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Volume 3, Issue 3

Spring 2014

Wildcat Press JWU Charlotte Athletics

Here We Grow Again!!! This year we have seen a few changes to the JWU Athletics program, one being a new and improved Wildcat Willie! The introduction and support of our new Willie has been awesome and we are so happy that he got a new suit. Also, as many of you may have already seen the JWU Athletics webpage underwent a huge facelift this winter as well, and we love it! If you have not visited the page, then please make sure you do so to see the new changes and additions. To go along with these visual changes, JWU Athletics is also undergoing some fantastic structural changes. One of which was the announcement that the women‘s basketball club team will be converting to varsity status this coming fall. The team, coaches, and the Athletics staff, have all been working hard to progress this team forward and now this change is underway. While working hard on these present changes, Athletics is also still keeping an eye on the future. Work is underway to prepare both the women‘s and men‘s soccer programs for potential conversion to varsity status in the near future. All of these potential changes are part of the campuses Focus 2017 plans, which emphasize a more complete experience for our entire student body. To best accommodate these changes, you will soon notice some additions to the Athletics staff. Coaches, trainers, and support staff will be added to support these teams and to create the best Athletics experience for the students, and our campus community. As our current varsity sports program continues to grow and develop, we can not help but be excited about what lies ahead for the JWU Charlotte campus!

Inside this issue: Ice Hockey

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Women’s Basketball

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Women’s Volleyball

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Alumni Spotlight

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Men’s Soccer

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Women’s Soccer

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Calendar

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Spring 2013-2014 JWU Proves to be Sharp on the Ice As they have every other year, the JWU ice hockey team practiced on and off the ice to prepare for the season. However, this year the team was host to something JWU Charlotte hockey has never seen, Ann Marie Stephany, a sophomore defender, was the first female to ever play on the team. ―Ann Marie has done a great job jumping right in and mixing it up on the ice with the other teams. She is an important part of the program and the other players on the JWU team have accepted her into the club,‖ said Coach Chris Plano. As the team moved through the season, their desire for success continued to grow. During their second this season to Charleston, SC, the team went head to head with the club team from the Florida Institute of Technology, JWU came out on top 7-6, collecting their first win in two seasons. Despite the tough season, there were still plenty of noteworthy highlights. Michael Morgan and Michael Peacock, led the team in goals. Morgan also led the team in assists. While the team has completed their competition within the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference for this year, they do indeed have one more special match to play. On March 29th at 12:30pm, JWU ice hockey will participate in the 2nd Annual Wells Fargo Charity Ice Hockey Game. This year the proceeds will benefit the Alexander Youth Network. JWU Ice hockey will be playing in a friendly game against Wells Fargo employees and US Airways employees, at Time Warner Cable Arena. The team hopes to help the event exceed the $5,600 amount that was raised during last year‘s contest.

More in Store for the Women’s Basketball Club The women‘s basketball club team was busy during the Fall and Winter terms. They adjusted to a new head coach in Odis Gadson, and welcomed several new members to the team. They also played in a home-and-home series against the junior varsity team from Montreat College. While the Lady Wildcats didn‘t come out on top of the scoreboard in either contest, they gained valuable game experience that will serve them well in the future. The ladies began the new year with the same energy and enthusiasm they closed 2013 with. Head coach Odis Gasdon stated ―We are in the gym working hard preparing for upcoming games. The ladies are excited about the competition and we will be ready to play.‖ They took on two varsity teams in three games during the month of February, including USCAA member Barber-Scotia College. The team proved to be more competitive in two games against Denmark Tech, and continued to learn what it takes to compete at the varsity level. The ladies will become a varsity team beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year. Coach Gasdon said, ―We are excited about the opportunity and understand that with this opportunity comes a greater challenge. I told the ladies to work hard on their craft and be in the best shape as possible. We are preparing as a staff mentally to get ready for next year and are really excited too.‖ The current club members are both exited and proud to be a part of the transition to a varsity team. Their hard work andPage dedication have laid the foundation for future Lady Wildcats success. 2

