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Eastern Kentucky Ace is #1 in the Country

Posted on 22 January 2015 by Bret Shroats

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Eastern Kentucky softball senior ace pitcher was rated #1 in the country by Fastpitch News.

Here’s what they had to say about Pittsenbarger.

“She may not have been the first person that came to mind, based on our criteria she came out on top. In 2014 she was named to the NFCA All-Region Team and was All-OVC. Statistically she had a strong season posting a 1.35 ERA with 297 strikeouts. Pittsenbarger also had 11 shutouts and is second nationally among returning pitcher in hits per seven innings at 3.29. Look for another strong season from her in 2015.”

Fastpitch News used ERA, hits per seven innings, shutouts, strikeouts and strikeouts per seven innings to come up with the standings.

As a junior Pittsenbarger set three program single-season records – strikeouts (297), shutouts (12) and opponent batting average (.139). Pittsenbarger’s career strikeout total of 727 is 27 shy of tying the program mark set by EKU Athletics Hall of Famer Jonelle Csora-Clark (2000-03).

The Lady Colonels begin their season on February 13 in South Alabama vs Jackson State.

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Softball will be Battle Tested Early and Often.

Posted on 21 January 2015 by Bret Shroats

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The Eastern Kentucky softball team was recently voted into third place during the OVC preseason poll. Only last season champions. SIU-E and Jacksonville State were picked above the Lady Colonels. The Colonels will face five teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Today the Colonels learned that they will face four preseason Top 25 teams. Two of those teams will at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama. In just their second game of the season the Lady Colonels will face #3 Alabama. The first game of the season will be on February 5 against Jackson State. The next day after #3 Alabama they will face #23 South Alabama. The Lady Colonels will finish the Sand Dollar Classic vs Lamar on February 8. They will not return to action again until the EKU Invitational on February 21. The invitational will kick off with EKU vs Kent State. Other teams competing at the EKU Invitational will be Western Michigan and Louisville.

The next early season tournament will be the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Lady Colonels will face South Dakota State, Chattanooga, Alabama A&M, Purdue, and Wright State.

The final early season tournament the Lady COlonels will travel to is the UNLV Rebel Classic. In Las Vegas the Lady Colonels will face Houston, UC Santa Barbara, California, UNLV, and Iowa State.

Before OVC play Eastern Kentucky will have one more test in Lexington vs #6 Kentucky.

OVC play will begin in Nashville, Tennessee against Belmont on March 14. The first OVC home series will be against defending champions, SIU-E on March 21. Morehead State will come to Gertude Hood Field on March 28 and 29 for three games.

After that the Lady Colonels will play five games on the road highlighted by a match up vs #13 Tennessee Vols.

The Colonels will come home for four games. Three of those games will be against Tennessee State, the fourth will be a night game against #6 Kentucky.

The final home series will be against Tennessee Tech on April 25 and 26. The final series of the regular season will be in Alabama against Jacksonville State.

The OVC tournament will be May 6-9 at the #1 seed site.

2015 OVC SOFTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
(as voted on by the league’s head softball coaches and sports information directors)

1. SIUE (18 first-place votes) – 238
2. Jacksonville State (Five first-place votes) – 215
3. Eastern Kentucky (One first-place vote) – 191
4. Murray State – 185
5. UT Martin – 156
6. Tennessee Tech – 142
7. Eastern Illinois – 141
8. Morehead State – 88
t9. Austin Peay – 73
t9. Belmont – 73
11. Southeast Missouri – 48
12. Tennessee State – 34

