches on their uniforms for the remainder of the 2010-11 season. The patches, which were first worn by the Lady Bearcats on Thursday against Geneva, employ the letters "KZ". The Saint Vincent patches are in black & white, while the rest of the conference sports patches in the Saint Vincent school colors of green & gold.

 

SVC NAMES PETRUSKA INTERIM WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH (12/30/10)
Fr. Myron Kirsch, OSB, Athletic Director of Saint Vincent College, has named James Petruska as Interim Head Coach of the womenís basketball team for the remainder of the 2010-11 seasonKristen Zawacki, the only coach in the 27-year history of the program, passed away unexpectedly on December 25, 2010. Petruska began his career as a graduate assistant coach for the 2006-07 season, and in July of 2007, he was named full-time assistant coach, responsible for recruiting, opponent scouting, and practice planning and implementation.  In his five years as an assistant, the Bearcats have amassed a record of 75-43, including a 23-5 mark in the Bearcatsí 2009-10 ECAC Championship season. A native of Mars, PA and graduate of Mars High School, Petruska graduated from Saint Vincent in 2004 with a degree in History and minor in Secondary Education. 

 

SAINT VINCENT MOURNS PASSING OF KRISTEN ZAWACKI (12/26/10)

Saint Vincent College is mourning the passing of longtime coach and athletic administrator Kristen Zawacki, who was found dead in her home in Greensburg, Pa., on December 25. Zawacki, 52, was the only head coach in the history of the Saint Vincent women's basketball program and was in her 28th season leading the Bearcat cagers, who are 9-1 and have been ranked in both national Division III Top 25 polls this season. Last year, she earned her 500th career coaching victory en route to leading the Bearcats to the ECAC Division III South Region Championship. Zawacki also served as Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Saint Vincent and was instrumental in the school's transition to NCAA Division III and the PAC. A public memorial service was held in the Saint Vincent Basilica in Latrobe on Thursday (Dec. 30) at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon in a Saint Vincent dining room.

 

OWENS NAMED 1ST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN BY D3FOOTBALL.COM (12/18/10)
Thomas More College senior defensive tackle Tyler Owens has been named a first team All-American by the internet website, D3football.com. Owens, named the 2010 PAC Player of the Year after leading the Saints to their third consecutive PAC football title, previously earned All-America laurels from the AFCA.

 

PAC TRIO PLAYS IN "BOWL OF THE STARS" IN MEXICO (12/18/10)
Three PAC football standouts who recently completed their final season of eligibility were among the 44-player roster of Division III players competing today in the "Bowl of the Stars" at the Tec de Monterrey Stadium in Toluca, Mexico. PAC players participating include senior DL and 2010 PAC Player of the Year Tyler Owens and senior FB/TE Matt Clark of Thomas More, as well as OL Pete Polesnak of Grove City. The D-III stars faced the CONADEIP All Stars from Mexico, winning 48-7.

 

TMC'S LADENBURGER, GCC'S CICHOWITZ LAUDED BY PAC SAAC (12/15/10)
The PAC has named Thomas More senior softball standout Samantha Ladenburger and Grove City senior cross country runner Garrett Cichowitz as PAC SAAC Scholar-Athletes of the Month for December 2010.

 

OWENS, SEDUNOV NAMED FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICANS BY AFCA (12/13/10)
A pair of PAC football standouts have been selected to the 25-man AFCA Division III Coaches All-America team, released today by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The 2010 PAC Player of the Year, senior DL Tyler Owens of Thomas More, was one of four defensive linemen selected. He was joined by Washington & Jefferson senior S Craig Sedunov, who was one of four defensive backs lauded. The selection of Sedunov marks the ninth consecutive year W&J has had a player chosen for AFCA All-America honors, the longest current streak in the nation.

 

TEN PAC SOCCER PLAYERS NAMED ALL-REGION BY NSCAA (12/10/10)
A total of 10 PAC soccer standouts (seven women, three men) have been selected to the 2010 All-Great Lakes Region teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The women's squads were highlighted by a pair of Thomas More teammates - junior GK Katie Burger and sophomore F Abby Gindling - earning second team honors. Five others were tabbed to the third team: Thomas More senior D Alex Crouch, Washington & Jefferson sophomore D Lauren Reynolds, Grove City senior F and 2010 PAC Player of the Year Hannah Yang, Westminster senior F Sarah Nee, and Waynesburg junior F Courtney Ebersole. On the men's side, Thomas More senior M and 2010 PAC Player of the Year Dan Miller was joined by Bethany freshman F Arkangelo James on the second team, while Grove City senior M Chuck Witt garnered third team laurels.

