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Warrior Within (Winter 2015)


  • Winter 2015


    ofHall fame

    Dante Dunn

    Molly Yetman

    Sean Smith

    Jon Weisman

    Rachelle (Malette) Christensen

  • WARRIOR WITHINCompiled and edited by the WSU Sports Information Office

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    I was recently invited to attend the farewell reception for former Board of Governor member Eugene Driker. Admittedly not many people know who the Board of Governors are or their

    responsibilities. Needless to say, as the elected governing authority of the University, they are pivotal. Wayne State, along with the University of Michigan and Michigan State, are the only Carnegie I Research institutions in the state, and as a consequence, has that management authority. Governor Driker was one of those eight elected members.

    I have been to a few of these events over the years the induction ceremonies and the farewell acknowledgments. I have never spoken at any of these in the past but this was different. Governor Driker is different.

    As background, Governor Driker had attended Wayne State as a student when it was still Wayne University. He had shared with me early in our relationship that as a student, one of his jobs was to setup the speakers atop the press box at old Tartar Field for football games. For those born after 1965, Tartar Field was across interstate 94 situated in the heart of a neighborhood.

    His life is the iconic American dream hard-working parents who immigrated to this country who taught their kids the responsibilities so characteristic of that aspirational success hard-work, perseverance and determination. They also knew the importance of education. Those humble beginnings led to a career as a celebrated jurist who was applauded on both sides of the political aisle. He remarked that night, that when Governor Englers office (a republican governor) called to offer the open Board seat, he thought they had made a mistake as his political inclinations

    leaned more to the left. That initial appointment in itself said a lot ... about both men.

    I mentioned that night the symbolism in his student job arranging outdoor speakers so that the game day audience could hear, and his job as a Board member where he heard (and understood) the differing voices so evident on a campus of this size and talents. People acknowledged that reasoned objectivity and thoughtful analysis. You might not always agree with him, but it was hard to argue against his rationale.

    I learned that approach first-hand more than a decade ago when I was interviewed for an article in the South End. The institution was confronted with budget challenges/reductions (does that sound familiar?) and I commented that I understood our funding position within the priorities and mission of the University. He dropped me a note and penned that I had unselfishly gotten it right. The fact that he read the piece was both surprising (at least to me) and revealing. That he had taken the time to hand write a note to the schools athletic director, well that was even more descriptive. Over the years there were many more notes each thoughtful and reflecting an engagement with his University.

    Back in 2011 just as I was getting ready to walk into the stadium for the national championship game, I saw Governor Driker and his wife. He could not have been more excited, or proud, over the accomplishment. He told me how

    HE EARNED THAT LETTER By Rob Fournier, esq.Director of Athletics

    In the days prior to his retirement event, I thought about what I could present to

    acknowledge those years of commitment not just as a Board member but in the

    many selfless ways he has promoted and advanced the University. To me, a letter jacket

    was just perfect. As anyone who has ever earned a letter will tell you, it is a very special




    he had listened on the radio to every game in the playoff weeks leading up to the contest a nostalgic reminder of a by-gone era when that medium was how all sporting events were broadcast and with it all the anticipation and suspense that only radio can create. It was fun ... and he also knew it was good for the entire University and the community.

    In the days prior to his retirement event, I thought about what I could present to recognize those years of commitment not just as a Board member but in the many selfless ways he has promoted and advanced the University. To me, a varsity letter jacket was just perfect. As anyone who has ever earned a letter will tell you, it is a very special distinction shared by a very small fraternity.

    Over the years, I have had a few requests to give a lettermens jacket away. I have refused every one of those requests. Once a Dean asked me rather matter of factly if I could send one over so that he could give it to an individual who had done so much for his college (read that as a significant donor). I told him I would be happy to do that on one condition that he allow me to confer a degree from his college to someone of my choosing.

    Letters are earned ... and they mean something. To underscore that point, we have three ceremonies a year to award lettermens jackets. It was an idea suggested by our head baseball coach Ryan Kelley many years ago and I embrace that acknowledgment of accomplishment.

    We invite back a former letterwinner who shares their perspective on being a WSU athlete and what that journey has meant to them. Each jacket is individually presented by the head coach and myself. Even though the recipients are only in the early 20s (or younger) that recognition has special meaning. It will mean even more later.

    Now I admit there are a lot of honored alumni of Wayne State. There should be. But as a group, none more proud and protective of their University than a student-athlete. Now that is not to say they dont get a little frustrated at times. But like that close-knit family dont you dare criticize their school (or their teammates). My belief is that is because every day for their entire college career they wear the name Wayne State at practice and in competition. Their identity is inseparable from the University. Wayne State is part of who they are ... and what they will become. Former student-athlete only means that you do not play anymore ... not that you are not part of the family.

    Governor Driker embodies that same pride in this University and champions what we best represent across a range of unique and talented people. He knows our shortcomings, but like the family patriarch, remains proud of what weve accomplished ... and advocates what we can become. Do not speak disparagingly of his alma mater. He put too much of his life into it. A sentiment every student-athlete understands. Governor Driker earned that letter jacket. Wear it well!

    Director of Athletics Rob Fournier presents Governor Eugene Driker with a WSU letterwinners jacket at Drikers retirement celebration on Jan. 8, 2015. (Photo by M.J. Murawka)



    DANTE DUNN was a four-year football letterwinner (2005-08), who was voted GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year by the league coaches as a senior.

    He played in all 43 career games, starting 23 times, in his four seasons as he was not redshirted as a member of Paul Winters first full recruiting class.

    When he graduated, Dunn had four of the nine longest kickoff returns for

    a touchdown in school history and finished second in WSU history in kickoff return yards with 1,696, third with 63 kickoff returns and fourth in passes defended with 29 (seven interceptions plus 22 break-ups).

    Dunn blocked a school record seven kicks and finished with 218 career tackles. His 26.9 career kickoff return average ranked 18th in NCAA Division II history (only six players ranked ahead of him had more returns).

    As a senior, Dunn was selected to the All-GLIAC First Team at two positions (defensive back and return specialist). In addition, he received Second Team All-America honors from both D2Football.com and Hansens Football Gazette. He was voted WSUs Defensive and Special Teams MVP in 2008. His three blocked kicks that season were one shy of the school record, while his 59 solo tackles led the team. He earned both national defensive and special teams player of the week accolades from D2Football.com following a 2008 win over Indianapolis. Dunn totaled four pass break-ups vs. the Greyhounds and also blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for the games only score.

    A three-time GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2008, Dunn led the conference and finished fifth nationally with a school-record 30.7 kickoff return average. The team captain also was among the league leaders passes defended (12), interceptions (3), tackles (82) and kickoff return yards (522). He participated in the East Coast Bowl following the season.

    The 2007 First Team All-GLIAC selection as a return specialist, Dunn was WSUs Special Teams MVP as well as earning Hansens Football Gazette All-Northwest Region Third Team honors. He led the GLIAC in kickoff return average (27.3) and his 600 kickoff return yards was the third-highest in school history at that time.