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A Fun Year for the Lady Wildcats The JWU women's soccer club took a big step this year by playing in some of their first intercollegiate games, against the club teams from the University of North Carolina Asheville and the University of Tennessee. With the number of girls on the team increasing every year the team is striving to become more competitive. The ladies are taking this season to develop strong skills and making sure everyone enjoys their first experience of intercollegiate competition. Coach Michels is very proud of the girls and the joy they‘ve brought to the field, along with willingness and dedication to grow more as players. They plan to continue their development on the field and to gather some worthwhile spring competition. Some of their expected opponents include the club teams from Wofford University, Winthrop University and Patrick Henry Community College. The girls have been back on the field and practicing since the start of January in hopes of bettering themselves collectively. The team also hopes to add a few more incoming players next year as they continue to prepare for what they hope is a conversion to varsity status within the next few years.

The Guys are Back for Spring The men's soccer team ended their five game fall schedule with a match against Davidson College on November 10th. Their schedule featured club teams from colleges and universities throughout the state. They used their competition this year as a learning experience and will use it to build on their skills for the upcoming spring season. The team showed marked improvement throughout the fall. Coach Sosa and the team watched, as each player improved on the field in different ways. This year, a new addition joined the team, Senior Zachary Moskites, who played 2 years at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, brings his skills and experience to the team, from playing at the NCAA Division II level. ―It was definitely a change in environment from playing at Otterbein to playing here at JWU, but seeing the different skills that everyone brought to the team and watching the men grow was fun. I‘m glad I was a part of it, and I look forward to spring season,‖ said Moskites. The team currently has 2 matches scheduled, and hopes to add a few more. Like the women‘s soccer players, the men‘s team hopes to become a varsity sport within the next two years. So, they will be putting in quite a bit of hard work over the next year and a half to prepare for what is ahead of them. ―This season was a lot of hard work and fun. It was great for the new players to get a feel for the sport and how it works, and also for returners to build on what we already have learned,‖ said junior forward, Sergio Barrera. Best of luck, guys!

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Alumni Spotlight Joe Cannan ‗13

Joe Cannan (2013) is in our alumni spotlight for spring 2014. Cannan attended Johnson & Wales University from fall 2009 to spring 2013, majoring in Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management. Cannan always had a passion for hockey, so he poured himself into that program while at the university. While being a part of the club team for those four years that he attended JWU, Cannan also created an intense workout in the weight room so he could stay in shape year-round. While making his way through college, Cannan was interested in gaining more knowledge about the restaurant and hotel industry. With aspirations of working with the Ritz as a regional manager, Cannan prepared himself while in school and took advantage of all the classes offered. However, after graduation, Cannan took another route and began his own business. Working with an up and coming product, Cabnet Cage, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cannan has learned many different responsibilities that it takes to develop a new product. He has taken on may different jobs like marketing, book keeping, production and accounting. Cannan tells us that, ―JWU helped me a lot in regards to professionalism, as well as preparing me to apply for jobs. I felt comfortable accepting jobs as well with my experience, skills and education.‖ Since Cannan was very involved with athletics on campus, he likes to see that the involvement has increased over the past few years, ―Since I left JWU students have gotten a lot more involved in sports here and I think it is awesome. I would like to see the hockey team grow into a varsity sport soon, as well as the fitness center enlarged, as far as what is inside of it. I feel the students would really appreciate it and it would be put to good use.‖ Even though Cannan has graduated and is operating an up and coming business, he regularly comes back to campus to use the fitness center and to support the basketball and hockey teams.

