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Archive for July 8th, 2017

MLS Player of the Week honors go to Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey

 

Clint Dempsey in 2016 By Victor Araiza from Houston, TX, United States of America, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

NEW YORK(Friday, July 7, 2017) – Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey was voted the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 19th week of the 2017 MLS season. 

Dempsey scored two goals and added an assist in Seattle’s 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on July 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, extending the club’s unbeaten mark to three straight games. The second leading goalscorer in United States Men’s National Team history, Dempsey now has seven goals and two assists for Sounders FC this season. With the victory, Seattle now sits in seventh place in the Western Conference standings with 24 points (7-7-3 overall record).

A three-time World Cup participant with the United States, Dempsey gave Seattle an early 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, receiving a pass from teammate Joevin Jones in the middle of the box and firing a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Tim Howard (Watch Goal). Dempsey would add an assist to his day in the 30th minute, fully extending his right foot to redirect a cross towards Will Bruin, who finished with a right-footed shot to give Seattle the 2-0 advantage (Watch Assist).

With Sounders FC up late in the match, Dempsey iced the game with a tremendous goal to give Seattle a 3-1 lead in the 85th minute. Bruin headed goalkeeper Stefan Frei’s long goal kick down the field, setting up Dempsey’s dazzling left-footed shot from well outside the box to complete the brace (Watch Goal).

Seattle Sounders FC returns to action on Wednesday, July 19 when hosting D.C. United at CenturyLink Field (10:30 p.m. ET, MLS Live).

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.

 

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Ohio State men’s hockey hires Steve Miller as Associate Head Coach

 

Terry Flanagan Award winner has been part of three NCAA Championship teams and WJC gold medal winner

 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Steve Miller has been named associate head coach for the Ohio State men’s hockey program, Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, announced Friday. Miller, who has coached three NCAA Championship teams, was an assistant coach for Team USA when it won the gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championships.

 

Most recently, Miller served as the director of hockey at Air Force the last two seasons. In 2017 the squad won the Atlantic Hockey Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, falling to Harvard, 3-2.

Steve Miller (courtesy Air Force Athletics)

 

A winner of the prestigious AHCA Terry Flanagan Award, Miller helped coach Providence to its first NCAA title and was on staff for two NCAA titles with Denver. During his 19 and a half years with the Pioneers, Miller worked with all aspects of the team, with a focus on the defense. He recruited two defensemen who went on to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award – Matt Carle in 2006 and Will Butcher in 2017.

 

“Steve is one of the most respected coaches in college hockey,” Rohlik said. “He is outstanding at developing players and brings a great deal of championship experience to our team. We are thrilled to have him as a Buckeye. We can’t wait for the season to start.”

 

In January, Miller and Team USA, including Buckeye rising sophomore Tanner Laczynski, won gold at the World Junior Championships, going 7-0 in the tournament. Miller will reprise his role with Team USA at the 2018 event in Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

 

Prior to Air Force, Miller spent the 2014-15 season at Providence as the associate head coach, as the Friars claimed the NCAA Championship, defeating Boston University in the title game, 4-3, at TD Garden in Boston. He was the first general manager and head coach of the Madison Capitols in the United States Hockey League after a long career at the University of Denver.

 

Miller spent 19 and a half years as an assistant and associate head coach at Denver, helping the Pioneers win back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2004 and in Columbus in 2005. During his time with DU, the team won three WCHA regular season championships and claimed the WCHA Final Five title four times. With the Pioneers, Miller coached and recruited 41 NHL draft choices and 55 All-WCHA selections, with 15 All-Americans and two Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners.

 

“I am honored and humbled to join such a prestigious institution and build on what Coach Rohlik and the student-athletes have achieved,” Miller said. “There are great things on the horizon for this program. I am excited to get going.”

 

In 2009, Miller was honored with the American Hockey Coaches Association’s (AHCA) Terry Flanagan Award, which recognizes an assistant coach’s career body of work.

 

Miller began his coaching career at his alma mater, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. The squad won the 1989 MIAC playoff championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. He moved from there to Miami University, where he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach under head coach George Gwozdecky, winning the program’s first CCHA title in 1993. Miller moved with Gwozdecky to Denver in 1994.