 

NINE FROM PAC NAMED ALL-REGION BY D3FOOTBALL.COM (12/9/10)
Nine PAC football standouts have been honored with selection to the 2010 All-South Region Football teams, released today by the D3Football.com website. A pair of conference standouts earned first team recognition: senior DT and 2010 PAC Player of the Year Tyler Owens of Thomas More and Waynesburg sophomore TE Adam Moses. TMC freshman RB Domonique Hayden was the lone second team honoree, while six players were tabbed for third team laurels: Bethany senior G Jason Soltis, junior DE Jay Volker and sophomore CB Zach Autenrieb of Thomas More, senior S Craig Sedunov of Washington & Jefferson, and juniors DT Darryl Moore Jr. and CB Sean Hunt of Waynesburg.

 

FALL PAC TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS RELEASED (12/1/10)
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced the PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners for Fall 2010 sports. The PAC Team Sportsmanship Award was started during the 2008-09 sports season, and is an effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among conference teams. The award is sponsored by the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and is presented to one team in each of the 19 PAC-sponsored varsity sports.

 

THIEL'S CHYLIK NAMED VOLLEYBALL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (11/30/10)
Thiel College senior volleyball standout Madison Chylik has been selected to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America College Division Volleyball Third Team, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Chylik, an elementary education major from Valley View, Ohio with a 3.98 cumulative GPA and a six-time member of the Deanís List, is a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and a two-year letterwinner in softball. She is also a five-time PAC Academic Honor Roll selection. Chylik helped lead the Tomcat spikers to their second straight 20-win season in 2010. Earlier this year, she became the schoolís all-time leader in assists. Last season she was named to the All-PAC first team and was a second team selection in 2010.

 

THOMAS MORE FOOTBALL FALLS IN NCAA SECOND ROUND (11/27/10)
The PAC champion Thomas More football team saw its season come to an end Saturday following a 69-7 loss at unbeaten Mary Hardin-Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Saints closed the 2010 campaign at 11-1 overall. Complete final 2010 conference football statistics are now online.

 

THOMAS MORE, W&J FOOTBALL EARN POSTSEASON WINS (11/20/10)
PAC football teams went 2-0 during the opening weekend of postseason play on Saturday, Nov. 20. Unbeaten PAC champion Thomas More (11-0) opened play in the 2010 NCAA Division III playoffs with a bang, as the Saints rolled up over 400 team rushing yards en route to a 42-14 first round victory over ODAC champion Washington & Lee (8-3). With the win, the Saints now travel to Belton, Texas for a second round contest at unbeaten Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-0) next Saturday (Nov. 27) at 1 p.m. EST (noon CST). Also on Saturday, PAC runner-up Washington & Jefferson (9-2) opened the 2010 season with its eight consecutive win as the Presidents outgunned Franklin & Marshall (6-5) 54-41 in the ECAC Division III Southwest Bowl at Cameron Stadium in Washington, Pa.

PAC PLACES AT NCAA D-III CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (11/19/10)
The Grove City women's team finished in 29th place overall at the 2010 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on Saturday, November 20th. On the men's side, Grove City's Garrett Cichowitz made his third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships and finished in 82nd place overall, while freshman Chansler Poole represented Saint Vincent at the meet and placed 168th in individual competition.

 

TMC/W&J MEN, WES WOMEN LEAD ALL-SPORTS TROPHY RACE (11/19/10)
The Thomas More College and Washington & Jefferson College men and Westminster College women are in the lead following the 2010 fall sports season in the race for the 2010-11 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) All-Sports Trophies. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition. First-place finishes are worth nine points (eight for men), second place is worth eight points (seven for men) ... last place is worth one point. PAC member Geneva is currently a provisional member of NCAA Division III and is thus ineligible for the PAC All-Sports Trophy.

 

WITT, MADDOCK NAMED SOCCER ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS (11/18/10)
A pair of PAC men's soccer standouts have been selected to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America College Division Men's Soccer teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Grove City senior midfielder Chuck Witt (3.95 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), mechanical engineering) was a First Team selection, while Washington & Jefferson senior defender Sean Maddock (3.95 cumulative GPA, physics/French) was a Second Team honoree. Witt is Grove City's 32nd Academic All-American and the first Wolverine soccer player to earn the honor since Jeff Hinebaugh in 1989. Maddock is the 27th Academic All-American all-time at W&J and just the second soccer player to earn the award, joining Chris Rihn (1994-95).

 

VOGEL, WEAVER HONORED AS PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (11/18/10)
The PAC announced today that swimmer
Brittany Vogel of Washington & Jefferson and soccer player Matt Weaver of Geneva have been named Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for November 2010.

