2009-2010 MEN’S TENNIS
Craig - 2009 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year
Host of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate
- 2009 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American - Single-season record holder for hits in a season at Belmont (92)
â€˜Christmas at Belmontâ€™ concert on PBS
- Second-longest hitting streak in Belmont history (26 games) New Doctorate of Pharmacy degree
Successful alumni including Brad Paisley
Top 25 Entrepreneurship program
7-time Atlantic Sun All Academic Champions
from Here to AnywHere
QUICK FACTS, TABLE OF CONTENTS GENERAL INFORMATION School: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belmont University Location: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville, Tenn. Founded: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1951 Enrollment: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,445 Nickname: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruins Colors: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Navy, Red, and White Affiliation: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NCAA Division I Conference: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Atlantic Sun President: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Robert C. Fisher (Henderson St., 1970) Athletics Director: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Strickland (Georgia Southern, 1971) A.D. Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 615.460.5547
HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM First D-I Year: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1997-1998 D-I Record: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100-109 A-Sun Record: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-29 A-Sun Tournament Record: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-7 Best A-Sun Finish: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Champion (2006) NCAA Tournament Appearances: . . . . . . . . . . . 1 (2006) NCAA Tournament Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1 2006 -- Lost to Ole Miss 4-0
Renato Antun, Rafael Matos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
TEAM INFORMATION Letterwinners Returning/Lost: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/2 Newcomers: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2008-09 Record: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-8 2008-09 A-Sun Record: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
Belmont University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
COACHING STAFF Head Coach: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Madrigal Tenure: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 years Coaching Record at BU: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100-109 Tennis Office Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 615.460.6014 Best Time to Call: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mornings Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Baker Athletic Trainer: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Goerlinger MEDIA RELATIONS Women’s Tennis Contact: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Langdon Media Relations Office Phone: . . . . . . . . 615.460.5609 Media Relations Fax Number: . . . . . . . . . 615.460.5584 E-mail Address: . . . . . . . . . . email@example.com Web Page: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.belmontbruins.com Mailing Address: Belmont Athletics Media Relations 1900 Belmont Blvd. Nashville, TN 37212
Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Quick Facts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2009-10 Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2009-10 Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Davis Complex, Buchi Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2008-09 Results/Statistics
Joao Paoliello, Zach Zola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Felipe Cirne Lima, Rodrigo Amaral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Jonathan Murrell, Bruno Silva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Coaching Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Team Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Team Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 All-Time Roster, Program History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 University Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Athletic Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 Belmont Head Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Academics and Belmont Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Belmont Sports Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Strength and Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Atlantic Sun Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Nashville, Tennessee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 2009-10 Returning Players Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Credits Editor: John Langdon Assistance: Brian Karst, Kenisha Rhone, Greg Sage Photos: ASunPhotos.com, Glenn Gregory, Michael Krouskup, Don McPeak, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Belmont University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer under all applicable civil rights laws.
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2009-110 TEAM ROSTER AND PHOTO
2009-10 Belmont Menâ€™s Tennis Roster Name Rodrigo Amaral Renato Antun Felipe Cirne Lima Rafael Matos Jonathan Murrell Joao Paoliello Bruno Silva Zach Zola
Ht. 5-8 5-10 5-9 6-0 5-9 6-1 5-10 6-2
Class SO SO JR SO FR SR FR SR
Hometown (Last School) Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Colegio Rogedo) Sao Paulo, Brazil (Colegio Libre Vivere) Porto Allegre, Brazil (Colegio Anchieta) Recife, Brazil (CEI) Franklin, Tennessee (Franklin Classical) Londrina, Brazil (MTSU) Goiania, Brazil (Colegio Energia) Nashville, Tenn. (USN)
Head Coach: Jim Madrigal - 13th season Assistant Coach: Brian Baker -- 2nd season
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Academic Major Business Administration Business Administration Finance Undeclared Finance International Business Business Administration History
2009-110 SCHEDULE 2009 Fall Schedule Date
UNC-Greensboro Fall Classic
UTC/Baras Collegiate Classic
UNF Fall Classic
* USC UPSTATE
* at North Florida
* at Jacksonville
* FLORIDA GULF COAST
* at Mercer
* at Kennesaw State
Atlantic Sun Championship
2010 Spring Schedule
Home matches in bold and CAPS *denotes Atlantic Sun Conference matches All times Central
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DAVIS COMPLEX, BUCHI SCHOLARSHIP Frances Bond Davis Tennis Complex The Frances Bond Davis Tennis Complex has been the home of the Belmont tennis teams since the fall of 1997. Located adjacent to the Whitten Soccer Complex along 15th Avenue South, the Davis Complex incorporates the latest in hardcourt technology. The facility features six lighted courts and courtside seating for spectators. In the fall of 2004, several improvements were made to the complex, including new windscreens for all of the courts. Since moving to the complex in 1997, both teams have enjoyed a real home-court advantage. Since the spring of 1998 the men's team is 42-19 at the complex. When the winter chill prevents outside practices, the team has access to indoor facilities for practice. The men's team spends much of the winter at Centennial Sportsplex, a city-owned facility near downtown Nashville.
Ruthelia Lott Buchi Tennis Scholarship This scholarship was established on October 10, 1998 in honor of one of the matriarchs of Nashville tennis. Ruthelia Lott Buchi and the entire Lott and Buchi families have had a major impact on local tennis and have had many connections to Belmont throughout its history. This scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding male and female tennis player on Belmont University's tennis teams. Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Female Recipient Gerda Redmond Katie Kelsey Katie Kelsey Laura DeHaan Laura DeHaan Elizabeth Conyer Elizabeth Conyer Elizabeth Conyer Kelly Pence Tatiana Pozo Lindsay Bennett
Male Recipient Cal Cook Marcos Cabrera Marcos Cabrera Augusto Ricciardi Michael Moretti Felipe Lima Alex Gillott Alex Gillott Fausto Rocha Fausto Rocha Rodrigo Amaral
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Rodrigo Amaral was awarded the Buchi Scholarship in 2009.
