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Warrior Within (Summer 2014)



    Compiled and edited by the WSU Sports Information OfficeROB FOURNIER Director of AthleticsJEFF WEISS Associate A.D./Media Relations CAMERON WEIDENTHALER Assistant Sports Information DirectorAMANDA ST. JULIANA Athletics Graphic DesignerADAM BOUTON Sports Information Intern

    Cover design by Otniel ChisPRINTING

    Inland Press - Detroit, Mich.PHOTOS

    Mark Hicks (WestSide Photo), Ron Harper, Chuck Andersen, Jason Clark,Cameron Weidenthaler and Adam Bouton.






























    It did not end the way we thought it would. It was early in the evening of the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the softball team had just been eliminated from the College World Series. We had finished dinner

    and the coaches wanted to go back to the Salem sports complex to watch the remaining series games. I did not have that same enthusiasm for more softball especially if Wayne State was not going to participate. The staff left in a tournament-provided car and I boarded the team bus with women basketball assistant Karen Lafata who was traveling with the team as an additional administrator.

    I asked Coach Lafata to see if the young ladies wanted to go up to the top of Mill Mountain to see the Roanoke Star which is the countrys largest free-standing illuminated, man-made star. With the other option being back to the hotel room, they seemed eager to experience the trip. We went back, cleaned-up, changed and then headed about 1,300 feet up a two lane road with a somewhat reluctant bus driver.

    As we boarded the bus, their mood had changed. They requested some musicloud music and eased back into those easy conversations that you start as teammates and complete years later as friends with all the unpredictableness of life sandwiched somewhere in between.

    At the summit, they took photos overlooking Roanoke, some selfies and few awkwardly-arranged group shots. It was what intercollegiate athletics does best bring people from different backgrounds, orientations, beliefs and even countries and creates a different kind of learning environment. One that lasts a lifetime. This is not a socially- engineered experiment.

    As I looked out over the landscape I thought to myself, intercollegiate athletics is like that illuminated star. It has helped open doorsand minds. It has raised the specter of many institutions. It has been a beacon for many who saw little light early in their life to guide their personal journey. Over the years I have had many people ask me what it is like to work in college athletics. Most who inquire are hoping for that same opportunity. Honestly, that question is always difficult to answer in order to clearly and correctly capture the essence of the athletics experience. Some people get up each morning to earn a living. In athletics, you get up each day ready to change lives, and most of the

    time, it is not your own. In a sometimes self-absorbed world of detached messaging, Twitter and Instagram, there is something refreshing real about intercollegiate athletics.

    Sometimes in the hectic pace of what we are trying to collectively accomplish, folks fail to realize that the small daily impact of what they do that is realized over time adds up to changed lives that we may not immediately see. Differences that others see as disparate in society we see as enrichment. It is the exuberance and spontaneity of college athletics that those external to the arena dismiss, criticize or simply dont appreciate. But then again, I think there is more to people than the pictures they post on Facebook and acknowledging as a like.

    It was not long after our first game of the tournament that Head Coach Gary Bryce wanted to introduce me to a former student-athlete Lori (Sleeman) Winn who had driven down to Roanoke from Washington DC with her two daughters. She had played for Gary from 1989 1991 and had graduated from WSU in only three years. I know, it does not play into your stereotype of student-athletes. Actually, when you think about it, not much does.

    I soon learned that Lori (or should I say Lieutenant Colonel Winn) works for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. That is not a secretarial position. As we talked she offered how softball, and more importantly the lessons learned from Coach Bryce, had impacted her life. How those challenges on a softball field, the mental and physical preparation, had readied her for the larger life challenges she was to confront. The building blocks of hard work, perseverance, good judgment and determination had advanced her life far beyond a softball diamond.

    She confessed it had been many, many years since she had been back to WSU but that did not diminish fond memories of a campus of an earlier time, of cherished teammates and most importantly, what that meant to her. As we talked her two daughters (about seven and ten) tossed softballs with the team. Not surprisingly, as part of the girls weekend, they had brought their gloves. The team shared softball skills much the same as Gary had probably instructed their mother years earlier. The oldest one, who wants to be a catcher, enthused that someday she is coming to Wayne State to play softball ... with her sister. The sheer spontaneity of that comment reflected a love for her mother and

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    Finding Your StarBy Rob Fournier, esq.Director of Athletics

    I have learned over many, many years that the star in each of our lives can be elusive, and in that cacophony of what people

    want for you, may not be your path to your star.

    WSU welcomes Jade McGarr after her College World Series home run against Valdosta State on May 22.



    The Wayne State University Department of Athletics set a school record by accumulating 524 points in the 2013-14 NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) Directors Cup. The 524 points placed WSU 14th out of 317 NCAA Division II institutions which is a top five percent (5%) finish.

    Learfield Directors Cup Finished Under Fournier Year Place Points DII Schools Behind WSU 2013-14 14th 524 303 2012-13 39th 377.5 278 2011-12 39th 354 275 2010-11 31st 391 264 2009-10 21st 454.5 273 2008-09 11th 499 284 2007-08 23rd 449.5 272 2006-07 24th 430 271 2005-06* 72nd 198 223 2004-05# 25th 367.25 270 2003-04 27th 383 268 2002-03 32nd 339 263 2001-02 52nd 220 243 2000-01^ 124th 100 171

    * Swimming & Diving/Fencing Discounted# Fencing Discounted

    ^ Fournier Began in September

    I could use a number of trite cliches to underscore this unprecedented achievement in the 97 years of WSU athletics but it would not adequately reflect the work of so many to make this success possible, stated WSU Director of Athletics Rob Fournier. This is not a one-year achievement, but instead years of work, sacrifice, commitment and determination. Funny, the same devotion it takes to be a champion. From student-athletes and coaches -- to strength coaches, trainers, and game personnel to staff in development, marketing, sports information, and the business office to part-time coaches, volunteers, graduate assistants and managers thank you! They all share in this success. To finish in the top 5% in the country is daunting, humbling and significant. When you consider where we started, this has been a trajectory. Some people are dismissive of Division II ... but those same people fail to realize that 317 programs are all trying like heck to be at the top and I do not care what you do in life, take pride in being the best -- be it the teacher in the smallest town in the country or the professor at the biggest University. Each is important. I know people who go to work every day to earn a lifestyle. The people in this department come to

    work every day to change lives. They have ... and along the way created a number of champions as well.