 

2010 ALL-PAC MEN'S & WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAMS RELEASED (11/17/10)
The 2010 All-PAC teams for both men's soccer and women's soccer have been released. MVP honors for 2010 went to Thomas More senior M Dan Miller and Grove City senior F Hannah Yang, while Bethany's Sean Regan (men) and W&J's Pete Curtis (women) earned 2010 PAC Coach of the Year laurels.

 

PAC RELEASES 2010 ALL-CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAMS (11/15/10)
The conference has released the 2010 All-PAC Football teams and postseason award winners. PAC champion Thomas More swept the top two awards, as senior DL Tyler Owens was selected as 2010 PAC Player of the Year, while fourth-year Saint mentor Jim Hilvert garnered PAC Coach of the year laurels for 2010.

 

PAC TEAMS OPEN ECAC SOCCER/VB TOURNEYS WITH 5-1 MARK (11/10/10)
It was a huge opening night for PAC teams in ECAC Division III South Soccer/ Volleyball Tournament first round action on November 10, as conference members went 5-1 on the day. In fact, the only PAC team to lose was Washington & Jefferson men's soccer, which fell at home to conference rival Grove City 3-1. Bethany men's soccer pulled off a stunning upset, as the eighth-seeded Bison eliminated top-seeded Penn State-Behrend 4-3 in Erie. Both teams are back in semifinal action Saturday at Stevenson, with the Bison facing the host school at 11 a.m., while the Wolverines taking on Misericordia at 2 p.m. In women's soccer action, #2 Grove City overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit with five unanswered second half goals to defeat #7 Misericordia 5-1. GCC will now face #6 Marywood in an ECAC semifinal Saturday at 7 p.m. at Frostburg State University. Finally, top-seeded Saint Vincent will host the ECAC weekend "final four" in Latrobe after eliminating #8 Penn State-Behrend 3-1 in a first round match. #3 Bethany also advanced to the weekend after sweeping #6 Stevenson 3-0. The Bearcats will host #4 Penn State-Altoona at the Carey Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Bison facing #2 Swarthmore at 2 p.m. The championship match is set for 5 p.m.

 

2010 ALL-PAC VOLLEYBALL TEAMS RELEASED (11/10/10)
The 2010 All-PAC Volleyball Teams and postseason award winners have been released. Conference champion Thomas More swept the MVP and Coach of the Year honors, given to Saint senior OH Alyssa Carlotta and third-year TMC mentor John Spinney, respectively. Thiel libero Jenna Samsa was tabbed as PAC Freshman of the Year.

 

SIX PAC VB/SOCCER TEAMS EARN ECAC TOURNAMENT BERTHS (11/8/10)
Six PAC soccer and volleyball teams have been selected to compete in the 2010 ECAC Division III South Region Tournaments. Saint Vincent is the top-seed in the eight-team ECAC D-III South Volleyball Tournament and will host #8 Penn State-Behrend at the Carey Center Wednesday (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m. If the Bearcats win, they will host the semifinals and finals in Latrobe this weekend. Bethany volleyball is also at home Wednesday night, as the third-seeded Bison host #6 Stevenson at 7 p.m.  Three PAC teams are in action in the ECAC D-III South Men's Soccer Tournament, with two facing each other on Wednesday. #2 Washington & Jefferson will host #7 Grove City in a first-round contest at 6 p.m., while #8 Bethany will play top-seeded Penn State-Behrend in Erie at 1:30 p.m. Finally, in ECAC D-III Women's Soccer Tournament action, Grove City is the second seed and will host a first round match against Misericordia at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

PAC TEAMS HIT THE ROAD FOR NCAA SOCCER/VB PLAYOFFS (11/8/10)
All three PAC champions in the sports of soccer and volleyball will be on the road for the opening round of the NCAA Division III playoffs this week. In men's soccer, PAC champion Thomas More (11-5-2) will face Dominican (18-1-1) in a first round match Friday at 11 a.m., at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. PAC women's soccer champion Washington & Jefferson (14-5-1) will face Illinois Wesleyan (16-1-3) in an opening round contest at Denison University in Granville, Ohio on Saturday at 11 a.m. Finally, in volleyball first round action, league champion Thomas More (28-7) will travel to Atlanta and Emory University for a first-round matchup against Southwestern (29-6) on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

FOUR PAC TITLES AWARDED ON CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY (11/6/10)
It was "Championship Saturday" in the PAC on November 6, as conference titles were awarded in men's & women's soccer and volleyball, while in addition the football conference crown was also clinched (see below). All three defending soccer/volleyball champions from 2009 posted repeat performances and earned automatic bids to next week's NCAA Division III Tournaments. In men's soccer, #4 seed Thomas More posted the tourney's third straight upset win, as the Saints edged #3 Bethany 2-1 for their second straight league crown. Women's soccer saw #2 Washington & Jefferson earn its third straight PAC title, as the Presidents broke open a scoreless halftime tie with three second half goals to defeat #4 Westminster 3-0. Finally, top-seeded Thomas More rallied from an opening set loss to defeat #2 Thiel 3-1 in the PAC volleyball title match, giving the Saint spikers their third straight league championship.

