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  • Wayne State University President Jay Noren was presented with a commemorative hockey stick signed by the entire 2007-08 WSU womens hockey team, which won a share of the College Hockey America regular-season championship last season. President Noren awarded championship rings this past fall to the student-athletes and coaching staff for their achievement. Pictured with President Noren from left to right are Sam Poyton, Christine Jefferson, Tina Vanderhoeven, and Lindsay DiPietro.

    1...................................................................................From the Director2-4 ............................................................. 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees5....................................................................................Baseball Preview6..................................................................................... Softball Preview7.............................................. Mens Tennis Preview / NCAA Boosters8....................................................Where Are They Now: Dallas Garrett9...........................................................................Feature on Gary Bryce10...........................................................Fall 2008 Academic Honor Roll11 .................................................................Fall 2008 Award Recipients12-13 ...............................................Top 100 Accomplishments of 200814-15 .............................................................................................Donors16.............................................................. Department News and NotesIBC .......................................................................................Warrior Club

    WARRIOR WITHINCompiled and edited by the WSU Sports Information Office



    CONTRIBUTORSRob Fournier, Director of Athletics

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    in this issue...

    On the COVeRThe Wayne State Department of Athletics was proud to honor its class of 21 student-athletes who achieved a perfect 4.00 grade-point average during the Fall 2008 semester at halftime of a recent Warrior basketball game. Student-athletes with a 4.00 last term include: Jaci Banton, Andrew Bates, Andrew Ciennik, Brady Cooper, Mariusz Debowski, Kyle Funkenhauser, Roberto Gomez, Jessie Johnson, Lydia Lanni, Jimmy Lee, Catherine Leix, Laura Leix, Marlon Leone, Karlisa Love, Meghan Luzod, Bryan Lynch, Laura Maiorana, Will Nolan, Lindsey Park, Robert Stanzler, and Andrew Tines.

    Senior co-captain Matthew Williams and the Wayne State baseball team are preparing to begin the 2009 season in late February. Last years squad won a school-record 34 games and the GLIAC regular-season title but were ousted from the postseason in the championship game of the NCAA Regional Tournament.

    More baseball on page 5

    Former cross country student-athlete shelly Vickery was among five former Tartars and Warriors in the 2009 Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame class. Vickery, a two-time All-GLIAC and All-Region selection, was an All-American and Wayne States Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2002-03.

    More hall of Fame on pages 2-4

    After 27 seasons and over 850 wins, Wayne State head softball coach Gary Bryce was selected for induction into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame this past December. Bryce has coached over 1,400 games in his career and has led the Warriors to 12 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

    More Bryce on page 9

    The WSU athletic department achieved its highest national finish in history, placing 23rd out of 295 programs. Wayne State accumulated 449.50 points as 10 of its 17 athletic teams participated in their respective NCAA tournaments. This feat leads the list of the Top 100 Accomplishments of 2008.

    More top 100 on pages 12-13



    From the Director

    Ever since there were classrooms, there have been grades. And we have gone out of the way to recognize those exceptional achieversas we should. Although some have tried to change the formula by suggesting group marks

    or a collective pass/fail, few have ever believed in such a measurement. It is not our society. It is not what our culture has used to determine who is at the top of the class. And it is certainly not a standard that this countrys greatness is built upon. We all want to be treated fairly and have the same opportunity, but in the end, not all will be equally rewarded. Hard work, perseverance, determination and ambition will affect outcomes.

    Back when I taught classes, I was often curious why some students came to class prepared, did their homework and did well on tests. (Of course I quickly dismissed the fault of the professor or the material). I guess I could have spent more time understanding socioeconomic factors, but in a college classroom with students who all met entrance standards and where those previously identified successes seemed to be imperious to background and culture, there seemed to be some other inexplicable drive behind those individual achievements. I saw it in the traditional two parent homes as well as that of single parents, families with many children and some with only one, from kids who represented second and third generations in college and in those there for the first time. What was it that inspired these successes? Could it be taught or developed? What was the motivation?

    So let me look at those questions another way. I have had the privilege for nearly nine years of working with some of the most focused, determined and energetic young men and women the University has enrolled. Think about it, 5:30AM swim practice and everyone is on-time (and I did say in the morning). Or a baseball team that practices until midnight in the winter because of the lack of space only to be in class at 8:00AM the next day. Or the young lady taking a grueling demand of labs, classes and lectures through many hours of the day only to squeeze in some practice time to run through the streets of Detroit and be recognized as one of the best distance performers in the country. That is the Wayne State student-athlete. Motivated? Determined? Focused?

    Coming off the best finish ever in the ninety-one (91) years of WSU athletics when we were ranked twenty-third in the country among all Division II programs last year, most people have recognized our competitive successes. But these have not come by sacrificing academic achievement. For those who think that one is not consistent with the other, they either have a compromised view of college athletics or else are just accepting of generalizations in society that are both outdated and incorrect. But regardless: I have evidence to disprove the bias.

    This past fall the nearly four hundred student-athletes in the department had a cumulative 3.129 grade point average. It was our highest ever. In other words, every single student-athlete grade when combined with every other student-athlete representing every single sport has an average above an honors level. Over one third had a grade point average of about 3.50 while twenty one (21) had perfect grade point averages (4.00). And when you compare that with our student athlete graduation rates in the last federal mandated report that showed that those who wore WSU athletic uniforms graduate at a rate twenty percent (20%) higher than the comparable campus population, you have some significant references. That cracking sound might be the myths about student-athletes. But even at a University, prejudices are hard to dismantle. And so, just like that team who is ready for that 5:30 AM practice, we will get up and do it againand again. Because the real champion is inside.

    So although some might think it hard to explain why some folks did better than others in that classroom, I believe it is a lot less complicated. The same intangibles that make the successful student are also necessary to achieve success for a student-athlete be it in the classroom or in competition. The same mental toughness that you need to win against your opponent, you need in order to achieve academic success. As a matter of fact, you may also need it in a global, competitive work environment. The answers to some of our most pressing economic problems may be solved by looking at our Universities albeit not necessarily in the traditional classroom.

    Wouldnt it be great to have a setting where every day youre tested in the skills necessary to make it outside our campus honesty, hard work, sacrifice, determination and team work? Maybe, just maybe, athletics has something to offer young men and women beyond a final score. Maybe some of the answers to success in life are on the other side of the Lodge. Come and meet themyou wont be disappointed.

    Making the grade (again)By RoB FouRnieR

  • 2WARRIOR WITHIN 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees

    David Guerrera was a four-year (1999-2003) goaltender on the Wayne State mens hockey team.

    A native of St. Leonard, Quebec, Guerrera backstopped the Warriors to three consecutive College Hockey America tournament titles as well as a 2003 appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament.

    The 2001 CHA tournament Most Valuable Player, he was voted the 2001-02 CHA Player of the Year and the 2002-03 Preseason CHA Player of the Year. In addition to earning his third consecutive WSU team MVP award following the 2001-02 campaign, Guerrera led the CHA in goals-against average (2.34), save percentage (.923) and winning percentage (.816). He was the First Team All-CHA netminder along with earning WSUs Male Student-Athlete of the Year award. He ended the season with an 11-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1, 1.78, .938, 2 shutouts). Another highlight of the 2001-02 season, was a 50-save performance in a 5-4 victory at Wisconsin on Oct. 19.

    As a senior, he was selected the CHA All-Tournament Team goalie for the second time in three years and was also named to the CHA All-Academic Team for the third straight season.

    He graduated in 2003 with a degree in physical education and left WSU as the all-time leader in wins (56), goals-against average (2.97), save percentage (.904), minutes (6668:35) and shutouts (7).

    Following his collegiate career, Guerrera was selected as the Central Hockey Leagues 2003-04 Rookie of the Year after compiling a 26-4-5 record with the Laredo Bucks and was named the CHLs Playoff Most Valuable Player after recording an 8-2-0 mark in 10 post-season games. After one more season in Laredo, he played in Norway in 2005-06 before skating for the Rocky Mountain Rage in 2006-07. He is currently in his second year with Saugenay in Quebec.





    Amanda Jennings Pata was a four-year (1996-99) member of the Wayne State softball team.

    She was an All-American as a senior as well as being named captain of the All-American Farm Team. A First Team All-GLIAC selection in 1999, she batted .309 while playing in all 61 contests. Jennings led that squad in home runs (13 which is still a WSU record), total bases (107), walks (15), RBI (43) and slugging percentage (.591).

    In her junior year, she batted .386 with a team-leading 10 home runs, a school-record 47 RBI and a .687 slugging percentage to earn Third Team All-America, First Team All-Region, and Second Team All-GLIAC accolades.

    Jennings was an Honorable Mention All-GLIAC selection in 1997 after hitting .347 with 10 doubles and three triples.

    A native of Nashville, Michigan and a graduate of Hastings High School, Jennings was ranked first in career

    games played (225), home runs (23) and RBI (138), third in slugging percentage (.512), fourth in triples (10), total bases (328) and fielding putouts (607), fifth in runs scored (104)

    and fielding percentage (.966), sixth in at bats (641), hits

    (201) and doubles (35), eighth in walks (39) and on-base percentage (.365), and 10th in batting average (.314) at the time of her graduation from WSU.

    A Presidential Scholar, she graduated in 2000 with a bachelors degree in secondary education with majors in Unified Science and English and earned a Master of Arts in

    Multidisciplinary Science in 2004. She is currently working on a second post-graduate degree from WSU -- Master of Library and Information Science.

    Jennings, who is married to WSU graduate Don Pata, is currently a science teacher and a softball coach at Grosse Pointe North High School.



    2009 Hall of Fame Inductees


    Kelly Kashmerick was a four-year (1999-2002) member of the Wayne State softball team and a two-time NFCA First Team All-America selection.

    Kashmerick first earned NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches

    Association) First Team All-America honors following her junior campaign in which she batted .404 with 17 doubles, 25 extra-base hits, 118 total bases and a .581 slugging

    percentage while starting all 57 games.In 2002, she hit .392 with 18 doubles and a .426 on-

    base percentage (11 walks to seven strikeouts) in 190 plate appearances to earn NFCA First Team All-America accolades for the second consecutive season. She led the GLIAC in hits (69), runs (42), doubles and total bases (99).