    Dunn earned All-GLIAC Second Team honors as a return specialist in 2006 after leading the league in kickoff return average (26.8). Defensively he tied for the team lead in interceptions, while also leading the Warriors with 12 special teams tackles.

    WSUs co-Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2005, Dunn saw time at cornerback in all 10 contests and also finished second on the squad with seven special teams tackles.

    He had three of the top-12 single-season kickoff return yard totals at the conclusion of his career, along with three of the top-six single-season kickoff return average marks.

    A Lansing native, Dunn earned his degree in mechanical engineering. He also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a two-time Coachs Academic Honor Roll recipient.

    RACHELLE (MALETTE) CHRISTENSEN was a four-year cross country letterwinner (2005-08), who became the first runner in school history to earn All-America honors three times.

    She won 12 races during her Wayne State career including the GLIAC Championship and the NCAA Regional Championship in both her junior and senior years.

    As a freshman, she was WSUs top runner in five of six meets, and narrowly missed All-Region honors after placing 17th. She had four top-eight finishes including a runner-up performance at the Cross Country Only Nationals. In 2006, Malette finished 14th at the NCAA National Championships to earn All-America accolades. It was the second-best female performance in Wayne State history at that time.

    As a sophomore, she had three first-place finishes (Tommy Titan Invitational, Paul Short Invitational and Michigan Intercollegiate) and led the Warriors in every race. Malette earned First Team All-GLIAC accolades with a second-place finish then claimed Great Lakes All-Region honors after placing fourth at the NCAA Regionals (top-15 are named All-Region) .

    As a junior she earned All-America honors by recording a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championship meet, the best finish ever by a WSU womens cross country runner. Malette won four of the five regular-season meets she competed in. She then proceeded to claim First Team All-GLIAC honors by winning the conference meet by an astounding 35 seconds. Two weeks later, Malette was the NCAA Regional Individual Champion by nearly 20 seconds.

    In addition, she received the Deans Award for having the highest cumulative grade-point average among student-athletes enrolled in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Malette was selected GLIAC Womens Cross Country Runner of the Week three times during the 2007 campaign.

    In her senior campaign, Malette won four of the six races she ran prior to the national championship meet, while finishing second in the other two competitions. At the NCAA Championship meet, she became the first three-time All-American in school history with a sixth-place finish. The 2007 and 2008 GLIAC Womens Cross Country Athlete of the Year, Malette helped the Warriors to back-to-back second-place team finishes at the conference meet, the best finishes in school history.

    A three-time member of the GLIAC All-Academic Team, Malette was a 2007 GLIAC Fall Sports Commissioners Award recipient. She was also voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Cross Country/Track First Team for the 2007-08 academic year and was a two-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Scholar Athlete.

    A graduate of the WSU Pharmacy school, the Windsor, Ont., native also served on the Wayne State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was the SAAC President for the 2008-09 academic year.



    SEAN SMITH was a two-year swimming letterwinner (2007-09), and the 2008-09 WSU Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

    Smith earned 10 All-America honors, including nine First Team Awards after transferring to WSU from the University of Kentucky.

    As a junior, he broke the school records in both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke at the NCAA

    finals. In fact, Smith broke the school record in the 200 backstroke twice - once in the preliminary round, when he qualified third (1:48.80) and again in the finals, finishing fourth (1:48.01). He also placed fifth and set a school record in the 100 backstroke (49.86). Smith earned points by placing 10th in the 100 butterfly (50.03) and swimming the butterfly portion of the 400 medley relay, which placed fourth (3:21.62).

    In his first year as a Warrior, Smith won the 200 backstroke at the GLIAC Championship meet, while finishing second in the 100 backstroke (51.25) and third in the 100 butterfly (51.24).

    At the 2009 NCAA Championship meet, Smith won the national title in the 200 backstroke, setting an NCAA meet record (1:44.89), and led off the first-place 400 medley relay, which also broke the national record.

    He earned six First Team All-America awards after tying for third place in the 100 backstroke, finishing fifth in the 200 butterfly and sixth in the 100 butterfly. He led off the 200 medley relay which finished second. All this helped WSU record its highest mens national finish (second) in school history.

    As a senior, Smith was voted GLIAC Mens Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year after winning four conference titles in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and leading off the 200 and 400 medley relays.

    His accolade marked just the second time a WSU male swimmer had been so honored joining David Lutzs 2005 selection.

    Smith set a GLIAC record in the 100 backstroke (48.61) and broke the conference mark twice in the 200 backstroke, once in prelims and again in the finals (1:45.64), as he successfully defended his title in the latter event.

    In addition, the first-place relays (200 and 400 medley) set school and conference records.

    He was a two-time GLIAC Swimmer of the Week during the 2008-09 season.

    A three-time member of the Coachs Academic Honor Roll, he earned GLIAC All-Academic recognition in his only year eligible.

    A native of the Bay City area, Smith earned a bachelors degree in Secondary Education History.

    JON WEISMAN was a four-year baseball letterwinner (2004-07), who was a three-time All-GLIAC selection and a two-time All-Region honoree. After redshirting in 2003, he led the 2004 squad with a .593 slugging percentage along with seven home runs. He made 41 starts and earned GLIAC All-Academic honors.

    The following year, he helped the Warriors to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history as well as a GLIAC regular-season title. He had a team-leading nine home runs to earn Honorable Mention All-GLIAC accolades. Weisman, who started 43 times, finished second on the squad in both slugging percentage (.597) and multiple-hit games (10), and third in batting average (.315). A stalwart defensively, he led WSU in putouts (337) and fielding double plays (37). In 2006, he was voted to the North Central All-Region Second Team as well as the All-GLIAC Second Team after leading the squad in home runs (9), RBI (40), doubles (15), slugging percentage (.580) and total bases (98). Weisman made 51 starts and was third on the team with a .320 batting average while recording 16 multiple-hit games, including four three-hit performances. He finished the season with a .994 fielding percentage which included three starts in the outfield. He earned First Team All-GLIAC and All-Region honors (Daktronics First Team and Rawlings/ABCA Second Team) as a senior after setting career-highs in batting average (.340), home runs (11), RBI (48), total bases (100), slugging percentage (.694), walks (24) and on-base percentage (.439). Weisman, who started 48 games, was honored with the squads Most Improved Player award after totaling 13 multiple-RBI games and 12 multiple-hit contests including a stretch of four straight from March 10-12. That season he homered in all four games at Hillsdale to begin a nine-game hitting streak.

    When he graduated with his degree in management, he held eight school records (games played 195; doubles 47; home runs 36; extra-base hits 91; total bases 354; slugging percentage - .616; fielding putouts 1176; and fielding chances 1232).

    Weisman was also in the top five in another five categories (second in RBI 141; second in fielding percentage - .986; third in at bats 575; fourth in runs scored 122; and fifth in hits 183). His home run total leads the second-place mark by 11, while his extra-base hits mark is 12 more than anyone else in WSU history.

