Mikal Myers joins Maine football staff

Newburgh Free Academy graduate and former UConn football captain Mikal Myers has been hired by Maine as its outside linebackers coach.

Myers, 24, was a defensive graduate assistant, coaching linebackers, during the 2018 season at Division II American International College. He started all 12 games at defensive tackle during his senior season for UConn in 2016. Myers finished his college career with 112 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss.

“Coach Myers just recently finished an exceptional playing career at UConn and already has coaching experience after a year at AIC,” Maine coach Nick Charlton said in a press release.  “He will bring tremendous energy and expertise, while leading our outside linebackers.”

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Division III championships: Da’mani Burns. A.J. Aeberli advance to national quarterfinals

Newburgh Free Academy graduate and Johnson & Wales junior Da’mani Burns picked up two wins during the Friday morning session and advanced to the Division III 149-pound national quarterfinals at Ferrum (Va.) College.

Burns (32-4), the top seed, pinned Kevin Kelly of Loras in 27 seconds in the preliminary round and won by fall over John Carroll’s Jarrad Lasko in 37 seconds in the round of 16 for his 24th pin of the season. The 2015 Varsity 845 wrestler of the year faces eighth-seeded Gregory Warner of York (Pa.) in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Minisink Valley graduate and 2016 state champion A.J. Aeberli defeated Ithaca’s Chibueze Chukwuezi 5-3 to advance to the 174-pound quarterfinals. Aeberli, a junior at the Coast Guard Academy, is the fifth seed.

Saugerties graduate and Oneonta senior 285-pounder James Bethel is the top seed at 285 pounds. Bethel, a three-time all-American, wrestles Jerhett Lee of Ozarks (Ark.) in the round of 16.

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Army baseball opens Feb. 15

Army will open the 2019 baseball season against service-academy rival Air Force, in Baton Rouge, La., on Feb. 15. The Black Knights will face Louisiana State on Feb. 16 and Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 17.
Before hosting its first home game, Army plays a four-game set at Longwood (Va.); faces Saint Joseph’s, Fairleigh Dickinson and Tulane in Cary, N.C.; play three games at Houston; two games at Stephen F. Austin; and, three games at Ohio University.
The home opener is March 20 against Hofstra. Bucknell (March 23) and Navy (March 24) visit for Patriot League openers. Cornell, a Manhattan twinbill, Sacred Heart and Columbia and Villanova visit West Point as well.
The annual Hudson Valley Baseball Classic with Marist takes place April 24 at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill.
Army plays an April 20 twinbill at Navy and a single game on April 21, a noon contest to be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Army was 37-24 last season and 18-7 in Patriot League play. Army won a three-game semifinal with Bucknell and two-game final with Navy. In NCAA play, the Black Knights upset North Carolina State in the opener before falling to Auburn and N.C. State.

Fri. 15 – vs. Air Force (at LSU), noon; Sat. 16 – at LSU, 2 p.m.; Sun. 17 – vs. La. Monroe (at LSU), 11 a.m.; Fri. 22 – at Longwood, 3 p.m.; Sat. 23 – at Longwood (DH), noon; Sun. 24 – at Longwood, noon
Fri. 1 – vs. St. Joseph’s (at Cary, N.C.), noon; vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (at Cary, N.C.), 4 p.m.; Sun. 3 – vs. Tulane (at Cary, N.C.), 10 a.m.; Fri. 8 – at Houston, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 – at Houston, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 – at Houston, 2 p.m.; Tues. 12 – at Stephen F. Austin, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 13 – at Stephen F. Austin, 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 15 – at Ohio, 4 p.m.; Sat. 16 – at Ohio, 2 p.m.; Sun. 17 – at Ohio, 1 p.m.; Wed. 20 – vs. Hofstra, 3 p.m.; Sat. 23 – vs. Bucknell* (DH), noon; Sun. 24 – vs. Navy* (DH), noon; Wed. 27 – at Siena, 3 p.m.; Sat. 30 – at Bucknell* (DH), noon; Sun. 31 – at Bucknell*, 1 p.m.
Wed. 3 – vs. Cornell, 3 p.m.; Sat. 6 – vs. Lehigh* (DH), noon; Sun. 7 – vs. Lehigh*, noon; Tues. 9 – vs. Manhattan (DH), 3 p.m.; Sat. 13 – vs. Lafayette* (DH), noon; Sun. 14 – vs. Lafayette*, noon; Wed. 17 – vs. Holy Cross*, 3 p.m.; Sat. 20 – at Navy* (DH), 1 p.m.; Sun. 21 – at Navy*, noon (CBS Sports Network); Wed. 24 – vs. Marist (at Fishkill), 5 p.m.; Sat. 27 – at Holy Cross* (DH), 1 p.m.; Sun. 28 – at Holy Cross*, noon; Tues. 30 – vs. Sacred Heart, 3 p.m.
Wed. 1 – vs. Columbia, 6 p.m.; Sat. 4 – at Lehigh* (DH), time TBD; Sun. 5 – at Lafayette* (DH), time TBD; Wed. 8 – vs. Villanova, 3 p.m.; Sat. 11-Sun. 12 – Patriot League best of 3 semifinals; Fri. 17-Sun. 19 – Patriot League best of 3 finals