Date Opponent Location Time
Feb. 5 Thursday vs. Jackson State Gulf Shores, Ala. 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 Friday vs. Alabama Gulf Shores, Ala. 4 p.m.
Feb. 6 Friday vs. Houston Baptist Gulf Shores, Ala. 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 Saturday vs. FIU Gulf Shores, Ala. 1 p.m.
Feb. 7 Saturday vs. South Alabama Gulf Shores, Ala. 4 p.m.
Feb. 8 Sunday vs. Lamar Gulf Shores, Ala. 11 a.m.
Feb. 21 Saturday Kent State Richmond, Ky. 10 a.m.
Feb. 21 Saturday Western Michigan Richmond, Ky. 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Sunday Western Michigan Richmond, Ky. 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 Sunday Louisville Richmond, Ky. 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 25 Wednesday at Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio 6 p.m.
Feb. 27 Friday vs. South Dakota State Chattanooga, Tenn. 11 a.m.
Feb. 27 Friday at Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 28 Saturday vs. Alabama A&M Chattanooga, Tenn. 11 a.m.
Feb. 28 Saturday vs. Purdue Chattanooga, Tenn. 1:30 p.m.
March 1 Sunday vs. Wright State Chattanooga, Tenn. 11 a.m.
March 6 Friday vs. Houston Las Vegas, Nev. 2:15 p.m.
March 6 Friday vs. UC Santa Barbara Las Vegas, Nev. 6:45 p.m.
March 7 Saturday vs. California Las Vegas, Nev. 12 p.m.
March 7 Saturday at UNLV Las Vegas, Nev. 2:15 p.m.
March 8 Sunday vs. Iowa State Las Vegas, Nev. 2:15 p.m.
March 11 Wednesday at Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 5 p.m.
March 14 Saturday at Belmont* (DH) Nashville, Tenn 1 p.m.
March 15 Sunday at Belmont* Nashville, Tenn. 1:30 p.m.
March 18 Wednesday at Dayton (DH) Dayton, Ohio 3 p.m.
March 21 Saturday SIUE* (DH) Richmond, Ky. 1 p.m.
March 22 Sunday Eastern Illinois* (DH) Richmond, Ky. 1 p.m.
March 28 Saturday Morehead State* (DH) Richmond, Ky. 1 p.m.
March 29 Sunday Morehead State* Richmond, Ky. 1 p.m.

April 3 Friday at Austin Peay* (DH) Clarksville, Tenn. 1 p.m.
April 4 Saturday at Murray State* (DH) Murray, Ky. 2 p.m.
April 7 Tuesday at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 6 p.m.
April 11 Saturday Tennessee State* (DH) Richmond, Ky. 4 p.m.
April 12 Sunday Tennessee State* Richmond, Ky. 1 p.m.
April 15 Wednesday Kentucky Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.

April 18 Saturday at UT Martin* (DH) Martin, Tenn. 2 p.m.
April 19 Sunday at Southeast Missouri* (DH) Cape Girardeau, Mo. 1 p.m.
April 25 Saturday Tennessee Tech* (DH) Richmond, Ky. 4 p.m.
April 26 Sunday Tennessee Tech* Richmond, Ky. 1 p.m.

May 2 Saturday at Jacksonville State* (DH) Jacksonville, Ala. 2 p.m.
May 3 Sunday at Jacksonville State* Jacksonville, Ala. 2 p.m

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Women’s Basketball Looks to Get Back on Track at Murray State and Tennessee Tech

Posted on 21 January 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky women’s basketball team will be on the road this week, with games against Murray State and Tennessee Tech.

The Colonels (6-9, 1-4 OVC) will look to get back in the win column after two losses this week against two of the better teams in the Ohio Valley Conference.

EKU lost to the conference leader in wins, SIUE, 71-61, on Saturday in McBrayer Arena. Sophomore guard Michaela Hunter scored a game-high 19 points against the Cougars and Shameekia Murray finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, just one rebound shy of her first career double-double.

The Colonels will play Murray State Thursday, January 22, at 8 p.m. EKU leads the all-time series 55-29 and has won the last four games against the Racers. The Racers are last in the OVC at 0-5 in conference play and 5-13 overall. Murray State is led by senior guard Keionna Kirby and freshman guard/forward Ke’Shunan James.

Kirby and James both average better than 15 points per game and are fifth and sixth in the OVC in scoring, respectively.

Murray State also possesses the league’s fifth leading rebounder in senior forward/center Natanya Jackson. Jackson averages 8.1 rebounds per game to go along with 6.4 points per game.

The Racers lead the OVC in scoring offense at 74.8 points per game, but are 10th in scoring defense, giving up 73.7 points a game.

On Saturday, the Colonels will play Tennessee Tech at 6:30 p.m. in Cookeville, Tennessee. The Golden Eagles are 2-5 in conference play and 5-15 overall.

Tennessee Tech’s leader is junior guard Samaria Howard. Howard leads the Golden Eagles in scoring at 13.7 and grabs a little more than four rebounds per game.

Tennessee Tech leads the all-time series 63-23.

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Colonels prep for road swing

Posted on 21 January 2015 by admin

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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – After playing its final two home games of the month, Eastern Kentucky takes to the road for games at Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech this week.

Thursday’s game at JSU, will start at 8 p.m. ET. The live radio broadcast is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A live free video broadcast is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.

The Colonels (11-6, 3-1 OVC) are coming off a 78-62 victory at home over Southern Illinois Edwardsville. EKU leads the Oho Valley Conference East Division. Jacksonville State (8-12, 1-5) is tied for fourth in the East.

