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114 EKU Student-Athletes Earn OVC Honor Roll Honors

114 EKU Student-Athletes Earn OVC Honor Roll Honors

Posted on 15 August 2017 by admin

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University placed 114 student-athletes on the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2016-17 academic year, the league office announced on Friday.

Sixteen EKU student-athletes appeared on the Honor Roll for two sports, bringing the total number of selections to 130.

The men’s golf team (8) and the women’s track and field team (21) had more Honor Roll selections than any other OVC team in those sports.  The total women’s track and field team selections exceeded that of any other team from any other sport.

To earn Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition, recipients must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade-point-average and have been eligible and on the team throughout the competitive season in their chosen NCAA-sponsored sport(s) and used a season of competition.

Baseball (16)
Jacob Abbott
Jaxson Blair
Casey Collins
Nicholas Cumpston
Ben Fisher
Max Ford
Alex Holderbach
Nick Howie
Caleb Johnson
Miles Jones
Ryland Kerr
Nick Laster
Brian Mroz
Aaron Ochsenbein
Logan Starnes
Cole Warrenfeltz

Men’s Basketball (2)
Dillon Avare
Isaac McGlone

Women’s Basketball (8)
Amadi Brooks
Alexus Cooper
Mariah Massengill
Katie Pippen
Tae’Lour Richardson
Marcella Rocha
Zee Willix
Abby Wright

Men’s Cross-Country (7)
Samuel Abascal*
Jakob Abrahamsen*
Jamaine Coleman*
Henry Earl*
Amos Kosgey*
Jaime Perales*
Greyson Winiger*

Women’s Cross-Country (9)
Luisa Boschan*
Meggan Grams*
Katherine Grasberger*
Lauren Ossege*
Leah Polycarpou*
Ciara Scott*
Ann Tum*
Haley Yost*
Madison Zeitz*

Football (8)
Tim Boyle
Jeffery Canady
Henry Enyenihi
Cameron Fogle
Ben Hoff man
Avery Pitt
Lucas Williams
Keith Wrzuszczak

Men’s Golf (8)
Austin Bagshaw
Jared Brown
Kyle Jury
Edvin Lindgren
Erik Lindwall
Tyler Lippert
Travis Rose
Will Sallee

Women’s Golf (4)
Mikayla Hauck
Amanda Lindahl
Hannabeth Owens
Emilie Simmons

Women’s Soccer (16)
Mikayla Brillon
Emmi Carroll
Samantha Eastes
Kacy Eckley
Sutton Edwards
Jordan Foster
Larissa Heslop
Haley Kemper
Kirsten LaPlante
Lorah Pund
Idalys Rea
Cassie Smith
Makenna Sullivan
Erin Torrence
Allison Werner
Marian Wolski

Softball (7)
Brooke Harrison
Murphy McRoberts
Paige Murphy
Amber Murray
Mollie Paulick
Alex Sallberg
Kelly Wood

Men’s Tennis (3)
Sebastian Mueller
Romain Stoffels
Ramon Van Flymen

Women’s Tennis (4)
Sagung Putri Dwinta
Margaux Lacroix
Marina Marti Hernanz
Raquel Adriana Montalvo Perez

Men’s Track and Field (9)
Samuel Abascal*
Jakob Abrahamsen*
Jamaine Coleman*
Henry Earl*
Toby Howard
Amos Kosgey*
Jaime Perales*
Derayvon Thomas-Randle
Greyson Winiger*

Women’s Track and Field (21)
Luisa Boschan*
Darrian Botts
Nicole Goderwis
Meggan Grams*
Katherine Grasberger*
Ke’Asia Johnson-Bell
Megan Kiely
Heather Klusman
Hailey Lacy
Anna-Elizabeth Marcinek
Lauren Ossege*
Leah Polycarpou*
Rachel Rehkamp
Katelyn Richard
Chynna Savoy
Ciara Scott*
Maryssa Stewart
Samantha Tamplin
Ann Tum*
Haley Yost*
Madison Zeitz*

Volleyball (8)
Katelynn Caserma-Kloeble
Maria Ferragonio
Clairissa Hankinson
Ciera Koons
Mallory Maxwell
Chloe Rojas
Celina Sanks
Rachel Woody

* Student-athlete was a winner in multiple sports.

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2017 Hall Of Fame Class Announced

2017 Hall Of Fame Class Announced

Posted on 19 July 2017 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame 2017 induction class features eight distinguished individuals and a team of distinction. The class will be enshrined inside the EKU Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The 2017 induction class includes: Evy Abell McKemie (volleyball, 1975-78), Michael Haney (men’s basketball, 2001-05), Elroy Harris (football, 1985-88), Brad Morris (men’s golf, 1998-02), Dallas Robinson (men’s track and field, 2003-06), Charlotte Sizemore (women’s basketball, 1997-02), Jessie Small (football, 1985-89), Guy Strong (men’s basketball & baseball, 1955, 1967-73) and the 1982 football team.

The activities begin with a luncheon at noon. The group will also be recognized during the Colonels’ football game against Southeast Missouri later that day at 6 p.m.

Abell McKemie was a member of head coach Geri Polvino’s 1975 Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC) championship team in 1975. She also helped the team win the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Region II title in 1975. Abell McKemie was chosen all-state and all-region during her junior and senior years.

Haney concluded his career by earning first team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors and OVC Tournament MVP recognition after leading the Colonels to the conference tournament championship. He scored 1,289 points (11.4 ppg) and grabbed 783 rebounds during his career. Those numbers are 16th and eighth respectively in program history. In 2009, Haney was chosen to the EKU All-Century team.

