Trine University welcomed Brooks J. Miller of Levelland, Texas, as its new menʼs head basketball coach this spring.
Miller also has university ties, as his sister, Brittaney (Miller) Cymbolin, graduated from Tri-State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in communication.
Miller has more than 11 years of collegiate basketball experience, including serving as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight, the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. He worked as an assistant under several head coaches who garnered five national titles. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Hillsdale College and a master’s degree in exercise sport science from Texas Tech University.
“He brings a young, enthusiastic and energetic approach and attitude to our institution, which we are very excited about,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., president of Trine. “Coach Knight said that he was an excellent student of the game and was a rising star that will make a great head coach one day.”
Millerʼs basketball career started when he was a player at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. He was team captain, Academic All-Conference, team defensive player of the year and a two-time NCAA Division II National Tournament participant.
After college, Miller worked as the head assistant menʼs basketball coach at Hillsdale College. He coached and recruited five All-Conference players and worked as head of scouting and recruiting.
“Coach Millerʼs career experiences, knowledge of the game and education suit him for the job as the universityʼs head basketball coach,” said Jeff Posendek, Trine’s athletic director. “He will be an asset to Trine, but even more so, to our student-athletes. His vision is not to just coach them on the floor, but throughout their college careers, in the classroom and in the community,”
In 2007, his career took him to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he served as an assistant coach to Bob Knight and was involved with on-campus recruiting and player development. In 2009, he became the head assistant menʼs basketball coach and a faculty professor in physical education at South Plains College in Levelland. He also worked as the director of the Texan Basketball Camp and served as the national recruiting coordinator.
“My experience as a collegiate coach combined with my many years of recruiting
athletes has helped me develop a strong understanding of what it takes to motivate these young men to accomplish their goals at the highest level,” Miller said.
Miller intends to use his proven recruiting skills to enhance Trineʼs basketball program and bring top-notch student-athletes to play at Trine. He wants to continue to build on Trineʼs athletic successes in past years and be able to hang an NCAA Division III national title banner on the walls of Hershey Hall.
“I have a genuine passion for being a positive influence in the lives of the young men that I coach,” Miller said. “I am a tireless worker who can help guide their futures and mold them into successful graduates and ambassadors of Trine University.”
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Despite a steady fare of top–notch Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rivals and non–conference foes, the toughest opponent has been the weather. Rain, cold and even snow have been concerns for Trine teams, but athletes are enjoying a competitive spring campaign.
Men′s lacrosse is currently 9–4 and 3–4 in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. The Thunder are nationally ranked in the Top 25 in six team and individual categories, including third in points allowed (5.62 points per game) and seventh in scoring margin (+7.15). Individually, goaltender Alex Gregg (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) is ranked fifth in goals allowed (6.02) and midfielder Rob Brzezinski (Livonia, Mich./Detroit Central Catholic) is 18th in face–off win percentage (.641).
Women′s lacrosse is off to its best start in the four–year history of the program. The Thunder are 7–5 and 5–2 in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference and clinched third seed in the inaugural conference tournament to be played April 29 and 30. Midfielder Kayla Grieser (Mentor, Ohio) was named the Midwest Women′s Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week for April 4–10. Emily Canepa (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) was selected the MWLC′s player of the week for April 17 to 24.
The Thunder are 19–10 and 5–5 in the MIAA and making a push for another MIAA tournament appearance. The Thunder have combined for a .294 team batting average. The duo of Rachel Wisman (Bronson, Mich./Bronson) and Andi Gasco (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) have compiled a 2.19 ERA and limited opponents to a .225 batting average.
Jared Miller (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) and Nate Konzen (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Christian) both took first place in individual events at the Defiance College Yellow Jacket Invitational. Miller won the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.36 seconds. Konzen won the 800 meter run. At the All–American Invitational at Adrian College, Dustin Stutzman (Topeka, Ind./Westview) was second in the men′s shot put and Michael Hammond (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont) was second in the 5000 meter run.
The Thunder are in the midst of an 9–9 season and won the inaugural Alma–Trine Challenge Cup in March. They will compete April 30 and May 1 at the MIAA tennis championships.
The Thunder are 3–14, posting wins against Spring Arbor, Juniata and Emory and losing close matches to Mount Union and Adrian.
Katlyn Pero (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) finished 19th at the IPFW Spring Invitational, and Trine finished sixth overall. One week later at the University of Saint Francis′ Spring Cougar Invitational, Pero finished 22nd to lead Trine to a fourth–place showing. Pero finished seventh in the MIAA Qualifier No. 1, leading Trine to a fourth place showing.
The Thunder won the 36–hole Spring Arbor Invitational. The Thunder also finished second at the A.C. Eddy Invitational and fourth at Bill Gettig Invitational. Graham Bennett (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and Max Niehans (Nashville, Ind./Brown County) were second at the Spring Arbor Invitational, shooting 149.
Kale Popp (Rensselaer, Ind./Kankakee Valley) has a 2.53 ERA in 42 2/3 innings and has thrown two, three–hit ball games this season. Jeremy Spaulding (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Central Catholic) has notched four saves in 11 2/3 innings. He also limited opponents to a .220 batting average. The Thunder are now 10–19 and 6–12 in the MIAA.
Stay current with the latest Thunder scores and results by visiting our athletic Website or follow us on twitter @trineathletics.
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Callahan Inducted into Fremont Wall of Fame
Trine Wrestling coach Dan Callahan was inducted into the Fremont High School Athletic Wall of Fame in February. The designation honors Callahan for his career as a wrestling (1992-2001) and football (1995-2002) coach for Fremont.
As a wrestling coach, the Fremont Eagles won three sectional titles and three conference championships. He also was a three-time area Coach of the Year.
Individually, he also had four state qualifiers, 12 semi-state qualifiers, two regional champions, 22 sectional champions and 31 all-conference selections. Two of his wrestlers also were named Academic All-State.
As a football coach, Callahan won two conference championships and was named the area Coach of the Year in 1997.
Larson takes third at NCAA Championship
Thunder wrestler Elias Larson (Orland Park, Ill./Marion Catholic) went 4-1 at the NCAA Division III Wresting Championship to finish third in the nation in the 157-pound weight class.
Larson also was named an All-American, the first wrestler in program history to earn the distinction. Larson and teammate Jason Alber (Manchester, Mich./Manchester) were named National Wrestling Coaches Associations Scholar All-Americans.
Teammate, and graduating senior, Alex Fleet (Lowell,Mich./Lowell) also made it to the NCAA Division III wrestling championship, and went 0-2, including a loss to the top-seeded wrestler in 197 to end his career.
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Grounds superintendent Barry Emerick and his team were awarded Pioneer Athletics′ 2010 Fields of Excellence Award for our soccer fields this past spring.
“Your athletic field and (grounds) crew exhibited the care, dedication, and overall superior qualities that our judges were looking for,” said Douglas Schattinger, Pioneer Athletics president. “Your achievement has placed your field among the best, both professional and amateur alike, in the nation.”
Pioneer explained that athletic field maintenance often goes unrecognized and unappreciated. This award directs attention to the work associated with creating and maintaining an excellent field.
The award also includes a banner to be displayed at field and recognition in Pioneer publications, including its annual calendar.
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Thunder alumni, fans and friends are encouraged to join the fun in the second annual Thunder Club Golf Scramble Saturday, May 21, at Zollner Golf Course.
The $75 dollar entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, refreshments, range balls and prizes for the first, second, third and last place teams, longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt and raffle prizes.
Registration begins at noon, and the golfing starts at 1 p.m. For more information contact Mike Ferrell at 260.665.4319 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the athletic office at 260.665.4141.
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