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#CAASports Roundup – July 20-26

Jul 26, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

#CAASports Weekly Roundup features news, highlights, links and other information from across the league for the period from July 20-26.

College of Charleston: The Cougars had a relatively quiet week, but the athletic department did announce the hiring of Marc Proto as the new director of sports performance. Proto, who will work with of all of CofC’s student-athletes, comes to Charleston via Philadelphia after spending nearly four years at Temple. Meanwhile, men’s golf announced the addition of sophomore transfer John Jonas from LSU.

Delaware: Former golfer Joey McLister capped off a solid weekend at the PGA Web.com Tour’s Midwest Classic, carding a score of 271 over four rounds at minus-13, good for 11th in the event. Women’s golfer Vimonthip Benjasupawan , a rising sophomore for the Blue Hens, carded a one over par 75-70=145 to win the Thailand A-Class Open last week. On Wednesday, the volleyball program announced its 2013 schedule, highlighted by a trip to California and hosting the University of Delaware Invitational.

Drexel: Men’s golfer Chris Crawford might have just finished his freshman year for the Dragons, but the Bensalem, Pa., native qualified for his second U.S. Amateur Championship in three years. The 2013 CAA Rookie of the Year shot identical rounds of 70 to qualify for the 2013 championship which takes place in Brookline, Mass., from Aug. 12-18.

Hofstra: Former softball stud pitcher Olivia Galati was honored as one of just 29 female spring sport student-athletes to earn a NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Galati, the 2013 CAA Pitcher of the Year, became the league’s 24th student-athlete to earn a postgrad scholarship. In other news, men’s basketball incoming freshman Eliel Gonzalez was selected to participate in Basketball Without Borders Americas 2013, a global basketball and social responsibility program. Gonzalez will work closely with current NBA players and coaches at the event in Buenos Aires, Argentina from July 25-28.

James Madison: Women’s and men’s golf were honored for their achievements off the course. Nikola Wessels was named a Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar for the second straight year. Wessels average 81.06 strokes per round last season while helping the Dukes capture the 2013 CAA title and a berth in the NCAA Regionals. On the men’s side, Rich Leeper and Ryan Vince were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.

UNCW: Men’s basketball alumnus Brett Blizzard, the program’s all-time leading scorer, along with fellow CAA alum Frank Elegar of Drexel, were selected to the Basketball Alumni Legends League (The-Ball) showcase event in Washington, D.C.  Blizzard, who was named to the CAA Silver Stars select list, will play for team Carolina, with Elegar playing for team Philadelphia for the second straight year. Men’s soccer announced the hiring of Lee Williams to the coaching staff. The Liverpool, England, native comes to UNCW from Appalachian State. Three men’s golfers were also selected to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars in Thomas Bass, Stefan Brewer and Payne McLeod. The trio played an important role in helping the Seahawks to their third straight CAA golf title this past spring.

Northeastern: Baseball junior Aaron Barbosa elected to forgo his senior season with the Huskies after signing a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners. Barbosa, who will join the Pulaski Mariners of the Appalachian League, was a second-team All-CAA selection this past spring. He ends his collegiate career as NU’s all-time leader in stolen bases (69) and ranks fourth in hits (217) and sixth in runs scored (136). The women’s rowing team announced the additions of nine incoming student-athletes to the squad on Thursday.

Towson: Former baseball standout and CAA baseball Player of the Year (2005) Casper Wells made a spectacular leaping catch to help the Chicago White Sox down the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, on Sunday, July 21. To see Casper’s comments on the catch click here. Men’s golfer Joe Gunerman, a second-team All-CAA selection last season, was also named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar. Interim athletics director Tricia Turley Brandenburg was elected to serve as the third vice president of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC). The organization, in its 16th year, serves as the professional and educational association of senior compliance administrators.

William & Mary: Recent women’s basketball graduate Emily Correal inked her first professional contract on Thursday. She will play this coming winter for Fila San Martino of the well-known A1 League in Italy. Correal finished her Tribe career earning second-team All-CAA honors this past season after averaging an impressive 16.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. She holds the school record for starts (114)  and ranks sixth in scoring (1,349) and fifth in rebounds (839). Men’s and women’s tennis both announced their respective 2013 fall schedules, with the men opening at the Duke Fab Four Invitational for the third straight season and the women competing in nine tournaments this fall.