2008-009 RESULTS AND STATISTICS 2008-2009 BELMONT MEN’S TENNIS STATISTICS AND RESULTS Overall: 14-8 Atlantic Sun: 7-3 Home: 6-0 Away: 7-7 Neutral: 1-1 SINGLES Player Rodrigo Amaral Renato Antun Felipe Cirne Lima Rafael Matos Joao Paoliello Fausto Rocha Javier Rodriguez Zach Zola TOTALS
Overall 24-8 18-10 12-11 12-10 19-11 20-11 13-12 6-3 125-76
Dual 13-6 11-8 8-6 3-5 14-8 17-5 11-9 0-0 78-47
Tour 11-2 7-2 4-5 9-5 5-3 3-6 2-3 6-3 47-29
Conf. 4-4 5-4 3-1 1-5 8-2 9-1 6-4 0-0 36-21
Overall 4-4 3-2 5-3 1-1 2-1 3-6 11-7 13-8 7-4 1-1 50-37
Dual 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-6 11-7 13-8 7-4 1-1 35-26
Tour. 4-4 3-2 5-3 1-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 15-11
Conf. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 5-3 7-3 4-2 1-0 20-10
1 ----6-3 1-1 3-6 -10-10
2 ----6-4 0-3 7-2 -13-9
3 1-3 ---2-1 12-1 1-1 -16-6
2 -----0-2 10-5 1-0 -1-1 12-8
3 -----3-2 1-2 1-1 6-4 -11-9
4 12-2 0-1 -0-1 -4-0 --16-4
5 0-1 7-7 1-0 2-2 ----10-10
6 -4-0 7-6 1-2 ----13-8
DOUBLES Players Antun/Paoliello Rocha/Rodriguez Amaral/Cirne Lima Matos/Zola Matos/Rocha Cirne Lima/Rodriguez Amaral/Paoliello Antun/Rocha Matos/Rodriguez Cirne Lima/Paoliello TOTALS
Date 9/19-21/08 9/26-28/08 10/10-12/08 10/24-26/08 1/25/09 1/30/09 1/31/09 2/7/09 2/17/09 2/21/09 2/28/09 3/6/09 3/7/09 3/8/09 3/13/09
Opponent Results Baras Fall Classic (Chattanooga, TN) UNC Fall Invitational (Chapel Hill, NC) UNF Fall Invitational (Jacksonville, FL) UNC-Wilmington Fall Classic (Wilmington, NC) at #5 Virginia L 2-5 at Georgia State W 4-3 at Jacksonville State L 3-4 at Chattanooga W 6-1 at #39 Louisville L 0-7 at Western Kentucky W 7-0 at Samford W 4-3 * at USC Upstate L 1-6 * at #60 ETSU L 1-6 SIU-EDWARDSVILLE W 7-0 * NORTH FLORIDA W 7-0
Date 3/14/09 3/19/09 3/21/09 3/26/09 3/30/.09 4/3/09 4/4/09 4/6/09 4/11/09 4/16/09 4/17/09
1 -----0-2 -11-7 1-0 -12-9
Opponent * JACKSONVILLE * at #73 Stetson * at Florida Gulf Coast WESTERN KENTUCKY * at Campbell * MERCER * KENNESAW STATE * at Lipscomb at MTSU vs Mercer (A-Sun Tournament) vs Stetson (A-Sun Tournament)
Home matches in bold and CAPS * denotes A-Sun match
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Results W 7-0 L 2-5 W 4-3 W 5-1 W 5-2 W 6-1 W 6-1 W 4-0 L 3-4 W 4-0 L 2-4
ATHLETE PROFILES JOAO PAOLIELLO Senior Londrina, Brazil (MTSU) 2008-09: Earned All-Atlantic Sun first team honors ... Posted a 19-11 singles mark, including a 14-8 dual record while competing mostly at the #1 and #2 positions ... Went 8-2 in Atlantic Sun play ... Combined with Rodrigo Amaral for 11 doubles wins, which ranked second on the team ... Named A-Sun Player of the Week twice, becoming the first Bruin to be honored since 2004 ... Earned Academic All-Conference honors. Career at MTSU: Played two seasons with the Blue Raiders ... During the 2007-08 season as a sophomore, he posted a 19-12 singles mark, including a 10-7 record in dual matches ... Mainly played at the #5 and #6 positions ... In doubles, he finished with a 16-12 record ... Reached the semifinals of the MTSU Fall Invitational and the quarterfinals of the Southern Intercollegiate ... During his freshman campaign in 2006-07, he had a 15-18 singles mark, including nine wins in dual match play ... Posted a 15-17 doubles record. Prior to Belmont: Has been ranked No. 5 in Brazil in singles and No. 3 in doubles in the last two years ... Ranked in Top 400 in world in junior rankings ... Trained at Francos Tennis Academy outside New Orleans. Personal: Majoring in International Business ... Plans a career in international business ... Born May 16, 1987.
ZACH ZOLA Senior Nashville, Tennessee (University School of Nashville) 2008-09: Posted a 6-3 singles record ... Had a 1-1 doubles mark with Rafael Matos.
his freshman season.
2007-08: Had one victory during the season while competing mostly at the #3 position ... Continued to show improvement over
2006-07: Posted two victories in singles play while competing at the #6 position ... Teamed with Felipe Abreu for two doubles wins ... Showed improvement throughout the season. Prior to Belmont: Prepped at University School of Nashville ... Ranked as high as #9 in the Tennessee Boys 18 and under rankings ... Also lettered in cross country and soccer while at University School. Personal: Majoring in History ... Favorite athletes are Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, and the late Steve Prefontaine ... Likes to listen to the music of Ben Folds, John Mayer, and Dave Matthews Band ... Favorite foods are Tex-Mex, Sushi, and barbeque ... Hobbies include sports, music, and hanging out with friends ... Has one sibling, Courtney ... Son of Jeffrey and Jennifer Zola ... Born September 21, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio.
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ATHLETE PROFILES FELIPE CIRNE LIMA Junior Porto Allegre, Brazil (Colegio Anchieta) 2008-09: Earned 12 singles wins while competing at the #6 position ... Was 3-1 in conference play ... Had eight doubles wins with two different partners ... Won the Baras Collegiate Classic Flight A2 Doubles title with Rodrigo Amaral ... Earned Academic All-Conference honors. 2007-08: Posted five singles wins during the season while competing at the #1 and #2 positions ... The five singles victories were tied for most on the team ... Had five doubles victories with two partners, which led the Bruins ... Earned Academic AllConference honors. Prior to Belmont: Played juniors in his native country of Brazil. Personal: Majoring in Finance ... Hobbies include playing soccer ... Favorite athletes are Pete Sampras and Gustavo Kuerten ... Favorite movie is Braveheart ... Has two siblings: Carlos and Julia ... Son of Sergio and Vania Cirne Lima ... Born July 7, 1989 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
RODRIGO AMARAL Sophomore Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Colegio Rogedo) 2008-09: Earned Atlantic Sun All-Freshman honors ... Posted a 23-7 singles record while playing mostly at the #4 position ... His 23 singles wins set a new Belmont Division I single season record and were the most by any Belmont freshman in the Division I era ... Won his flight at the North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington fall tournaments ... Beat #109 Lee Singer of nationally ranked Virginia in the first dual match of the season ... Teamed with Joao Paoliello for a 11 doubles wins, which ranked second on the team ... Won the Baras Collegiate Classic Flight A2 Doubles title with Felipe Cirne Lima ... Earned A-Sun All-Academic honors. Prior to Belmont: Competed on the junior circuit in Brazil ... Was State Champion six times ... Was ranked first in his age group in 2005. Personal: Majoring in Business Administration ... Would like a career in the sports industry ... Favorite athletes are Roger Federer and Gustavo Kuerten ... Hobbies include playing soccer, listening to music, and watching movies ... Favorite TV show is Lost ... Has one sister, Marcela ... Son of Franz and Mercia Amaral ... Born March 3, 1989 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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ATHLETE PROFILES RENATO ANTUN Sophomore Sao Paulo, Brazil (Colegio Libre Vivere) 2008-09: Posted a 12-10 singles record ... Competed in the spring mostly at the #5 and #6 positions ... Combined with Javier Rodriguez for a 7-4 doubles mark ... Their seven doubles wins ranked third on the team ... Earned Academic All-Conference honors.
Prior to Belmont: Competed on the juniors circuit in Brazil ... State Champion twice ... Reached a rank as high as second nationally in his age group.
Personal: Majoring in Business Administration ... Plans on a career in banking and investments ... Favorite athletes include Gustavo Kuerten and Romario ... Hobbies include playing soccer, listening to music, and watching movies ... Favorite book is Angels and Demons ... Has two siblings: Mauricio and Henrique ... Son of Nelson and Ana Maria Antun ... Born May 31, 1990 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
RAFAEL MATOS Sophomore Recife, Brazil (CEI) 2008-09: Posted a 12-10 singles record ... Competed in the spring mostly at the #5 and #6 positions ... Combined with Javier Rodriguez for a 7-4 doubles mark ... Their seven doubles wins ranked third on the team ... Earned Academic All-Conference honors.
Prior to Belmont: Competed on the juniors circuit in Brazil ... Ranked as high as #10 in the Brazilian national junior rankings in 2007... Ranked number one in his state rankings in 2007 and 2008.
Personal: Major is undeclared ... Favorite movies are Crash and Remember the Titans ... Hobbies include watching soccer and the NBA and listening to reggae music ... Favorite athletes are Pete Sampras and Michael Jordan ... Has one sister, Isabela ... Son of Diderot and Marcia Matos ... Born February 4, 1990 in Recife, Brazil.
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ATHLETE PROFILES JONATHAN MURRELL Freshman Franklin, Tennessee (Franklin Classical School) Prior to Belmont: Played juniors in The Philippines and Tennessee.
Personal: Majoring in Finance ... Favorite TV shows are The Office, Community, 24, and The Big Bang Theory... Hobbies include painting, hiking, camping, and fishing ... Favorite movies are Gladiator, Hot Rod, GI Joe ... Spent most of his life in The Philippines, where his parents were missionaries... Has two brothers: William and James, who is a tennis player at Lipscomb ... Son of Steve and Deborah Murrell ... Born February 27, 1990 in Manila, The Philippines.
BRUNO SILVA Freshman Goiania, Brazil (Colegio Energia) Prior to Belmont: Played juniors circuit in his native Brazil.
