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Ohio State Assistant Football Coaches pledge additional $47,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank

April 8, 2020

Area foodbank seeing surging need for help; donations will help secure over $420,000 in groceries


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Just hours after an emergency fund was established, Ohio State University’s assistant football coaches followed the lead of head coach Ryan Day and additional athletics department leaders and their families by joining together and collectively pledging an additional $47,000 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, which is experiencing a surging need for its services and food supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“This is something we all wanted to do, almost immediately, after learning about the emergency fund,” associate head coach Larry Johnson said. “Our program and players have made many visits to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank over the years and we all feel a responsibility to assist during this time of crisis.”


Day and his wife, Nina, head basketball coach Chris Holtmann and his wife, Lori, and Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith and his wife, Sheila, announced a $175,000 donation to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund yesterday. The fund will help the food bank acquire and distribute food and supplies to existing families in need while also addressing the increased demand from families recently impacted by the health crisis.


For every dollar donated, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank is able to secure $9 worth of groceries.


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Loyola Marymount Lions Men’s Basketball

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Stan Johnson’s Experienced Staff Has Coached 27 Postseason and 20 Conference Championship Teams



LOS ANGELES – First-year LMU men’s basketball Head Coach Stan Johnson has completed his inaugural coaching staff with the additions of David Carter, Allen Edwards, and Greg Youncofski. Both Edwards and Carter have Division I head coaching experience and have combined for 158 wins leading their respective programs. Ricky Muench rounds out the LMU bench as LMU’s new Director of Basketball Operations.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the staff we’ve been able to assemble here at LMU,” said Head Coach Stan Johnson. “This group reflects everything that is important to me as it pertains to building a Championship level program. I wanted a staff that was strong in five specific areas and I wasn’t going to settle for anything other than that. We have a group that will recruit, develop, coach, and connect at a very high level. I also wanted people who had strong NCAA Tournament and Championship level experience. Each and every one of these guys check specific boxes that are important to this program and will help take our current and future players to a place they can’t take themselves. I can’t wait to get started with this group.”

David Carter’s knowledge of the West Coast Conference dates back to his playing days at Saint Mary’s where he helped guide the Gaels to a 25-5 record, a WCC Title, and an NCAA Tournament bid.

“It’s my pleasure to welcome home David and his wife Kim along with their two children Alexis and Cameron to our family. Dave checks so many boxes for me,” said Johnson. “He’s a former head coach, who is from Los Angeles and has been in the WCC at two different places. Coach Carter brings a wealth of knowledge to our program and is someone who has led his own team to a regular season Championship in his time at Nevada. His connection to Los Angeles will help us build stronger relationships with our City.”

Carter now enters his 30th season of coaching, including leading the Nevada Wolfpack to 98 wins, a Mountain West Conference title, and two postseason runs as head coach from 2009-15. Carter been one of the top assistant coaches on the west coast as well, being on NCAA tournament teams with Nevada and Saint Mary’s, and winning conference titles at each spot as well. Carter most recently coached in the WCC at San Diego for the past seasons, with previous stops at Georgia and Saint Mary’s in recent years.

Allen Edwards has spent the previous four seasons leading the University of Wyoming as the Head Coach of the Cowboys, where he accumulated 60 wins, including back-to-back seasons of 20-plus wins in 2016-17 and 2017-18. His 23-win season his first year culminated with the 2017 CBI Championship with the Pokes coming back from down a game to win the best-of-three series and win the tournament. The Cowboys won their first postseason title since winning an NCAA Championship in 1943. UW scored the most points in school history that season and set a school and Mountain West record for three pointers made.

“We are so fortunate to have Allen, his wife Latonya and their children, Mal’a, Landrea, and Jaxson to our family,” said Johnson. “Coach Edwards is an exceptional leader and someone who is respected throughout the country. His four years as a head coach at Wyoming combined with his championship experience as a player will serve as a guiding light to our program as we move forward. His addition to our staff not only gives us someone who know the West, but allows us to have a wide net nationally in recruiting.”

With coaching stops at Wyoming, Western Kentucky, Towson, VCU, Morehead State, and his alma mater Kentucky, Edwards has been a part of 10 postseason berths as a coach and eight conference championship teams. As a player, Edwards won two National Championships with Kentucky, cutting down the nets in 1996 and 1998.

Greg Youncofski join LMU’s coaching staff in 2020, following a season working across town at UCLA and six seasons at the University of Cincinnati.

“During the interview process Greg really rose to the top of my list,” said Johnson. “His experience at successful high-level programs serving in so many different capacities were important to me. Greg’s intelligence and high work capacity as a coach will have a major impact on LMU Basketball. He’s one of the fast-rising young coaches in our game. His six NCAA tournament appearances and three Conference Championships will add to the fabric of who we want to be at LMU. There’s no doubt in my mind he will be a head coach in the future.”

While at UCLA, several of Youncofski’s day-to-day responsibilities include managing recruiting databases and schedules, assisting with film breakdown, and serving as a liaison for the coaching staff between athletic administration and other department officials. Prior to making the move to Westwood, Youncofski worked his way up the ranks with the Bearcats, culminating in his promotion to assistant coach in 2018. That season, Cincinnati compiled a 28-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament after earning the American Athletic Conference tournament championship.

Ricky Muench reunites with Head Coach Stan Johnson as LMU’s Director of Basketball Operations for the 2020-21 season. Prior to joining the Lions, Muench spent the shortened 2019-20 NBA season with the Milwaukee Bucks as a Video & Player Development Assistant. In this role, Muench helped create scouting and video reports on opponents with Milwaukee’s assistant coaches and assisted the coaches with player development by putting players through basketball workouts and organizing development drills.

