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The first game of the year — women’s soccer — was a 2-0 Bates victory.

New football coach Malik Hall grew up in Detroit.

THEOPHIL SYSLO

Bates’ athletic podcast, the Bobcast, produced its I00th episode in April.

PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN

In early October, former Bates rower Amelia Wilhelm ’18 was selected as one of nine finalists in the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year program. As Bates Magazine was being printed, Wilhelm — and Bates — were anticipating the Oct. 28 announcement of the NCAA Woman of the Year. The NCAA Woman of the Year honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership. An honors chemistry graduate, Wilhelm helped Bates win three NCAA rowing championships in her four years and earned membership in both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society. Wilhelm was initially one of two NESCAC nominees, and among 581 women nominated nationally from all three NCAA Divisions, before becoming one of 30 finalists in September. She is the first NESCAC nominee from Bates since 2010, when track and field’s Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan ’10 was a top-30 finalists.

Two Bobcat programs gained new head coaches this fall, as Tyler Sheikh (bottom, in sunglasses) took over men’s soccer and Malik Hall assumed command of football. Most recently head coach at Knox College in Illinois, Sheikh played soccer at Quinnipiac University. “I’ve always felt a pull to NESCAC, the best conference in the country,” he said. Hall, who prior to Bates was the defensive line coach at the University of Pennsylvania, has been an assistant coach at Wagner College, Fordham, Hofstra, Central Connecticut State, and his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts. “People make programs great, and we want to coach the person, not the product,” said Hall. “Once you buy too much into the product, you forget that this is a people business.” Sheikh takes over from Stewart Flaherty, now an assistant at Dartmouth. Hall succeeds Mark Harriman, who stepped down in May after 20 seasons.

PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN

Top 9 for Wilhelm

‘A Pull to NESCAC’

Fall 2018

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Profile for Bates College

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...