 

TMC, THIEL ADVANCE TO 2010 PAC VOLLEYBALL TITLE MATCH (11/5/10)
A rematch of the 2009 PAC title match will be on tap Saturday (Nov. 6), as top-seeded Thomas More and second-seeded Thiel advanced to the finals of the 2010 PAC Volleyball Championship Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Saints had little trouble with #4 Saint Vincent, winning 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-15), while the Tomcats also won 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-17) over #3 Westminster Friday night at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Ky. Two-time defending PAC champion Thomas More swept Thiel in last year's championship match. Live statistics for the championship match will be available Saturday.

 

THOMAS MORE ON TOP OF 2010-11 PAC BASKETBALL POLLS (11/4/10)
The Thomas More College men's & women's basketball teams were each picked to capture 2010-11 championships in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), according to the preseason poll released following the 2010-11 PAC Basketball Media Day conference call today. Voters in the polls included conference head coaches, sports information directors, and members of the media participating in the conference media day call.

 

EIGHT PAC GRIDDERS EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS (11/4/10)
The PAC has placed eight football standout student-athletes on the 2010 ESPN Academic All-District II College Division Football teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Washington & Jefferson led all conference schools with four honorees, including the lone first team selection, junior DL Frank Gigler (3.67 cumulative GPA, child development education). The Presidents also boasted three of the seven second team awardees: senior QB Gino Rometo (3.46, business), senior WR Jordan Roycroft (3.59, accounting) and senior DB Michael Trunzo (3.52, business). Other second team selections included the Waynesburg duo of senior DL Anthony Calcagni (3.40, business management) and sophomore DL Matt Krause (3.35, nursing) as well as Thiel senior LB Bobby Shew (3.84, business administration) and Bethany junior OL Cory Potter (3.30, English).

 

THIEL VOLLEYBALL DUO NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT (11/4/10)
A pair of Thiel College volleyball standouts have been selected to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-District II College Division Volleyball teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Senior S Madison Chylik (3.98 cumulative GPA, elementary education) was a first team honoree and now advances to the Academic All-America ballot later this month. She was joined by her teammate, junior MH Kelly Barzak (3.53, elementary education), who was a third team honoree.

 

W&J, WESTMINSTER REACH WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL ON PKs (11/3/10)
The 2010 PAC Women's Soccer Championship Tournament got underway on November 3 with a pair of nip-and-tuck semifinal matchups. In the opener, top-seeded Thomas More was eliminated from the tournament, as the unbeaten Saints tied #4 Westminster 1-1 in double-overtime only to see the Titans advance via a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks. In the nightcap, two-time defending PAC champion Washington & Jefferson was just seconds away from elimination, but a goal with just six seconds to play in regulation against #3 Grove City knotted the score at  1-1. After two scoreless overtime periods, W&J advanced to the title match via a 3-1 penalty kick advantage over the Wolverines. The Presidents will now host the Titans for the 2010 PAC title at Alexandre Stadium in Washington, Pa., this Saturday (Nov. 6) at 1 p.m.

 

VOLLEYBALL TOP SEEDS WIN, MEN'S SOCCER FAVORITES EACH FALL AS 2010 PAC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS GET UNDERWAY (11/2/10)
The PAC Championship Tournament in men's soccer and volleyball got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to very different results. While both higher seeded volleyball squads advanced to the weekend semifinals, both men's soccer favorites suffered upset losses. The first upset came at Grove City, where third-seeded Bethany scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the contest, then held off the second-ranked Wolverines for a 2-1 victory. The Bison will now host Saturday's PAC Championship match at a time TBA after fourth-seed and defending PAC champion Thomas More eliminated top-seeded Washington & Jefferson from the tournament. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie through 120 minutes, after which the Saints advanced via a 5-3 advantage in penalty kicks. In volleyball, the match of the night was in Latrobe, where fourth-seeded Saint Vincent won its first-ever PAC Tournament contest with a thrilling five-set 3-2 win over fifth seed Bethany, including a 19-17 advantage in the final set. The Bearcats will now face top-seeded Thomas More Friday at 6 p.m. In the other first round match, third seed Westminster eliminated sixth-seeded Washington & Jefferson 3-1 to advance to the other PAC Tournament semifinal against #2 Thiel Friday at 8 p.m.