Personal: Majoring in Business Administration ... Favorite athletes are Roger Federer and Ronaldo ... Hobbies include listening to music and watching movies ... Favorite foods are pasta and pizza ... Favorite book is The DaVinci Code ... Has two older brothers, Henrique and Andre ... Son of Jose and Maria Silva ... Born October 3, 1989 in Goiania, Brazil.
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COACHING STAFF JIM MADRIGAL Head Coach -- 13th Season Jim Madrigal is in his 13th season as the Bruins' head men's tennis coach. A native of Cincinnati, Madrigal has dramatically changed the fortunes of the men's tennis program at Belmont. During his tenure, the team has gone from a 0-14 record in 1998 to winning the A-Sun championship in 2006. During the past seven years, Belmont has won one A-Sun title and MADRIGALâ€™S COACHING RECORD has reached the A-Sun semifinals five times. Not only has the team's record improved since Madrigal took the coaching reins, but the quality of players he has brought in has done the same. During the last seven years, seven different BU players have been selected All- Year Overall A-Sun Conference. 1997-98 0-14 N/A 1998-99
In addition to his coaching duties at Belmont, Madrigal has been a professional at several 2008-09 clubs in the Middle Tennessee area and presently works at Fieldstone Farms in Franklin. Totals
Belmont tennis players have also been honored both nationally and internationally. Marcos Cabrera was named an Academic All-American twice in 2002 and 2003. The team has also been named an ITA All-Academic Team for the last five years and had nine players named ITA Scholar-Athletes. In 2004, former Belmont player Augusto Ricciardi, a 2003 graduate, played Davis Cup for his home country of Uruguay, becoming the first BU player to play in that prestigious international event. "Jim has done an outstanding job in developing our men's tennis program," said Mike Strickland, Belmont's Director of Athletics. "His success in recent years validates all of his hard work and I expect more success in the future."
Jim and his wife Holly reside in Brentwood, Tennessee. They have two sons: Peyton and Davis.
BRIAN BAKER Assistant Coach Brian Baker is beginning his second season as an assistant coach for the Belmont men's tennis program. Baker, a native of Nashville, is one of the top tennis players that the Middle Tennessee area has ever produced. After winning a state prep title at Hillwood High School, Baker turned professional in 2003 and played the ATP and the USTA Pro circuits for several years. In 2004, he earned his first ATP Tour win at Memphis, his first professional title at the USTA Futures event in Tampa, and his first USTA challenger title in Denver. A career highlight was in the first round of the 2005 US Open, when Baker earned a straight sets victory over ninthseeded Gastion Gaudio. "Brian has done a great job as our assistant coach," said Jim Madrigal, Belmont head coach. "His experience of playing tennis at the highest level is a great benefit for our squad." Brian resides in Nashville.
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TEAM RECORDS Because men’s tennis results and record are incomplete prior to 1997, all women’s tennis records are based on NCAA Division I results. If you have information or results prior to 1997, please contact John Langdon at (615) 460-5609.
SCHOOL SINGLES RECORDS SEASON SINGLES VICTORIES 1. 22 Rodrigo Amaral 1. 21 Willy Sandoval 3. 20 Fausto Rocha 4. 19 Joao Paoliello 5. 18 Renato Antun Felipe Abreu Javier Rodriguez 8. 17 Felipe Abreu Felipe Lima
2008-2009 2000-2001 2008-2009 2008-2009 2008-2009 2003-2004 2004-2005 2004-2005 2004-2005
CAREER SINGLES VICTORIES 1. 59 Fausto Rocha 2. 52 Felipe Abreu Felipe Lima 4. 51 Javier Rodriguez 5. 50 Willy Sandoval 6. 46 Augusto Ricciardi 7. 43 Matt Fitzpatrick
2004-2009 2003-2007 2002-2006 2004-2009 1998-2002 1999-2003 2001-2004
SEASON SINGLES WINNING PERCENTAGE 1. 1.000 Felipe Lima (10-0) 2. .882 Marcos Cabrera (15-2) 3. .833 Matt Fitzpatrick (10-2) .833 Willy Sandoval (10-2) 5. .812 Augusto Ricciardi (13-3)
2002-2003 2000-2001 2002-2003 2001-2002 1999-2000
CAREER SINGLES WINNING PERCENTAGE 1. .754 Augusto Ricciardi (46-15) 2. .750 Marcos Cabrera (42-14) 3. .741 Matt Fitzpatrick (43-15) 4. .641 Felipe Lima (52-29) 5. .577 Felipe Abreu (52-39)
1999-2003 1999-2002 2001-2004 2002-2006 2003-2007
SCHOOL DOUBLES RECORDS (Division I Era) SEASON DOUBLES VICTORIES 1. 14 Felipe Lima/Felipe Abreu 2003-2004 Felipe Lima/Felipe Abreu 2004-2005 3. 13 Renato Antun/Fausto Rocha 2008-2009 4. 11 Rodrigo Amaral/Joao Paoliello 2008-2009 Matt Fitzpatrick/Michael Moretti 2003-2004 6. 10 Fausto Rocha/Javier Rodriguez 2004-2005 7. 9 Fausto Rocha/Javier Rodriguez 2006-2007 Ryan Brown/Matt Fitzpatrick 2000-2001 9. 8 Felipe Abreu/Felipe Lima 2005-2006 Augusto Ricciardi/Matteo Triacca 2002-2003
Fausto Rocha (‘08) now has the most singles wins by a Belmont player in the Division I era. He finished his career in the spring of 2009 with 59. CAREER DOUBLES VICTORIES 1. 36 Felipe Lima/Felipe Abreu 2003-2006 3. 30 Fausto Rocha/Javier Rodriguez 2004-2009 3. 22 Ryan Brown/Matt Fitzpatrick 2001-2003 4. 17 Ignacio Gesto/Alex Gillott 2004-2007 4. 14 Augusto Ricciardi/Marcos Cabrera1999-2002 SEASON DOUBLES WINNING PERCENTAGE (min. 10 matches) 1. .818 Brown/Fitzpatrick (9-2) 2000-2001 2. .727 Ricciardi/Triacca (8-3) 2002-2003 3. .666 Lima/Abreu (14-7, 14-7) 2003-04, 2004-05 4. .636 Cabrera/Ricciardi (7-4) 2000-2001 5. .619 Antun/Rocha (13-8) 2008-2009 CAREER DOUBLES WINNING PERCENTAGE (min. 12 matches) 1. .758 Brown/Fitzpatrick (22-7) 2000-2003 2. .692 Ricciardi/Triacca (9-4) 1999-2003 3. .620 Lima/Abreu (36-21) 2003-2006 4. .619 Antun/Rocha (13-8) 2008-2009 5. .611 Amaral/Paoliello (11-7) 2008-present
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TEAM HONORS AND AWARDS MEN’S TENNIS HONORS (Division I Era) ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Marcos Cabrera (2001-2002, 2002-2003) ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Marcos Cabrera (2001-2002, 2002-2003) Augusto Ricciardi (2002-2003) Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team Award: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar Athletes 2003: Felipe Lima, Augusto Ricciardi, Matteo Triacca 2004: Matt Fitzpatrick 2005: Alex Gillott, David Wright 2006: Felipe Abreu, Alex Gillott, Felipe Lima, Marshall Lipman, Javier Rodriguez 2007: Ignacio Gesto, Alex Gillott, Marshall Lipman, Fausto Rocha 2008: Felipe Cirne Lima, Ignacio Gesto, Marshall Lipman, Brady Manifold, Fausto Rocha 2009: Rodrigo Amaral, Renato Antun, Felipe Cirne Lima, Fausto Rocha, Javier Rodriguez
Second Team Felipe Lima (2002-03) Alex Gillott (2004-05) Fausto Rocha (2005-06) Javier Rodriguez (2005-06) All-Freshman Felipe Lima (2002-03) Felipe Abreu (2003-04) Fausto Rocha, Javier Rodriguez (2004-05) Rodrigo Amaral (2008-09) Atlantic Sun All-Academic Felipe Abreu (2004, 2005, 2006), Rodrigo Amaral (2009), Renato Antun (2009), Ryan Brown (2002, 2003), Marcos Cabrera (2002), Felipe Cirne Lima (2008, 2009), Matt Fitzpatrick (2004), Ignacio Gesto (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), Alex Gillott (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), Travis Hamilton (2008), Felipe Lima (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), Marshall Lipman (2006, 2007, 2008), Brady Manifold (2008), Rafael Matos (2009), Michael Moretti (2003), Joao Paoliello (2009) Augusto Ricciardi (2002, 2003), Fausto Rocha (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Javier Rodriguez (2007, 2008, 2009), Willy Sandoval (2002), Matteo Triacca (2002, 2003), David Wright (2004, 2005)
All-Atlantic Sun Conference First Team Augusto Ricciardi (2001-02, 2002-03) Felipe Lima (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06) Alex Gillott (2006-07) Joao Paoliello (2008-09)
BELMONT’S AUGUSTO RICCIARDI PLAYS FOR HIS NATIVE URUGUAY IN THE 2004 DAVIS CUP Former Belmont tennis player Augusto Ricciardi became the school’s first tennis player to compete in an international team tournament when he represented his home country of Uruguay in the Davis Cup in April of 2004. Ricciardi, who graduated from Belmont in the spring of 2003, played for his home country in doubles as Uruguay played the Dominican Republic in a second round Americas Zone Group II match on April 9-11. In his doubles match, Victor Estrella and Johnson Garcia of the Dominican Republic beat Ricciardi and his partner Marcel Felder in five sets; 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Uruguay ended up losing the team competition, 4-1. “Even though I have competed in international junior competitions in the past, playing Davis Cup is really special,” said Ricciardi. “The Davis Cup is the most you can aspire for in tennis because you are representing your country. I am glad I was able to make the team and play at such a high level.” The winner of Group II headed to the Americas Zone Group I for 2005, which is one level below the main Davis Cup draw. The Davis Cup is the largest team tennis competition in the world and it is produced by the International Tennis Federation. It annually includes some of the top male tennis players in the world playing for their home nations. In his four-year Belmont career, Ricciardi became one of Belmont’s top tennis players. He was a two-time All-Atlantic Sun honoree and holds the school record for career singles winning percentage and is second in BU history in career singles wins with 46. “My participation in Davis Cup indicates the high level the Belmont tennis program is playing at right now,” said Ricciardi. “My four years at Belmont were really special to me and I credit my teammates, Coach Jim Madrigal, and the entire Athletic Department for my success right now.”