    In addition, Weisman has three of the top seven single-season home run totals as WSU won nearly 60 percent of its GLIAC contests during the four years he started a total of 183 games. The Woodhaven native was a four-time GLIAC All-Academic selection, and recorded a term GPA above a 3.0 all 10 semesters, including six semesters above a 3.5.



    MOLLY YETMAN was a two-year softball letterwinner (2007-08), who concluded her career first in strikeouts (565), shutouts (24) and winning percentage (.839), second in ERA (0.72) and tied-for-fifth in wins (52) in WSU history.

    In her first year in Detroit after transferring from Western New Mexico, Yetman was voted GLIAC Player of the Year after helping the Warriors to a conference regular-

    season title.

    She compiled a 24-5 record with two saves in 35 appearances in the circle with a 0.65 ERA to earn All-America accolades from both Daktronics (Second Team) and the NFCA (Third Team).

    The Daktronics Great Lakes Region Pitcher of the Year totaled double-digit strikeout totals in 15 games and had a WSU school record 17 strikeouts on April 9 at Indianapolis.

    Yetman tossed three no-hitters (vs. Hillsdale and Indianapolis) along with a perfect game against Ashland plus four one-hitters. The three no-hitters are tied-for-fifth most in a single-season in NCAA Division II history.

    As a junior, she set the WSU mark for single-season shutouts (14) and strikeouts (300). The two-time NFCA National Player of the Week during 2007, Yetman had a stretch of 36.0 innings without allowing a run from April 23-May 4.

    The 2008 GLIAC Pitcher of the Year, Yetman helped the Warriors to a GLIAC regular season co-championship. She compiled a 28-5 record with 25 complete games and a 0.79 ERA in 203.2 innings with 265 strikeouts. Her ERA was third best nationally in Division II as was her 3.54 hits allowed per seven innings.

    She was named a Third Team All-American by both the NFCA and Daktronics. Her 28 wins was a school record, while totaling 12 games with at least 10 strikeouts (and another five contests with nine strikeouts).

    The two-time All-GLIAC First Team selection averaged 9.91 strikeouts per seven innings which is still a school record as is her .839 winning percentage. Yetman also holds the school mark for lowest opponent batting average (.144) after allowing 198 hits in 399.0 innings.

    She had a 6-1 record in eight GLIAC tournament games with a 1.11 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 50.2 innings with 34 hits allowed. Yetman went 4-2 in seven NCAA tournament games with a 1.37 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 46.0 innings with 31 hits allowed. WSU had a 76-35 record in her two season for a .685 winning percentage, while the Warriors 41 wins in 2007 were the second-most in school history at that time.

    The Cambridge, Ont., native concluded her four-year collegiate career third in Division II in ERA (0.79) and hits allowed (3.54 per seven innings), and 13th in both wins (81) and strikeouts per seven innings (9.1).

    WSU Celebrates 40 Years of Womens AthleticsWayne State is the only institution in the country to commit a week of their athletic year to celebrate womens athletics. The acknowledgement W Week and 2015 will mark the sixth year of this celebration. The event is both an expression of gratitude for the sacrifices of those early pioneers in womens athletics and a look to the future.

    The annual W Day Brunch will be highlighted by keynote speaker Angelique S. Chengelis from the Detroit News.

    Over 1,000 women have competed in athletics at Wayne State University and who have each played a significant role in shaping the storied history of womens athletics. We are honored to continue the tradition of being a pioneer in womens athletics throughout the NCAA and nation, and NEED YOUR HELP!

    We ask you to continue allowing more young women at WSU to compete at the NCAA level. By helping provide them program support you are actively assisting in bringing home future Warrior championships.

    Wayne State invites you to join us in celebrating 40 years of womens athletics on campus and honoring women in sports across the globe.

    Wayne State womens athletics holds a unique place in the history of intercollegiate athletics. WSU diver Dacia Schileru became the first female in the history of the NCAA to compete an NCAA Championship event. The significance of the event is recognized as one of the Top 25 defining moments in the history of the NCAA and is prominently displayed in the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis.

    Help us in celebrating 40 years of womens athletics at Wayne State University this year, starting with the W Week brunch the morning of April 18th at 10:30 a.m. Events featured during W Week all epitomize what womens athletics at Wayne State is - competitive success, academic achievement and community engagement.

    Follow the Club 40 celebration and all the details at WSUAthletics.com.

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTSApril 18 W Day BrunchMultipurpose Indoor Facility @ 10:30 AM

    April 20Movie NightEmagine Theatre @ 8 PM

    April 21 Health FairMort Harris Recreation & Fitness Center

    April 22Domestic Violence PresentationMatthaei Basketball Suite @ 6 PM

    April 23Academic Recognition LuncheonSt. Andrews Hall @ 11:30 AM

    April 24 Basic Needs Drive Distribution Day Matthaei Gym 111 @ 8 AM

    Spirit Walk Painting April 1 -24



    2015 BASEBALL PREVIEW Q &ASeventh-year head coach RYAN KELLEY sat down with Assistant Sports Information Director Cameron Weidenthaler to answer some questions as his program prepares for its 75th season.

    CW: This will be your seventh season at the helm. What keeps you motivated to put WSU at the top?

    RK: Wayne State University is a special place within a championship sports city. Our entire athletic department is on the consistent pursuit of winning, graduating, and building leaders. It is always motivating to be around this culture!

    CW: Your team accomplished quite a bit last season - what were you most proud of in 2014 with the program?

    RK: The ability to balance our determination to succeed on the field, in the classroom, and still produce significant community service. Reaching a record win total, achieve over a 3.0 GPA, and contributing 1,000+ hours of service is something to look back and be proud of. Our student-athletes put forth a quality effort in association with the values of our program.

    CW: The top of the rotation returns in Kyle Zimmerman and Alex Kinch. How important is it to have them as a one-two punch and who else will get the starts this season?

    RK: Zimmerman and Kinch had quality campaigns on the mound last season. They are very valuable at the top end of our rotation from the left and right sides. Others that will compete to start could include Hall, Horvath, Tobey, Tompson, and more. Our 2015 preliminary practices and workouts will forecast who gets the ball to start a game.

    CW: You lose Clayton Ruch at the back of the bullpen as the programs career saves leader. Who will you look to lock down the last inning this season?

    RK: Clayton Ruch had a historical career out of the WSU bullpen for us. However, there were some relief pitchers that helped pave the way for Ruchs last inning appearances. One in particular was Jeff Sorenson in 2014. We look to Sorenson and the other relieving corps to help put away the opposition late in ball games.

    CW: Which of the newcomers are you looking to step in and fill holes immediately?

    RK: Some of our new student-athletes that showed promise during the fall semester. Names like Ryan Mergener, Jared Tobey, Josh Arndt, Aaron Loconsole and Zach Girard to name a few. Tobey has the ability to pitch effectively from the left side in addition to an offensive approach that could develop into something special. Mergener needs to continue to work defensively, but has also exemplified some offensive capabilities at this level. Arndt has worked very hard defensively and will see time at catcher. Girard has versatility to play several positions with a hunger to win. Loconsole has a seasoned approach where we will look for consistency defensively at the middle infield position and at the plate. Others such as Baldwin, Moore, Rose, Murley and Cowen will continue to make strides.

    2015 SOFTBALL PREVIEW Q &AGARY BRYCE took time heading into his 34th season to speak about the Warriors with Sports Information Director Jeff Weiss.

    JW: You have stated in years past that you win in softball with pitching. You have three strong returnees plus a freshman; how does the pitching corps look for 2015?

    GB: Hopefully, as strong as last year. But having stated that we have Mackenzie Boehler back at full strength and throwing very well will be a plus. Also Haley Hurd has taken a step forward and looks to be able to help us. The question is whether we can get enough pitching for everyone.

    JW: Teams that win a lot are usually strong up the middle; last year Amanda Burnard and Emily Bryce shared time behind the plate, but Amanda has graduated; what can you tell me about the catching contingent?

    GB: Emily is the number one catcher and the three others (Emily Cava, Devin Hentschel and Ali Lince) are working hard to fill Amandas spot. They all hit well. So right now it is a toss-up.

    JW: Last year you had strong senior leadership in Logan White, Julie Ingratta and Burnard; where do you see leadership coming from with this team?

    GB: Hopefully, from the team as a whole. But I believe the captains are capable of handling this. They are Emily Bryce, Nikki Fulton and Jade McGarr.

    JW: The left side of the infield returns intact, but the right side is a different story; Nikki Fulton has returned to the lineup at second base and what about first base?

    GB: First base will be Allie Buchanan when Emily Bryce is catching. With some options of using Shelby Spano or Ali Lince.

    JW: Last year Lyndsay Butler played right field when she was not pitching. Do you see that system continuing again this year? Who takes over in left field for White?

    GB: Yes, Lyndsay will play right when she is not pitching. If we played today it would be Devin Hentschel.

    JW: With spring break being a week later, your squad is playing in three tournaments before going to Florida. Give us a brief rundown on the Charger Chillout, Lewis Indoor tournament and the North Georgia Invitational?

    GB: The Chillout is always a tough tournament. We play five in-region games which make these games very important and two of these were NCAA regional teams last year - Indianapolis and Bellarmine. The Lewis Tournament has us playing five in-region teams including UMSL and Winona State. The North Georgia Tournament will let us play three teams (McKendree, Lincoln Memorial and Mercyhurst) we have not played in a while. North Georgia however, is one of the two best teams in the division year in and year out.





    UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2015 Tennis Alumni Event - The mens and womens Tennis programs will be hosting an alumni event, on March 7th from Noon 3:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Indoor Facility on the Matthaei Athletic Complex. Join in the fun by signing up for the alumni match. Lunch will be provided to attending alumni and guests. Contact Kalaya Long at [email protected] or 313-577-0587 to RSVP today.

    W Week The Wayne State Athletic Department is celebrating 40 years of womens athletics. Join us this year for W Week as we honor women and their many contributions to college athletics during April 18-24. We are kicking off the week with the W Day brunch on Saturday, April 18th, hear prominent speakers and interact with student athletes. The week-long celebration includes a Health Fair, Academic Recognition Luncheon, Movie Night and the Basic Needs Drive.

    WOMEN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE ANNOUNCEDFor the fifth consecutive year during the annual W Day Brunch, the Wayne State University Athletic Department will honor Women Who Made a Difference. The 2015 class features Kelsey Chapman (Womens Track & Field, 2013), Susan (Gierschick) Kopins (Swimming & Diving, 1983-87), Tanya Joseph (Womens Tennis, 2010-13), Lauren (Kessler) Couls (Womens Cross Country, 2007-10), Elizabeth (Klemme) Darga (Softball, 1983-84), Kristi (Pieper) Skladanowski (Volleyball, 2003-06), Stephanie Stone (Womens Basketball, 1977-81), and Shante Wilkerson (Womens Fencing, 2010-14).

    Chapman set six school records (60m, 200m, 400m, 4x200, 4x400 and 4,000 DMR) during her tenure for indoor competition. Additionally, she established school records in the 200 and 400 meter dashes for outdoor competition. Chapmans athletic prowess was also evident in the pool as a member of the swimming team at Kenyon College - helping the team to a fourth-place national finish in 2011. She is a Grand Rapids, Mich. native that majored in psychology with a minor in social work.

    Gierschick was a Hall of Fame inductee in 2000. During her four years at Wayne State, Gierschick garnered All-American honors four times during her career, as she and her twin sister were the only female divers on the team at that time. Gierschick earned varsity mens swimming and diving letters in the 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons. At the 1986 NCAA Championships, she and her twin sister, Lisa, were the lone representatives for Wayne State University and finished in 22nd place - the best finish ever for Wayne State in the sport at the time.

    Joseph was a national semifinalist for the John Wooden Citizen Cup during 2012-13. She was a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13). Joseph collected high academic marks, receiving the DII ADA Academic Achievement Award. She served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during the 2012-13 academic year. On the courts, she compiled a 36-15 doubles record along with a 30-16 singles mark.

    Kessler is a four-time Second Team All-GLIAC honoree and a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection. As a senior, she was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and was a 2010-11 recipient of the DII ADA Academic Achievement Award. She was named GLIAC Runner of the Week on Sep. 15, 2009, after she collected her first career win at the Winona Dual with a time of 14:36. In 2008, she received All-Regional honors by placing 13th at the NCAA Midwest Regional. She was a two-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection and received GLIAC All-Academic Excellence accolades in 2010. As a freshman, she helped WSU to a second-place finish at the GLIAC Championships and the NCAA Midwest Regionals.

    Klemme played two years (1983-84) and helped the Tartars to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history. Klemme played as an outfielder. After earning her criminal justice degree from Wayne State, she went on to serve in the Macomb County Sheriffs Department, where she has been since 1987. She was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1991 and is currently a captain. She is still heavily involved in the softball program and was recognized during the 2014 W Day Brunch as a member of the 1983 softball team.

    Pieper was named to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention team in 2006 and led the GLIAC in digs per game at 5.68. A native of Roseville, Mich. and a graduate of Fraser High School, Piepers contributions extended to student organizations. She held the treasurer position of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during the 2005-06 academic year. As an education major, she was a four semester academic honor roll member. She is currently coaching volleyball at her alma mater, Fraser High School.

    Stone, a native of Detroit, was a Hall of Fame inductee in 1993. She is one of the premier womens basketball players in WSU history. A four-year letterwinner from 1977-78 to 1980-81, Stone left Wayne State with 10 career and four single-season records. She also lettered one season, 1978, on the Tartars softball team. She was a two-time All-GLIAC selection. A four-year starter at point guard for the Tartars, Stone set Waynes career scoring record of 1,116 points, breaking the old mark of 1,088 set by WSU Hall of Famer Mary Carney (1974-77). In addition she is third all-time with 431 assists. She was the second womens basketball player ever to score over 1,000 points in a career at Wayne State.

    Wilkerson was named team captain for the 2013-14 season. During her tenure at Wayne State, she placed 14th at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship with 5-1 mark in 2014, won 63 career bouts in her three-year fenicng career and earned a runner-up finish in sabre to medal at the 2013 Danosi Open. A Detroit native, she was a 2009 graduate of Communication and Media Arts High School.

    Terry Truvillion (Womens Basketball - 1975-79) was one of the Women Who Made a Difference in 2014. She is pictured with President M. Roy Wilson, head womens basketball coach Carrie Lohr and Rob Fournier.



    1. WSU athletics finished 14th in the country (out of 317 Division II institutions) in the annual NACDA Cup which measures the overall competitive success of all athletic programs. The Warriors final mark was in the top five percent (5%) in the country with a record 524 points.2. Womens swimming and diving finished as the national runner up. It is the sixth straight year the womens program has finished either first or second at the NCAA National Championship. The mens team placed third at the NCAA Championship marking the 10th straight year the program has finished in the top eight.3. The NCAA federally-mandated graduation rate declared that WSU student-athletes graduate at a 72% rate in a five-year period.4. Womens basketball won the GLIAC regular-season title for the first time in 33 years, and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive season as one of the nations top 16 programs.5. WSU volunteered a record 10,107 community service hours last year and have now contributed 48,529 hours in outreach activities in the past six (6) years. As part of that initiative, the student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) hosted a Basic Needs Drive that collected over 40,000 items and handed out 1,300 bags of sundries to Detroit residents in need.6. The softball team won the Midwest Regional tournament and the Midwest Super Region title in St. Louis to advance to the College World Series for the third time in program history and finished seventh in the country.7. The athletic department raised $1,188,235 in revenue (second most in history to 2013) and exceeded the Universitys development goal by 130%.8. The womens tennis team advanced to the Sweet 16 in the country after qualifying for its second straight NCAA tournament (and eighth in the last 10 years). The teams NCAA Midwest Regional title was the first in WSU program history.9. The womens cross country team placed sixth in the nation, the best finish in school history.10. The womens swimming and diving program won its fifth consecutive GLIAC title, while setting a GLIAC record with 959 points. 11. The mens golf team qualified for its eighth consecutive NCAA post-season appearance and 10th in the last 11 years.12. The mens swimming and diving team won its fourth consecutive GLIAC title, while being the first team to break 1000 points. 13. Sixteen (16) student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.00 term GPA during the Winter 2014 semester, while 57% of student-athletes earned at least a 3.00 GPA and 12 of 16 teams had cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. In the Fall 2014 term, 60% of student-athletes had a 3.00 or better GPA, with 13 of 17 teams with a like 3.00 or better GPA, and 17 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.00.14. The womens swimming and diving program had four individual national champions (Carol Azambuja in both the 50 free and 100 free; Kayla Scott in the 100 back; and Kristina Novichenko in the 400 IM) plus one relay that set the NCAA record in the 200 free (Carol Azambuja, Gloria Martinez Perez, Kayla Scott, and Elly Maleski). National records were also set by Azambuja (100 free) and Scott (100 back).15. The baseball program qualified for its sixth NCAA tournament appearance in the last nine years, and fourth in the past five seasons. The 36 wins were the most in program history.16. Womens tennis won the GLIAC regular-season title in Fall 2014 with a 12-0 league record. This is the first GLIAC regular-season title for Wayne State since 1982 and first unbeaten conference record since the 1982-83 Tartar squad went 7-0 in league play.17. Intramurals set a record for participation with over 2,000 students including a record female attendance number

    including night football programming.18. The womens swimming and diving program had 13 All-Americans: Carol Azambuja, Manuela Ferreira, Alex Geddis-McCririe, Emily Heitchue, Paige Kortman, Holly Krill, Elly Maleski, Emily Maraskine, Gloria Martinez Perez, Kristina Novichenko, Kei Cze Prentis, Elizabeth Rawlings and Kayla Scott.19. Head coach Gary Bryce became the 17th softball coach in NCAA history (all three divisions combined) to record 1,100 wins.20. The mens tennis squad earned its third NCAA tournament berth in the past five years.21. The softball team won the GLIAC Tournament for the third year in a row and earned the NCAA automatic bid.22. Shareta Brown was voted to the Daktronics All-America First Team (the first ever WSU womens basketball player to be a First Team All-American). She was also selected to the Womens Basketball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention Team and the D-II Bulletin Honorable Mention All-America Team. Brown was voted to the All-GLIAC First Team, while Imari Redfield was selected to the Second Team. Brown was also named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team.23. Head coach Sean Peters was named the GLIAC Mens and Womens Swimming Coach of the Year. Peters has won at least one of the two GLIAC coaching awards in each season since 2002.24. Senior Carol Azambuja was selected as the GLIAC Womens Swimmer of the Year for the second straight season. Paige Kortman was named GLIAC Womens Diver of the Year for the second time in her career, while Dylan Szegedi was named GLIAC Mens Diver of the Year for the second time in his career.25. Womens tennis head coach Sheila Snyder was voted GLIAC Coach of the Year after leading the Warriors to an unbeaten fall record. It was the first GLIAC Coach of the Year award for WSU since 1994.26. Womens swimmer Kayla Scott was honored as a recipient of the 2014 GLIAC Winter Sports Commissioners Award, while mens tennis student-athlete Michael FitzGerald received the GLIAC post-graduate scholarship.27. Nores Fradi was voted the GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year after leading the nation in tackles for loss. He was named to the AFCA All-America Team, the Associated Press Little All-America First Team as well as a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award (National Small College Defensive Player of the Year). Fradi was named to the Daktronics Football All-Region First Team, while Zak Bielecki and Trent Brodbeck were each named to the Second Team. 28. Softball pitcher Briana Lee was voted to the Daktronics All-America Second Team.29. The fencing team finished 17th in the country led by Zuzanna Sobczak who finished 14th in the womens foil, Quentin Schneider who finished 14th in the mens foil and Kaja Klodawska who finished 22nd in the womens sabre.30. Womens tennis won the 2014 GLIAC tournament, its first GLIAC Tournament title since the conference split the regular season and tournament into two separate events.31. Jordan Andrus was named the GLIAC Mens Golf Freshman of the Year.32. WSU hosted its fifth annual W Week - a seven-day celebration of womens athletics. The keynote speaker for W Day was national womens sports advocate Dr. Donna Lopiano. The activities included -- in addition to the W Day event: annual academic luncheon, basic needs drive, Health Fair, womens defense training, spirit walk competition and movie night.33. The Mort Harris RFC launched a bike rental initiative for the campus which expanded outdoor programming.34. Softball pitcher Lyndsay Butler was voted GLIAC Pitcher of the Year and also to the All-GLIAC First Team, while Logan White, Emily Cava and Amanda Burnard were selected to the

