This Is Bridgewater College
Location .......... ................................Bridgewater, Va. Founded ............................................................ 1880 Enrollment......................................................... 1,550 Nickname ....................................................... Eagles Colors ................................ Crimson and Vegas Gold Gymnasium............................... Nininger Hall (1,100) Athletic Affiliation............................ NCAA Division Ill Conference.............................. Old Dominion Athletic President .....................................Dr. Phillip C. Stone Director of Athletics............................... Curt Kendall
Track & Field Coaching Staff
Head Coach.........................................Shane Steves Track Office Phone ........................... (540) 828-5419 Coach Stevens email .... firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Coaches .Melissa Baker-Nice, Brian Flynn, Ray Decker, Denver Davis Coach Nice email................ email@example.com Coach Flynn email............... firstname.lastname@example.org Coach
Sports Information Director...................... Steve Cox Assistant SID............................................ Tim Leister SID Phone ........................................ (540) 828-5360 SID Fax .............................................(540) 828-5611 BC Hotline......................................... (540) 828-5469 SID Email ............................. email@example.com SID Mailing Address .....................................Box 107 ...................................................Bridgewater College .................................................402 E. College Street ...............................................Bridgewater, VA 22812 College Web Site .....................www.bridgewater.edu Athletics Web Site........ www.bridgewatereagles.com
Commissioner ................................... Brad Bankston Office Phone ............................(540) 389-7373 ext. 1 Conference SID ..................................... J.J. Nekoloff SID Office Phone ....................(540) 389-7373, ext. 2 Mailing Address ................................... P.O.Box 2604 ................................................Forest, Virginia 24551 Conference Fax ................................ (540) 389-7373 Web Site .................................. www.odaconline.com
The 2010-11 Bridgewater College Menâ€™s Basketball Media Guide was designed and produced by sports information director Steve Cox. Photos by Tommy Thompson.
Shane Stevens, Head Track & Field Coach Now in his 28th season as the architect of the Bridgewater Track and Field program, Shane Stevens has molded the Eagles into one of the most competitive and respected teams in Division III Track and Field. Last year, the BC men’s team turned in another solid season with a second-place finish at both the ODAC Indoor and Outdoor Champinship Meets. In 2008, the Bridgewater’s men’s team posted a banner seasons with a second-place finish indoors before winning the ODAC outdoors
Assistant Coach, Hurdlers Melissa Baker Nice is currently in her sixth year as an assistant coach at Bridgewater. A 2001 BC graduate, Nice coaches the men and women’s hurdlers and holds a USATF level 1 coaching certification. While at BC, Nice compiled 22 ODAC track and field championships, qualified for the NCAA meet four times, and was a NCAA All-American twice in the 400-meter dash and the 400-meter hurdles. She earned the ODAC athlete of the year award in 1999, 2000, and 2001. Nice currently holds several Bridgewater College track and field records (individual and relays), and two ODAC conference records. Melissa is married to Dr. Spencer Nice, a 2001 graduate of BC. They live in Waynesboro, VA with their two children.
Assistant Coach, Jumps Denver Davis begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Bridgewater College Eagles track and field program. In the fall, he served as an assistant on the cross country staff. Davis received his bachelor of arts in history from Lynchburg College and his masters in history from George Mason University. While at Lynchburg, Davis competed for the Hornets in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. He was a member of two ODAC cross country championship teams and four ODAC title teams in both indoor and outdoor track. He was also a four-time academic All-ODAC pick in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track while at Lynchburg College.
title. Stevens was named ODAC Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year in both indoor and outdoor seasons. Under his guidance, the BC men’s squad captured the 1997 ODAC indoor and outdoor titles and had two members earn Division III All-American status. Stevens also led the 1998 women’s outdoor team to their first ever conference title. Stevens was named the 1997 NCAA Division III South/ Southeast Region Coach of the Year for the outdoor season. Stevens has been named ODAC Outdoor Coach of the Year nine times and ODAC Indoor Coach of the Year six times. Stevens is a 1979 graduate of Bridgewater and was an All-ODAC defensive back and captain of the BC football team. He also holds a master’s in Business Administration from James Madison University. He serves as an instructor in the college’s Math and Computer Science department along with his coaching duties. Stevens lives in Mt. Crawford along with his wife, Xan. The couple has two boys-Leland and Carson.