    Kashmerick finished her WSU career as the all-time leader

    in games played (231) and at bats (769), a total which ranks 23rd in NCAA Division II history. She was second in career hits (281), doubles (54) and total bases (377), third in runs scored (135) and fourth in batting average (.365) when she graduated. She was also in the top 10 in triples (9), slugging percentage (.490) and on-base percentage (.390).

    In addition to being a three-time All-GLIAC selection and a two-time First Team All-Region honoree, Kashmerick holds the WSU single-season marks for games played (63 in 2000), at bats (203 in 2001), doubles (18 in 2002) and total bases (118 in 2001).

    The David Adamany Award recipient, Kashmerick graduated in 2003 with a bachelors degree in elementary education. She was the 2001-02 WSU Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

    Yasemin Topcu Block, a three-year (1988-90) member of the Wayne State womens fencing team, was a three-time All-America honoree and the medalist at the 1989 NCAA national championship meet held in Evanston, Ill.

    Topcu was a First Team All-American in 1988 after placing fourth and a Second Team selection in 1990 with an eighth-place finish. She helped the Tartars claim three consecutive

    national foil team titles in 1988, 1989 and 1990.By winning the 1989 national championship, she became

    the first female national fencing champion in WSU history.

    Over her last two seasons, Topcu compiled a 144-43 mark for a winning percentage of .770.

    A native of Berlin, Germany, she graduated cum laude in 1990 with a bachelors degree in political science and peace and conflict studies. Topcu also earned a diploma in political

    science from Free University in Berlin in 1996. She spent the next four years at the Social Science Research Center in

    Berlin as a research fellow on the project, Between Politics and Moral Politics of Humanitarian Assistance. She has also written for several publications.

    She currently resides in California with her husband, Claus Block, a former WSU fencer, and their two children.



  • 4WARRIOR WITHIN 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees


    cross country

    Shelly Vickery was a three-year (2000-02) member of the Wayne State womens cross country team.

    As a senior, she led WSU to its best national finish ever

    (9th) by placing 12th in a time of 22:23.9 in the national championship meet to earn All-America honors. She was also selected as WSUs Female Student-Athlete of the Year for 2002-03.

    Vickery earned All-Region accolades after finishing

    fifth at the 2002 regional meet. She had a stellar senior

    campaign, finishing second at the GLIAC championships (to

    earn First Team All-GLIAC honors), Michigan Intercollegiates and Louisville Classic, and fourth at the Detroit Invitational to earn team MVP accolades for the second straight season. Her GLIAC and national championship meet finishes were

    WSU bests at the time.In 2001, she became the first female runner to earn First

    Team All-Region honors after placing 13th in the regional meet. Vickery was a Second Team All-GLIAC honoree with her eighth-place finish at the conference meet.

    As a sophomore in 2000, Vickery had two top-six finishes

    and narrowly missed all-league honors with a 16th-place finish at the conference meet. She was selected WSUs Rookie

    of the Year after placing 25th at the NCAA Regional meet.After earning an associates degree from Oakland

    Community College, Vickery earned both bachelors and masters degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from WSU in 2003 and 2005, respectively. She previously worked as a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Childrens Hospital of Michigan and is currently working for Plymouth Canton Community Schools in a special education preschool program.

    Shelly resides in Wixom with her husband Brent Siegel.

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    Baseball Preview

    In 2008, the Wayne State University baseball team enjoyed unprecedented success, reaching the championship game of the NCAA North Central Regional after winning a school-record 34 games and the GLIAC regular-season championship.

    The 2009 season marks a changing of the guard, however, in the WSU baseball program. Gone is Jay Alexander, who earned two GLIAC Coach of the Year awards in his six seasons at the helm. Enter former pitching coach Ryan Kelley, who is preparing in his first season as the head coach to lead the Warriors to another fruitful season and keep his squad in the mix among the elite programs in Division II baseball.

    Kelley understands that adjustments will need to be made to climb the mountain again, but feels that his team is prepared to avoid falling off the cliff, a figurative image one can associate with last seasons crushing 3-0 loss to Ashland in the regional title game.

    Obviously last year was a record year for us, and we had a lot of accomplishments and success, said Kelley. But going into this year with a number of guys returning with more experience, they learned what it was like to be in that situation and now they know what they have to do to win that game to get to the World Series.

    Among Kelleys 19 returning letterwinners are Wayne States captains Drew Churchward (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Matthew Williams (Detroit, Mich.), and Dane Little (Windsor, Ont.). This trio hopes to guide the Warriors back to postseason play and close out their careers on a high note.

    Our leadership up the middle is really strong. We have our three captains Churchward in center, Williams at shortstop and Little on the mound who are all seniors, and any good team has to be strong up the middle defensively.

    Churchward, who redshirted in 2007 after transferring from Butte College, posted a .317 average with 27 RBI and a team-best 13 doubles while hitting primarily at the top of the order. He totaled 54 runs and 183 at-bats (both second-most in WSU history), was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team, and earned a Rawlings/ABCA All-Region Gold Glove.

    Hes an emotional leader on the field. He comes with a lot of pride and wants to do the best that he can, said Kelley. He carries that emotion with him well and I think the guys feed off of it.

    Williams, who Kelley feels, has made great strides this year as a captain, received WSUs Most Improved Player award in 2008 after increasing his batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and fielding percentage from the previous year and improving in nearly every other offensive category. He was the GLIAC co-leader in stolen bases (29), while batting

    .275 with 25 RBI and 50 runs scored.

    An All-GLIAC Second Team honoree last season, Little went 4-5 in 13 starts with a 4.83 ERA and 57 strikeouts. He was as durable (lasted at least five innings in 10 starts) as he was effective (2.91 ERA in the month of April) when counted upon.

    Dane will be one of our spark plugs as a left-handed pitcher, said Kelley. When he came in as a freshman he

    had a lot of talent, but over the years hes really learned how to pitch hit his spots, locate, and keep hitters off balance.

    Joining Churchward in the outfield is junior standout Ryan LaPensee (LaSalle, Ont.), a two-time All-GLIAC Honorable Mention selection. LaPensee led the team and finished fourth in the GLIAC with a .409 batting average, becoming one of only four players in WSU history to hit .400 or better twice. The right fielder finished with 70 hits and had a team-best 21 multiple-hit games.

    LaPensee has established himself as one of the premier outfielders in our conference. Now that he is at an upper-classman status, I expect him to take on more of a leadership role and build upon his past success.

    Senior third baseman Charlie Dunneback (Lansing, Mich.)

    New Coach, Same Goals For WSU Baseball SquadBy Tom Gorman

    bounced back from an injury-plagued 2007 to play in 50 games a year ago and hit .291, including a .323 clip with runners in scoring position. He also posted 10 sacrifice bunts, fourth-most in the conference and tied for third-most in school history.

    Charlie brings a wealth of experience to the table, said Kelley. Hes had some ups and downs in his career due to injuries, but hes here to do whatever he can to help the team win.

    The 2008 GLIAC Freshman of the Year, catcher Michael Wiseman (White Lake, Mich.) batted .323, slugged five homers and drove in 50 runs. He also drew 31 walks and had a team-best 15 multiple-RBI games last season.

    Mike swings the bat really well and is very knowledgeable and talented defensively, said Kelley. He was in a position where he was under a good leader behind the plate in Matt Cunningham, but now Mike has taken on that role.

    Adam Kaminski (Clinton Twp., Mich.) is a senior who primarily played first base but also served as the teams closer. An All-America, All-Region, and Second Team All-GLIAC selection in 2008, Kaminski finished second on the team with a .371 batting average and contributed 30 RBI. In 13 appearances on the mound, he amassed three saves and 23 strikeouts with a staff-low 1.93 ERA.

    Kaminski has a big-game mentality and when he gets on the mound, he wants to compete and go after hitters. I respect that aggressiveness, and I look for him to continue to help us out in that capacity.

    Kaminski will be challenged for time at first base by John Skaggs (Adrian, Mich.), who struggled last season but hopes a successful summer in which he was named an All-Star in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate League will lead to a resurgence this spring.

    Other veterans hoping to make an impact include senior Scott Martin (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a versatile player who batted .237 and matched his career-high of 18 RBI last season, and junior utility man Tom Olson (Clinton Twp., Mich.), who spent his first two seasons primarily as a pitcher but saw limited playing time in left field last year as well.

    Junior reserve infielder Caleb Dalman (Hudsonville, Mich.) will unfortunately miss the 2009 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery this past winter. Senior outfielder Tony Hines (Detroit, Mich.), who was selected as a Preseason All-American in 2008, will also miss the season due to an injury which limited him to only nine games last year.

    Even with the strong veteran presence on his squad, Kelley is not short on talent from newcomers either. Among those Kelley sees as potential contributors is Jamie Bailey (Petrolia, Ont.), a transfer from Blue Ridge Community College.

    Jamie is going to step in and be a solid second baseman for us. He showed some really good defensive skills during fall ball and in our winter workouts, and I think hell be a great addition.

    Another Blue Ridge transfer, Paul LaMantia (Tecumseh, Ont.) batted .387 and led the Bears with 53 hits last season.

    Hes shown tremendous ability to play the outfield, and first base if we need him. He has some pop in his swing, and is a great team player.

    Competing with Dunneback for a role at third base is Alex Trojan (Fenton, Mich.), who redshirted at WSU a year ago.

    Alex, now being a redshirt freshman, is stronger and his skill level has increased, said Kelley. I think his hunger to play is tremendous, and hes been working really hard.

    From a pitching standpoint, Kelley is approaching the 2009 campaign with guarded enthusiasm.

    Pitching-wise, I think this might be the most depth weve had, but guys have to really step up and show that they can perform.

    With the departure of Anthony Bass, who was drafted in the fifth round by the San Diego Padres in June, there is a significant gap in the rotation which Kelley hopes will be filled by any one of his experienced hurlers.

    Besides Little, seniors who will take the mound this season include Ryan Mosher (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Robby Foscarin (Toronto, Ont.), and Kaminski.

    Mosher hopes to get his career back on track after a two-year derailment due to arm surgeries. He went 2-5 with a 5.80 ERA in 2006, but exhibited his true form in 2005 when he had an 8-4

    record and was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team.Foscarin, who transferred to WSU last year after two seasons

    at Kaskaskia College, made 11 relief appearances in 2008 and surrendered just two earned runs over his final seven outings.