    Second Team. Julie Ingratta and Jade McGarr were named Honorable Mention All-GLIAC.35. Mens swimming student-athlete Kristian Larsen was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Mens At-Large Second Team. He was previously selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Mens At-Large First Team.36. Both the mens and womens swimming and diving teams were recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) with a Scholar All-American Award for team GPA. The womens team had a 3.32 mark while the men compiled a 3.03 GPA.37. To better facilitate limited mobility participation, the MHRFC added multi-use handicap specific machines and a wellness coordinator to assist in membership fitness needs and goals.38. The athletic department unveiled a privately funded one million dollar mens and womens basketball facility addition which included six new coaches offices, film room and reception area.39. The Detroit Lions hosted a public practice at Tom Adams Field with head coach Jim Caldwell and former Warrior Joique Bell addressing the crowd.40. The athletic department unveiled the Warriors Helping Others (W.H.O.) initiative to create alternative approaches for social engagement and internal leadership mentorship.41. WSU continued its media/fan outreach with live football and mens and womens basketball television broadcasts statewide on Comcast and live regular-season broadcasts for all football and basketball on WDTK/The Patriot including postseason presentations.42. Fifty-nine (59) WSU Student-Athletes were honored as Division II Academic Achievement Award recipients.43. Andrew Matt, Chet Privett and Stefan Terleckyj were named to the 2014 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society which recognizes those football student-athletes who maintain a 3.2 GPA or better throughout their entire collegiate career.44. Womens swimming student-athlete Kayla Scott was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Womens At-Large First Team while, Elly Maleski was selected to the Second Team. Both, along with Kei Cze Prentis were previously honored on the CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large First Team.45. Jen Rock became the first All-American in womens track program history with her finish in the 10,000-meter race at the NCAA Championships.46. The softball team won the Warrior Plate Challenge Award, given annually in the department to the team that best combines academic achievement, community service, and athletic accomplishment.47. Senior softball outfielder Logan White and junior mens diver Dylan Szegedi were voted the respective WSU Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year.48. Manuela Ferreira, Alex Geddis-McCririe, Holly Krill, Elly Maleski, Kei Cze Prentis, Elizabeth Rawlings and Kayla Scott received the College Swimming Coaches Association of American (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Award, while Kelsey Dischler, Hannah Loesch and Mallory Moore received honorable mention recognition. Soren Holm and Calvin Reder received the CSCAA Scholar All-America Award, while Jordan Papp, Nick Victor and Zach Zylstra received an Honorable Mention Scholar All-American award.49. The softball team was recognized by NFCA as an All-Academic Team with a team GPA of 3.319. That mark was also top among all WSU teams.50. Robert Favaro and Austin Hill were recognized as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his teams competitive rounds, have a stroke-



    average under 78.0 in Division II, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.51. Senior softball outfielder Logan White was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team. She was also honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection.52. Eric Cunningham was voted to the Daktronics Baseball All-Midwest Region First Team, while Jeremy Carrell, Alex Kinch and Kyle Zimmerman were selected to the Second Team. Jeremy Carrell and Alex Kinch were selected to the NCBWA All-Midwest Region Second Team.53. The volleyball team was awarded an AVCA Team Academic Award for achieving a 3.30 team GPA.54. Briana Lee was honored by Daktronics with selection to the Softball All-Midwest Region First Team, while Logan White and Lyndsay Butler were selected to the Second Team. Briana Lee, Logan White and Lyndsay Butler were all named to the NFCA All-Region Second Team.55. The Golf Coaches Association of America named the Warriors mens squad an All-Academic Team with a cumulative GPA of 3.14.56. Baseball student-athletes Jeremy Carrell and Kyle Zimmerman were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.57. Football student-athletes Desmond Martin, Trent Brodbeck, Nate Theaker, Gerren DuHart and Nores Fradi were voted to the All-GLIAC First Team. Michael Johnson, Jake Carrizales, Val Showers and Paul Graham were selected to the Second Team. Zak Bielecki, Ben Walker, Marcell Jones, Justice Akuezue, Sam Sillmon and Ethan Walsh were named to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team.58. Womens basketball student-athlete Kristen Long was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team, which recognizes student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.59. Gary Bryce, Pat Kent and Nicole Abel were selected as the NFCA Division II Midwest Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.60. Mens basketball student-athlete Chene Phillips was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team for student-athletes with a GPA of 3.5 or better, while Michael Lewis and Gavin Toma were named to the All-Academic Team.61. Football student-athlete Thom Box was named a semifinalist for the NFF Campbell Trophy, which recognizes a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility who has a grade point average of at least 3.2, has outstanding football ability as a first team player and has demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. 62. Womens tennis student-athletes Andrea Mitrache and Yahsha Moore were voted to the All-GLIAC First-Team, while Anne Li Briand was selected to the Second Team, and Julia Kamenko was named to the Honorable Mention Team. The Warriors were also undefeated in conference play.63. The softball team won a school-record 19 straight games.64. Mens tennis student-athlete Michael FitzGerald was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Mens At-Large First Team.65. Mens cross country student-athletes Ruben Cardenas and Irvin Wyche were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team, while Nick Culbertson, Kory Lohrmann and Sawyer Smith were named to the All-Academic Team.66. Football place-kicker Paul Graham was named as a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award which recognizes both on the field performance as well as community service.67. Andreea Mitrache was selected as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Womens Scholar-Athlete, while Michael FitzGerald, Melvin Joseph and Ryan Carlson were on the ITA Mens Scholar Athlete Squad. Mens tennis student-athletes Michael FitzGerald and Melvin Joseph were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team with a cumulative

    GPA of at least 3.5, while Mohamed Fazyl Kechai was named to the GLIAC-Academic Team.68. Football senior Thom Box was nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team which recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport.69. Mens tennis student-athlete Clement Charriere was voted to the All-GLIAC First Team, while Stephane Robineau was named to the Honorable Mention Team.70. Mens swimming and diving student-athletes Kris Hector, Jordan Papp and Nick Victor were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, while Jack Dischler, Jayson Hansen, Kristian Larsen, Calvin Reder, Dylan Szegedi, Ben Winn and Georgiy Yanin were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.71. Baseball student-athletes Jake Davis, Nathan Gendron, Griffin Harms, Randy Kuzdak and Travis Rodery were selected to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, while Christian Bilkovic, Jeremy Carrell, Chris Gebara, Brandyn Hall, Joey Hartfelder, Taylor Horn, Jimmy Jackson, Alex Kinch, Clayton Ruch, Jeff Sorenson, Kirk Stambaugh and Kyle Zimmerman were selected to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.72. Softball student-athletes Mackenzie Boehler, Emily Bryce, Amanda Burnard, Catherine Rayos, Logan White and Gabby Williams were selected to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, while Lyndsay Butler, Nikki Fulton, Shannon Hilton, Julie Ingratta, Jade McGarr and Shelby Spano were selected to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.73. Womens Indoor Track and Field student-athletes Kayla Gagnon, Anne Okonowski and Erika Perry were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team, while Jen Rock, Kayla Balfour, Abbey Filip, Brittany Johnson and Chelsea Johnson were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.74. Womens swimming and diving student-athletes Kelsey Dischler, Kaylee Dolinski, Manuela Ferreira, Rachael LaCroix, Hannah Loesch, Elly Maleski, Kei Cze Prentis, Kayla Scott and Alycen Wiacek were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team, while Michelle Adamic, Alex Geddis-McCririe, Nicole Kudla, Shaina Kulczycki, Veronica Loock and Marissa Swartz were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.75. Football student-athletes earning GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honors were Rabeah Beydoun, Trent Brodbeck, Blake Mazur, Tommy Richardson, Ben Walker, Greg Webber, Aaron Weston, Alex Ziedas and Andy Zimmerman. Zak Bielecki, Thom Box, Anthony DeDamos, Paul Graham, Jay Hayes, Majd Khytaz, Alex Kish, Mike Komor, Alex Medenbach, Manny Mendoza, Ed Reny, Carl Roscoe, Mike Sawchuk, Jake Sheets, Nate Theaker, Brandon Tinsley and Ethan Walsh were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.76. Womens cross country student-athletes Leah Coonrod and Anne Okonowski were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team, while Kayla Balfour, Lauren Gagnon, Brittany Johnson, Chelsea Johnson and Cara Smock received Academic All-GLIAC honors.77. Baseball student-athletes Jeremy Carrell, Alex Kinch and Kyle Zimmerman were voted to the All-GLIAC First Team, while Griffin Harms was selected to the Second Team, along with Clayton Ruch and Jimmy Jackson receiving Honorable Mention accolades.78. Volleyball student-athletes Jamie Goryca, Madison Reeves and Hannah Williams were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team. Emily Norscia, Ellen Oppenheim, Avery Punches and Heather Weiss were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.79. Womens tennis student-athlete Andreea Mitrache was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team, while Anne Li Briand, Lauren Hughes and Lisa Thomas were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.