Assistant Coach, Distance Brian Flynn begins his first season as as assistant track coach for the Eagles. In the fall, he completed his first season as head cross country coach at BC, leading the women to a third place finish at the conference meet and the men to a fourth-place finish.. Flynn comes to Bridgewater College after one year as a Division I assistant coach at University of North CarolinaGreensboro. Prior to coaching at UNC-G, Flynn spent three seasons as an assistant coach in cross country and track and field at Coe College, a Division III school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Flynn is no stranger to the ODAC as he competed at Lynchburg College where he was a four-time all-conference runner in cross country. On the track he earned five ODAC individual titles and was a 12-time all-conference nominee. He was a member of eight ODAC championship track teams and two cross country championship teams.
Assistant Coach, Throws Ray Decker begins his second season as the throws coach on the Eagles track and field staff. In the fall, Decker serves as a member of the Eagles football coaching staff. Prior to his time at BC, Decker worked for seven-plus years with the Prince William County Park Authority. Ray graduated in May 2010 from James Madison University with a Masters degree in Sports Management.
2010 A Banner Year For Eagles The Bridgewater College track & field teams turned in stellar efforts during the 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons, highlighted by All-American performances from Courtney Hartman and Chrissy Rhodes. During the indoor campaign, the men finished second at the ODAC while the women put together a third-place finish. For the men, Jacob Kroko was the lone individual champion as he won the shot put and was named ODAC Freshman of the Year. Leigh Bradley added a pair of second place finishes in the high jump and triple jump, Jake Griffin placed second in the 800 and Dalton Slagle took the runner-up spot in the 55 meter hurdles. For the women, Hartman placed second in five individual events (shot put, long jump, 55 meters, 200 meters and 55 meter hurdles) to earn Top Performer honors at the ODAC meet. Rhodes won the pole vault title for the third straight year while the distance medley relay team of Whitney Fitzgerald, Katie Leonard, Morgan Keplinger and Molly Smith, won the ODAC title with a new BC record time. Hartman qualified for the NCAA Division III meet in the pentathlon and earned All-American honors with a fifth-place finish at the national meet. Success continued for the Eagles during the outdoor season. The Eagles captured five individual titles en route to a second place finish at the ODAC menâ€™s championships. BC swept the sprints with Tyler Beiler winning the 100 and Julius Delbridge besting the field in the 200. In the field events, Bradley won the triple jump, Damien Ward won the high jump and Thomas Bell placed first in the triple jump. The women won four individual titles with Katie Cummings leading the way with wins in the shot and discus. Rhodes won the pole vault for the third straight year and Keplinger took the crown in the 800. The best was still to come for the Eagles as Hartman and Rhodes both qualified for the NCAA Championships. Rhodes claimed All-American honors in the pole vault with a sixth-place finish while Hartman became just the second Bridgewater student-athlete to claim a national title at the NCAA Track & Field Championships as she outlasted the field to win the heptathlon title.
Damien Ward won the high jump at the ODAC Outdoor Championship Meet.
Hartman was named the ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year and the South/Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year. Rhodes also added several academic honors during the outdoor season. She was named the ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Athlete of the Year and was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team: Christina Rhodes. She also received the NCAA Elite 88 Award. That honor goes to the studentathlete participating in the national meet who carries the highest GPA.