    Sophomore right-handers Tyler Loehr (Brighton, Mich.) and Brett Shankin (Washington, Mich.) both saw time on the mound as freshmen. Loehr collected 21 strikeouts in 13 appearances, while Shankin went 3-1 and fanned 27 batters. Shankins most memorable outing was a 6-2 victory over Ashland in the NCAA Regional in which he went the distance and struck out five.

    Theyve made remarkable improvement mentally and physically, and Ill look for big things out of them.

    Kelley also likes the progress made by junior righty Justin Mazur (Macomb, Mich.), who made a team-high 15 appearances last season. Mazur, who made seven starts, had a 5-0 record and 28 strikeouts.

    Juniors David White (Taylor, Mich.) and Brady Cooper (Allen Park, Mich.) will come out of the bullpen, and Kelley expects these two right-handers to show the consistency comparable with their experience.

    Matt Mahalak (Wyandotte, Mich.) is a walk-on who Kelley sees as having the potential to contribute.

    He has good location; not a lot of velocity, but he can hit his spots, said Kelley.

    Faced with the task of putting together a winning formula with these components is a relatively fresh-faced coaching staff. Only Kelley and Kyle Hill remain from last years coaching regime.

    We had a staff on board the last six seasons that was pretty steady, but we have three new coaches with us this year. I think the players have adjusted very well to the transition.

    Hill is back for his second season as an assistant coach, having completed a successful four-year pitching career in 2007. The two-time All-GLIAC Second Team selection ranks second all-time at WSU in career innings (271.1) and is the schools co-leader with 24 career victories.

    Logan Hughes, who also serves as an assistant football coach, has joined the baseball staff as a hitting instructor. He was an assistant baseball coach for three years at his alma mater, Missouri-St. Louis, where he earned All-GLVC and All-Region honors as a third baseman.

    Two former Macomb Community College assistant coaches, Art Dudal and John Dombrowski, have also joined the staff.

    The 2009 Warriors, players and coaches alike, will begin the season Feb. 20-21 at West Georgia. Wayne State will spend four weeks on the road playing non-conference opponents, including in-region foes Bellarmine, Southern Indiana, and Drury.

    The GLIAC is always a competitive league, and every game counts every inning counts. So we need to prepare ourselves for conference play, and weve established a very tough non-conference schedule before the GLIAC season hits.

    Conference play will begin with WSUs home opener Mar. 18 against Northwood. With the GLIAC schedule increasing to 35 games, the Warriors will play at each of the other seven schools, and conversely will host each team. Eleven (11) of Wayne States final 13 games are in Detroit, including a three-game set May 2-3 against 2008 GLIAC tournament champion Grand Valley State to close the regular season.

    In the GLIAC, no matter who youre playing against, teams come prepared to battle and win, said Kelley. They are talented and well coached, and we will have our hands full with teams coming after us because of our success last year.

    Can last years success be repeated, or even exceeded? Many of the faces on this team have changed, but the goals remain the same win the GLIAC title, get to the NCAA Championship, and show the nation that the Warriors belong among the top teams in Division II baseball.

    Drew Churchward

    Ryan LaPensee

  • 6WARRIOR WITHIN Softball Preview

    Gary Bryce begins his 28th year leading the Warrior softball program with a balanced squad of veterans and recruits. Ten players will return from the 2008 squad which was the GLIAC co-Champion (16-4) and advanced to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional tournament for the third consecutive year.

    Of the 10 members returning there are five seniors, four juniors and one sophomore--Rachel Spaccarotelli (Ray, Mich.). Nine of the 10 were letterwinners last year, except for redshirt junior Casey Hanes (Richmond, Va.).

    Seven newcomers join the roster as freshmen including catcher Dani Williams (Monroe, Mich.), pitcher Sam Cain (Taylor, Mich.) and first/third baseman Brittany Omelanchuk (Brooklin, Ont.).

    Senior Lisa Seymour (Davison, Mich.) leads the list of returnees after finishing third on the team in triples, home runs, fielding putouts and fielding assists. She also earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mention accolades after batting .269 in league play with 11 RBI. Seymour started 48 games a year ago, all but one at second base.

    Junior Jaci Banton (Richmond Hill, Ont.) was also selected to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention team after batting .333 in league play. She is set to start at shortstop after starting 50 games in her first year at WSU.

    Seymour and Banton are both as good as any middle infielders in the league, stated Bryce. They are experienced and as the saying goes, You are only as good as you are up the middle.

    We have two freshmen in the corners, so we hope that having returning players in the middle will create a competitive and hard-working environment. We want everyone to be on their toes. said Bryce.

    Seymour, along with senior Lauren Warkentien (East China, Mich.) and Hanes, will act as team captains.

    Softball Seeking Fourth Straight NCAA Regional BerthBy Sarah Slocum

    Hanes, was a NFCA Third-Team All-American in 2006, while Warkentien pitched 47 innings with a 1.79 earned-run average a year ago and saw action as a designated player.

    Rounding out the pitching staff is junior Nicole Abel (Kitchener, Ont.). Abel recorded a streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings, a season-high 10 strikeouts and a 2.22 ERA in 113.2 innings during her second season as a Warrior.

    Our pitching staff has to rise to every opportunity they have for us to be successful. said Bryce.

    Bryce and assistant coach Pat Kent have fresh talent when it comes to infielders. Freshmen Kristina Susalla (Garden City, Mich.), Rebecca Stanley (Waterloo, Ont.), Becca Ryan (Westland, Mich.) along with Cain and Alison Allen (Redford, Mich.), who is also listed to play outfield, are among the options.

    We brought in seven good freshmen, said Bryce. But they have to perform up-to-par for us to be competitive. If the fall games are any indication of their talent, then I believe there is some promise in our new ball players.

    Allen will join seniors Sarah Teller (Chesterfield Twp., Mich.) and Amanda Vant Wout (Guelph, Ont.), and junior Stephanie LeClair (Kitchener, Ont.) in the outfield. Teller started 47 games in all three outfield positions, while Vant Wout and LeClair were two of three squad members a year ago to start all 53 games.

    Vant Wout and LeClair trailed Seymour in home runs, each hitting two last season.Spaccarotelli, due to a hand injury, and senior Laura Maiorana (Clinton Twp., Mich.) saw

    limited action last season.Your goal is always to do your best, said Bryce. We hope to be competitive in the

    GLIAC and move on to the NCAA Tournament. The best way to do that is to score; if you dont score you cant win.

    If the Warriors continue to play the way they have been for the past three years, even with the changes this season brings, the team could qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year and the sixth time in the last eight seasons. From there, anything is possible.

    Jaci Banton

    2009 SOFTball ScheduleFeb. 20-22 UAH Charger Chillout TBA

    Decatur, Ala.

    Feb. 28-Mar. 1 Great Lakes Showdown TBA

    Owensboro, Ky.

    Mar. 14-21 Rebel Spring Games TBA

    Kissimmee, Fla.

    Mar. 28 Northwood (DH)* 1:00 PM

    Mar. 29 Lake Superior State (DH)* 1:00 PM

    Apr. 1 at Ashland (DH)* 3:00 PM

    Apr. 4 at Hillsdale (DH)* 1:00 PM

    Apr. 5 at Findlay (DH)* 1:00 PM

    Apr. 8 Hillsdale (DH)* 3:00 PM

    Apr. 10 Ashland (DH)* 3:00 PM

    Apr. 11 at Tiffin (DH)* 1:00 PM

    Apr. 14 Findlay (DH)* 3:00 PM

    Apr. 16 Detroit Mercy (DH) 4:00 PM

    Apr. 18 Lake Erie (DH) 1:00 PM

    Apr. 19 at Saginaw Valley State (DH)* 1:00 PM

    Apr. 22 Tiffin (DH)* 3:00 PM

    Apr. 25 at Grand Valley State (DH)* 1:00 PM

    Apr. 26 at Ferris State (DH)* 1:00 PM

    May 1-3 GLIAC Tournament TBA

    Midland, Mich.

    May 9-10 NCAA Regionals TBA

    Campus Sites

    May 21-25 NCAA Championships TBA

    Salem, Va.

    *GLIAC game All times Eastern Home games at WSU Softball Field

    2009 baSeball ScheduleFeb. 20 at West Georgia (DH) 1:00 PMFeb. 21 at West Georgia (DH) 1:00 PMFeb. 27 at Bellarmine 1:00 PMFeb. 28 at Bellarmine (DH) 12:00 PMMar. 1 Southern Indiana (at Bellarmine) 12:00 PMMar. 6 at Drury# 6:00 PMMar. 7 Arkansas Tech# 11:00 AMMar. 8 Missouri S&T# 10:00 AMMar. 14 at Carson-Newman (DH) 12:00 PMMar. 15 at Carson-Newman 1:00 PMMar. 17 at Toledo 3:00 PMMar. 18 Northwood (DH)* 2:00 PMMar. 21 at Ashland (DH)* 1:00 PMMar. 22 at Ashland* 12:00 PMMar. 25 at Tiffin (DH)* 2:00 PMMar. 28 Findlay (DH)* 1:00 PMMar. 29 Findlay* 12:00 PMMar. 31 at Central Michigan 3:00 PMApr. 1 Ashland (DH)* 2:00 PMApr. 4 at Northwood (DH)* 1:00 PMApr. 5 at Northwood* 12:00 PMApr. 8 at Hillsdale (DH)* 2:00 PMApr. 10 at Saginaw Valley State (DH)* 1:00 PMApr. 11 at Saginaw Valley State* 12:00 PMApr. 15 at Grand Valley State (DH)* 2:00 PMApr. 18 Tiffin (DH)* 1:00 PMApr. 19 Tiffin* 12:00 PMApr. 22 at Findlay (DH)* 2:00 PMApr. 25 Hillsdale (DH)* 1:00 PMApr. 26 Hillsdale* 12:00 PMApr. 29 Saginaw Valley State (DH)* 2:00 PMMay 2 Grand Valley State (DH)* 1:00 PMMay 3 Grand Valley State* 12:00 PMMay 7-10 GLIAC Tournament TBAMay 14-17 NCAA Regionals TBAMay 23-30 NCAA Championship TBA

    #University of Drury Heffington Optical Festival (Springfield, Mo.)