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ALL-TTIME ROSTER, PROGRAM HISTORY ALL-TIME ROSTER (NCAA Era)
A Abreu, Felipe Amaral, Rodrigo Antun, Renato
2003-2007 2008-present 2008-present
H Hailey, Damon
B Brown, Ryan
L Leeper, Kyle Lima, Felipe Cirne Lima, Felipe Lipman, Marshall
1997-2000 2007-present 2002-2006 2005-2008
C Cabrera, Marcos Cook, Cal
F Fitzpatrick, Matt
G Garcia, Francisco Gesto, Ignacio Gillott, Alex
2007-2008 2004-2008 2003-2007
M Macioch, Carlos Matos, Rafael Meade, Philip Miltenberger, Dave Moretti, Michael Murrell, Jonathan P Paoliello, Joao
BELMONT MEN’S TENNIS NCAA ERA POSTSEASON HISTORY
1997-1998 2008-present 1997-1998 1997-2000 2001-2004 2009-present
R Ricciardi, Augusto Rocha, Fausto Rodriguez, Javier
1999-2003 2004-2009 2004-2009
S Sandoval, Willy Silva, Bruno
T Triacca, Matteo
V Vaglietti, Roberto
W Wright, David
Z Zola, Zach
2006 A-Sun Championship #4 Belmont d. #5 Campbell -- 4-1 (Quarterfinals) #4 Belmont d. #1 ETSU -- 4-2 (Semfinals) #4 Belmont d. #2 Stetson -- 4-2 (Championship)
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2005 A-Sun Championship # 5 Belmont d. #4 Campbell -- 4-1 (Quarterfinals) #1 Troy d. #5 Belmont -- 4-0 (Semfinals)
2006 NCAA Championship (Oxford, Mississippi) #14 Ole Miss d. Belmont -- 4-0 (First Round) ATLANTIC SUN CHAMPIONSHIPS
2004 A-Sun Championship #8 Belmont d. #9 Gardner-Webb -- 4-1 (First Round) #1 UCF d. #8 Belmont -- 4-0 (Quarterfinals)
2009 A-Sun Championship #3 Belmont d. #6 Mercer -- 4-0 (Quarterfinals) #2 Stetson d. #3 Belmont -- 4-2 (Semifinals)
2003 A-Sun Championship #5 Belmont d. #12 Samford -- 4-1 (First Round) #4 Stetson d. #5 Belmont -- 4-2 (Quarterfinals)
2008 A-Sun Championship #1 ETSU d. #8 Belmont -- 4-0 (Quarterfinals)
2002 A-Sun Championship #4 Belmont d. #5 Stetson -- 4-3 (Quarterfinals) #1 UCF d. #4 Belmont -- 4-3 (Semifinals)
2007 A-Sun Championship #6 Belmont d. #3 Campbell -- 4-1 (Quarterfinals) #2 Stetson d. #6 Belmont -- 4-0 (Semifinals)
BELMONT MEN’S TENNIS YEAR-BY-YEAR RESULTS (NCAA Era)
BELMONT COACHING HISTORY (NCAA Era) Jim Madrigal
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BELMONT HISTORY Belmont University sits on 75 historic acres two miles southwest of downtown Nashville, Tenn., a thriving metropolis known worldwide as Music City USA. In the mid-1800s, the land the university now occupies was known as the Belle Monte estate, the Victorian home of one of Tennessee’s wealthiest couples, Joseph and Adelicia Acklen. Their antebellum mansion remains today, flanked by university buildings separated in age by more than a century. The first educational institution on the estate was the original Belmont College (1890-1913), offering elementary school through junior college education to young ladies. The school merged with Ward Seminary to become the prestigious WardBelmont School for Women (1913-1951) and in 1951, with the support of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, the school became the coed Belmont College. Since becoming Belmont University in 1991, Belmont has grown not only in size but in quality. The mansions, gardens and statues of Belmont's historic past now sit side-by-side with state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the best technology and teachers to train today's students with the right tools for real world success. Belmont University is among the fastest growing Christian universities in the nation with about 5,000 students hailing from almost every state and more than 25 countries. Since 2000, enrollment has risen from just under 3,000 to 4,756 students for the 2007-08 school year, marking an increase of more than 60 percent. As enrollment steadily increases, so does the quality and diversity of each new class. Incoming 2007-08 freshmen represented 43 states and seven foreign countries and scored an average of 26 on the ACT. ACADEMICS In addition, Belmont continues to excel academical-
ly and was ranked 11th on the U.S News & World Report listing of “Best Universities” in the South in the master’s category for their 2008 edition of America’s Best Colleges, making Belmont the highest-ranked university in Tennessee in this category. Both Rolling Stone and Time magazines have hailed Belmont's Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business as one of the best music business programs in the country. The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business has been named the best MBA program in the region, while Belmont’s business administration and accounting programs have been accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency in that arena. Located in the heart of Music City USA (Nashville, Tenn.), one of Belmont’s consistent success stories is its world-renowned music and music business programs. Several big names in the music industry started their careers at Belmont including “American Idol” finalist Melinda Doolittle, Christian recording artists Ginny Owens and Steven Curtis Chapman, and country stars Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley and Josh Turner. The annual “Christmas at Belmont” concert showcases performing ensembles from many different genres and has been broadcast nationwide on PBS four years in a row. The University recently added a songwriting major to its offerings, one of only a few such programs in the country. CAMPUS GROWTH As Belmont’s academic program offerings grow, so too does the physical campus. Recent additions include the 2003 opening of a $52 million entertainment and student life complex which houses the Curb Event Center arena, the Beaman Student Life Center and the Maddox Grand Atrium. In 2005, Belmont opened the first university-based electronic financial trading center, which includes a digital stock ticker, data wall, TV monitors and worksta-
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tions. The Gordon E. Inman Center opened in 2006, providing a state-of-the-art $22.5 million facility that houses Belmont’s nursing, social work, occupational therapy and physical therapy programs and will be the temporary home for the new School of Pharmacy. The School of Nursing was recognized earlier this year by Laerdal Medical Corporation as a Center of Educational Excellence in part due to the advanced training the school’s multiple simulation models offer to its students. A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY OF LEARNING AND SERVICE In 2007, the university’s formal relationship with the Tennessee Baptist Convention ended. In recent years, Belmont broadened its mission and can now include on its Board of Trustees members of all Christian denominations. In addition, Belmont joined the Lilly Fellows Program’s National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, a collective that also includes Baylor University, Boston College, Villanova and Notre Dame, among others. Belmont is a student-focused, Christian community of learning and service where students hear from their first visit to campus until the day they graduate that they are created for a purpose in life. The Belmont faculty and staff dedicate themselves to preparing and empowering students to find their passion and use it to change the world. The university seeks to show every student how the love of Christ can compel them to lead lives of disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith. With more than 75 areas of study, 12 master’s programs and three doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon.