Christina Rhodes Senior, Pole Vault 2008 ODAC Indoor Pole Vault Champion
2008 ODAC Outdoor Pole Vault Champion 2009 ODAC Indoor Pole Vault Champion 2009 ODAC Outdoor Pole Vault Champion 2009 NCAA Indoor Provisional Qualifier, Pole Vault 2009 NCAA Outdoor Provisional Qualifier, Pole Vault 2009 USTFCCCA All-Academic 2010 ODAC Indoor Pole Vault Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor Pole Vault Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2010 NCAA Elite 88 Award 2010 NCAA All-American, pole vault 2010 ESPN The Magazine Track Academic All-American Second Team 2010 ESPN The Magazine Track All-Acade mic District 3 First Team 2010 USTFCCCA All-Academic Holds BC Record in Indoor and Outdoor Pole Vault
Katie Cummings Junior, Throws
2009 ODAC Indoor Shot Put Champion 2009 ODAC Outdoor Shot Put Champion 2009 ODAC Outdoor Discus Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor Shot Put Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor Discus Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, third in hammer 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, fourth in shot put 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, third in weight throw Holds BC Record in Indoor Shot Put and Weight Throw Holds BC Record in Outdoor Shot Put and Discus
Leigh Bradley Senior, Jumps 2008 ODAC Outdoor High Jump
Champion 2008 ODAC Outdoor Second Team, Triple Jump 2009 ODAC Indoor Second Team, High Jump 2009 ODAC Outdoor High Jump Champion 2010 ODAC Indoor Second Team, Triple Jump 2010 ODAC Indoor Second Team, High Jump 2010 ODAC Outdoor Triple Jump Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fourth in long jump 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fifth in high jump
Morgan Keplinger Sophomore, 800 2010 ODAC Indoor Distance Medley Relay Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor 800 Meters Champion 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, third in 800 Holds BC Record in Indoor 1600 Meter Relay and Distance Medley Relay
Damien Ward Senior, Jumps, Hurdles 2008 ODAC Outdoor Rookie of the Year
2008 ODAC Outdoor Second Team4x400 Relay 2008 ODAC Outdoor Second Team, High Jump 2010 ODAC Outdoor High Jump Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fifth in 110 hurdles 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, sixth in 400 hurdles 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, fifth in high jump
Molly Smith Sophomore, Distance 2010 ODAC Indoor Distance Medley Relay Champion
2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fifth in 5000 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fourth in 1500 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, sixth in mile 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, third in 5000 Holds BC Record in Distance Medley Relay Holds BC Record in Indoor Mile and 5000 meters
Julius Delbridge Junior, Sprints 2008 ODAC Outdoor Second Team4x400 Relay 2010 ODAC Outdoor 200 Meters Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, sixth in 400
Eugene Cummings Sophomore, Jumps • •
2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, sixth in triple jump 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, sixth in triple jump
Tim Wisniewski Sophomore, Distance •
2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fifth in 800
Jordan White Junior, Distance • •
2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fifth in 5000 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, fourth in 5000
Jacob Kroko Sophomore Throws
Brian Barnett Junior Distance
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2010 ODAC Indoor Shot Put Champion 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fourth in shot put 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fifth in hammer 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, fourth in weight throw 2010 ODAC Indoor Freshman of the Year
2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, third in 5000 2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, fifth in 5000 Holds BC record in Outdoor 10,000 meters
Whitney Fitzgerald Sophomore, Distance • •
2010 ODAC Indoor Distance Medley Relay Champion Holds BC Record in Distance Medley Relay
Courtney Vaught Junior. 400 • •
2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fifth in 400 Holds BC Record in Indoor 1600 Meter Relay