    *GLIAC game All times Eastern Home games at WSU Baseball Field



    Mens Tennis Preview / NCAA Boosters

    The Wayne State University mens tennis team is approaching the 2009 season after taking a four-month break from competition. The young squad last hit the courts in September against two Division I teams during the Detroit Titan Invitational.

    Freshman Bertrand Moulin (Lyon, France) and sophomore Johan Maubacq (Bussy St. Georges, France) won the first doubles flight and junior Roberto Gomez (Comitan Chiapas, Mexico) won three of his four singles

    matches. Junior Kevin Turnbull (Shelby Twp., Mich.) and sophomore Eric Szydlowski (Canton, Mich.) also won an exciting doubles match.

    All the players showed great effort, but we learned a lot about the level we need to get to. Im excited about the upcoming season, said first year head coach Bryan Morrow.

    Morrow, a 1991 graduate and 2003 Hall of Fame inductee of WSU, has two juniors and freshmen, and one sophomore as first-year squad members.

    Gomez joined the Warrior program after playing two years at Seward County Community College.

    Redshirt sophomore Peter Spina (Grosse Pointe,

    Mich.) begins his tennis career at WSU after leaving Hope College in 2006.

    Redshirt freshman Will Nolan (Troy, Mich.) enters his first year in the Green and Gold after spending one year at Oakland University.

    Rounding out the newcomers is redshirt junior Michael Savalle (Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.) and Moulin.

    I hope I can inspire the men to do their best, said Morrow. From what I saw in one weekend of competition, I believe these guys, both new and returning, will show they have what it takes to win tournament titles.

    One junior and four sophomores return to the courts after claiming third place in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament last spring and qualifying for the NCAA Division II Championships. The Warriors had a 9-10 overall record (4-3 GLIAC).

    Leading the list of returning players are Turnbull, Szydlowski and Marlon Leone (Holly, Mich.), who primarily pair in doubles at the No. 3 spot.

    Completing the roster is All-GLIAC First Team sophomore Maubacq. In his first year as a Warrior, Maubacq had a 9-10 overall record and 4-3 conference mark at the No. 1 singles spot, and finished the regular season 15th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Great Lakes regional ranking.

    The retuning players are showing the strong leadership I was hoping for, stated Morrow. I hope the team will continue to show constant improvements and develop

    Mens Tennis Hopes For Success Under New DirectionBy Sarah Slocum

    2009 MeNS TeNNIS ScheduleFeb. 1 at Toledo 9:30 AMFeb. 7 at Bellarmine 4:00 PMFeb. 8 at Indianapolis 9:00 AMFeb. 14 Chicago State 1:00 PMFeb. 15 at Detroit Mercy 6:00 PMFeb. 27 at Olivet Nazarene 1:00 PMFeb. 28 at Illinois-Chicago 7:00 PMMar. 20 at Michigan Tech* 1:00 PMMar. 21 at Lake Superior State* 10:00 AMMar. 28 at Tiffin* 11:00 AMMar. 29 at Findlay* 10:00 AMApr. 3 Ferris State* 12:00 PMApr. 10 Aquinas 2:00 PMApr. 11 Grand Valley State* 12:00 PMApr. 14 at Northwood* 2:00 PMApr. 18-19 GLIAC Tournament TBA Midland, Mich.May 7-9 NCAA Regionals TBA Campus SiteMay 13-16 NCAA Championship TBA Altamonte Springs, Fla.

    *GLIAC match All times EasternHome matches at WSU Tennis Courts (or Peachtree Tennis Club if inclement weather)

    Johan Maubacq

    strong team chemistry throughout the season to help us qualify for regionals.

    The Warriors look to advance to the NCAA Division II Championships for the third consecutive year.

    Who is a Representative of Athletics interestor Booster

    - An individual who is known (or who should have been known) by Wayne States athletic department to have been a member of an organization that promotes the Warriors athletics program

    - An individual who has made financial contributions to WSUs athletic department or any booster organization

    - An individual who has assisted (or who has been asked by the athletic department to assist) in the recruitment of prospects

    - An individual who has provided benefits to current student-athletes and their families

    - An individual who has been otherwise involved in promoting Wayne State University

    Remember:OnCe a Representative, ALWAYs a representative

    If you fall under any of these categories, you are considered a booster or representative of Wayne State Universitys athletics interests.

    Wayne State University is ultimately responsible for your actions as a representative. If you violate NCAA rules as a Representative of Athletics Interests, the NCAA will penalize the University.

    Definitions to RememberA Prospect Is:ANY student who has started 9th grade classes, however, a student who has not started classes for the 9th grade becomes a prospect if the institution provides the individual (or the individuals relatives or friends) any financial assistance or any other extra benefits.

    A Student-Athlete Is:A student who was recruited by a coaching staff member or representative of Wayne State University with the ultimate goal of the student participating in the athletic program. In addition, any student becomes a student-athlete when the student reports for any varsity team conducted by the Wayne State athletic department.

    An Extra Benefit Is:A special arrangement, by a Wayne State University employee or representative of athletics interests, to provide a current student-athlete or the students family with a benefit that is not permissible under the NCAA rules.

    nCAA Rule Regarding Offers and inducements to Prospects

    A representative of Wayne State athletics interests CANNOT be involved, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for, giving or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits to a prospect or the prospects relatives or friends. This applies regardless of whether similar financial aid, benefits, or arrangements are available to prospective students in general.

    Representatives Can Not Offer:- Arrangement of employment for a prospects relatives- A gift of clothing or equipment- Co-signing of a loan- Provision of a loan to a prospects friends or relatives- Cash- Any tangible items, including merchandise- Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases or any type- Free or reduced-cost housing

    What A Representative should KnowAbout Recruiting Prospects

    A representative CAN speak to a prospect by telephone ONLY if the prospect initiates the call and the call is not for recruiting purposes. You, as the representative, must refer questions about the Wayne State University athletics program directly to the athletic department staff.

    A representative CAN watch a prospects athletics contest at his or her own initiative with the understanding that you, as the representative, cannot contact the prospect or report back to the athletic department.

    A representative CANNOT contact a prospects coach, principal, or counselor, in an attempt to evaluate the prospect.

    A representative CANNOT visit a prospects educational institution to pick up film/videotape or transcripts for the purpose of evaluating a prospects academic or athletic ability.

    A representative CAN continue a relationship with an established family friend or neighbor, with the understanding that the contacts are not made for the purpose of recruiting.







  • 8WARRIOR WITHIN Where Are The Now?

    Dallas Garrett, Ph.D. graduated from Wayne State in 1962 with a Bachelors degree in Education and was selected in the second round of the ABL draft in 1962 by the Los Angeles Jets, a team owned by Abe Saperstein who also owned the Harlem Globetrotters.

    He was born in Odon, Indiana where he lived until he was 14 years old. He then moved to Detroit where he played basketball and baseball at Mackenzie High School.

    He came to Wayne State in 1959 on a basketball scholarship after completing his second year at Highland Park Junior College (HPJC), where he made several All-America teams.

    Garrett was asked to come and play for Wayne by the freshmen coach, Noah Brown, who frequently attended the games at HPJC. Coach Brown invited him to come to the Old Main gym at 4 p.m. daily before he enrolled at WSU to play 4-on-4 with the alumni that played recreational basketball every day. Freddie Prime, who was a senior at Mumford High School, was also invited by Coach Brown.

    We played with Charlie Primas, Paul Dean, George Baby Duncan, Clarence Straughn and many others, Garrett said. They called me Yardley because I could shoot like George Yardley and had a receding hair-line.

    When asked about a particular moment in playing for Wayne State that stands out to him, he said, I

    had several opportunities to take the last shot and I remember a specific one in Canada that was with three seconds to go and we won by one point because I hit the last shot.

    Garrett also has fond memories of being captain of the freshman team with Prime and Randy Ziegler. I also played varsity football and had some great road trips with the team that were pretty special to me, added Garrett.

    He credits Wayne State in helping him select a dual career as a coach and an Industrial Arts teacher at Saline High School, which led to his college teaching career at Washtenaw Community College. He later became a college Dean that built Advanced Technology Centers in Ohio, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

    During his last year at WSU, Garrett juggled not only playing two sports, but he also worked a full-time job and was married.

    I have worked hard all my life and Wayne State prepared me to do that very well, he said. Any professional career requires that you love your work and you must be willing to work hard and be as good as you can to everyone around you.

    Garret had the opportunity to play basketball for 18 years after college. He coached high school basketball, football and baseball, and college basketball for three years.

    The money was never great but the relationship

    with the students was fantastic, he said. I played several games in the ABL on short-term contracts in the 1960s and then I played in the Industrial League for several teams such as the Phillips 66 Oilers.

    It was a great honor to me to get phone calls from teams that would ask me to come to Fort Wayne or Toledo to play a game or two because someone was hurt.

    Garrett had the unique experience of always being a point guard and was usually the leading scorer.

    I had 42 points in the Industrial League playing for the Phillips 66 Oilers and ironically one semester at WSU, when I had an injury and couldnt play varsity ball, I played intramural and also scored 42 points, he said. One of the WSU football coaches (Dino) was at the game and was very impressed that I could shoot so well.

    Today, Garrett is a small business development center director for a multi-county region in Virginia. I planned to retire here, he said. But, I have one of the best business development programs in the nation.

    His program even won a 13-state award in November of 2008. He and his wife, Kemwyn, have five children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    Catching Up With Dr. Dallas GarrettBy Angela Ruth

    Today, Garrett operates a small business development center in Virginia.

    A Wayne State graduate, Garrett also playedhigh school ball in Detroit at Mackenzie.



    Gary Bryce

    Gary Bryce Puts Together Hall of Fame CareerBy Kyle Stefan

    Its no secret that Gary Bryce loves to win. During a coaching career at Wayne State spanning

    three decades, Bryce has constructed a softball program that has evolved into one of the regions best.

    Entering his 28th year at the helm of the Warriors, the numbers are undeniable.

    Bryce led WSU to a GLIAC championship last season, 25 years after winning his first. In between, he has racked up 12 more league titles.

    His 855 total wins ranks seventh all-time among NCAA Division II coaches, while his Warrior squads have made 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a 2003 trip to the College World Series.

