Division III Notes
Sports sponsorship: Polytechnic (New York) will sponsor women’s lacrosse beginning in spring 2009, boosting the number of sports it sponsors to 16 (eight for men, eight for women). The addition will give the Skyline Conference seven women’s lacrosse programs, and the league will gain an eighth team in the sport in 2010 with Bard’s previously announced plans to add the sport. Bob Eakins, who coached Penn Yan Academy to three New York state lacrosse championships, will coach what he says will be a “young but extremely athletic team” that will “provide a lot of excitement for Poly fans.”
Facilities: St. John’s (Minnesota) will play next year on a refinished and redesigned basketball court that will be named for head coach Jim Smith and his wife, Adrienne. The school formally will dedicate the court at its first regular-season game November 22, when Smith begins his 45th season as men’s basketball coach just 15 victories short of achieving the 700-win milestone. “Over the years, Jim has been a record-setting coach but even more importantly he has demonstrated his character, commitment, dedication and genuine humility at every turn, “ said St. John’s president, Brother Dietrich Reinhart. “And, of course, Adrienne has been with him every step of the way. It is fitting that this beautiful court is named in honor of this most distinguished couple.” The renovation was made possible by support from a group of former Johnnie basketball players led by 1955 graduate Bill Sexton, who didn’t play for Smith but expressed admiration for the long-time mentor and his coaching philosophy. “It’s not just about winning, though his teams have certainly had their share of victories,” he said. “Rather it’s about teamwork, sportsmanship, character and other life lessons.” Smith is the most victorious coach in Minnesota collegiate basketball. “Having a basketball court named in our honor in Sexton Arena is just a fantastic thing,” he said. “I’m honored and humbled and everything else in regards to it. It is a wonderful thing.”
Miscellaneous: Wisconsin Lutheran launched a new athletics Web site last week, following a complete redesign that incorporated such enhanced features as student-athlete biographies, mailing lists, fan polls, a recruiting questionnaire and more photography. “Wlcsports.com will give us the ability to develop a cutting-edge athletics site while also providing the opportunity for us to increase revenue,” said Skip Noon, the school’s director of athletics. “With all the added features and time-saving maintenance, our student-athletes and fans will have a more enjoyable experience on the Web.” The site is the first at a Division III institution involving athleticsite.com, a South Carolina-based Web site partner that hosts sites for 24 schools and conferences around the country … Sam Atkinson, director of sports information at Salisbury, recently became the second SID honored by PrestoSports, a provider of athletics content-management software, for making significant contributions to the development of the company’s products. Atkinson received the “PrestoSports Sixth Man” award for providing feedback on the integration of live statistics into schedules on the recently created Salisbury Web site and throughout the company’s network. The company honors clients who offer feedback for new features, troubleshoot potential concerns with new technology or otherwise add to the network. Rusty Eggen, assistant sports information director at Worcester Polytechnic, was the first honoree.
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