Dalton Slagle Sophomore, Hurdles • •
2010 ODAC Indoor Second Team, 55 meter hurdles 2010 ODAC Outdoor Second Team, 110 meter hurdles
Kai-Lynn Stoker Junior Jumps
Katie Leonard Junior 400, Hurdles
2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, sixth in triple jump
2010 ODAC Indoor Distance Medley Relay Champion Holds BC Record in Distance Medley Relay
Patrick Asconi Junior, Jumps/Javelin •
2009 All-ODAC Second Team, javelin
O’Dale Laws Senior, Throws
Brittany Ginaven Junior Pole Vault
Jenna Stacy Junior Pole Vault
2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, sixth in pole vault
2010 ODAC Indoor Meet, fourth in pole vault 2010 ODAC Outdoor Meet, fourth in pole vault
Newcomers To Watch
Sarah Bothof Fr., Throws
Ben Martindell Fr., Hurdles
Kenneth MooreFr., Hurdles
Melanie Waters Fr., Jumps
Daryus Beale Fr., Hurdles
Broc May Fr., Throws
Abe Rittnehouse Fr., Distance
Orlando Bryant Fr., Sprints
Olivia Mills Sophomore, Distance â€˘
2010 qualified for NCAA Division III National Cross Country Meet
ODAC Championship Meet Individual Champions Women’s Indoors
High Jump: Anna Manikus (2002) Triple Jump: Tara Strawderman (1997) Long Jump: Tara Strawderman (1997, 1998) Shot Put: Tennelle Smith (1997), Katie Cummings (2009) 55 Meter Hurdles: Kim Johnston (2005, 2006) 60-yard Dash: Melissa Baker (1998) 200 Meters: Melissa Baker (1999. 2000. 2001) 220 yards: Melissa Baker (1998) 400 Meters: Melissa Baker (1999. 2000, 2001) 440 Yards: Melissa Baker (1998) 800 Meters: Ariel Davis (2000) Weight Throw: April Miller (2007) Pole Vault: Christina Rhodes (2008, 2009, 2010)
35-pound Weight: Joe Freeland (1979. 1980) Pole Vault: Ken Elliott (1980), Billy Chapman (1987), Lance Carter 1992). Jeremy Wright (2000) High Jump: Keith Allamong (1977, 1978). Duane Harrison (1979, 1980. 1981), Sean Huffman (1988). Jeremy Canody (1993). Von Lewis (1994. 1995, 1997), Dan Mitchell (2004), Leigh Bradley (2009) Mile: Mike Kidd (1977), Ken Delinger (1981) 600 Yards: Mark Davis (1977) 60 Yard Hurdles: Les West (1977): Duane Harrison (1980. 1981); Scott Brown (1986) 1000 Yards: Mike Kidd (1977) Long Jump: Duane Harrison (1979, 1980, 1981), Isaac Rodgers (1984, 1985), Otio Okilo (1994), Von Lewis (1995). PJ. Berry (2002), Steward White (2003), Brandon Copeland (2007, 2008) Shot Put: Joe Freeland (1980). Tim Shingler (1990), Tom Taylor (1999), Myron Gordon (2001, 2003), Clay Hall (2005), Nathan Turner (2008), Jacob Kroko (2010) Triple Jump: Duane Harrison (1979, 1980, 1981), Isaac Rodgers (1984, 1985), Otjo Okilo (1993, 1994), Wilbert Coleman (1999). Steward White (2003) 60 Yard Dash: Keith Armstrong (1978), Isaac Rodgers (1982. 1983), Mario Webb (1986) Two-Mile Run: Jerry Crouse (1978, 1979), Ken Delinger (1980. 1981) 880 Yards: Craig Waters (1978), Mark Luiggi (1982). Chris Getty (1996) 55 hurdles: Neil Burke (1993), Scott Brown (1997). Steward White (2004), JT Painter (2008) 55 meters: Isaac Rodgers (1984), Todd Rakes (1992), Kevin Fee (1995), Mario Webb (1997), Davon Cruz (2002), Jermaine Taylor, (2003), Melvin Queen (2006, 2007, 2008) 200 Meters: Mario Webb (1997, 1998) 400 Meters: Scott Brown (1996)
High Jump: Kim Harris (1996, 1997), Anna Manikus (2002) Long Jump: Tara Strawderman (1998, 2000) Shot Put: Tennelle Smith (1996) , Kaite Cummings (2009, 2010) Discus: Katie Cummings (2009, 2010) 200 Meters: Melissa Baker (2000), Terri Baker (2004) 400 Meters: Melissa Baker (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) 800 Meters: Ariel Davis (2000), Morgan Keplinger (2010) 400 Hurdles: Melissa Baker (2000, 2001) Hammer: April Miller (2005, 2007) Javelin: Kathryn Tice (2005), Sammy Mizerak (2009) Pole Vault: Christina Rhodes (2008, 2009, 2010)
