Division III notes: All UMAC
programs in on cross country
Bethany Lutheran will elevate its club programs in men’s and women’s cross country to varsity status in 2009, meaning that all eight of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference’s member schools now are committed to sponsoring the sport.
The program was established largely due to the efforts of a student who competed on the club team before graduating this year.
“This process started over two years ago with the interest and dedication of former student Mike Willitz and has steadily grown to the point where I feel very comfortable about our ability to compete at a top level in our conference,” said Karl Fager, the school’s athletics director. “We will be focusing on the great base of local recruits to continue building the cross country program.”
The action will boost the number of sports that Bethany Lutheran sponsors to 13. A search for a coach for the team will begin immediately.
Juniata unveils new logo
Juniata’s eagle received a facelift this year, and the result was unveiled during its recent home football opener.
The college’s athletics logo was unveiled by Juniata President Thomas R. Kepple Jr. during halftime of the game.
It is part of an “identity suite” incorporating a redesigned eagle head and the college’s initials. There also are unique “wordmarks” for each of the college’s teams, united in appearance by typography and Juniata’s blue and gold colors.
Press box honors ex-commissioner
Former Old Dominion Athletic Conference Commissioner Dan Wooldridge’s name now is on a new baseball press box at Lynchburg, where he was a three-sport student-athlete before embarking on a career in athletics that also included 21 years as a basketball official in the Atlantic Coast Conference and other leagues.
Wooldridge served as ODAC commissioner from 1976 until 1997. He played baseball, basketball and soccer at Lynchburg, then signed to play in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before going into officiating.
The two-level Dan Wooldridge Press Box is part of a recent renovation of Lynchburg’s Fox Field. The school also re-graded the field, relocated the outfield fence and installed batting cages.
Richard Stockton administrator honored
G. Larry James, who recently became interim dean of athletics engagement and community involvement at Richard Stockton after a long tenure as the school’s athletics director, will receive this year’s Garden State Award from the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey.
James, a double medalist in track and field at the 1968 Summer Olympics, will receive the award for “substantial and enduring contributions to the development of intercollegiate athletics nationally, regionally and in the state of New Jersey.” He became director of athletics in 1972, shortly after the founding of Richard Stockton, and oversaw growth in sport sponsorship to 17 sports, as well as construction of facilities.
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