Sep 6, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT
It was a busy week around the league, with all fall sports officially underway for the 2013 season. For info regarding schedules, live stats and highlights, head to the CAA Schedule page.
College of Charleston: Softball announced the hiring of Sam Marder as an assistant coach. Marder played under newly hired CofC head softball coach Linda Kalafatis while at Ohio State and spent two seasons on the coaching staff at Boise State. Head golf coach Mark McEntire announced on Wednesday that he has hired Henry Smart as an assistant coach. Smart played for the Cougars from 2011-12 after transferring from Virginia. Ryan Madden, a member of the CofC athletics communications staff, wrote a nice feature on the men’s basketball team — highlighting head coach Doug Wojcik and the team captains — as part of ‘Profiles In Leadership’. Click here to read the story.
Delaware: The Blue Hens will soon have a new athletics website, though the school had to push back the unveiling. Check out bluehens.com later this week to see the site. Men’s golf opens its season this weekend at the Navy Fall Classic. It’s the 13th consecutive appearance for the program in the tournament, which it captured victory in 2010 and 2011. Former women’s basketball All-American and current Chicago Sky forward/guard Elena Delle Donne not only picked up her third straight WNBA Rookie of the Month honor earlier this week, but she also was named the Robbins/ECAC 2013 Division I Scholar Athlete Award winner.
Drexel: Men’s lacrosse announced its captains for the upcoming season, in seniors Jason Klunder and Ben McIntosh. McIntosh was named an Honorable Mention All-America last season, scoring 38 goals and dishing out 18 assists. Klunder is a three-year letterwinner and owns 45 career starts.
Hofstra: Current Pride assistant men’s lacrosse coach and 2008 graduate of Hofstra, Kevin Unterstein was recently named to the U.S. Men’s National Team training roster. Unterstein, along with 51 other players, will train with team USA over the fall and winter at various events, leading up to the Champion Challenge. From that point, there will be 23 roster spots for the final world championships roster. The Hofstra athletic department will host a 5K “Run With Pride” race on Sept. 29 as part of the school’s Fall Festival weekend.
James Madison: The Dukes announced a radical/unique new floor design for the Convocation Center basketball court on Saturday. JMU allowed fans to have input via voting for the new design, while the court should be ready for use by the end of September. Softball legendary pitcher Jenny Finch will host her camp at JMU’s Veterans Memorial Park this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The Dukes’ softball team also helped out at a local anti-bullying event last Friday in support of the program ‘Olweus’.
UNCW: Men’s golf came up with a great concept for the upcoming season, when it announced the ‘Birdies For Kaitlyn’ fundraiser. The team will accept donations per birdie over the course of the 2013-14 season or a flat donation to the project, which helps former golfer Derek Brown and his family make upgrades to their house for their duaghter Kaitlyn, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. For more on the fundraiser and/or how to get involved, click here. Men’s soccer jumped into the Division I NSCAA poll at the No. 24 spot after opening its season with victories over Ohio State and Cincinnati.
Northeastern: Field hockey enjoyed a ceremony at its new Dedham Field complex this past week. The team owns a current 1-1 record and hosts Dartmouth in its home opener on Sept. 13. Women’s soccer will honor the late Jackie Spellman by retiring her No. 14 jersey prior to its game versus Ohio State on Sunday. Spellman becomes just the fifth NU student-athlete to have her number retired and the first female to earn the distinction. During her playing time from 2002-05, Spellman set a program record by appearing in 78 games. She passed away in April of 2009 following a 14-month long battle with leukemia, but her legacy as a Huskie will now live on.
Towson: On Tuesday, volleyball defeated Coppin State, 3-1, in the team’s home opener. It was also the first official athletic event at the Tigers’ new SECU Arena. Men’s lacrosse added former Notre Dame goalie Scott Rodgers to its staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Towson also named Dr. Julie Frymyer associate athletic trainer.
William & Mary: The athletic department caught up with the Tribe’s women’s basketball staff in a segment called “Getting to Know the Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff” with a feature video. Men’s and women’s cross country both open up their respective seasons on Friday in Richmond at the Spider Alumni Open. Both races feature a free live video, which can be accessed here. The women’s squad, which comes in ranked No. 16 in the nation, kicks off at 5:30 with a race held over a two-mile distance.
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