Harris was a two-time first team All-OVC selection, the 1988 OVC Player of the Year and a first team All-America choice in 1988. He totaled 4,555 rushing yards and scored 58 touchdowns before being drafted in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks. He concluded his career as Eastern’s all-time leading rusher and now ranks second on that list. His 1,998 rushing yards and his 27 rushing touchdowns in 1988 are still program records. Harris is a member of the EKU All-Century Team.

Morris won three individual tournament titles his senior season in 2001-02 and was rated among the top five in the nation in scoring average during the fall season. He was chosen to the All-OVC team as a junior and a senior. His round of 65 at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational in September 2001 was the second lowest in program history at the time. His three-round total of 203 at the ECU Pirate Invitational a month later was a school record at the time. Morris was a four-time OVC Academic Medal of Honor winner and three-time Academic All-American.

Before representing the United States as a member of the bobsled team in the Winter Olympics, Robinson was a seven-time OVC Champion and the 2005 OVC Male Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. He holds the school record in the indoor 200-meter dash and owns the third-best program mark in the outdoor 200-meter.

Sizemore, a three-time All-OVC selection, is the seventh leading scorer in program history with 1,561 points. She also registered 611 rebounds, 343 assists and 228 steals. Sizemore is the only player in program history to accumulate more than 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals. The Hazard, Kentucky native still ranks among the top-10 in EKU history in field goals attempted (2nd), steals (4th), field goals (6th), scoring (7th), blocks (7th), three-point field goals attempted (7th), assists (8th), three-point field goals made (9th) and rebounds (10th).

Small was a two-time first team All-OVC selection for the Colonel defense. In 1988, he was selected to three All-America teams. Small still holds the EKU single season record for sacks with 13. In 1989, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round.

As a student-athlete, Strong played one year on the baseball team and two seasons on the basketball squad, helping EKU win the 1955 OVC basketball championship. He returned in 1967 as the Colonels’ head coach, leading the program to another OVC title in 1972. Strong was selected as the OVC Coach of the Year that season after Eastern tied for first in the conference with a 9-5 record and then beat Morehead State in a playoff game to secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1965. Strong’s team nearly upset Florida State in the first round, falling 83-81. The Seminoles would go on to reach the championship game.

The 1982 football team went undefeated in 13 games on its way to claiming the national championship. The Colonels were 7-0 in the OVC. Eastern beat Idaho, 38-30, and Tennessee State, 13-7, in the playoffs to advance to the title game for the fourth straight season. EKU completed the undefeated championship season with a 17-14 victory over Delaware.

For more information on the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, please contact Karl Park, Executive Director of the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, at 859-200-6686 or karl.park@eku.edu.

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4 In A Row, EKU Wins OVC Commissioner's Cup Again

4 In A Row, EKU Wins OVC Commissioner’s Cup Again

Posted on 30 May 2017 by admin


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the 2016-17 school year, its fourth consecutive all-sports title, the league office announced on Tuesday. The OVC Commissioner’s Cup is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in conference-sponsored championships.

It is the Colonels’ fourth-straight and fifth overall Commissioner’s Cup in the last six years. The award will be officially presented to university officials on Friday at the league’s annual Honors Brunch in Nashville.

“This is a tremendous honor for Eastern Kentucky University, its student-athletes and the coaching staffs,” EKU Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller said. “The Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup is something we take great pride in winning. Having won four straight and five of the last six is a true symbol of the hard work and dedication that Colonel student-athletes continue to display on an annual basis.”

Eastern Kentucky finished the year with 106.75 points, edging second-place Murray State (106.5) and third-place Belmont University (106.375) by less than half a point. It marked the closest margin of victory under the nine-year old scoring system.

EKU was bolstered by first-place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country and a tie for first place in women’s soccer. The Colonels also received points for top-three finishes from five other sports: men’s golf (second), women’s golf (second), men’s tennis (tie for second), men’s indoor track and field (tie for second) and women’s tennis (third).

Jacksonville State finished fourth with 103.875 points, followed by Tennessee Tech (101.5), Eastern Illinois (93.5), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (91.25), University of Tennessee at Martin (89), Southeast Missouri (84), Austin Peay (83.375), Morehead State (80) and Tennessee State (75.625).

Prior to the Commissioner’s Cup being instituted in 2008-09, the Colonels won an OVC-record 15 Men’s All-Sport Championships and seven Women’s All-Sport Championships.

The award (which started in 1962-63 for men’s sports and 1980-81 for women’s sports) was previously divided into a Men’s All-Sport Champion and a Women’s All-Sport Champion. Points were awarded for each of the 18 sponsored sports and each school was required to count its totals from each sport in its grand total.

Under the latest scoring system, schools are required to count point totals for four specific sports (football, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball) along with their next eight highest point totals from the remaining sports, regardless of gender. Belmont, Morehead State and SIUE, which do not compete in OVC football, count baseball as one of its four required sports.

The points system for scoring is as follows. For all sports (except rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track – which have fewer participating teams), the first place team earns 12 points, the second place team earns 11 points, etc. For rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track and field, the first-place team earns 12 points and subsequent point increments are calculated by dividing the total number of OVC member institutions by the number of institutions sponsoring the sport (for rifle that number is 2.4 less, for men’s indoor track that number is 2.0 less and for men’s outdoor track that number is 1.75 less). The scoring system also includes a bonus point for the winner of OVC Tournaments (soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball and baseball).

