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University of Dayton Arena will continue to host FIRST FOUR through 2022

UD Arena with new logo By Gump840 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Dayton Has Been an NCAA Site Every Year Since 2001

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Dayton Arena will extend its streak for tipping off March Madness to 22 years. The tournament has opened here each year since 2001.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced Monday, Nov. 17, the First Four of its tournament will be played at the University of Dayton Arena in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

“We are proud that the University of Dayton, The Big Hoopla, and our community partners will continue to be the tip-off for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship,” UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said. “We appreciate that the NCAA has entrusted all of us in the Dayton region with this responsibility. It is not something that we take lightly. As in the past, we will continue to deliver capacity crowds and a premier championship experience for teams, tournament officials, fans, visiting media and broadcast partners.

“It’s great that UD Arena will continue to be part of one of the nation’s premier sporting events.”

University of Dayton Arena has hosted more NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament games — 117 — than any other venue in the nation. It will add to that mark this spring when it hosts the 2018 First Four on March 14-15. Fans can purchase tickets for the 2018 First Four by visiting NCAA.com/mbbtickets.

University of Dayton Arena has hosted the NCAA tournament in 30 of the 48 seasons since the Arena opened in 1969. March Madness has opened in Dayton since every year since 2001 — from 2001-10 as the Opening Round and from 2011-16 as the First Four.

With the help of the First Four Local Organizing Committee in 2011, the University and region played host to Virginia Commonwealth, which went from First Four to Final Four. In 2012, it hosted U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012. In 2013, all 10 First Four and second- and third-round games sold out, setting a record. In 2014, the First Four drew capacity crowds and record-setting viewership and ratings.

The Big Hoopla First Four® Local Organizing committee, an all-volunteer group, has rallied community leaders, sponsors and organizations to showcase the Dayton region as the Epicenter of College Basketball and its commitment to hosting first-class events.

While supporting the University position as a preferred host site, the committee works collaboratively to drive significant, long-term economic value for the Dayton region by leveraging the media reach of the NCAA Tournament and March Madness to promote and advocate for the region’s unique attributes – pride and respect for the military (United States Air Force and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), a strong sense of service, an innovative history, the importance of STEM education, collaboration, and Midwestern hospitality.

It is Big Hoopla’s goal to make the NCAA First Four a lifelong memory for all participants, coaches, administrators, fans, and media and to continue to solidify the NCAA First Four in Dayton.

The Hoopla Ticket Program is the committee’s highly successful, charitable community outreach program. Each ticket purchased as part of the Hoopla Ticket Program is donated to a local student or Airmen and families stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). The Hoopla Ticket Program has provided, free-of charge, over 30,000 tickets in the last several years with over 7,000 tickets donated in 2017 alone.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant announces 2017-18 coaching staff

Staff Brings Experience In Game Management, Recruiting, Player Development & Analytics

Anthony Grant with Alabama in 2009 By Rtr10, Own work, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

DAYTON –New University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that he has assembled his coaching staff for his first season as Flyer head coach.  They are Associate Head Coach Anthony Solomon, assistant coach James Kane, assistant coach Ricardo Greer and Assistant to the Head Coach Darren Hertz.

“I’m very happy to announce our full staff,” Grant said.  “I think we are a staff whose strengths will complement each other, but there are two critical areas where there is a lot of common ground.  They are all high-character men, and each one is very good at creating and establishing relationships, whether it is relationships with our current players and our recruits, their families or people in the Dayton community.”
ANTHONY SOLOMON
This will be second stint at the University of Dayton for Solomon, who spent the 2007-08 season as a Flyer while a member of Brian Gregory’s staff.  One of the most-respected assistant coaches in the game, Solomon’s 29-year college coaching career also includes stops at Virginia (his alma mater), Notre Dame (twice), Clemson and Georgetown.
After earning four letters at Virginia from 1983-87, Solomon moved to the sidelines as a graduate assistant at Delaware for the 1988-89 season.  He then coached at Bowling Green (1989-92), Manhattan (1992-93), Richmond (1993-94) and Virginia (1994-98).  He then took an administrative position at Clemson as Assistant Athletic Director for Basketball Operations for two seasons before returning to the court as an assistant at Notre Dame (2000-03).
Solomon then went to St. Bonaventure, where he was head coach from 2003 to 2007, stabilizing a scandal-plagued program.  After SBU, he had his first stint at Dayton (2007-08) before returning to Notre Dame (2008-16).  While at Notre Dame, Solomon worked primarily with the Irish guards and coordinated the program’s national recruiting efforts. He helped lead Notre Dame to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship in 2014-15 and to Elite Eight appearances in 2015 and 2016.
Last year, Solomon was on the staff at Georgetown.
The teams that Solomon played on at Virginia made three NCAA Championship appearances, earned one NIT berth and won 78 games during his tenure. Solomon was a member of the ‘84 team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Seattle, Washington. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication studies.