    After not recording a point during the fall sports season, WSU rebounded by totaling 279 points during the winter sports season. The swimming and diving programs led the charge as the womens squad finished second (90 points) and the mens team placed third (85 points). The womens basketball squad tied-for-ninth (74 points) nationally, while the mens and womens fencing programs earned 40 points for their top-20 finish.

    For the first time in school history, all six spring sports competed in their respective NCAA Championships.

    The softball team finished in a tie-for-seventh to earn 73 points after qualifying for the College World Series for the third time in program history. The womens tennis squad won its first-ever NCAA Regional tournament and finished in a tie-for-ninth accumulating 64 points for its inaugural appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The baseball team won one game in the NCAA Regional tournament and had the eventual national champions on the ropes in an elimination game to finish in a tie-for-17th and add 50 points to the schools total.

    The mens tennis squad earned 35.5 points with womens track garnering 17.5 points as graduate student Jen Rock finished sixth in the 10K to become the first female track All-American in school history. The mens golf team also competed in the NCAA Midwest/South Super Regional and earned five points bringing the spring sports total to 245 points.

    Wayne States top 13 all-time best finishes in the NACDA Directors Cup have occurred in the last 13 years.

    Eleven of the last 12 years, WSU has finished in the top 12 percent nationally of all NCAA Division II schools.

    Warriors await freshman Emily Cava after she put WSU on top 1-0 with a home run in a decisive NCAA Super Regional game at UMSL on May 17.



    The Wayne State University mens and womens swimming and diving teams again competed as one of the top programs in the nation, with the Warrior women finishing as the national runner-up and the mens team placing third at the 2014 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships. The national finals were held from March 12-15 at the SPIRE Institute.

    2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS -- TEAM STANDINGS (Top Five) WOMEN MEN 1. Drury 486 1. Drury 569.5 2. Wayne State 419 2. Florida Southern 361 3. Queens (N.C.) 368.5 3. Wayne State 358.5 4. West Chester 300 4. Queens (N.C.) 285 5. California-San Diego 248.5 5. Bridgeport 258.5

    Both Wayne State teams placed in the top three for the first time since 2011. The mens squad earned its best finish since that year and accumulated its highest point total (358.5 points) since the 2009 season. The Warrior women finished second to Drury University for the second straight year and finished inside the top two for the sixth straight season. The Warrior men have also finished as one the top three teams in four of the last six seasons and placed in the top eight each of the past 10 years.

    The Warrior womens squad finished with 419 points, 67 points behind Drury for the national title. The WSU mens team finished just 2.5 points out of second place, as Florida Southern finished second to Drury with 361 points.

    The Warriors won six national titles at the NCAA Championships - five by the womens team and one by the mens squad. Wayne State also broke five national records and 11 school records during the four-day meet. All 23 of the Warrior swimmers and divers that competed in the meet earned All-American accolades. Nine different student-athletes -- Carol Azambuja, Till Barthel, Soren Holm, Piotr Jachowicz, Kristian Larsen, Elly Maleski, Gloria Martinez Perez, Kristina Novichenko and Kayla Scott -- each earned at least five All-America certificates.

    Wayne State head coach Sean Peters was selected as the 2014 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Womens Coach of the Year after he led the women to five national titles and its sixth-straight finish in the top two at the NCAA Finals.

    2014 WAYNE STATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS200 Medley Relay - Juan David Molina Perez, Piotr Jachowicz, Soren

    Holm, Till Barthel (1:26.02, national record)200 Freestyle Relay - Carol Azambuja, Gloria Martinez Perez, Kayla

    Scott, Elly Maleski (1:31.64, national record)50 Freestyle - Carol Azambuja (22.62)

    100 Freestyle - Carol Azambuja (48.94, national record)100 Breaststroke - Kayla Scott (1:00.66, national record)

    400 IM - Kristina Novichenko (4:16.08, school record)

    For a full day-to-day recap and video highlights from the NCAA Championships log on to WSUAthletics.com.

    The WSU womens swimming & diving program collect another piece of NCAA hardware.

    The WSU mens swimming & diving program also adding to the Matthaei trophy case.

    The WSU coaching staff and student-athletes look on at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

    Kayla Scott (left) and Dylan Szegedi were two of the 23 to earn All-American honors.



    The womens basketball team concluded its 2013-14 season with another Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament. This past years squad won the GLIAC regular-season title with a 17-5 conference record, the first conference crown since the 1980-81 campaign. With a 23-8 overall mark, the Warriors equaled the school record for wins in a season and became the first team with back-to-back 20-win seasons in school history.

    Third-year head coach Carrie Lohr has compiled a 45-17 record over the last two seasons leading WSU to four NCAA tournament wins. Wayne State was one of just six schools to make a repeat appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2014.

    Junior center Shareta Brown became the first player in school history to score over 600 points in a year. Brown was voted to the Daktronics All-America First Team (the first ever WSU womens basketball player to be a First Team All-American) as well as being selected to the WBCA Honorable Mention All-America Team and the Womens Division II Bulletin Honorable Mention All-American Team. Senior forward Imari Redfield earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors after averaging 12.3 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per contest.

    WSU won the GLIAC regular-season title and was the No. 1 seed for the league tournament. It marked the first time the womens team had hosted the league semifinals and championship game in school history.

    Shareta Brown goes up for a shot against Malone on March 8.