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EKU Wins Third-Straight OVC Commissioner's Cup

EKU Wins Third-Straight OVC Commissioner’s Cup

Posted on 05 June 2016 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University has won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the 2015-16 school year, the league office announced on Tuesday. The OVC Commissioner’s Cup is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in conference-sponsored championships.

It is the Colonels’ third-straight and fourth overall Commissioner’s Cup title in the last five years. The award was officially presented to university officials on June 3 at the league’s annual Honors Brunch in Nashville.

“Eastern Kentucky University, its student-athletes and its coaches take great pride in winning the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup,” EKU Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller said. “We are very proud to have been recognized as the top athletics department in the conference four of the last five years. This is truly a symbol of the hard work and dedication that Colonel student-athletes put into their teams each year.”

Eastern Kentucky finished the year with 116.5 points, edging second-place Eastern Illinois (115.25) by just over a point; that marked the closest margin of victory under the eight-year old scoring system (besting a 1.5 margin by EIU over two schools in 2010-11).

EKU was bolstered by first-place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country and women’s golf. The Colonels also received top-four regular season finishes from 10 other sports: men’s tennis (second), softball (second), women’s indoor track (third), women’s tennis (third), football (fourth), men’s golf (fourth), men’s indoor track (fourth), men’s outdoor track (fourth) and women’s basketball (fourth).

Murray State finished third with 103 points, followed by Jacksonville State (97), Southeast Missouri (95), Tennessee Tech (93.5), Belmont (93.25), Morehead State (90.5), UT Martin (88.5), Austin Peay and Tennessee State (82.5) and SIUE (80).

Prior to the Commissioner’s Cup being instituted in 2008-09, the Colonels won an OVC-record 15 Men’s All-Sport Championships and seven Women’s All-Sport Championships.

The award (which started in 1962-63 for men’s sports and 1980-81 for women’s sports) was previously divided into a Men’s All-Sport Champion and a Women’s All-Sport Champion. Points were awarded for each of the 18 sponsored sports and each school was required to count its totals from each sport in its grand total.

Under the latest scoring system, schools are required to count point totals for four specific sports (football, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball) along with their next eight highest point totals from the remaining sports, regardless of gender. Belmont, Morehead State and SIUE, which do not compete in OVC football, count baseball as one of its four required sports.

The points system for scoring is as follows. For all sports (except rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track – which have fewer participating teams), the first place team earns 12 points, the second place team earns 11 points, etc. For rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track and field, the first-place team earns 12 points and subsequent point increments are calculated by dividing the total number of OVC member institutions by the number of institutions sponsoring the sport (for rifle that number is 2.4 less, for men’s indoor track that number is 2.0 less and for men’s outdoor track that number is 1.75 less). The scoring system also includes a bonus point for the winner of OVC Tournaments (soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball and baseball).

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O'Bannon and Murray Named to All-OVC Teams

O’Bannon and Murray Named to All-OVC Teams

Posted on 02 March 2016 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – EKU’s Jalen O’Bannon and Shameekia Murray earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, the league announced Tuesday night from the awards banquet.

O’Bannon, a native of Memphis, Tennessee was named first team All-OVC and was named to the All-Newcomer Team. She averaged 17.4 points-per-game this season, ranking fifth in the conference. She led the OVC in rebounding with 10.0 rebounds-per-game ranking 27th nationally.

Her 15 double-doubles on the year rank 14th in the country and is one shy of tying the program record set by Tina Cottle in the 1984-85 season.

O’Bannon claimed the OVC Newcomer of the Week award nine times this season, setting an EKU record and tying the conference record set by Tatiano Concerao of Southeast Missouri State during the 2004-05 season.

She also finished top-10 in four other statistical categories in her first season on the floor for the Colonels.

O’Bannon is the only Colonel to be named first team All-OVC and to the All-Newcomer team since the newcomer selection began in 2005-06. Three Colonels have earned second team All-OVC nods and been named to the newcomer team including Murray.

Murray, a native of Claxton, Georgia, was named second team All-OVC for the second straight year as a Colonel. She earned the honor last season in addition to being named to the OVC All-Newcomer team, after transferring from South Georgia Technical College.

Murray finished the 2015-2016 regular season eighth in the conference in scoring with 14.3 points-per-game while pulling down 5.3 rebounds and dishing out 2.7 assists-per-game. She shot a team-best 78 percent from the free-throw line that was ninth-best in the conference.

Her 34-point performance on 13-of-19 (68 percent) shooting from the floor in EKU’s 88-82 win over Saint Francis this season marks a career-high for the senior. In only her second season with the program, Murray has amassed 749 career points (14.1 ppg) in 53 career games, while shooting 44.9 percent from the floor.

Murray has scored in double figures in 20 of EKU’s games this season and 39 times as a Colonel.

