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2013 Gymnastics guide

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Day Date Meet Location

Time

Sun.

Dec. 10

at Michigan (Scrimmage)

4 p.m.

Fri.

Jan. 6

vs. KENTUCKY Convocation Center 7 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 14

at Illinois/Rutgers/UIC

Huff Hall

4 p.m.

Fri.

Jan. 20

at Central Michigan

McGurik Arena

7 p.m.

Sun.

Jan. 29

at Western Michigan

University Arena 1 p.m.

Sun.

Feb. 5

at Illinois-Chicago

UIC Pavillion

Fri.

Feb. 10

vs. KENT STATE

Convocation Center 7 p.m.

Fri.

Feb. 17

at Northern Illinois

Convocation Center 6 p.m.

Mon. Fri. Sun. Mon.

Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Mar. 5 Mar. 13

vs. TOWSON Convocation Center 6 p.m. vs. BALL STATE Convocation Center 7 p.m. at West Virginia/Pitt/George Washington WVU Coliseum 2 p.m. vs. BOWLING GREEN Convocation Center 7 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 18 MAC Championships

Home meets in BOLD CAPS All times are site times (as of Feb. 9, 2017)

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Crisler Arena

2 p.m.

Anderson Arena TBD


Table of Contents & Quick Facts TABLE OF CONTENTS

2017 Gymnastics Cover.........................................1 2017 Schedule..........................................................2 Table of Contents & Quick Facts.........................3 Athletic Department Directory..........................4 Athletic Media Relations.......................................5 2017 EMU Gymnastics Team Photo..................6 2017 EMU Gymnastics Roster.............................7 2017 Season Preview.............................................8 Seniors.................................................................. 9-13 Juniors................................................................14-19 Sophomores.....................................................20-24 Freshmen...........................................................25-26 Head Coach Sarah Brown.................................. 27 Asst. Coaches Dallas Becerra............................ 28 Volunteer Assistant Coach Shea Anderson.......... 29 The Mid-American Conference....................... 30 Individual & Team Records..........................31-37 2016 Season Results............................................ 38 2016 MAC Championship Results.................. 39 All-Time Coaching Records............................... 40 Warner Gymnasium............................................. 41 Cartwright & Jacoby Awards............................ 42 Academic Performance...................................... 43 This is EMU........................................................44-49 EMU Board of Regents........................................ 50 Director of Athletics Heather Lyke...........51-52 Athletic Dept. Staff.........................................53-62 Convocation Center............................................. 63 EMU Athletic Facilities..................................64-65 Pepsi.......................................................................... 66 The EMU Identity.................................................. 67 Student-Athlete Support Services................. 68 NCAA Compliance................................................ 69 adidas....................................................................... 70 Eagles Pride............................................................ 71 10.0 Club.................................................................. 72 EMU Athletic Hall of Fame................................. 73

EMU QUICK FACTS

Location............................................................................................................................................................................................... Ypsilanti, Mich. Founded.................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1849 Enrollment...........................................................................................................................................................................................................21,634 Nickname............................................................................................................................................................................................................. Eagles Colors.................................................................................................................................................................................................Green and White Conference............................................................................................................................................................................. Mid-American (MAC) Home Gymnasium................................................................................................................................................................. Convocation Center Capacity.................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 8,784 Administration VP/Director of Athletics...................................................................................................................................................................... Heather Lyke Deputy Director of Athletics...................................................................................................................................................... Christian Spears Sr. Associate AD/Administration............................................................................................................................................................. Erin Kido Sr. Associate AD/Administration.......................................................................................................................................................Chris Hoppe Sr. Associate AD/Finance and Operations....................................................................................................................................Mike Malach Associate AD/Compliance ..............................................................................................................................................................Matt Jakobsze Associate AD/Development.............................................................................................................................................................. Dan McLean Associate AD/Media Relations.......................................................................................................................................................... Greg Steiner Assistant AD/Equipment Operations............................................................................................................................................. Ben Herman Faculty Athletic Representative............................................................................................................................................Dr. Edward Sidlow Administrative Assistant........................................................................................................................................................................ Lori Barron Gymnastics Coaching Information Head Coach.............................................................................................................................................................................................Sarah Brown Alma Mater, Year................................................................................................................................................................................ Missouri, 2010 Record at EMU (Years)....................................................................................................................................................................0-0 (1st Season) Office Phone Number.........................................................................................................................................................................734.487.1082 Assistant Coach................................................................................................................................................................................... Dallas Becerra Alma Mater, Year................................................................................................................................................................................ Missouri, 2013 Office Phone Number.........................................................................................................................................................................734.487.0310 Volunteer Assistant Coach............................................................................................................................................................Shea Anderson Office Phone Number.........................................................................................................................................................................734.487.0310 Team Information 2016 Record........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 15-3-1 2016 MAC Record/Finish................................................................................................................................................................................ 5-1/1st Letterwinners Returning/Lost.......................................................................................................................................................................... 11/2 Newcomers.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................3

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Over the past 13 years, some information that was once printed exclusively in EMU Athletics media guides has been moved to the department's official website, EMUEagles.com. Visit the gymnastics home page to find such information.

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Mark Panhorst Greg Steiner Sean Hostetter Katie Gonzales Dan Whitaker

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Information is current as of: Feb. 9, 2017

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Athletics Department Directory ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE DIRECTORY (All phone numbers area code 734) ADMINISTRATION Heather Lyke, Athletics Director........................................487.1050 Christian Spears, Deputy Director of Athletics.............487.1050 Christopher Hoppe, Sr. Assoc. AD/Admin......................487.3263 Erin Kido, Sr. Assoc. AD/Admin...........................................487.1050 Mike Malach, Sr. Assoc. AD/Finance and Ops................487.7174 Jennifer Brown, Assoc. AD/Sports Medicine.................487.5183 Matthew Jakobsze, Assoc. AD/Compliance...................487.7859 Dan McLean, Assoc. AD/Development............................487.1050 Greg Steiner, Assoc. AD/Media Relations.......................487.0317 Ben Herman, Asst. A.D./Equipment Ops.........................487.0166 Dr. Edward Sidlow, Faculty Athletics Rep........................487.3113 Jeff Czachowski, Ticket Manager.......................................487.2282 Adam Martin, Director of Operations..............................487.1050 GYMNASTICS STAFF Sarah Brown, Head Coach....................................................487.1082 Dallas Becerra, Assistant Coach..........................................487.0310 Shea Anderson, Volunteer Assistant Coach...................487.0310 HEAD COACHING STAFF Kimi Olson, Volleyball............................................................487.0291 David Bolyard, Wrestling......................................................487.0395 Bruce Cunningham, Men’s Golf.............................. 487.6703/2441 Chris Creighton, Football......................................................487.2160 Melissa Gentile, Softball........................................................487.1031 John Goodridge, Men’s XC/Track.......................................487.2245 Kemp Savage, Women’s Rowing........................................487.6690 Scott Hall, