COVER STORY

"Amazing Mae"

Fueled by a love of writing, Mae Coyiuto channels her talent to help less fortunate Filipino kids realize their creative dreams. Read More.

LONGFORM

Surviving hate

Last summer, nine worshippers were gunned down at a Charleston, South Carolina, church— among them, a single mother who left behind four girls. She prepared them to persevere in ways they’re only now starting to understand. Read More.

FEATURE

Value added?

Once reserved for the most elite college athletes, loss-of-value insurance plans have gone mainstream in the past two years, leaving some to wonder where the line falls between providing security to student-athletes and issuing false hope. Read More.

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Translation: more fans

The first time Bruce Lu attended a football game, he was a high school exchange student living in Kansas. He knew nearly nothing about the American sport when he climbed into the stands to cheer on his peers. Read More.

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‘Once in a lifetime’

Jennifer Martinez, now a professor at Evergreen State College, teaches her students about biology. But 10 years ago, while competing in softball at St. Joseph’s College (Long Island), she was schooling the opposition. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“To say that I’m even in college is a dream.”

Today, two-thirds of young Americans go on to attend college, so why does something so common feel surreal for Edgewood College distance runner Natasha Zanoya? Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“I am the warrior”

Who was that fierce-looking warrior suited up for the showdown between the Hendrix College Warriors and their conference rival? He was none other than Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Stroke of determination

University of Delaware senior Kate Sneddon doesn’t let her cystic fibrosis pull her away from her passions. She tried backing off sports in college, but boredom led to rowing – and the discovery of a new love. Read More.

INSIDER

Conversation starter

Nevin Caple learned about the pressures and complex nature of finding safe and supportive athletics spaces during her undergraduate years at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“Like father, like daughter”

Bill Belichick’s daughter, Amanda, is in her first season as coach of the women’s lacrosse team at College of the Holy Cross. Read More.

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Shopping smarts

With so many options and so little time, grocery shopping isn’t always easy. Add in a budget and lengthy checkout lines, and the experience can overwhelm. Read More.

FEATURE

Those magic moments

A celebration of the top shots, serves, scores and final seconds since NCAA women’s championships got their start 35 years ago. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Powering Through

As a trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Jen Widerstrom – a former hammer thrower on the Kansas track and field team – pushes contestants to achieve their goals. Read More.

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Plugged into life

Since beating cancer in 2009, Caitlyn Mortus’ mission has been to provide that opportunity to children fighting life-threatening illnesses through what she calls “social healing.” Read More.

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A perennial pair

Five years ago, best friends and teammates Kacey Deterding and Maddie Johnson sat next to each other in a high school library and signed papers committing themselves to Lubbock Christian University and, essentially, to each other. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Learning from the losses

The 500th win earlier this season was not a big moment. If there weren’t sports information directors and media around, I wouldn’t have had a clue. Read More.

INSIDER

A little effort goes a long way

Since Division III officially partnered with the Special Olympics in August 2011, schools and conferences have held hundreds of events where student-athletes and Special Olympians meet, compete and, almost always, use laughter to build a bridge between their disparate worlds. Read More.

INSIDER

Watching the clock

Ask Division I college athletes what they learn from competing in sports, and one skill is mentioned again and again: time management. Read More.

COMMENTARY

An honest appraisal can change course of student-athletes

Growing up in rural South Carolina, sports were always an integral part of my life. This inclination followed me into my days as a young man, when I dreamed of one day becoming an NBA player and emulating Jo Jo White of the Boston Celtics. Then, I met Dr. Elizabeth Bethel. Read More.

PROFILE

Onward and upward, but still giving back

After years of playing soccer, including at the college level at Valparaiso University, Serratore is now a volunteer coach for the University of Oregon’s women’s soccer team, where he tutors the goalkeepers. Read More.

LONGFORM

A twist of faith

She loves football. She also loves the Lord. She thought she would have to give up one for the other. Read More.

INSIDER

Thoughts into action

Schools in the five autonomy conferences, and in other conferences that have adopted it, can now provide student-athletes with financial aid that exceeds the cost of a basic scholarship, up to the federally defined full cost of attendance. Read More.

INSIDER

On the air

The proliferation of new sports networks isn’t just benefiting the nationally visible programs competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision or starring in March Madness. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Confidence builder

Helen Putriment, set to graduate in December with a nursing degree from The Sage Colleges, wrapped up her volleyball eligibility last year at age 30. Her student-athlete path awaited her when she was 17, but she did not start college until 10 years later. Read More.

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Hitting the book

Most football players show up at Media Day with confidence and cliches. Malcolm Mitchell brought a book. Read More.

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Room in this margin

In 1981, with most of its NCAA championship-winning roster returning from the year before – including four first-team All-Americans – expectations were lofty for the Stanford University men’s water polo team. Read More.

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What’s the status of your fandom?

A fall 2014 survey conducted by the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center and the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators collected responses from 18,876 college students. Of the respondents, 81 percent had attended at least one sporting event at their university. Read More.