EKU will take on the Austin Peay Lady Governors in the first round of the OVC Tournament on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

 

2015-16 All-Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Teams
(voted on by the league’s head basketball coaches and sports information directors)

FIRST TEAM
Shronda Butts, SIUE
Tiasha Gray, Austin Peay
Samaria Howard, Tennessee Tech
Haley Howard, UT Martin
Jalen O’Bannon, Eastern Kentucky 
Ke’Shunan James, Murray State
Kylee Smith, Belmont
Jayda Johnson, Tennessee State
Sally McCabe, Belmont
Darby Maggard, Belmont

SECOND TEAM
Jessy Ward, UT Martin
Bri Mitchell, Southeast Missouri
Brianna McQueen, Morehead State
Shameekia Murray, Eastern Kentucky
I’mani Davis, Tennessee State

ALL-NEWCOMER
Jalen O’Bannon, Eastern Kentucky
Kylee Smith, Belmont
Darby Maggard, Belmont
Brinna McQueen, Morehead State
Myah Taylor, UT Martin

OVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Shronda Butts, SIUE
OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Darby Maggard, Belmont
CO-OVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sally McCabe, Belmont; CoCo Moore, SIUE
OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Kevin McMillan, UT Martin

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Three Colonels Named All-OVC, Mayo Freshman of the Year

Three Colonels Named All-OVC, Mayo Freshman of the Year

Posted on 02 March 2016 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University’s Nick Mayo has been voted first team All-Ohio Valley Conference and the league’s Freshman of the Year, while senior Jarelle Reischel and junior JaVontae Hawkins have been voted second team All-OVC, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Mayo and Reischel were also named to the five-person OVC All-Newcomer Team.

Mayo made an immediate impact for Eastern in his first year in the league, emerging as one of the top freshmen in the country. The 6-9 forward was the only Colonel to start all 31 games, averaging 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks/game while hitting 60.7 percent from the field, 55.6 percent from three-point range and 80.2 percent from the free throw line.

Mayo’s field goal percentage ranked him fourth in the OVC and 18th nationally. He ranked second in field goal percentage and 18th in total points (450) among all freshmen in the country.

Mayo scored 20-plus points on eight occasions, including a season-best 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting at SIUE on Jan. 16. He added three double-doubles, including 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks against Morehead State on Jan. 30. Mayo had 11 games where he shot 70 percent or better from the field with a minimum of five shot attempts.

In OVC-only games, the native of Oakland, Maine upped his scoring average to 16.6 points/game, which ranked ninth in the league. In those 16 contests he also ranked fourth in field goal percentage (61.7) and fifth in blocks (1.4/game).

Mayo was named OVC Freshman of the Week nine times during the year, the second-most single-season awards in the history of the award. He is the fourth different Colonel player to be named OVC Freshman of the Year and first since Adam Leonard shared the award in 2006-07.

He is one of only two freshmen in the last five years to be named first team All-OVC, joining former Murray State guard and NBA first round draft pick Cameron Payne (2013-14).

Reischel transferred to EKU from Rhode Island in May, and he quickly blossomed into one of the best all-around players in the country under head coach Dan McHale. The 6-7 wing was the first player in America to reach 300 points, 100 rebounds and 50 assists this season, and he finished the season as EKU’s leading scorer and the OVC’s third-leading scorer (17.9 points/game). He also ranked in the top-15 in the OVC in rebounds (6.8 rebounds/game), free throw percentage (78.4), assists (3.2 assists/game) and steals (1.7 steals/game).

The native of Frankfurt, Germany scored a career-high 37 points versus Longwood on Nov. 22 and he just missed the first triple-double in EKU history versus Thomas More on Nov. 25, recording 16 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.

He scored his 1,000th collegiate point in EKU’s season finale at Tennessee Tech.

Hawkins ranked fifth in the league in scoring (17.0 points/game), 11th in field goal percentage (50.1) and 14th in free throw percentage (76.5) as a junior. The transfer from South Florida also averaged 4.8 rebounds/game, 2.1 assists/game and 1.0 steals/game.

He was named the national Mid-Major Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on Nov. 23 after averaging 20.3 points/game, 4.3 rebounds/game and 3.0 assists/game in three Colonel wins at the @EKUHoops Classic at McBrayer Arena.

Hawkins earned OVC Player of the Week honors after averaging 30.0 points/game over EKU’s historic road swing through Nashville in early February. The 6-5 wing from Flint, Michigan poured in a career-high 36 points in a 97-81 win at Tennessee State on Feb. 4 and, two nights later, scored a team-best 24 points to help the Colonels hand Belmont their first-ever OVC home loss, 88-78.

Against nationally-ranked Kentucky on Dec. 9, Hawkins led EKU with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. He notched his first-career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 91-88 win over conference foe Jacksonville State on Jan. 21.

Hawkins scored in double figures in all but three games in which he appeared this season.

EKU is the only team in the OVC with three players represented on both the first and second all-conference teams.

Belmont’s Evan Bradds was named the OVC Player of the Year, Tennessee State’s Tahjere McCall was named the OVC Defensive Player of the Year and TSU’s Dana Ford was named the OVC Coach of the Year.

 

OVC Player of the Year: Evan Bradds, Belmont
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State
OVC Freshman of the Year: Nick Mayo, Eastern Kentucky
OVC Coach of the Year: Dana Ford, Tennessee State
ALL-OVC FIRST TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL 
Evan Bradds, Belmont
Torrance Rowe, Tennessee Tech
Chris Horton, Austin Peay
Craig Bradshaw, Belmont
Twymond Howard, UT Martin
Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State
Keron DeShields, Tennessee State
Jeffery Moss, Murray State
Nick Mayo, Eastern Kentucky 
Trae Anderson, Eastern Illinois
ALL-OVC SECOND TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL
Jarelle Reischel, Eastern Kentucky
Ryan Martin, Tennessee Tech
Josh Robinson, Austin Peay
JaVontae Hawkins, Eastern Kentucky 
Corban Collins, Morehead State
ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
NAME, SCHOOL
Keron DeShields, Tennessee State
Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State
Jarelle Reischel, Eastern Kentucky 
Nick Mayo, Eastern Kentucky
Ryan Martin, Tennessee Tech

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Nine Inducted Into EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Nine Inducted Into EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Posted on 27 September 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame enshrined its 10th induction class, featuring nine individuals, during a Saturday afternoon ceremony at the EKU Center for the Arts.

