Division III notes: Emory & Henry, Middlebury, Pittsburgh-Greensburg, Emmanuel, Salisbury
Facilities: Emory & Henry will break ground this spring on the first phase of a $4.5 million enhancement of its athletics stadium. After receiving $2.8 million in gifts and pledges for the project, the college will install artificial turf, field lighting and perimeter fencing. A second phase will bring construction of a field house and a new press box, entrance areas and scoreboard, as well as the improvement of stadium seating areas -- all part of what will be known as the Fred Selfe Athletic Stadium. The improved facility will be named for the school's former director of athletics and assistant football coach, who died in 2003. The enhanced stadium will host men's and women's soccer and football competition, and also will be available to the community for night games and tournaments. The athletics project is part of a broader college "Prelude to Performance" fund-raising campaign that also aims to build a $12 million arts center. "Progress on both parts of this campaign has been impressive, which demonstrates the value that this college has in this community and in the lives of the people whom it affects," said President Rosalind Reichard.
Milestones: Bill Beaney, whose men's ice hockey teams at Middlebury have won eight Division III titles during his 21 seasons at the school, collected his 500th coaching victory in the sport January 26. Beaney became just the 18th college hockey coach to reach the milestone, and is the second active Division III coach and fourth all time in the division to do so. He collected his first 86 victories from 1979 through 1986 as coach at New England College -- the team Middlebury beat to give their coach his 500th win … Carol Gelet collected her 150th victory in women's basketball when Pittsburgh-Greensburg defeated Hilbert January 16.
Miscellaneous: Emmanuel women's basketball coach Andy Yosinoff recently was recognized for his long-term commitment and dedication to the growth of women's athletics as the latest recipient of the Heights Award, presented by Boston College. In 2001, Yosinoff became the first men's or women's coach in any NCAA division to lead a team to the semifinals of an NCAA basketball championship, and from 2000 to 2006, his teams won 72 straight regular-season games in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference … Salisbury launched a new athletics Web site January 25 (SUSeaGulls.com). The site features a variety of interactive tools such as photo galleries and live statistics, and also offers the opportunity to subscribe for sport-specific information. "We now have a Web site that properly reflects the great successes our student-athletes achieve on and off the field," said Sam Atkinson, the school's sports information director.
--Compiled by Jack Copeland
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