PROFILE

Swept off his feet

Magic Johnson had just led Michigan State University to a national championship when Hollis arrived as a freshman and, like many eager students, asked coach Jud Heathcote if he could be a team manager. Heathcote treated him like the others. He shut the door. But Hollis came back – six more times, in fact – until Heathcote presented a life-changing offer. Read More.

LONGFORM

Smoke screen

Mike Devlin’s path from athlete to addict started with an injury and prescription painkillers, continued with years of deception and nearly cost him his life. How did things turn so dark so quickly? It’s a question every coach, parent and athlete should ask. Read More.

"People are starting to not see me as a little brother."

Both of Rice University running back Darik Dillard’s older siblings earned valedictorian honors in high school, but Dillard is proving he is a formidable player and scholar in his own right. Read More

INTERVIEW

Steps forward

I remember every bit of the injury. I was completely conscious, completely with it, so every single thing that happened, I remember like it was yesterday. It was eight weeks into my freshman year at Luther College. I remember wanting to kick off in the third quarter. I wanted to make a play. It was just a freak accident: When I dove across to make a tackle, the ball carrier’s knee struck my neck, and I just was lying there. Read More.

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Seniors’ prom

Thanks to 25 college athletes at Rogers State University, residents of an area assisted-living center relived a special moment: prom night. The Hillcats Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted a senior prom, complete with a prom king and queen, for residents at The Brookfield, an assisted-living center in Claremore, Oklahoma. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Don’t call him ‘coach’

With a career record of 657-124-61 and two Division III national championships, Jay Martin is the winningest men’s soccer coach in the NCAA. His team plays home games at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, but in soccer, he says, the coach’s job is to stay out of the way. Read More.

INSIDER

Data driven

All data Division I schools submit to the Association are culled in one tool, the Division I Institutional Performance Program, that allows schools to access their own numbers and stack them up against other schools. Read More.

INSIDER

Reformed group aims to tip scales on equity

The NCAA Gender Equity Task Force recently reconvened for the first time since 1993. While they are still shaping their processes and ironing out details, the task force’s mission is clear: Move the needle on gender equity in college sports. Read More.

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Net results

With his pedigree as a member of the Nigerian national soccer team headed for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, big things were expected of Thompson Usiyan when he arrived at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Nearly 40 years later, his 109 goals and 255 points in just 49 games at Appalachian State have never come close to being matched. Read More.

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This cup runneth over

A nine-minute walk by way of Clinton Street is all that separates Hartwick College from the State University of New York at Oneonta. On one side of Clinton sit the campuses; on the other is the town itself, known as the “City of Hills” and home to 14,000 residents. Read More.

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Louder than words

Aida Pojoy works the 4 a.m.-to-12:30 p.m. custodial shift at Belmont University, spending much of her time in the athletics department. Belmont senior Kirbie Ferrell’s softball team lifts weights at 7 a.m. three times a week. Inevitably, the two often would spot each other in the hallway that connects the laundry room to the training room and the locker room. One day, Ferrell spoke up. Read More.

FEATURE

Competing to get a job

Leaders on the field develop into leaders in their fields. Team captains can become captains of industry. Here, how to use the skills gained through athletics to launch the right career. Read More.

COVER STORY

American dreaming

Bowling has taken Janine Kuwahara around the globe, and now she uses it to propel her education at Sam Houston State. Read More.

"I have that extra something to be thankful for."

One year has passed since St. john Fisher College sprinter Alex Caldwell learned that what she thought was a sinus infection was actually a brain tumor. Read More

INTERVIEW

All in the same boat

Now the head rowing coach at Barry University in Miami, Boban Rankovic was an assistant when the team was runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Division II Rowing Championships. Ethnic conflict formed the backdrop of Rankovic’s childhood in the former Yugoslavia. Read More.

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Far and away

When does a Division I men’s soccer coach look at a record of 2-4-2 and call that result “inconsequential”? When those games – played during the school’s January term – were supposed to provide a cultural experience, not an athletic conquest. Read More.

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Cancer crusaders

Joe Vicario knows how to battle. Start with his birth defect, Goldenhar syndrome, which left him without a left ear, left lung and left thumb and with a malformed aortic heart valve. It led to 28 surgeries before age 12. Read More.

FEATURE

Photo finish

In six decades of shooting the Final Four, Rich Clarkson has shaped how we see the game. Read More.

COVER STORY

Able to stay golden

Teammate. Friend. Collegiate competitor. Before she goes pro, Missy Franklin wants to seize every opportunity. Read More.

FEATURE

A game for Lauren

On Sunday, they all came together – coaches, competitors, teams from around the country, even a legend of her sport – all for a young woman battling brain cancer who just wanted to play basketball. Read More.

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A perfect match

Ron Vilardi’s final season of college football will be memorable – a fact that has nothing to do with the sport he plays. Read More.

INTERVIEW

One kidney donated, two lives saved

Collegiate Water Polo Association Commissioner Dan Sharadin donated a kidney to save his wife – and saved himself, too. Read More.

"I’m not a dream stealer. I’m a realist."

For more than two decades, Greg Goings has juggled his day job as a sports information director with his role as a men’s basketball on-court official at the NCAA. Read More

 

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Inextinguishable zeal

Caleb White is a St. Cloud State student, a college wrestler and a volunteer firefighter. Read More.

