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    Official Publication of Wayne State University Athletic Department


    Winter 2010

  • WSU interim president Allan D. Gilmour congratulated many of the 29 Warriors

    who earned All-America status in 2009-10, including two-time national swimming

    champion Ana Gonzalez Pena, during a special presentation Sept. 25 at Adams Field.



    ON THE COVERConstruction is underway on a new athletics

    multipurpose indoor facility at Wayne State

    University. The facility, located between the

    tennis courts and the baseball complex on

    the athletic campus, is expected to have over

    35,000 square feet of available space for locker

    rooms, offices, and practice areas for multiple

    sports. A special groundbreaking ceremony

    was held Oct. 2 as part of Homecoming, and

    construction is scheduled to be completed this

    spring (cover design by Jaci Banton).

    1.........................................................................From the Director

    2.............................................................................. Football Recap

    3....................................................................................Sharon Gill

    4.................................................................................Fall Wrap-Up

    5...............................................................................News & Notes

    6................................................................................John Rehberg


    8-9 ...........................................................................Indoor Facility

    10-11 ..................................................................................Club 36

    12........................................................................Upcoming Events

    13...........................................................................Coaches Series

    14-15 .................................................................................. Donors

    16.............................................................................News & Notes

    IBC ...................................................................................W Club


    Compiled and edited by the WSU Sports Information Office


    Jeff Weiss


    Tom Gorman


    Rob Fournier, Director of Athletics

    Matt Cunningham, Athletics Development Director

    Lisa Seymour, Assistant to the Athletic Director

    Marty Dobek, Sports Information Intern

    Jaci Banton, Student Assistant

    Jason Smith, Sports Editor - The South End


    AM Press - Royal Oak, Mich.


    Mark Hicks (WestSide Photo), Ron Harper, Jason Clark,

    Rick Cummins, Cherished Memories Photography, GLIAC Media Relations,

    Drew Hallowell (Philadelphia Eagles), Corey Wheeler, and Tom Gorman

    Entire contents are copyrighted by WSUs Department of Athletics

    The online home of the Wayne State

    Warriors has information on every WSU team

    including press releases, statistics, rosters,

    biographical information, and media guides.

    Enjoy other multimedia features such as

    blogs, podcasts, video and more. The site

    also provides links to the NCAA, the Great

    Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

    (GLIAC), College Hockey America (CHA) and

    other sport-related sites.

    2The 2010 football season was one of the most successful in Wayne State history. The Warriors won a school-record nine games and a share of the GLIAC South Division title, while 15 student-athletes received postseason all-conference honors.

    10The Club 36 campaign is still going strong in 2010-11, and WSU Athletics wants to hear from its former female student-athletes. Send us your favorite memories from your time at WSU as we celebrate the 36th year of womens athletics at Wayne State.

    13Wayne State Athletics recently held its second of a three-part Coaches Series at the Majestic Cafe in Detroit. All five winter sport head coaches were on hand to speak to fans, alumni and supporters about their expectations and goals for the 2010-11 season.


    One of our departments

    objectives this year was to have

    every athletic team finish with a .500

    or better record. We accomplished

    that this past fall. Although some might say it was easy I

    can assure you nothing comes easy in competition. We can

    take pride in the successes of volleyball, womens tennis, cross

    country and football. And the latter, is a special recognition for

    a program that had to be re-built.

    I vividly recall my first experience with WSU football in 2000.

    Back then, we were not thinking of competing for Conference

    championships. Heck, we were just hoping to be competitive

    and that was only with certain teams. Against others we just

    did not have a chance. That was a reality of resources. We

    had a football field with an arch that would make McDonalds

    proud. Our locker room had one advantage the kids wanted

    out quickly so getting them on the field was not an issue. The

    end zone30-second clocks were on cinder blocks and ran off

    generators which invariably ran out of gas during the

    games. The other memories I have tried to block out

    When Coach Winters arrived here we took that first step to

    building a competitive winner. We took our lumps that first

    1-9 season but I give credit to the student-athletes who took

    that leap of faith and laid the foundation for what we have

    become. Names like Frank Lietke, Adam Nuckols, Alan Guy,

    Jason Thomas and Alex Jachym. They bought into a program

    that had some obvious weaknesses and some challenges. But

    their commitment made this past season attainable. Their work

    ethic, determination and winning approach is evident seven

    years later complemented now by a record that reflects that


    That is not to diminish the generations of former Tartars

    who labored in relative obscurity for years. They too made their

    sacrifices. But my perspective starts only a decade ago and my

    reference is limited in time. Football has been a labor of love

    for its participants and fans but more opportunistic for our

    opponents. We no longer are that soft spot on their schedule.

    I write that without bravado or brashness. I know we did not

    take shortcuts. We did not look for quick fixes. And we did not

    sacrifice our academic emphasis. We won with student-athletes

    who came for one of the best educational opportunities in the

    country at a world class institution who want to graduate

    and play football. Unlike those who played before, we have

    now supplied the resources to make that hoped for possibility

    a reality.

    As I look back on the 2010 divisional championship season,

    I see some parallels with the GLIAC Conference championship

    of 1975. But a lot has changed in those 35 yearsand I do not

    mean just hairstyles.

    The histories of the cities of Detroit and Akron have been

    intrinsically linked for over 100 years. Millions toiled in the

    auto industry to earn the nickname Motor City while the

    inhabitants of Akron worked to create the tire industry and the

    Rubber City. Both needed each other and the success of one

    directly impacted the other. When a thin, unassuming Civil War

    doctor named Benjamin Franklin Goodrich opened a rubber

    plant in 1871, it was inevitable the two cities would define each

    others objectives. Millions of cars (and tires) later, there is no

    dispute of that claim.