    WSU received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and was seeded sixth in the eight team Midwest Regional field. The Warriors avenged an early season loss by downing the Greyhounds 63-58 with a strong surge down the stretch. In the regional semifinal, WSU prevailed 87-80 over No. 2 seed Lewis as Brown recorded 24 points, 14 rebounds and six steals. In the season finale setback at Drury, Brown finished with a team-high 19 points, while Destiny Lavita-Stephens added 14.

    With 11 players set to return for 2014-15 the future continues to be bright for womens basketball at Wayne State.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Three members of the fencing program competed in the 2014 NCAA Championships. The Warriors placed 17th, earning 25 victories over the four-day competition.

    Freshman Zuzanna Sobczak earned WSUs highest individual finish at the NCAA Championships in four years after placing 14th in the foil. She finished with a record of 11-12 overall across her 23 foil bouts. Sobczaks finish was just two spots out of earning All-America honors.

    Senior Kaja Klodawska placed 22nd in the sabre in her second straight NCAA Championship appearance. Klodawska, who finished third at the NCAA Midwest Fencing Championships, finished her Warrior career as the all-time leader in sabre victories with 281.

    Senior Quentin Schneider earned his best individual finish at the NCAA Fencing National Championships in his third and final appearance, placing 14th in the foil. He also wrapped up his career as just the sixth mens fencer to reach the 200-victory plateau. Schneider finished the season with a record of 53-22 and accumulated a mark of 228-96 across his three-year WSU fencing career.

    This marked the 23rd consecutive year under head coach Jerzy Radz that WSU had fencers qualify for the national championships. WSU student-athletes have won eight individual national titles during Radzs tenure. The Warriors have eight top 10 national finishes under Radz since the mens and womens went into a combined championship.

    Coach Lohr celebrates with Kristen Long after defeating Indianapolis.

    Zuzanna Sobczak (left) and Quentin Schneider compete at the 2014 Danosi Open.



    The 2014 Warrior softball season was historic in that the team set the all-time school record with 19 consecutive victories, won a third consecutive GLIAC Tournament title, as well as winning NCAA Regional and Super Regional titles for the first time since 2010. All this led to a third trip to the College World Series (CWS) in the last 12 years as WSU finished as one of the top eight teams in the country out of 288 Division II schools that sponsor softball.

    Thirty-third year head coach Gary Bryce became the 17th softball coach (all three NCAA Divisions combined) to reach the 1,100-win plateau. Led by the dynamic pitching duo of Lyndsay Butler (GLIAC Pitcher of the Year) and Briana Lee (Second Team Daktronics All-American), the Warriors pitching staff set school records for most strikeouts (530) and most shutouts in a season (27).

    The season began by the Warriors recording a 20-4 mark prior to the start of league play, which included eight wins over teams appearing in the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) poll.

    After a 3-0 start in GLIAC games, WSU was shutout in the next three contests to fall to 3-3. A 2-2 week preceded 12 straight conference wins to finish GLIAC play at 17-5.

    Wayne State was seeded second for the conference tournament and continued its winning streak by defeating Ashland (4-3), Walsh (4-1), Grand Valley State (3-2) and Ohio Dominican (9-3). The four consecutive league tournament victories extended the Warriors winning streak in that post-season tournament to 10 games.

    WSU was seeded second for NCAA Regional play and the Warriors did not disappoint the home crowd with three consecutive shutout triumphs. WSU blanked Ashland (3-0), Grand Valley State (3-0) and Indianapolis (7-0) to advance to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2010. This time, however, Wayne State would have to play the best two-of-three series at Missouri-St. Louis. After seeing its 19-game winning streak end in game one by a 3-0 score, the Warriors responded with a pair of wins the next day (1-0 and 8-4) over the host Tritons.

    At the College World Series in Salem, Va., WSU lost to high-powered Valdosta State Blazers in nine innings before dropping a 2-0 decision to Southeastern Oklahoma State in an elimination game two days later.

    Senior outfielder Logan White was both a CoSIDA Academic All-American (3.80 cumulative GPA in Media Arts and Studies) and a NFCA All-Midwest Region selection.

    Wayne State finished the year with a 46-12 record, the second-most wins in a season in school history.

    With a solid recruiting class already on board for 2015, expectations will be high for another fantastic year on the diamond.

    The WSU womens tennis squad compiled an 8-2 mark during the spring season with both losses coming to top-25 teams in St. Leo and Tampa to secure its eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last 10 years.

    In the opening round of the NCAAs, the Warriors dispatched of Missouri-St. Louis 5-2 to set up a rematch against tennis power Northwood. Wayne State earned its first NCAA regional title in school history defeating longtime nemesis Northwood 5-3 in the NCAA regional finals.

    WSU, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, got off to a strong start against second-seeded Northwood, which was playing on its home courts. Wayne State won two of the three matches in doubles. Freshman Andreea Mitrache and sophomore Alex Poissant won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles, while sophomore Julia Kamenko and senior Jessica Kruczek tallied an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles.

    In singles, Wayne State won the first set in four of the six flights to fight off any shift in momentum. With the score knotted 2-2, WSU junior Anne Li Briand gave the Warriors the lead once again by winning in straight sets at No. 4 singles. Wayne State closed out the match with consecutive victories by Poissant at No. 3 singles and Mitrache at No. 2 singles.

    With her victory in singles, Briand tied the single-season record for victories equaling Kristina Goranskayas mark set in 2011-12. Briand and Yahsha Moore (West Bloomfield, Mich.) also tied the single-season record in doubles wins after earning their 24th win against UMSL.

    Facing No. 2 seeded Armstrong Atlantic, the two-time defending national champions, in the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships, the Warriors fell 5-0. A highlight in the match for the Warriors was junior Yahsha Moore, who after dropping the first set in her singles match, won the second set 6-2 over the No. 2-ranked player in the nation. Moores match with Armstrong senior Aleksndra Filipovski ultimately remained unfinished after the Pirates clinched the match victory, but Filipovski entered the NCAA Round of 16 with a 21-1 record at No. 1 singles and has been ranked as one of the top three singles players in Division II all year.

