Playing through significant foul trouble and emerging with a strong run of play in the second half, the North Central College men's basketball team improved to 6-0 at home on Tuesday night by winning an intensely physical battle with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers, 73-64, at Gregory Arena.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals are now 8-0 for the second time in the program's history and have now won nine straight home games dating back to last season.
After playing to a 14-14 standstill in the first 13 minutes, the Cardinals got a pair of jumpers from Derek Raridon (6'6''-G/F) and a three-pointer and fast-break layup from Aaron Tiknis to fuel a 9-2 run that gave the hosts a 23-16 edge with 4:55 left in the opening half. Platteville (7-3) narrowed the gap to a single point at 26-25, but North Central held the Pioneers scoreless for the final 2:34 and got two free throws from Raridon to head into halftime ahead, 28-25.
The Cardinals owned a 31-27 advantage early in the second period before putting together an 11-5 run, capped off by a Vince Kmiec three-pointer, to take their first double-digit lead at 42-32. North Central maintained its lead over the next six minutes before Pat Rourke (6'3''-G) sank a pair of free throws and fed Kmiec for a layup after a steal to fuel a 7-0 run that gave the hosts their biggest lead at 63-46 with five minutes left.
North Central wound up shooting 59.1 percent from the floor (13-22) in the final 20 minutes while making 16 of 22 free throws. Raridon finished with 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting, while Kmiec totaled 14 points and Tiknis added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Chas Cross and Rob Stallion scored 20 points apiece for Platteville.
The Cardinals travel to Lisle to face Benedictine University (2-7) on Saturday. Tipoff at the Rice Center is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com
USA South expansion continues - May 17, 2016
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One of the largest conferences in Division III has plans to get even bigger. The USA South Athletic Conference announced that Berea College and Pfeiffer University have been accepted to begin the process of full membership within the conference. Berea is currently in the process of transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division III while Pfeiffer is reclassifying from NCAA Division II to Division III. Each institution will begin USA South play during the 2017-18 academic year [read more]
One of the largest conferences in Division III has plans to get even bigger. The USA South Athletic Conference announced that Berea College and Pfeiffer University have been accepted to begin the process of full membership within the conference. Berea is currently in the process of transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division III while Pfeiffer is reclassifying from NCAA Division II to Division III. Each institution will begin USA South play during the 2017-18 academic year. In December the conference announced that Brevard would also join the conference for the 2017-18 academic year. Located in Brevard, N.C., Brevard announced in May 2015 that it would transition from Division II to Division III. Starting this fall, Agnes Scott, Salem and Wesleyan (Ga.) will also join the conference. The three all-female institutions are currently members of the GSAC. If Brevard, Pfeiffer and Berea join the USA South Athletic Conference and there are no further membership changes, the conference would have 19 programs for women's basketball and 14 for men's basketball, making it the largest in Division III. The NEAC currently has 14 programs for women's basketball and 13 for men. "We are very pleased that the Council of the USA South Presidents agreed to allow Berea College and Pfeiffer University to begin the process of becoming full members of the conference," said Larry Czarda, president of Greensboro College and chair, USA South Presidents Council. "Both institutions are a wonderful fit for the conference and the leadership of each has been excellent in making their respective transitions. We all look forward to being engaged with the Mountaineers and Falcons very soon." "We are pleased to welcome both Berea and Pfeiffer as the newest members of the USA South," said conference commissioner Rita Wiggs. "Each has great leadership, are eager to become Division III members while already exemplifying many pillars of the Division III and USA South philosophy. We look forward to their coaches and student-athletes competing in the USA South." Located in Berea, Ky., Berea offers seven men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field) and seven women's sports (basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball). The Mountaineers will begin their second year of provisional NCAA Division III membership next season and would become active members in 2018-19. Pfeiffer, in Misenheimer, N.C., offers nine men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball) and nine women's sports (basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball). The Falcons are listed as exploratory members of Division III for 2016-17, along with Brevard; Dean College in Franklin, Mass.; and St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Courtesy of: d3sports.com
Interim tag lifted for Ryan Cain as men's basketball coach - May 5, 2016
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Ryan Cain has been named as the next head coach of the Keene State College men's basketball team, it was announced today by Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Director of Athletics Kemal Atkins. "Ryan continues to prove that he is a winner," said Atkins. "Despite injuries that forced a change in style, he and the program persevered to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. In addition to his successes on the court, Ryan established strong relationships with students, facul... [read more]