    Coincidently that 100 miles between the two cities

    has imported some football success too. In the early 70s a

    University of Akron assistant named Dick Lowry transformed

    a program into a winner. He left as the winningest coach in

    WSU history, created a positive impact on the lives of countless

    student-athletes and a legacy that resulted in his Hall of Fame


    Unfortunately his departure, much like the economic

    downturns in the past for the two cities, affected the success of

    Detroits only college football program. But just as the history

    of those two cities were revived over the years, so too has

    the football program regained its standing. This time with the

    help of another University of Akron assistant Paul Winters. I

    know Paul will tell you he did not do it alonebut he bought

    the sales pitch when no one else was buying (let alone kicking

    the tires).

    I have long believed that the public perception of the overall

    success of an athletic program is based on the performance

    of your football and basketball programs. Just ask a UM

    supporteror one in Columbus. WSU football, like the City,

    is on the upswing. There is still much to be done but we are

    rolling againjust like the American auto.

    So just as it was years ago in Detroit with the Goodyears, the

    Firestones and the Goodrichs advancing the auto industry, so

    too have the Lowrys and the Winters impact rejuvenated the

    football assembly line at Tom Adams field. I am also confident

    that the product coming off that line will again meet with

    your approval and be back on top. Happy Holidays!

    Re-tooling the Assembly line

    By RoB FouRnieR



    FOOTBALLThe 2010 Wayne State University football team set school

    records for overall wins in a season (9) and conference victories

    in a year (8), while finishing the regular season ranked 12th

    in the nation by the American Football Coaches Association


    The 12th-place national ranking was WSUs highest ever in

    the AFCA and marked the third consecutive week the Warriors

    were voted in the top 25 in Division II.

    Wayne State was ranked ninth in Super Region 3 by the

    NCAA selection committee despite a 9-2 record as only the

    top six teams in the region qualify for post-season play. Super

    Region 3 has the most teams (55) of any of the four regions

    and was arguably the deepest as nine schools in the region

    were ranked in the AFCA top 25 poll on Nov. 15.

    WSU won the inaugural GLIAC South Division title by virtue

    of its 8-2 GLIAC mark and a 14-9 triumph over South Division

    co-champion Hillsdale on Oct. 23. The Warriors had winning

    streaks of two, three and four games during the season.

    Junior running back Josh Renel (Rochester Hills, Mich./

    Rochester Adams) was the only Division II student-athlete

    to record at least 2,000 all-purpose yards during the regular

    season. He was one of 24 national semifinalists for the Harlon

    Hill Trophy (Division II Heisman) which was won in 2009 by

    former Warrior and current Indianapolis Colt Joique Bell.

    Senior linebacker Matt Faulker (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./

    Lahser) was a national semifinalist for the William Campbell

    Trophy which recognizes outstanding football ability as a first

    team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated

    strong leadership and citizenship.

    Two players were voted

    to the CoSIDA Academic

    All-District 4 College

    Division team. This is the

    ninth consecutive year at

    least one Warrior football

    player earned Academic All-

    District accolades. Renel

    was a First Team selection,

    while junior linebacker Nick

    Thomas (Akron, Ohio/St.

    Vincent-St. Mary) was a

    second team honoree.

    Wayne State had a

    league-best eight First Team

    All-GLIAC selections and 16 total All-GLIAC honorees. Voted to

    the First Team by the conference coaches were Renel at both

    running back and return specialist, junior wide receiver Troy

    Burrell (Port Huron, Mich.), junior left tackle Joe Long (Lapeer,

    Mich./East), senior defensive end Daunte Akra (Detroit,

    Mich./Kettering), Thomas, junior safety Jeremy Jones (Grand

    Rapids, Mich./Rockford) and senior cornerback Stan Thornton

    (Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow).

    Selected to the Second Team were senior center Marc

    Cuddeback (Sterling Hts., Mich./Warren De La Salle) and junior

    right tackle Will Khoury (Canton, Mich.).

    Named to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention squad

    were sophomore left guard Curtis Ferguson (Holt, Mich.),

    sophomore defensive end Greg Hasse (Northville, Mich.),

    senior tight end Austin Hughes (Beverly Hills, Mich./

    Birmingham Groves), junior linebacker Raleigh Ross

    (Detroit, Mich./Crockett), sophomore cornerback Cortez

    Smith (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) and freshman place-

    kicker Stefan Terleckyj (Warren, Mich./Warren Mott).

    The Warriors will have six home games in 2011

    including the first three games of the season. WSU

    returns 19 starters (nine on

    both offense and defense,

    plus the place-kicker).

    Junior Josh Renel was selected to the All-GLIAC First Team as both a running back and a return specialist. He was the only player in Division II with at least 2,000 all-purpose yards in the 2010 regular season.

    The 2010 Warrior football team won a school-record nine games, claimed a share of the GLIAC South Division championship, and finished the season ranked 12th nationally in the AFCA Division II poll.



    The commercials air constantly on television during college football and basketball seasons. They show soccer players solving equations and hockey players skating through chemistry labs.

    At the end, the announcer says, There are 360,000 NCAA student-athletes, and nearly all of us are going pro in something other than sports.

    Wayne State womens tennis standout Sharon Gill is a prime example of that statement.

    On the court, the 6-foot-2 senior has been dominant in her WSU career. She holds the school record for singles victories (77) and doubles victories (72). In addition, she has been named First-Team All-GLIAC evey season and was the 2010 Player of the Year.

    Gill is balancing a tough tennis schedule with a grueling academic schedule. At 21, she is currently enrolled in pharmacy school and is working toward her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

    It is very overwhelming, for sure, said Gill, who has also been named to the GLIAC All-Academic team twice. Im staying up late studying, sometimes until 3 a.m., and then I have to go to class and practice.

    Im managing. I dont know how Im managing, but I am. I just take everyday one at a time.

    Gill has managed to find a very delicate balance between excelling in tennis, which she has played since she was nine years old, and carrying a 15-credit schedule.