    Wayne State, which broke the school record for wins in a season, reached the finals of the GLIAC Tournament for the first time in history and also defeated Northwood for the first time since 1995. The Warriors also won their first NCAA Midwest Regional title.

    With just one senior on the 2013-14 roster, the future looks very bright for head coach Sheila Snyder who concluded her 25th year at the helm of the WSU womens tennis program with a 266-158 all-time record.

    WSU Softball squad after beating UMSL to the advance to College World Series.

    The womens tennis team after topping Northwood.



    Head coach Mike Horn and the mens golf program has qualified for the NCAA Super Regional in 10 of the last 11 years including eight straight.

    In 2013-14, Jordan Andrus was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year and Honorable Mention All-GLIAC, while Tyler LaSerra was a Second Team All-GLIAC selection and Alex LaSerra was named to the Honorable Mention team.

    Coach Horn led the squad to three team titles including the LSSU Invitational and BGSU John Piper Intercollegiate in the fall and a Midwest Regional title to end the regular season in Noblesville, Ind.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Head coach Ryan Kelley and the WSU Baseball program finished with a school record 36 wins and a 22-9 league mark. WSU clinched a berth in the GLIAC Tournament for the 10th time in the last 11 years and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

    WSU has won at least 20 conference games each of the past five seasons and reached the 30-win plateau for the eighth time in school history and the for sixth time in the last seven years. The Warriors finished 15-1 (.938) at home, which is the best winning percentage in program history.

    Coach Kelley improved his record with the Warriors to 194-123 and his .612 winning percentage is tops among coaches in program history.

    The Warriors knocked off #18 Drury to begin the regional tournament with a 1-0 victory before falling to the eventual National Champions Southern Indiana.

    Six Warriors were named to the all-league teams with Jeremy Carrell, Alex Kinch and Kyle Zimmerman being named to the All-GLIAC First Team. Four student-athletes were named Daktronics All-Midwest region including Eric Cunningham being a First Team selection. Kyle Zimmerman was a NCBWA All-Midwest Region Gold Glover while Carrell and Zimmerman were CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selections.

    The mens tennis program compiled an 8-3 GLIAC record to tie for second, and defeated Tiffin and Ferris State by a combined 10-1 score at the GLIAC Tournament to finish third. The Warriors qualified for their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the past five seasons.

    Wayne States appearance in the 2014 NCAA Tournament was the first since 2011 and the Warriors have reached the opening round of the national tournament three times in six seasons under head coach Bryan Morrow. Wayne State graduates two of its all-time winningest players as Melvin Joseph and Michael FitzGerald combined for 210 career victories across singles and doubles. Wayne State went 55-37 in the four seasons with the senior pair in the program.

    FitzGerald was a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection. Joseph was a GLIAC All-Academic Excellence selection along with FitzGerald.

    Freshmen Clement Charriere (Marseille, France) and Stephane Robineau (Paris, France) were each named to the 2013-14 All-GLIAC Teams as Charriere was selected to the All-GLIAC First Team, while Robineau earned Honorable Mention All-GLIAC accolades.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - In just the second year of the WSU womens outdoor track squad, graduate student Jen Rock became the first All-American in program history by placing sixth in the 10k event at the 2014 NCAA Championship. Sophomore Brittany Johnson, who joined Rock as the first-ever NCAA outdoor track championship qualifiers, placed 13th in the 1,500m race.

    At the 2014 GLIAC Outdoor Championship, WSU improved four places from its inaugural appearance. Rock won the 5000m event, while senior Kayla Gagnon finished sixth. Rock was second in the 10k, while Gagnon also placed fifth in the 3,000m steeplechase. Johnson placed second in the 1500m final in a school record time and had an eighth-place finish in the 800m. Newcomer Callie Brower set a school record in the high jump. Rookie Dazmonique Carr had an eighth-place finish in the 400m. Sophomore Kayla Balfour finished in sixth place 10k, while junior Cara Smock had an eighth-place finish in the 10k. In the javelin competition, Elizabeth Herriman broke the school record and finished fourth.

    Coach Horn and Alex LaSerra discuss strategy during the 2013 GLIAC Championships.

    Jen Rock (right) became the first All-American in program history by placing sixth in the 10K at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kayla Gagnon (left) keeps pace.



    A look at the progess being made as of June 30th on the basketball expansion and an artists rendering (inset).

    Workers tear up the old Matthaei court.

    The basketball office expansion project will feature six individual offices (head coach plus two assistants for both the mens basketball and womens basketball coaching staffs) along with a general reception area and a team film room. The projects consists of 2,538 square feet and will be located near the northwest corner of the Matthaei, adjacent to where the current

    basketball offices are located.

    I was very honored to learn of such a project and humbled by the private support we were receiving. I first learned of the basketball expansion in 2012. This has been a long time in the making, but will be ever bit worth the wait. The film room will fill a much needed void. Learning and understanding via film breakdown is such an important piece of college athletics. This will provide our team an opportunity to continue to develop their strengths, identify weaknesses, learn from one another and further expand an overall understanding of the game. In addition, the film room will allow us to enhance our opponent scouting.

    I believe that a lot of growth transpires in a film session. It is not easy watching yourself make mistakes in front of your peers but this experience allows for dialogue among teammates and coaches to work together to achieve our individual and team goals. In addition, it is a great confidence builder for our women to see themselves be successful on the court and share that energy and excitement with one another.

