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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Breakthrough performance

When Elmira College made its debut in women’s ice hockey, the program wasn’t the only thing in its first year; all the players except two were freshmen. One of those first-year students, however, became perhaps the best player in Division III women’s ice hockey history.

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.

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.

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.

A pitch in time

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

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