At St. Mary’s, Miller played three years of varsity hockey. He was named the team’s Most Inspirational Player as both a sophomore and senior and earned Most Improved Player honors as a sophomore. In 1988 he helped St. Mary’s to its first MIAC championship in 23 years and the team set the school record for victories in a season (22), a mark that still stands.

 

Miller, who was inducted into the Sun Prairie High School Wall of Success in 2008, and his wife, Heidi, have three children, a daughter, Alexis, and sons, Cole and Connor.

 

The Buckeyes were 21-12-6 in 2016-17 and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, marking the squad’s first appearance since 2009. The team led the NCAA on the power play (31.6 percent) and was third nationally in goals per game (3.92). The squad opens its regular season Oct. 6-7 at Wisconsin and hosts RPI Oct. 13-14 to begin its home regular season slate.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Leann Parker; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

New OSU basketball head coach Chris Holtmann hires Colts’ Banks as new strength coach

 

July 7, 2017

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, hired Quadrian Banks, who most recently worked with the Indianapolis Colts, Friday to become the strength and conditioning coach for the Ohio State men’s basketball program.

 

“I am very excited about the addition of Quadrian,” Holtmann said. “He is an elite strength coach and has extensive experience working with athletes at the highest level.  From his start working in college basketball at the University of Texas with its Final Four team in 2003, all the way through his most recent experience in the National Football League, he has proven his ability to help develop athletes to their fullest potential.  He is high-energy, knowledgeable, committed and thrilled about being a part of The Ohio State University.  Please help us welcome Coach Q, his wife Ann Marie and son Ryan, to the Buckeye family.”

Quadrian Banks (courtesy Indianapolis Colts)

 

Ohio State is the fifth men’s basketball program that Banks has worked with over his career.

 

“My family and I are extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the Buckeye family,” Banks said. “I look forward to getting to work.”

 

Before he worked with the Colts, Banks was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to joining the Eagles, he was the director of athletic performance for two seasons at Gardner Webb University. He also served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Mississippi (2008-10) and University of Richmond (2007-08).

 

Banks attended the University of Texas at Austin and received his undergrad degree (Kinesiology - Health Promotion and Fitness) in 2003. He earned a Masters of Education at Prairie View A&M in 2005.

 

Banks Professional Timeline

Ohio State Men’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach (July 2017- ) – basketball

Indianapolis Colts Performance and Conditioning (Jan. 2016 to July 2017)

Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (March 2013-Jan. 2016)

Gardner-Webb Director of Athletic Performance (Jan. 2011-March 2013) – Basketball

University of Mississippi Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (Aug. 2008-May 2010) – assisted with basketball

University of Richmond Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (July 2007-Aug. 2008)

Hampton University Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (Jan. 2007-July 2007) – assisted with basketball

Prairie View A&M University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach (Aug. 2004 -Dec. 2005)

University of Texas at Austin Student Strength and Conditioning Intern Coach (2001-04). – assisted with basketball

 

Certifications

USA Weight Lifting – Sport Performance Coach

National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified

 

Check out a recent Q&A with Coach Banks by the Indianapolis Colts HERE.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Dan Wallenberg; COURTESY OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Florida State League selects Lakeland’s Matt Hall as its Pitcher of the Month for June

Matt Hall

 

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Flying Tigers starting pitcher Matt Hall has been named Florida State League (FSL) Player of the Month for June by Minor League Baseball.

 

Hall did not allow an earned run in 25.2 innings in June, as he held opponents to a .169 average and walked just six while striking out 31. Hall was 3-0 in June and allowed only 15 hits during his four outings, with just three of the hits going for extra bases (two doubles and a homer).

 

Hall’s best start came on June 28 against the Daytona Tortugas at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona.  He earned the victory after retiring the first 23 batters he faced and not allowing a baserunner until a single with two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning broke up the perfect game.  Hall ended up firing 8.1 shutout innings while allowing only two hits and striking out eleven batters.