    Im looking forward to showing it off -- to our donors, campus community, recruits, players, parents and alumni. The basketball office expansion advances our athletic department goal to provide a championship experience for all our student-athletes. It also reflects on the mission of the University to achieve an increasing level of excellence in the quality of its programs and to enhance the visibility and recognition of the University as a whole. - Womens Basketball Head Coach Carrie Lohr- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The dedication of so many involved with this project and the continued leadership of Athletic Director Rob Fournier, reflect the commitment that has been made to both the womens and mens basketball programs here at Wayne State University. The goal of our program is to create an environment that will foster whats best for the development of the student-athlete and their success, both on the court and in the classroom.

    This basketball office complex and new gym floor will help us achieve those goals. Everything surrounding our basketball program including scheduling, player & coach working relationships, player development and recruitment will benefit from these additions - Mens Basketball Head Coach David Greer

    Coach Lohr

    Coach Greer



    On April 12-18, the Wayne State University Department of Athletics hosted the Fifth Annual W Week sponsored by Advanced Disposal in support of womens athletics.

    The W Day Brunch kicked off the events on Saturday inside the Multipurpose Indoor Facility. Keynote speaker was Donna Lopiano, President and founder of Sports Management Resources, a consulting firm that focuses on bringing the knowledge of experienced expert former athletics directors to assist scholastic and collegiate athletics departments in solving growth and development challenges.

    Dr. Lopiano is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Womens Sports Foundation (1992-2007) and was named one of The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports by Fox Sports. The Sporting News has also listed her as one of The 100 Most Influential People in Sports. She has been nationally and internationally acclaimed for her leadership as an athletics administrator and work

    advocating for gender equity in sports. Recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sport, Dr. Lopiano has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees, served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force and as an expert witness in over thirty court cases.

    Additionally, the 2014 class of The Women Who Made A Difference were recognized. This years class consisted of Terry Truvillion (Womens Basketball, 1975-79), McCall Monte (Womens Tennis, 2008-11), Whitney Baker (Womens Swimming/Diving, 2004-08), Melanie Duda (Womens Fencing, 2000-03), Jordan Sinclair (Softball, 2003-06), Mayssa

    Bazzi (Volleyball, 2007-08), and Julie Mielke (Womens Cross Country, 1998-2001). The 1983 softball program was also recognized during the brunch.

    The WSU Football team played its annual Spring Game at noon following the event while the baseball program took two games from Hillsdale.

    The athletic department hosted Movie Night at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak on Monday evening.

    On Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. a Wellness Warrior Health Fair took place at the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center.

    A womens self defense seminar was held on Wednesday, April 16 at General Lectures. On April 17, WSU student-athletes who recorded at least a 3.5 term GPA for the Fall 2013 semester were recognized at the 14th Annual Student-Athlete Academic Recognition Luncheon, which you can read more about on page 12.

    Fridays activities included the Basic Needs Drive Hand Out. Over 40,000 items were collected and collated into 1,300 basic needs bags that were distributed at Cass Park on April 18.

    Dr. Donna Lopiano

    President M. Roy Wilson, Director of Athletics Rob Fournier, head coach Gary Bryce and members of the 1983 softball team.

    The large crowd at the W Day Brunch welcomes Dr. Lopiano to the stage.



    2014 WARRIOR HOME FOOTBALL SCHEDULE & PROMOTIONSThursday, Sept. 6 vs. Michigan Tech 6 PMWSU Football Kickoff Under the Lights - Join us Thursday night as we kick off Warrior Football!Saturday, Sept. 13 vs. Carson-Newman 6 PMTartar Warrior Reunion & Classic Car Show - Whether you are a Tartar or a Warrior, join us at the game! WSU Athletics will also be hosting its third annual Classic Car Show! Cars of different makes and models will be on display for car enthusiasts to enjoy! Car show will run from 3pm-6pm, ending just in time for the game!Saturday, Sept. 27 vs. Northwood NoonHomecoming - Celebrate Homecoming and join the Wayne State University Alumni Association to honor the success of our outstanding alumni who exemplify the Wayne State spirit of achievement, excellence and service. The WSU Alumni house will be hosting their annual awards program and pancake tailgate prior to the game (tickets are required). Other activities include: tailgate, face painting, photo booth and the Homecoming Court announcement of King and Queen.Saturday, Oct. 4 vs. Tiffin NoonFuture Warrior & Sibling Weekend - Are you hoping to be a future Warrior? Do you have a sibling who currently attends Wayne State? Join them this weekend for your chance to see what the college experience is all about. The athletic department will offer special ticket discounts, the housing office will have special arrangements for anyone considering staying overnight and the cafeteria will have specials on meals for anyone interested in checking out campus dining.Saturday, Oct. 25 vs. Walsh NoonTrick-or-Treat with the Warriors - Costumed fans can trick-or-treat around the track during halftime. Treats will be passed out by Warrior student-athletes! Other activities include: pumpkin carving contest, Bobbing for Apples, face painting and hot cider and donuts.Saturday, Sept. 15 vs. Hillsdale NoonSalute to the Veterans - Service men and women will receive free entry to the game. Other activities include: Honor Guard and Military displays outside the stadium.

    Football Season tickets for 2014 are now available! Guarantee your admission and cut the line by purchasing them in advance.

    Season Tickets: $50General Admission: $10

    Children (6-12) & Veterans: $5Children (5 and under): Free

    Group tickets: Call for more details

    This year, WSU will host six home football games. By purchasing season tickets in advance, fans will receive a $10 discount and one free ticket for their purchase.

    Tickets can be purchased online at WSUAtheltics.com or at the Athletics Matthaei Building. For questions call, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing & Promotions Nicole Blaszczyk at (313) 577-4430.


    Free parking, tailgate area, merchandise tent, vendor row (food trucks), Kids Zone, Presidents Tent, National Anthem, WSU Band, Alma Mater, in-game trivia contest, giveaways, chocolate treats, live pregame show, Fans of the Game and Students of the Game.