    She won 13 of her 15 completed singles matches this season with all off them coming in straight sets.

    Finding the RightBALANCE

    Senior student-athlete trying to do it allon court and in pharmacy school

    By Jason Smith

    I wake up, go to class and, depending on my schedule, I have class all day, so sometimes I have to miss practice, Gill said. When I have half-days, I go to practice for a couple of hours and then I go straight to the library and study, study, study, study.

    The toll of studying and participating in labs, combined with the rigors of practice, travel and matches, is draining. However, the Windsor native sees her time on the court as a chance to relieve the tension.

    Sometimes Im exhausted coming to practice, but I have to deal with it, she said. Tennis is part of my life. Im able to come to practice and just let go.

    Despite the everyday grind, Gill is having another noteworthy season, including an impressive doubles record with partner Kristina Goranskaya.

    Sharon is a magnificent teammate, said Goranskaya, who is 16-1 with Gill. To me, she is a wonderful friend and we have a lot of fun together. We laugh and talk a lot for hours when we see each other.

    We have so much fun on the court, Gill said. When you play doubles, youre always laughing and enjoying yourself and we fit each other really well.

    Goranskaya sees Gill more than just a partner, but also as a friend. She feels their friendship is what has made them successful.

    I feel like we communicate very well, Goranskaya said. Sometimes, we understand each other without even saying words. Its just so natural being her partner

    Gill acknowledges the schedule has led to some inconsistency, mainly in her timing.

    Im struggling a little bit more, and dont have as much confidence in my shot as I did before, she said. When I say struggling, its more about confidence in my stroke. Its there, and I have the experience from previous years. But it still feels like a struggle.

    Gill has set an example for her teammates by managing her very tough schedule while being largely successful on the court.

    Ive played with Sharon ever since I was about 12 years old in Windsor, sophomore Caroline Gosman said. She has always been a great individual player, however, when I came to Wayne (State) I saw what Sharon was like when she was part of a team.

    Sharon is dedicated to school, which is also something Id like to channel while I study at Wayne State, Gosman said. She really is an inspiration.

    As the season rolls along, Gill continues to have two goals: maintaining her 3.3 grade point average and winning.

    We just keep working hard as a team and support each other, Gill said. Were always striving be the best and win the GLIAC.

    As for myself, I just want to keep going and take it one day at a time and just try to play the best I can.


    FALL WRAP-UPVOLLEYBALL In three years under head coach Phil Nickel, the

    WSU volleyball team has qualified for the postseason each year. Wayne State finished second in the South Division in 2010 and ended the regular season on a six-match winning streak.

    Despite being ousted by Ferris State in the quarterfinals, Wayne State went 15-12 overall, including a 13-6 conference mark, its best since the 1998 squad had a 15-4 GLIAC record.

    Among the highlights of the 2010 season for the Warriors was a five-set victory Sept. 25 over FSU, snapping a 12-match losing skid which dated back to 1998. The climax of WSUs winning streak at the end of the regular season was a 3-1 triumph Nov. 6 over 19th-ranked Northern Michigan, which not only secured home-court advantage for the Warriors in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament, but ended a run of 26 straight losses to the Wildcats since 1990.

    Sophomore middle blocker Katarzyna Sak (Warren, Mich./Cousino) capped off her successful season by being selected as an Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The recipient of two All-Midwest Region awards, Sak was also a First Team All-GLIAC selection and is the fourth volleyball All-American in the 36-year history of the program.

    Sak totaled 401 kills and became the first WSU player since 1992 to finish with over

    400 kills and a hitting percentage above .330.

    Sophomore setter Cydney Biessel (Ruby, Mich./Yale), who was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team, and senior outside hitter Maureen MacDonald (White Lake, Mich./Marian) earned an Honorable Mention.

    TENNIS The Wayne State womens tennis team capped off its fall season with an 8-6 record and a fourth-place finish in the GLIAC Tournament.

    Senior Sharon Gill (Windsor, Ont./Academie Ste. Cecile) was unanimously chosen as the 2010 GLIAC Womens Tennis Player of the Year in voting by the leagues head coaches. Gill became the first student-athlete to receive the award in the history of the Wayne State women's tennis program.

    Gill capped off a sensational first half of the 2010-11 season, posting a 5-0 record at the GLIAC Tournament and earning First-Team All-GLIAC honors for the fourth straight year. She ended the fall season on a 17-match winning streak in singles and doubles combined.

    As the tennis schedule resumes in the spring, Gill will look to build upon a 13-2 record in singles play this season and a 16-1 mark in doubles with partner Kristina Goranskaya (Thornhill, Ont./Northview Heights), who earned First Team All-GLIAC recognition as well, tallying a 14-3 singles record.

    Gill and Goranskaya went undefeated (13-0) in conference play and have triumphed in 26 of their past 27 matches together including nine straight. Their .941 winning percentage is a Wayne State single-season best.

    Gill is the school record-holder for most singles (77) and doubles (72) wins in a career. In 2008-09, she broke the record for most singles wins (23) in a season.

    McCall Monte (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich./Gross Pointe South) received All-GLIAC Honorable Mention recognition. She was 9-4 in doubles, teaming with partner Milena Vuksanovic (Pancevo, Serbia), and ended the fall season with a 5-9 singles mark.

    CROSS COUNTRY Despite missing out on the NCAA Championships, the Wayne State mens and womens cross country teams flourished in the 2010 campaign. Each squad posted five top-10 finishes and combined for five event wins.

    Following a third-place showing at the GLIAC race, the womens cross country team just missed out on qualifying for the NCAA Championships by finishing fourth at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

    Two familiar faces once again led the pack for the Warriors. Seniors Kristi Werner (East Jordan, Mich./East Jordan) and Lauren Kessler (Ionia, Mich.) both achieved All-GLIAC accolades, while Werner earned All-Region honors for a third straight year. It was the fourth straight year Kessler ran to an All-GLIAC spot.

