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#CAASports Roundup – Aug 3-9

Aug 9, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

#CAASports Weekly Roundup features news, highlights, links and other information from across the league for the period from Aug 3-9.

College of Charleston: It’s been a relatively busy summer for the CAA’s newest full-time member. Late last week, CofC announced a new athletics branding and identity system. The Cougars collaborated with a design company to recreate their classic “C” block with an updated and fresh look. To learn more about the rebranding process, and to watch a behind the scenes video, click here. The softball program has a new coach with the hiring of Linda Kalafatis. The veteran coach spent the last 16 seasons at Ohio State University and established herself as one of the top coaches in the Big Ten Conference. She is also one of just 19 coaches at the Division I level to eclipse 800 victories, with an overall coaching record of 811-473-2. The Cougars’ women’s golf team announced its upcoming 2013-14 schedule, with the team entering its first season in the CAA.

Delaware: Brandon Hinkle, a left-handed pitcher for the Blue Hens’ baseball team, capped off a solid summer in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL) after his club, the Baltimore Redbirds, earned the league’s championship last weekend. Hinkle closed the door in the ninth, retiring two batters, to close out the 4-1 victory over the Bethesda Big Train. The junior southpaw was also selected to the CRCBL all-star game in mid-July. On Thursday, men’s  basketball announced the addition of senior guard Devon Usher, who is a transfer from Mississippi Valley State. The 6-foot-6 Usher averaged an impressive 18.8 points per game last season with the Delta Devils, who play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He’s eligible immediately for the Blue Hens.

Drexel: Field hockey coach Denise Zelenak guided the team U.S.A. Women’s National Indoor squad to a 2-1 series victory over Canada last weekend. It was Zelenak’s first sanctioned victory, while her roster featured nine current and former CAA affiliate players combined. Drexel led the way with seven players, with James Madison and Old Dominion each accounting for one player. The women’s basketball team will have a familiar face on its coaching staff, as former 1,000-point scorer and recent graduate Taylor Wootton was hired as the coordinator of women’s basketball operations.

Hofstra: The Pride women’s hoops team added former Caldwell College head coach Linda Cimino to its coaching staff, while the men’s lacrosse program announced that Kevin Unterstein, who enters his fourth season as an assistant coach, has been promoted to associate head coach. Hofstra’s athletic department on Tuesday launched “The Pride Online” which is the social media hub for all of the school’s athletics teams.

James Madison: The Dukes had four men’s soccer players contribute to the RVA FC’s National Premiere Soccer League Championship. Karel Manrau, Josh Grant, Bill Groben and Gene Daniels helped the first-year RVA squad defeat Sonoma County Sol, 2-0, in the title game last Sunday in Richmond, Va. Grant provided a first half goal from 30 yards out that proved to be enough for RVA. Softball coach Mickey Dean and Olympic Gold medalist Jennie Finch will host a champions dinner and silent auction at the Bridgeforth Stadium Club Room on Sept. 7. Those interested in the dinner can find the registration form here.

UNCW: The Seahawks had a busy week, starting off with women’s golfer Lori Beth Adams, who advanced to  the round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Championship at Charleston Country Club, in Charleston, S.C. Adams, the CAA’s 2013 Player of the Year, eased through the first two stroke play rounds on Monday and Tuesday, and battled in Wednesday’s first round of the match play portion. Her run came to an end on Thursday versus Kendall Prince (Arizona) falling, 2 down, in the match play format. Two UNCW alums and athletic trainers recently connected, when current head men’s athletic trainer Aldo Plata worked alongside Atlanta Braves trainer Jeff Porter at Turner Field in Atlanta. The women’s basketball team announced an exciting non-conference slate which includes matchups versus Notre Dame and a three-game tournament in Mexico. The full non-conference slate can be found here.

Northeastern: The baseball program has been guided by coach Neil McPhee for the past 28 seasons, but the 29th will be the longtime coach’s last at the helm. On Tuesday, the school announced McPhee intends to retire following the 2014 season. McPhee, who is the longest-tenured coach in NU history, took over the program in 1986. He currently owns a career coaching record of 697-623-4 over 1,324 games. Over his time in Boston, McPhee has led the Huskies to five conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Towson: The Tigers’ men’s basketball squad set off on a Canadian Tour on Saturday, and the athletic department has been updating the trek as the week has progressed. The team will not only be facing off versus different Canadian teams, but it will also take in many sights and sounds of the area, such as Old Montreal and the nation’s capital city, Ottawa. Rising senior swimmer Kaitlin Burke, the 2013 CAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year, became the first female in school history to place in the U.S. Swimming Open, finishing sixth in the 1,500-meter freestyle with a mark of 16:34.68, on Saturday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.

William & Mary: The Tribe’s men’s basketball team embarked on a journey to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, and will spend seven nights at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The team will play four games, while all of its on/off the court activities are currently being captured and archived for viewers by the school’s athletic department. Meanwhile, on the women’s basketball side, former standout and 2012 graduate Taysha Pye inked a professional contract with Gimle in Norway. Pye ended her collegiate career as W&M’s second all-time leader in scoring with 1,679 points.

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