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Spring 2013-2014 Spring Season has Arrived The Lady Wildcats finished their 2013 season strong; ending early November ranked 8th in the USCAA, with a regular season record of 24-9. Many players stood out this year, including senior captain Stephanie Harris, and USCAA All-Americans Moriah Hughes and Victoria Dublino. Another great addition to this year‘s team was Kylie Marquandt, who led the team in assists with 576 for the season, Harris followed behind her with 314 assists. Hughes made her way to the top ending with 381 kills for the season, followed by junior Reanna Bray with 176 kills. Collectively the ladies had a successful season, advancing to the USCAA National Championship tournament for the second year in a row. Now, they look to continue their hard work in the spring season to prepare for the fall of 2014. To that end, Coach Phillips has been busy at work recruiting players, as the signing season began on late February when Phillips signed incoming freshman, Hailey Thrift. Thrift is a setter from Sykesville, Maryland, looking to further her volleyball career and education at JWU. Coach Phillips tells us, ―Hailey gives us more depth at the setter position and should allow our position players to return to their natural positions. We have the hitters to put up big numbers, and I know that Hailey will get them the ball.‖ Phillips will continue her recruiting throughout the spring season. The Wildcats have began their spring season training, in preparation for the fall 2014. The ladies will be working throughout the week on strength and endurance to get mentally prepared for the year ahead. The Wildcats have scheduled spring scrimmages against some high level local competitors in order to gain a better understanding of what needs to be developed on the court. The ladies will scrimmage both Queens University and Catawba Valley Community College this spring.

Wildcats Wrap Up Their Season on a Good Shot The Wildcats wrapped up their season in late February, winning four of their last five games. The Wildcats finished the season 12-19, the best season in program history to date. This included an 11-5 mark at home, and a 6-3 record against other USCAA schools. The team got off to a slow start over the first two months of the season, winning only five of nineteen games. Wins over NCAA D-III schools Averett and Greensboro were the highlight of the early season. The team participated in the first annual JWU Cup in mid-December, and lost their two games by a total of eight points. The Wildcats returned from the Winter break with three wins in four games over USCAA schools. Included in those wins was a seventeen point thrashing of 8 th ranked and defending national champion Warren Wilson, and a 70-65 triumph over Florida College, who was ranked #13 in USCAA D-I. JWU posted the program‘s first ever winning month in February. The Wildcats won four of their seven games, and averaged 84.4ppg during the month. JWU was ranked in each of the seven USCAA coaches polls released during the season. They debuted at #18 in late December, and peaked at #12, before finishing the season ranked 16 th. Junior transfer DeQuincey Bennett led the team in scoring at 16.1ppg, and became the first basketball USCAA All-American in school history. He was followed in scoring by fellow junior Kindrick Anderson at 15.6ppg. Bennett led all USCAA D-2 players in 3 pointers made per game (3.6) and total 3 pointers made (100). Bennett made eight 3‘s against JWU Denver at the JWU Cup, and set the single game scoring record with 33 points. That record last just over a month until Anderson tallied 34 points in a loss to Bob Jones University. Sophomore guard Nick Crawford led the team in rebounds (6.7), assists (4.6), and steals (3.4). Crawford ranked in the top ten nationally in both assists and steals. He also recorded the first triple-double in school history in a 90-72 win over Piedmont International on February 10. He scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and handed out 10 assists. Sophomore guard Joshua Cohen also provided several highlights during the season. He poured in 25 points in the first half of JWU‘s 122-61 win at Piedmont International on Nov. 12. He set a new school record by collecting 17 rebounds to go along with 25 points in the Wildcats‘ 88-73 win over College of Faith in their final home game. The team is growing not only in stats but together as a team as well, Crawford tells us, ―I‘m excited to watch our team grow in the upcoming years, I can already tell that our chemistry on and off the court is getting better.‖ The team has shown steady improvement each and every year, and 2013-14 was no different. The coaches and players are excited about what they were able to accomplish this year, and are eager to begin working towards the 2014-15 season. Page 5

JWU Athletics Important Dates

March/April 2014 JWU Charlotte Athletics Important Dates March March 23 —Spring Volleyball begins March 29 —Wells Fargo Ice Hockey Charity Game @ 12:30pm

April April 5 —Men‘s Soccer @ UNC Asheville April 11-13 —Women‘s Basketball NIRSA National Championships @ NC State April 12 —Men‘s Soccer @ WCU The Student Center operation hours are: Monday – Thursday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Friday: 9:00am - 8:00pm Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 6:00pm For questions, comments, or further information please contact us at Athletics.clt@jwu.edu or 980-598-1840 Published by: Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Athletics Writers: Amoure Warfield, Briosha Dawkins, Summer Meredith, Kayla Gipner Senior Writers: Kayla Gipner, Summer Meredith Editor: Stephen Byrd


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