Shot put: Joe Freeland (1980), Ralph Stevenson (1981), Ricky Cash (1983), Steve Eye (1986), Jeff Whiten (1989), Tim Shingler, (1990), Myron Gordon (2001, 2003), Clay Hall (2004, 2005), Nathan Turner (2008) Discus: Ralph Stevenson (1980, 1981), Bryan Moser (1988), Jay Knight (1991), David Long (1998, 1999), John Harris (2001), Nathan Turner (2008), Thomas Bell (2009, 2010) Triple Jump: Duane Harrison (1979, 1981), Otio Okilo (1993), Von Lewis (1997), Steward White (2003, 2004), Leigh Bradley (2010) High Jump: Duane Harrison (1978, 1979), Cory Hunting (1980), Curtis Arey (1981), Tim Llewellyn (1988, 1989), Jeremy Canody (1994), Von Lewis (1996, 1997), Ricky Easterling (2003, 2004, 2005), Leigh Bradley (2008, 2009), Damien Ward (2010) 200 Meters: Rod Johnson (1981), Isaac Rodgers 1983), Mario Webb (1996, 1997, 1998), Marcus Richardson (2001), Tony Konate (2007, 2008, 2009), Julius Delbridge (2010) 800 Meters: Marc Luiggi (1982, 1984), James Cooper (1990), Chris Fetty (1995), 1500: Terry Lenny (1981), Nathan Shonk (1999), Stanley Peyton (2007), Jake Griffin (2009) Long Jump: Duane Harrison (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981), Isaac Rodgers (1983), Billy Mays (1988), John Coleman (1991), Otio Okilo (1993), Jeremy Canody (1994), Wilbert Coleman (1999), Jacobie Napier (2004), Brandon Copeland (2006, 2008) Pole Vault: Ken Elliott (1980) Javelin: Chuck BoIler (1986), Matt Puryear (1989), Derrick Trumbo (199l), Scott Brown (1997), Doug Balmer (2004) 100 Meters: Greg Harper (1978), Duane Harrison (1981), Isaac Rodgers (1982, 1983, 1985), Mario Webb (1996, 1997, 1998), Davon Cruz (2000), Marcus Richardson (2001), Jermaine Taylor (2002, 2003, 2004), Melvin Queen (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) , Tony Konate (2009), Tyler Beiler (2010) 400 Meters: Ken Snyder (1981), Mark Luiggi (1985), Cole Corbitt (1996), Scott Brown (1997) Mile: Mike Kidd (1977) 1000 Meters: Dwight Denlinger (1981) 110 hurdles: Duane Harrison (1979, 1980, 1981), Scott Brown (1996), Von Lewis (1997), Steward White (2004) 400 hurdles: Les West (1978), Scott Brown (1996), Von Lewis (1997) 5000 Meters: Nathan Rittenhouse (2007) 3000 Meters Steeplechase: Nathan Rittenhouse (2008, 2009) Hammer: Nathan Turner (2008)
NCAA National Meet Men’s All-Americans
NATHAN TURNER earned All-American honors in the shot put at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships during the 2008 season.
Women’s Championship Qualifiers
Melissa Baker (Indoor 400 Meters 1998, 2000, 2001), (Outdoor 400 meters 1998) Tara Strawderman (Outdoor Long Jump 1997, 1998, 2000) Sally Eyles (Outdoor High Jump 1986) Courtney Hartman (Outdoor Heptathlon 2008, 2009, 2010) (Outdoor 200 meters 2009), (Indoor Pentathlon 2010) 4x100 Outdoor Relay (Courtney Hartman, Sammy Mizerak, Jill Wattai, Samantha Phillips 2008)
Duane Harrison (Outdoor Long Jump 1980, 1981) Isaac Rodgers (Indoor Triple Jump 1985) Otio Okilo (Indoor Triple Jump 1993, 1994), (Outdoor Triple Jump 1993), (Indoor Long Jump 1994) Jeremy Canody (Outdoor High Jump 1994) Von Lewis (Outdoor High Jump 1997), (Outdoor Long Jump 1997) Scott Brown (400 Intermediate Hurdles 1997) Davon Cruz (Indoor 55 meters 2002) Jermaine Taylor (Outdoor 100 meters 2003), (Indoor 55 meters 2004) Ricky Easterling (Outdoor High Jump 2005) Brandon Copeland (Outdoor long jump, 2006) Nathan Turner (Indoor Shot Put 2008), (Outdoor Shot Put 2008) Melvin Queen (100 meters 2008)
Melissa Baker (2001 Indoor 400 meters) Courtney Hartman (2009 Heptathlon), (2010 Pentathlon), (2010 Heptathlon) Christina Rhodes (2010 Outdoors Pole Vault)
Men’s Championship Qualifiers
Brandon Copeland (2006 Outdoor long jump; 2007 indoor long jump, 2008 outdoor long jump) Melvin Queen (2006 100 meters; 2007 55 meters, 2008 100 meters) Tony Konate (2007 55 meters) Ricky Easterling (2003, 2004, 2005 Outdoor High Jump) Jermaine Taylor (2004 Indoor 55 meters; 2003 Outdoor 100 meters) Davon Cruz (2001, 2002 Indoor 55 meters) Wilbert Coleman (1999, 2000 Indoor Long Jump Von Lewis (1995, 1997 Outdoor High Jump; 1997 Outdoor Long Jump; 1995, 1996, 1997 Indoor High Jump) Scott Brown (1997 Outdoor 400 men’s Hurdles) Mario Webb (1997 Indoor 55 meters) Willie Grayson (1996 lndoor 55 meters) Jeremy Canody (1994 Outdoor High Jump; 1994 Indoor High Jump) Otio Okilo (1993, 1994 Outdoor Triple Jump; 1994 Outdoor High Jump; 1993, 1994 Indoor Triple Jump: 1994 Indoor High Jump) Chuck Boller (1986 Outdoor Javelin) Isaac Rodgers (1985 Outdoor Triple Jump; 1985 Indoor triple jump: 1986 Outdoors Long Jump) Mark Luiggi (1985 Outdoor 400 meters) Duane Harrison (1980, 1981 Outdoor Long Jump) Nathan Turner (2008 indoor, outdoor shot put) 4x100 relay (2008, Tony Konate, Brandon Copeland, Melvin Queen, Tyler Beiler)
MELISSA BAKER was Bridgewater’s first female to earn All-American honors in track when she placed in the top six in the 400 meters at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championship Meet.