    Bryces induction into the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) Hall of Fame recognizes his coaching career from a holistic approach perspective, the 68-year-old Bryce says, that is necessary when examining his lifes work.

    Winning is a great moment. Anytime you win a championship, its a great feeling. Its what you strive for, Bryce said.

    But some of the best moments Ive had in softball are not necessarily about winning.

    Humble beginningsBryce started in athletics when he was eight, playing

    football, basketball and baseball all the way to the University of Michigan.

    At that time, softball was hardly on his radar.When I graduated from U of M, there were no

    womens sports to speak of, Bryce said, and if you would have told me I would be coaching women down the road, I would have bet a lot of money that wouldnt have been true.

    But I always made a note that athletics had been good to me, and so if I couldnt make it big time as a player, which I didnt, I would want to coach.

    After college, Bryce started playing mens fastpitch softball and, as the womens game began to emerge on the prep level across the state, took a job with the girls varsity team at Royal Oak Dondero High School, where he coached for five seasons.

    When I got into it, I told the ladies that as far as I was concerned, you were an athlete ... and my job was to make you the best I could make you.

    I went on that guideline, whether it was right or not.

    That ideology came to define Bryce and helped deliver immediate success at Dondero, including a state championship in 1979.

    Pat Kent, who has assisted Bryce for 25 seasons at WSU, said that his emphasis on player development making each player the best they can be has correlated with the teams gaudy winning percentage (.612) during Bryces collegiate tenure.

    There are a lot of times that we dont have the best of talent, Kent said, but he gets the most out of his players. Were able to keep winning. Id say thats more of his outstanding trait.

    Old school approachThere is a method behind Bryces success and it

    starts on the field with an attention to detail.One of our slogans is to always do the little things

    right, Bryce said, because if we cant do the little things right, theres no way we can do the big things.

    I can be harsh when people dont do the right things.

    While Bryce and Kent both agree that hes softened since his early coaching days, both attribute the programs consistency to his time-tested attitude honed through a career that includes over 1,400 games coached.

    If you look at any successful coach, theyre very demanding and disciplined, Kent said. Thats why hes so successful. Hes a great motivator and gets his kids ready to play.

    Bryce said he tells recruits and their parents before they set foot on campus that at times he will be in their face.

    He knows what his players are capable of and hell get on you until you do things right, said Lisa Seymour, a three-year letterwinner and senior captain. Hes definitely a tough coach but he treats his players really well.

    Asked to depict Bryces coaching style, Seymour picked the near-universal answer: Old-school.

    Bryce quipped: Im often told that Im a throwback. We expect the most of our kids. My job is to teach

    them to do the right things. If you have to be a curmudgeon to do it, well, then,

    Im a curmudgeon.

    The methodology has worked. Bryce has produced 17 All-Americans, including Kent, who played under Bryce during his first two years at WSU.

    Full circleBryces influence extends beyond the softball

    diamond. And off-the-field, Bryce insists, is where coaching

    has yielded some of his most rewarding moments. I had a former player, now a CEO, attend a

    conference, and start by saying, I hated my softball coach. I was an All-American and he moved me, and I never became an All-American again. He was always on me.

    Someone asked, How did you become a CEO? She said it finally dawned on her and when she came back recently, she said that if I hadnt been on her to do the little things, she would have just skated by. She told me, I used to hate your guts, until I realized at this conference that you got me where I am.

    Those are the rewarding things. I always tell them to wait until theyre 28 or 29. Then theyll realize that maybe were doing something right.

    Bryce noted his hunger for competition leading to a mutual respect for Sandy Montgomerys program at SIU-Edwardsville, as well as the cultivation of friendships throughout the GLIAC and around the country.

    Ive got to meet a lot of people and a lot of good coaches. Of the people currently in the Hall-of-Fame, Ive been lucky enough to compete against 20 or 25 of them over my career. Just the friendships you make and they may only be small friendships I think thats a highlight.

    Hunger for moreBryces biggest coaching thrill to date was winning

    the 2003 Great Lakes Regional in Allendale and advancing to the College World Series.

    Theres no question he wants to get back to that level.

    The thing Im maybe disappointed in is that weve only made the final eight once, he said. I try to evaluate whether I could have done more...but hindsights beautiful.

    While Wayne State has produced success on the GLIAC and regional levels, Bryce leaves no doubt that the programs ultimate goal is still within reach.

    I would like to win a national championship before I retire, theres no doubt about it.

    Bryce has been well-recognized during his tenure, being named GLIAC Coach of the Year 10 times and becoming the leagues first Central Region Coach of the Year honoree in 1993.

    His NFCA Hall of Fame induction provides further testament to his longevity as a coach and the sustained success of the Wayne State program.

    Being in the game, hopefully, I helped the game a minuscule amount to be better than it is, Bryce said. If I did that, I feel Ive truly accomplished something.

    Bryce, who was inducted into the NFCAHall of Fame this past December, has

    accumulated over 850 wins in his career.

  • 10

    WARRIOR WITHIN Fall 2008 Academic Honor Roll

    BASEBALLDaniel Baird R-Jr. Kinesiology Brampton, Ont.Andrew Ciennik * Fr. Pre-Medicine Waterford, Mich.Brady Cooper * Jr. Secondary Education Allen Park, Mich.Caleb Dalman Jr. Foreign Language Education Hudsonville, Mich.Robby Foscarin Sr. Secondary Education Toronto, Ont.Tyler Hill Jr. Secondary Education Mississauga, Ont.Dane Little Sr. Special Education Windsor, Ont.Justin Mazur R-Jr. Kinesiology Macomb, Mich.John Skaggs R-Jr. Social Studies Education Adrian, Mich.Phil Swanson R-Fr. Civil Engineering Rochester Hills, Mich.Alex Trojan R-Fr. Physical Therapy Fenton, Mich.

    MENS BASKETBALLDale Brundidge Fr. Kinesiology Southfield, Mich.Jay Kopicki Fr. Art Warren, Mich.Shane Lawal R-Sr. Kinesiology (graduate) Southfield, Mich.Ricky Rowse Fr. Undecided Flushing, Mich.Andrew Tines * R-Fr. Mathematics Eastpointe, Mich.

    WOMENS BASKETBALLQuintell Foster Fr. Undecided Detroit, Mich.Chelsea Kouri So. Secondary Education Clarkston, Mich.Karlisa Love * Fr. Undecided Detroit, Mich.

    CHEERLEADINGTara Hixson Sr. Psychology Madison Heights, Mich.Hannah Knight Fr. Elementary Education Lake Orion, Mich.Kaela Stilson So. Physical Therapy Fowlerville, Mich.

    MENS CROSS COUNTRyTravis Barczak Fr. Nutrition and Food Sciences Williamston, Mich.Vince Bechard Jr. Accounting Dearborn, Mich.Kevin deBear Fr. Secondary Education Plymouth, Mich.

    WOMENS CROSS COUNTRyRebecca Edwards Sr. Physical Therapy (graduate)Lauren Kessler So. Osteopathy Ionia, Mich.Annie Magin So. Management Richland, Mich.Jaimie Sawasky Fr. Biological Sciences Petersburg, Mich.Katie Sturza Fr. Nursing Caro, Mich.Kristi Werner So. Psychology East Jordan, Mich.

    MENS FENCINGMichal Brichacek R-Jr. Chemistry Windsor, Ont.Dante DeBenedictis R-So. History Windsor, Ont.Mariusz Debowski * Fr. Undecided Lincolnshire, Ill.Joe Fresard So. Undecided Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.Brandon Isaac Jr. Criminal Justice Taylor, Mich.Nathan Kumar Fr. Pre-Medicine Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Raffi Nersessian Fr. Pre-Law Fort Wayne, Ind.Andrew Opalewski R-So. Secondary Education Macomb, Mich.Robert Stanzler * Sr. English Flint, Mich.

    WOMENS FENCINGEmanuela Bercea R-So. Biological Sciences Honors Dearborn, Mich.Katie Bryce Fr. Anthropology Rochester Hills, Mich.Cherita Johnson R-Jr. Nursing Livonia, Mich.Lydia Lanni * Fr. Pre-Medicine New Baltimore, Mich.Samantha Strassburg So. Nursing New Baltimore, Mich.

    FOOTBALLAndrew Bates * R-Sr. Kinesiology Howell, Mich.Joe Claiborne Sr. Sports Administration (graduate) Detroit, Mich.Branko Hamilton Fr. Pharmacy Troy, Mich.Austin Hughes Jr. Criminal Justice Beverly Hills, Mich.Jessie Johnson * Fr. Management Monroe, Mich.Jimmy Kinaia R-So. Criminal Justice Troy, Mich.Harold Lloyd Fr. Management Janesville, Wis.Brian McInerney Fr. Pre-Medicine South Lyon, Mich.Mick Mohner Fr. Accounting Painesville, OhioBruno Shkreli R-Jr. Finance Livonia, Mich.Nick Thomas Fr. Management Akron, OhioSteve Wisniewski Sr. Marketing Madison Heights, Mich.

    MENS GOLFBryan Lynch * Jr. Management White Lake, Mich.

    MENS HOCKEyKyle Funkenhauser * So. Finance Windsor, Ont.Phil Partyka So. Accounting Washington, Mich.

    WOMENS HOCKEyAlyssa Baldin Fr. Kinesiology Mississauga, Ont.Lindsay DiPietro Sr. Finance Manotick, Ont.Marlee Fisher Fr. Undecided Kingston, Ont.Micheline Frappier Fr. Undecided Val Caron, Ont.Christine Jefferson Jr. Elementary Science Education Nepean, Ont.Veronique Laramee-Paquette Fr. Kinesiology Mont-Tremblant, Que.Ciara Lee Fr. Management Toronto, Ont.Lindsey Park * Jr. Kinesiology Thornhill, Ont.Sam Poyton Sr. Kinesiology Hamilton, Ont.Katrina Protopapas Jr. Kinesiology Chatham, Ont.Jill Szandzik Fr. Pre-Medicine Warren, Mich.Tina Vanderhoeven Sr. Health Education London, Ont.