INSIDER

Points of impact

The NCAA has unveiled a new initiative designed to call attention to the community service projects taking place throughout the national office. Read More.

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Signing of the times

In the year of the 50th anniversary of the National Letter of Intent, the great-granddaughter of the program’s founder signs hers. Read More.

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Making calls, breaking barriers

At 87, pioneer among men’s basketball officials still has a hand in the game as conference coordinator. Read More.

COVER STORY

One of the boys

Brady Antaya gives as much as he gets from Merrimack soccer, where his teammates know him as a Warrior. Read More.

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Vikings invade with help

The Western Washington volleyball team dove in to help teammates whose hometowns were destroyed by fire. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Driven to heal

Last fall, debilitating seizures sidelined Jerry Kill for a conference matchup, and doctors forbade him from driving or flying to the next one, too. He found his way there anyway. Read More.

PROFILE

A rush of energy

LaDainian Tomlinson owned the day on a north Texas afternoon 15 years ago. Read More.

PROFILE

Whole new ballgame

Alum returns to Colorado State to fill a new athletics role few schools have. Read More.

PROFILE

She has faith in them

Sister Rose Ann Fleming seeks learning solutions – and finds them, even for those who struggle in the classroom. Read More.

“I’ve become a different volleyball player.”

Natalie Leger, a sophomore volleyball player at George Washington, overcame Hodgkins Lymphoma to make her dream of playing Division I volleyball come true. Read More

COVER STORY

One giant leap

Kendall Spencer competes in track and field for the University of New Mexico and is in training for the Olympic trials. But for now, he is the face of the Division I student-athlete voice in the NCAA. Read More.

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Moved to action

A moving personal story shared by a teammate led Muhlenberg College junior Jason Leitmeyer to intervene in an apparent suicide attempt and possibly save a young girl’s life. Read More.

PROFILE

Sister act

For 12 years, a sister in the Van Dyke family has played second base for Felician. This year, that streak ends when the youngest graduates. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Q&A: Anthony Maccaglia

Oglethorpe junior Anthony Maccaglia made history this summer as the first Division III golfer to compete in the Palmer Cup. Read More.

INSIDER

Community, championships come together in Division II

This was the first year Division II hosted community engagement events at each of its championship events. Read More.

PROFILE

Long-term commitment

Coach, mentor, friend: Lynn Schweizer has touched many lives through her sweeping involvement at Denison. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Strength in numbers

Adrian President Jeffrey Docking led the addition of 19 sports teams and several new campus facilities, from a football stadium to an ice rink. Read More.

INSIDER

Grant program aids limited-resource schools

The first recipients of the NCAA Accelerated Academic Success Program used the funding from the pilot program in the 2013-14 academic year to help enhance their academic performance. Read More.

Profile
His winning decision

This spring, the Central College (Iowa) softball coach became the first in Division III to win 1,000 games. Read More.

FEATURE

Long trip to the beach

Beach volleyball’s journey from an emerging sport for women to an NCAA National Collegiate Championship ended in spectacular fashion on the sun-splashed beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, capping several years of efforts that fans never saw. Read More.

FEATURE

Transformed

Schuyler Bailar thought he would have to choose between swimming in college and embracing his true identity. He didn't. Read More.

PROFILE

A pitcher with command

Good grades came naturally to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy pitcher, who is majoring in energy systems engineering. But school, he says, could only teach so much. Read More.

PROFILE

More relief than fear

A couple of ibuprofen, Ashley Inman thought, and the headache would go away. The throbbing began on an April afternoon. The ibuprofen didn’t help. Read More.

INSIDER

Off their backs

A year ago, Notre Dame finance major Andrew Helmin headed home to Illinois with more than a dorm room’s worth of belongings. A hurdler on the track and field team, he also took along several pairs of shoes. Read More.

PROFILE

First and foremost

Saint Leo University’s Maddie Holub will have a hard time topping her first year on the job. Holub, 25, was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in her debut season. Read More.

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An opened door

There were almost a dozen of them – 6 feet 5, 205 pounds, on average – being wheeled around the streets of Havana in horse-drawn carriages, gazing at cars made decades before they were born, soaking in a place few Americans have had an opportunity to visit. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Just like family

After this past fall’s events in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kevin Trainor can’t help but find himself drawn to a university, an athletics program and a family hurting from yet another incomprehensible tragedy. Read More.

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After school specialized

How young is too young? Experts say children should definitely become physically active early, just not specialize in a single sport at a young age. So why is specialization considered a problem? Read More.

COVER STORY

Seeing it through

Chaz Davis lost his sight after one cross country season.But he couldn’t give up on running, and his team didn’t give up on him. Read More.

LONGFORM

Where pride meets prejudice

A lesson in change, the intense loyalty of college fandom -- and what happens when the two collide. Read More.

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It’s just time

This spring, Tamika Catchings will release her first full-length memoir. Written with author Ken Petersen, “Catch a Star: Shining Through Adversity To Become a Champion” tells the basketball star’s story of overcoming obstacles throughout life to achieve success on and off the court. Read More.