The 2015 induction class included: Demarkus Doss (men’s basketball, 1992-96), Jason Dunn (football, 1991-95), Beverly Brockman Games (women’s golf, 1992-97), Larry Kirksey (football, 1969-72), Jim Moberly (football, 1965-68), Robert Moore (baseball, 1985-87), Amy Clements Olsen (women’s cross country/track, 1991-95), Liz Guard Sellers (volleyball, 2002-05) and Matt Witt (men’s basketball, 2002-06).

The group was also recognized at halftime of the Colonels’ football game against Austin Peay.

For more information on the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, please contact Karl Park, Executive Director of the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, 859-200-6686 or karl.park@eku.edu.

Here are the biographies for the 2015 induction class:

Demarkus Doss (men’s basketball, 1992-96)
Doss was a four-year starter for coach Mike Calhoun’s EKU basketball team from 1992-96. He received all-conference recognition as a sophomore and as a senior when he was second-team All-OVC after finishing the season in the top 10 in the conference in four categories – scoring (9th); three-point percentage (4th); steals (5th); and assists (10th). He finished his stellar career at Eastern as the school’s 11th all-time leading scorer with 1,442 points and the fifth all-time leading steals leader with 172. For his career, he averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 107 Colonel contests. He also closed his stay at Eastern with an impressive 37.8 percentage from three-point range including hitting 52 threes his senior year and finishing fourth in the conference in percentage. As a sophomore, he was honorable mention All-OVC and led EKU with 35 dunks, including an unbelievable seven versus Tennessee Tech when he scored 34 points. As a junior and a senior, he finished both years as the ninth-leading scorer in the OVC, averaging 16.0 points as a junior and 16.4 points as a senior. In addition to scoring 1,442 points, he finished his career with 597 rebounds, 228 assists, 172 steals and 97 dunks. After leaving EKU in 1996, he played in France for St. Thomas Le Harve. Following a stint of playing basketball in France, he played briefly in 1999 with the CBA Grand Rapids Hoops. Later that season, he finished the year with the Dakota Wizards, an IBA team, which had the league’s best record and finished as Western Conference champions as he was voted Most Valuable Player. In 2000-2005, he worked at a DeDe Wallace alternative school for challenged kids. Later in 2005, he worked at the Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation community center for adults and kids. He became Director of the Looby Community Center in Nashville in 2012.

Jason Dunn (football, 1991-95)
Dunn played four seasons for coach Roy Kidd’s Colonel football team in the early 90’s before playing 12 seasons in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. After beginning his Eastern career in 1991 at defensive end where he totaled 14 tackles and 14 assists, he was injured in the 1992 season and received a medical redshirt. Coming back as a sophomore in 1993, he moved to tight end and had 11 receptions for 155 yards. He also totaled 109 yards rushing from his tight end position, scoring one touchdown on a reverse and was named second-team All-OVC in helping lead Eastern to a berth in the I-AA playoffs. His junior season he caught 14 passes for 278 yards with one touchdown and added 60 yards rushing. He closed his Colonel career in 1995 with 20 receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns and also added 57 yards rushing and one touchdown. He was drafted in the second round of the 1996 National Football League draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and caught 40 passes for 557 yards and four TD’s from 1996-98. Sitting out the 1999 season with an injury, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs where he spent the last eight years of his pro career, retiring in 2007. His career totals with the Chiefs included 41 catches for 353 yards and seven TD’s. He was inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and was a member of EKU’s All-Century Football Team chosen in 2009. He has served as an assistant coach at Kentucky State University for the past two seasons, working as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.

Beverly Brockman Games (women’s golf, 1992-97)
Games was a four-year letter winner for coach Sandy Martin’s EKU women’s golf team from 1994-97. She began her career in the fall of 1993 when Eastern instituted women’s golf into its intercollegiate athletics lineup by winning three of the six tournaments in which Eastern competed. She followed that up in the spring of her freshman season by capturing the individual title at the OVC Tournament by four strokes and being named OVC Women’s Golfer of the Year as she led EKU to a second-place finish in the OVC Tourney. As a sophomore, in 19 rounds of golf played, she was ranked 272nd in the nation, as she won three more tourneys improving her scoring average by 5.6 shots per round. In her junior season, she captured her second OVC individual medalist title by winning the conference tournament by eight strokes with a three-round title of 229. She led Eastern to its first OVC women’s golf championship with a three-stroke victory over Tennessee Tech. In being named OVC Women’s Golfer of the Year, she finished the year ranked 320th in the nation and won four individual titles in the 10 tourneys in which EKU competed. Her senior season in 1997 produced her third conference individual championship and OVC Golfer of the Year award as she had the highest national ranking of her career, closing the year ranked 118th through 22 rounds of golf. She won the OVC Tournament by four strokes, posting a final 54-hole total of 232. She closed her collegiate career in grand fashion winning her last four tournaments. She was also named EKU Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 1997 among all sports

