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EKU Athletics Announces Season Ticket Incentives

EKU Athletics Announces Season Ticket Incentives

Posted on 29 June 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – EKU Football season-ticket holders will have extra incentives for renewing their 2015 season tickets before the Aug. 1 deadline announced Monday by the EKU Ticket Office.

New this year, season ticket holders will be rewarded for renewing their tickets prior to the deadline by automatically being entered into an early renewal giveaway, focused on exclusive prizes and game-day experience opportunities. The earlier the renewal of the seats, the better chance of winning prizes stated below.

“We want to make sure we are showing our fans, some of the most loyal fans in the country, that we recognize and appreciate their support of Colonel Football,” Deputy Director of Athletics Matt Roan said. “This incentive program is just one of the ways we intend to show our gratitude this season. Hopefully this shows our fans they are absolutely part of our team.”

Below is a list of the 2015 early renewal giveaway items:
June 29 – Game-worn white EKU Football jersey
July 2 – Game-used football signed by coaching staff
July 6 – Game-worn maroon EKU Football jersey
July 9 – EKU Football coaches sideline jacket
July 13 – Ride the bus with the Colonels to the Oct. 3 UK game
July 16 – EKU coaching staff pullover
July 20 – Two seats in the President’s box for Nov. 7 UT-Martin game
July 23 – EKU Football sweater vest
July 27 – Two sideline passes for Oc.t 24 Tennessee State game
July 30 – EKU Athletics pullover

The winners of the drawing will be notified by phone and a photo of the winner and their prize will be posted to EKU Sports social media outlets.

Eastern Kentucky returns eight starters on both offense and defense from a squad that finished 9-4 overall and advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs in 2014. The Colonels open their 2015 season at Roy Kidd Stadium against Valparaiso Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.

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Lindy's tabbed EKU to place second in OVC; Mobely and Spence get nod for preseason awards

Lindy’s tabbed EKU to place second in OVC; Mobely and Spence get nod for preseason awards

Posted on 22 June 2015 by admin

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Lindy’s Sports has ranked two Ohio Valley Conference teams in its Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason Top 25 for 2015 while also tabbing four OVC players as preseason All-Americans in its annual magazine which was published recently.

The publications tabbed Jacksonville State No. 6 nationally and Eastern Kentucky No. 18.

The four players named to the preseason All-American team were Jacksonville State senior defensive lineman Devaunte Sigler, Jacksonville State senior defensive back Jermaine Hough, Murray State return specialist Pokey Harris and Eastern Kentucky senior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley.

Sigler, Hough and Harris were first-team selections while Mobley was the second-team pick.

In a breakdown of the OVC, Lindy’s picked Jacksonville State as the preseason favorite followed by Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Illinois, UT Martin, Southeast Missouri, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State, Murray State and Austin Peay.

The prediction went on to tab Mobley as the top Offensive Player in the league and Sigler as the top defensive player. EKU newcomer Noah Spence (a transfer from Ohio State) was tabbed the OVC Newcomer of the Year.

The OVC will announce its official predicted order of finish preseason poll and preseason All-OVC teams on Monday, July 20 as part of its annual Media Day festivities.

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Colonels Add All-State Point Guard

Colonels Add All-State Point Guard

Posted on 18 June 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – All-state point guard Dujuanta Weaver from Louisville has signed to play at Eastern Kentucky University beginning this upcoming season.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tay to the Colonel family,” McHale said. “He will add to our backcourt depth and fit into our style of play nicely. He had a great career at Doss High School under Tony Williams and will continue to thrive in our up-tempo system.”

Weaver, a second team all-state selection and the Courier-Journal Sixth Region Player of the Year, hit 60 three-pointers and averaged 16.9 points per game while leading Doss High School to quarterfinals of the 2015 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen. He shot 44 percent from the field and grabbed four rebounds per game.

Doss High School finished the 2014-15 season with a 27-7 record and won the sixth region championship. Weaver scored 13 points with five steals and three assists in a 56-50 victory over Williamsburg in the first round of the Sweet 16. The 5-foot-9 guard had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in a second round loss to Covington Catholic.

“Being from Kentucky, Tay understands how special it is to play college basketball in this great state while getting a valuable education from EKU,” said McHale.

In addition to Weaver, Nick Mayo (6-foot-8, 225, forward), Greg King (6-foot-7, 225, forward), Anthony Pratt (6-foot-6, forward), Jarelle Reischel (6-foot-5, 210, guard) and Cameron Williams (5-foot-11, 170, guard) will join the Colonel program for the upcoming season as well.

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Amandine Faouzi Named Academic All-America

Amandine Faouzi Named Academic All-America

Posted on 11 June 2015 by admin

 

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Women’s tennis player Amandine Faouzi was named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s At-Large team today. Faouzi was selected a second team honoree by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Faouzi was the only student-athlete from the Ohio Valley Conference to make this prestigious list of 45 Division I student-athletes. She was also one of just seven tennis players on the list. The women’s at-large team is comprised of student-athletes who competed in bowling, crew/rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo.