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Dressed for success

Shyra Ely-Gash has two passions in life: basketball and fashion. On the court, Ely-Gash played in four Final Fours for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. But she also grew up circling clothing she liked in magazines, and earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising. Read More.

COMMENTARY

The voice they found was never lost

The football program’s black athletes felt it was time to take a stand. They were upset about discriminatory treatment and threatened to boycott. Their voices were joined by others on campus, amplifying the protest. Soon, sweeping changes came to the university, improving staff diversity and promoting inclusive values. Read More.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Celebrating our champions

From cross country to football to water polo, Champion coverage of the fall 2015 NCAA championships. Read More.

“I still have that competitive blood.”

When Bev Ball’s friends join the 85-year-old swim coach at a restaurant in Abilene, Texas, they know what to expect: She will run into someone she’s gotten to know – or coached – over six decades spent by the local pools. Read More

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Filling backpacks, stomachs - and hearts

When Jenna Maury isn’t stuffing the stat sheet on the softball field or facts into her head for an upcoming psychology exam, she is cramming food into backpacks for needy families in her hometown of Lawton, Michigan. Read More.

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It’s electric

Building a good strength and conditioning program can be hard when you don’t necessarily have a strength and conditioning coach. Dan Giuliani experienced this difficulty firsthand while playing football at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Read More.

INTERVIEW

From there to here: Warde Manuel

Warde Manuel can use his life story as an example for the college athletes at the University of Connecticut to follow when it comes to being prepared for life after the playing days end. Read More.

INSIDER

Military mindfulness

Across the country, Division II schools are amplifying their focus on the military. New initiatives are gaining steam thanks in part to a military pilot program the division established at the start of 2014. Read More.

FEATURE

Game changers

Gadgets and gizmos that could change how the games are played on and off the field – technically speaking. Read More.

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Still in the saddle

Leah Fiorentino’s first year as the executive director of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association hasn’t been a quiet ride. Read More.

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The short walk

A huge rivalry in Arkansas pits Henderson State University against Ouachita Baptist University – two schools separated by two lanes of U.S. Highway 67, over which the visiting team walks to its opponent’s field on game day in the shortest road trip in football. Read More.

"The most rewarding thing is seeing the results."

Natalie Bach-Prather was home-schooled while growing up in Marshall, Texas, where her only taste of running came from racing her dad. But now she is making up for lost time – all without leaving her hometown. Read More

INSIDER

A social game plan

A lot has changed since Erik Qualman was a college athlete at Michigan State University in the early 1990s. When he was working toward a degree in business and rising through the ranks of the Spartans basketball team Qualman didn’t have Facebook, Twitter or YouTube at his fingertips. Read More.

INSIDER

The best of both worlds

As Mike Moyer looked around a conference room at the NCAA national office in July, the group gathered before him was unlike any the executive director for the National Wrestling Coaches Association had seen during his 15 years in the organization. Read More.

INTERVIEW

From there to here: Head shots to head coach

A longtime actor decides he has grown weary of Hollywood’s traps and trappings and retires to spend life by the pool. That’s how the narrative typically ends. But David Andriole’s story isn’t over, and the pool in question isn’t a sun-drenched oasis on the West Coast. Read More.

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They’ve got his number

Parker Moore should have taken the field with his Linfield College football teammates this fall. But in November 2014, on a day that was otherwise filled with reason to celebrate, Moore was stabbed to death by a stranger in the checkout line of a 7-Eleven. Read More.

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A load off their feet

Vanderbilt University athletics likes to offer unique opportunities on an overseas trip for student-athletes. But this year, the adventure wasn’t just exciting but historic: a chance to visit Cuba. Read More.

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Load up

Fueling stations have become common additions to athletics facilities nationwide. But when it comes to stocking them, where should you start? Read More.

COMMENTARY

Coaching certification will help ensure safety

Each year our athletes are challenged to run faster and jump higher. The physical demands required of them continue to escalate. The need for a person who is certified in the proper exercises to attain these goals while ensuring safety and preventing injuries is vital. Read More.

LONGFORM

Food for thought

Last year, when the NCAA relaxed the regulations schools must follow to feed their college athletes, sports dietitians took on a whole new level of importance. Now, their numbers are growing even faster on campuses – and so is their influence. Read More.

PROFILE

Embraced with every step

When the cacophony of the world around him rattles in his brain and the thoughts of looming deadlines and dirty dishes and keeping pace with classmates pile up in his mind so high they obscure any other thought, Ryan Gehman needs a hug. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Coach, counselor, friend

Coppin State University men’s basketball coach Michael Grant has been coaching college for 32 years – long enough to know his relationships with players don’t end when the buzzer sounds. This spring, after the West Baltimore neighborhood surrounding Coppin State erupted in racially charged violence following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, Grant became more than a coach – and his players and other Coppin State student-athletes became something more, too. Read More.

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Back to the bases

It was the final play in the third game of the season for the New York University baseball team. Coach Doug Kimbler saw the pitch, the pop-up, the ball landing in his shortstop’s mitt. Then, with the game won, Kimbler watched the shortstop roll the ball over the mound before leaving the field, as he would for any other game. Except this wasn’t just any other game. Kimbler knew that ball marked history. Read More.