Larry Kirksey (football, 1969-72)
Kirksey was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for coach Roy Kidd’s Colonel football team from 1969-72 where he played wide receiver. His best season was his senior year when he caught 32 passes for 502 yards. Following his graduation from Eastern in 1974, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Miami University for three seasons. From 1977-81, he coached wide receivers and tight ends at Kentucky, the same post he held the following year with Kansas. In 1983 he was head coach at Kentucky State University before returning to the Southeastern Conference at Florida from 1984-88 as running backs coach. Other collegiate coaching stints for this inductee included Pittsburgh (1989), Alabama (1990-93), Texas A&M (2000) and Middle Tennessee (2006). In 1994, he began his NFL career as wide receivers coach for the San Francisco 49’ers, coaching the NFL’s all-time reception and receiving yards leader, Jerry Rice. Under his tutelage, Rice set an NFL record with 1,848 receiving yards and had a career-high 122 receptions in 1995. San Francisco’s receivers set a Super Bowl record in Super Bowl XXIX with six touchdown catches, including three by Rice. In his stint at Alabama, he helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992. He is a former NFL coach with 17 years experience in the League with stints with the 49’ers, the Lions, the Jaguars, the Broncos and most recently, a seven-year stint with the Houston Texans. In these seven seasons, Andre Johnson averaged an NFL-best 93.6 yards per game, led the league in receiving yards in 2008 and 2009 and led the NFL in receptions in 2008. He was out of coaching in 2005 while serving as deputy executive director of the Kentucky Sports Authority before returning to coaching in 2006 as assistant head coach at Middle Tennessee, helping lead them to the Sun Belt Conference crown.

Jim Moberly (football, 1965-68)
Moberly started all four years (1965-68) for coach Roy Kidd’s football team at linebacker and was part of two Ohio Valley Conference championship teams and the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl championship team. He began his career starting for Eastern midway through his 1965 freshman season as EKU finished 4-4-1. The Maroons finished fourth in the league in team defense that year, allowing just 278 yards per contest. As a sophomore, the Colonels finished 7-3 overall and ended up 15th in the final UPI poll for small colleges. Eastern grew a reputation as a tough defense that season after leading the league in scoring defense (10.8 ppg.) and overall team defense (203.8 ypg.). His junior season produced one of the all-time great Colonel teams as Eastern finished 8-1-2 overall and undefeated in conference play in winning Kidd’s first league title and the school’s third overall. The ’67 season culminated when Eastern defeated Ball State 27-13 in the Grantland Rice Bowl to capture the NCAA’s 10-state Mideast Region championship. While averaging 25.3 points per game on offense, this inductee and his defensive counterparts did their parts, allowing a conference-best 7.5 ppg. EKU also closed the year second in team defense, giving up just 228.1 yards per game. In his senior year of 1968, Eastern was 8-2 and finished undefeated in conference play for the second straight year in winning its second consecutive OVC title. Again finishing second in team defense in final league stats, he was chosen as a first-team All-OVC selection. He is a former president of the Colonel Club and is also one of the founding fathers of Eastern’s football boosters club, the Worn Cleat Club.

Robert Moore (baseball, 1985-87)
Moore played three seasons for coach Jim Ward’s EKU baseball team before signing a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals. He had an outstanding career at Eastern which led to him holding four single season school records, including most games played (68), at bats (266), consecutive hits (12) and doubles (26). His most impressive season came in 1987 when he was named a second-team All-American and an NCAA All-South Region player. That season he was also named OVC Northern Division Player of the Year after batting .433. A three-time first-team All-OVC selection, he was collegiate baseball’s toughest player to strikeout with only three strikeouts in 165 at bats in 1987. While at Eastern, the Colonels won 104 games in three seasons, topped by a school-record 42-29 record in 1985 when EKU advanced to NCAA regional play. He played 10 seasons of professional baseball, compiling a .279 career batting average and recording 175 saves. His best seasons in minor league baseball were the 1987 season with Class A Eugene where he batted .374 and the 1994 year with Class AAA Richmond where he finished the year at .366. In September of 1991, he made his major league debut, playing for the Kansas City Royals and hitting .357 with a double and three steals. He is currently in his ninth season as hitting coach with the Class A farm team of the Atlanta Braves, the Rome Braves. His inaugural season of professional coaching was 1997 when he served as the coach with the Braves Single-A affiliate of the Northwest League. He also spent three seasons with the Lynchburg Hillcats where he helped lead that team to the Carolina League title. Before joining the Rome Braves, he spent two seasons as a coach with Braves Single-A affiliate in Greenville.

Amy Clements Olsen (women’s cross country/track, 1991-95)
Olsen was a four-year letter winner for coach Rick Erdmann’s women’s cross country and track teams from 1991-95. She began her Eastern career in grand fashion by winning the OVC cross country championship, finishing the 5,000-meter course in first place in a time of 18:06. She repeated this feat of being named OVC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year her sophomore and her senior years in helping Eastern continue its string of OVC women’s cross country titles to 18 in a row from 1982-1999. During her four-year career, she was chosen as OVC Female Cross Country Runner of the Week seven times. Her success continued during her track seasons as she did her part in leading EKU to two OVC outdoor titles and one conference indoor championship. During her four-year EKU career, she was a four-time OVC outdoor champion in the 3,000-meter run and set a school record in the 10,000-meter run. She also won the 1993 indoor title in the 3,000-meter run and captured three league medals in the 5,000-meter run (1993 and 1995 indoor and the 1993 outdoor). Other achievements at Eastern included being named a three-time EKU Sportswoman of the Year in Cross Country; Outstanding Senior in Physical Education; Top senior in the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics; the EKU Milestone Yearbook’s Hall of Fame Winner; and was one of 10 Finalists for the 1995 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She was also one of only six athletes to be chosen as a 1993-94 OVC Scholar Athlete of the Year, won the OVC Medal of Honor that season and was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. She recently served as the head cross country coach and a member of the adjunct faculty at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, beginning the initial cross country team there in 2005. She led her 2013 and 2014 squads to back-to-back USA South Championship titles and earned Coach of the Year honors each year. The 2014 Avenging Angels earned the program’s third consecutive national Division III All-Academic recognition from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Her teams made a steady climb up the ranks in the USA South Athletic Conference with a second-place finish in the 2012 championships. Meredith captured consecutive fourth place finishes during the program’s first three years as a member of the conference. The 2006 team completed a third place finish in the USA South as a non-conference member and won the Division III State Championship in 2005. She came to Meredith from NCAA Division I member Duke University where she served two years as the women’s cross country/track assistant coach. During her time there, they finished as the NCAA cross country national runner-up in 2005. Previously, she served five years as head cross country/ track coach at Charleston Southern University. She also served two years as graduate assistant coach at Northern Arizona University. While she was at NAU, the men’s and women’s teams finished in the top 10 in the NCAA cross country championships. Olsen holds a Master of Arts in exercise science from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Eastern Kentucky University. She spends her spare time in the Raleigh area as a volunteer, counselor and committee member in various civic and church organizations and camps.

