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Hollandale Couple's Gift Supports Ole Miss Athletics

Hollandale Couple's Gift Supports Ole Miss Athletics

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Doug and Jane Simmons (left) enjoy the Ole Miss-Texas A&M football game on campus with their grandchildren, Oliver and Jane Baldwin Cook. With the family is Ole Miss Athletics Foundation development officer Matt McLaughlin (right). Photo by Josh McCoy/Ole Miss Department of Intercollegiate AthleticsOXFORD, Miss. – Rebel fans who’ve enjoyed game day at the University of Mississippi are likely familiar with the arched gateway that begins the Walk of Champions, the football team’s brick-paved passage to the stadium. Lesser known is where the Walk of Champions ends.UM alumni Doug and Jane Simmons, however, know it ends at Gate 4 of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, just beyond Letterwinner’s Walk. That’s where new signage, displaying the Simmons name, will serve as a lasting tribute to the Holl
SUNY Adirondack adds assistant athletic director

SUNY Adirondack adds assistant athletic director

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QUEENSBURY — SUNY Adirondack has hired Julie Clark as the college’s new full-time assistant director of athletics.Clark comes to SUNY Adirondack after serving Adirondack Sports Complex as director of sports programs and field hockey for 11 years. Clark previously served student-athletes in the intercollegiate athletics field for 12 years, mostly as a field hockey coach, according to a news release.SUNY Adirondack Athletic Director Jonathan Sisk said Clark brings a lot of experience to the table. She is a certified U.S Field Hockey official, working at both the high school and collegiate levels. She is president of the local officiating chapter of New York State Field Hockey Officials Association.Clark has coached at University of Richmond, James Madison University and Skidmore College.
Notre Dame Dons athletics 2017 year in review

Notre Dame Dons athletics 2017 year in review

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Notre Dame athletic director Mike Hennessey reflected on 2017 and looked ahead to 2018 in an interview with Pioneer Press freelance reporter Dan Shalin.Q: Who was the most dedicated student-athlete at your school over the last year?A: One of the most dedicated athletes at Notre Dame was (senior cross country runner) Jeremy Ermilio. He paced the cross country team this year and advanced to (the Class 2A state meet) this past fall. (Ermilio finished 134th with a career-best time of 16:30 at state.) He was a program-player, a good student who utilized all the facets of the program, like coaching and training, and put them together at the right time and ended his career on the best note he could.Q: Which coach had the biggest impact on the student-athletes he or she worked with in 2017?A: M...
Top Ten: The best stories from Plano-area athletics in 2017

Top Ten: The best stories from Plano-area athletics in 2017

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With the book about to close on 2017, it’s time to look back on the year that was in Plano-area athletics.This year was clad in noteworthy moments across all sports in the Plano area, including playoff success and championships won at the district and state levels.The Plano Star Courier sports staff has compiled its top 10 sports stories of the year, concluding with 2017’s top five.1. Coody goes for gold, Wolves seek silverTim Glaze: Plano West junior Parker Coody has earned several golfing accolades in his high school career, but the 2017 state medal will hang particularly well from his neck.The University of Texas commit was crowned overall individual champion at the Class 6A state golf tournament with a two-day score of 139, narrowly edging Mathew Denton of Austin Westlake and Willia
Our Christmas Wishes for BC Athletics

Our Christmas Wishes for BC Athletics

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Happy Holidays, BC fans! Today, we’re sharing our Christmas wishes for our favorite BC programs. Let us know what BC improvements you’re asking Santa for in the comments!Laura: My cheerful holiday wish is for BC women’s hockey and/or women’s lacrosse to win a much deserved NCAA championship. My un-cheerful holiday wish is for Martin Jarmond to do something to start BC women’s basketball back on the path to being a good team that can make the NCAA tournament. Also, can we get on cloning Jerry York??Bailin: My BC related gift this year would be meaningful men's basketball in March. That would be lovely.AJ: Everything came together at the end of this year and it was beautiful (well minus the Anthony Brown injury). I want BC football to come out smoking again next year and rip off a bunch o
Tax overhaul with potentially 'disastrous' impact on LSU athletics passes

Tax overhaul with potentially 'disastrous' impact on LSU athletics passes

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#ndn-video-player-1.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; #ndn-video-player-2.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; Update, Dec. 20: Congress has approved the tax re-write that repeals a little-known tax deduction championed by LSU athletics and credited with helping build the university's nationally-recognized teams.Read The Advocate's deep dive into the deduction, what it has meant for LSU and how it got its start in Louisiana.Original story:LSU season ticket holders are one step closer to losing an incentive to buy tickets and the university's athletic programs could potentially lose millions under a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws that is rapidly approaching final passage in Washington.The U.S. Sen...
Dustin Fowler suing White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field agency for serious knee injury

Dustin Fowler suing White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field agency for serious knee injury

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11:35 PM ETOakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler is suing the White Sox and the state agency that manages their ballpark, Guaranteed Rate Field, for a right knee injury he suffered in Chicago on June 29.Fowler, then playing for the New York Yankees in his major league debut, was seriously injured when he crashed into the right-field wall while chasing down a ball in foul territory. Fowler flipped over when he hit the wall and fell to the ground when he tried to stand up.Fowler's lawsuit -- filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court, according to the Chicago Sun-Times -- claims negligence on the part of the White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority in not properly securing the unpadded electrical box he crashed into.A highly regarded prospect, Fowler underwent emergency ...
TCU announces Jeremiah Donati as new athletic director after departure of Chris Del Conte to Texas

TCU announces Jeremiah Donati as new athletic director after departure of Chris Del Conte to Texas

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UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Monday:  A statement from TCU confirms Jeremiah Donati will indeed become the Horned Frogs' next athletics director."Today I am delighted to name Jeremiah Donati to this new role," TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said in a statement. "His tremendous experience, his stellar work ethic and his sense of Horned Frog pride will be instrumental in assuring continued success of our athletics programs, along with ensuring that they remain integrated with the strategic direction of the university. I'm excited to see what we can achieve under his leadership."ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWSTCU is staying in-house for its next athletic director. Jeremiah Donati, the school’s associate vice chancellor and associate athletics director for development, will be announced Monday as t
Local family gives $7mill to UI Athletics for new facility

Local family gives $7mill to UI Athletics for new facility

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URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur entrepreneurs are the face behind the newly announced Demirjian Park, the new home for Illini Soccer and Track and Field.University of Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced the plans Wednesday for the construction for the new facility.The new complex will be named Demirjian Park, in honor of a lead gift from the Demirjian family from Decatur. The project will will be executed in phases with full completion scheduled for the spring of 2021. The UI Board of Trustees will still need to approve the park.To support the project, the Demirjian family, led by UI alumni Richard Demirjian (LAS, '88) and Kara Demirjian-Huss (ACES, '92), has provided a gift of $7 million. Whitman says this is one of the largest single gifts in the history of Illinois At...
Penn State Athletics' #GivingTuesday highly successful

Penn State Athletics' #GivingTuesday highly successful

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics' #GivingTuesday initiative was highly successful, with community engagement and contributions for student-athlete excellence from early in the morning until late Tuesday night.Preliminary totals show that Penn State Athletics staff and Nittany Lion supporters contributed 803 gifts to help create conditions for success for Penn State's 800 student-athletes and 31 varsity programs. More than $570,000 was contributed to the Challenge for Student-Athlete Excellence.Both totals were up significantly from last year's 436 gifts that exceeded $250,000 to benefit Nittany Lion student-athletes on #GivingTuesday."The pride and passion of our community for students and student success, was abundant yesterday," said Sandy Barbour, director