    The mens team ended the 2010 campaign with a third-place finish at the GLIAC Championships, and a seventh-place mark at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

    Junior Alex Townsend (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) earned All-GLIAC and All-Region honors for the first time in his career. Townsend concluded the year with five top-20 finishes, including an event win at the Mercyhurst-Gannon Invitational.

    Hampered by injury early in the season, redshirt senior Dan Kapaida (Canton, Mich./Salem) capped off a stellar WSU career by posting the second-best time of any Warrior runner at the Regional (35th- 32:29.05).

    Junior Travis Barczak (Williamston, Mich.) proved to be one of the

    Warriors top runners with two top-10 finishes, including the second-best time of any WSU runner at the GLIAC

    Championships (22nd-26:03.6).

    GOLF An exciting conclusion to the 2010 GLIAC Mens Golf Championship, hosted by WSU at Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club in early October, ultimately resulted in a second place finish for the Warriors as they lost to Ferris State in a one-hole playoff for the conference crown.

    After Wayne States four-stroke lead disappeared early in the third round, the Warriors battled back from an eight-stroke deficit with six holes remaining to tie the Bulldogs.

    The five-man teams were split into two groups and a playoff was conducted on the No. 1 hole. Ferris State (298-295-296--889) emerged victorious to earn its 20th conference title and first since 2004.

    Wayne State (298-291-300--889) and Ferris State finished 15 strokes ahead of Grand Valley State (293-304-207--904) and Findlay (299-305-300--904) who shared third place.

    Medalist Kyle Wittenbach of FSU finished with a four-shot lead over Eric Johnson (Marquette, Mich.), who carded a 74 in the final round (219).

    Aaron Peterson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) jumped 13 spots up the leaderboard in the third round with an even-par 71, placing him 12th overall (225).

    Hagan Risner (Garden City, Mich.), who led all players with 10 birdies in the tournament, and Steve Fedewa (Howell, Mich.) were among those tied for 13th (226), while Jack Mitroka (Riverview, Mich.) finished in a tie for 23rd (231).

    The second-place showing for WSU was its best since 2003, when the Warriors defeated the Bulldogs for the GLIAC title at Lake Shore in Erie, Pa. Wayne State had finished third each of the last two years.

    Katarzyna Sak

    Eric Johnson

    Alex Townsend

    Kristina Goranskaya


    The WSU Office of Sports Information introduced a new streaming video service called Warrior All-Access. Fans will have exclusive access to live video Webcasts for home football, volleyball, and basketball games throughout the 2010-11 school year. Football and mens basketball contests will also be simulcast with the existing radio broadcasts on News Talk 1400 WDTK.

    Archives of past events as well as additional free on-demand content, including the new Warrior Daily video features, will be added as the season progresses as well.

    A 24-hour pass to All-Access is just $5.95, while a monthly subscription is $9.95. To subscribe for the entire year is only $69.95. Visit wsuathletics.com to subscribe to Warrior All-Access.

    NEWS & NOTESSOFTBALL The 2010 WSU softball team was recognized by

    the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as an All-Academic Team. The squad had a grade-point average of 3.174 for the 2009-10 academic school year.

    In addition, six student-athletes were named Division II Scholar Athletes for having a grade-point average of at least 3.50 for the 2009-10 academic year: Jaci Banton (Richmond Hill, Ont./Cardinal Carter), Sam Cain (Taylor,

    Mich./Kennedy), Steph Foreman (Cambridge, Ont./Preston), Casey Hanes (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman), Bailey Reid (Guelph, Ont./Ross Collegiate V.I.) and Kristina Susalla (Garden City, Mich.).

    Only two other schools that reached the NCAA Elite Eight qualified (Valdosta State and Angelo State), with only Valdosta State having a higher cumulative team gpa (3.209).

    FOOTBALL Wayne State University redshirt junior safety Kenny Loney appeared in the Sept. 28 episode of Detroit 1-8-7.

    Loney played Calvin Gibbs, a football player from fictional "Southeastern Michigan College," whose murder was investigated by detectives.

    Loney said he got the part through a casting call and had to compete with another actor for the role.

    "It was between me and another guy," Loney said. "But the Los Angeles office chose to go with my look."

    Loney said the episode was filmed in late July over a three-day period and included scenes that were edited from the version that aired. One day was for a photo shoot, another for the accident

    scene and the third for football action plays, which weren't used."There were a lot of action scenes, where I played a running back with

    the (Detroit Central High) football team," Loney said.Excerpt from The Detroit News, Oct. 1, 2010, by Rod Beard

    FOOTBALL Former Wayne State University running back and 2009 Harlon Hill recipient Joique Bell (Benton Harbor, Mich.) made his NFL regular-season debut on Sept. 26 in Philadelphias 28-3 win

    at Jacksonville. Against the Jaguars, he started on the punt return team and also saw special teams action on the kickoff coverage unit.

    Bell rushed 27 times in four pre-season games with the Buffalo Bills for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four receptions for 15 yards and two kickoff returns for 34 yards.

    After spending the first two weeks of the NFL regular-season on Buffalos practice squad, Bell was signed by the Eagles on Sept. 21. Bell was inactive for three of the six games he was on the Eagles 53-man roster.

    After being placed on waivers by the Eagles, the Indianapolis Colts signed Bell. He has played the last three games (as of Nov. 30) for the Colts.

    He is the first former Tartar/Warrior to play an

    NFL regular-season game since 1996 when Tom Beer and Paul Butcher both appeared in all 16

    regular-season games. Beer played in Detroits Monday night setback to San

    Francisco to make him the last player by one day. Butcher concluded his 11-year NFL career in 1996 with the Oakland Raiders.

    Joique Bell, the 2010 Harlon Hill Trophy winner and Wayne States all-time leading rusher, made his NFL regular-season debut Sept. 26 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has since joined the Indianapolis Colts.