Liz Guard Sellers (volleyball, 2002-05)
Sellers was a four-year starter from 2002-05 for coach Lori Duncan’s EKU volleyball team. She began her career at Eastern in grand style being named to the OVC All-Freshman Team after she finished second on the team with 85 total blocks. As a sophomore, she was named first team All-OVC after a season in which she led Eastern in six statistical categories and accounted for a team-best 4.29 points per game. Her 447 kills placed her sixth on Eastern’s all-time single season charts. She was again named first-team all-conference her junior season and was selected to the 2004 All-OVC Tournament Team after leading the Colonels to a regular-season OVC co-championship and an OVC Tourney title. She ranked 18th nationally in hitting percentage in 2004, leading the OVC and setting an EKU record with her .387 mark. The Colonels finished 27-5 that season and were eliminated in the NCAA Tournament by Tennessee. She also topped the OVC in hitting percentage and finished second on the team in kills with 449. She also was named the team’s Best Offensive Player and received the squad’s Most Inspirational Attitude /Work Ethic award. As a senior, she was a driving force in guiding the Colonels to another OVC regular season co-championship as Eastern finished 23-7. She was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American after being named to the All-Midwest Region Team and the OVC’s All-Tournament Team. She was the first player in program history to be named an All-American. She holds two school records – single season hitting percentage of .387 set as a junior and a fabulous career hitting percentage of .311. She is also listed among Eastern’s top 10 performances in seven other offensive categories. Her senior season, she was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, Best Offensive Player and received the squad’s Most Inspirational Leader award. She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and her Masters of Science in physical education and sport administration from EKU. She recently concluded a five-year stay at EKU in 2014, where she had served as an assistant coach for the Colonel volleyball team.

Matt Witt (men’s basketball, 2002-06)
Witt was a four-year starter at EKU from 2002-2006 and ended his career as Eastern’s all-time leading scorer with 1,832 points. He came to EKU after becoming the only player in the state of Ohio’s rich high school tradition to score more than 2,000 points and hand out more than 500 assists. He made a bang right out of the gate, being named OVC Freshman of the Year and OVC Rookie of the Week an amazing 11 times while scoring 13.6 points per game. As a sophomore in averaged a team-leading 15.6 points a game, was second in the conference in assists while being named to the All-OVC second team and to the OVC All Tournament squad. During that year, he also hit 39.8 percent from three-point range while canning 70 long range shots. His junior season was a special season as he scored in double figures 23 of 31 games and was a driving force on coach Travis Ford’s NCAA Tournament team that gave highly-ranked Kentucky a scare in a 72-64. He scored a team-high 21 points. He closed out that season second in the OVC in assists and 20th in the nation in assists with his 6.26 assists per game average. His senior season, he finished the year as the OVC’s third tops scorer with 18.5 points per game. He made 97 three-pointers, hit 80.4 percent from the free throw line and was named second-team All-OVC. He is the EKU career leader in three-pointers made with 283, is second in Colonel history with 630 career assists, which is also fourth most in OVC history. He was chosen to Eastern’s All-Century Team in 2009 and played basketball in Europe for six seasons where he led his team in scoring and assists five of those years. He played his first two years for teams in Germany and The Netherlands where he averaged 17.6 and 16.4 points per game. His next four seasons, he played for teams in Spain where he turned in a fantastic 2010-11 season for Club Balencesto Clavijo in leading them to the regular season title and the league cup championship. That season, his 17.0 points and 6.5 assists per contest led the league as he was chosen Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.

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Sunbelt passes on the Colonels

Sunbelt passes on the Colonels

Posted on 31 August 2015 by admin

The Maroon Nation has learned that the Sunbelt Conference will not offer Eastern Kentucky University an invite to join the conference. Sunbelt conference members met Sunday in Dallas to vote on expansion. The Colonels were up for a vote along with Coastal Carolina of the Big South Conference and New Mexico State. New Mexico State currently is a football member only in the Sunbelt Conference. Sources say that President Benson got the call last night from the conference informing him of the conference’s decision. Several twitter reports are pointing to Coastal Carolina getting the invite.

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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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Lochmueller named new Athletic Director

Posted on 27 March 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Steve Lochmueller, already a familiar name to many Kentuckians, brings an entrepreneurial vision, business savvy and proven leadership skills in diverse settings as the next Director of Athletics at Eastern Kentucky University.