"The adjustment wasn’t too hard."

Maria Hauer, who was born deaf, competed for the Huskies’ cross country team in the fall, the Nordic ski team in the winter and ran the 800-meter and the 1,600-meter relay for the track team. Read More

INSIDER

Cleaning a toxic environment

At the Division III Issues Forum at the 2015 Convention, 78 percent of respondents to a straw poll indicated that fans and parents are the cause of most behavioral problems at games. So the Division III Sportsmanship and Game Environment Working Group is trying to find ways to diffuse tense situations in the stands so that athletes will remember their time on the field for the right reasons. Read More.

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Sibling showdown

All year, Julio and Ignacio Pulido had been hoping for this matchup. Would it be more nerve-wracking than their typical tennis game? Probably. A bit harder for Mom and Dad to watch? You bet. In some ways, they were used to it – growing up in Caceres, Spain, the Pulido brothers had competed with each other in nearly everything they did. But going head-to-head in the Division II national championship tournament was a first. Read More.

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A coach connection

Even though her college tennis days are over, Duke University graduate Parker Goyer is still scoring aces with her international service. Goyer is the founder and director of Coach for College, an educational program that connects student-athletes from the United States with students in Vietnam. Read More.

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The emerging path

Next spring, when women’s beach volleyball serves up the NCAA’s newest championship, it will join the sporting ranks of a unique few. Women’s ice hockey, women’s water polo, rowing and bowling might not appear to have much in common with beach volleyball – nor each other – but the sports’ NCAA championships all share the same roots. Read More.

PROFILE

Summer suit

Colgate University junior Jake Danehy’s fondest childhood memories were formed in Fair Harbor, a little village on New York’s Fire Island. When the men’s lacrosse player and geography major decided to combine two other passions into a fledgling business, he relied on his memories of that little beach town to create a new brand of swimwear. Read More.

LONGFORM

Mapping the madness

When teams and their travel parties trek hundreds of thousands of miles on their Road to the Final Four, their every move is charted by travel experts in Waterloo, Iowa, who get the job done using customized software, a color-coded dry-erase board and, always, a large dose of patience. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Life after death

University of New Haven volleyball player Ashley Dalton collapsed, and her heart stopped. Then, she came back – to life and to volleyball. Read More.

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Little League, big reunion

In 2005, three University of West Florida baseball players donned baby blue uniforms and represented their hometown of Maitland, Florida, on the biggest stage in youth baseball: the Little League World Series. Read More.

INSIDER

Raising their voices – and votes

As the 2015 NCAA Convention came to a close, consensus on one point was clear: Students will take full advantage of their new opportunities to participate in governing Division I. Read More.

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Playing to remember

Two hours before sunset on June 3, Texas A&M University-Commerce basketball player La’Tisha Hearne pointed her black Nissan Maxima south, crossed four lanes and a wide median and was just a few feet from ensuring that no one in the car would ever remember that intersection. Then a green semi barreled into the right rear door. Read More.

INSIDER

Binge control

In January, Division III and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators launched 360 Proof, a new online tool designed to help members better address alcohol use and abuse on their campuses and to encourage collaboration between athletics departments and student affairs personnel. Read More.

LONGFORM

Playing for two

Kaneisha Atwater got pregnant at 18, but her dreams didn’t die when her son was born. What she thought was her mistake is now her motivation – she plays basketball so she can go to college so she can give him the childhood she never had. Read More.

FEATURE

Debunked

We can’t set the record straight on every myth in college sports. But for a few of the most common assumptions, NCAA researchers hit the books on a fact-finding mission. The team pored over, crunched and analyzed a bevy of surveys, numbers and charts. And now, we share the truth. Read More.

INTERVIEW

From there to here: China Jude

China Jude’s résumé has not always pointed toward a high-level career in college athletics administration. Read More.

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An unexpected playbook

Jon Gordon’s writing career that was, in part, spawned by experiences at Cornell has taken a surprising turn: His work resonates in training rooms and locker rooms, not simply boardrooms. Read More.

INSIDER

A festival atmosphere

Bring six national championships together in one weekend festival – which took place in Division II for the eighth time in December – and the impactful moments multiply. Read More.

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As easy as Divisions I, II, III

Participating in college sports has exposed Krista Chauvin to every level of NCAA athletics. Read More.

"Fly-fishing is just as nerve-racking as playing goalie."

Huh? That is no Mad Lib; it’s Cody Burgdorff’s life. The Augustana College (Illinois) senior tends goal for the school’s lacrosse team and doubles as a world-class fly fisherman. Read More

PROFILE

The power of a ball

A small purchase by Wisconsin women’s ice hockey player Brittany Ammerman led to a big empowering moment for women in two small Kenyan villages. Through fundraising Ammerman helped start the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League. Read More.

LONGFORM

The home of the brave

Fourteen years ago, Julio Luevano embarked on a covert journey across the Mexican border to settle in a humble Indiana town. Now, his days are filled with maintenance work, family, soccer and studying for a degree finally within his reach. Read More.

PROFILE

Living on the sidelines

Training and competing as a student-athlete is hard, but quitting because of a medical condition is hard, too. Read More.

