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Caldwell named to preseason All American list

Caldwell named to preseason All American list

Posted on 24 August 2010 by admin

Eastern Kentucky University defensive back Jeremy Caldwell was named to the College Sporting News Preseason All-America Team announced Tuesday. Caldwell, who was also named to the Buch Buchanan Award Watch List last week, led the Ohio Valley Conference with seven interceptions. That total also ranked him tied for fourth national in the FCS.
In the 2009 season opener at Indiana, Caldwell tallied two interceptions. He repeated the feat a month later at Eastern Illinois. Caldwell returned his second interception against EIU for a fourth quarter touchdown to give the Colonels a 36-24 lead. Besides posting seven interceptions, Caldwell also led the Colonels with six pass break-ups and finished sixth on the team with 48 tackles.

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Colonel cross country teams tabbed to win OVC

Colonel cross country teams tabbed to win OVC

Posted on 19 August 2010 by admin

The Eastern Kentucky Men’s and Women’s cross country teams have been predicted to win the Ohio Valley Conference titles for the 2010 season. The men’s team captured its 18th title last season while the women’s team captured its 24th OVC title in the program’s history.
Both the men’s team and the women’s came away with 81 points and 9 first place votes. The votes come from the league head coaches.
The men’s team will be looking to replace defending OVC Champion, Wesley Ruttoh but return Chris Rice who placed ninth in the OVC last year. Along with Rice the Colonels return Alex Dreyer who placed 12th and Daniel Jones who finished 13th.
For the women, three of the top four finishers from last season are returning including OVC Freshman of the Year, Picoty Leitich who also captured the women’s OVC title last season with a time of 19:29:05 a good 13 seconds of the second place finisher. She was the first freshman to win the OVC since 2002. The Lady Colonels also return seniors Sylvia Bundotich and Katherine Pagano who placed third and fourth respectively from last year.

(as voted on by the OVC head cross country coaches)

1. Eastern Kentucky (9 first-place votes) – 81
2. Southeast Missouri (1) – 68
Eastern Illinois – 68
4. Jacksonville State – 55
5. Morehead State – 50
6. Tennessee Tech – 34
7. UT Martin – 33
8. Austin Peay – 28
9. Murray State – 21
10. Tennessee State – 12
(Teams awarded 9 points for a first-place vote, 8 for second, etc.)

Top 10 Men’s Cross Country Returnees (Based on Finish at 2009 OVC Championship)
Runner                                                                  Yr.           2009 Finish (Time)

George Kiplagat, Jacksonville State                Sr.           6th (26:14.18)
Jason Lumpkin, Southeast Missouri               Sr.           8th (26:44.40)
Chris Rice, Eastern Kentucky                           Jr.            9th (26:50.16)
James Bowens, Morehead State                     Sr.           11th (26:54.17)
Alex Dreyer, Eastern Kentucky                          Jr.            12th (26:55.30)
Daniel Jones, Eastern Kentucky                      So.          13th (27:01.01)

Matt Feldhake, Eastern Illinois                         Jr.            14th (27:06.13)
Sam Taylor, Tennessee Tech                          Sr.           16th (27:17.61)
Tyler Mullen, Southeast Missouri                     So.          17th (27:23.27)
Josh Wakeman, Morehead State                     Sr.           18th (27:25.73)

(as voted on by the OVC head cross country coaches)
1. Eastern Kentucky (9 first-place votes) – 81

2. Eastern Illinois (1) – 70
3. Murray State – 63
4. Southeast Missouri – 59
5. Jacksonville State – 47
6. Morehead State – 39
7. Tennessee Tech – 29
8. Austin Peay – 28
9. UT Martin – 24
10. Tennessee State – 10
(Teams awarded 9 points for a first-place vote, 8 for second, etc.)

Top 10 Women’s Cross Country Returnees (Based on Finish at 2009 OVC Championship)
Runner                                                                  Yr.                           2009 Finish (Time)

Picoty Leitich, Eastern Kentucky                       So.                          1st (19:29.05)
Sylvia Bundotich, Eastern Kentucky                 Sr.                           3rd (19:57.30)
Katherine Pagano, Eastern Kentucky             Sr.                           4th (20:02.97)

Katelyn Jones, Murray State                              Sr.                           5th (20:11.46)
Olivia Klaus, Eastern Illinois                             So.                          8th (20:26.88)
Monica Noble, Southeast Missouri                  Sr.                           9th (20:28.72)
Ashley Stovall, Jacksonville State                    So.                          10th (20:29.25)
Ashli Joseph, Eastern Kentucky                       Sr.                           11th (20:30.60)
Danielle Mason, Eastern Kentucky                  Jr.                            13th (20:35.77)

Kayla Crusham, Murray State                           Jr.                            14th (20:38.57)

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Colonels gets votes in preseason poll

Posted on 17 August 2010 by admin

The Eastern Kentucky University Football Colonels received 81 votes in the latest Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 Pol. The Colonels landed in the 36th spot in the poll released today. Two teams from the OVC are ranked in the top 25 with Jacksonville State coming in at 17 with Eastern Illinois landing right behind them at 18. Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay also received votes in the poll. Coach Hood’s squad will try again at a scrimmage this weekend. Kickoff is set for 7 pm at Roy Kidd Stadium and another scrimmage is set for Wednesday August 25. Kickoff is also set for 7 pm. The other major Top 25 FCS poll will be released next Monday (Aug. 23) when the FCS Coaches Poll is released.

Other important dates coming up.

Thursday, Aug. 26 – Colonel Club Fish Fry, 6:30 p.m., Roy Kidd Stadium
Saturday, Aug. 28 – Season Ticket Holder Special Event, 5:30 p.m., Moberly Building
Saturday, Aug. 28 – Meet the Colonels Night, 6:30 p.m., Roy Kidd Stadium
Tuesday, Aug. 31 – The Dean Hood Radio Show, 7 p.m., Gillum’s Sports Lounge


Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 Poll

1. Villanova Wildcats (104) 14-1 3,112 1
2. Montana Grizzlies (9) 14-1 2,899 2
3. Appalachian State Mountaineers (8) 11-3 2,857 3
4. William & Mary Tribe (3) 11-3 2,631 4
5. Southern Illinois Salukis (1) 11-2 2,569 6
6. Richmond Spiders (1) 11-2 2,317 5
7. Elon Phoenix 9-3 2,243 9
8. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 10-3 2,041 10
9. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 8-4 1,863 11
10. New Hampshire Wildcats 10-3 1,837 7
11. South Carolina State Bulldogs 10-2 1,607 8
12. McNeese State Cowboys 9-3 1,475 12
13. Eastern Washington Eagles 8-4 1,422 3
14. Northern Iowa Panthers 7-4 1,269 18
15. James Madison Dukes 6-5 1,237 NR
16. Delaware Blue Hens 6-5 879 NR
17. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 8-3 833 16
18. Eastern Illinois Panthers 8-4 762 19
19. Weber State Wildcats 7-5 716 17
20. Prairie View A&M Panthers 9-1 709 15
21. Liberty Flames 8-3 633 22
22. Colgate Raiders 9-2 608 21
23. Penn Quakers 8-2 593 20
24. Montana State Bobcats 7-4 584 NR
25. Holy Cross Crusaders 9-3 560 14

Others receiving votes: Illinois State 488, Wofford 311, Northern Arizona 286, Cal Poly 239, Furman 229, Texas State 206, Florida A&M 153, Lafayette 98, Maine 88, Harvard 85, Eastern Kentucky 81, UC Davis 61, Samford 61, Massachusetts 45, Southeastern Louisiana 45, Alabama A&M 45, Missuori State 40, Central Arkansas 39, Norfolk State 28, Lehigh 27, Old Dominion 25, Grambling State 24, Davidson 23, Georgia Southern 22, Princeton 21, Dayton 20, Portland State 18, Chattanooga 17, Youngstown State 15, Idaho State 15, Southern utah 14, Northwestern State 12, Indiana State 12, Stony Brook 12, Hampton 12, Gardner-Webb 11, Tennessee Tech 9, Robert Morris 9, North Dakota 8, Southern 8, Central Connecticut State 7, Morgan State 7, Jackson State 7, North Carolina A&T 6, VMI 5, North Dakota State 5, Austin Peay 4, Butler 4, Alcorn State 3, Jacksonville 2, Texas Southern 2, Brown 2, Howard 2, Cornell 1, Coastal Carolina 1.