 

PAC PLACES 14 ON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SOCCER TEAMS (11/2/10)
A total of 14 standout PAC soccer student-athletes (seven men, seven women) have been selected to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-District soccer teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). On the men's side, three conference players earned first team honors in District II and now advance to the Academic All-America ballot: W&J senior D Sean Maddock (3.95 GPA, physics) and the Grove City duo of senior M Chuck Witt (3.95, mechanical engineering) and junior F Brian Eckenhoff (3.98, business management). Second team honors went to W&J senior M Stephen Bosak (3.73, history) and Waynesburg junior F Erick Burke (3.35, criminal justice), while third team laurels went to Waynesburg junior D David Floyd (3.96, communication) and Westminster junior F Coty Hainsey (3.72, mathematics). Leading the way for the PAC women was the lone first team selection in District II, Grove City senior M Emily Ostlund (3.51, molecular biology/Spanish), who now advances to the Academic All-America national ballot. Thiel senior GK Jill Harry (3.88, accounting/business administration) was the lone second team honoree, while five players garnered third team recognition: three in District II (the Westminster duo of senior F Danielle Struble (3.45, financial economics) and junior D Tyler Dever (3.81, political science) as well as Grove City senior F Hannah Yang (3.58, molecular biology) and two in District IV (Thomas More junior D Kelsie Rust (3.95, middle school education) and Christina Green (4.00, nursing).

 

TMC/SVC TABBED TO D3HOOPS.COM PRESEASON WBB TOP 25 (11/2/10)
The PAC has placed two teams in the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Preseason Top 25 poll, released today by the D3Hoops.com website. Four-time defending PAC champion Thomas More is ranked 19th, while Saint Vincent (in its first year of active D-III membership) is ranked 25th.

 

PAC ANNOUNCES SOCCER/VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY SCHEDULES (10/30/10)
The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced seeds and pairings for the 2010 PAC Championship Tournaments in the sports of men's & women's soccer and women's volleyball. All three tournaments will take place on campus sites next week, with all three PAC champions earning automatic bids to the 2010 NCAA Division III playoffs, which begin the week of November 8.

 

SAINT VINCENT MEN, GROVE CITY WOMEN CAPTURE TEAM TITLES AT 2010 PAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WAYNESBURG (10/30/10)
The Saint Vincent men and Grove City women captured team titles at the 2010 PAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships, hosted on Saturday, Oct. 30, by Waynesburg University at the Greene County Airport. The men's race saw the Bearcats capture their first-ever PAC team championship in any sport, while also snapping Grove City's 19-year run as conference champions. GCC senior Garrett Cichowitz was named 2010 PAC Men's Cross Country MVP after capturing the individual title by two seconds over Scott Ryan of Washington & Jefferson, while veteran Saint Vincent mentor Andy Herr earned PAC Men's Coach of the Year laurels. On the women's side, the Wolverines rolled to their 24th straight league crown as GCC head coach Sean Severson was tabbed for PAC Coach of the Year honors. 2010 MVP recognition went to race champion Ivette Mejia of Saint Vincent. Final results for men and women are now online.

 

PAC RELEASES WINTER SPORT COMPOSITE SCHEDULES (10/26/10)
Composite schedules for all 2010-11 winter PAC sports are now online. Click on the link to get the full league schedule for men's basketball, women's basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling.

 

GROVE CITY WOLVERINES CAPTURE 24TH CONSECUTIVE LEAGUE TITLE AT 2010 PAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ERIE (10/23/10)
The Grove City Wolverine netters captured individual titles in seven of nine flights Saturday to earn their 24th consecutive team title at the 2010 PAC Women's Tennis Championshps, held at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie, Pa. GCC, led by 2010 PAC Coach of the Year Joe Walters, earned 50 of a possible 54 points to easily edge Westminster (34) and Saint Vincent (31) in team competition. With the victory, the Wolverines earned the PAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships in the spring of 2011. 2010 PAC Player of the Year honors went to Saint Vincent junior Alexis Cup after she captured the first singles flight championship. Final tournament brackets are online.

 

PETTY, BAKER NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES  (10/20/10)
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced that Barb Petty of Chatham and Krystal Baker of Waynesburg have been named Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for October 2010.

