Winter 2016

East Stroudsburg leans on defense during championship run

Sandy Miller understood her team’s potential after East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania’s two season-opening wins in September.

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. Now, Division II leaders have released a guide with ideas and tips for schools starting or enhancing military engagement events – all in an effort to strengthen the partnership between Division II athletics and the armed forces.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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