In announcing the decision on Friday, March 27, EKU President Michael Benson said Lochmueller’s “unique skill set” makes him ideally suited for the position.

“Steve is the son of a former student-athlete, coach and teacher; played college basketball at the highest level under legendary coaches; and has served on various athletics-affiliated boards,” Benson noted. “He has been around athletics his entire life in many different roles and understands the broad spectrum that is intercollegiate athletics. Add to that his extensive business experience and his vast array of contacts within the Commonwealth and beyond, and I believe we have in Steve Lochmueller a leader who can imbue our athletics operation with a business mindset focused on resource and revenue generation.”

Lochmueller will start in April, with an annual base salary of $180,000. He succeeds Mark Sandy, who resigned earlier this year to take a similar position at Ball State University.

Most of Lochmueller’s career has been spent as an executive in the telecommunications field. He has served as general manager for GTE Telecommunications, vice president and general manager for Horizon Cellular, vice president for Pre-Cellular, area general manager for Nextel Partners, regional vice president for Leap Wireless, and chief operating officer, president and chief executive officer for Lightyear Network Solutions. He also served from 1992 to 1993 as a liaison for technology and communications with the Kentucky Governor’s Office and CEO and owner of Sumerset Houseboats from 2003 to 2009. Currently, as president of Direct Attention Inc., he provides consulting services to several clients in various fields.

“I’m honored to be the next Athletics Director at EKU,” Lochmueller said. “President Benson has infused EKU with an energy that is palpable around the Commonwealth and beyond. I cannot express how excited I am to join the Colonel Nation. It is a program with a rich championship history and enormous future potential.

“Among my first priorities will be to bolster our already strong leadership team to make sure we have the necessary administrative structure in place to achieve our lofty goals,” Lochmueller added. “We will aim to give our coaches the necessary resources to build and sustain championship programs with student-athletes who make us proud in the classroom, on the playing fields and courts, and in the community.”

Benson extended his “sincere thanks to Dan McBride, a longtime and faithful Colonel, for his leadership as Interim Athletics Director. He and many others within the Department helped guide our program in recent months as we conducted this important search.”

Lochmueller, one of the last players to participate in both basketball and football at UK, was a member of the University’s famed 1971 “Super Kittens” recruiting class, which was undefeated as freshmen and ranked No. 1 in the nation. The 6-foot-7 center/forward helped lead his Wildcat teams to an SEC regular-season championship and NCAA Elite Eight during his career. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in general studies from UK. A native of Tell City, Ind., an Ohio River community just east of Owensboro, Lochmueller is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lochmueller also has been very active in civic affairs. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce; The Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass, which he served as treasurer and vice president; the Kentucky Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America; The Kentucky Council on Economic Education; University of Kentucky Athletics; University of Kentucky Basketball Museum; Somerset-Pulaski County Development Foundation; The Houseboat Industry Association; and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. In addition, he was appointed by Gov. Paul Patton as a member of the board working with Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lambert to nominate new judges in Fayette County. He was also chairman of the board of the statewide Commercial Mobile Radio Systems (CMRS) E911. Most recently, he served on the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board for six years and on the iHigh Inc. Board of Directors.

Nick Perlick, vice president for development and alumni relations at EKU, chaired the seven-member search committee that narrowed the field from more than 60 candidates attracted via a national search down to four finalists who visited the campus in March.

“I want to thank the search committee for its outstanding work as well as all those who participated in the process, including the many from the campus and community who attended the open forums to hear the finalists and share their own hopes and dreams for EKU Athletics,” Perlick said. “I am eager to welcome Steve to EKU and partner with him to advance our great University and Colonel Athletics.”

The other finalists were: Jude A. Killy, senior associate athletics director for external operations at Miami University (Ohio); Derrick Ramsey, director of athletics at Coppin State University; and Christopher Walker, associate athletics director for development at Washington State University. Each finalist spent two days on EKU’s Richmond campus for a series of meetings and forums.

One member of that search committee, Dr. Sheila Pressley, associate professor of environmental health sciences and faculty athletics representative, said Lochmueller “understands that athletics is an important component of our academic campus. He has the necessary skills and background to build incredible external relationships that will improve athletics and Eastern Kentucky University as an institution.”

College Football Hall of Fame Coach Roy Kidd, whose teams won 314 games and two national I-AA titles from 1964 to 2002, is likewise excited for the future of EKU Athletics. “I was really impressed with Steve,” Kidd said. “As a person, as a coach’s son, as a former Division I athlete and as an experienced business leader, he will be a heck of an asset for the University.”
Competing at the NCAA Division I level (FCS for football), EKU offers 17 varsity sports and earned the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the best overall performance in conference competition, in 2011-12 and again in 2013-14.

At the national level, EKU teams have qualified for 19 NCAA championship events spanning the last 10 years. The Colonel football team 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. 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. 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.

The University’s commitment to excellence on the fields and courts of competition and to the academic success of its student-athletes continues, Benson said.

“EKU Athletics will continue to focus on being wholly compliant, graduating our student athletes who represent EKU in the best possible light, and being competitive in every single sport,” Benson said. “But Steve will also help us focus on the importance of making our athletic department more sustainable while providing additional opportunities for our student athletes.”

Lochmueller currently resides in Lexington with his wife, Christi, and their twin children, Chase and Presley. He also has a grown daughter and son-in-law, Whitney and Steve Lawson, and one grandson, Jake.

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