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Otterbein track athlete Curbow earns weekly OAC honor

Press release courtesy of OAC & Otterbein athletic communications


AUSTINTOWN, OHIO – After running the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season in the 60-meter hurdles, Austin Curbow, a senior from Gahanna (Lincoln High School), earned Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Track Athlete of the Week honors.

Austin Curbow

Competing in the All-Ohio meet hosted by Otterbein University, Curbow won the 60 hurdles with a blistering time of 8.01 seconds. His time ranks as the fastest of his career and is the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season by more than a tenth of a second.

Otterbein honored Reynolds’ 40-year career last night

Press release & photo courtesy of Otterbein athletic communications


WESTERVILLE, OHIO—Otterbein University  honored men’s head basketball coach Dick Reynolds Saturday night at the final regular-season game of 2011-12, a 68-65 win over Wilmington College.

Incorporating the theme—“650 wins, 40 years of coaching, thousands of lives touched”—Reynolds was honored prior to the game against Wilmington College. There was no charge for admission.

Dick Reynolds, an NCAA coaching legend

Former players, teammates, coaches, family and friends were invited back to help in the celebration for Reynolds, who will retire from his head coaching and athletic director positions at the conclusion of the season. Players from the 1981 and 1991 Final Four teams and from the 2002 national championship team were recognized at halftime.

Cardinals win over Ohio Northern gives Reynolds his 650th win, stops seven-game skid

Press release & photos courtesy of Otterbein University


WESTERVILLE, OHIO – Junior Tommy Waterwash buried a three-pointer with 17.4 seconds remaining to help lift the Otterbein University men’s basketball team to a thrilling 68-66 come-from-behind victory over visiting Ohio Northern University Wednesday in the Rike Center.

Head coach Dick Reynolds

The win snaps a seven-game losing skid for the Cardinals and gives head coach Dick Reynolds his 650th career victory. Reynolds, in his 40th year at the helm, announced earlier this week that he will retire at the conclusion of the season. He becomes just the seventh coach in NCAA Division III history to amass 650 victories.

Senior Brice Rausch also hit a career milestone, scoring a team-high 14 to reach the 1,000 point plateau for his career.

“It’s exciting,” Rausch said of reaching the scoring milestone. “Not a lot of people get to say they’ve done that in their career, so it’s a great accomplishment. Coach kept telling me to go to the hole early on, and from there I just let everything come to me.”

“It was great in the locker room after the game,” Rausch continued. “Everyone was congratulating coach and you could just really feel the energy.”

Senior Brice Rausch

The 68-66 score was Otterbein’s only lead of the second half, as the Cardinals erased two 11-point deficits down the stretch.

“It’s no secret that we’ve been disappointed, because we expected a much better year coming off of last season,” Reynolds said. “The real problem we’ve had is inconsistency, and one of the biggest albatrosses has been perimeter shooting. Chris Davis has been good inside and Zack Bakenhaster came in with confidence tonight, but in this conference you have to be able to shoot the basketball and combat the triple-play. We found some balance tonight, and that’s what we’ve been working for.”

Ohio Northern led 54-43 as the game clock ticked under ten minutes, but Otterbein wouldn’t allow the Polar Bears to run away. Waterwash connected on consecutive corner jumpers to bring Otterbein within 57-52, and the Cards later clawed to within a possession after another bucket from Waterwash, this one being a three-pointer with 3:45 left to play.

Ohio Northern clung to a 66-62 lead with 90 seconds remaining until Waterwash drilled a trifecta from the top of the key, pulling the Cards to within one point.

Otterbein regained possession after a missed Polar Bear free-throw, and Waterwash struck again from nearly the same spot to put his team ahead for good. ONU would come up empty during its final possession.

“This is such a big team win for us, I can’t even talk enough about that,” said Waterwash, who scored all 13 of his points in the second half to match a career high. “It was great that coach kept coming to me throughout the game. I was horrible early on, but I was able to find more open looks down the stretch and those fell for me.”

Senior Chris Davis grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, and narrowly missed the 1,000 mark himself as his 13-point effort leaves him at 999 for his career. He also had an impressive five steals.

Junior Zach Bakenhaster turned in perhaps his best game of the season, posting nine points and eight rebounds while going 4 of 5 from the field.

Branden Rushton scored 17 points to lead Ohio Northern, which made 7 of its 16 three-point attempts. Otterbein shot .300 (3 of 10) from long distance, with Waterwash accounting for all three makes.

