Division III notes: Spalding
to join SLIAC full time
Spalding, a Division III provisional member in Kentucky, will join the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as a full member in 2009-10.
The Louisville school will replace Maryville (Missouri), which is reclassifying to Division II, as the league’s ninth full member. It currently is in its first year of provisional membership and is scheduled to attain active Division III membership in 2012-13.
SLIAC Commissioner William J. Wolper said Spalding has a “mission, values and principles that fall right in line with our current membership,” and added that the school has “a commitment to Division III and the overall experience of the student-athlete, including the emphasis on the student first.”
The 1,700-student school (including just under 1,000 full-time undergraduate students) currently sponsors 10 sports and is adding two more in 2009-10. Officials said more than 30 percent of the student body participates in intercollegiate athletics.
“The invitation to join SLIAC confirms that Spalding University is advancing academically, as well as athletically,” said Jo Ann Rooney, the school’s president. “This affiliation will enhance the educational experience for our student-athletes and also provide a wonderful experience for those athletes and staff of competitor institutions who will be visiting Louisville, perhaps for the first time.”
‘Legends Rock’ inspires Scots
Maryville (Tennessee) unveiled its new Legends Rock last weekend before its football opener at Honaker Field as a symbol “to honor all fighting Scots – past, present and future.”
The symbol was funded from contributions the school received in memory of assistant football coach and former player Cody Bowers, who died in a 2007 auto accident.
“I wanted the college to do something special (with the donations) that would honor Cody’s life,” said head football coach Tony Ierulli. “Here at the college, we don’t erect monuments to people, though, so I thought about something that would honor Cody and also the 116 years of college football here.”
Legends Rock is inscribed with the words “pride,” “team,” “commitment” and honor – shared values of all former players, according to Ierulli, who also played at Maryville. The monument is positioned where football team members can touch it on their way to the field
“We have a Captain’s Walk, and that’s really a nice way to honor the captains of every team, but Legends Rock is something all players can claim,” Ierulli said. “I imagine it building a sense of pride and something that connects a player from the 1950s to the program today.”
Milestones: Perry and D’Ambrosio
Lebanon Valley women’s volleyball coach Wayne Perry and Eastern Connecticut State women’s soccer coach Chris D’Ambrosio each recently collected milestone victories.
Perry notched his 400th win against Albright. He is in his 22nd season at Lebanon Valley.
D’Ambrosio, who is in his ninth year as the Warriors’ coach, collected his 100th win against Johnson & Wales.
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