Football coach Land promoted to
university athletic director

Trine University head football coach Matt Land is now the university′s athletic director, officials announced today. In his new role, he will continue to serve as head football coach.

In addition to administrative and supervisory experience, Land has overseen and approved schedules and contracts for NCAA events, taken active roles in fundraising efforts, and administered fiscal operations, including budget development and approval.

"In this role, I can now work to instill my philosophy that performance on the field is directly proportionate to behavior off the field," Land said. "I hope to come alongside other coaches, offer support and guidance. In addition, and this will be the bulk of my workload, I plan to continue to improve Trine athletics from an administrative standpoint."

A graduate of Fort Wayne Northrop High School, he earned his undergraduate degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and his master′s degree from Walden University.

"I view this opportunity as being a representative of and for the university, as a role model for young student–athletes and as a leader of the athletic department, in that order," Land said. "I am excited about the opportunity to continue my career at Trine and to further demonstrate my leadership abilities to continue to improve Trine′s athletic programs."


Two players named to First Team
for the first time

For the first time in school history, two men′s basketball players, juniors Ian Jackson and Scott Rogers, were named to the All–MIAA First Team.

This marks the second year Jackson and Rogers have been named All–MIAA. Jackson, also named First Team All–MIAA last season, was second in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per game (ppg) and 10th in assists per game (apg).

Jackson averaged 18.3 ppg, as he reached the 1,000 point mark. He also finished the year second on the team in assists per game and fourth in rebounding and steals.

Jackson is only the second player in school history to be named to the First Team for two consecutive seasons, joining Tony Benford.

Rogers was named to the All–MIAA First Team for the first time in his career after being a Second Team member in his first two seasons. Rogers was ninth in the conference in scoring, with 13.0 ppg, and was third in field goal percentage with .551.

Rogers also joined the 1,000 point club this season as he was second on the team with 13.7 ppg and 4.9 rebounds per game.

 


Calling all former athletes and coaches!

The athletic department needs your help. We are working on an archive system for every sport we offer at Trine, but are missing a lot of information, especially prior to 2000.

If you have any old schedules, media guides, records, stats, yearbooks, etc., please contact sports information director Brian Alden at aldenb@trine.edu.


Spring Recaps

Wrestling

For the second year, two Trine wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships as the team finished 24th with 14.5 points. The Thunder finished highest amongst the 10 teams from the Midwest region, 3.5 points ahead of regional champion Olivet.

Junior Elias Larson earned All–American honors for the second consecutive year as he finished fourth in the 157 pound weight class with a record of 4–2.

Junior Ryan Pieper, who made his first appearance at nationals at 184 pounds, finished the weekend with a record of 1–2. At the NCAA Midwest Regional tournament, the Thunder finished fourth with 99.5 points as Larson and Pieper took home gold.

Freshman Brandon Preston, at 125 pounds, qualified for the championship match. Senior George Markou, at 165 pounds, advanced to the finals for the second year.

Larson, Pieper and Markou were ranked nationally in the top 10 for most of the season.

Larson, Pieper and senior Jason Alber were named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All–American Team. Alber earned All–American honors for the third year. Larson earned the honor for a second time. Pieper picked up the award for the first time in his career.

Men′s Lacrosse

The men′s lacrosse team started the season with a 5–4 overall record and 2–2 record in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. They dropped a tight contest in Texas at the season′s start, before rebounding with a win over Southwestern. Trine later responded with four straight wins, including two conference games of the season over MSOE and Concordia.

Tallying four goals and five assists, freshman Dalton Madsen was named the Midwest Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Week for games played through March 18. He ranks ninth in the nation in points per game and assists per game.

As a team, the Thunder rank as one of the best man–up offenses in the country, ranking eighth as they scored on 48.6 percent of their man–up opportunities.

Women′s Lacrosse

It was a tough start for the women′s lacrosse team. Several injures forced them to play a player down for the first three games. The Thunder opened the season on the road and were defeated 8–5 to Oberlin.

After dropping their first conference game to defending conference champion Adrian, the team got back on track as they took care of business at Fontbonne.

Led by junior Emily Canepa′s five–goal performance, the Thunder routed the Griffins 16–8 to pick up their first win of the season. The Thunder′s next game against Albion resulted in a "no contest" due to a lack of players for the Britons. Although it didn′t count as an official win, it gave the Thunder a conference win.

Softball

The Thunder softball team is off to their best start since 2008, boasting a 19–5 record and ranking 17th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Trine started the season in Kissimmee, Fla., knocking off then–10th ranked Coast Guard. After returning north with a 7–3 record, Trine rattled off 11 consecutive wins. During that stretch, junior pitcher Andi Gasco gave her first career no–hitter against Defiance, in a 10–0 win.

Gasco nears the top of the conference as a pitcher and hitter. On the mound, she leads the conference in wins, strikeouts and saves, while as the dish she is second in home runs and slugging percentage and third in runs batted in. She was once named MIAA Pitcher of the week. In addition to the no–hitter, Gasco went 2–0 on the week while also picking up the save against Case pitching out of bases–loaded, no out situation in the sixth inning. Gasco also hit .429 (6–for–14) at the plate with three home runs and seven RBIs for the week, including two round–trippers in the sweep of Defiance.

Sophomore Haleigh Daniels was named Position Player of the Week. At the plate for the week, Daniels went 8–for–13 for a .615 average, drove in six runs and scored five. She was a perfect 6–for–6 at the plate.

Freshman Carly Searles leads the conference in batting average, hits and stolen bases.

Baseball

The baseball squad is off to a great start, wrapping up the first two weeks of conference play with a 10–10 record. The Thunder are well ahead of where they were last season as this time. They split both of their conference series with Calvin and Albion and are one of two teams in the conference with double–digit wins.

The team spent their spring break in Winter Haven, Fla., where they came home with a 4–4 mark. Trine picked up an 8–7, 10–inning affair against Beloit (Wisc.) and a sweep of Northland (Wisc.) in convincing fashion including a 19–1 blowout.

As a team, the Thunder are hitting over .300 for the season while the Trine pitchers earned run average is a full point below their opponents.

Men′s tennis

The men′s tennis team is off to one of their best starts, winning five straight games over spring break in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Thunder took several tight matches against Mount Union and rival Indiana Tech en–route to a 10–4 record to start the season.

Trine won the second annual Alma–Trine Tennis Challenge in convincing fashion, defeating the Scots 23–9. The Thunder followed that up with another win over Alma as they began conference defeating the Scots 7–2, before dropping to their second conference match to Calvin.

Women′s Tennis

The ladies started the year off on the right foot, capturing a shutout victory against crosstown rival Indiana Tech. The Lady Thunder ran into tough competition over spring break, dropping several close matches.

Upon returning, they ended the drought with a victory over Spring Arbor. Although they have yet to pick up a conference win, the team has been in several close matches.

Sophomore Jessica Huhnke was honored as an MIAA Women″s Tennis Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Huhnke won three matches for the week in straight sets at No. 1 singles and also won two of three matches at No. 1 doubles. She won 11 straight matches, before falling in a third set tie–breaker to Kalamazoo. She posted a 6–1, 6–0 victory against Adrian and a 6–3, 6–1 win against Saint Mary′s.


2012 Women′s Golf Championships

For the first time in school history, Trine University will host an NCAA national championship event, the 2012 Women′s Golf National Championship, which will be May 8–11.

Volunteer Opportunities

More than 20 teams and six individuals will compete over the course of the entire week, and help will be needed in the following areas:

  • Scoring
  • Forecadding / Marshals
  • Hospitality
  • Transportation
  • Public Relations / Information
  • Registration / Parking

To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact the Trine University Athletic Department at 260.665.4141 or athletics@trine.edu.

Contributor Opportunities

Please consider becoming Trine University′s partner as a local contributor in this honorable endeavor. The event, the course, the people and the local contributors will make this tournament a very special occasion for the entire community.

Contributor Levels:

  • Event Contributor
  • Hospitality Contributor
  • Banquet Contributor
  • Meal Contributor
  • Participant Contributor
  • Individual Contributor

Please contact Mike Ferrell for sponsorship opportunities at 260.665.4319 or e-mail Mike Ferrell.