    SOFTBALLAlison Allen Fr. Pre-Medicine Redford, Mich.Jaci Banton * Jr. Secondary Education Richmond Hill, Ont.Sam Cain Fr. Pre-Medicine Taylor, Mich.Casey Hanes R-Jr. Marketing Richmond, Va.Stephanie LeClair Jr. Criminal Justice Kitchener, Ont.Laura Maiorana * Sr. Biological Sciences Clinton Township, Mich.Lisa Seymour Sr. Management Davison, Mich.Kristina Susalla Fr. Pre-Medicine Garden City, Mich.Sarah Teller Sr. Criminal Justice Chesterfield Township, Mich.Amanda Vant Wout Sr. Secondary Education Guelph, Ont.

    MENS SWIMMING AND DIVINGCauli Bedran Jr. Political Science Rio de Janiero, BrazilAlex Bordyukov Fr. Accounting Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.Ben Dueweke So. Undecided Macomb, Mich.Matthew Laschuk Fr. Pre-Medicine Tecumseh, Ont.Jimmy Lee * Fr. Criminal Justice Windsor, Ont.Justin Rauhoff Fr. Economics Richland, Mich.Jamal Roberts R-Sr. Economics Detroit, Mich.Valentino Smith Fr. Undecided Ferndale, Mich.Matt Victor So. Mechanical Engineering Chesterfield, Mich.

    WOMENS SWIMMING AND DIVINGNatalia Buso Sr. Marketing Sao Paulo, BrazilNicole Knoblock So. Special Education Macomb, Mich.Catherine Leix * So. Secondary Education Flint, Mich.Laura Leix * Jr. Undecided Flint, Mich.Chelsea Lord Fr. Pre-Law Warren, Mich.

    MENS TENNISRoberto Gomez * Jr. Industrial Engineering Comitan Chiapas, MexicoMarlon Leone * So. Political Science Holly, Mich.Bertrand Moulin Fr. Marketing Lyon, FranceWill Nolan * R-Fr. Psychology Troy, Mich.Michael Savalle R-Jr. Biological Sciences Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.

    WOMENS TENNISSargam Bhatt Sr. Canton, Mich.Sharon Gill So. Pharmacy Windsor, Ont.Meghan Luzod * Jr. Journalism Royal Oak, Mich.Milena Vuksanovic So. Journalism Pancevo, Serbia

    VOLLEyBALLAshley Burgess Fr. Pre-Medicine Rochester Hills, Mich.Jessica Condeni Jr. Social Work Farmington Hills, Mich.Marcie Hill Sr. Social Work Dearborn, Mich.Meg Leone Jr. Biological Sciences Honors Troy, Mich.Maureen MacDonald So. Undecided White Lake, Mich.Lauren Mallast Jr. Nursing Chesterfield, Mich.Kristen Miles R-Fr. Nursing Macomb, Mich.

    AthLetiC DiReCtORs hOnOR ROLL(teRM GPA 3.50+)

    COAChs hOnOR ROLL(teRM GPA 3.00-3.49)

    BASEBALLJamie Bailey So. Secondary Education Petrolia, Ont.Drew Churchward R-Sr. Public Relations Ann Arbor, Mich.Paul LaMantia Jr. Management Tecumseh, Ont.Tyler Loehr So. Dentistry Brighton, Mich.Matt Mahalak Fr. Accounting Wyandotte, Mich.Scott Martin R-Sr. Mechanical Engineering Ann Arbor, Mich.Brett Shankin So. Engineering Washington, Mich.Justin Sylvester R-Fr. Criminal Justice Macomb, Mich.Josh Wedesky Fr. Secondary Education Fowlerville, Mich.Michael Wiseman R-So. Accounting White Lake, Mich.

    MENS BASKETBALLBryan Smothers So. Special Education Pontiac, Mich.

    WOMENS BASKETBALLJasmine McCall Sr. Sociology Detroit, Mich.Chastidy Miller Sr. Psychology White Lake, Mich.Lindsey West Jr. Accounting Royal Oak, Mich.

    CHEERLEADINGKarol Cadorin Fr. Pre-Nursing

    MENS CROSS COUNTRyCharlie Cavell Fr. Undecided Ann Arbor, Mich.Dan Kapadia Jr. Physical Therapy Canton, Mich.Abdullah Saleh R-Sr. Accounting Dearborn, Mich.Chris Tassen So. Chemical Engineering Troy, Mich.Alex Townsend Fr. Finance Farmington Hills, Mich.Pat Webster So. Pre-Medicine Sterling Heights, Mich.

    WOMENS CROSS COUNTRyMichele Barton Fr. Pre-Medicine Sterling Heights, Mich.Robin Coolsaet R-Fr. Pre-Medicine Grosse Ile, Mich.

    MENS FENCINGTim Mulligan R-So. Pre-Law Concord, Mich.Slava Zingerman Jr. Engineering Ashkelon, Israel

    WOMENS FENCINGSam Barc R-So. Pre-Medicine Clinton Township, Mich.Persida Popa R-So. Biological Sciences Honors Dearborn, Mich.Charlotte Reed Fr. Physical Therapy Wyandotte, Mich.

    FOOTBALLRicky Abraham Fr. Pharmacy Sterling Heights, Mich.Troy Burrell R-Fr. Physical Therapy Port Huron, Mich.Marc Cuddeback R-So. Criminal Justice Sterling Heights, Mich.Jake Doan Fr. Engineering Macomb, Mich.Matt Faulkner R-So. Management Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Curtis Ferguson Fr. Criminal Justice Holt, Mich.Zack George R-So. Kinesiology Deshler, OhioZack Haerens R-Fr. Finance Warren, Mich.Greg Hasse Fr. Undecided Northville, Mich.Aaron Higginbottom R-Jr. Management Flint, Mich.Alex Jachym R-Sr. Anthropology Westland, Mich.Mazen Jaddou Fr. Undecided Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Will Khoury R-Fr. Criminal Justice Canton, Mich.Jordan Kidd Fr. Undecided Milford, Mich.Sean Matela Jr. Marketing Grosse Ile, Mich.Matt Maus R-Fr. Physical Therapy Muskegon, Mich.Anthony Morasso R-Jr. Management Detroit, Mich.Josh Renel Fr. Marketing Rochester Hills, Mich.Jon Robinson R-Fr. Secondary Education Livonia, Mich.Kevin Smith Fr. Management Detroit, Mich.Kyle Stevens Fr. Finance Berkley, Mich.Wendell Thompson R-So. Computer Technology Flint, Mich.Stan Thornton R-So. Undecided Cincinnati, Ohio

    MENS GOLFJoe Juszczyk R-Jr. Management Dearborn Heights, Mich.Jack Mitroka So. Secondary Education Riverview, Mich.Hagan Risner Fr. Pre-Medicine Garden City, Mich.Kyle Stefan Sr. Finance Dearborn, Mich.

    MENS HOCKEyJeremy Tejchma So. Business Muskegon, Mich.

    WOMENS HOCKEyEmily Berzins Sr. Philosophy Fort McMurray, Alb.Melissa Boal Sr. Accounting Pakenham, Ont.Delayne Brian Fr. Undecided Winnipeg, Man.Chelsea Burnett Jr. Kinesiology Ridgeway, Ont.Amanda Hungle Sr. Marketing Regina, Sask.Brittany Zeches Fr. Kinesiology Westland, Mich.

    SOFTBALLBecca Ryan Fr. Undecided Westland, Mich.Rebecca Stanley Fr. Kinesiology Waterloo, Ont.

    MENS SWIMMING AND DIVINGJesper Akesson Fr. Economics Malmo, SwedenPer Bergstrom Sr. Finance Fagersta, SwedenCayce Bolt Jr. Management Information Systems Sterling Heights, Mich.Matt Carlson So. Accounting Plymouth, Mich.James Ekleberry Jr. Political Science Rochester Hills, Mich.Sebastian Rzepa Sr. Media Arts and Studies Clinton Township, Mich.Sean Smith Sr. Secondary Education Auburn, Mich.

    WOMENS SWIMMING AND DIVINGMelissa Duff Sr. Elementary Education Howell, Mich.Stephanie Ekleberry Fr. Nursing Rochester Hills, Mich.Meghan Jaworski So. Undecided Dundee, Mich.Maria Johnston Jr. Kinesiology Harrison Township, Mich.Laicee Laforet R-So. Undecided Tecumseh, Ont.Ashley St. Andrew Jr. Pharmacy Grand Rapids, Mich.Maggie Young Jr. Journalism Tecumseh, Ont.Agata Zalewska R-So. Kinesiology Swietochlowice, Poland

    MENS TENNISJohan Maubacq So. Civil Engineering Bussy St. Georges, FrancePeter Spina R-So. Electrical Engineering Grosse Pointe, Mich.Eric Szydlowski So. Undecided Canton, Mich.

    WOMENS TENNISDebora Correa So. Kinesiology Belo Horizonte, BrazilKristina Goranskaya Fr. Marketing Thornhill, Ont.Medha Jha Fr. Computer Science Troy, Mich.

    VOLLEyBALLKatrina Bezak So. Pre-Medicine Milford, Mich.Sarha Gosselin Jr. Criminal Justice Harrison Township, Mich.



    Fall 2008 Award Recipients

    Mens CROss COuntRYFirst Team All-GLIACAbdullah Saleh R-Sr. Dearborn, Mich.Dan Kapadia Jr. Canton, Mich.

    Second Team All-GLIACSam Breen Jr. Brownstown, Mich.

    All-Midwest RegionAbdullah Saleh R-Sr. Dearborn, Mich. (Third Place at NCAA Regional)

    All-AmericaAbdullah Saleh R-Sr. Dearborn, Mich. (18th Place at NCAA Championship)

    WOMens CROss COuntRYFirst Team All-GLIACRachelle Malette Sr. Windsor, Ont. (GLIAC Champion & Runner of the Year)

    Second Team All-GLIACLauren Kessler So. Ionia, Mich.

    All-Midwest RegionRachelle Malette Sr. Windsor, Ont. (Regional Champion)Lauren Kessler So. Ionia, Mich.Kristi Werner So. East Jordan, Mich.

    All-AmericaRachelle Malette Sr. Windsor, Ont. (Sixth Place at NCAA Championship)

    FOOtBALLGLIAC Defensive Back of the YearDante Dunn Sr. DB Lansing, Mich.