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Seeking shelter

When violence and unrest forced a West Chester swimmer’s parents to leave Ukraine, the community stepped in to help. Read More.

PROFILE

Isch steps down, plans to make more time for family

Jim Isch, a man accustomed to challenging meetings and tough questions, hurried into his fourth-floor office during one of his final weeks and prepared for a conversation he would rather not have. Read More.

INSIDER

Student-athletes seek their voice

If approved at the NCAA Convention, two Division II proposals would enhance the student-athlete voice by providing SAAC with new voting privileges. Read More.

INSIDER

DIII student-athletes want to sign, too

High school students heading into Division III want to be recognized in their communities for competing at the college level. Soon, they might be. Read More.

INTERVIEW

It’s official

When Cat Conti stepped onto the gridiron for a game between Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Kansas, she became the first woman to officiate football for the Big 12. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Extreme endurance

At 87, “Coach Z” is in his 31st year coaching cross country and track and field at Division III Hunter College. Read More.

PROFILE

A pitch in time

The knuckle curve of Vermont's George Plender might have taken him to the major leagues, but military service intervened. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Athletes at Northeastern team up to ‘Jock the Vote’

Heather Mottau, a student-athlete who competes in ice hockey at Northeastern University, assembled a campaign to encourage Northeastern students to register to vote. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

An unlikely NFL pipeline

John Carroll University is well-represented in the NFL’s ranks – several coaches, general managers and other executives attended the school in the 1990s. Read More.

“They definitely worried at first...”

Despite being legally blind, long snapper Aaron Golub was offered a preferred walk-on spot at Tulane and expects to compete for the starting job. Read More

INTERVIEW

Rowing captain

She used to cox the boat for cops. Now she leads the national governing body of her favorite sport. Read More.

LONGFORM

Earning the call

Of 838 officials, only 10 are invited to preside over the Final Four. Mike Roberts has never received that coveted phone call. Can he survive the madness and advance to Dallas? Read More.

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FEATURE

The old college try

What would you do to bond with your team? To enshrine your sport’s tradition into the annals of history? To maybe even win a bit more often? We found college athletes (and one grass-eating coach) who tattoo their lips, believe in a box of breadcrumbs, kiss a statue, shout nonsense and don retro sweatsuits – all for the sake of being inspired to greatness. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Out of the shadows

Senior Kara Stroup is a two-time team captain who has started every lacrosse game in college – but her success once masked a dangerous problem. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“It comes down to loving people.”

Kelly Jo McLendon hasn’t spent her college summers lingering in her hometown or working on softball pitching mechanics. Instead, the East Texas Baptist University student has taught children with special needs. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Feeding their souls

Neumann University emphasizes five values for its student body: reverence, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship. Each was on display when the field hockey team sacrificed a home game to serve others. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“I’ve learned a passion.”

A research lab isn’t the first place most student-athletes go for an edge in their sport. But that’s exactly where Daisy-May Kenny, a senior golfer at the University of West Florida, found her sweet spot. Read More.

INSIDER

Talking among themselves

Nine years ago, Jason Sobolik stepped into an athletics compliance environment that felt drastically different from the one he knows today. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Spitting image

In 2015, an NCAA tobacco use survey asked more than 1,300 college baseball coaches and umpires whether spit tobacco was a problem for the sport. About 67 percent of coaches said they rarely or never see their players use it. Read More.

IN A FEW WORDS

“I was just trying to help a guy out.”

When Chris Miller saw a man in his late 50s in cardiac arrest at a local gym, his instincts took over. The 23-year-old Seton Hill University baseball player remained calm and level-headed, rushing to the man’s side. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Field days

Since 1954, Joe Schrag has been a participant, a spectator, a coach, an administrator or a volunteer at the Kansas Relays, which bring together high school, college and open invitational competitors. Read More.

INSIDER

Caring, no matter the cost

While athletic trainer Troy Banse says will work tirelessly to adhere to new health and safety recommendations, he warns that change at schools with limited resources and small staffs won’t happen instantly. Read More.

PROFILE

Tragedy to triumph

Clemson is in the midst of its best football season in more than 30 years, and the school’s first national championship since 1981 is only one win away. In part because of what he experienced on a Sunday three decades ago, Tony Elliott has been integral to that success. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

The shot of a lifetime

In the late 1990s, one of the most sought-after high school recruits in the nation didn’t play basketball or football. Instead, he was a marksman from Mount Holly, New Jersey, who had already set a junior world record as a 16-year-old in the 50-meter rifle three-position event. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Friends of the court

So 50 grandparents walk into a gym … That isn’t a setup to a bad joke: It’s the scene that happens when the Franklin College women’s basketball team takes the court. Read More.

“Hey, why not?”

Michael Crinion, a senior at Albion College, grew up playing goalkeeper in soccer. So in spring 2013, when he heard the men’s swimming and diving team was looking for divers, he thought he would be a natural. Read More

INTERVIEW

A lane of his own

Mike Kroll started Manchester University’s swimming and diving program a year ago after a decade of finding success as a coach and swimmer. With spastic cerebral palsy, Kroll’s goal as a swimmer wasn’t to win a race but to make himself better and meet his personal goals every day. Read More.