    Tartar-Warrior Floor ProjectAll-Americans spanning the last decade have competed on the same Warrior arena floor inside the Matthaei building. The original gym was built in 1965 and the current floor was installed in 2004 and has been a platform for practices and training, volleyball matches, basketball games and championships. This summer the iconic floor has worn to the studs and will be replaced with a premium parquet floor. Portions of the Warrior floor have been saved and will be available for donors to purchase Fall 2014. Check WSUAthletics.com for more information on how to obtain your very own piece of Warrior history.

    .400 ClubThrough a partnership with the Ernie Harwell Foundation, the baseball program has undertaken a project which will forever associate the legendary broadcaster with Tartar/Warrior baseball. The effort has already raised $250,000 towards the Phase I goal of $550,000. And like that batter looking to leg out a few more hits to reach that coveted .400 milestone; it is our hope 400 former WSU baseball student-athletes will step up to the challenge to monetarily help us realize this target. Donate online at wsuathletics.com, clicking the Harwell Project tab or print an application and mail.


    Please contact Lauren Lepkowski, Assistant Athletic Director for Development at (313) 577-0241 or at [email protected], and mail all applications to Director for Development 5101 John C. Lodge, 101 Matthaei, Detroit, MI 48202.

    With over 400 student-athletes, the cost of managing a successful athletic program requires regular, private support. The W Club creates that opportunity as an annual giving club that directs a tax-deductible gift to assist your favorite programs and the overall initiatives of the athletic department. YOUR contribution is instrumental to maintain that continued level of excellence and support todays student-athletes.

    NEW FOR 2014 SEASONTo receive VIP Access to the W Club Hospitality Tent you must be a W

    Club Member at the Green and Gold Level ($250) or above.

    Green and Gold Level: 2 W Club PassesVarsity Level: 3 W Club PassesCaptains Level: W Club PassesDirectors Level: W Club Passes

    All-American Level: W Club PassesAthletic Foundation Level: W Club Passes

    HOW TO JOIN! VIP ACCESS INCLUDES Front row seat in the end zone (football) Complimentary game programs Full buffet of gameday food and beverages Climate controlled atmosphere*tent covering to watch the game in the rain and heaters when the weather turns cold

    Donations are cumulative and will be based on a 12-month cycle. For football benefits donations must be received by September 1, 2014.

    Visit WSUAthletics.com for a full list of W Club membership levels and benefits.

    Phone: Call (313) 577-0241 to make a credit/debit card donation.

    Mail: Send donation form or check to: Director of Development 5101 John C Lodge, 101 Matthaei Detroit, MI 48202

    online: WSUAthletics.com (GIVE TO ATHLETICS)

    WSU Payroll DeDUction: WSU staff should contact the Director of Development to set up payroll deduction.



    2014 WSU Athletics Event CalendarMid-August - Basketball Expansion Project Unveiling and ice cream socialAugust 21st - Taste of Wayne Athletics Reverse RaffleSeptember 4th - Football Home Opener (6 PM)September 9th - Fall Coaches SeriesSeptember 12th - Volleyball Home Opener (7 PM)September 15th - Wayne Open Presidents Golf OutingSeptember 20th - Baseball Alumni Golf OutingSeptember 20th - Softball Alumni Game (11 AM)September 21th - Baseball Alumni GameSeptember 27th - Homecoming Weekend Game (Noon)October 4th - Mens & Womens Basketball Alumni DayOctober 9th - Athletic Department Campaign ShowcaseNovember 11th - Winter Coaches SeriesNovember 14th - Womens Basketball Home Opener (7 PM)November 29th - Mens Basketball Home Opener (3 PM)

    Visit WSUAthletics.com for updates and more information on events.



    The Wayne State University Department of Athletics honored the 105 Warrior student-athletes who recorded at least a 3.50 grade-point average for the Fall 2013 term during its 14th annual Academic Recognition Luncheon held on April 17th at Historic St. Andrews on the WSU campus.

    Seven Deans Award winners were also recognized for having the highest cumulative grade-point average among all student-athletes in that particular college:

    - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Michael FitzGerald, a senior on the mens tennis team. Michael has earned recognition on the WSU Athletic Directors Honor Roll (term gpa 3.5+) all seven semesters while majoring in nutrition and food science honors.

    - College of Education - Kristen Bulkiewicz, a senior on the womens volleyball squad. Four of Kristens first seven semesters at WSU she recorded at least a 3.50 term gpa (above a 3.00 all seven semesters) while majoring in social studies education elementary.

    - School of Business Administration - Steven Kudla, a junior on the mens fencing team. Steven has recorded at least a 3.50 term GPA all five semesters while majoring in accounting.

    - College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts - Logan White, a senior on the womens softball squad. Logan has six semesters above a 3.50 term gpa while majoring in media arts and studies. This is the second consecutive year White has earned this honor.

    - College of Engineering - Alycen Wiacek, a senior on the womens swimming team. Alycen has recorded a perfect 4.00 term gpa in four of her seven semesters at WSU while majoring in mechanical engineering. This is the second consecutive year Wiacek has earned this honor.

    - College of Nursing - Steve OShell, a senior on the football squad. Steve has been on the Athletic Directors Honor Roll (term gpa 3.5+) in six of his seven semesters with two perfect 4.00 term gpas, while majoring in nursing.

    - Honors College - Griffin Harms, a redshirt freshman on the baseball team. Griffin has been on the Athletic Directors Honor Roll (term gpa 3.5+) all three semesters, while studying biomedical engineering honors.

    Thirteen (13) student-athletes, from eight different sports, recorded perfect 4.00 term gpa (indicated by *) for Fall 2013.