The native of Mareil Sur Mauldre, France was recently honored as the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tennis Player of the Year. Faouzi led the conference with 18 singles victories at the number one position. In conference matches, Faouzi rarely lost. She ended the 2015 season with an OVC record of 9-1. A four-time All-OVC performer, Faouzi was also named OVC Tennis Player of the Year in 2013.

Faouzi ended her EKU tennis career with a singles record of 90-39 (.697) and a doubles record of 51-45 (.531).

The tennis star also excelled in the classroom. The finance major graduated in May with a 4.0 grade-point-average. In 2014, Faouzi was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a national honor society recognizing student-athletes with 60 hours or more, who have a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA. She was named a Colonel Scholar all four years at EKU.

Faouzi is the third tennis player to earn Academic All-America honors under tennis coach Rob Oertel. Lucia Vojtkova was honored in 2007 and Alex Das in 2010.

To be nominated for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution (thus, true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and ineligible transfers are not eligible). In the cases of transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates, the athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible.

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Kyle Nowlin Drafted By The Philadelphia Phillies

Kyle Nowlin Drafted By The Philadelphia Phillies

Posted on 10 June 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky junior Kyle Nowlin was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 30th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. Nowlin was the ninth pick in the 30th round and the 894th selection overall.

Nowlin batted .326 with 19 home runs, 45 RBIs and 49 runs scored this past season. He also had a .690 slugging percentage, a .438 on-base percentage and 18 stolen bases.

The Harrison, Ohio native is currently tied for first in the nation in home runs, is alone in first with an average of 0.38 home runs per game and ranks sixth in slugging.

Nowlin finished his junior campaign among the top-10 in the OVC in slugging (1st), home runs (1st) and stolen bases (t-4th). In OVC games only, the 6-foot-1 outfielder was among the top-10 in the conference in nine categories – home runs (1st), slugging (1st), total base (t-1st), walks (4th), stolen bases (t-4th), on-base percentage (5th), RBIs (6th), batting average (7th) and runs scored (7th).

Nowlin is the 11th Colonel drafted by Major League Baseball in the last 13 years and the first since Anthony Bazzani and Richie Rodriguez were drafted in 2012.

Nowlin tied the EKU record with three home runs in a game, twice this season. He went 3-for-4 with three home runs, three runs scored and four RBIs at Morehead State on March 28. At home against Jacksonville State, Nowlin was 3-for-6 with three home runs, three runs scored and seven driven in.

From Feb. 25 to April 15, Nowlin reached base safely in 26 straight games.

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Matt Roan Named EKU Deputy Director of Athletics

Matt Roan Named EKU Deputy Director of Athletics

Posted on 02 June 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced today that Matt Roan will serve as the department’s Deputy Director of Athletics. Roan has worked at EKU since October 2013 as the Special Assistant to the President.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to bring Matt Roan on as a member of my athletic leadership staff,” Lochmueller said. “His experience in working for President Benson and knowledge of overall University operations and intercollegiate athletics brings tremendous value to our department as we move forward.”

In Roan’s new role at EKU, he will focus on external operations, legal and other administrative matters, as well as sports administration.

Roan had previously served as Southern Utah University’s Deputy Director of Athletics in 2013. In that capacity, he assisted the Director of Athletics in strategic planning and operations for the entire SUU Athletics department. Roan was responsible for the implementation and management of the revenue generation component of SUU Athletics, including development, marking and promotions, Thunderbird Sports Properties, ticketing and business affairs.

Roan earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2012 after graduating summa cum laude in political science in 2007 and starring in football at Southern Utah. The Virginia native transferred to SUU from Virginia Tech, where he also played football.

Roan, who received All-Great West Football Conference honors in each of his three seasons at Southern Utah as well as various academic honors, participated in the Minnesota Vikings’ camp as a rookie free agent in 2008.

While at the UK law school, Roan served as an administrative intern with the Wildcat football program and as a tutor/mentor for student-athletes.

He returned to Southern Utah in 2012 as a President’s Council Fellow. Roan has also worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Dayton School of Law, as a law clerk for a general practice law firm and county attorney in Virginia, and as an assistant football coach at Hargrave Military Academy.

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Jason Stein Will Not Return As Baseball Coach

Jason Stein Will Not Return As Baseball Coach

Posted on 01 June 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head baseball coach Jason Stein will not be retained, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced today. A search for the Colonels’ next head coach will begin immediately.

Stein posted a 178-201 record in seven seasons as head coach. The 1997 EKU grad led the Colonels to a share of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 2012. His 2013 team advanced to the championship round of the OVC Tournament.

Stein’s squad qualified for the six-team OVC Tournament four times in seven seasons. The Colonels went a combined 4-8 in conference tournament games, with three of those victories coming in the 2013 run to the championship round.

Eastern finished the 2015 campaign with a 21-29 record and placed eighth in the OVC with a 12-17 mark.

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