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Knipp verbally commitments to EKU

Knipp verbally commitments to EKU

Posted on 16 August 2010 by admin

The Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball team picked up its second verbal commitment in less than a week Sunday.
Elliott County’s Timmy Knipp, considered one of the top power forward prospects in the state, verbally committed to play for the Colonels on Sunday. George Rogers Clark standout Robbie Stenzel, one of the top guards in the Class of 2011, made a verbal commitment to play for Eastern last week.
Knipp (6-foot-7, 185), was the state’s leading scorer last season, averaging 30.8 points per game. Knipp can shoot the three and also can attack the basket. Knipp can also dominate. Knipp scored 45 points in a win over West Carter in the 62nd District Tournament.
In that contest, Knipp scored 28 points in the second half and was 10-for-10 from the free throw line and scored 15 of the Lions’ 17 points in the third quarter.
Knipp chose the Colonels over Akron, Marshall and  Tennessee Tech.
Knipp helped lead Elliott County to a 20-8 record last season. The team lost to Fairview in the semifinals of the 16th Region Tournament.

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Colonels get verbal commitment from Stenzel

Posted on 10 August 2010 by admin

Story and photo special to the Maroon Nation from the Winchester Sun.

Robbie Stenzel had planned out waiting until after his senior campaign to make a decision regarding his future plans.
The George Rogers Clark standout changed his mind after making a visit to campus last week and made a verbal commitment to play for the Colonels Tuesday afternoon, one day before the fall semester began at Clark County Schools.
“When I got there, I had really not had anybody treat me like that and make me feel like I’m a king,” Stenzel told The Winchester Sun. “They showed me around and coach (Jeff) Neubauer (talked to me) about how I would fit in the system with the plays that they run.”
Stenzel, a versatile guard who has played since the eighth-grade on the varsity level at Clark, chose the Colonels over Samford University, the University of Texas-El Paso, the University of New Hampshire, Morehead State, Western Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Georgetown College and Pikeville College.
“We’re excited,” Stenzel’s mother Ann said. “They rolled out the red carpet for us last week and it was really impressive. They have courted Robbie since the beginning of time. I don’t remember a time when they were not (recruiting him).”
Prior to making a decision, Stenzel consulted with his family and Clark coach Scott Humphrey. When it came down to crunch time, Stenzel elected to stay close to home.
“We all came to the conclusion that it was the best fit for me,” Stenzel told the paper. “I really like the coaches, the campus and it’s not too far from home. All of my family can come and see me play, which will mean a lot to me.”
For more on Stenzel, visit the Winchester Sun



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Former Colonel golfer tabbed for women's golf program

Former Colonel golfer tabbed for women’s golf program

Posted on 09 August 2010 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Former Eastern Kentucky University men’s golfer Mike Whitson was selected as the new EKU women’s golf head coach, Director of Athletics Mark Sandy announced today. Whitson was a four-year letterwinner for the Colonels from 1994 to 1998, helping the team to a second-place Ohio Valley Conference finish and capturing All-OVC honors in 1998.

He will begin his duties as EKU’s third women’s golf head coach on August 23.

“The opportunity to be the next women’s golf coach at EKU is very exciting for me,” Whitson said. “I would like to thank Mark Sandy and the entire university for selecting me. It is an honor to return home and coach at my alma mater. I am looking forward to the next few weeks of getting to know our players and starting our hard work for a successful season.”

The Paris, Ky., native has spent the past five years as the head women’s golf coach at Indiana State University. Whitson was hired in 2005 and charged with restarting the women’s program after a 28-year hiatus. His first Sycamore team (2006-07) placed eighth among 10 teams in the 2007 Missouri Valley Conference tournament. By 2009, Whitson had his squad up to sixth. This past season, ISU turned in its best performance, a third place finish. In four seasons of competition, he coached four All-MVC selections.

In addition to their success on the links, Whitson’s student-athletes have excelled in the classroom. In July the Sycamores were listed fourth on the National Golf Coaches Association’s (NGCA) top-25 list of team grade point averages. Whitson’s squad had the highest team GPA among NCAA Division I institutions. Three Sycamores were selected to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team for Division I. In four seasons Whitson coached 17 NGCA All-American Scholar Team selections, including five each in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Whitson spent three seasons (2001-04) as an assistant women’s golf coach at the University of Tennessee. He helped UT advance to the NCAA tournament each season, including the NCAA Championships during the spring of 2004 where the team placed 11th. The 2002-03 regular season also saw great success as the Lady Vols set a school record by winning three tournament titles, including the Lady Boilermaker Invitational, the Auburn Tiger Derby, and the Lady Kat Invitational.

