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Strategic Planning
June 23, 2017
For the first time in its history, Wheeling Jesuit University will field a football team, beginning with an exhibition schedule in 2018-19, while building the capacity to play a full season during the 2019-2020 season. "We are so excited to bring a college football team to the city of Wheeling," said Dr. Debra Townsley, WJU president. "Adding a football team sends a strong message affirming our commitment to both our athletic conference -- the Mountain East -- and to the Ohio Valley. I look... more
Student-Athlete Welfare
June 22, 2017
A report by the NCAA found that while twice as much money is being spent on NCAA Division I athletics compared to 10 years ago, men's programs still receive more dollars than women's programs. According to The Seattle Times, the report found that Division I departments tend to spend twice as much on their men's programs as on their women's programs, although the spending between genders is relatively equal among schools without football programs. The gap was especially severe at Football Bowl... more
Softball
June 21, 2017
Although he says he does not know why he was suspended for six weeks, Roger Plachta, longime Head Softball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, has been reinstated. According to the Duluth News Tribune, Plachta said that he met with investigators, but never learned what the nature of any complaints may have been. “I’m just happy to be back,” Plachta said. “I love the school, and I love the people of Superior. It’s where I’ve always been.” Nick Bursik, interim athletic director at... more
Coaching
June 21, 2017
This is an excerpt from Coaching Better Every Season by Wade Gilbert. Most coaching books start with a discussion of the importance of creating a coaching philosophy and follow up with a section on creating goals. But to define a coaching philosophy and set goals, you must first understand and express why you coach and what principles will guide how you coach. A coaching purpose defines why you do what you do; it is your fundamental reason for being (a coach). Your purpose also represents your... more
Company News
June 20, 2017
More than two-thirds of a ball game is played in the infield, and therefore proper infield skin care is one of the most important parts of baseball field maintenance. You can reduce compaction, keep dust down, and level the playing surface by following a regular maintenance routine. Choosing the right equipment for the job at hand and maintaining the proper moisture level will help you achieve a sharp looking, safe playing surface. Follow these steps for proper infield care:     •    Prior to... more
Leadership
June 20, 2017
This week has seen a bevy on new athletic directors hired across the country. Here's the rundown.  At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Todd Garzarelli has been named director of intercollegiate athletics. Garzarelli comes to UW-Whitewater from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he serves as senior associate athletic director for external affairs. As reported on the UW-Whitewater website: "Todd is always focusing on making the experience better for student-athletes,... more

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