Anthony and his wife Tracy have two daughters — Maya and Kamra, and one son, AJ (Anthony).
GRANT ON SOLOMON
“Anthony is well-thought of in college basketball circles for his knowledge of the game and the type of person he is.  He is a known quantity nationally, and especially well-connected in the Midwest.  He has coached at some of the most-respected programs in the country, and he understands what Dayton basketball means to the community after being here for one season and being a visiting coach at the Arena.”
JAMES KANE
James Kane is reunited with Grant at Dayton.  He previously worked as a graduate assistant (2006-07) and video coordinator (2007-09) at VCU, and then video coordinator at Alabama (2009-11) under Grant.
Kane then moved to coaching on the court at Murray State where he has been for the last six seasons.  He was a part of MSU’s 31-2 campaign in his first season at the school (2011-12) in which the Racers were ranked for 13 weeks and were in the top-10 for the first time in school history. In 2014-15, the Racers won 25 straight games and became the first in school history and only the second all-time to go undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference at 16-0. MSU won the OVC regular season title and a pair of games in the National Invitational Tournament and finished 29-6.
Kane has a reputation of being excellent in the technology area and directed the video efforts of the MSU basketball program. Along with the video efforts, he also was heavily involved in the player development, recruiting, and game planning. He is known for his outstanding job of building relationships with players and being an excellent recruiter and evaluator of talent.
Known as a tireless recruiter, Kane also served as an intern for the Charlotte Bobcats in basketball operations and scouting analysis during the 2005-06 season.
Kane graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a degree in sport management and a minor in business administration. Kane went on to receive his master’s in sport management from VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership.
GRANT ON KANE
“I’m excited to bring James to our staff at Dayton.  He is an extremely hard worker who was a very valuable member of our staffs at VCU and Alabama, and he has grown into the role of a top-flight assistant coach in his time at Murray State.  Every place he has been, he has been a part of a winning basketball program.”
RICARDO GREER 
Ricardo Greer comes from the University of Central Florida staff where he served as the Knights’ Director of Player Development for the past two seasons. Greer brings a great deal of basketball experience to the staff, primarily coming from his playing days.
Greer played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh from 1997-2001, for the Dominican Republic national team from 1999-2009, and professionally in Europe for 14 seasons. At Pittsburgh, Greer led the Panthers in both scoring and rebounding during his junior and senior seasons and was the only player in the Big East to rank in the top 15 in scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals. His play earned him All-Big East honors during both of those seasons.
His leadership ability on the court is unquestioned as he was team captain at Pittsburgh and for the Dominican Republic national team.
In Europe, Greer had an extremely successful career playing for various top-level teams in France, Ukraine, Croatia and Great Britain. Greer was named First Team All-League in the French Pro-A league three times, was a five-time French Pro-League All-Star and won the Pro A League MVP in 2010. He also led his teams to championships in 2005 and 2008, earning Finals MVP honors for the first title.