DR. ROBERT FISHER Belmont University President | 2008 Tennessean of the Year Dr. Robert (Bob) Fisher serves as President of Belmont University, a position he has held since April 2000. During his tenure the university’s enrollment has risen by nearly 70 percent while the campus itself has expanded significantly with the additions of the Curb Event Center and Beaman Student Life Center, the Gordon E. Inman Center, the Troutt Theater complex and several new residence halls and parking garages. But Dr. Fisher’s greatest sense of accomplishment comes not from new campus structures, stronger endowments or a larger student body. Rather, he measures achievement through witnessing education’s impact on each individual student. “The student is the focus of all our efforts here at Belmont,” Fisher said, “and our top priority is meeting the needs of those students. My life's mission is to help create experiences that transform people, especially students, in ways that enable them to become all they were created to be.” Prior to his appointment at Belmont, Fisher was vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas State University for four years and was dean of the School of Business at Henderson State University, his alma mater, for 10 years. Fisher earned a B.S.B.A. from Henderson State, an M.B.A. from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. In addition to his success as both faculty member and higher education administrator, Fisher is also an accomplished author with his most recent work, Life Is a Gift: Inspiration from the Soon Departed, released in 2008. Co-authored with his wife Judy, Life Is a Gift features a collection of lessons learned from interviews with 104 terminally ill patients of Alive Hospice in Nashville. Dr. Fisher previously co-authored Real Dream Teams: Seven Practices Used by World-Class Team Leaders to Achieve Extraordinary Results, published by St. Lucie Press, with Belmont’s Vice President of University Advancement Dr. Bo Thomas. Dr. Fisher has published numerous articles on management and leadership and has consulted with a wide variety of organizations on human resource and strategic planning issues, including KimberlyClark Corporation, Alltel, Arkla Gas and the U.S. Department of Transportation, among others. In 1992, Fisher served in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting research and consulting with the National Institute of Public Administration. He also provided a keynote address at the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management Conference in Bahrain in 1998. Active in his community, Fisher has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the Country Music Foundation, the Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony, the PENCIL Foundation, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, TICUA, Cumberland Region Tomorrow, Fifth Third Bank and the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, participates in Nashville’s Agenda, and is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Nashville. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Enterprise Group, a division of Southern Development Bank. Married for 38 years, Dr. Fisher and his wife Judy share in their commitment to Belmont University. The Fishers are the proud parents of three grown children and have two wonderful sons-in-law and four perfect grandsons.
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ENROLLMENT GAINS UNDER FISHER Year . . . . . . . . . . . .Enrollment (gain) 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,976 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,129 (153) 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,344 (215) 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,629 (285) 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,959 (330) 2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4,319 (360) 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4,484 (165) 2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4,765 (281) 2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,017 (252) 2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,393 (376) Enrollment is up 69 percent since Fall 2000. The overwhelming progress is “the latest validation that Belmont University has the right vision for its future," said Dr. Robert Fisher, president of the university. "Belmont University is on a roll. The abilities of our incoming freshmen and our rapidly rising enrollment show we are on the right track."
MISSION STATEMENT Belmont University is a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.
VALUES OF BELMONT Integrity Inquiry Collaboration Service
MIKE STRICKLAND Director of Athletics | 14th Year at Belmont
ABOUT MR. STRICKLAND BIRTHDATE June 4
HOMETOWN Atlanta, Ga.
EDUCATION Georgia Southern B.S. Political Science University of Georgia M.A. Public Administration
EXPERIENCE Belmont, Director of Athletics 1996-present Murray State, Athletics Director 1987-96 Wichita State, Associate AD 1983-87
PERSONAL Wife: Martha Daughters: Leanna, Sara (Vaughn)
Now entering his 14th year as Director of Athletics, Mike Strickland has led Belmont's Department of Athletics through its infancy stages as a new NCAA Division I program to become one that sees annual success on the field and in the classroom. During his tenure at Belmont, the program has expanded the number of teams it fields, joined the Atlantic Sun Conference, enhanced its facilities, and established a reputation producing winning teams and distinguished student-athletes. Since arriving in Nashville in 1996, Strickland has overseen the inception of six new sports at Belmont: women's soccer, women's golf and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field. In addition, the University has built the Frances Bond Davis Tennis Courts and the Whitten Soccer Complex, as well the most recent partnership with Metro Parks for athletic fields at Rose Park. This exciting new venture will house Belmont baseball, softball, soccer, and track & field. Two of the most important achievements of his tenure at Belmont are the acceptance of Belmont into the Atlantic Sun Conference and the opening of the Curb Event Center. During his tenure, Strickland has overseen a program expansion from 11 to 17 teams of competition, spearheaded membership into the Atlantic Sun Conference, spurred athletic facility enhancement and forged a reputation of producing winning teams and distinguished student-athletes. In 2008, Belmont became the first school in Atlantic Sun Conference history to represent the league in three consecutive NCAA Men's Basketball Championships. Adding conference championships in women's cross country, women's soccer and volleyball during the past academic year, Belmont Athletics has won a staggering 26 Atlantic Sun Conference Championships since becoming a member institution in 2001-02 - far and away the league standard. In addition, the school has hosted nine conference championships over the past five years, most recently the 2006 A-Sun Volleyball Championship. Strickland has taken a leadership role in the A-Sun serving as chairman of the tournament committee and presently serves as a member of the conference's membership committee. In addition to the program's success on the field, his tenure has seen the building of the exquisite Curb Event Center. The $52 million facility, which opened in the fall of 2003, has become the centerpiece of the athletics program. The complex houses
a new 5,000-seat arena for basketball and volleyball, locker rooms for all sports, a training facility and weight room, as well as administrative offices for the Athletic Department. Off the field, the athletic department has made academic achievement the cornerstone of its definition of success. Belmont has won the Atlantic Sun Academic Trophy seven of the past eight years. The Bruins boasted over two-thirds of their student athletes with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale during the past academic year. Belmont is the only school to win the trophy five straight times (2002-2006). Also of significance, Belmont has earned distinction from the NCAA in each of their Academic Progress Rate (APR) reports. Strickland brings varied years of experience to the program, including nine years as athletics director at Murray State University prior to coming to Belmont. While at Murray State, Strickland served on numerous Ohio Valley Conference committees as well as serving on the NCAA I-AA football advisory committee and the NCAA rifle committee. Prior to serving at Murray State, Strickland was an Associate Athletics Director at Wichita State University from 1983-87, where he was responsible for all business operations for the department. Strickland earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Georgia Southern University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Georgia. In June of 2009, Strickland received the Under Armour National Assocation of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Division I Southeast Region A.D. of the Year Award. Strickland was honored at the annual NACDA convention in Orlando, Fla. Strickland is married to the former Martha Thomas, an English instructor at Nashville State Community College. The couple has two children: Leanna Elizabeth, an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, and Sara Grace, a Belmont University graduate who is married to Jared Vaughn. In 2008, Mike and Martha celebrated two milestone events: their 35th wedding anniversary and the arrival of their first grandson, Jacob. In his leisure time, Mike enjoys travel, history, and spending time with his family.