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Region XV tournament schedule

Division III quarterfinals
Thursday, October 25
No. 8 Borough of Manhattan CC at No. 1 Queensborough CC
No. 7 SUNY Westchester at No. 2 Nassau CC
No. 6 Suffolk CCC at No. 3 Fashion Institute of Technology
No. 5 SUNY Rockland at No. 4 SUNY Orange
Semifinals (at SUNY Orange)
Saturday, October 27
Rockland/Orange winner vs. Manhattan/Queensborough winner, noon
Suffolk-FIT winner vs. Westchester/Nassau winner, noon
To follow after semifinal matches

Cassidy Smith (Orange) named first team All-Region XV. Jenna Trone (Orange) named honorable mention.

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Mid-Hudson Conference XC championships

Team champion: SUNY Westchester
Key: O – SUNY Orange; U – SUNY Ulster; W – SUNY Westchester
(at SUNY Ulster, 8 kilometers): 1. Quintin Berteau (U) 31:16; 2. Bryan Friedlander (U) 35:25; 3. Randy Culcay (W) 35:43; 4. Christian Sennyuen (U) time missing; 5. Mark Naulaguari (W) 37:56; 6. Akinbowale Bolaji (W) 45:02; 7. Max Stock (W) 45:03; 8. Matthew Tynczyszyn (O) 51:52; 9. Tristan Fordyce (W) 66:24 (top seven earned all-conference honors)
Team champion: SUNY Sullivan
Key: O – SUNY Orange; S – SUNY Sullivan; U – SUNY Ulster; W – SUNY Westchester
(at SUNY Ulster, 5 kilometers): 1. Kylee Kresge (O) 21:30; 2. Rachel Rivera (S) 26:11; 3. Gem Helper (S) 28:05; 4. Jamilla Woods (S) 36:45; 5. Nadia Packer (S) 36:51; 6. Prue Sanders (S) 36:58; 7. Yaminah Calinda (W) 37:01 (top seven earned all-conference honors



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Atlantic Hockey preseason poll – Army tabbed for sixth

Coaches poll: 1. Air Force (7 first-place votes) 97 points; 2. Canisius (4) 92; 3. Robert Morris 66; 4. Mercyhurst 65; 5. American International 60; 6. Army 55; 7. Rochester Institute of Technology 49; 8. Holy Cross 40; 9. Bentley 31; 10. Sacred Heart 29; 11. Niagara 21.

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Women’s basketball: Army schedule announced

Army will open the season with two road games at Long Island (Nov. 9) and Columbia (Nov. 12) and open a six-game non-conference home slate with Big East power St. John’s on Nov. 16.
Air Force (Nov. 21), St. Francis Brooklyn (Sept. 28), Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 5), Yale (Dec. 11) and Connecticut College (Dec. 30) round out the non-league games at Christl Arena.
Army’s non-conference road slate includes Binghamton (Nov. 25), Texas Christian (Dec. 2) and Wagner (Dec. 8).
Patriot League play opens Jan. 3 at Boston University and the home lid lifter is Jan. 6 against Loyola (Md.)
Navy visits West Point on Jan. 19 in a nationally televised noon start. Army plays at Annapolis on Feb. 16.
The Patriot League playoffs are March 9, 11, 14 and 17.
Army finished 17-14 overall and 9-9 in Patriot play last season. The Black Knights upset Lehigh in the quarterfinals and bowed to top-seed American in the semifinals
— Ken McMillan