Greer earned his bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Pittsburgh. He and his wife Misty have two children; Ricardo Jr. (RJ) and Maddison.
GRANT ON GREER
“Our players will benefit greatly from having Ricardo on our staff.  His experiences around the world on the court will help our players relate to him, and his presence as a leader will help make him an excellent coach.  He did a fine job at Central Florida and I look forward to working with him here on our staff.”
DARREN HERTZ 
Darren Hertz brings 21 years of experience to Anthony Grant’s staff, most recently working as a special assistant to head coach John Groce at Illinois over the past two seasons.
Hertz spent 19 seasons (1996-2015) at the University of Florida working under former Gator’s head coach Billy Donovan. He was on the same staff that Grant worked on from 1996-2006.
While at Florida, Hertz started out as a student assistant in 1996 and worked his way up to Video Coordinator in 2001. During his time as video coordinator he was responsible for running various editing systems, breaking down film for opponent scouting, making individual and team edits from practices and games, producing motivational videos and coordinating film exchange.
He served as the video coordinator until 2005, when he became Assistant to the Head Coach, a position he held for the next seven seasons. In 2013, Hertz was promoted to Director of Basketball Operations, where he led the daily operations of the Gator program including scheduling, organizing recruiting, planning team travel, and directing the Billy Donovan summer camps for his final three seasons at the school.
During Hertz’s association with Florida basketball, the Gators totaled 467 wins, two national championships, four Final Fours, 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, six Southeastern Conference regular season championships and four SEC tournament titles.
Hertz graduated from Florida in 1997, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He later obtained a master’s degree in sport management from UF in 2001.

Hertz and his wife Julie have a son, Brandon, and daughter, Alexa.
GRANT ON HERTZ
“I’m very happy to have Darren on our staff.  He knows inside-and-out what we want to implement as we install system and style of play.  He will be involved in analyzing every aspect of our program and will be directly in charge of our analytics.  He will not only analyze our opponents, but also analyze our own efficiency and constantly look for ways for us to become a better basketball team.”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Miami names former star Damon Frierson assistant basketball coach

 

Miami Hall-of-Famer will focus on alumni relations and mentoring players


OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University head men’s basketball coach completed his staff on Tuesday with the hiring of Miami Hall-of-Famer Damon Frierson to the position of Assistant to the Head Coach.

 

“It feels great and exciting to be back in Oxford once again and be a part of the Miami coaching staff,” said Frierson. “I am looking forward to working with my longtime friend Jack Owens, the great staff he’s assembled and the current and future RedHawks. Love and Honor!”

Damon Frierson

 

Frierson will handle several tasks for the men’s basketball team. He will be responsible for budget, scheduling and team academics. He will be responsible for the program’s managers and student assistants. Frierson will also be the point person for an increased effort in alumni engagement.

 

A two-time All-MAC selection and the fifth all-time leading scorer for Miami men’s basketball, Frierson propelled the RedHawks to MAC regular-season titles in 1997 and 1999 and a MAC Tournament crown in 1997. Leading Miami to three postseason appearances during his career from 1996-99, he was a key component on one of the greatest NCAA Tournament runs in program history as the 1999 RedHawks reached the Sweet 16. He owns the single-season record for minutes played (1,201) and ranks among MU statistical leaders in seven single-season categories and 12 career lists. Frierson is part of Miami’s top scoring duo with Wally Szczerbiak, finishing his career with 1,644 points.

 

For all of his success with the Red and White, Frierson was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame as part of the 2015-16 class.

 

“Damon is a longtime friend of mine who will serve as mentor for the guys; he’ll be around on a daily basis,” said Owens. “He’ll be a guy that players can come to with for advice since he’s been in their shoes here.

 

“Also our hope is we can bridge the gap with the alums in some capacity. We would love to bring guys back and Damon is already beginning to work on that. Obviously he was a great player here at Miami and we are thrilled to have him back and ready to engage with our alumni!”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Michael Roth; COURTESY MIAMI ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Wichita State leaves Missouri Valley for American Athletic Conference

 

Shockers will join Conference at start of 2017-18 academic year

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Commissioner Mike Aresco announced today the addition of Wichita State to the American Athletic Conference in men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sports beginning on July 1, 2017. The American’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to accept Wichita State as its newest member.

 

“We are pleased and proud to welcome Wichita State to The American,” Aresco said. “This is a University with a strong athletic and academic heritage which shares our Conference’s commitment to excellence, and we look forward to having them as a member. The University has an exceptionally strong tradition of success in men’s basketball and baseball. The addition of Wichita State in basketball and Olympic sports extends our Conference’s national footprint, enhances our national profile, and strengthens our position as a leader in intercollegiate athletics.”

“This is an event of great importance in defining the future of Wichita State,” John Bardo, President of Wichita State University said. “Two years ago, we set out on a fact-finding process to determine the best way athletics could help position the University for enrollment growth and enhance WSU’s reputation as an academic and research institution. It became clear to us that The American offered the best combination of universities who share our academic and cultural values and research focus.”