    JOHN REHBERGIt was only a few years ago, John Rehberg was

    protecting the quarterback. Now, hes protecting our

    country as 2nd Lt. Rehberg in the United States Marine


    From Adams Field to the battlefield, he still possesses

    all the characteristics that made him the player he was,

    and the marine he is today.

    He is determined. He is disciplined. He is a leader.

    After capping off his Wayne State football career

    and earning his bachelors degree in Business

    Administration/Management, Rehberg enlisted in

    the Marine Corps. He will be in their training stage in

    Quantico, Virginia until March 2011. He has completed

    a 10-week Officer Candidate School and is about to

    graduate the Basic Officer Course.

    Next, he will begin the Infantry Officers Course

    (IOC), which is a 12-week class. Rehberg said IOC is

    arguably the most coveted school to attend because it

    offers the toughest and best training any officer from

    any branch of the military can receive.

    From there, he will be assigned to a unit as a platoon

    commander and will be deployed to Afghanistan a few

    times in the next three years.

    In about six months, I will take on a much different

    feeling of responsibility for the simple reason that I

    will be leading not just any Marines, but my Marines,

    Rehberg said.

    I will be responsible for everything from their

    training to their personal lives, making sure they have

    every thing they need to be successful in and out of

    the Marine Corps.

    Prior to joining, Rehberg had a solid five-year

    collegiate football career, playing tight end for the

    Warriors. He saw action in 38 games, starting 35

    times, and caught 49 passes for 481 yards and four


    In fact, those statistics may have never occurred.

    Like many Americans, the events of September

    11th, 2001, had a major impact on Rehbergs decision

    to join the military.

    He actually wanted to enlist fresh out of high

    school. Both his grandfathers had served their country,

    so the idea was not irregular for his family.

    His dads father flew for the Navy in World War I,

    while his moms father was in the Army during World

    War II.

    I was not too crazy about school and I wanted

    to serve my country with the same people I played

    football with in high school, stated Rehberg, who was

    a junior at Livonia Stevenson when the events of 9/11

    stunned Americans.

    His father, John, provided an eye-opening revelation

    to convince Rehberg otherwise.

    He wanted me to go play college football because

    not too many people get a chance to do it, Rehberg

    said. He told me the opportunity wont be there if I

    joined out of high school.

    He respected his fathers wishes, throwing his idea

    on the back burner.

    However, Rehberg still was 100 percent positive he

    would join after graduating Wayne State, especially

    after receiving some bad news just before the start of

    his second season at WSU.

    One of Rehbergs friends was killed in action in

    August 2004.

    That event has a profound impact on me, and it

    finally concreted my decision to use my abilities to

    serve, Rehberg said. I will never forget the day when

    I found out.

    Since he enlisted this past January, Rehberg has

    come to realize there is an absolute correlation

    between the Warrior football program and the Marine


    Both are built around hard word, discipline, and

    having pride in the job, he said. The locker room

    talk still goes on in both. The one thing that is slightly

    different is the bond that forms between the people on

    a team and Marines in the same unit.

    You can see why the bonds are different. Football is

    not a life or death matter the marines are.

    The bonds that I have formed with the people

    here throughout this six month long training and

    seeing them everyday, sleeping next to them in the

    field, maneuvering with them on live fire exercises, and

    going through some really tough times is very strong,

    Rehberg said.

    It has to be. I trust my life to the marine on my

    right and left because I know that he is going to be

    there for me and do his job, so I can come home to

    my family. The marine on the left and right knows that

    they can trust me because I am going to do my job so

    they can make it home to their families. Every man I

    have come across thus far, believes that the life of his

    buddy is more important than his own and will give his

    life to protect it.

    During his WSU days, Rehberg said he developed

    skills essential for being a marine officer the most

    important being leadership.

    Similar to waking up at 0500 hours (5 a.m.) in the

    marines, he had to get up for early morning football

    workouts around the same time. He said those

    workouts and strength and conditioning coach Paul

    Harker are what developed his leadership skills.

    He made me into a leader who leads from the front

    and sets the examples for others to follow, Rehberg

    said of Harker. Those leadership traits were drilled

    home during my time playing at Wayne State, and

    they will be a vital tool for me to use in the future.

    Rehberg said the Marine Corps takes leadership a

    step further by embodying it within their own set of

    leadership traits and leadership principles.

    There are guidelines for us as leaders, so we can

    continue to improve ourselves and our unit, he said.

    While leadership is the fundamental tool for

    Rehberg, he said another important factor to being

    successful in both football and the Marine Corps relies

    a great deal on being accountable.

    It is absolutely huge in the Marine Corps, he said.

    Aside from the accountability that must take place

    from peer to peer within training, we have constant

    accountability in many other areas as well. We have

    class, meetings, people and all of our gear that we

    have to take care of and keep track of. It is constant

    and necessary action that becomes as natural as

    breathing after a while.

    Though, Rehberg feels within his element in the

    Marine Corps, there are two things he misses about


    One, is his mothers home cooking. The other

    football Saturdays.

    I really miss relaxing on Sundays at home watching

    football and the house filling with the smell of my

    moms baked chicken for dinner, he said. I miss

    playing with the guys you have practiced with all year

    long, Rehberg said.

    Despite being unable to play anymore, he does

    offer some advice for the current Warriors.

    The advice that I have for the team is to work as

    hard as you can everyday and enjoy every practice and

    savor every game because it is going to end, he said.

    At first, youll be glad to have a break because it was

    a long season and your body is beat up and everything

    hurts, but I guarantee the farther away you get from

    the game the more you will miss it.




    I used to have a coach who invariably at the end of practice would announce can you give me a little more? Often it was physically challenging, but upon reflection, even more mentally compelling. But of course, we all went along. My guess is that sometime in your playing career you too had a similar experience. It seems to be an inherited trait among coachesand a lot of employers too.