Army 2018-19 schedule
(2017-18 overall records and conference finish listed in parenthesis)
Fri. 9 – at Long Island (13-18, Northeast, tied fifth), TBD; Mon. 12 – at Columbia (8-21, Ivy, eighth), TBD; Fri. 16 – St. John’s (19-15, tied fifth), 5 p.m.; Wed. 21 – Air Force (6-25, Mountain West, tied eighth), 5 p.m.; Sun. 25 – at Binghamton (20-12, America East, tied third), 2 p.m.; Wed. 28 – St. Francis, NY (13-17, Northeast, tied third), 5 p.m.
Sun. 2 – at Texas Christian (23-13, Big 12, fifth), 3 p.m.; Wed. 5 – Fairleigh Dickinson (15-15, Northeast, tied seventh), 7 p.m.; Sat. 8 – at Wagner (6-23, Northeast, tenth), TBD; Tues. 11 – Yale (19-13, Ivy, fourth), 7 p.m.; Sun. 30 – Connecticut College (15-9, Division III), 1 p.m.
Thur. 3 – at Boston* (10-19, Patriot, ninth), 7 p.m.; Sun. 6 – Loyola, Md.* (9-21, Patriot, tied sixth), 1 p.m.; Wed. 9 – Bucknell* (22-10, Patriot, second), 7 p.m.; Sat. 12 – at American* (26-7, Patriot, first), 2 p.m.; Wed. 16 – Lafayette* (11-19, Patriot, eighth), 11 a.m.; Sat. 19 – Navy* (25-8, Patriot, third), noon (CBSSN); Wed. 23 – at Holy Cross* (13-18, Patriot, tied sixth), 6 p.m.; Sat. 26 – Lehigh* (15-15, Patriot, tied fourth), 1 p.m.; Wed. 30 – Colgate* (7-23, Patriot, tenth), 7 p.m.
Sat. 2 – at Loyola, Md.*, TBD; Sat. 9 – American*, 1 p.m.; Wed. 13 – at Lafayette*, 7 p.m.; Sat. 16 – at Navy*, noon; Wed. 20 – Holy Cross*, 7 p.m.; Sat. 23 – at Lehigh*, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 27 – at Colgate*, 8:30 p.m.
Sat. 2 – Boston*, 1 p.m.; Wed. 6 – at Bucknell*, 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 – Patriot first round; Mon. 11 – Patriot quarterfinals; Thur. 14 – Patriot semifinals; Sun. 17 – Patriot championship

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Sprint football: Seven locals on new St. Thomas Aquinas team for debut

The new sprint football team at nearby Saint Thomas Aquinas (Sparkill, Rockland County) opens play Saturday by hosting Post University at 6 p.m. STAC hits the road for games with Caldwell (Sept. 22), Army (Sept. 29) and Franklin Pierce (Oct. 13), hosts Cornell (Oct. 20), travels to Chestnut Hill (Oct. 26) and concludes at home with Mansfield (Nov. 2).
The Varsity 845 graduates on the squad are:
No. 10 Abner Padin (Fr. RB) Port Jervis
No. 14 Matthew Ehret (Fr. WR) Burke Catholic
No. 25 Henry Bowers (Fr. WR) Port Jervis
No. 26 Trystan Marrero (Fr. CB) Washingtonville
No. 81 Joshua Mallard (Fr. WR) Washingtonville
No. 83 Jimmy English (Jr. WR) Warwick
No. 89 Anthony Lulgjuraj (Soph. DE) Monroe-Woodbury

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NCAA baseball: Army press conference quotes

NCAA Division I Baseball Championships
Raleigh Regional
Army Practice Day Press Conference Quotes

Head Coach Jim Foster
Opening Statement:
“We got here by beating Navy twice last week, best-of-three. The week before that was Bucknell, best-of-three. We’ve come a long way this year, we played a challenging early season schedule and that helped us a lot. I want to thank (associate athletic director) Bob Beretta for bringing me in here; I was at Boston College for two years and been here quite often with them; been coaching over at Rhode Island before that and we’ve come here a few times with them. Elliot and I go way back and Butch and Coach Glavine from Northeastern, so it’s nice to be in this regional; surrounded by some really good baseball teams and in a really good college baseball spot like Raleigh. You can’t really ask for any more.”

On what it’s like to be at a regional in his second year at Army
“It’s my first a head coach, I been doing it for a while. I started coaching college in 2004 at Brown University when I got done playing professional baseball. Been here as a player, played at Providence College. Been out to three regionals; been to Ole Miss for a regional, played in a super regional at Boston College. Right after that season Bob called me from Army West Point; I took a ride down there and met these guys. It’s been great, it’s an unbelievable spot. These guys are such a pleasure to coach an work with every day. It’s a coaches’ dream, they give you everything they got every single day. We’ve come a long way and have become a true team; that’s what I’m most proud of. We’ve got some talented players and they come out here and play hard. Just seeing them get better and better, the way they’ve bought in. We’re a true team and as far as the coach goes, no matter what level you’re coaching at this is what you’re looking for. They’ve accomplished a lot just sticking together.”

On what the junior and senior class have meant to the program
“That’s the key; having guys up at the top and the leadership in the locker room is everything. The way Jon Rosoff and Matt Ball have led us at seniors is something I’ll never forget. To see how far they’ve come as baseball players and leaders; these guys are leaders in life. Off the field, in school they’re at the premier leadership institution in the world in our opinion. They just needed someone to show them how to work every day and how to go about their business. Without the older guys buying into that and passing it on in the locker room, you don’t have anything. Jon and Matt have led the way in that department.

“As far as out junior class goes, I couldn’t be more proud of the group. If you’ve seen the improvement they’ve made from last year to this year, it’s been incredible. In terms of production on our team Jon and Matt have been really productive players as leaders and seniors, but that junior class has been there every day playing hard, doing the right things on and off the field. The way they’ve stepped up has been a real key to our season. Without them and the improvement they’ve made, the influence they’ve had in the locker room. Guys walk into our locker room and it’s not freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. It’s ‘hey we need you, let’s go.’ We’ve created that atmosphere, it’s everybody doing it together every single day.

“It seems like somebody stepped up every single weekend for us; without pitching, our speed and our defense that’s how we do it. We like to play small ball, put pressure on the defense; that’s our recipe. We’ve got some pretty good arms that I think will hold their own in this regional. Hopefully we can get a lead; we get a lead we can be a little more aggressive. Getting into what we like to do; we’ll see and it should be exciting.

“I know our guys are battle-tested, we’ve seen teams from all over the country, played a great schedule and I’m just proud for the school, proud for Army West Point. Last week after we won it one of the coolest things was hearing how excited people were outside of just on campus at Army West Point. We have a large travel party with us, including colonels; we get text messages from guys serving the country all over the world. You think about how big the army is and you’re part of something that’s bigger than you. To make those guys proud and everyone whose gone through Army West Point, and to get Army West Point baseball back to where we want to be is something we’re real proud of.”

Jon Rosoff, senior catcher, co-captain
On what it’s like to be in this position about to play at the NCAAs
“One of those things where we are just excited about the opportunity; none of us on the team have had that opportunity yet to play in a regional so really grateful to have the opportunity to come here and play in a regional like this. Really excited to get going.”

On what his year has been like overall
“It’s been incredible. Coach Foster came in last year and has tried to turn the program around and this year really put it together. Biggest thing coming into this year was going out every day and never quitting, and I think we did that. Winning Patriot League Player of the Year is just a result, I want to go out and play for the guys. It’s been special.”

On what it’s like for him and the three other North Carolina locals returning
“It’s really cool; it’s great to see family and friends but we want to play.”

Tyler Giovinco, junior left-handed pitcher, co-captain
On what it’s like to be in this position about to play at the NCAAs
“It feels special to be back; we’ve got a few guys from North Carolina and I’m one of them. It’s good to be back home. It’s been a long season, guys have put in a lot of hard work and this is what guys should expect every year. Guys are ready to roll.”

On how much confidence his three complete games gives him
“I have a reasonable amount of confidence; knowing I can go deep into games helps our offense by just keeping us in the game. Our big thing all year has been pitching defense, so getting our offense to get the opportunity to get to their bullpen and keep us in the game while I’m out there. It builds a reasonable amount of confidence knowing I can do that for our team.”

On the Vegas NHL team
“It’s a long season for them, first year they’re in the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s big for the city itself and all year Matt Hudgins and I been playing for the city after what happened in October. It’s bought the season together, they’ve faced adversity before and I’m sure they’ll be just fine.”

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Former Army associate hoops coach Colleen Mullen takes over at Albany

(From the University of Athletics sports communications office)

ALBANY — The University at Albany has announced Monday, May 14, the hiring of Colleen Mullen as the 12th women’s basketball coach in program history.