 

This is Hall’s third professional season.  He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the sixth round of the June 2015 draft.  Hall, 23, currently ranks as the #17 prospect in the Tigers organization by MLB.com.

The Flying Tigers are the Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.  For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online atwww.LakelandFlyingTigers.com or call (863) 686-8075.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Zach Burek & COURTESY OF LAKELAND FLYING TIGERS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Veteran NHRA Pro Stock Motorbike’s Steve Johnson will race in 400th career event this weekend at Joliet

 

 

AT FALLEN PATRIOTS NHRA ROUTE 66 NATIONALS PRESENTED BY K&N

JOLIET, Ill. – Steve Johnson will reach an impressive accomplishment at this weekend’s 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N at Route 66 Raceway, as the Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran will compete at his 400th NHRA event.

The standout would like nothing better to commemorate that achievement in his NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series career than with his seventh career win on his Slick 50 Suzuki. But Johnson is also aware of the type of mindset it takes to reach the point where he can celebrate 400 races.
“When you accomplish something like 400 races, that’s representing a brand and that brand is a never give up attitude,” said Johnson, who is currently ninth in Pro Stock Motorcycle points. “I always wanted to be part of the fraternity and it’s been pretty awesome.  I look at the first 400 and I didn’t win a championship and think maybe the next 400 will be easier.”
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including live final eliminations coverage starting at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 9. It is the sixth of 16 races during the 2017 Pro Stock Motorcycle season and marks another solid campaign for Johnson, who has been thriving in the class since the late 1980s.
He’s persevered through struggles and frustrations, breaking through for his first victory in 2004, 17 years after he first started in the class. Johnson has won twice at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (2005 and 2008) and most recently won in Gainesville in 2014. But through it all he has been extremely satisfied watching the Pro Stock Motorcycle continue to grow, remaining proud of a class that has prospered year after year.
“Seeing new people come into our class, that’s really cool,” Johnson said. “I love seeing the new people and I love our sanctioning body. When you love everything about it – the fans, the people, the racers – you definitely have a family. Being in 400 races doesn’t come easy, but if you love something enough you can succeed at it.”
Johnson’s passion for success and race wins hasn’t waned a bit, either. He heads to Chicago with confidence that he can grab a victory against a number of talented riders, building what Johnson hopes is strong momentum heading to the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
Johnson has tried a number of new things this year and is ready for it all to come together against the likes of points leader LE Tonglet, who has three wins this season, defending race winner Hines, reigning world champion Jerry Savoie, Eddie Krawiec, who won the first race of the season, Joey Gladstone, Matt Smith, Hector Arana Jr. and Scotty Pollacheck.
“I’ve been experimenting with different things and I feel like it’s going to pay off,” Johnson said. “I still want to win. I think I want to win as much as I ever did and maybe more. When I see all the data and everything add up, I know I can win. I’ve got a good engine and a good team, and we have the equipment, so we’re confident we can. I’m definitely still experimenting but I need to win some rounds. I feel if we can get to the semis, we have a chance of winning. In Chicago, you can definitely throw the kitchen sink at (the track).”
Defending Top Fuel winner Brown will look for his third win of 2017, as the back-to-back world champ will aim to track down points leader Steve Torrence, who has four victories this season.
Beckman will seek a third win in 2017 in Funny Car, but he’s chasing red-hot teammate and reigning world champion Ron Capps, who has a class-best five wins this season.
Anderson is one of three Pro Stock drivers with at least two wins this season, sitting behind points leader Bo Butner and ahead of rookie Tanner Gray. Eight different drivers have wins in 2017.
The Route 66 NHRA Nationals also features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, including the popular and highly-competitive JEGS Allstars bonus event. After Nitro qualifying, fans can watch the spectacular Douthit Motorsports eye lighting Black Pearl Jet Funny Car vs. Pro Jet Motorsports Al Z’s Hot Blade Jet Dragster. Jet cars are thrust driven propelled by jet engines with exciting pre-run flame shows.
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. on Friday, July 7 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, July 8, at 3:15 and 6 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 9.
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call 888-629-RACE (7223) or 815-722-5500. Tickets also are available online at www.route66raceway.com. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more info about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.
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