ATHLETIC TRAINING College athletics has evolved to the point where total physical preparation is necessary to be successful. Bridgewater employs a five-member athletic training staff. Under the tutilege of Director Barbara Long, the group of Sarah Cook, Chase Hale, Ellen Hicks and Scott Powers serve as Assistant Athletic Trainers for the entire Bridgewater College Athletics Department. Long is a graduate of Bridgewater College with a degree in Biology; United States Sports Academy with master’s degrees in Sports Medicine and Fitness Management and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program in Organzational Leadership at Shenandoah University. She was certified by the Board of Certification in 1989 and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as an athletic trainer. Her career has had her working with professional and high level amateur athletes at places like the World University Games, US Olympic Training Center, and several professional football camps. She has also served as Head Athletic Trainer at Broadway High School and as clinical ATC for RMH Rehab Services, and Body Ease Physical Therapy, PC. Barbara spent 10 years as a clinical athletic trainer and through this work developed community education presentations and publications dealing with Exercise and Aging, Fall Prevention, Increasing the Functional Limits of Aging, and Children and Sports. Barbara and her husband, Stuart, reside in the Lacey Springs area with their two children, Tyler and Cassie. Cook hails from Lewiston, Maine. She has a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Colby-Sawyer College and a Master of Arts degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Sarah spent a summer as the head athletic trainer at J Robinson Intensive Basketball Camps and has experience working with Division I Men’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Gymnastics. She resides in Harrisonburg with her menagerie of small animals. Her primary responsibilities are men’s and women’s soccer and softball. Hale joined the Bridgewater staff in the spring of 2000 as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science/Athletic Training and a Master’s degree in Health Science Education from James Madison University. Chase is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education degree from Shenandoah University in organizational leadership. For two years he was contracted from RMH Rehab Services, where he also worked within the occupational and physical therapy departments, to provide athletic training services at Bridgewater College. In 2002, Hale moved to a full-time faculty position in the Health and Exercise Science Department where he teaches kinesiology and athletic training courses. In addition to teaching, Professor Hale also serves as the clinical education coordinator for the athletic training education program. His career has had him working with collegiate baseball, football, soccer, and volleyball. Currently, he works with the College’s field hockey, lacrosse, and tennis teams. Hale lives in Grottoes with his wife Ada and their three children Charlie, Stella, and Eliza. Hicks has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bridgewater College, and a Master of Education degree from Northwestern State University in Health Promotion. She was certified by the Board of Certification in 1996 and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as an Athletic Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician. Ellen has 11 years clinical athletic training experience; the last ten of those years were with RMH Rehab Services. She has also spent the last nine years working for Rockingham County Public Schools at Broadway High School as the Head Athletic Trainer. Ellen resides in Port Republic and primarily works with Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, and Track & Field. Powers comes to Bridgewater College with a variety of athletic training experience. As a graduate of North Dakota State University and James Madision University, he has spent 27 years working in the clinical and secondary school environments. Athletic training has allowed him to work with several international sports teams in many different countries including the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta. Scott resides in Dayton with his wife Pam and their sons, Justin, Jake, Joshua and Jason.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR JOE SOLTIS Joe Soltis is entering his eighth year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Bridgewater College. Soltis comes to Bridgewater college as a USA Weightlifting Club Coach. He actively competes in Olympic Weightlifting and won his weight class at the Arnold Classic in 2009. Soltis played running back for Emory & Henry and spent four years as an assistant coach at Glenvar High School in Salem, Va. from 1990-94. Soltis is also the Offensive Coordinator for the Bridgewater College Football team. He resides in Bridgewater and is married to the former April Fifer, a 2004 Bridgewater graduate and a teacher in the Rockingham County Public Schools
ASST. STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR STEPHON HEALEY Stephon Healey will begin his seventh year as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Healey came to the States from London, England. Healey studied as an intern under both Keith Morgan at the National Sports Center in Crystal Palace, London and with Edgar Curtis at the Leeds Rhinos (professional rugby team). Healey has experience in competing and coaching at both Powerlifting and Olympic lifting meets. Healey played collegiate football at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A graduate from the University of Greenwich (London), Healey has his undergraduate degree in Education and Human Movement Studies. Healey is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified USA Weightlifting club coach.