Tennessee was a regular in the top 10 nationally during Whitson’s tenure at UT, and reached as high as No. 2 in the NGCA Division I Coaches poll. He also coached three All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans, and three future LPGA Tour members; Jessica Shepley, Young-A Yang and Violeta Retamoza.

Whitson’s collegiate coaching career began at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. In 2000-01, his only season at the school, Whitson led the women’s golf team to a No. 16 ranking in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He guided the team to a first-place finish and three second-place performances. In addition, he coached sophomore Catherine Benson to a third-place finish at the NAIA Nationals, earning her All-America honors.

As a senior in 1998, Whitson fired a second round score of 64 at the OVC tournament. He finished tied for third with a three-round total of 214, two shots under par. During his collegiate career Whitson also served as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

As an amateur, he won the Michelob Classic in May 1997 and the Club Car Classic in May 1998. He was also runner-up at the Kentucky State Amateur Championship in 1997 and 1998. After concluding his collegiate career, Whitson played on a number of professional golf tours, including the Hooters Tour, Central Florida Tour and Development Players Tour. As a pro, he claimed the 1998 Owensboro Open title and finished among the top 10 in five other events.

Whitson earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from EKU in 1998. He completed a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in athletic administration at the University of Kansas in 2005.

Whitson becomes the third women’s golf coach since the program began in 1993. Sandra Martin led the Colonels from 1993 to 1998, and Joni Stephens served as head coach from 1998 to 2010.


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New Faces in Basketball Coaching Staff

Posted on 06 August 2010 by admin

Luke StregeThis off-season, The EKU Athletic Department officially announced who would be filling the coaching vacancy left by Ted Hotaling (Coach, Sullivan is actually taking the top assistant spot, but the whole is being filled by Strege.). Coach H’s successor is Luke Strege, former assistant and Quincy University in Quincy Ill. According to Quincy Universities bio: “Strege has an impressive basketball coaching resume. Prior to coming to Quincy, he served the 2003-04 season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Towson University, a Colonial ASmathletic Association school in Baltimore, Md. At Towson, Strege was responsible for on- and off-campus recruitment of student-athletes, scouting of future opponents, development of game plans, coordination of team travel, scheduling, monitoring the academic success of student-athletes, coordination of film exchange and video editing and organization of summer basketball camps.” Strege also has experience as a graduate assistant coach at that University down I-65 (WKU), and at the University of Georgia (Which makes me think he may be a art of the Felton Coaching Branch).

Strege is not the only “new” coach on the staff this season. Ryan Wiersma is also joining the coaching staff this season.Wiersma, a former player and gradate of EKU (2004-2009), was a part of the Williams College Coaching staff last season. Weirsma will bring great experience to a young team that has few veteran leaders. He will be a good example of integrity and heart for the organization.

There are also many new additions and transfers to the team that will will break down later. Look forward to seeing those soon.

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Hood speaks to packed house at Kickoff Rally