Mullen joins the Great Danes from Army West Point, where she spent the past seven seasons, including the last six as Associate Head Coach.

“We are delighted that Coach Mullen will be joining the UAlbany family. I am confident that she and her staff will build on the great success our women’s basketball team has achieved in recent years both on the court and in the classroom,” UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez said. “Coach Mullen will get to know very quickly that it’s always a great day to be a Great Dane!”

“Colleen stood out as the right fit to continue to escalate the championship culture of our women’s program,” UAlbany Athletic Director Mark Benson said. “Throughout her career, she’s demonstrated a commitment to developing exemplary student-athletes. She is a leader whose values align perfectly with our mission to develop Great Leaders + Great Champions + Great Danes. We are thrilled to welcome Colleen and her family to UAlbany.”

Mullen will be formally introduced at news conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in SEFCU Arena.

“I’m so humbled and so grateful for this opportunity,” Mullen said. “I’m very appreciative of all the mentors I’ve had. Working under Dave Magarity at Army West Point, the premiere leadership institution in the world, has prepared me to take on this position. I’m grateful for an opportunity to develop student-athletes holistically into confident leaders, so when they leave UAlbany they can go on to a future of personal and professional excellence.”

Mullen takes over a program that has reached the postseason each of the past seven seasons, a stretch that included six straight America East championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.

“The championship culture, the success over a long period of time, just the ability to be able to work with young student-athletes that have that championship mentality is very exciting for me,” Mullen said.

At Army, Mullen helped guide a program that made four postseason appearances, with two trips to the NCAA Tournament, and posted a 138-51 overall record, including a 77-27 mark in the Patriot League.

She was hired at Army in 2011 as an assistant and promoted to Associate Head Coach after just one year. During Mullen’s tenure, Army won two Patriot League Tournament titles and two regular-season championships. The 2015-16 squad won 29 games, setting program and Patriot League records.

Mullen, who worked closely with Army’s backcourt, coached three Patriot League Players of the Year and eight All-Conference selections, including two-time Associated Press All-America Honorable-Mention honoree Kelsey Minator, Army’s all-time leading scorer, male or female, with 2,556 career points.

“I’ve been fortunate to have had a number of outstanding Assistant Coaches during my career and Colleen Mullen has proven to be one of the very best and brightest,” said Army’s head coach, Dave Magarity. “Her knowledge of the game combined with her exceptional communication skills have had an incredibly positive impact on our women’s basketball program at Army West Point during her tenure. She has excelled in every aspect of her responsibilities and without question will be a terrific head coach for UAlbany.”

Mullen said she plans to bring to UAlbany the same fast-paced style of play she helped employ at Army.

“We played a high-pressure defense with a lot of great athletes, and high-pressure defense turned into great offense,” Mullen said. “We looked to push the ball, be unselfish and share the ball. It’s a great style of play that kids love – definitely controlling the boards, rebounding and running.

“As a former point guard, I’m really excited to work with the great guards coming back here and have a system where they can really create and be unselfish.”

Before Army, Mullen served two seasons as an assistant at LIU Brooklyn, where she mentored the program’s all-time leading scorer, Ashley Palmer (2,044 career points) and, as recruiting coordinator, landed a class ranked 88th nationally by All-Star Girls Basketball Report.

After getting her start in coaching at Northern Illinois as the director of basketball operations (2004-05), Mullen was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Southern New Hampshire University for two seasons (2005-07).

“UAlbany is getting a great person who understands today’s student-athletes,” Southern New Hampshire Head Coach Karen Pinkos said. “Colleen takes great pride in her leadership, work ethic and ability to communicate well with others. Colleen will be a dynamic head coach and will continue the success that UAlbany women’s basketball has established over the past decade. Her players will love playing for her!”

Mullen also was an assistant coach Lehigh University (2007-08) before moving on to Army.

She played Division I basketball at Rhode Island, where was the starting point guard in 1998 and 1999, as well as New Hampshire, where she was a two-year co-captain and starter in 2001 and 2002 as well as a two-time member of the America East Academic Honor Roll.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from New Hampshire and a master’s in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire.

“I’m really excited and really appreciate Mark Benson, President Rodríguez, Cara White, Jerry Koloskie, and everyone in the search process,” Mullen said. “I felt after my interview that the people are what make this place special. I can’t wait to get started.”

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