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Legends Luncheon continues to be a success in Columbus; 2017 Memorial honoree Greg Norman visited

Greg Norman says he enjoys his business ventures these days (megasportsnews.com photo)

Jack Nicklaus says he enjoys charity work with his wife Barbara (megasportsnews.com photo)

the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

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April 19, 2017

 

 

 

Legends Luncheon presented by Nationwide sets record donation to Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital alliance

Event raises $1.2 million for alliance, bringing seven-year total to more than $5.2 million

 

Seventh annual Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award Recipient announced

 

 

Dublin, Ohio – The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide hosted the seventh annual Legends Luncheon presented by Nationwide today, a unique, award-winning fundraiser that brings to life the alliance between the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. All proceeds of the Legends Luncheon directly benefit the young patients and families that Nationwide Children’s Hospital compassionately serves each day.

 

The goal of the Luncheon is to support advances in pediatric care and research throughout the areas of most need at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. To that end, this year’s Luncheon raised a record $1,200,000 for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital alliance. The 2017 amount equals the largest single-year donation in the event’s history and brings the Luncheon’s seven-year total to $5,205,363.53.

 

True to the hearts of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide includes as one of its primary objectives a genuine, philanthropic vision. It is through the Tournament’s partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital that this vision comes to life in the form of pediatric care for children, not only in central Ohio, but from all 50 states and more than 50 countries each year.

 

Seven-year Tournament sponsor Nationwide shares a similar tradition of support for Nationwide Children’s. Nationwide is committed to broadening the impact of its presenting sponsorship of the Memorial Tournament to bring greater awareness and increased funding to Nationwide Children’s and to those who benefit the most – families and children in need of care.

 

Hosts of Legends Luncheon presented by Nationwide were Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, together with Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen and his wife Cindy and Nationwide Children’s Hospital CEO, Dr. Steve Allen and his wife Dr. Jamie Allen. Luncheon guests experienced a charity event that is unique to Columbus, Ohio. Held at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University, guests enjoyed a special conversation with Memorial Tournament Host and Founder Jack Nicklaus and 2017 Memorial Tournament Honoree and World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman.

 

The final highlight of the Legends Luncheon presented by Nationwide was the presentation of the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award, which is given annually to a patient or family who in some way has demonstrated a strong, driving spirit in overcoming obstacles, an unwavering optimistic outlook, and a strong conviction for their connection to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

The Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award honors the courage within that inspires volunteerism and community outreach, which has a positive influence on others. This year Jack and Barbara Nicklaus presented the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award to Nationwide Children’s Hospital patient Makya Marvi, 10, from Rockbridge, Ohio.

 

When Makya was born on June 17, 2006, he couldn’t breathe and experienced regular seizures. He was immediately transferred to the NICU at Nationwide Children’s, where doctors found that he was born with a tracheoesophageal fistula (TE fistula), an abnormal connection in one or more places between the esophagus and the trachea. Makya required surgery.

 

In January 2009, Makya received a VEPTR implant, which is a growing rod that has to be lengthened in the operating room approximately every six months. From 2009 to 2016, Makya was either lengthened or “revised” every six months. However, in March 2016, he received a MAGEC rod, which has allowed him to avoid frequent surgeries. Now, although still painful, his lengthening procedure occurs more frequently, every other month, but does not require surgery.

 

Makya’s 15 back surgeries haven’t stopped him from doing the things he loves – riding horses, playing baseball, running and riding his bike. He doesn’t let anything hold him back and faces each day with courage, a smile, and a positive attitude.

 

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital has enabled Makya to not only live, but to live a somewhat normal life. Without the innovative procedures and rods, I truly believe that he would not be alive today,” said Makya’s mother Teena.

 

 

 

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.

 

 

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT & NATIONWIDE INSURANCE

 

MLS moves into Week 8: Columbus Crew SC visits the Big Apple to play NY Red Bulls

This Week in MLS – April 17, 2017
  • New York City FC and FC Dallas celebrate titles in elite academy tournaments
  • USMNT teammates and MLS foes Gyasi Zardes and Jordan Morris to square off this Sunday
  • MLS WORKS Greener Goals hosts 2nd annual Week of Service leading up to Earth Day
  • Week 8 Game Previews

New York City FC and FC Dallas celebrate titles in elite academy tournaments
With a pair of world renowned youth tournaments occurring last week in Texas, MLS teams saw their academies go head-to-head with some of the top clubs in the world, with two academies, New York City FC and FC Dallas, capturing tournament titles.