Eastern Kentucky has held nine of its last 10 opponents to less than 70 points. Offensively, Eastern’s win over SIU Edwardsville snapped a streak of six straight games being held under 70 points.

Senior guard Corey Walden is shooting 56.2 percent from the field this season and has scored 20 or more points four of his last six games. Walden is the only player in the OVC top-10 in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (8th), assists (9th) and steals (1st). He needs two steals to pass former Colonel Mike Rose (184) and move into fourth place on EKU’s all-time steals list.

Eastern used a strong second half and a career game from forward Eric Stutz to beat SIUE on Saturday. Down 32-33 at halftime, EKU used a 10-0 run to start the second half and never looked back. Stutz scored a career high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, just one shy of his career high.

Walden added 19 points and had five assists. Senior guard Timmy Knipp had 14 points, half of which came from hitting 7-of-8 free throws.

EKU is second in the nation in turnover margin (+9.4). Jacksonville State averages only 12 turnovers per game.

The Gamecocks have lost three straight and eight of their last nine. Two of those setbacks were in overtime, including a 59-50 loss at OVC leader Eastern Illinois. JSU’s lone conference victory was at home over Austin Peay.

Darion Rackley, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior guard, leads the team in scoring (14.7 ppg). No other JSU player averages more than 9.9 points per game. As a team, Jacksonville State is 10th in the OVC with an average of 62.6 points per game.

Jax State is third in the league with an average of 35.8 rebounds per game. The Gamecocks are also third with 12.9 offensive boards per game. Jeremy Watson, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, leads the team with 6.4 boards per contest. Two others average five or more.

Guards Avery Moore and Malcolm Drumwright led JSU with 17 points each in a 55-52 loss at Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. The Gamecocks shot just 35 percent from the field, but turned the ball over only eight times.

The last time these two teams met, Eastern Kentucky shot 65 percent and limited Jacksonville State to 42 percent shooting in an 86-65 road victory on Feb. 15, 2014. Tarius Johnson had 19 points to lead Eastern. Orlando Williams hit three big second half 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Rackley scored 19 points for the Gamecocks.

The Colonels shot 70 percent (14-of-20) in the first half and led by 10, 41-31, at intermission. EKU opened the second half with a 10-5 run to go up by 15 and remained in control the rest of the way. Back-to-back three-pointers by Williams and a bucket from Walden stretched the lead to 21, 64-43. Eastern took its largest lead of 29, 82-53, on bucket by Jeff Johnson.

EKU leads the all-time series with Jacksonville State 15-7. The Colonels have won eight straight against JSU. Eastern is 5-7 all-time in Jacksonville, but has won four straight on the Gamecocks’ home court.

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EKU Softball Among Preseason Favorites to Win OVC Title

Posted on 21 January 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University softball team was predicted to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference for the 2015 season. The order of finish was voted upon by the league’s head softball coaches and sports information directors, excluding the option to vote for their own team.

The Colonels return seven position starters and three starting pitchers. The returning squad helped record 29 wins in the 2014 season, 15 in conference play. One returnee, senior pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger, received not only All-OVC honors last year, but also NFCA All-Region honors. EKU has also added seven new student-athletes to this year’s roster.

SIUE won the conference title in 2014, and is again deemed to finish first, tallying 238 points. Jacksonville State was tabbed second with 215 points. EKU came in right behind with 191.

The 2015 OVC championship tournament will feature the top eight teams. The tournament will be held May 6-9 on the home turf of the number one seed.

Eastern will begin its season at the Sand Dollar Classic on February 5 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Action on Gertrude Hood field will come early this year, beginning with the Colonels hosting the EKU Invitational with two games on Feb. 21 and two on the 22nd against Kent State, Western Michigan, and Louisville. The conference slate begins March 14.

2015 OVC SOFTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
(as voted on by the league’s head softball coaches and sports information directors)

1. SIUE (18 first-place votes) – 238
2. Jacksonville State (Five first-place votes) – 215
3. Eastern Kentucky (One first-place vote) – 191
4. Murray State – 185
5. UT Martin – 156
6. Tennessee Tech – 142
7. Eastern Illinois – 141
8. Morehead State – 88
t9. Austin Peay – 73
t9. Belmont – 73
11. Southeast Missouri – 48
12. Tennessee State – 34

(*Schools were not allowed to rank their own team. 11 points awarded for a first-place vote, 10 for second, etc.)