Posted on 04 August 2010 by admin

Speaking to a packed house Monday night at Gillum’s Sports Lounge, Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood unpacked his outlook for the 2010 Colonel Football season.
Hood thinks the return of several key players will be the key to the Colonels starting a new winning season streak.
“I really like our team. I thought last year we were really young and inexperienced,” Hood said. “Even the older guys on the roster were guys that hadn’t played a lot of football games. For the first time since I’ve been here we have our safeties back, which is critical because they are the ones who called the defense. We also have our quarterback back and we hadn’t had that. I feel good about that. “
One area that Hood felt like needing improving over the off season was the offensive line and help for that came at midterm with the transfers of five offensive linemen, including two from Hofstra. One of the Hofstra transfers, junior Derek Moore, started 23 games in his career for the Pride while earning 2009 All-CAA third team honors.
“We really shored up an area which could have been a real weakness for us in our line by losing 2 starters by getting 5 guys at midterm,” Hood said. “ I feel like we did that immediately and that really showed during the spring as the kids learned the offense. “
The Colonels will start the season on Aug.  22 at Missouri State and will play their first three games on the road. Eastern’s first home game will be on Oct. 2 as they take on Kentucky State. Hood said he started getting his team ready for playing on the road back in the spring by playing some scrimmage games in eastern Kentucky.
“It’s a little weird not being at home until October but it is what it is,” Hood said. “So we get on the road and go play and try and help ourselves by taking ourselves on the road during the spring. “
One major change in the Fooball Champions Series division this year is the expanded playoffs.  The NCAA expanded the playoffs to 20 teams, up from 16. Hood says that will impact scheduling in the future. “It changes scheduling a lot.,” Hood said. “ If you’re under the mindset we have to win or we are not going which has pretty much been the way it has been for the OVC the last 10 years I think. If that’s your mindset and thinking then you don’t care who you schedule as long as you win the OVC. Whereas now if you think hey we might get a second team in, then you better schedule some teams that will get you some points with the committee if you happen to not win the league. “
One of the games that Hood hopes to impress the committee with is Louisville. Hood says the games against BCS schools help the Colonels in several ways.
“I like the BCS game. I think it does worlds for your recruiting,” Hood said. “I think it helps you focus over the off season.  The guys see that on the schedule and they a little more app to work and be united. I like for the opportunity to be the next Appalachian State and be the lead story on Sports Center. I like for the budget standpoint to be able help you get the things you need by playing the money games. “


You can hear Coach Hood’s comments here. Sorry but the audio is pretty low due to my recorder being moved when he started talking.


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Football Practice schedule announced

Posted on 03 August 2010 by admin

Coach Hood has released the practice schedule for the first week of August and it will include three scrimmages. All practices are at Roy Kidd Stadium. All practices are open to the public.

2010 Preseason Football Practice Schedule (updated 8/3/10)

Practice # Date Time Location
1 Aug. 5 7:00-10:00 p.m. Roy Kidd Stadium
2 Aug. 6 7:00-10:00 p.m. Roy Kidd Stadium
3 Aug. 7 2:15-5:15 p.m. Roy Kidd Stadium
Aug. 8 Off
4 Aug. 9 7:00-10:00 p.m. Roy Kidd Stadium
5 Aug. 10 7:00-10:00 p.m. Roy Kidd Stadium
6 Aug. 11 8:15-11:15 a.m. Roy Kidd Stadium
7 Aug. 12 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
8 Aug. 13 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
9 Aug. 14 7:00 p.m. (scrimmage) Roy Kidd Stadium
Aug. 15 Off
10 Aug. 16 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
11 Aug. 17 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
12 Aug. 18 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
13 Aug. 19 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
14 Aug. 20 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
15 Aug. 21 7:00 p.m. (scrimmage) Roy Kidd Stadium
Aug. 22 Off
16 Aug. 23 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
17 Aug. 24 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
18 Aug. 25 7:00 p.m. (scrimmage) Roy Kidd Stadium
19 Aug. 26 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
20 Aug. 27 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
21 Aug. 28 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
Aug. 29 Off
22 Aug. 30 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium
23 Aug. 31 TBA Roy Kidd Stadium

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Preseason Rallies Set to Kick Off 2010 EKU Football Season

Posted on 01 August 2010 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Join third-year head coach Dean Hood for the 2010 EKU Football Rallies. In addition to Richmond on Aug. 3, the football rallies return to Louisville on Aug. 2, just weeks before the Colonels face the Cardinals.

Listen to Coach Hood preview the 2010 season less than 48 hours before the Colonels return to campus for preseason camp.

Door prizes and promotional materials will be given out at the rallies.

Call 859-622-2046 for more details on the 2010 EKU Football Rallies.

Monday, August 2 – 6 p.m.
Joe’s Crab Shack
131 River Rd.
Louisville, KY 40202

Tuesday, August 3 – 6 p.m.
Gillum’s Sports Lounge
830 Eastern Bypass
Richmond, KY 40475

Gillum’s will also serve as the home to Coach Hood’s weekly radio show this fall. The radio show will be held Thursday nights at 7 p.m. The first radio will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31 due to the Thursday night season opener at Missouri State.

This fall, the EKU football team will be looking to capture its third Ohio Valley Conference crown in the last four years and 21st league title overall.

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