In the 2016-2017 Generation adidas Cup, New York City FC captured its first title of any type in club history when its U-16 team defeated Liga MX side Tigres UANL 1-0 in the U-17 Premier Division final at Toyota Stadium on Saturday. Even more impressive, NYCFC did not allow a single goal in the entire tournament, racking up shutout victories over Mexican club Pumas UNAM, Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa and fellow MLS clubs San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders FC in the process. Fourteen-year-old Giovani Reyna, son of NYCFC Sporting Director and former U.S. Men’s National Team player Claudio Reyna, scored the game-winning goal in the championship and was awarded the golden ball for the Premier Division’s top player. Between the Championship and Premier Divisions at Generation adidas Cup, four of the eight semifinalists consisted of MLS academies.

Meanwhile, in the Dallas Cup, FC Dallas became the first MLS club to win the highly competitive tournament as its U-18 team defeated Liga MX side CF Monterrey 2-1 in the championship game of the U-19 Super Group at Toyota Stadium on Sunday. Three FC Dallas Homegrown Players powered the club to victory, as 16-year-old forward Jesus Ferreira scored four goals in the tournament and 17-year-old midfielder Paxton Pomykal scored three, including one in the championship match. Eighteen-year-old defender Reggie Cannon helped anchor a stout Dallas defense that saw it outscore opponents 11-3 in the tournament, including a 5-0 victory over English Premier League side Everton and a 2-1 victory over Brazilian club Coritiba in the semifinals.

USMNT teammates and MLS foes Gyasi Zardes and Jordan Morris to square off this Sunday
Teammates when they step on the field for international duty with the U.S. Men’s National Team, but foes when they suit up in MLS, two of the most notable MLS Homegrown stars Gyasi Zardes and Jordan Morris are set to clash on Sunday when reigning 2016 MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC heads south to take on five-time MLS Cup winners LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center (4 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes).

A lot has happened since the two forwards last stepped on the same field together: an MLS meeting between the Galaxy and Sounders FC in Seattle on July 9, 2016. After Zardes suffered a broken foot last August, the 2014 MLS Cup champion had to sit on the sidelines for the rest of 2016 campaign as Morris went on to break the scoring record for an American-born rookie with 11 regular season goals and claim an MLS Cup championship of his own, while also featuring in World Cup Qualifiers for the USMNT.

But Zardes is back, featuring in the last three matches for LA after making his 2017 debut on April 1, and is looking to regain the form that saw him set a Homegrown Player record for most goals scored in a single season in 2014 (16 goals), and tie for most international caps recorded for the U.S. in 2015 (19 appearances).

Both Homegrown standouts will be looking to help their respective teams climb in the Western Conference standings, and make a case for inclusion on the national team for the final round of World Cup Qualifying and this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

MLS WORKS Greener Goals hosts 2nd annual Week of Service leading up to Earth Day
With Earth Day coming up this weekend, MLS WORKS, the League’s community outreach initiative, will deploy its Greener Goals campaign to help identify ways to reduce carbon emissions and raise awareness about environmental issues throughout the soccer community.

Also, for the second year in a row, MLS WORKS week of service beginning today will see club, National Sales Center, and League office staff partnering with charitable organizations within their local communities to volunteer their time and give back througheco-friendly initiatives.

MLS fans are also encouraged to take part in the collective effort to promote a more sustainable environment by participating in the MLS WORKS Pass on Plastic challenge. By posting videos or photos on social media of eco-friendly actions and including #GreenerGoals, fans will be entered for a chance to win eco-friendly MLS apparel and merchandise.

Later this week, additional efforts will be announced by MLS and its partners to raise awareness in creating a more sustainable environment.

 

Week 8 Game Previews
Wednesday, April 19
San Jose Earthquakes at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.

  • The Quakes gained a second consecutive draw in dramatic circumstances, Jahmir Hyka scoring deep in stoppage time in a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas at Avaya Stadium. The Quakes head to New England with a five-game road losing streak.
  • The Revolution saw their three-game undefeated run come to an end in a 3-0 loss at the Chicago Fire on Saturday. The Revs have not lost to the Quakes since the 2012 season.

