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.
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.
"Walter Byers had a lasting impact on college sports, from those who compete on the field to the educators who support them. As the NCAA’s first full-time executive director, he shepherded the growing Association by encouraging academic excellence as a central part of college sports. Our thoughts are with Walter’s friends and family during this difficult time."
The NCAA has selected Lucinda Kauffman, a field hockey player from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and Tofey James (T.J.) Leon IV, a swimmer from Auburn University, to receive the 2015 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. Each student-athlete will be granted a renewable $24,000 award.
Synchronized diving may be headed to NCAA competition next season. The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming Rules Committee recommended synchronized diving be an event option in non-championship and invitational meets, starting in the 2015-16 academic year.