    GLIAC Freshman of the YearKevin Smith Fr. QB

    GLIAC Coach of the Year - Paul Winters

    First Team All-GLIACJoique Bell R-Jr. RB Benton Harbor, Mich.Cornelius Dillard R-Sr. DB Detroit, Mich.Dante Dunn Sr. DB Lansing, Mich.Matt Shango Jr. LB West Bloomfield, Mich.Jason Thomas R-Sr. DL Akron, Ohio

    Second Team All-GLIACTristan Black Sr. LB Toronto, Ont.

    Honorable Mention All-GLIACAthan Anagonye Jr. DE Southfield, Mich.Andrew Bates R-Sr. DE Howell, Mich.Jeremy Jones R-Fr. SS Grand Rapids, Mich.Ryan Jonik Jr. OT Canton, Mich.Joe Long R-Fr. OT Lapeer, Mich.Stan Thornton R-So. CB Cincinnati, Ohio

    Daktronics Inc. All-Region First TeamDante Dunn Sr. DB Lansing, Mich.


    DRADDY tROPhY seMiFinAList

    Andrew Bates Sr. DE Howell, Mich.

    COsiDA/esPn the MAGAzineACADeMiC ALL-DistRiCt iV FiRst teAM

    Andrew Bates Sr. DE Howell, Mich.


    Mens CROss COuntRYVince Bechard Jr. Dearborn, Mich.Nick Krol So. Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Abdullah Saleh R-Sr. Dearborn, Mich.Chris Tassen So. Troy, Mich.Pat Webster So. Sterling Heights, Mich.

    WOMens CROss COuntRYLauren Kessler So. Ionia, Mich.Rachelle Malette Sr. Windsor, Ont.Kristi Werner So. East Jordan, Mich.

    FOOtBALLAndrew Bates R-Sr. Howell, Mich.Mickey Berce R-Sr. Dearborn, Mich.Troy Burrell R-Fr. Port Huron, Mich.Matt Faulkner R-So. Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Will Khoury R-Fr. Canton, Mich.Jimmy Kinaia R-So. Troy, Mich.Kenny Loney R-Fr. Novi, Mich.Joe Long R-Fr. Lapeer, Mich.Matt Maus R-Fr. Muskegon, Mich.Ryan Moulding R-Fr. South Lyon, Mich.Greg Oberstaedt R-Fr. Whitmore Lake, Mich.Chris Ostosh Sr. Belmont, Mich.Chris Ratcliff R-So. Grand Rapids, Mich.Raleigh Ross R-Fr. Detroit, Mich.Matt Shango Jr. West Bloomfield, Mich.Bruno Shkreli Jr. Livonia, Mich.Brent Wisniewski R-Jr. Madison Heights, Mich.Steve Wisniewski Sr. Madison Heights, Mich.Cory Zauner R-Fr. Fort Gratiot, Mich.

    WOMens tennisDebora Correa So. Belo Horizonte, BrazilSharon Gill So. Windsor, Ont.Meghan Luzod Jr. Royal Oak, Mich.Milena Vuksanovic So. Pancevo, Serbia

    VOLLeYBALLKatrina Bezak So. Milford, Mich.Meg Leone Jr. Troy, Mich.Maureen MacDonald So. White Lake, Mich.

    On the FieLD...Daktronics Inc. All-Region Second TeamJoique Bell Jr. RB Benton Harbor, Mich.Matt Shango Jr. LB West Bloomfield, Mich.Cornelius Dillard R-Sr. DB Detroit, Mich.

    Don Hansens Football Gazette All-RegionFirst TeamDante Dunn Sr. DB Lansing, Mich.Second TeamCornelius Dillard R-Sr. DB Detroit, Mich.

    Don Hansens Football Gazette Second Team All-AmericaDante Dunn Sr. DB Lansing, Mich.

    D2Football.com Second Team All-AmericaDante Dunn Sr. DB Lansing, Mich.

    Cactus Bowl All-Star Game ParticipantDante Dunn Sr. DB Lansing, Mich.

    WOMens tennisFirst Team All-GLIACSharon Gill So. Windsor, Ont.

    Second Team All-GLIACKristina Goranskaya Fr. Thornhill, Ont.

    Honorable Mention All-GLIACJennifer Bradford So. Detroit, Mich.

    VOLLeYBALLGLIAC Libero of the YearMayssa Bazzi Sr. LIB Dearborn, Mich.

    First Team All-GLIACSarha Gosselin Jr. OH Harrison Twp., Mich.

    Second Team All-GLIACMayssa Bazzi Sr. LIB Dearborn, Mich.Lauren Mallast Jr. MB Chesterfield, Mich.

    Honorable Mention All-GLIACKim Gear Sr. MB Benton Harbor, Mich.

    Daktronics, Inc. All-Region First TeamSarha Gosselin Jr. OH Harrison Twp., Mich.

    Daktronics, Inc. All-Region Second TeamMayssa Bazzi Sr. LIB Dearborn, Mich.Lauren Mallast Jr. MB Chesterfield, Mich.

    AVCA All-Region Honorable MentionMayssa Bazzi Sr. LIB Dearborn, Mich.

    AVCA All-RegionSarha Gosselin Jr. OH Harrison Twp., Mich.Lauren Mallast Jr. MB Chesterfield, Mich.

    AVCA All-Region Honorable MentionMayssa Bazzi Sr. LIB Dearborn, Mich.

    AVCA All-America Honorable MentionSarha Gosselin Jr. OH Harrison Twp., Mich.

    in the CLAssROOM...

    Andrew BatesSarha GosselinRachelle Malette

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    WARRIOR WITHINTop 100 Accomplishments of 20081. The athletic department had its highest finish ever in

    the nation, finishing 23rd in the country (out of 295 institutions). Collectively, a record 449.50 points were amassed as 10 of 17 athletic programs participated in their respective NCAA tournaments. WSUs seven best all time finishes have all come in the last seven years.

    2. Athletics raised a record $896,175 in revenue.

    3. Mens swimming and diving finished sixth in the nation.

    4. The womens swimming team finished sixth in the country its best finish ever in the NCAA national championships.

    5. The combined mens and womens fencing team finished ninth in the country (Division I) ahead of Universities such as Duke, Princeton and Northwestern.

    6. Sophomore Slava Zingerman repeated as an NCAA individual national champion in the mens epee. He also won the Midwest Fencing Conference Championship in the same weapon.

    7. Christer Tour became the first non-diving national champion since 1941 when he won the 100 breaststroke at the NCAA championships.

    8. The swim quartet of Cauli Bedran, Christer Tour, Alex Davidson, and Tim Giblin became the first relay to win a national championship in school history when they captured the title in the 200 medley.

    9. Senior Rachelle Malette repeated as an All-American after finishing sixth in the NCAA cross country championships.

    10. Student-athletes completed a record 4,571 community service hours in various outreach activities in Detroit and the surrounding community.

    11. The mens cross country team finished 12th in the nation. It was the sixth consecutive year the mens team qualified as one of the 24 teams to compete for the national championships.

    12. For the second consecutive year womens cross country qualified for the NCAA national championship (and fourth time in the last seven years) and finished 12th in the country.

    13. The womens swimming and diving team won its third consecutive GLIAC championship.

    14. Baseball advanced to the NCAA regional championship

    game for its best finish in school history.

    15. The softball team qualified for the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year and finished third in the Midwest Regional.

    16. Diver Erika Barczak was named the GLIAC Student-Athlete of the Year in a vote of league members. Erika was also the regional winner of National Student-Athlete of the Year Award as selected by Division II Conference Commissioners Association.

    17. Sophomore Joe Juszczyk became the first WSU golfer to win the NCAA super regional. As a medalist, he went on to qualify for the NCAA national championships, the first WSU golfer to do so since current coach Mike Horn in 1986.

    18. In the latest federally mandated NCAA graduation rate study, WSU student-athletes graduated at a 20 percent higher rate than the comparable campus population.

    19. The athletic department built and created the Student-Athlete Academic Resource Center and the Barry and Elin Becker Study Area.

    20. Golfer Steve Cuzzort was the medalist of the Conference Championship finishing with the lowest individual score. In doing so, he broke the 54-hole school record and became the third WSU golfer to be honored as GLIAC medalist, joining Ryan Johnson (2004) and Mike Horn (1985).

    21. Freshman Karolina Budna was honored as a First Team All-American in the saber. Teammate Justyna Konczalska was a Second Team All-American in the epee.

    22. For the first time in team history the womens hockey was ranked nationally 10th by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO.com).

    23. The Fall 2008 GPA was a record 3.129 with 56% of student-athletes above a 3.00. Thirteen of 17 athlete programs had a team GPA above 3.00. In the winter term (2008), 25 student-athletes (from 13 different sports) had a perfect 4.00 GPA, while in the fall term (2008) 21 student-athletes achieved the same distinction.

    24. All-America diver Erika Barczak and All America pitcher Anthony Bass were named the respective EDS Female and Male Student Athletes of the Year.

    25. Head coach Jim Fetter was named the Division I Coach of the Year (AHCA) and the College Hockey America Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year.

    26. Swimmer Fernando Costa swam (1500-meter heat) for Portugal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

    27. Senior diver Erika Barczak became the ninth First Team Academic All-American in WSU history when she was honored by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA. She was the first Warrior to be so honored since Jennifer Smith (1993, softball) and only the second swimmer/diver joining David Lutz.

    28. Senior pitcher Molly Yetman was honored as a Third Team All-American by two organizations Louisville Slugger/NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) and Daktronics.

    29. Head softball coach Gary Bryce, with nearly 900 career victories (885) at WSU, was honored with induction into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

    30. Rachelle Malette won the GLIAC womens cross country individual championship while teammate Lauren Kessler was an All-GLIAC Second Team selection.

    31. Senior womens hockey student-athlete Ashley King was one of eight finalists in the country to be considered for the Hockey Humanitarian of the Year Award.

    32. For the third year in a row, swimming and diving coach Sean Peters was named the GLIAC Womens Coach of the Year. For seven consecutive years, he has either been the Conference Mens or Womens Coach of the Year.

    32. Phil Nickel was named volleyball head coach and guided the Warriors to their first conference tournament appearance since 2005, their first semifinal appearance since 1997 and their highest win total (17) since 1998.