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Walden On Mid-Major Player Of The Year Watch List

Posted on 21 January 2015 by admin

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BOSTON, Mass. – Eastern Kentucky senior Corey Walden is one of 40 players from across the country chosen to the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List, CollegeInsider.com announced on Wednesday.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I “Mid-Major” Player of the Year. Walden is one of only two Ohio Valley Conference players on the list.

The Daytona Beach native leads the team in scoring (19.1 ppg), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (2.7 spg). He has scored in double figures in every game this season and has scored 20 or more points seven times. He set a new career high with 33 points at Southern Utah and then matched that total in a game at Coppin State.

Walden is shooting 56.2 percent from the field this season.

He is the only player in the OVC top-10 in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (8th), assists (9th) and steals (1st).

Walden now needs 39 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221. The 6-foot-2 guard ranks sixth in the nation in steals per game and 26th in field goal percentage.

The finalists for the 2015 Lou Henson Award will be announced in March. The award is named in honor of Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.

The 2015 recipient will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.

Walden joined EKU’s 1,000 point club during the game at Southern Utah. He is now 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,248 points.

As a junior in 2014-15, Walden was chosen as the OVC Defensive Player of the Year and the OVC Tournament MVP.

The Colonels play at Jacksonville State on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

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Walden Earns Two Player Of The Week Awards

Posted on 12 January 2015 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky senior Corey Walden was chosen as the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week. Walden was also chosen as the OVC Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com.

The 6-foot-2 guard shot an amazing 62 percent combined in Eastern’s road wins at Tennessee-Martin and Southeast Missouri last week.

He averaged 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals in the two games. The Daytona Beach native scored 33 percent of the team’s points and turned the ball over only three times in 78 minutes on the court.

Walden finished with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals at UT Martin. Two nights later he scored 23 points with five rebounds at Southeast Missouri.

He made 8-of-11 from the field against the Skyhawks and went 10-for-10 at the stripe at SEMO. He missed only one free throw in the two games, going 15-of-16 at the stripe for 94 percent.

The Colonels will face Eastern Illinois (10-6, 4-0 OVC) at home on Thursday. Tip-off in McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Colonels ranked 21st in final FCS Polls

Posted on 12 January 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The two major NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) polls released their final rankings of the 2014 season today. The Eastern Kentucky University football team was ranked No. 21 in both The Sports Network (media) and FCS coaches polls.

This past fall, Eastern Kentucky (9-4, 6-2 OVC) reached the FCS playoffs for the third time in seven seasons under head coach Dean Hood and finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. The Colonels won their first six games, including a win at FBS opponent Miami (Ohio), to mark their best start to a season since 1990 and make a splash in the national polls.

Eastern’s offense averaged more than 30 points per game for the second time in the last three years. EKU leaned heavily on OVC Offensive Player of the Year Dy’Shawn Mobley. The junior running back was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award (FCS top player) and led the league with 1,491 yards rushing (5.8 yards per carry).

On defense, Eastern Kentucky was one of the best nationally in forcing turnovers (2nd – 33). The Colonels forced multiple turnovers in 10 of 13 games, including a whopping six turnovers in the 17-10 upset win at Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 6. Senior defensive back Brandon Stanley had a stellar season, as he was just the sixth Colonel this century to record at least 100 tackles in a season (124).

EKU is poised to return eight starters on both offense and defense for 2015. The Colonels kick off their 2015 schedule with a home Thursday night contest against Valparaiso on Sept. 3.

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Colonel Athletic Director Mark Sandy leaves to take AD post at Ball State

Posted on 08 January 2015 by admin

Mark Sandy and the men's tennis team celebrated the OVC championship in 2011.

Mark Sandy and the men’s tennis team celebrated the OVC championship in 2011.

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Mark Sandy is stepping down from his current position to take a similar position at Ball State University. Sandy, who was in his 10th season at EKU, will begin his duties as Ball State’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on February 1.

“Mark Sandy has been a superb Athletic Director for Eastern Kentucky University and we wish him the very best at Ball State,” EKU President Michael Benson said. “While we are sad to say goodbye to Mark, we also recognize that this is a wonderful opportunity for him and his family. It is also a tribute to what has been accomplished on campus during his tenure that Mark was recruited away from EKU by an FBS institution.”
Sandy joined Eastern Kentucky University as the Director of Athletics in May 2005. Under Sandy’s leadership, the Colonels have enjoyed tremendous success on the playing field. Eastern Kentucky has captured the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup, an award which symbolizes overall athletic excellence in conference-sponsored championships, in two of the last three years. The Colonels have won 34 OVC team championships during Sandy’s tenure, including two titles this school year – men’s and women’s cross country.