    BaseballCole CliftonJake Davis

    Nathan GendronGriffin HarmsTravis RoderyJeff Sorenson

    Hunter Van MaeleKyle Zimmerman

    Mens BasketballOge Onwudiwe *

    Womens Basketball

    Tori Bellamy *Kayla Bridges

    Destiny Lavita-StephensKristen Long

    Mens Cross Country

    Kory LohrmannRuben Maya

    Pat MillerSteven Neshkoff

    Sawyer SmithBobby Wilson

    Womens Cross Country

    Kayla BalfourLeah CoonrodKayla Gagnon

    Brittany JohnsonAnnie Okonowski

    Mens Fencing

    Ziad ElsissyTyler Gace

    Matthew Hilton *Steven Kudla

    Quentin Schneider

    Womens FencingMarie Deschuytter

    Sara GrayCydney McChesneyZuzanna Sobczak


    Rabeah BeydounTrent Brodbeck

    Jeff DewPaul Graham

    Yaser HamdanJay Hayes

    Mike KomorBlake Mazur

    Manny MendozaRocky MikulecSteve OShell

    Tommy Richardson *Jake Sheets

    Stefan TerleckyjBen Walker

    Greg WebberAaron Weston *

    Alex ZiedasAndy Zimmerman

    Mens GolfGunnar Bjornson

    Reid DeanTyler Haksluoto

    Alex LaSerraTyler LaSerra

    Crawford McKinlay

    SoftballMackenzie Boehler *

    Emily BryceAmanda Burnard

    Lyndsay ButlerNikki FultonJade McGarr

    Catherine Rayos *Shelby SpanoLogan White

    Mens Swimming & DivingDarrin Driesenga

    Kris HectorSoren Holm *Jordan Papp

    Calvin Reder *Nick Victor

    Georgiy Yanin

    Womens Swimming & DivingKelsey Dischler *Kaylee Dolinski

    Manuela FerreiraHolly Krill

    Elly MaleskiMallory Moore *Kei Cze Prentis

    Kayla ScottMarissa SwartzAlycen Wiacek

    Mens TennisRyan Carlson

    Michael FitzGerald *Melvin Joseph *

    Mohamed Fazyl Kechai

    Womens TennisAndreea Mitrache

    Womens Track & Field

    Elizabeth HerrimanGabrielle Herriman

    Jennifer JaremaChristina Kollien

    Erika PerryJen Rock

    Jewel Wilson

    VolleyballNicole ArendsJamie GorycaMikayla Shell

    Hannah Williams

    CheerleadersMorgan Albertson

    Jessica MorinGiana PaolucciKaitlin Schnur

    Sarah Termini *

    Crowd at 2014 Academic Luncheon on April 17th.





    Development DirectorWayne State Athletics5101 John C. Lodge101 MatthaeiDetroit, MI 48202(313) 577-0587

    Please include in reply envelope in this magazine or send to address indicated

    __________________________________________________Name (As you wish to appear for athletics donor recognition)


    __________________________________________________City State Zip


    __________________________________________________Home Phone Business Phone

    ___________________________________________________E-mail Address

    Card Number Exp. Date


    Softball Locker Room Project - $1,000

    Baseball Locker Room Project - $1,000

    Football Locker Room Project - $2,000

    Check Enclosed Visa MasterCard (Payable to WSU Athletics)

    HITTING STREAKSGenerally we think of hitting streaks as a personal achievement. Joe DiMaggios 56-game hitting streak comes to mind as one of the greatest

    sports feats ever. In the case of the new locker rooms for baseball and softball, we are looking to string our hits together as a team to achieve the success necessary to be the best. For each person that steps up to the plate and delivers a hit by securing a locker in the new facilities, a hit will be

    added to the total goals of 20 games for softball and 40 games for baseball, based upon the number of lockers in each facility.


    a connection that transcended generations. I couldnt help but think where her future would take her ... or should I say, the choices she would make that would shape her future.

    I have learned over many, many years that the star in each of our lives can be elusive, and in that cacophony of what people want for you, may not be your path to your star. Each is different. And sadly, stars do not last forever. In that same time I have met a lot of doubters, people looking for the easy way, people who fail to realize that the work of the journey is what makes the journey enjoyable. Everyone has personal challenges and obstacles to overcome some much greater than others. But I have never let someone sacrifice my dreams for theirs. And you should not either.

    This past spring season led to a record-shattering year for intercollegiate athletics at WSU. In the NACDA/Learfield Cup (which measures the overall competitive success of every Division II athletic program) we

    finished with our highest point total ever (524) with twelve (12) of seventeen (17) teams advancing to the NCAA postseason. Those accomplishments allowed us to finish in the top five percent (5%) of all intercollegiate athletic teams at number fourteen (14) out of 317. It took quite a few stars to accomplish that success. Some of those stars you know by name, while others are more oblivious. But you do not get there without both.

    Lori realized that a long time ago and wanted to share some of those experiences with her daughters. You might say, some future building blocks. Just like the members of the softball team, who, despite their youthful reference, are a connection from Loris team to tomorrows hope. A group of young stars with bright futures beyond softball. A group of energetic young stars, who like Lieutenant Colonel Winn, are prepared to climb their own mountainsand illuminate the world.



    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 between February 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.

    There are numerous financial opportunities to make a difference in the exciting and promising futures of Wayne States student-athletes and athletic programs. For more information, please call the Athletics Development Office at (313) 577-0587.


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    COMMISSIONERS AWARD RECIPIENTWayne State University senior swimmer Kayla Scott was selected to receive the 2014 GLIAC Winter Sports Commissioners Award. With her selection, Scott becomes the eighth WSU Student-Athlete to be a two-time recipient of the GLIAC Commissioners Award joining Alison Allen (softball), Cauli Bedran (mens swimming), Thomas Ducret (mens tennis), Catherine Leix (womens swimming), Josh Renel (football), Ashley St. Andrew (womens swimming) and Michael Wiseman (baseball).

    Scotts selection gives WSU 33 GLIAC Commissioners Award honorees since the inception of the program in the fall of 2007.