    34. Elaina Hogle was named the GLIAC Womens Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Year.

    35. Pitcher Anthony Bass was selected in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres. Anthony was the first Warrior selected in the MLB draft since Steve Squires in 2005 and the 165th overall pick.

    36. The WSU football team was ranked as high as 25th in the nation and tied the record for most wins in a season. It was the first time the football program has been nationally ranked since 1976. Football also set a school record for most conference wins in a season.

    37. The softball team tied for the regular season title for the third straight year. The team went on to finish second in the conference tournament and third in the NCAA regional.

    38. Melissa Boal became the first WSU womens hockey student-athlete ever to be named an All-American when she was recognized on the Reebok All-America First Team.

    39. Two Major League Baseball-size dugouts were built after a successful $170,000 campaign.

    40. The all-time top 10 mens and womens basketball student-athletes were announced on the anniversary of 90 years of WSU athletics.

    41. Womens basketball advanced to the Final Four of the GLIAC tournament after upsetting the number-one seed.

    42. The Athletic Departments yearly Academic Progress Rate (APR) was .975 to compliment the retention rate of .974. The required APR must be above .925.

    43. Both mens and womens cross country finished second in the conference championships and in the NCAA regional to advance to the NCAA national championship meet.

    44. Cross country senior Abdullah Saleh was honored as an All-American.

    45. The basketball facility was upgraded with chair-back seating sections for the first time ever.

    46. Cross country runner Rachelle Malette appeared in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd.

    47. Junior forward Melissa Boal was one of the top 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually in recognition of the top womens hockey student-athlete in the country.

    48. Three members of the WSU baseball team were honored by the GLIAC Coach of the Year Jay Alexander, Pitcher of the Year Anthony Bass, and Freshman of the Year Michael Wiseman.

    49. Cross country student-athlete Rachelle Malette was named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All District IV First Team. It was the third consecutive year a WSU womens cross country runner was honored.

    50. Wayne State was recognized with the second most selections of the 43 institutions in Super Region Three with five Daktronics All-Region honorees. They were Dante Dunn (First Team, senior safety and First Team, return specialist), Joique Bell (Second Team, running back), Matt Shango (Second Team, linebacker) and Cornelius Dillard (Second Team, defensive back).

    51. Three football team members were honored with GLIAC year-end honors Coach of the Year Paul Winters, Freshman of the Year Kevin Smith, and Defensive Back of the Year Dante Dunn.




    52. Senior diver Erika Barczak and sophomore swimmer Ashley St. Andrew were honored as Academic All-District IV by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA.

    53. The mens tennis team made its second consecutive NCAA postseason appearance and sixth in the last seven years.

    54. Two baseball student-athletes were named to the Daktronics All-North Central Region First Team pitcher Anthony Bass and utility player Adam Kaminski.

    55. The golf team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional for the fourth time in the last five years.

    56. For the second year pitcher Molly Yetman was named to the Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region First Team.

    57. Womens hockey student-athlete Ashley King was College Hockey Americas nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

    58. Football had the fourth and eighth largest home crowds in its 91 years of competition.

    59. Senior hockey student-athlete Ashley King was honored with her selection to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA District IV All-Academic Second Team as an at large recipient.

    60. Two softball student-athletes were honored when they were voted to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Great Lakes Region First Team pitcher Molly Yetman and catcher Sarah Berry.

    61. Senior pitcher Molly Yetman was named the nations Player of the Week (3/9) by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association after pitching two complete game shutouts which included a no-hitter (the fourth in her career at WSU).

    62. The womens hockey team led College Hockey America with 16 student-athletes named to the All-Academic Team. The recipients were Jenny Cameron, Ashley King, Becky Sonn, Valery Turcotte, Emily Berzins, Amanda Blanc, Melissa Boal, Chelsea Burnett, Lindsey DiPietro, Brandi Frakie, Amanda Hungle, Christine Jefferson, Katrina Protopapas, Tegan Schroeder, Tina Vanderhoeven and Danielle Wilson. Four of these student-athletes were so honored for the third time Cameron, King, Sonn, and Turcotte.

    63. The athletic department added exterior, decorative lighting to illuminate the Matthaei and the sofit recognition display.

    64. Sophomore Ashley St. Andrew was named the National Swimmer of the Week (1/17).

    65. Five softball student-athletes were honored with All-Conference honors. Senior pitcher Molly Yetman was the GLIAC Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-GLIAC. Catcher Sarah Berry was a GLIAC First Team choice while first basemen Lindsey Perry was a GLIAC Second Team selection. Honorable Mention recipients were second baseman Lisa Seymour and shortstop Jaci Banton.

    66. Defensive back and kickoff return specialist Dante Dunn was selected to play in the Cactus Bowl, the Division II All-star game.

    67. The Athletic website (wsuathletics.com) had 2,650,139 hits for the year.

    68. For the first time since 1984, WSU had six First Team All-Conference football selections: Joique Bell, Dante Dunn (kick return and defensive back), Jason Thomas, Matt Shango, and Cornelius Dillard.


    Top 100 Accomplishments of 200869. The softball complex improved with upgrades such as

    a background wall, warning track and foul poles.

    70. Baseball won the GLIAC regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in four years.

    71. Senior volleyball student-athlete Mayssa Bazzi was named the Conference Libero of the Year.

    72. Fencer Michal Brichacek was honored by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA as an Academic All-District IV selection on the mens Second Team.

    73. Defensive lineman Andrew Bates was selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV First Team.

    74. Paul Winters was one of only 28 coaches nationally who were selected to participate in the NCAA Coaches Academy.

    75. The WSU football team led the country in kickoff return average.

    76. Middle blocker Lauren Mallast was honored by the NCAA after she led the country in blocks per game.

    77. The womens hockey team led the CHA with six student-athletes selected to the All-Conference team. First Team selections were Melissa Boal, Sam Poyton, and Valery Turcotte, while Second Team CHA honorees were Lindsay DiPietro, Tina Vanderhoeven, and Chelsea Burnett.

    78. Softball first baseman Lindsey Perry was recognized with her selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV College Division Second Team.

    79. Ten softball student-athletes were honored with selection to the GLIAC All-Academic Team seniors Meredith Boxberger, Robyn Haig, and Lindsey Perry; juniors Katie Golub, Laura Maiorana, Lisa Seymour, Sarah Teller, and Lauren Warkentien; and sophomores Nicole Abel and Stephanie LeClair.

    80. Seven women student-athletes were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team Jodi Scott, Whitney Baker, Erika Barczak, Tiffanie LaForet, Melissa Duff, Laure Leix, and Ashley St. Andrew.

    81. Former diver Dacia Schilerus distinction as the first female ever to compete in an NCAA championship was recognized in an article in the Detroit News.

    82. Both senior football student-athletes Dante Dunn and Tristan Black played in the East Coast Bowl All-Star Game.

    83. Outside hitter Sarha Gosselin was named to the GLIAC Volleyball First Team while libero Mayssa Bazzi and middle blocker Lauren Mallast were Second Team honorees. Middle blocker Kim Gear was an Honorable Mention selection for the second consecutive year.

    84. A historical collage of WSUs athletic history and achievements was unveiled in the main gym.

    85. Eleven student-athletes were honored with Academic Achievement Awards as presented by the Division II Athletic Directors Association. They were: Matt Cunningham (baseball), Brett Witczak (baseball), Kevin Christensen (mens cross country), Tracy Egnatuk (womens cross country), Kara Kessler (womens cross country), Guye Goodlow (football), Dale Knuth (football), Meredith Boxberger (softball), Lindsey Perry (softball), Erika Barczak (swimming/diving), and Jodi Scott (swimming/diving).

    86. Two golfers were voted by the Golf Coaches Association of America to the PING All-Great Lakes Regional Team Ryan Johnson and Joe Juszczyk.

    87. In conjunction with the NCAA Regional at Ford Field, the Detroit News featured an article on the prominent role WSU basketball played in advancing opportunities for African-Americans.

    88. Nine members of mens swimming and diving team were honored with selection to the Conference All-Academic Team: David Fontecchio, Matt Leix, Jamal Roberts, Per Bergstrom, Sebastian Rzepa, Cauli Bedran, James Ekleberry, Aaron Rahn and Justin Shields.

    89. Four members of the mens tennis team were honored with GLIAC recognition as voted by the league coaches: Antoine Marenaud (First Team), Johan Maubacq (First Team), Donavon Mitchell (Second Team) and Alejandro Gomez (Honorable Mention).

    90. The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) honored WSUs athletic department with five awards: three golds for football schedule poster, mens hockey schedule poster and promotional shirt design; a second place (silver) for best student promotion (70s weekend); and a third place (bronze) for the basketball schedule poster.

    91. Two womens basketball student-athletes were honored at the Conference Final Four Tournament Jasmine McCall (South Division First Team) and Joy Nash (South Division All-Defensive Team).

    92. Two members of the mens tennis team were names to the GLIAC All-Academic Team Antoine Marenaud and Chris Green.

    93. The mens basketball head coaches voted senior Wynn Sarden to the GLIAC South Division Second Team.

    94. The Athletic Alumni Association (AAA), in conjunction with the athletic department, sponsored Mark Doc Andrews night to establish an endowed scholarship in conjunction with a womens hockey game.

    95. Three womens tennis student-athletes were honored with All-Conference recognition Sharon Gill (First Team), Kristina Goranskaya (Second Team) and Jennifer Bradford (Honorable Mention).

    96. Golfer Bryan Lynch was named to the GLIAC mens golf All-Academic Team.

    97. The Athletics Department hosted the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan.

    98. The following golfers were all recognized by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Ryan Johnson (First Team for the fourth time in his career), Brett Hudson (Second Team), Joe Juszczyk (Honorable Mention) and Bryan Lynch (All-Academic).

    99. Two womens basketball student-athletes were recognized on the GLIAC All-Academic Team Nicole Rogers (for the third time) and Chastidy Miller (for the second time).

    100. Rob Fournier was recognized as the Central Region Athletic Director of the Year.

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    The Wayne State University Department of Athletics would like to thank the following donors for their generous support of Warrior Athletics. These gifts help to provide scholarships, upgrade equipment and facilities. This list includes donations of $100 and more made to the Department of Athletics since November 1, 2007.

    There are numerous financial opportunities to make a difference in the exciting and promising futures of Wayne States student-athletes and athletic