    80. Womens Outdoor Track and Field student-athletes Kayla Gagnon and Erika Perry were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team, while Kayla Balfour, Abbey Filip, Brittany Johnson, Chelsea Johnson and Jen Rock were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team.81. Kristina Novichenko was selected as the Counsilman Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Womens Division II Swimmer of the Week after breaking a WSU varsity record and earning three NCAA qualifying marks. Kayla Scott was also honored after breaking the Division II record in the 100 breaststroke and contributing to three GLIAC relay Championships.82. Lyndsay Butler was twice named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week, after going 3-0 with a 0.31 ERA during the Charger Chillout. Later, she was again honored after going 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a save, two no-hitters and 43 strikeouts.83. Baseball student-athlete Christian Bilkovic was named as one of 25 national semifinalists for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup.84. Heather Weiss participated in the U.S. Womens National Volleyball Team Tryout, and later played for Team USAs U-22 Southeastern Team in the 2014 European Global Challenge.85. The WSU Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Erika Barczak (womens diving), Sarah Berry (softball), Sebastien Foka (mens tennis), Kris Krzyminski (mens basketball), Christer Tour (mens swimming) and Ebony Vincent (womens basketball). There are now 220 members.86. Brittany Johnson became the first female runner to qualify for all three NCAA Championships (indoor track, outdoor track and cross country) in WSU history. 87. Mens basketball student-athlete Chene Phillips was selected to the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Academic-Athletic Team.88. Assistant Athletic Director Alex Tiseo was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee.89. The department added a full-time academic advisor in Kim Clexton to further support its academic initiatives. Athletics added a creative media services coordinator to better standardize and present WSU athletics across various platforms.90. Kyle Zimmerman was named to the ABCA All-Midwest Region Gold Glove Team.91. Added Friday night high school football and the MHSAA playoffs to the already established Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic.92. Cross country student-athlete Irvin Wyche won the Tommy Titan Invitational, and was subsequently honored as the GLIAC Runner of the Week.93. Trainer Katie Minahan volunteered at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, while trainer Steve Domzalski volunteered with Team USA Baseball.94. Added three full-time assistant coaches in softball, womens golf and volleyball.95. Hans Kaiser won the foil division of the Danosi Open, while Zuzanna Sobczak won the Womens foil division, and Julie Saint-Cricq won the Womens saber division.96. The cheerleading team received its first ever bid to National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Nationals.97. Canadas National Team extended invitations to softball pitcher Lyndsay Butler and outfielder Logan White.98. Baseball hosted the Alan Trammell/Lance Parrish camp for the fifth year and the Detroit Tigers camp with Torii Hunter and Max Scherzer.99. Paige Sickmiller became the first womens basketball player to play professionally.100. The womens golf program began its first season of competition.



    Tartar TwelveThe Tartar Twelve Club is our attempt to get you back in the huddle. We need your assistance to provide resources to todays football student-athletes confronted by an ever competitive and challenging schedule in which we strive for a national championship. Tartar Twelve membership benefits include: invitation to pre-game tailgates, Coach Winters weekly e-mail game assessment, private invitations to exclusive events, Tartar Twelve apparel and name recognition in the game programs. Join today by contacting Kalaya Long at [email protected] or (313) 577-0587.

    .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 $583,000 towards the Phase I goal of $1,000,000. 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 2014-15 SEASONTo receive VIP Access to the W Club

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    Gold Level ($250) or above.

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    Donations are cumulative and will be based on a 12-month cycle.

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    Swimming & Diving Positions Itself to Stay On TopSeeking its fifth straight sweep of the GLIAC titles, the Wayne State University mens and womens swimming & diving teams will begin competition at the 2015 GLIAC Swimming & Diving Championships on Feb. 11. The four-day meet is being held at the Jenison Aquatics Center in Jenison, Mich. and is hosted by Grand Valley State University. The conference championship meet will run until Feb. 14, with preliminaries beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the finals starting at 5:30 p.m. each day.

    While WSU has swept the last four league titles, the womens squad has won five straight conference championships overall. The mens team has won nine of the past 12 GLIAC titles, while the women have won eight of the past nine conference titles. Combined, Wayne State has won 17 GLIAC titles in the past 12 years.

    Last season, head coach Sean Peters Warrior teams topped runner-up Grand Valley State on both sides. The women earned a 292-point victory over GVSU, while the mens squad edged out the Lakers by 117 points. Overall, WSU and GVSU have finished 1-2 on the mens side in every year since 2008 and the womens side in every season since 2006.In 2014, Wayne States Carol Azambuja claimed GLIAC Female Swimmer of the Year honors. Paige Kortman and Dylan Szegedi were named GLIAC Womens & Mens Diver of the Year, respectively. Kortman was selected as the GLIAC Womens Diver of the Year for three years in a row. Coach Peters also received the Dewey Newsome Coach of the Year for both mens & womens. This is the seventh time Peters has won it on the womens side and 10th on the mens. He has garnered either one or both of the awards in every year since 2002.

    The Wayne State womens team defeated GLIAC rival Grand Valley State 206.95-93.5 in January. The men fell to the Lakers 160.5-137.5 in the dual meet. The Warriors hosted Eastern Michigan in its final dual meet of the regular season and recorded several individual records against the Division I opponent.

    Till Barthel was named GLIAC Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week on Nov. 4th after his winning performance against Oakland a Division I institution. Barthel and Kristina

    Novichenko swept the weekly award on Jan. 13th after their performance against Grand Valley State. Piotr Jachowicz received the same honor on Jan. 20th after he recorded three wins against Eastern Michigan.