 

HOZAK, SWEARINGEN HIT VOLLEYBALL COACHING MILESTONES (9/29/10)
A pair of PAC volleyball head coaches posted milestone victories this week. Saint Vincent coach Sue Hozak posted her 500th career win Tuesday night at Grove City, while Westminster mentor Tammy Swearingen tallied her 400th career victory with a three-set home win over Chatham Saturday.

 

W&J MEN, GROVE CITY WOMEN CAPTURE 2010 PAC FALL GOLF INVITATIONAL; CIESLINSKI, GOYZUETA ARE MEDALISTS (9/28/10)
The Washington & Jefferson College men and Grove City College women have captured the team titles at the two-day, 36-hole 2010 PAC Fall Golf Invitational at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa. The President men fired a four-man, 36-hole total of 300-313-613 to top second-place Grove City (316-320-636) by 23 strokes. Women's play saw the Wolverines fire a four-player total of 184-383-567, 22 strokes ahead of defending PAC champion W&J (186-403-589). In individual play, W&J senior Brad Cieslinski earned medalist honors with a 71-74-145 (+3), three strokes ahead of runner-up Steve Fiori of Saint Vincent (74-74-148, +6). The women's individual medalist was Grove City's Arielle Goyzueta, who fired a 45-89-134 to top W&J's Toula Scordilis (40-97-137) by three strokes. The 2010 PAC Fall Golf Invitational counts for one-half of the 72-hole total (along with the 2011 PAC Championship) used to determine the 2010-11 PAC golf team champions. Complete team standings and individual results for both men and women are now online.

 

DOLSAK, POTTER NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (9/15/10)
The PAC announced that women's basketball/track & field standout Emily Dolsak of Westminster and football standout Cory Potter of Bethany have been named Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for September 2010.

 

PAC CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW: SVC TO PUSH GROVE CITY (8/31/10)
PAC cross country has traditionally been the domain of the Grove City Wolverines, as the GCC men are 19-time PAC champions while the women have won 21 league titles in a row. However, a new contender may emerge this fall in the form of Saint Vincent, which has run close to Grove City in the past few PAC meets and is now entering its first season of eligibility for the PAC title. 2009 runner-ups Thiel (men) and Westminster (women) also figure to be in the mix at the 2010 PAC Championships, slated for October 30 at Waynesburg. The 2010 PAC Cross Country Preview is now online, along with the 2010 league composite schedule.

 

THOMAS MORE PICKED TO REPEAT IN 2010 VOLLEYBALL POLL (8/31/10)
Thomas More has been picked to repeat as PAC volleyball champions in 2010, according to a preseason poll of league volleyball coaches. The Saints, led by head coach John Spinney, garnered seven of 10 possible first place votes to finish with 87 points in the poll. After Thomas More, 2009 PAC runner-up Thiel was predicted to finish second, receiving the other three first place votes and 79 points overall. Rounding out the preseason poll are Saint Vincent (70), Westminster (61), Bethany (49), Washington & Jefferson (39), Grove City (30), Waynesburg (23), and Chatham (12). Geneva, an NCAA Division III provisional member, was picked to go 12-6 against PAC teams in 2010.

 

2010 PAC WOMEN''S TENNIS PREVIEW: GROVE CITY ROLLS ON (8/30/10)
For 23 years, the Grove City Wolverines have been the standard of excellence in PAC women's tennis, as GCC has captured every conference championship since the 1987 season. The Wolverines show no sign of slowing down, as the 2009 squad became the first team in PAC history to capture an NCAA playoff victory. Westminster, the league runner-up the past four years, is coming off a school-record 15-2 season and will lead the challengers for the PAC crown, which also will include Saint Vincent (first year of active D-III membership) and Thiel (restarting the program after a three-year hiatus). The 2010 PAC Women's Tennis preview is now online, while the conference composite schedule is also available.

 

2010 PAC VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: TMC SPIKERS LEAD THE WAY (8/27/10)
PAC volleyball has been controlled at the top by two programs the past four years, with Thomas More (2006, '09) and Westminster (2007, '08) each capturing a pair of conference titles. Last year, the top-seeded Saints won the crown with a three-set sweep of upstart Thiel, who earned the second seed. Among the programs set to challenge the defending champions in 2010 is Saint Vincent, in its first year of NCAA D-III eligibility after posting a couple of ECAC titles during its provisional membership period. The 2010 PAC Volleyball Preview is now online, along with the 2010 PAC volleyball composite schedule, while the preseason coaches poll will be released early next week.