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BETTY WISEMAN Assistant AD/Senior Woman Administrator | 43rd Year at Belmont For five decades, Betty Wiseman has been an active figure at Belmont University. As a student, coach, and professor, Wiseman has been a great ambassador for the University and the Department of Athletics. As Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Wiseman advises the athletic department on the status of women's sports and conducts administrative tasks in relation to all sports. She serves as liaison between Athletics and Student Affairs, coordinates counseling, discipline, and all random drug-testing for athletes, and serves as advisor to Belmont’s Student-Athletes Advisory Committee. In addition, she works with teams as they participate in service opportunities throughout the year, including organizing and leading a yearly foreign mission trip with athletes to do Sports Evangelism overseas. Countries served through these trips include Poland, Portugal, Costa Rica, Brazil, Venezuela, and Ukraine. In May 2009 she will lead a team to Cape Town, South Africa. Wiseman also serves on many committees and boards. In 2008 she completed a four-year term as one of the Atlantic Sun Conference’s representatives on the NCAA Management Council. The Management Council serves as the main legislative body for Division I sports. She has been a member of many Atlantic Sun Conference committees. After graduating from Belmont in 1965, the Portland, Tennessee native was named as Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education in 1966 and began a teaching career of 40 years. She was named Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health and Human Performance in 2006 where she served as Chair for six years. In 1968 the former high school basketball standout began a new career as a women’s sports trailblazer when she founded the women’s basketball program at Belmont, one of the first programs, not only in the state, but in the southeast. Wiseman was the head women's basketball coach at Belmont for 16 seasons, compiling a 248-152 record. She led Belmont to four consecutive berths in the National Women's Invitational Tournament from 1973-1977. In those tournaments, her teams knocked off such programs as Alabama, Nebraska, and North Carolina. She was inducted into the Belmont Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981. Wiseman has been honored by several organizations for her contributions to collegiate athletics. In 1999 she was given the Josten-Berenson Service Award by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association during the NCAA Women’s Final Four in San Jose, California to recognize her lifelong commitment to women's basketball. In 2003 Belmont honored her by naming part of the university’s new athletic facility the Striplin-Wiseman Athletic Office Complex. Finally, in 2004, Wiseman was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame for her contributions to promoting women’s basketball in the state. She is the first Belmont coach or athlete to be so honored. In July 2007 she was featured in an article on the front page of The Tennessean, as a Tennessee Sports Legend.
ABOUT MISS WISEMAN BIRTHDATE February 19, 1943
HOMETOWN Portland, Tenn.
EDUCATION Belmont, B.A. Physical Education Vanderbilt, M.A. (Peabody College for Teachers)
COACHING EXPERIENCE Belmont Women’s Basketball (1968-84) Belmont Tennis (1976-84)
STEVE BARRICK Associate AD
JOHN LANGDON Assistant Director of Compliance
JULIE BEAZLEY Program Assistant
Bruin Club Director
Director of Compliance
Director of Marketing
Director of Media Relations
Director of Corporate Sales
AMY MCGINNIS KENISHA RHONE Finance
Women’s Director of Media Relations
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BELMONT HEAD COACHES
RICK BYRD Men’s Basketball
LISSA BRADFORD Women’s Golf
TONY CROSS Women’s Basketball
EARLE DAVIDSON Men’s Soccer
2008-09 ATHLETICS YEAR IN REVIEW
SCOTT FLYNN Men’s Golf
Team Overall Conference (Finish) Baseball 29-29 15-15 (T-6th) M. Basketball 20-13 14-6 (T-2nd) W. Basketball 18-13 12-8 (T-4th) M. Cross Country - (2nd) W. Cross Country - (1st) Men’s Golf - (10th) Women’s Golf - (7th) Men’s Soccer 11-8-2 4-3-2 (5th) Women’s Soccer 13-7-3 6-3-1 (3rd)* Softball 11-35 3-17 (11th) Men’s Tennis 14-8 7-3 (4th) Women’s Tennis 8-11 2-8 (9th) M. Track & Field - (5th) M. Indoor T&F - (5th) W. Track & Field - (8th) W. Indoor T&F - (4th) Volleyball 25-8 16-4 (3rd)* *Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Champions
Head Coach Dave Jarvis Rick Byrd Tony Cross Jeff Langdon Seth Sheridan Scott Flynn Lissa Bradford Earle Davidson Lisa Howe Amy Tudor Jim Madirigal Mark Srouji Jeff Langdon Jeff Langdon Seth Sheridan Seth Sheridan Deane Webb
LISA HOWE Women’s Soccer
JEFF LANGDON Men’s Cross Country Men’s Track & Field
JIM MADRIGAL Men’s Tennis
SETH SHERIDAN Women’s Cross Country Women’s Track & Field
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ACADEMICS AND BELMONT ATHLETICS COLETTE KEYSER
Academic Compliance Officer Kentucky Wesleyan, 1989
Academic Coordinator Belmont, 2002
Colette Keyser enters her eighth year with Belmont University's Department of Athletics. In addition to overseeing the department's academic support programs for student-athletes, Keyser serves as the primary liaison to the Belmont campus regarding issues related to student-athlete eligibility. Keyser is responsible for reporting all APR (Academic Progress Rate) and GSR (Graduation Success Rate) data to the NCAA. Her duties also include academic advising and monitoring student-athletes' academic progress to meet NCAA requirements for continuing academic eligibility and University requirements for timely graduation and good academic standing. She works closely with coaches in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes and manages the department's Academic Enhancement Fund. Keyser earned her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Kentucky Wesleyan College and her Master's in Communication from Western Kentucky University. She serves on various campus committees, including the Sport Administration Advisory Council, the Scholarship and Awards Nomination Committee, and the Academic Integrity Review Committee. She also holds memberships in various professional organizations, including N4A (National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics) and NACADA (National Academic Advising Association). A native of Benton, Ky., Keyser spends much of her leisure time sailing on Kentucky Lake with her husband, Jerome, and her two sons, Max and Dennis. She and her family reside in Brentwood.
ACADEMICS IS ONE OF THE CORNERSTONES OF Belmont University's Department of Athletics. Since the move to Division I in 1997, Belmont student-athletes have excelled in the classroom bringing great recognition to individuals, specific teams, the department as a whole and the entire university. ALL-ACADEMIC TROPHY Since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2001-02, Belmont University has enjoyed unparalleled success in regards to the league's All-Academic Trophy. Belmont University won the award seven times, including each of its first five years in the conference, 2002-2006. No other university in the
Renee Schultz enters her fifth year as Academic Coordinator for Belmont's Department of Athletics. She coordinates the extensive academic support programs offered to Belmont studentathletes which include weekly, one-on-one academic counseling sessions for new studentathletes, academic advising and class scheduling, tutoring, team-assigned laptops, and monitoring class performance. She also manages the student-athlete academic center located within the athletic offices in the Curb Event Center. The academic center provides study tables and computers in a quiet, monitored study environment exclusively for Belmont student-athletes. Schultz earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a M.Ed. in Sports Administration from Belmont University. While at Belmont, she was a part of the Women's Soccer Program and helped Captain the team in both 1999 and 2001. Schultz served as the Assistant Coach for the Women's Soccer team from 2003-2004. She also holds memberships in various professional organizations, including N4A (National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics) and NACADA (National Academic Advising Association). A native of University Place, Washington, Schultz currently resides in Nashville with her husband, Donovan.
history of the Atlantic Sun has earned this honor five years in a row. In 2009, over twothirds of Belmont's student-athletes received A-Sun Academic All-Conference honors during the academic year. GPA TRADITION CONTINUES Belmont University's Department of Athletics posted a 3.231 GPA in the Spring of 2009, marking the 23rd consecutive semester in which the departmental GPA has exceeded a 3.00. In 2008, for the first time in the Division I era, all of Belmont's athletic teams posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher, both fall and spring semesters. Belmont also received distinction from the NCAA for outstanding academic
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achievement in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) report in 2009. ALL-DISTRICT HONORS Nine Belmont student-athletes were honored as Academic All-District during the 2008-09 academic year, including volleyball player Cat Mundy. Over the past 10 years, 15 Belmont student-athletes have been named Academic All-Americans while 45 have earned All-District honors. The program honors thousands of student-athletes across the country for combining the best of competition with academics.