    The awards, sponsored by Meijer, Incorporated, are presented after the Fall, Winter, and Spring athletic seasons to six female and six male GLIAC student-athletes that excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play. All grade point averages are based on a 4.0 scale.

    The six female student-athletes to receive the Winter 2013-14 Meijer Commissioners Awards are: Alyssa Miller of Ashland University; Anna Rudd of Ferris State University; Caitlyn Madsen and Kristen Hixson of Grand Valley State University, Megan Fogt of Hillsdale College; and Kayla Scott of Wayne State University.

    Wayne State University senior swimmer Kayla Scott broke her own Division II national record in the 100 breaststroke, and was also part of the national-champion 200 freestyle relay team that also broke the Division II record. Scott is a 17-time All-American, seven-time national champion, and two-time national title winner in the breaststroke. She is a member of four GLIAC title teams, and one NCAA National Championship team in 2012. In 2011, Scott was the GLIAC Womens Freshman of the Year. She is a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team honoree and is a two-time (2013 and 2014) CoSIDA First Team Academic (At-Large) All-American. Scott has an overall grade point average of 3.68 and is majoring in psychology.

    The six male student-athletes to receive the Winter 2013-14 Meijer Commissioners Awards are: Ryan Sabin and Sven Kardol of Grand Valley State University; Derek Billing of Lake Superior State University; Austin Armga and Alex Culy of Michigan Technological University; and Cory Veldhuizen of Malone University.

    It is with great pleasure that I offer congratulations on behalf of the GLIAC to our 12 award winners, stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. The accomplishments of the 12 student-athletes is a shining example of the future leaders and individuals who serve as change agents on our campuses. I would like thank Meijer for their continued support that allows the GLIAC to honor our top student-athletes.

    The Warriors were well represented on the 2014 GLIAC All-Academic Excellence and All-Academic Teams for the winter and spring sport seasons. To be named to the All-Academic Excellence Team, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and to qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must posses a GPA between 3.0 to 3.49.

    GLIAC Winter All-Acadmic Excellence TeamMens Basketball Chene Phillips Sr. Finance Mens Swimming & Diving Kris Hector So. ChemistryJordan Papp Sr. Criminal JusticeNick Victor Jr. Pre-Nursing Womens Basketball Kristen Long So. Comm. Media Studies Womens Swimming & Diving Kelsey Dischler Sr. Nutrition Food ScienceKaylee Dolinski Jr. Pre-MedicineManuela Ferreira So. EngineeringRachael LaCroix Jr. MarketingHannah Loesch So. EnglishElly Maleski So. Prof. EngineeringKei Cze Prentis Jr. KinesiologyKayla Scott Sr. PsychologyAlycen Wiacek Sr. Elementary Education Womens Indoor Track & Field Kayla Gagnon Sr. PsychologyAnnie Okonowski So. General StudiesErika Perry So. Pre-Social Work

    GLIAC Winter All-Academic TeamMens Basketball Name Yr. MajorMichael Lewis So. MarketingGavin Toma So. Finance Mens Swimming & Diving Jack Dischler So. Biomedical EngineeringJayson Hansen So. Pre-LawKristian Larsen Sr. Mechanical EngineeringCalvin Reder Sr. Political ScienceDylan Szegedi Jr. Secondary EducationBen Winn So. Secondary EducationGeorgiy Yanin RJr. Political Science Womens Basketball Kayla Bridges Jr. KinesiologyBrittany Streetman So. Pre-MedicineLena Thomas Sr. Kinesiology Womens Swimming/Diving Michelle Adamic Sr. Criminal JusticeAlex Geddis-McCririe So. General StudiesNicole Kudla Sr. Pre-Physical TherapyShaina Kulczycki Jr. AccountingVeronica Loock So. Pre-Physical TherapyMarissa Swartz Jr. Kinesiology Womens Indoor Track & Field Kayla Balfour So. Pre-Nursing

    Abbey Filip So. MarketingBrittany Johnson So. Pre-NursingChelsea Johnson So. Pre-MedicineJen Rock GS Nutrition Food Science

    GLIAC Spring All-Academic Excellence TeamBaseball Jake Davis RJr. MarketingNathan Gendron RJr. Mechanical EngineeringGriffin Harms RFr. Biomedical Engineering Randy Kuzdak RFr. Business ManagementTravis Rodery RSo. General Studies Softball Mackenzie Boehler So. Criminal JusticeEmily Bryce Jr. General StudiesAmanda Burnard Sr. KinesiologyCatherine Rayos RSo. Business ManagementLogan White Sr. Media Arts StudiesGabby Williams So. Electrical Engineering Mens Tennis Michael Fitzgerald Sr. Nut. & Food ScienceMelvin Joseph Sr. Nut. & Food Science Womens Outdoor Track & Field Kayla Gagnon Sr. PsychologyErika Perry So. Social Work

    GLIAC Spring All-Academic TeamBaseball Christian Bilkovic RJr. Social Studies EducationJeremy Carrell So. KinesiologyChristopher Gebara RSr. General StudiesBrandyn Hall So. Pre-PharmacyJoey Hartfelder RFr. FinanceTaylor Horn So. Secondary EducationJimmy Jackson Sr. General StudiesAlex Kinch RSo. KinesiologyClayton Ruch Sr. PyschologyJeff Sorenson RJr. Media Arts StudiesKirk Stambaugh Sr. Mechanical EngineeringKyle Zimmerman Jr. Business Management Softball Lyndsay Butler RFr. Special EducationNikki Fulton Sr. KinesiologyShannon Hilton RSo. KinesiologyJulie Ingratta RSr. KinesiologyJade McGarr So. Physical TherapyShelby Spano RSo. Psychology Mens Tennis Mohamed-Fazyl Kechai So. Economics Womens Outdoor Track & Field Kayla Balfour So. NursingAbbey Filip So. Brittany Johnson So. NursingChelsea Johnson So. Pre-MedJen Rock GS Nut. & Food Science

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