    The coaching staff and teams cheer on competitors at the 2014 GLIAC Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

    Fencing Teams Ready for MFC ChampionshipsThe Wayne State University mens and womens fencing teams will join seven other teams on February 21-22 at the 2015 Midwest Fencing Conference Championships.

    The mens fencing team is led by senior foilist Hans Kaiser. Earlier this season Kaiser won the gold medal with a 15-9 triumph at the Danosi Open held at WSU. He placed 19th overall out of 126 competitors at the USFA North American Cup and ninth at the Remenyik Open.

    Sophomore Ziad Elsissy placed second overall out of 84 competitors in the Division I mens sabre event at the USFA North American Cup. Elsissy competed in the 2014 Fencing World Championships where he tied for 41st out of 122 competitors.

    On the womens side, sophomore Zuzanna Sobczak leads in the foil division. She won both the Remenyik Open and the Danosi Open. She finished 17th overall out of 81 competitors at the USFA North American Cup.

    Freshman Julie Saint-Cricq won the sabre event at the Danosi Open and tied-for-third in the sabre competition at the Remenyik Invitational.

    Last season, the Warriors finished fifth overall out of 21 schools at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championship. WSU finished 85 points behind fourth-place Cleveland State (1,235 points) and just ahead of the University of Michigan (1,145).

    As a team, the Warrior women took fourth place with 640 points, five points ahead of Michigan. The men finished in a tie for sixth with Michigan and Minnesota, earning 510 points total.

    Track & Field Looks to Keep Making NoiseAt the 2014 GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Wayne State University womens track and field squad more than doubled its point total from its inaugural season in 2013. Scoring points a year ago for WSU were then freshmen Dazmonique Carr and Leah Ellis in the 400m dash. Carr was fifth, while Ellis placed seventh. Brittany Johnson was third in the mile, while two seniors from 2014 Jen Rock and Kayla Gagnon finished second and sixth, respectively in the 5k. WSUs remaining points came from the 4x400m relay quartet which consisted of three freshmen Carr, Imani Bush and Ellis along with former Warrior Kelsey Chapman. This year the GLIAC Indoor Championship will be held Feb. 28-March 1 at Saginaw Valley State and the Warriors will look to continue climbing the conference ladder Key performers for WSU could be Bush in the 200m, Carr and Ellis in the 400m, senior Kayla Smade in the mile, sophomore Christina Kollien in the 60m hurdles, junior Kayla Balfour in the 3k, junior Chelsea Johnson and redshirt senior Lauren Gagnon in the distance events and junior Abbey Filip in the pentathlon. Newcomers looking to make an impact at the league meet for Wayne State are freshman Rachel Kloski (long jump), sophomore Kierra Johnson (60m), freshman Karrington Seals (60m hurdles), sophomore Kalen Glover (60m hurdles), freshman Jessie Kluz (high jump) and redshirt freshman Jewel Wilson (triple jump). Top throwers include redshirt freshman Elizabeth Herriman and junior Erika Perry in the shot put along with freshman Lauren Bohn and Perry in the weight throw. The 4x400m relay should be strong as well with three returning members from a year ago. The additional depth of the track program, now in its third year, should prove valuable when the conference meet takes place.






    Wayne State University student-athletes had another strong semester in the classroom during the recently completed Fall 2014 term. Seventeen (17) student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.00 term GPA with 60 percent of Warrior student-athletes receiving above a 3.00 for the semester.

    This accomplishment by our student-athletes reflects the emphasis our coaches and teams puts on our primary academic mission, stated WSU Director of Athletics Rob Fournier. Our goal of having at least 60% of our student-athletes at a 3.00 or better was achieved and 29% of our student-athletes at 3.5 or better is impressive ... and laudatory. With 13 of 17 teams with a cumulative GPA above a 3.00, we are on pace to even improve on our 72% graduation rate in a five (5) year period.

    For a full list of Athletic Directors and Coachs Honor Roll selections, please visit WSUAthletics.com.

    The NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) selected 25 colleges and universities as finalists for the 2015 Division II Award of Excellence. Wayne State was selected as the GLIACs finalist for its annual W Week, which celebrates the rich history of womens athletic history at WSU. Shortly after Title IX, WSU diver Dacia Schileru was the first female in the history of the NCAA to compete in a championship event.

    The award recognizes events and activities that exemplify the type of campus and community engagement that the division emphasizes. Each finalist is awarded $500 for the event or activity for which they are recognized. Examples of events the award seeks to recognize include activities

    associated with Division II partner Make-A-Wish, Team IMPACT, military appreciation, community engagement, game environment, student-athlete leadership development and educational programming. In addition, two runner-up recipients and the overall 2015 Division II Award of Excellence winner emerged from the list of 25 finalists. The two runner-up recipients and the overall winner were announced during the Division II Business Session at the 2015 NCAA Convention on January 17 in Washington, D.C. The national winner received a cash prize of $1,500 and a nationally

    televised football or basketball game during the 2015-16 season. The first runner-up received a $1,250 cash prize and the second-runner-up received $1,000, which should be used toward future community engagement initiatives.

    Wayne State University Director of Athletics Rob Fournier announced an extension of a radio broadcast agreement with 1400 AM and FM 92.7 The Patriot (WDTK) for football and mens basketball through the 2018-2019 school year.

    I am very pleased to continue our partnership with WDTK that began back in 2002 as one of our primary initiatives, said Fournier. In a media period in which broadcast relationships seem temporary and expedient, our association with the professionals of WDTK gives our fans and alumni base (250,000) around the world to live programming. Their creative approach has expanded opportunities not just in football and basketball, but for a variety of sports (womens basketball and softball) and special programming (Winters on Wednesday). This familiarity with a major Detroit media presence and access for our fan base is exceptional. Chris MacCourtney has advanced this relationship that has enhanced both the University and the City and we appreciate that association.

    WSU football games concluded its 13th season on 1400 AM last fall, and the mens basketball broadcasts are in their 13th season on 1400 AM. All home and away football and basketball contests are available on 1400 AM and 92.7 FM The Patriot and also through the Internet at newstalk1400.us.




    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

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    Softball Locker Room Project - $1,000 Tennis Locker Room Project - $1,000

    Baseball Locker Room Project - $1,000 Golf Locker Room Project - $1,000

    Football Locker Room Project - $2,000 Volleyball Locker Room Project - $1,000

    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.


    With your tax-deductible gift, payable over four years, you can personalize a locker in any of our three new locker room facilities by purchasing a locker plaque. The plaque will be engraved with your chosen personalization that is then affixed to a current student-athletes locker.

    The Wayne State Department of Athletics prides itself on offering a first-class experience to our student-athletes. Our new and renovated facilities are helping do just that.

    Conceived as a way to help fund the top-notch facilities for the student-athletes of today and tomorrow, our supporters can leave their permanent mark on the Warriors new facilities and help the department continue to offer our student-athletes the tools to make them successful in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.



    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 January 1, 2014 and December 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) 577-0241.


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