Bryant – The Sports Network, the national leader in NCAA FCS football coverage, released the names of 20 preseason candidates for the Walter Payton Award and veteran Bulldog running back Jordan Brown was amongst them. On his way to the 2011 NEC Offensive Player of the Year award, Brown totaled a national-best 1,815 rushing yards. A finalist for the 2011 Payton Award, the senior ball carrier will again take aim at the highest individual honor in FCS football. Read more.
Central Connecticut – The Blue Devils did it again! The CCSU swimming and diving program 2012 Scholar All-America Team Award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for their academic performance during the spring semester. Carrying a Team grade-point average in excess of 3.00, CCSU claimed the accolade for the third consecutive semester. Read more.
Fairleigh Dickinson – Head coach Seth Roland has recruited and coaches a number of successful international student-athletes during his time at the helm of FDU men’s soccer. Just this week, Roland announced the signing of Norwegian-born Jan Aubert who will join the Knights for the upcoming fall season. Aubert joins a seven-member class that will attempt to bring FDU back to the postseason for the 14th time in 16 years. Read more.
LIU Brooklyn – He’s struck gold at the NEC Track & Field Championships on a number of occasions and now he’ll try to do the same on the grandest of international stages. Former Blackbird distance runner Julius Mutekanga has earned a spot on the Uganda National Team for the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Mutekanga will take part in the 800 meter run beginning on August 6. Read more.
Monmouth – The Hawks will play their first-ever men’s lacrosse contest in 2014. In preparation for that historic moment, Monmouth named the program’s inaugural head coach. Rutgers alumnus Brian Fisher was introduced to the University community on July 10 after spending the past six seasons as an assistant at Notre Dame. Read more.
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Mount St. Mary’s – The Mount’s end-of-the-year countdown continues. Starting at No. 20, Mount St. Mary’s athletics is recapping its Top 20 Moments from the past academic year. Currently at No. 14, the most-recent post focuses on a memorable near-upset on the hardwood. Read more.
Quinnipiac – Tom Moore’s men’s basketball team has averaged 21 wins per season over the past three years and will have the chance to add to that string through the 2016-17 season. Quinnipiac gave Moore, a former UConn assistant, a contract extension that guarantees employment at the Hamden-based institution for the next five seasons. Read more.
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Robert Morris – Head coach Andy Toole made a move aimed at enhancing the Colonials’ frontcourt. Toole announced the transfer of 6-foot-7 forward Jervon Pressley from Towson to Robert Morris. Read more.
Sacred Heart – Ed Swanson will welcome two new assistant coaches onto his staff as the Pioneers attempt to defend their 2012 NEC Women’s Basketball title. Kelly Killion and Kara Powell will take seats on the SHU bench for the 2012-13 campaign, which tips off in early November. Read more.
St. Francis (NY) – The Terriers open up the 2012 slate on the pitch at UConn. Head men’s soccer coach Tom Giovatto recently released a finalized version of the team’s schedule and also set Alumni Day for Sept. 15. Read more.
Saint Francis (PA) – Working in the spirit of the institution’s service-oriented mission, the Red Flash men’s basketball team volunteered its time to work on a Habitat for Humanity project in Altoona earlier this week. Rob Krimmel and his players hung drywall, assembled cabinets and cleared brush from around the local home. Read more.
Wagner – You read about its first here on Overtime! Wagner Athletics, Shop Rite, and the Staten Island Advance have partnered in an extensive food drive aimed at donating 25 tons of food to Project Hospitality in the Port Richmond area of Staten Island. Read more.