2010 PAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PREVIEW: W&J HAS MOMENTUM (8/26/10)
The 2009 PAC women's soccer race appeared to have regular season champion Grove City and #2 seed Thomas More on a collision course for the PAC title, but defending 2008 conference champion Washington & Jefferson had other plans. The Presidents, who entered the PAC Tournament as the third seed, posted a pair of postseason upsets, topping the Saints 2-1 in overtime in the semifinal round and the Wolverines 1-0 in the title tilt to earn their second straight conference title. Can W&J keep the momentum going this fall, or will a new PAC champion emerge? Read all about it in the 2010 PAC Women's Soccer Preview. The 2010 PAC women's soccer composite schedule is also online.

 

2010 PAC MEN'S SOCCER PREVIEW: PARITY REIGNS AT THE TOP (8/25/10)
When the Thomas More Saints captured their first-ever PAC men's soccer championship with a 1-0 title match victory over Washington & Jefferson last season, it continued a trend of parity at the top of the PAC standings. With the victory, TMC became the fourth different PAC champion in men's soccer in the past five seasons, joining Westminster (2006, '08), Grove City (2005) and W&J (2007). This year, the four recent champions will be pushed by a group of steadily improving young programs looking to move into the upper echelon of the conference. Read all about it in the 2010 PAC Men's Soccer Preview, while the 2010 PAC men's soccer composite schedule is also online.

 

2010 PAC FOOTBALL PREVIEW: SAINTS LOOK FOR "THREE-PEAT" (8/24/10)
Will the Thomas More Saints capture their third consecutive PAC football crown? Will fellow preseason Top 25 power Washington & Jefferson knock the Saints off their throne? Will another PAC program surprise the top two programs from 2009? Will the PAC earn two NCAA Division III playoff berths for the fourth time in the past six years in 2010? These questions and others will be answered beginning Saturday, Sept. 4 when the PAC football season kicks off. In preparations for the upcoming kickoff, previews of all nine PAC football programs are available in the 2010 PAC Football Preview, which is now online. Also, don't forget that coaches previews for all nine programs from the 2010 PAC Football Media Day in Latrobe are now online. Click on the following links to see the coaches speeches from Tim Weaver of Bethany, Geno DeMarco of Geneva, Chris Smith of Grove City, Bob Colbert of Saint Vincent, Kurt Reiser of Thiel, Jim Hilvert of Thomas More, Mike Sirianni of Washington & Jefferson, Rick Shepas of Waynesburg and Jeff Hand of Westminster. The 2010 conference football composite schedule and preseason poll are also available.



PAC TENNIS PROGRAMS HONORED BY ITA FOR ACADEMICS (8/24/10)
Three PAC tennis programs - Grove City, Waynesburg and Westminster - have been named All-Academic Teams for both men and women by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for posting team grade-point averages of 3.2 or higher during the 2009-10 academic year. In addition, 29 PAC men's & women's tennis players (15 women, 14 men) were tabbed as ITA Scholar-Athletes for recording a GPA of 3.5 or better during the past academic year.

 

2009-10 PAC ACADEMIC & ATHLETIC HIGHLIGHTS NOW ONLINE (8/23/10)
With just over a week to go before the start of the 2010-11 athletic season on September 1, the PAC will be rolling out conference previews in all seven fall sports over the next week. In advance of the upcoming campaign, fans can take a final look back at the top academic and athletic highlights of 2009-10 prior to the Fall 2010 sport preview releases.

 

PAC ANNOUNCES NEW CONFERENCE OFFICERS FOR 2010-11 (8/17/10)
Dr. Kenneth Smith, president of Geneva College, will serve as the chair of the Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidentsí Council in the 2010-2011 academic year. The complete release detailing the new PAC officers for 2010-11 is now online.

 

PAC RELEASES 2010 FALL SPORT COMPOSITE SCHEDULES (8/12/10)
Composite schedules for all 2010 fall PAC sports are now online. Click on the link to get the full league schedule for football, volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's tennis and men's & women's cross country.

 

GENEVA GRID ASSISTANT MIKE WICKLINE PASSES AWAY (8/12/10)
Mike Wickline
, who was entering his second year as football defensive line coach at Geneva, passed away today at the age of 52. Wickline spent 26 years at the high school level throughout Beaver County prior to joining the Geneva staff in 2009. In addition to his coaching duties at Geneva, Wickline worked as an industrial arts teacher at Riverside Middle School and High School. Last year, he transitioned into the position of guidance counselor at the high school. He also worked as a mobile therapist for Western Pennsylvania Psychiatric Care. Wickline is survived by his wife, Gretchen, and their three children.