Friday, April 21
Chicago Fire at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. (TSN)

  • Nemanja Nikolic scored a pair of goals and Bastian Schweinsteiger made his two goals and an assist from three games as the Fire DPs led their club to back-to-back wins for the first time since March 29-April 24, 2014 in a 3-0 win against New England at Toyota Park.
  • Toronto FC saw their undefeated opening to the season come to an end in a 2-1 loss at Columbus Crew SC on Saturday evening; Jozy Altidore scored a third goal this season, involved in five of TFC’s seven goals this year (three goals, two assists).

Saturday, April 22
Montreal Impact at Philadelphia Union, 1 p.m.

  • Union lost for a fourth consecutive match in their 2-0 defeat by New York City FC at Talen Energy Stadium, equaling the club record set four times previously, last in 2015.
  • The Impact won their first match of the season, their first in league play since a 1-0 win last Oct. 2 at Orlando City, as Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored the stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 victory against Atlanta United at Stade Saputo.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Portland Timbers, 4 p.m. (CTV/TSN)

  • The Timbers had their home undefeated streak put to an end after eight matches, falling 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday evening at Providence Park. The Timbers were shut out on their home ground for the first time since Oct. 3, 2015.
  • Fredy Montero scored both Whitecaps FC goals in their 2-1 win against Seattle at BC Place, his first multiple-goal game in his return to MLS coming against his former club.

San Jose Earthquakes at Houston Dynamo, 4 p.m. (UniMás)

  • The Dynamo had their three-game winning streak at BBVA Compass Stadium to open the season put to an end, Minnesota United FC coming back for a 2-2 draw Saturday evening.
  • The Quakes have won once at BBVA Compass Stadium in four meetings, a 1-0 win May 5, 2015. The teams reached a 1-1 draw there last July 31 in their only encounter in Houston.

D.C. United at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.

  • United had their two-game winning run put to an end, after their 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening. It was a second away match for United this season, both shutout defeats.
  • The Revolution have a five-game undefeated streak alive at home in the series in league play (2-0-3). United’s last win in Foxborough came in 2012; the teams have reached draws each of the last two seasons in the lone matchups at Gillette Stadium.

Columbus Crew SC at New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

  • Crew SC won their third home game in a row and remained undefeated at Mapfre Stadium for the season, coming back for a 2-1 win against Toronto FC. Justin Meram scored his fourth goal of the season, all four goals coming over the last four matches, and Federico Higuaín recorded a pair of assists, sitting in a tie for the MLS league lead, now with an assist in three consecutive games.
  • The Red Bulls put an end to a four-game winless run, defeating D.C. United 2-0 on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips netted his third goal of the season, all coming over the last five matches.

Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

  • FC Dallas remained undefeated on the season in league play, despite being hauled back into a late 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes. FCD extended their regular-season undefeated streak to 10 matches dating back to last Sept. 17, matching the second-longest in club history.
  • Sporting also remain undefeated on the season – along with FC Dallas the final two MLS clubs without a loss – following their 1-0 win against the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening at Providence Park. SKC’s Tim Melia recorded his fourth shutout in six matches this season, having allowed two goals for the year – now with an 0.33 goals against average, tied for the MLS-best along with FCD’s Jesse Gonzalez.

Atlanta United at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

  • Real Salt Lake won their second game in row after putting an end to their 12-match winless streak in league play in a dramatic 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids. Homegrown Player Brooks Lennon scored his first career professional goal for the game-winner in Colorado.
  • Atlanta United had their four-game undefeated streak put to an end, the Montréal Impact netting a late winner for a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo. Hector Villalba collected the assist on the Atlanta United goal, now with a goal or an assist in back-to-back games.

Sunday, April 23
Orlando City SC at New York City FC, 1:30 p.m. (FS1)

  • New York City FC won away from Yankee Stadium for the first time this season with their 2-0 win against Philadelphia Union on Friday evening as David Villa scored from nearly the halfway line to seal the victory, his fourth goal of the season.
  • Orlando City SC became the first team to open a new stadium in MLS with four consecutive wins, remaining perfect at Orlando City Stadium with a dramatic late 2-1 win against the LA Galaxy. Cyle Larin scored his fourth goal of the season, netting the game-winner in stoppage time.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season, as Larin scored the game’s lone goal to give OCSC the win in the season opener March 5 at Orlando City Stadium.

