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19 April 2010

Spring Sports Update

Baseball has started the 2010 season competitive and in the thick of the MIAA race. The Thunder notched wins against perennial conference powers Adrian and Hope. Thunder bats have started hot and pitching shows a lot of promise, with several underclassmen and freshman hurlers posting good outings. Elliott Gaff pitched a one-hitter early. The Thunder are now 12-14, 9-7 in the MIAA.

Softball jumped out to a hot start, with just getting games in one of its biggest challenges. No less than six games were washed away. Rachel Wisman and Kelsey Mullins have both pitched no-hitters this season. Wisman garnered MIAA Pitcher of the Week honors in April. The Thunder also scored wins against three ranked teams. The squad is currently 18-6, 8-2 MIAA.

Men’s lacrosse recorded their first win in the newly formed Midwest Lacrosse Conference - an 18-6 victory over Albion. As part of another historic first, the Thunder played Southwestern in the first collegiate lacrosse game ever hosted by a Texas institution. Men's Lacrosse is now 6-4, 3-2 in the MLC.

Women’s lacrosse is continuing to make strides. The Thunder posted back-to-back wins against Agnes Scott (18-10) and Oberlin (20-8), and remain competitive against a very grueling schedule. The team is now 3-9.

Coach Bill Maddock says this year’s men’s tennis team could climb higher in the conference race. He says the depth is there for competitiveness in nearly every singles and doubles match. The Thunder won the Thunder Doubles for the second consecutive year in March. The team is currently 5-9, 2-1 in the MIAA.

For the women, a promising group of newcomers is adapting to the college game, and even the veteran players are seeing improvement with outstanding facilities in the state-of-the-art Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic and Recreation Center.

The men’s golf team is especially hot. In four straight meets to start the season, the Thunder have posted four consecutive medalists. Coach Bill SanGiacomo is impressed by his depth; the bulk of his ample roster is scoring in the 70s.

The women’s golf team finished fourth in the MIAA′s first spring automatic qualifier at the Medalist Golf Course in Battle Creek, Michigan. Trine boasted two golfers in the top 15 spots at the conference event.

Be sure to check www.trine.edu/trineathletics periodically for preview articles, schedules, and updates on Thunder sports.

ARC – rivaling Other Facilities

Spring 2010

The new Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC), open since fall 2009, has quickly become the hub of athletic activity and excellence Trine Athletics envisioned, and rivals the best facilities anywhere in the region. Its 200-meter Dick and Joan Gollnick indoor track supports not only track and field, but tennis, volleyball and intramural sports.

Trine supporters see its value to the university and its students. In recognition of a major gift from the Steel Dynamics Foundation, the ARC takes the name Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic and Recreation Center in May.

New and expanding athletic facilities play into the long-term plan for Trine Athletic Director Jeff Posendek. “The Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium, the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic and Recreation Center, the expansion of Hershey Hall, the enhancement of Thunder Park – all are premier facilities that allow us to attract bigger and better competitions,” Posendek said.

That is reflected in the number of area high school track events scheduled in the facility this spring. On March 11, Trine hosted 360 high school track athletes from some of the largest schools in northeast Indiana, plus another 300-400 parents, coaches and guests. Factoring another event scheduled for the following weekend, Trine hosted over 1,600 high school athletes for events in the ARC this season.

While the multi-use facility is a premier resource for athletics, it will also support academics. Trine’s hospitality and tourism management majors will employ it to gain experience in the scheduling and coordination of events, and it may serve as a research and test facility for the university’s future master degree in biomedical engineering.

Trine’s conferences and events coordinator also benefits from the new facility, which provides a strong draw for science, engineering, and athletic camps, a second Boys State, community track walks, business conventions and a myriad of other large group events. If you are interested in using this facility, please contact Kristina Johnson, 260.665.4131.

New Volleyball Coach - new Era

13 April 2010

Jamie Wozniak has joined Trine University as the new head women's volleyball coach.

"Coach Wozniak gives us fresh perspective and new direction," athletic director Jeff Posendek said. "She’s been a successful player at the collegiate level and has a unique understanding of volleyball. We are excited to have her. She′s goal oriented and is passionate about the game. The players have indicated they are confident she can guide their Lady Thunder volleyball team into contention as a strong member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association."

Coach Wozniak has shown great success in developing the Victors Volleyball club program, and successful experience as the head coach of elite and national teams. She was previously an assistant coach at the University of Michigan–Dearborn, where she recruited one of the largest incoming classes in the 27–year history of the program.

In February she was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as one of the 2010 Thirty Under 30 Award recipients. The award honors up–and–coming volleyball coaches younger than 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game. The AVCA highlighted her efforts in mentoring five players to all–conference status last season.

During her tenure as a player at Michigan–Dearborn, she played outside hitter and was a solo captain for two of the most successful seasons in the history of the program. She was Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) player of the week, won the Michigan–Dearborn Coaches′ Award twice, was a member of the WHAC all–conference team in 2006 and earned the Special Program Achievement Award in 2007.

She looks to set the bar high for the Thunder, with a commitment to fundamentals, hard work and operating as a unit.

Her excitement is contagious. "I love the game of volleyball. I love to continue to learn. I love to deal in the X′s and O′s and everything that the game entails. I love the competition and I′ll find a way to get it done," she said.

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