Longtime Otterbein coach Reynolds to retire after 40 years on bench, 19 as AD

Press release & photo courtesy of Otterbein University athletics


WESTERVILLE, OHIO – Otterbein University men’s head basketball coach Dick Reynolds, currently in his 40th season at the helm, has announced that he will retire from coaching and his position as Athletic Director at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season.

“In your life you can change and overcome a lot of things, but you cannot change or overcome time,” said the 69-year old Reynolds, who informed his players of the decision Saturday evening following a game with the University of Mount Union. “It’s time for me to do something different.”

The most successful coach in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), Reynolds sits atop the OAC list for career coaching victories with 649. He ranked sixth all-time for victories in NCAA Division III entering this season, fourth among active coaches.

“My wife Ellen has sat on a lot of bleachers and traveled on a lot of trips,” Reynolds said. “I think I owe her some time to do some things that maybe we haven’t done because of the profession that I’m in.”

Dick Reynolds on the sidelines.

Coach Reynolds reached the pinnacle of his career during the 2001-02 season, guiding the Cardinals to their first national championship. Otterbein finished at 30-3, winning the OAC regular-season title and post-season tournament after being picked to finish sixth in the conference preseason coaches’ poll.

He was selected NCAA Division III Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2002; and for the second time in his career, Ohio College Coach of the Year by his Ohio coaching peers in balloting conducted by the Columbus Dispatch. He also earned this honor in 1981.

Reynolds was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame and the Otterbein University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

“I would like to thank Coach Reynolds for 40 years of service to Otterbein, specifically his mentoring of numerous students and student-athletes,” said Bob Gatti, Vice President for Student Affairs. “In addition to coaching, his work as Athletic Director over the past 19 years has benefited this entire institution. He possessed such love and dedication, and always worked to see Otterbein succeed.”

A nine-time OAC Coach of the Year selection, Reynolds became the first OAC coach to take his team to league titles over four different decades. His squads earned six outright conference championships and shared it another five times. He has also guided the program to eight conference tournament titles.

The Cardinals have advanced into the NCAA Division III Tournament 13 times under Reynolds, winning the national championship in 2002 and reaching the Final Four in 1981 and 1991.

His overall record stands at 649-421 (.607), for an average of 16.3 wins per season.

A native of London, Ohio, Reynolds graduated from Otterbein in 1965 after earning four letters each in football, basketball and track. He then returned to his home town and taught seventh-grade science while serving as an assistant coach in football, basketball and track at the high school. He was inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

Reynolds served three years in the U.S. Air Force (1966-69) as a personnel services officer in charge of recreation. His service teams compiled a 38-10 record.

He spent three seasons as assistant under Otterbein head coach Curt Tong, guiding the junior varsity squad to a 31-20 mark before taking over as head coach in 1972.

“Otterbein hasn’t been a job or place to work, but rather a lifestyle for me and my family,” Reynolds explained. “We have lived Otterbein. My kids grew up in these facilities and we don’t really know what our life is outside of it. This has been a community where I have been able to teach and coach basketball, and it’s always been a privilege to be able to do that.”

Schmidt named Otterbein women’s lacrosse coach

Stephani Schmidt (courtesy of Otterbein athletics)

Otterbein University did not have to go far to find its first head coach for their women’s lacrosse program.

The candidate lives in Westerville and was the head coach at nearby Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

The winner emerging from the Cardinals search is Stephani Schmidt.

Otterbein is expected to field a women’s lacrosse team in the spring of 2012.

Otterbein athletic director Dick Reynolds said, “We are happy to have someone of Stephani’s experience and success to establish our women’s lacrosse program.”

The 37-year-old Schmidt, was the head of Denison’s women’s lacrosse program and associate professor since 2001. She guided the Big Red to North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships and into the NCAA Division III tournament in 2001 and 2006. In 2006, she was named West region coach of the year by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association and was also named coach of the year in the NCAC. Her teams finished first in the NCAC in six of 10 seasons, compiling a 49-16 record in conference play over her career at Dension.

Before going to Denison, Schmidt served as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at her alma mater, The Ohio State University, from 1997 to 2001. She was the team’s defensive coordiantor.

A 1997 graduate of Ohio State, Schmidt earned her bachlor’s degree in education. While an undergraduate, she was a two-year varsity member of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, including the team’s inaugural 1996 season. She served as captain her senior season. She also played on three United States Women’s Lacrosse Association Great Lakes I national tournament teams, as well as two seasons of club lacrosse at Ohio State.

Schmidt earned her master’s degree in sports and exercise studies from Ohio State in 1999.

Info courtesy of Otterbein athletics

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