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Division III notes: $500k gift supports wrestling post

A $6.2 million phase of Wabash’s continuing project to improve athletics and recreational facilities includes a new baseball stadium. See today’s Division III notes for details.
Sep 29, 2008 10:40:59 AM

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A former Augustana (Illinois) champion wrestler who with his wife led a television broadcasting company is endowing a position for the school’s wrestling coach.

Terry and Sandy Shockley are donors of a $500,000 gift to establish the first endowed head coaching position at Augustana, where he was a three-time league champion in the early 1960s and also was an NCAA regional champion. She also is a graduate of the college.

The Shockleys are long-time supporters of the wrestling program, having also funded the refurbishing of the wrestling room in Carver Physical Education Center in 2003.

“We have been truly blessed in our marriage and broadcasting careers to be in a position to extend our appreciation and loyalty to Augustana,” he said. “Our sport needs advocates.”

Eric Juergens, a two-time Division I champion wrestler at Iowa, is the first coach to occupy the Terry and Sandy Shockley Head Wrestling Coach position.

“Generations of Augustana wrestlers will benefit from their decision to endow a first-class wrestling program,” said Steve Bahls, the college’s president.

Wabash upgrading outdoor facilities

Efforts are underway at Wabash to raise $6.2 million to upgrade the college’s outdoor athletics facilities – a campaign that will wrap up work that began seven years ago at the school.

The newest phase of improvement of the college’s intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and recreational sports facilities includes construction of a baseball stadium and upgrading Mud Hollow Field, the school’s soccer venue, by adding seating, a synthetic playing surface, press box and restrooms. Mud Hollow also will feature synthetic-turf fields for football practice and intramural sports, as well as a grass field that can be used for practices and for field events during track and field season.

The school also will install a new playing surface in Byron P. Hollett Little Giant Stadium. Renovation of the Collett Tennis Center already has begun.

“It provides state-of-the-art NCAA competition facilities, yes, but it is much more than that,” said Joe Emmick, Wabash dean for advancement, of the project. “It improves the health and safety of our varsity and intramural athletes; it excites young men, even those who are not varsity athletes, about Wabash College (a single-gender institution); it dramatically improves the look of the south and west sides of our campus; and it is an opportunity for us to engage a very loyal segment of our alumni base.”

Plans call for work to be finished at the start of the 2009-10 school year.

Blue Knights add lacrosse programs

Mount Saint Mary (New York) will field men’s and women’s lacrosse teams as club programs in 2009-10, then sponsor varsity programs a year later.

The actions will increase the school’s sports sponsorship to 15 sports.

“A well-rounded sports program develops teamwork and skills in both the athletics and academic arenas,” said Father Kevin E. Mackin, the school’s new president. “I’ve seen those benefits, and I fully support the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse teams to the Mount’s vital offerings for student development.”

The teams will compete in the Skyline Conference.

Milestones: Oneonta State and Montclair State

Oneonta State women’s volleyball coach Colleen Cashman recently recorded her 250th win, and Montclair State men’s soccer coach Brian Sentowski notched his 100th victory.

Cashman is in her 10th season at Oneonta. She collected her first 44 victories during two seasons at Binghamton.

Sentowski is in his seventh season at Montclair State, which has won two straight New Jersey Athletic Conference championships.

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