“Ricky is a go getter,” said Johnson. “He’s someone who as a student manager at Marquette really earned my respect with not only how hard he worked, but how smart and hungry he is. His ability to connect with people from all walks of life is something that will serve us well in his role. To have someone with high level NBA experience join our staff from a championship-caliber organization like the Milwaukee Bucks will be a tremendous blessing to our staff and players. Ricky is a star and we are fortunate to have him be a part of our program.”

In four years as an undergrad, Muench worked with Johnson’s Marquette teams as a student manager. By his senior year, Muench was responsible for overseeing all 13 managers and assign tasks based on each individual’s strength and skillset, keeping statistics and analyzing stats for practices and games, and help with the creation of social media content for Marquette’s team Instagram and twitter accounts.

For a more in-depth look at each staff member’s career accolades, including Stan Johnson, visit their bio links by clicking their names.

Follow @LMULions and @LMULionsMBB for the latest news and updates from LMU Athletics.


Flyers star Obi Toppin named First Team All-American by Associated Press


Flyer Forward Was A Unanimous Selection


ASSOCIATED PRESS – University of Dayton redshirt sophomore Obi Toppin was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press.  Toppin was the only unanimous selection on the first team, and was joined by Iowa’s Luka Garza, Marquette’s Markus Howard, Seton Hall’s Myles Powell and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard.

A 6-foot-9 forward from Brooklyn, Toppin has already been named First Team All-American by The Sporting News.  The Associated Press and Sporting News All-America teams are two of the four teams used to determine the NCAA’s consensus All-America teams.

Obi Toppin ( photo)

He has already been selected the College Basketball Player of the Year by The Athletic, USA Today,, NBC Sports and Rivals.  Sports Illustrated announced its Top 50 College Basketball Players for the 2019-20 season this week, and Toppin’s uniform number matched his ranking – “1.”  (It is worth noting that Toppin’s teammate and roommate, point guard Jalen Crutcher, was number 34 in the same ranking.)

Toppin finished the year averaging 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds a game, and shooting .633 (245-387) from the field, .390 (32-82) from 3-pt. range and .702 (99-141) from the line.

He was the only player in the country who is averaging 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot over 60% from the field.  He also had the best field goal percentage in the last five years of any Division I player who averaged 20 points a game.

Toppin led the A-10 in FG% (.633, 245-387), and was second in scoring (20.0).  He was the only player in the conference to be listed in both the top ten in FG% and 3-pt. FG% (8th, .390, 32-82).  He was also fifth nationally in field goal percentage, even though he took more than double the number of three-pointers the rest of the top 10 combined.

The athletic high Flyer also led the nation in dunks (107).

Toppin lifted the Flyers to a 29-2 record, setting the most wins in school history even though UD did not get a chance to play any post-season games.  Dayton ended the year ranked third in the nation and will carry a 20-game win streak into 2020-21, the longest active streak in Division I.  UD won its third A-10 regular season championship in the last five years, but this season went undefeated (18-0) for the first time.




Dayton Flyers Men’s Basketball ends season Ranked #3 Nationally after best season in school history at 29-2



Flyers Match School’s Best-Ever Final Ranking


DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team finished the 2019-20 season ranked third in the nation in the final polls.  The Flyers were third behind Kansas and Gonzaga in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today Coaches poll.

Kansas, Gonzaga, UD, Florida State and Baylor made up the top five in both polls.  Florida State was fourth according to the AP, and Baylor was fourth in the USA Today Coaches poll.  In the AP poll, Dayton received one first-place vote, as did Gonzaga.  Kansas received the other 63 first-place votes,.

The Flyers went 29-2 this year, setting UD’s record for wins in a season despite not having the benefit of post-season play.  Both of UD’s losses were in overtime on neutral courts to teams expected to be in the NCAA tournament field – No. 1-ranked Kansas and Colorado.

The No. 3 ranking equals the best final ranking in school history.  Dayton was also third at the end of the 1955-56 season, when the Flyers went 25-4 and reached the championship game of the NIT.  Dayton was ranked behind Bill Russell-led San Francisco (who was ranked first wire-to-wire) and North Carolina State 64 years ago.




UD Flyers’Anthony Grant named’s National Coach of the Year


Anthony Grant during game action (courtesy Dayton Media Relations) – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant was named National Coach of the Year on Monday by  Grant, who had already been named Coach of the Year by The Sporting News, guided the Flyers to a school-record 29 wins.

David Cobb:  ”Dayton won a school-record 29 games under Grant’s leadership, going 18-0 in Atlantic 10 play while positioning itself for a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Flyers reached their highest ranking in the AP Top 25 since 1956, which was a decade before Grant was born. Yes, the Dayton program was successful before Grant arrived. But he took it to another level this season.”

Dayton went 29-2 this year, setting UD’s record for wins in a season despite not having the benefit of post-season play.  Both of UD’s losses were in overtime on neutral courts to teams expected to be in the NCAA tournament field – No. 1-ranked Kansas and Colorado.

The Flyers earned a No. 3 ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.  After being picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 Conference’s preseason poll, UD was the first team to go 18-0 in the conference in 35 years.

Dayton finished 2019-20 on a 20-game win streak, the longest active winning streak in Division I.  The 20-game streak matches the longest in the same season in Flyer basketball history, matching the 20-gamer in 1951-52.

In the modern era of UD basketball (Post-World War II), Grant is just the second Dayton grad to coach the Flyers. The first was his coach, College BB Hall of Famer Don Donoher (1964-89).



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