 

“On behalf of all the presidents of the American Athletic Conference, I am very happy to welcome Wichita State to our league,” said Susan Herbst, President of the University of Connecticut and Chair of The American Board of Directors. “Wichita State brings a strong academic and athletic tradition to The American, and their fans and alumni are passionate about the school and their teams. The addition of Wichita State to The American will further enhance the league and its national reputation.”

 

Founded in 1895, Wichita State University is a public university and the third-largest research university governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. The University is a growing leader in innovation, creativity and collaborative learning and enrolls 14,500 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Wichita State offers 200 areas of study in seven academic undergraduate colleges, 42 master’s degrees, 12 doctoral degrees and 26 certificate programs.

 

Wichita State sponsors 15 sports – baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field and volleyball – all of which will compete in The American. The Shockers have been a member of the Missouri Valley Conference since 1945.

 

Wichita State’s men’s basketball program has a storied history, winning more than 1,500 contests in its 111-year history. The school has won 11 MVC regular-season championships, including four straight, and four tournament crowns, its most recent in 2017. Under current head coach Gregg Marshall, the Shockers have won more than 260 games for a nearly .750 winning percentage.

 

Marshall’s teams have captured five MVC regular-season titles and two tournament crowns. He led Wichita State to the school’s second-ever NCAA Final Four appearance in 2013 and was named National Coach of the Year in 2014. Marshall also guided the Shockers to the National Invitation Championship in 2011 and his teams have won 25-plus contests in eight consecutive seasons.

 

One of five schools to win an NCAA Tournament game in each of the last five years, Wichita State has registered 10 NCAA Tournament wins since 2013, tied for fifth-most in college basketball. Over the last four seasons, the Shockers are 59-1 in home games at Charles Koch Arena (10,506 capacity), the second most wins and second-best winning percentage behind Arizona’s 66-1 record at the McKale Center. Charles Koch Arena is home to the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs.

 

Wichita State’s women’s basketball team won three consecutive MVC regular-season and tournament titles from 2013-15 and has appeared in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on four occasions. The Shocker volleyball team won the MVC Tournament title for the fourth time in school history in 2016 and has earned a berth in the NCAA Championship nine of the last 10 seasons, including an appearance in the round of 16 in 2012.

 

On the baseball diamond, Wichita State has won more than 2,100 games and captured the 1989 College World Series crown. The team plays in 8,153-seat Eck Stadium and boasts 37 Major League Baseball players all-time.

 

The Wichita State men’s and women’s tennis programs also have experienced great success. The men’s team has captured 25 MVC tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Championship on 11 occasions, while the women’s program has won 18 conference crowns and earned 10 NCAA Championship berths.

 

Beginning July 1, 2017, the Conference will consist of the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, Temple University, Tulane University, the U.S. Naval Academy and Wichita State University. Navy is a football-only member and Wichita State will be a basketball and Olympic sports-only member.

 

 

About the American Athletic Conference

The American Athletic Conference (The American), a member of the National Collegiate Association (NCAA) was formed in 2013. With the conference office in Providence, Rhode Island, The American is currently comprised of 12 member institutions. Under the leadership of Commissioner Mike Aresco, The American sponsors 21 championships – 10 for men and 11 for women; is a member of the College Football Playoff; began new television partnerships with ESPN and CBS Sports in 2014; and has a marketing partnership with IMG College. For more information, please visit www.TheAmerican.org.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Chuck Sullivan & Bernadette Cafarelli; COURTESY AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE COMMUNICATIONS

 

Purdue highlights basketball career of Ashley Morrissette

Becoming Morrissette

 

She had an amazing journey as a Boilermaker and showed us all what it means to grow as a person

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – It’s hard to encapsulate the kind of player and the kind of person Ashley Morrissette

Ashley Morrissette

has become over the last four years with the Purdue women’s basketball team. Words like growth, maturity and development all come to mind, but hardly do her transformation justice. She arrived a naïve freshman, unsure of what she expected from herself and what she wanted to accomplish, but left as one of the most impressive players and individuals in Boilermaker history. This is how she became Ashley Morrissette.

 

Read more on her career with the Boilermakers here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/lx6WKLpw1GYBg/

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tanner Lipsett; COURTESY PURDUE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

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