NEC Campus Tour (September 2, 2011) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Bryant – Shawn M. Nassaney will never be forgotten.  The Pawtucket, Rhode Island native, who was a two-time recipient of the Bulldog Award during his days as a distance runner at Bryant, left this world way too soon as he, and thousands of others, perished on September 11, 2001.  Established in his honor, the Shawn M. Nassaney Race/Walk has become an annual event and this year’s installment will take place at Bryant on September 10, 2011.  Read moreVisit the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Foundation’s official website.

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Central Connecticut – It’s been a busy week for head coach Jeff McInerney as his Blue Devils prepare to kick off another season on the gridiron against Southern Connecticut.  CCSUbluedevils.com captured some photos from Tuesday’s practice and then sat down with the head coach on Friday afternoon for the first-ever live version of Open Mac.  Read more. 

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Fairleigh Dickinson – Two pieces of coaching news have come out of Fairleigh Dickinson today.  Montreal native Marco Masucci has joined FDU’s women’s soccer program as an assistant coach to Renee Montana.  Read more.  Meanwhile, former four-time All-American bowler Erica Perez, who helped FDU to the 2010 NCAA national championship, will be on the sidelines for NEC associate member Adelphi this upcoming season as an assistant to Bob Cincotta. Read more.

Long Island – The defending NEC champion Blackbirds officially released their 2011-12 men’s basketball schedules.  Jim Ferry & Co. will play nine of its first 10 games away from home with a schedule that features games against three fellow 2011 NCAA Tournament participants as well as an appearance in the National Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off TournamentRead more.

Monmouth – Former all-NEC hurler Brad Brach has made it to “The Show.”  Two days after he was named the Pacific Coast League’s Player of the Week, the San Diego Padres called Brach up to the Majors from AAA ball and the New Jersey native went right to work.  In his first career MLB appearance, Brack threw 1.1 scoreless innings and struck out three against LA in historic Dodger Stadium.  Read more. 

Mount St. Mary’s – Mount fans will have the opportunity to see all men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse home games live on the worldwide web.  Earlier in the week, the school’s athletic department announced a partnership with the Pack Network and the launch of MountAthletics.TV as a platform to broadcast the aforementioned sports.  Read more.

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Quinnipiac – There will be a lot of gold in Hamden on Friday.  Quinnipiac will again participate in National Wear Your Colors Day as its athletic teams will wear Bobcat Gold on Friday, September 2, 2011, and the athletic department is urging the entire campus community to follow suit.  Read more.

Robert Morris — Joe Walton will lead the Colonials onto the gridiron for the 18th consecutive season when Robert Morris hosts Dayton on Saturday at 12:00 pm.  The defending NEC champion Colonials will begin their quest for a second straight trip to the FCS playoffs against a team that has had their number of late.  Dayton has defeated RMU in each of the past five seasons.  As for season openers, Robert Morris owns a 9-8 all-time record, including a 6-1 mark at home. Read more.

Sacred Heart — The Ballpark at Harbor Yard will host the annual SHU Baseball Alumni Game on September 24.  Head coach Nick Giaquinto, whom some may know as a Super Bowl champion from his NFL playing days with the Washington Redskins, finalized the Alumni Day intinerary this week.  Giaquinto and the Pioneers are the NEC’s defending champions on the diamond. Read more.

St. Francis (NY) — Someone pulled the plug on the Terriers’ latest men’s soccer game, literally.  St. Francis and UMBC were playing to a scoreless tie when a power outage ensued in the 72nd minute.  When power could not be restored, the result was made official since the game was past the 70-minute mark as per NCAA rules.  Read more.

Saint Francis (PA) — Lindsay Harker is now the full-time head cheerling coach at SFU. Associate AD Jim Brazill made the announcement on September 1. Read more.

Wagner — Walt Hameline’s Seahawks kick off another campaign on the gridiron when Saint Francis (PA) visits Grymes Hill on Saturday.  In advance of the game, WagnerAthletics.com has posted a season outlook.  Read more.

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