    In a paradoxical way, I guess I am also asking for the same thing in a slightly different way. (And who said coaches dont influence you?). My request can be summarized in a more simplistic way, can you give Wayne State athletics back an hour?

    Just like the coach who wanted a little more I am not sure folks know exactly what it means to give an hour. Sometimes for that coach that extra was some sprintssometimes it was another 45 minutes of practice (where were those NCAA rules back then?). Our one hour request although a little less physically strenuous still does involve a sacrifice. It simply means: can you give back an hour to support the initiatives of the athletic department? And the hour represents the cost of one hour of college education.

    Depending on when you went to school, the cost of education has dramatically risen. Likewise the cost to operate an athletic department has increased arithmetically faster. Part of that is because we had some catching up to do and partly because in order to achieve our objectives we must stay ahead of the competition. I believe we have a few examples of that progress.

    Most strikingly if you have been on the athletic campus recently is the progress on our new multipurpose indoor facility. That structure will contain over 35,000 square feet of indoor space (about a 75 yard football field) and have tennis courts, batting cages, a two lane sprint track and will significantly alleviate some space constraints we have experienced. As we await that June 2011 opening, we also have some more identifiable changes we can acknowledge a new football locker room, field turf, softball facility, swimming pool renovations (deck, video board, seating), basketball court/gymnasium upgrades including chair-back seating, locker room improvements, hall of fame foyer, an academic resource study area, strength and conditioning space with all new equipment, expanded and upgraded training room facilities and new USTA tennis courts. And I emphasize these are only a few.

    I am convinced that those changes have had a measurable impact on our teams successes our top nine national finishes (NADCA rankings of the nations top programs) have all come in the last nine years including twenty-first in the nation last year (2010) and eleventh the year previously (2009). Those two top finishes put us among the upper four percent (4%), and the next year top seven

    percent (7%), respectively among all athletic programs. In the past eight years, seven times we have finished in the top ten percent (10%) among all Division II athletic programs. Those finishes reflect consistent achievement among a number of our athletic programs. Simply put, we win at a lot of sports.

    But we are a department of more than athletic success. Academically 13 of 16 teams have a team GPA above a 3.00 with the overall GPA of all student-athletes at 3.08. And in the recent NCAA federally-mandated graduation rate report, WSU student athletes graduated at a 26% higher rate than the comparable campus population. And that trend continues to rise with a 94% retention rate. Those statistics certainly contradict some recent media reports. And not to be overlooked, last year student-athletes contributed a remarkable 7,555 volunteer hours back to the community in a number of outreach opportunities. Yes, that was more than an hour.

    As I mentioned earlier, that cost of education continues to rise. That is why this campaign is so vital. For example, an in-state, upper level Michigan student-athlete is looking at a cost of $16,030.42 for the academic year or about $337 dollars per credit hour. Although a Wayne State education remains one of the most economical and best values in higher education, a successful athletic department needs private support to supplement corporate and state funding. We need you. So the question simply becomes, can you give back that hour? Will you sustain our progress?

    Will you be part of that difference in the Wayne State athletic department? I promise you this; I will not ask you to run any sprintsor stay after practice.

    Rob FournierDirector of Athletics

    Wayne State University



    Can you give back one hour?

    Matt Cunningham

    Development Director

    Wayne State Athletics

    5101 John C. Lodge

    101 Matthaei

    Detroit, MI 48202

    (313) 577-0587

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    q Check Enclosed q Visa q MasterCard (Payable to WSU Athletics)

    Card Number: ____________________________________________

    Expiration Date: _______________

    __________________________________________________________Signature (Required)

    q YES! I would like to give $265, the average cost of one undergraduate tuition credit at Wayne State University, to support WSU student-athletes.

    Can you give back one hour?

  • Multipurpose NEW

    Uses: baseball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, football, intramurals, community events, camps..

    35,000 square feet of indoor space.

    Among Uses:Possible Tennis CourtsDrop-Down Golf Netting75-yard Football Practice Field

    Mens Locker Room

    Training Room


    Mens Restrooms

    Womens Restrooms

    Womens Locker Room

    Of ces:Womens TennisGolfFacility Managers Of ce

    Of ces:Mens TennisCross CountryBaseball

    University Baseball Locker Room


  • Mens Locker Room

    Training Room


    Mens Restrooms

    Womens Restrooms

    Womens Locker Room

    Of ces:Womens TennisGolfFacility Managers Of ce

    Of ces:Mens TennisCross CountryBaseball

    University Baseball Locker Room


  • Years36 OF WOMENS ATHLETICS Years1973 In 1973, Dacia Schileru became the first woman ever to compete in an NCAA Championship. That event was later recognized as one of the 25 Defining Mo-ments of the NCAAs 100 year history.

    1974In 1974, Janina (Parrot) Jacobs became the first woman to play collegiate golf at WSU.

    19751980From 1975 to 1980 the WSU womens tennis team went undefeated. During that time the team posted a 50-0 record and won the GLIAC title five straight years.

    1987In 1987, the WSU volleyball team qualified for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional for the first time in school history as well as crowning its first All-American in Rachel Parham.

    1982 Womens Fecing won their first National Championship in the same year that the NCAA first sponsored the event.

  • 1999In 1999, WSU established a Division I womens ice hockey program The only Division I Program in the state of Michigan.

    2003In 2003 the womens softball team advanced to the College World Series for the first time in school history with a thrilling 2-1 victory at Grand Valley State University.

    2004On January 15, 2004, womens basketball standout Jodi Young scored a school-record 48 points against GLIAC foe Grand Valley State University.

    2007In 2007, Anna Garina became the first woman epeeist in NCAA history to win three straight national titles.

    2008In 2008, the womens cross country team had its most successful season in school history when they placed 12thin the nation.