 

THIEL MEN, WAYNESBURG WOMEN EARN T&F ACADEMIC HONORS (8/7/10)
The Thiel College men's team and Waynesburg University women's team were each named All-Academic teams by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for having a team grade-point average (GPA) on 3.1 or higher. The Tomcats (3.14 GPA) were one of 68 Division III men's teams honored, while the Yellow Jackets (3.10 GPA) were one of 106 women's teams lauded.

 

PAC POSTS PAIR IN D3FOOTBALL.COM TOP 25 PRESEASON POLL (8/5/10)
A pair of PAC football programs are ranked in the 2010 Division III Top 25 preseason poll released today by the D3Football.com website. Two-time defending PAC champion Thomas More is ranked 13th in the poll, while 2009 PAC runner-up Washington & Jefferson  is 21st.

 

THOMAS MORE PICKED TO REPEAT IN PAC FOOTBALL POLL (8/4/10)
The Thomas More College football team has been selected to repeat as champions in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), according to the preseason poll released at the 2010 PAC Football Media Day at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe today. The defending PAC champion Saints of head coach Jim Hilvert earned 22 of 30 first-place votes to lead the preseason poll, followed by Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg, Grove City, Westminster, Thiel, Bethany and Saint Vincent. The complete preseason poll is now online.

 

ACADEMIC HONORS POUR IN FOR PAC ATHLETES, TEAMS (8/2/10)
Numerous PAC teams and athletes have recently received academic recongition in their respective sports. In basketball, Waynesburg standout Patrick Crawford was named to the 2009-10 Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) awarded All-Academic team honors to the Westminster men and women and the W&J women's teams, along with six Titan swimmers and one President swimmer. Finally, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) awarded All-Academic team recognition to four PAC student athletes - W&J's Taylor Hockman on the men's side and the Waynesburg female trio of Krystal Baker, Elisha Jones and Marybeth Rocco.

 

KEVIN FENSTERMACHER NAMED ASSOCIATE AD AT THIEL (7/15/10)
Thiel College has named Kevin Fenstermacher to the position of associate director of athletics. Fenstermacher previously served as the Collegeís sports information director from 2001-2005 and added the title of assistant athletic director in 2005 before spending the past two years as a member of the information technology department at the College. In addition to continuing his efforts as the Collegeís NCAA compliance coordinator, Fenstermacher will oversee the day-to-day operations of the athletics media office and its two assistant directors, take a lead role in promoting and managing the Collegeís new air-supported dome structure, assist in the planning and promotion of athletic-related summer camps, and collaborate with departmental personnel and other campus constituencies to help in the areas of academic monitoring and student-athlete support.

 

HARDIE TABBED AS NEW WAYNESBURG CROSS COUNTRY COACH (7/13/10)
Chris Hardie has been named the new head coach of the Waynesburg University menís and womenís cross country teams. Hardie served as the teamís assistant coach in the fall of 2009. He also just completed his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Waynesburg University menís and womenís track & field teams. Hardie replaces former head coach Blair Zimmerman, who served as head coach for the past 11 seasons.

 

BLACKSON NAMED MEN'S GOLF COACH AT THOMAS MORE (7/12/10)
Cory Blackson
has been named the new head men's golf coach at Thomas More, replacing Marc Barone. Blackson, who is entering his third year as sports information director at TMC, inherits a team that is coming off its best season in school history as it won the 2010 PAC Championship and finished tied for 22nd at the NCAA Division III Championship. He previously served as the assistant men's golf coach at Capital University.

 

WAYNESBURG, PAC MOURNS PASSING OF MIKE CZERWIEN (7/7/10)
Waynesburg University graduate assistant in athletics Mike Czerwien passed away on July 6, 2010, as a result of an incident he suffered during part-time employment for a local construction contractor. A Pittsburgh native and product of North Hills High School, Czerwien graduated from Waynesburg in 2008 with a degree in business management. He was currently pursuing a masterís degree in business administration at the university while coaching the defensive end unit for the Yellow Jacket football program. An accomplished football player who started all four years at Waynesburg, Czerwien was a four-time, first-team all-PAC selection. As a 5í8Ē, 225-pound defensive end, he garnered All-America accolades in 2007, and as of 2009 was the NCAA (all divisions) leader in career sacks with 53.5.

 

HAYS NAMED WOMEN'S TENNIS COACH, WBB ASSISTANT AT W&J (7/7/10)
Washington & Jefferson has hired 2009 W&J graduate and former President athletic standout Emily Hays as its new head women's tennis coach and assistant women's basketball coach. Hays was the 2009 PAC Player of the Year in women's basketball and ranks 10th in W&J history with 1,147 career points.

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