Northeast Conference Campus Tour (June 29, 2012) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions
Bryant – The NEC Baseball Rookie of the Year is strutting his stuff in the NECBL. Bryant right-handed starting pitcher Kevin McAvoy is spending the summer as a member of the Keene Swamp Bats’ rotation and recently threw 6.2 innings of no-hit ball. McAvoy’s second start of the summer season ended with the Swamp Bats’ bullpen completing the no-hit bid. The effort landed McAvoy the NECBL Pitcher of the Week award. Read more.
Central Connecticut – It’s no surprise that CCSU head football coach Jeff McInerney is “fired up” for another season on the gridiron. After all, his Twitter handle is “JmFireUp_” for a reason. McInerney and the Blue Devils have released season ticket packages for purchase via the athletic department’s official website. CCSU kicks off the 2012 campaign against defending Big South champion Stony Brook on Sept. 1. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – With the season’s start two months away, Stacey Recanati announced the addition of five freshmen for the upcoming campaign. Jordon Collis, Allison Butler, Corey Lostetter, Maddie Gibbons and Grace Hong comprise Recanati’s latest recruiting class and will likely all be in uniform when the Knights open the season against UC Riverside on Aug. 24. Read more.
LIU Brooklyn – The borough’s newest head men’s basketball coach made an appearance at Brooklyn’s MCU Park earlier this week. The top assistant coach for the LIU Brooklyn teams that captured the past two NEC Tournament titles, Jack Perri moved over to the head of the bench when Jim Ferry left for Duquesne. On June 25, Perri was introduced to the local community when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Brooklyn Cyclones’ game against Hudson Valley. Read more.
Monmouth – Head football coach Kevin Callahan undoubtedly cracked a smile when he caught a glimpse of the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s (FCS ADA) list of APR honorees. The Hawks received recognition from the FCS ADA for compiling the highest APR score amongst the NEC’s nine football members. The APR Award recognizes one institution at each of the 14 FCS conferences that has the highest APR score. In addition, the Association also recognizes one institution from each conference that has improved the most from the previous year. Read more.
Mount St. Mary’s – Ashton Eaton is only days removed from his world record-setting performance in the Decathlon at the US Olympic Trails in Eugene, OR. No, Eaton is not a Mount alumunus, but his coach IS. Harry Marra competed for the Mountaineers’ track and field squad before graduating from the Mount in 1969. Read more.
Quinnipiac – The Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics and Recreation placed 57 student-athletes on the Northeast Conference 2012 Spring Academic Honor Roll. Of the 57 student-athletes, 13 were also named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll with women’s track & field placing a department-best seven student-athletes into that elite category. Read more.
Robert Morris – The Colonials combined for the highest collective grade-point average is the Northeast Conference during the 2011-12 academic year. As a result, RMU is the recipient of the Institutional Academic Award. Read more.
Sacred Heart – The number of Pioneers playing in collegiate baseball summer leagues swelled to nine earlier this week when Kody Kerski joined the Holyoke Blue Sox of the NECBL. Kerski has been the starting pitcher in each of Sacred Heart’s two NEC Tournament title-clinching contests. Read More.
St. Francis (NY) – The countdown has begun. St. Francis Athletics is counting down its Top 20 moments of the 2011-12 academic year in a feature on its official website. The first moment (No. 20) went to the women’s basketball program and head coach John Thurston. Read more.
Saint Francis (PA) – Carlin Chesick was a key contributor to the unprecedented run that Red Flash women’s basketball enjoyed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Competing for the Flash right in the middle of their string of nine NEC Tournament titles over a 10-year span, Chesick was an all-NEC player prior to her graduation in 2003 and is still involved in collegiate athletics today. An assistant commissioner at the NCAA Division II PSAC, Chesick was recently profiled in a special Title IX 40th anniversary series. Read more.
Wagner – The Seahawks continue to reach out even further into the community. A partnership was formed between Wagner athletics and Lifestyles For the Disabled earlier this spring, whereby members of the Lifestyles program visit with and interview a Wagner coach, athlete, or group of athletes, for approximately 30 minutes on a bi-weekly basis. Read more.