BELMONT SPORTS MEDICINE
2009-10 Belmont Sports Medicine Staff (L to R): Haley Brochu, Megan Goerlinger, Kim Anderson, Tim Lee, Jon DeMarie, Paul Malloy, Kelly Bachus, Michelle Tropeano The Belmont athletic training department is housed in an 1,860 square foot state-of-the-art modern, athletic training facility. The facility is equipped with a hydroroom, taping area, treatment and rehabilitation area as well as a doctor’s office. Servicing 200 over athletes participating in 17 Division I varsity sports, the facility is staffed by five National Athletic Training Association Certified Athletic Trainers. • • • •
Rehab Area in Training Room
Two whirlpools Separate doctors office Separate rehabilitation area Five training tables
Mission Statement The Belmont Athletic training staff is primarily responsible for the delivery of quality healthcare to all student athletes participating in intercollegiate athletic programs at Belmont University. This care will be provided by the guidelines of the NATA through prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses sustained during any practice or game. SERVICES PROVIDED BY VANDERBILT SPORTS MEDICINE ATHLETIC TRAINING DIRECTORY
Kelly Bachus -- Assistant Athletic Trainer Volleyball
Paul Malloy -- Head Athletic Trainer Men’s Basketball, Cross Country/Track and Field
Jon DeMarie -- Assistant Athletic Trainer Baseball
Kim Anderson -- Assistant Athletic Trainer Women’s Basketball
Tim Lee -- Assistant Athletic Trainer Men’s Soccer, Golf
Megan Goerlinger -- Assistant Athletic Trainer Women’s Soccer , Tennis Michelle Tropeano - Graduate Assistant Trainer Women’s Soccer, Tennis Haley Brochu - Graduate Assistant Trainer Softball
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STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING In the fall of 2003, the entire Belmont University Department of Athletics moved to the new Curb Event Center. Included in the new facility is a state-of-the-art weight room. The new 1600 square foot area offers several amenities for use by Belmont and its student-athletes. The facility contains all new equipment including: •Three power stations with customized platforms • Customized dumbbells from 5-to-150 pounds • A variety of free weight equipment as well as machines • A variety of speed, agility and plyometric equipment STRENGTH & CONDITIONING MISSION By means of teamwork, experience, current research and education, the staff of the Belmont Department of Athletics challenges each athlete in order for them to participate at the highest level of competition. In order to promote a positive atmosphere, the strength and conditioning staff provide the athlete with a safe, clean and professional environment. We strive to challenge our athletes by way of free weights, multi-joint exercises and multiple sets. While keeping the athlete’s sport in mind, we individualize the programs as much as possible, focusing on weaknesses in order to prevent injuries and help them stay as competitive as possible for as long as possible.
Josh McMillian Strength & Conditioning Coach Josh McMillian begins his second season as the head of Belmont's Strength & Conditioning program. McMillian is no stranger to Belmont's strength program. He served as a graduate assistant in 2005 and then moved up to an assistant's role for two years before being elevated to the head position this past summer. In addition to his work in the weight room, Josh also serves as an Administrative Assistant with the Men's Track and Field program.
developing our student-athletes." The native of St. Peter's, Missouri, and McMillian is a 2003 graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education/Health. While at Lindenwood, Josh lettered in track and field and was a two-time NAIA National Qualifier in indoor and outdoor track. He earned his Master's degree in Sports Administration from Belmont in 2005. In addition, Josh is certified CSCS, USAW Level 1, and USATF Level 2 (Throws, Jumps, and Multi-Events). Josh and his wife Erin reside in Nashville. They have one daughter, Elizabeth, who turned one in November of 2009.
"Josh has done a great job as head of our strength program here at Belmont," said Mike Strickland, Belmont's Director of Athletics. "He is a great asset to our program and contributes greatly in
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ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE For more than 30 years the Atlantic Sun Conference has stood for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas with a focus on the balance between the two for its student-athletes. The A-Sun boasts a blend of the most dynamic and prestigious private and public institutions in the region, with all committed to the conference goal of Building Winners for Life. The experience for a student-athlete in the A-Sun is supported by the entire university community, from coaches to faculty, and from the CEO’s to the athletic and academic support staff. Atlantic Sun student-athletes compete in outstanding facilities throughout the conference and in some of top markets in the Southeast. Eight A-Sun schools compete in the top 10 media markets within the conference’s five-state footprint. With All-America selections, National All-Academic honorees, teams and individuals qualifying for and advancing in NCAA Championship play, Atlantic Sun student-athletes achieve at the highest levels of collegiate athletics.
the eighth time. During the Championship, Courtney Pigram became just the second player in league history to reach the 2000-point plateau. Two players could reach that mark this season in Mercer’s James Florence and Campbell’s Jonathan Rodriguez. Florence and Campbell begin the season as the second- and third-highest active scorers in the nation. During the baseball season, three A-Sun hurlers, Lipscomb’s Rex Brothers and Kennesaw State’s duo of Chad Jenkins and Kyle Heckathorn moved up the draft boards of Major League teams with every dominating performance. Brothers turned in one of the league’s top single-season strikeout performances; Jenkins posted a 41-inning scoreless streak and Heckathorn capped his season with a dominating 15-strikeout performance against UNF, earning National Player of the Week honors. On draft night, Jenkins became just the seventh A-Sun player to be a firstround selection, going to the Blue Jays. In the supplemental phase of the first round, the Rockies picked Rex Brothers and the Brewers tabbed Heckathorn.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS For the second straight year, all 11 institutions placed at least 50 percent of its student-athletes on the All-Academic Team. The membership also established a new overall record of 59 percent of all student-athletes earning All-Academic status during the 2007-08 academic year. Continuing a tradition of academic achievement, more than 57 percent of all student-athletes earned All-Academic status during the 2008-09 academic year. Fifteen student-athletes earned places on the 2008-09 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Teams. Belmont led the impressive institutional totals in the race for the All-Academic Trophy for the seventh time in eight years with 66.5 percent of its the studentathletes achieving All-Academic status with grade point averages of a 3.00, or better. Belmont senior Andy Wicke, Jacksonville senior Jeremy Gillan, Lipscomb junior Kellie Sirus and Campbell senior Karlie Love earned spots on CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America teams. Lipscomb’s men and women track and field teams and the women’s cross country team ranked among the top 10 GPAs in NCAA Division I, in being recognized as All-Academic Scholar Teams from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Belmont men’s cross country team posted the fifth-highest GPA, according to the USTFCCCA. Wicke, one of the Bruins’ most celebrated student-athletes, shared the conference’s male Scholar Athlete of the Year award and earned the conference’s Postgraduate Scholarship. Mercer’s Chereese Rowe earned the conference’s second Postgraduate Scholarship. Wicke earned national acclaim as he became one of just two men’s basketball players to receive an educational grant through the NCAA postgraduate scholarship program. For his dedicated academic success and community service, Wicke landed on the Lowe’s All-Senior All-America Second Team and was one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. ATHLETIC SUCCESS For the second straight season, the A-Sun made early headlines on the hardwood as Mercer, under new head coach Bob Hoffman, went on the road and defeated Alabama and Auburn within a four-day span, shooting the Bears up to the top spot in the RPI. At the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Championship, ETSU ended Belmont’s three-year reign, winning its first A-Sun Tournament title and making the NCAA field for
In softball, the conference turned in one of its finest seasons in history, especially during the non-conference season. Against out-of-conference opposition, A-Sun schools posted a .602 win percentage, the fifth-highest in the nation, trailing only the SEC, Pac-10, ACC and Big 12. Five schools finished with win percentages better than .600 and FGCU and Mercer reached the 40-win mark. The Eagles established a league record for win percentage at .839 in posting a 47-9 record. For the second-consecutive May, Campbell emerged victorious at the A-Sun Championship, led by the dominating performance of MVP Brittany Stanley. She pitched all 31 innings, recorded two shutouts and struck out 26 against only two walks. One of the most dominating athletes in Atlantic Sun history closed out her career in Jacksonville’s Natasha Harvey. She led the Dolphins team titles in both Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field for a fourth-straight year and won the inaugural MVP honors at both meets as well as the Most Outstanding Field Performer award. During her four years, she won a combined 18 individual events, five Most Outstanding Performer awards, both Most Outstanding Freshman performers in addition to the two MVP honors. Off the track, she won the A-Sun’s Female StudentAthlete of the Year Award, was the A-Sun’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and appeared on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team for a fourthstraight year. The 2009-10 athletic year promises to be an exciting one for the Atlantic Sun as UNF and Kennesaw State earned full Division-I status and will be eligible for all postseason tournaments. FGCU’s champion volleyball and baseball programs and USC Upstate’s soccer and softball programs have also gained access to A-Sun and NCAA postseason play. For the first time in league history, Mercer and it’s University Center will play host to the General Shale Brick Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The Baseball Championship leaves Florida for the first time in 16 years for Nashville, Tenn. and Lipscomb’s Dugan Field. FGCU landed its first championship, and will host volleyball in November. These new additions and venues make the upcoming year a hotly anticipated season for the Atlantic Sun.
