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In a surprise move, Loth leaves Otterbein for Western Connecticut State

 

Joe Loth (courtesy of Otterbein athletics)

In a surprise move late last Thursday, May 17, head football coach Joe Loth surprised Columbus area media, the town of Westerville and Otterbein fans when rumors started circulating around town that he was leaving his alma mater, to sign a multi-year contract to rebuild the program at Western Connecticut State.

Loth’s leaving probably even shook the media relations department because until this day, there has not even been an article written declaring his resignation or leaving the university. That is strange in itself.

Western Connecticut State University is a public state university, established in 1903. It has an enrollment of 5,907 and located in Danbury, Connecticut. It is an NCAA Division III school with 14 varsity sports. Their nickname is the Colonials and play in two conferences, the ECAC, Eastern College Athletic Conference and the LEC, Little East Conference.

(courtesy of WCSU via wikipedia commons)

The rebuilding job at Western Connecticut State will take longer than at Otterbein. But Loth will recruit from talent in Connecticut, New York City and Long Island.

The football team plays in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, where it has had a tough time under former coach John Burrell, going 0-10, 0-10, 2-8 and 2-8. Its last winning season was in 2005.

The 45-year-old Loth could not pass up the chance at WCSU where he is very familiar with the town and university. He was the Colonials defensive coordinator from 1993-1997. His wife, Keri graduated from the school as well.

Loth is certainly good at rebuilding. During his tenure at Otterbein, he saw the football program receive a shot in the arm with new facilities for the football program, including a renovated Memorial Stadium and football field. Also, before he was hired by former athletic director Dick Reynolds, the Cardinals had only one winning season in 23 years. In his final seven seasons, the program had four winning years and saw the school’s first berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2008 with a 9-2 record and 8-1 in the OAC, second to Mount Union. Loth was named OAC Coach of the Year and Ohio Coach of the Year that season.

 

Info compiled from Western Connecticut State University, Radio & TV news

 

 

 

Stony Brook’s Pikiell named America East top coach again

 

Steve Pikiell (courtesy of Stony Brook athletics)

The Stony Brook Seawolves were led to one of its best basketball seasons ever during 2011-12.

Their head coach, Steve Pikiell led the team to a 20-8 record in the regular season, earning their second 20-win season at the NCAA Division I level to capture the America East regular-season championship for the second time in three years.

That play earned head coach Pikiell as the America East Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.

SBU posted a 14-2 league record, its best in school history and ran off a win streak of 15 wins in its final 17 games.

Pikiell, who has built one of the top defensive programs in the country, has piled up 58 wins in the last three years after winning just 20 games in his first three years in Stony Brook, New York which is located on Long Island.

Winner of 20 games (22) for the second time in the second time in the program’s Division I history, the Seawolves ranked 12th nationally allowing 59.0 points a game.

They also dominated the backboards ranking fifth in the country with +7.9 rebound margin.

 

Info compiled from America East Conference & Stony Brook athletics news

 

Miami University adds Felder as transfer from St. Francis (PA)

 

Will Felder has decided to transfer to Miami University, head men’s basketball coach Charlie Coles announced earlier this week.

Felder just completed his sophomore season at St. Francis University (Pa.) in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Felder, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward from Cleveland, Ohio, who attended Lutheran East High School, was the only player to start all 30 games for the Red Flash in 2010-11 and averaged 11.1 ppg and a team-leading 6.7 rpg while leading the team in blocked shots with 38. He poured in a career-high 30 points against Wagner on February 24, while grabbing 13 rebounds. He notched five double-doubles as a sophomore, which included a stretch of three-straight double-doubles in early December at Long Island with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, at Lehigh he recorded 10 points and 10 boards and at Ohio University, Felder scored 19 points with 10 rebounds.

Will Felder (photo courtesy of St. Francis (PA) athletics)

As a freshman, Felder played in 30 games, making 25 starts, and was named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team. He averaged 9.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg while compiling 26 blocked shots in his first season at St. Francis. The Ohio native posted his first career double-double in 2009-10 with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Wagner.

At Lutheran East High School, Felder helped lead the Falcons to a 23-3 record as well as district and regional championships as a senior. He averaged 25 ppg and hauled down 13 rpg during his senior year and led the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s circulation area with 27 ppg and 12 rpg as a junior in 2007-08. Felder was a two-time Division 4 First Team honoree and a two-time Division 4 Player of the Year.

 

Info courtesy of Miami University athletics

Blue Jackets win in overtime over Islanders

Jake Voracek (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets continued to win on the road, beating the struggling New York Islanders, 4-3 in overtime. The game took place in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Long Island borough of Uniondale.

A crowd of 8,652 witnessed one of the more exciting games for the Isles all season.

Jake Voracek was the hero in this game, as he drove to the net in overtime, which is 4-on-4 play and converted a Kris Russell rebound past the goalie for the game-winner.

The Jackets received goals in regulation from Antoine Vermette, Chris Clark and R.J. Umberger. The Islanders got their scoring from Trent Hunter, Michael Grabner and John Tavares.

The Jackets win moved their record to 14-6-0 overall and into a first-place tie with the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL’s Western Conference.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news