Seattle Sounders FC at LA Galaxy, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

  • Sounders FC had their four-game undefeated run put to an end, dropping a 2-1 decision at Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Nicolas Lodeiro collected his second assist of the season, involved in four of Sounders FC’s eight goals this season.
  • Romain Alessandrini scored his fourth goal of the season, with goals in three consecutive games, but the Galaxy lost for a second consecutive away match in their late 2-1 loss at Orlando City SC.

Colorado Rapids at Minnesota United FC, 6 p.m.

  • Kevin Doyle scored for a second consecutive game, but the Rapids had their winless streak extended four matches with a second defeat in a row, falling 2-1 to Real Salt Lake at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
  • Christian Ramirez scored his fifth goal of the season as MNUFC came back for a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season, having reached a 2-2 draw March 18 in Commerce City.

 

 

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

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

NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

TUESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 2, Montreal 1 – series tied 2-2
COLUMBUS 5, Pittsburgh 4 – PIT leads 3-1
SAN JOSE 7, Edmonton 0 – series tied 2-2

SHARKS BURST OUT OFFENSIVELY, EVEN SERIES WITH OILERS . . .
The Sharks rebounded from consecutive shutout losses with a 7-0 victory to even their series with the Oilers.

* San Jose matched a franchise record with seven goals in a playoff game, achieved in Game 4 of the 1999 Conference Quarterfinals at COL (7-3 W) and Game 2 of the 2014 First Round vs. LAK (7-2 W). The Sharks also established a franchise record with four power-play goals in a playoff game.

* Elias notes that the Sharks became the first team to win a postseason game by a seven-goal margin since the Penguins in Game 4 of the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals at PHI (10-3 W). Elias adds that the Sharks became the first team to do so in a playoff shutout since the Rangers in Game 3 of the 2007 Conference Quarterfinals vs. ATL (7-0 W).

Joe Pavelski (2-1—3) opened the scoring 15 seconds into the contest to establish a franchise record for the fastest goal to begin a playoff game, eclipsing the mark set by Dany Heatley in Game 1 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals vs. LAK (0:28).

Brent Burns (0-3—3) matched a playoff career high with three assists (also Game 5 of 2016 FR at LAK).

Martin Jones (23 saves) recorded his fourth career postseason shutout (all w/ SJS); only Evgeni Nabokov has registered more in franchise playoff history (7).

. . . RANGERS WIN TO PULL EVEN IN SERIES WITH CANADIENS
Rick Nash scored the go-ahead goal at 4:28 of the second period and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves to record the win as the Rangers evened their series with the Canadiens.

* The Rangers have won six of their last eight postseason contests when trailing in a series dating back to Game 5 of the 2015 Second Round vs. WSH.

* Lundqvist earned his 57th career playoff win (all w/ NYR) to extend his franchise record for most by a goaltender and move within three of tying Turk Broda (60) for 15th place in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. Lundqvist also made his 120th career playoff appearance to pass Tom Barrasso and Dominik Hasek (119) for 10th on the all-time list among goaltenders.

WHEN A SERIES IS TIED 2-2
Elias notes that when teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 193-54 (78.1%).

BLUE JACKETS HANG ON TO AVOID ELIMINATION
Five different skaters scored to help the Blue Jackets stave off elimination and force Game 5 in their First Round series against the Penguins. Columbus earned its first-ever postseason victory in regulation and won a playoff game in which it faced elimination for the first time in franchise history.

Markus Nutivaara (1-1—2) registered a goal and an assist in his first career playoff game while Boone Jenner (1-1—2), William Karlsson (1-1—2) and Brandon Saad (0-2—2) also recorded multi-point efforts.

LOOSE PUCKS
Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel (1-0—1) leads all skaters with five goals in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (5-1—6 in 4 GP). Elias notes that Guentzel became the first player to score five goals in his first four career postseason games since Maurice Richard in 1944 (w/ MTL) . . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (0-2—2) leads all skaters with 2-6—8 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (4 GP) . . . Sharks forward Patrick Marleau (1-1—2) scored his 66th career playoff goal to tie Joe Nieuwendyk and Denis Savard for 18th on the all-time list. Only Jaromir Jagr (78) has scored more postseason goals among active players . . . T-Mobile Arena will host the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft on June 21 in Las Vegas.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE

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

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