“I have enjoyed working at EKU and want to thank the student-athletes, coaches, and staff who helped us achieve many of our goals the past nine years,” Sandy said. “The people of Richmond and Madison County have been warm and welcoming to Kitty and me, and we will never forget our friends here.

“With President Benson’s innovative and dynamic leadership, EKU is poised to conquer new heights,” Sandy added. “I wish everyone success in 2015 and beyond.”

Sandy was selected for the Ball State post after a nationwide search. In making the announcement, Ball State President Paul W. Ferguson said Sandy “understands the invaluable connections among departments at the university and has shown a great ability to forge alliances across campus. With his proven record of success of student-athletes in the classroom and in competition at Eastern Kentucky University, Mark will be a great addition to the Ball State team.”

At the national level, EKU teams have qualified for 19 NCAA championship events spanning the last 10 years. The Colonel football team has reached the NCAA FCS playoffs four times, including a trip this past fall, while the men’s basketball team danced in the NCAA tournament in 2007 and 2014. The Eastern men’s hoops team nearly knocked off perennial basketball power Kansas in the second round of last spring’s NCAA tourney. Meanwhile, the men’s cross country team has been a fixture at the NCAA championship meet four years running.

EKU’s student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom since Sandy became a Colonel. In the most recent NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) released in the spring of 2014, Eastern Kentucky boasted several quality rankings. Ten programs – men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, soccer, softball, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, and volleyball – received perfect scores of 1,000 on the APR for the 2012-13 academic year. This past fall term, the all-athlete GPA was 3.12, which marked the sixth consecutive semester the all-athlete term GPA was above a 3.0.

Under Sandy’s direction, the Department of Athletics has consistently strived to upgrade facilities. This summer, a new playing surface featuring an updated court design and logos was installed inside McBrayer Arena. New LED lighting was added to the basketball/volleyball arena as well. Lights were added at the baseball and softball complexes in the spring, allowing those sports to play their first-ever home night contests.

Last year, new Daktronics LED video displays and custom audio systems were installed at Roy Kidd Stadium and Alumni Coliseum. The video display is the first of its kind installed in Alumni Coliseum. Both video displays are 15 feet high and more than 25 feet wide, and designed to display HD video.

Upcoming projects on campus include a brand new eight-court outdoor tennis complex, which is scheduled for completion in early spring. Construction on a $15 million multi-purpose facility on the east side of Roy Kidd Stadium is expected to begin this summer. The facility will feature new locker rooms, coaches’ offices, a luxury suite level, training facilities, classrooms and a nutrition/dietetics center. Upon the 2014 announcement of a lead gift toward the facility from Donald and Irene Dizney, Mr. Dizney said, “We liked what we saw from Athletics Director Mark Sandy and what the Athletics Department was accomplishing with football, basketball and all sports.”

Plans are also in the works to update the baseball and softball stadiums.

Eastern Kentucky’s Department of Athletics has grown under Sandy with the addition of women’s soccer in 2005. Sandy also played an instrumental role in the creation of the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame. He served on the NCAA Football Championship committee and NCAA Football Issues committee in his tenure at Eastern Kentucky.

During his tenure at EKU, Sandy also served as Interim Vice President for Development for seven months in 2013 and as Interim Vice President for Marketing and Communications for six months in 2014.

Sandy began his career as a high school mathematics and history teacher, in addition to coaching basketball and baseball, and went on to serve as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Evansville, Wake Forest University and Virginia Military Institute. He later served as associate athletics director at Miami (Ohio) University and senior associate athletics director at the University of Richmond.

Sandy was an all-conference baseball player and captain of the basketball team at Concord College in West Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1974. He went on to earn a master’s of education degree from Lynchburg College and has taken doctoral classes at Virginia and EKU.

He and his wife, Kitty, have two children, Kraig and Madison.

Dan McBride, currently Associate Athletics Director, will become Acting Director of Athletics on Feb. 1. A search committee, chaired by Nick Perlick, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, has been formed to help identify Sandy’s successor.

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Richardson named OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week

Posted on 05 January 2015 by admin

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Denzel Richardson a junior guard from Baltimore, Md. was named OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week.  Richardson averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists/game while hitting 40 percent (6-of-15) from the field, 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in a pair of non-conference victories. At Coppin State the transfer from Pensacola State College made just two field goals but that included a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to push the Colonels to the 66-63 victory in his hometown. He finished the week with 18 points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist against South Carolina State.

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