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#CAASports Roundup – July 27-Aug 2

Aug 2, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

College of Charleston: The Cougars’ men’s and women’s cross country teams announced their upcoming 2013 schedule, which will be both programs’ inaugural seasons in the CAA. Each squad kicks off the year Aug. 30 at the Carolina Challenge, hosted by the University of South Carolina. Men’s golfer Alex Ellis became the second Cougar to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship after recently carding rounds of 72 and 73 at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas. It marks the second consecutive year that CofC will have two men’s golfers playing in the event.

Delaware: The UD athletic department announced on Tuesday a new branding initiative for the school’s upcoming 2013-14 sports seasons. The initiatives plan, dubbed the “Blue Hen State of Mind”, will focus on UD’s connection and pride with the state of Delaware. Highlights for the branding include displaying a patch of the state on all of the school’s 21 intercollegiate sports; painting the outline of the state as the logo at midfield for football games; and having a Blue Hen State of Mind overall theme over the course of the year. Former men’s basketball forward Jamelle Hagins, the 2012-13 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, signed a professional contract with Chorale de Roanne of the France Pro A League. This past season, Hagins led the Blue Hens in rebounding (10.7 PG), and averaged 11.6 points per game. He also ranks first in UD program history with 1,078 boards, 292 blocks and 124 games played.

Drexel: Men’s basketball players Kazembe Abif, Goran Pantovic, Dartaye Ruffin and coordinator of basketball operations Winston Smith gave back to the local Philadelphia community last week with a trip to the Timothy School in Berwyn, Pa. The school, which is dedicated to educating children with Autism, invited the Dragons to take part in its sibling day along with a basketball clinic and scrimmage. Hannah Rudloff will take over the women’s lacrosse program after the school announced her hiring on Thursday. Rudloff had been a member of the Dragons’ coaching staff for the last three years and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (2006-09).

Hofstra: Two Pride men’s lacrosse alums, Steve DeNapoli and Kevin Unterstein, were selected to try out for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Roughly 98 players will look to make the 40-man roster and the national team, which looks to defend its Federation of International Lacrosse title at the World Championships in July of 2014. Volleyball announced the hiring of Colton Reinholtz to the coaching staff as an assistant. Reinholtz is a recent graduate of the University of Utah.

James Madison: The field hockey program made two big additions to the coaching staff with the announced hiring of Michael Boal and Andrew Gooderham. Boal, who will be the associate head coach, also carried out the same duty over the past two years at the University of Virginia. Gooderham previously spent time coaching with the Harborne Hockey Club in Birmingham, England, and graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009. The Dukes’ men’s soccer team announced its 2013 schedule, highlighted by 13 home matches. Former Dukes’ volleyball player and recent 2013 graduate Danielle Erb was named the “New Face” of Hawaiian Tropic. Erb, who became just the second player in program history to earn All-CAA honors over her four-year career, won the month long contest that included online voting and a panel of company judges.

UNCW: Swimming and Diving announced its 2013-14 schedule on Monday, highlighted by both the men’s and women’s programs competing in home meets versus Tennessee, Duke and Virginia Tech. Men’s basketball also announced its 2013 non-conference slate. The Seahawks will play tough road tilts versus East Carolina and the University of North Carolina as well as visiting both Iowa and Iowa State.

Northeastern:  The Huskies’ athletics department paid a wonderful tribute to former men’s basketball legend Reggie Lewis. Lewis, who tragically passed away on July 27, 1993, was one of the greatest basketball players and student athletes in NU history. He ranks first in points scored (2,709), scoring average (22.2 PPG), field goals (1,043) and free throws (592). To watch a video tribute of Lewis click here.

Towson: The wait for Towson’s next athletic director has ended, as the school announced on Thursday the hiring of Tim Leonard. Leonard, who will begin working effective Aug. 19, comes to Towson after owning the title of senior associate athletic director for external affairs at Southern Methodist University since 2008. A Boise State graduate and Idaho native, Leonard is a member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and won the organization’s 2012 Athletic Fundraiser of the Year award. In other news, Tigers’ head football coach Rob Ambrose threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Wednesday’s contest at Camden Yards between the Baltimore Orioles and the Houston Astros. Ambrose threw a nice strike to the plate. A handful of men’s and women’s swimming and diving team members competed in the 2013 Maryland Long Course Championships on Thursday. Junior Amanda Barber won the 100-meter freestyle and fellow classmate Victoria Oslund finished second in the 200-meter butterfly event.

William & Mary: The Tribe’s women’s soccer program announced the hiring of Michele Rodriguez-Smith on Wednesday. Rodriguez-Smith owns 12 years’ coaching experience and spent two years as the head coach at George Washington University. The women’s and men’s cross country teams announced their 2013 schedule which includes nine races — five of which are in the state of Virginia –and two home meets. The athletics department made a solid video involving the Tribe’s football team and its various off-season workouts. Defensive end Mike Reilly gives viewers an in-depth behind the scenes feel.

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