INSIDER

Does their hearts good

Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more NCAA athletes than any other sport-related trauma. So the NCAA Sport Science Institute and leading sports medicine groups across the country have crafted an interassociation statement on cardiovascular care in hopes of keeping athletes safer. Read More.

COVER STORY

High endurance

Orphaned at age 9, Chernet Sisay lived on the streets of Ethiopia for more than a year and can't bear to summon the memories. So why can't he stop smiling? Read More.

FEATURE

How the NCAA works

Millions are interested in college sports; few understand the intricacies behind them. What follows is the story of how 1,121 schools, more than 100 conferences, tens of thousands of athletics administrators and more than 460,000 student-athletes come together to make the NCAA work. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Lessons learned

Colleges and universities searching for answers that help curb sexual violence and assault on campus might find some helpful examples in their peers at the U.S. military academies. Read More.

INSIDER

First contact

Domenic Fraboni didn’t venture to Canada in spring 2014 to see mountains and moose. He went to get tackled. Thanks to a rule permitting teams to compete on international trips, Fraboni and his teammates on the Concordia College, Moorhead, football team scrimmaged against a Canadian team in May 2014. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Her success – and theirs

Cecelia Lykes returned to college with three kids and dreams for her future – and emerged as an Academic All-American. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A membership milestone

Nebraska Wesleyan University will soon forgo its dual membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and NCAA to align itself exclusively with NCAA Division III. A mundane transition? Hardly. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Wave of emotion

Rick Dickson is ready to greet the 308 former Tulane University student-athletes who competed in fall 2005 and are expected to return for homecoming weekend this fall. The athletics director has waited 10 years for this opportunity. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

It's about time

This fall, the 25th NCAA Woman of the Year will be named. The program launched in 1991, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the advent of NCAA women’s championships. Read More.

COVER STORY

A mound of cure

A cancer diagnosis. More than three years of chemotherapy. Two hip replacements. Through it all, Richie Suarez just wanted a chance to play college baseball. But he picked up something unexpected along the way. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Building blocks

Building up a brand is nothing new to American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. The AAC will enter its third year this fall, and Aresco believes the league, which was created amid all the moves in conference realignment, is on pace to hit its stride. Read More.

"I’m definitely not a perfect person."

Anna Kottkamp would prefer not to be labeled a perfect example of a student-athlete, even if she is the first from the University of Notre Dame to be named valedictorian of a graduating class. Read More

ON CAMPUS

Getting in the game

Year after year, more students than ever before are participating in NCAA athletics. The climb to more than 472,000 college athletes has been sure and steady, with 12-percent growth occurring during the most recent six-year period. Read More.

INSIDER

DII pulls its own APPLE to address drugs, alcohol

In April, at the request of the Division II leadership, an APPLE Conference was held specifically for Division II. It was the first time for a division-specific APPLE Conference in the program’s 24-year history. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Thinking globally

Sarah Nieburg spent her childhood traveling for soccer, but last summer it took the Randolph-Macon College student-athlete farther than ever: to rural Ghana, where she spent six weeks encouraging gender empowerment through sport. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Teaching dollars and sense

When new legislation takes effect next month for the five autonomy conferences in Division I, student-athletes will be able to receive scholarships that fund up to the federally defined full cost of attendance, which varies from school to school. But that benefit also means they will need to manage sums of money beyond what many of them are accustomed to handling. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Prescribing a new tactic

There’s a good chance you never considered painkiller use to be an epidemic, but there is another side to their use: the easy introduction to their potent high through initial prescriptions; ready access to more pills through black markets; and eventually, a pathway to dangerous street drugs. Read More.

PROFILE

He hit all the bases

Zac Houck’s story was a rarity when NCAA Champion magazine talked to him for the winter 2014 issue. That upcoming spring would have been the Jacksonville baseball outfielder’s senior season if he hadn’t decided to forgo that final year to chase his dreams of a pro career — as a concussion researcher. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Playing, practice seasons get look

A comprehensive evaluation of rules governing Division III playing and practice seasons has begun in earnest. We hope to ensure our model for college athletics is sustainable and continues to serve the best interests of our schools and student-athletes. Read More.

LONGFORM

A gray matter

Concussion and its consequences are complex, but fear has surged ahead of science. To catch up, researchers funded by the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense teamed up in the largest concussion study in history. They hope to turn anxiety into answers. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A real goal-getter

Not only did Jackie Sileo finish her career at LIU Post in 2014 as the NCAA all-time leader with 564 points and 369 assists, but she also led the Pioneers to NCAA titles in 2012 and 2013. Read More.

PROFILE

Right place, right time

Bob King didn’t want his career in collegiate athletics administration to be nomadic. Finding the right fit was a priority, and he has more than accomplished this goal as he is in the process of completing his 22nd year as the director of athletics at Trinity University in San Antonio. Read More.

"You’re never too young to … make a global impact."

During her first humanitarian trip to Haiti at age 15, Alyssa Brandt saw a boy with malnourished skin that was rotting and falling off his body. A passionate mission has driven her ever since. Read More

ON CAMPUS

Filmmaking in the fast lane

“Tracktown” is the second film for Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher, who both attended Dartmouth College. Pappas earned her undergraduate degree in creative writing just before competing in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Read More.