The mission of the Bridgewater College's Strength and Conditioning Program is to assist BC athletes in enhancing their athletic performance. Our goal is to undertake this mission by reducing the risk of athletic injury, developing the force potential (strength and power) of each athlete, enhancing the specific movement patterns related to their activity and addressing the energy needs for each sport. Ultimately we intend to maximize the athletic potential of each of our student athletes.
Commissioner Brad Bankston Celebrating its 35th year of operations, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) is one of the nation’s largest Division III conferences. The 14- member ODAC, including one associate member, stands as the second-largest multi-sport NCAA Division III conference in the country. The league was formed on May 18, 1975 as the Virginia College Conference and began operations in September of 1976. (The name change to Old Dominion Athletic Conference became effective January 1, 1976). Charter members were eight colleges located in the state of Virginia: Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College and Washington and Lee University. From its initial year of operation through the 1981-82 academic year, the ODAC sponsored competition in 10 men’s varsity sports, including football, soccer, and cross country in the fall; basketball, wrestling, and indoor track and field in the winter; and baseball, golf, tennis, and outdoor track and field in the spring. Women’s sports were added prior to the 1982-83 school year. Today, the ODAC has grown to Sponsor championships in 22 sports (10 men and 12 women) and houses nine full-time coeducational institutions with four single-gender schools making up the current 13 full-time members. The conference expanded in the late 1980s, early 1990s and most recently in 1999. Virginia Wesleyan became the 13th member of the conference in 1988 and began full-scale competition in the league in the 1989-90 academic year. Guilford College, voted into the conference in the spring of 1990, began competing for conference championships in the 1991-92 season. The Catholic University of America (DC) was accepted for associate membership in football on January 12, 1999. Over the past 16 years the conference and the City of Salem, Va., have gained national attention through hosting five NCAA Division III championships in football, men’s basketball, softball, baseball, women’s lacrosse, and volleyball. The growing list of titles passed out in Salem began in the fall of 1993 with the DIII Football Championship. Through the 2008-09 academic year, the conference and city have hosted 46 NCAA Division III Championships since the ‘93 Stagg Bowl. This year, the two will serve as hosts to the DIII football and men’s basketball championships.
Asst. Commissioner J.J. Nekoloff
Director of Championships Mollie Robertson
Mary Jane Esperiti Administrative Assistant
Indoor Schedule Jan. 22 Jan. 28-29 Feb. 5 Feb. 18 Feb. 25 Mar. 5 Mar. 12
at Susquehanna Orange & Maroon Classic, Selinsgrive, Pa. at Liberty University Open, Lynchburg, Va. at VMI Winter Relays, Lexington, Va. at CNU Vince Brown Relays, Newport News, Va. at Susquehanna Open, Selinsgrove, Pa. at ODAC Indoor Championships Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. at Va. Tech Last Chance, Blacksburg, Va. at NCAA Division III Indoor Championships Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
Outdoor Schedule Mar. 19 Mar. 26 Apr. 1-2 Apr. 9 Apr. 22-23 Apr. 28 May 7 May 18 May 26-28
at Roanoke College Invitational, Salem, Va. DR. HARRY G.M. JOPSON INVITATIONAL Hosted by Bridgewater College at Liberty Collegiate Invite, Lynchburg, Va. at Lynchburg College Invitational, Lynchburg, Va. at ODAC Outdoor Championships Roanoke College, Salem, Va. at Liberty Twilight Qualifier, Lynchburg, Va. at CNU Captains Classic, Newport News, Va. BC LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER Hosted by Bridgewater College NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships Ohio Wesleyan, Delaware, Ohio