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NASHVILLE -- MUSIC CITY U.S.A. Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and the entertainment, cultural, and commercial center of the Mid-South. With a metropolitan population more than 1.5 million, Nashville is one of the fastest growing markets in the country. In the past decade alone, the population of the Nashville area has grown by nearly 30 percent. 'The Music City' can best be described as a pleasant mix of big city entertainment and "down home" friendliness. Nashville is located in the heart of our nation's bustling core. Major cities such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, Memphis, Atlanta, and Birmingham can all be reached by car within 3-5 hours. And when going from work to play, Nashville has it all. The city offers a multitude of sporting events, recreational opportunities, restaurants, parks, and shopping malls. The sports landscape in Nashville has changed dramatically over the past decade with the introduction of major professional sports into the area. The arrival of the NFL's Tennessee Titans in 1998 brought instant credibility and excitement to the Mid-State. The Titans have won two division titles and one conference championship under longtime Head Coach Jeff Fisher. Tennessee represented the AFC in Super Bowl XXXIV, playing the St. Louis Rams in one of the most memorable games in NFL history. With star in the making running back Chris Johnson and on the heels of the AFC's best mark in 2008, the future looks bright for the powder blue and white. Home for the Titans is LP Field, a 68,000 seat, state-of-the-art facility located on the east bank of the Cumberland River across from downtown. Aside from the NFL, LP Field also plays host to several major concerts and international sporting events. Not to be outdone, the Nashville Predators have introduced the thrills of the National Hockey League to Middle Tennessee. In 2008, the Predators advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. The Preds skate in one of Nashville's downtown landmarks, the Sommet Center. The 18,000 seat Sommet Center is a regular venue for touring groups. Another constant among Nashville professional sports over the past two decades has been the Nashville Sounds. The Sounds, who have called Music City home since 1978, compete in the Pacific Coast League as the Class AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. In recent years, players like Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, and Ricky Weeks have called Nashville home. The 2006 PCL Champion Sounds play at Greer Stadium, located just minutes from downtown and the longtime home of Belmont Baseball. The Nashville Superspeedway has become the area's top racing venue, hosting NASCAR and IRL events for the past seven summers. Furthermore, Nashville has established itself as the ideal place to host a major sporting event. In the past decade alone, the city has hosted events such as the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament, the SEC men's and women's basketball tournaments, numerous AAU national championships, and the U.S. Swimming Championships. Recently, Nashville was awarded the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four. Each year, Nashville hosts the highly-popular Country Music Marathon and the Music City Bowl - which now pits teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conferences each December at LP Field. Recreation is second-to-none in Nashville. Located in the picturesque hills of Middle Tennessee, Nashville boasts thousands of acres of public parks and offers a variety of outdoor activities like golf, boating, fishing, and hiking.
cert venues and many big-name concert tours consider Nashville a "must-stop." The city also serves as home to the Grand Ole Opry, the nation's longest running weekly radio show, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nashville has long been the mecca of the country music industry and is one of the top recording centers in the world. All of the music industry's major recording labels have a presence in Music Row, just north of the Belmont campus. The nightlife in downtown Nashville offers something for everyone. Admist the savory sights and sounds of historic Second Avenue sit some of the most venerable hot spots anywhere. From Wildhorse Saloon and Hard Rock Cafe to Famous Dave's BBQ and The Pancake Pantry, it is not uncommon to bump into stars of stage and screen in Nashville. Nashville's cultural environment earned the city its other nickname, the "Athens of the South." Nashville is well known as a major education center. The area's 10 accredited four-year and postgraduate institutions, including Belmont, are an integral part of the economic and cultural identity of the area. In addition to its educational institutions, the city offers numerous cultural and artistic venues. It is home to nine performing arts facilities, including the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. TPAC is the home to a wide range of events, including Broadway musicals and performances by the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and the Nashville Symphony. The city is also home to seven art galleries, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The Frist Center, housed in the city's old main post office, presents a wide assortment of visual arts exhibitions. Nashville boasts 25 museums (including the Tennessee State Museum), numerous historic sites (like The Hermitage - home of President Andrew Jackson, an exact replica of the Parthenon, and the Natchez Trace Parkway), and an upgraded public library system that includes a new $50 million downtown library. Lastly, Nashville is the cornerstone of the Mid-South economy. It has become a leader in printing and publishing, music and entertainment, finance and insurance, healthcare management, automobile and other related industry, manufacturing and tourism. Internationally known companies like Bridgestone/Firestone, Caterpillar Financial, Dell, Dollar General, HCA, and Nissan have significant operations in the city. Sporting a mild climate with distinct changes in season - warm summers, colorful autumns, brisk winters, and beautiful springs - no two days are alike in Nashville.
Known as "Music City USA", Nashville is a city whose musical tastes range from country to rock to gospel. The city has several major con-
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2009-110 RETURNING PLAYERS Sophomore Rodrigo Amaral
Junior Felipe Cirne Lima
Sophomore Rafael Matos
Sophomore Renato Antun
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o Nicknames: 'Music City,' 'Athens of the South' o Market size: DMA #29 - Nielsen Ratings o Ranked #1 'America's Smart Places to Live' - Kiplinger o Ranked #1 'Hottest City in America for Relocation & Expansion' by Expansion Management o 1.521 million residents in 13 county area o Notable Landmarks & Attractions: Parthenon, Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, The Hermitage, Grand Ole Opry, Opryland Hotel, Wildhorse Saloon
2009-10 Belmont Men’s Tennis Team Front Row (L to R): Renato Antun, Jonathan Murrell, Rodrigo Amaral Middle Row (L to R): Bruno Silva, Rafael Matos, Felipe Cirne Lima, Joao Paoliello Back Row (L to R): Head Coach Jim Madrigal, Zach Zola, Assistant Coach Brian Baker
2010 Belmont Men’s Tennis Spring Schedule Date 1/16 2/6 2/20 2/23 2/26 2/28 3/5 3/6 3/12 3/13 3/19 3/20 3/27 4/2 4/3 4/6 4/9 4/15-17
Opponent at Vanderbilt at Chattanooga TENNESSEE WESLEYAN at MTSU SAMFORD Kentucky * USC UPSTATE * CAMPBELL * at North Florida * at Jacksonville * STETSON * FLORIDA GULF COAST * ETSU * at Mercer * at Kennesaw State * LIPSCOMB WESTERN KENTUCKY Atlantic Sun Championship
Home matches in bold and CAPS *denotes Atlantic Sun Conference matches All times Central
Site Nashville, Tenn. Chattanooga, Tenn. WILDWOOD CLUB Murfreesboro, Tenn. DAVIS COMPLEX Birmingham, Ala. DAVIS COMPLEX DAVIS COMPLEX Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville, Fla. DAVIS COMPLEX DAVIS COMPLEX DAVIS COMPLEX Macon, Ga. Kennesaw, Ga. DAVIS COMPLEX DAVIS COMPLEX DeLand, Fla.
Time 9:00am 12:00noon 3:00PM 6:00pm 2:00PM 3:30pm 1:00PM 10:00AM 1:00pm TBA 1:00PM 10:00AM 10:00AM 10:00AM TBA 2:00PM 3:00PM TBA