Ryan Cain has been named as the next head coach of the Keene State College men's basketball team, it was announced today by Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Director of Athletics Kemal Atkins. "Ryan continues to prove that he is a winner," said Atkins. "Despite injuries that forced a change in style, he and the program persevered to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. In addition to his successes on the court, Ryan established strong relationships with students, faculty & staff, and with members of the Keene community." Cain spent the 2015-16 season as the Owls' interim head coach. During the season, he led the Owls to a 20-11 record and an 8-6 mark in the LEC, as well as the No. 3 seed in the Little East Conference tournament. Working through several injuries this year, Cain and the Owls won their second consecutive Little East Conference tournament championship, and reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time in nine years. Keene State finished with a national ranking of No. 22 in the final d3hoops.com poll this year. Under Cain's tutelage, junior Matt Ozzella was named to the All-LEC First Team, while senior Nate Howard was picked to the All-LEC Second Team. Howard, along with classmate Nate Stitchell were both picked to the All-LEC Defensive Team, and freshman Ty Nichols was chosen to the All-LEC Rookie Team. "I would like to thank President Anne Huot, Vice President and Interim Athletic Director Kemal Atkins, incoming Athletic Director Kristene Kelly, the search committee, and the faculty/staff involved in the interview process," said Cain. "I would also like to thank the entire campus community and Keene community for their support during the 2015-2016 season. I thoroughly enjoyed the year as the interim head men's basketball coach and I am excited for the opportunity to lead the Keene State College men's basketball program moving forward. We hope to build on our success on and off the court. We have a tremendous group of student-athletes and I look forward to helping them develop as students, players and stewards in the community." Cain came to Keene from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he spent 12 years as both a player and a coach. One of the greatest players in WPI history, Cain is the Engineers' all-time leading scorer and led the Engineers to four New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season championships and a pair of NEWMAC tournament titles. The Engineers reached the NCAA tournament in Cain's final three years as a player (2005-07), including the Sweet 16 in 2005. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Utica welcomes Coffey as head men's basketball coach - Apr 29, 2016
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Utica athletic director David Fontaine formally announced the hiring of Sean Coffey as the head coach of the men's basketball program on Thursday. Coffey, who is the seventh coach in program history (NCAA era), is no stranger to the Empire 8 Conference as he most recently spent five seasons on the sidelines as a full-time assistant coach at St. John Fisher (2011-2016). Coffey replaces Chris Connolly, who spent eight years as the Pioneers' head coach, compiling an 83-118 record, including... [read more]
Utica athletic director David Fontaine formally announced the hiring of Sean Coffey as the head coach of the men's basketball program on Thursday. Coffey, who is the seventh coach in program history (NCAA era), is no stranger to the Empire 8 Conference as he most recently spent five seasons on the sidelines as a full-time assistant coach at St. John Fisher (2011-2016). Coffey replaces Chris Connolly, who spent eight years as the Pioneers' head coach, compiling an 83-118 record, including a 7-18 mark this past season. Connolly is 98-203 in 12 years as a Division III head coach. "I'd like to thank Dave Fontaine and the search committee as well as president (Todd) Hutton, incoming president (Laura) Casamento and provost John Johnsen for the tremendous opportunity to lead the men's basketball program here at Utica College," said Coffey. "I believe we have the resources, both academically and athletically, to be successful and I'm excited for what the future holds." In the last five seasons at Fisher, alongside head coach Rob Kornaker, he helped guide the Cardinals to 89 victories, including 52 wins in Empire 8 Conference play. His time at Fisher included three Empire 8 tournament appearances and in 2014-15 the Cardinals won the conference tournament championship, earned an automatic bid into the Division III NCAA Tournament and advanced as far as the Sweet 16. In the past two seasons, the Cardinals have posted consecutive 21-plus win campaigns to go along with a combined 28-4 record in Empire 8 play and two Empire 8 Coaching Staff of the Year honors. "Sean has a tremendous work ethic which is evident through his past recruiting efforts at Fisher," said Fontaine. "In the few days Sean has been on campus he has hit the ground running and has already had several student-athletes and their families on campus to show them everything that we have to offer at UC. We're excited for the start of our season and look forward to Sean being part of our UC family." While at Fisher he spearheaded the recruiting efforts, implemented practice plans, game plans and scouting reports for opponents and he was also as in charge of the team's strength and conditioning program. He recruited and developed an All-American, Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year and multiple all-conference and All-East Region selections. "I envision playing a really high tempo, exciting style of basketball, one that young student-athletes are going to want to play in and be recruited to," said Coffey. "We have an excellent opportunity to recruit talented young men who will receive a great education here at Utica." Prior to Fisher, Coffey spent one season as an assistant men's and women's basketball coach and fitness center coordinator at Corning Community College. Prior to CCC he had two separate stints at Hudson Valley Community College as the assistant director of athletics and sports information director (2009-2010) as well as the men's basketball assistant coach (2006-2008). He helped guide HVCC to a 51-11 record, including a 30-1 record in 2007-08. Originally from New Paltz, N.Y., he graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies and he was also a member of the men's basketball team. Coffey then went on to earn his master's degree in college student service administration from St. Rose in 2008. While at Oneonta as a student-athlete, Coffey broke several records under the guidance of Red Dragon coach Vince Medici. He had 173 3-pointers in three seasons, which was good enough for second on the College's all-time list. He holds the single game record for 3-pointers made with nine and has games where he hit eight, seven, and six 3-pointers, which are all in the top 10 for the Red Dragons. After college, Coffey played professional basketball in the Irish Superleague (the top league in Ireland) in 2008 and 2009. He played for the Limerick Lions and led the league in 3-pointers and in scoring. His performance earned him Irish Superleague All-Import First Team status and First Team Eurobasket.com accolades. Coffey was also head of basketball operations for the Claregalway Basketball Club in Claregalway, Ireland. Coffey attended New Paltz High School and is also a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified strength and conditioning specialist. Sean and his wife Gabrielle Coffey most recently resided in Fairport, N.Y., with their daughter, Brielle. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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