    20092010The WSU womens swimming and diving team earned back to back national runners-up titles in 2009 and in 2010.

    #Send or e-mail us your favorite memory!

    Lisa Seymour

    Wayne State Athletics

    5101 John C. Lodge

    101 Matthaei

    Detroit, MI 48202

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    2007 In 2007, Anna Garina became the first woman epeeist in NCAA history to win three national titles.



    16 BASKETBALL vs. Ohio Dominican Men 6:00 PM Women 8:00 PM

    29 WOMENS BASKETBALL vs. Saint Josephs 5:30 PM


    8 BASKETBALL vs. Findlay Men 1:00 PM Women 3:00 PM

    14 WOMENS HOCKEY vs. Niagara 7:00 PM

    15 WOMENS HOCKEY vs. Niagara 2:00 PM

    20 BASKETBALL vs. Tiffin Men 6:00 PM Women 8:00 PM

    21 WOMENS HOCKEY vs. Quinnipiac 7:00 PM

    22 WOMENS HOCKEY vs. Quinnipiac 2:00 PM

    28 SWIMMING & DIVING vs. Findlay 6:00 PM WOMENS HOCKEY vs. Syracuse 7:00 PM

    29 WOMENS HOCKEY vs. Syracuse 2:00 PM



    3 BASKETBALL vs. Northern Michigan Men 6:00 PM Women 8:00 PM

    5 BASKETBALL vs. Michigan Tech Men 1:00 PM Women 3:00 PM

    7 WOMENS BASKETBALL vs. Madonna 5:30 PM MENS BASKETBALL vs. Wisconsin-Parkside 7:30 PM

    11 WOMENS HOCKEY vs. Robert Morris 7:00 PM

    12 WOMENS HOCKEY vs. Robert Morris 2:00 PM

    24 BASKETBALL vs. Lake Superior State Men 6:00 PM Women 8:00 PM

    26 BASKETBALL vs. Hillsdale Men 1:00 PM Women 3:00 PM

    Fifth AnnualDoc Andrews Alumni NightWayne State vs. SyracuseFriday, January 28

    Pre-Game Reception @ Zs Villa -- 5:00 PMWarriors vs. Orange @ City Sports Center -- 7:00 PM

    Proceeds Benefit the Doc Andrews Scholarship Fund


    Wayne State Basketballvs. Northern Michigan

    LIVE on Comcast TelevisionFebruary 3, 2011

    Channel 900 in state of Michigan

    PINK ZONEWayne State Basketball

    Monday, February 7

    Support the Wayne State Warriors in their initiative to promote breast

    cancer research and prevention

    Womens Basketball vs. Madonna -- 5:30 PMMens Basketball vs. Wis.-Parkside -- 7:30 PM


    Second Annual W DaySaturday, April 30

    CLUB 36Celebrating 36 Years of

    Womens Athletics

    5K Fun Run/WalkSpirit Walk Sidewalk Painting

    WSU Softball vs. Lake Erie



    COACHES Series

    The Spring Coaches Series will be held on

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011Traffic Jam & Snug

    Second and Canfield -- Detroit

    For more information on the event please contact: Lisa Seymour

    at 313-577-4282

    The second edition of the WSU Athletics Coaches Series was held on Wednesday ,November 10, at the Majestic Caf in Midtown Detroit. The event brought together alumni, supporters, and friends of the department who heard from the WSU winter sport coaches.

    Head Mens and Womens Fencing Coach Jerzy Radz

    Head Womens Ice Hockey Coach Jim Fetter

    Head Womens Basketball Coach Gloria BradleyHead Mens Basketball Coach David Greer

    Head Mens and Womens Swimming and Diving Coach Sean Peters


    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 July 1, 2009 and October 31, 2010.There are numerous financial opportunities to make a difference in the exciting and promising futures of Wayne States student-athletes and athletic programs. Please see the inside back cover of this

    magazine for gift-giving clubs and the benefits associated with supporting athletics. For more information, please call Matt Cunningham, Athletics Development Director, at 313-577-0587.



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    Mr. Raymond Rolak

    Mrs. Diane M. Rusu

    Angela Ruth

    Mr. Kevin P. Ryan

    Mr. Abdullah Saleh

    Jeffery Schaffer

    Mr. Marty Schlitt

    Mr. Kenneth Scott Schmidt

    Mr. Gary A. Schultz

    Lisa Seymour

    Mr. Arthur Shankin

    Mr. & Mrs. Thomas I. Sheppard

    Sherwood Enterprises

    Mr. James E. Shields

    Ms. Peggy A. Shunkwiler

    Lowell G. Sides

    Mr. Stanley J. Simek, Jr.

    Mr. Ronald B. Simpkins

    Ms. Karen L. Sinclair

    Mr. Raymond L. Skwiers

    Mr. and Mrs. Harold T. Slaby

    Homer & Judith Smathers, Jr.

    Mr. Jason Earl Smith

    Cherita Smith

    Mr. Bobby C. Smith

    Daniel T. Smith & Lauren A. Janutol

    Mr. Howard Snider

    Mr. & Mrs. William R. Snyder

    Mr. William Sohns

    Mr. & Mrs. David J. Sparrow

    Ms. Jennifer K. Spicher

    Mr. Donald Stange

    Ms. Rebecca Stanley

    Debra Stpaleton

    Ms. Mary D. Stefan

    Dr. & Mrs. William T. Stephenson, Jr.

    Mr. Ty Douglas Stevenson

    Mrs. Linda A. Strach

    Mr. Brian G. Stuard

    Mr. & Mrs. Karl Swanson

    Nancy Sylvester

    Teamsters Local Union No. 769

    Milo F. & Bertha R. Teer

    The Hair Connection Ltd.

    Thomas W. Kolderman, D.D.S., P.C.

