Division III notes: Hobart, Babson, Rose-Hulman
Facilities: Hobart's hockey team no longer is playing its games outdoors, but it still is playing in a "cooler" venue. The Statesmen, in fact, now are playing under cover in The Cooler, the name first given in 2000 to the now-enclosed rink of the Geneva Recreation Complex. College and Geneva city officials were present last Saturday for a ceremony celebrating "the teamwork and the dedication of the people and organizations" involved in the renovation project completed during 2007 and spearheaded by local businessman Bernie Lynch. A variety of governmental and private entities were involved in the $1.2 million project, including Guardian Industries, which donated insulated glass panels enclosing the rink, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, which donated $190,000 for the enclosure work and also provided $120,000 for a press box. The venue opened in 1978 with a wall on one side and a roof, but was open to the elements, once prompting Sports Illustrated to cite the complex as a "sign of the apocalypse" after a Hobart game was canceled because of extremely cold temperatures. The Statesmen were the last collegiate team that played all of its home games outdoors, according to Ken DeBolt, Hobart and William Smith director of athletics communications.
Milestones: Stephen Brennen recorded his 200th coaching victory in men's basketball with Babson's January 12 win over MIT. He is in his 13th season at the school … Jim Shaw earned his 200th victory January 19 in Rose-Hulman's January 19 win over Hanover. Shaw reached the milestone in his 14th season.
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