INSIDER

Making it theirs

Blacktop Creative has cultivated brands for 14 years – it counts Hallmark, Applebee’s and Chick-fil-A among its clients. But when Division II hired the marketing firm last April to develop a new brand campaign, Blacktop entered uncharted territory. Read More.

INTERVIEW

From there to here: Oliver Luck

A few weeks into his new job at the NCAA, Oliver Luck took time to discuss his winding path to the national office and his views on some of the biggest questions in college sports. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Inside the lines

Before he was a student-athlete, Jason Shuler served four years and three tours in the U.S. Navy as a quartermaster third class, working as a search-and-rescue swimmer. Read More.

"My art will make me a better physician."

When Megan Stuart tells people about her two majors at South Dakota State University, she receives a common reaction. Read More

ON CAMPUS

Carrier Dome freezes over

The 49,262-seat Carrier dome had never been the site of a hockey game. That changed Nov. 22 when a pair of Division III schools stepped onto a makeshift rink. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

The reel deal

Bass fishing isn’t typically associated with college athletics, yet it has exploded in recent years. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Making a connection

The 13-year-old girl was homesick. It was Wednesday evening, only hours after she had arrived at the nonprofit agency set to become her new residence. She was surrounded by dozens of other kids who, like her, had faced abandonment, abuse, neglect, or some other form of trauma in their young lives. Read More.

PROFILE

His goal, reached

When Champion profiled Josh Brooks two years ago, he was the assistant athletics director for internal operations at the University of Georgia, coordinating travel for the Bulldogs football team. He has since become an athletics director. Read More.

INSIDER

Dear committee chair

As Division I transitions into its new governance structure this month, the chairs of the highest-profile groups within the old structure will make way for new leadership on the new Division I Board of Directors, Council and Committee on Academics. With years of experience to draw from, these four leaders offer words of wisdom to the new recruits. Read More.

“It’s just about balancing.”

When Blake Geoffrion’s NHL career was cut short by a skull fracture, he was glad he had earned his college degree. Read More

FEATURE

College football's already rich playoff history

Think the College Football Playoff is something new? Here, the seven most thrilling, surprising, exhilarating games from the first 41 years of college football playoffs. Read More.

LONGFORM

Unfinished

Jenna Parlette collapsed within sight of the finish line and, days later, she was gone. The medical anomalies that led to her death were complex. So are the emotions that ensued. Read More.

PROFILE

A will and a way

He already had a resolve to work, but a life-changing moment gave him a desire to help men like himself. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

The more things change …

Faculty reps' athletics involvement predates the NCAA, but their organization is just 25 years old. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

All in the family

Youngest Lenhardt brother caps a legacy at Johnson & Wales. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

One man inspired net results

Arnie Ball has coached at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne for more than three decades. His successors gathered with him at an alumni game before his final season began. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Company bottles scent of nostalgia

Inspired by school colors, landmarks, trees and flowers, Masik Collegiate Fragrances captures campus aromas. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Counterattack

A seizure cost her a season, but Amanda Filippone is quickly making up for lost time. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Local favorite

Being named executive director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association offers Danielle Donehew a chance to go home again and make a national impact on the game she loves. Read More.

PROFILE

Speaking from experience

Alan Hauser hopes his words of wisdom help other faculty athletics representatives advocate for student-athletes. Read More.

PROFILE

Fast mover

Nnenna Akotaobi is only five years removed from her playing days, but the Swarthmore University Associate Director of Athletics has already landed a spot on the Division III Management Council. Read More.

LONGFORM

A Game and a plan

Courtney Boyd didn’t want to follow her peers into the life of drugs and despair that consumed her hometown. To move on, she would need a new family, a new home, a new name – and the belief that an education could change her life. Read More.

PROFILE

Cellular networking

A Minnesota Duluth football player battling cancer, an alumnus who works in stem cell research, and an unlikely connection. Read More.

“I don’t really talk about it.”

University of Florida sophomore Brooke Sharp, a forward on the women’s soccer team, has a legendary great-grandfather who built his fame in another sport. Read More

INSIDER

UConn wins on court, in classroom

The UConn men’s basketball team went from tournament ineligibility for academic reasons to winning the championship while earning a perfect single-year Academic Progress Rate. Read More.

PROFILE

The right track

After trotting the globe both as a player and a team owner, Mannie Jackson is helping students at his alma mater envision success. Read More.

LONGFORM

Battlefield to home field

Veterans returning from war find a new team — and a different kind of camaraderie. Read More.

FEATURE

Louder than ever

To mark the rising volume of the student-athlete voice, Champion magazine invited a chorus of three to share theirs with NCAA President Mark Emmert. Read More.

INSIDER

Back to school

In April, the Enforcement Department launched its Campus Placement Program, designed to improve understanding between campuses and enforcement staff. Maryland was the department’s first visit. Read More.

FEATURE

Going ballistic

From the basement of a red brick building at Washington State, the Sports Science Lab tests sports equipment to ensure a level playing field. Read More.