    Mr. David E. Thurman

    Ms. Tamara L. Tranter

    Mr. Nick G. Tumbarello

    Mr. Donald W. Ukrainec

    Mr. Mathew VanDerkloot

    Mr. Mark E. VanFaussien

    Mr. Bradley J. Vincent

    Mr. Eric Vincent

    Vintners Cellar Custom Winery

    LTC (Ret) John E. Walus

    Mr. & Mrs. Richard D. Warchol

    Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Webster

    Ms. Rose Wegienka

    Mr. and Mrs. Larry Weiss

    Ms. Jane A. Westenberg

    Mr. Frederick G. White, III

    Ms. Melissa L. Wilson

    Mr. Peter J. Woods

    Christina Wooster

    Robert and Corrine Wyman

    Mr. Robert A. Yousey

    Mr. Ronald Ytsma

    Frankie A. Zanetti

    Mr. Robert S. Zauner

    Mr. Gregory A. Zawalski

    Kevin Zeleji

    Zs Villa

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    Every attempt has been made to ensure the

    accuracy of this list. We apologize for any errors or

    omissions. Please call Matt Cunningham at (313)

    577-0587 for corrections.




    FOOTBALL Senior linebacker Matt Faulkner (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) was named one of 121 national semifinalists for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, as announced by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in September.

    Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

    Formerly called the Draddy Trophy, it was renamed last fall in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFFs Gold Medal.

    BASEBALL Former Warrior right-hander Anthony Bass (Trenton, Mich.) was voted as the Best Starting Pitcher award in the Class A Advanced level of Minor League Baseball.

    Receiving 45 percent of fans votes, Bass finished ahead of the other five candidates by a large margin. Coming in second to Bass was Charlotte Stone Crabs pitcher Matthew Moore at 19 percent.

    Bass went 8-7 this past season for the Lake Elsinore Storm in the San Diego Padres system. He totaled 109 strikeouts, led the California League with a 3.13 ERA and was selected as both a mid-season and post-season all-star.

    Following his junior year at WSU, Bass was drafted in the fifth round by the Padres in 2008. In three professional seasons, he has a 22-13 record with a 2.86 ERA and 242 strikeouts over 81 games (54 starts).

    In his collegiate career, Bass ranks in the top 10 all-time at Wayne State in several categories, including: second in strikeout/walk ratio (3.38), third in victories (21), tied for third in winning percentage (.700), fourth in strikeouts (206), seventh in starts (33), eighth in innings pitched (213.0), and tied for 10th in complete games (14).

    FOOTBALL Three former WSU football student-athletes Daryl Graham, Aaron Higginbottom, and Everett Stephenson were among the 38 players chosen from over 1,200 hopefuls for roles in an upcoming movie being filmed in the western part of Michigan.

    Several West Michigan football standouts will be included in the cast of Touchback, which was filmed in Coopersville and Grand Rapids.

    Tryouts for the roles as members of Team Coldwater and Team Cuyahoga were operated by Mark Ellis, an athletic coordinator who worked on such sports movies as "We Are Marshall," "Invincible," "The Longest Yard" and "Miracle."

    Kurt Russell stars in Touchback with Brian Presley, Christine Lahti and Melanie Lynskey. The movie depicts a man who attempts suicide and wakes up in the past to relive his high school football stardom, which ended due to a serious injury.

    Football scenes for the film were shot at the Coopersville High School football field on Aug. 17.

    GOLF Former Wayne State University golfer Joe Juszczyk (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Divine Child) was one of 312 participants in the United

    States Amateur Championship, held Aug. 23-27 at Chalmers Bay and The Home Course in University Place, Wash.

    Juszczyk finished the stroke play rounds with a six-over par 150 (73-77), missing the match play cut by just one stroke and placing in a tie for 75th place.

    The U.S. Amateur Championship was first contested in 1895 and is the oldest and leading golf tournament in the nation for amateurs. It is open to players who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. National qualifying was

    conducted at 99 different sites from July 29-Aug. 10, narrowing down the field from 6,485 entries.

    Juszczyk was a two-time All-American at Wayne State. His season averages in his last three seasons are among the six lowest averages recorded in program history.

    BASEBALL Former Wayne State University outfielder Ryan LaPensee (LaSalle, Ont./St. Thomas of Villanova) signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon in the Hall of Fame exhibit at the Matthaei Athletic Complex.

    LaPensee is the second Warrior from the 2010 GLIAC championship squad to sign with a Major League Baseball team, joining right-handed pitcher Justin Mazur who inked a deal with the Kansas City Royals this past June.

    As an outfielder, LaPensee is the first position player from WSU to sign with an MLB team since Jason Copeland signed with the Detroit Tigers organization in 1998.

    He ended his collegiate career as Wayne States all-time leader in hits (279), runs scored (195), doubles (50), total bases (386), games played (200), and at bats (696). LaPensee posted a .401 career batting average, second only to Hall of Famer Ronald Teasley (1945, 1947) who had a .415 average. He is also the only player in Wayne State history to hit .400 or better three times in a career.

    As a senior in 2010, LaPensee broke single-season records for hits and runs scored, and was a First Team All-GLIAC and All-Region selection. He batted .424 with 87 hits, 62 runs, seven homers, 48 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

    LaPensee will report to Spring Training with the Diamondbacks in March.

  • With over 400 student-athletes, the cost of managing a successful athletic program requires regular, private support. The W Club creates that opportunity to direct a tax-deductible gift to assist your favorite program or the overall initiatives of the athletic department. In the past six years, Wayne State athletics has risen from 134th in the country in the National Athletic Directors Cup standings that rank all Division II programs, to an 11th-place finish in 2009, its highest ever. This accomplishment represents success for many teams all of which must confront escalating costs, scholarship needs and facility improvements. Your support is instrumental to maintain that continued level of excellence and support todays student-athletes.

    Contact Matt Cunningham at 313-577-0587 or visit wsuathletics.com for more information on the W Club!

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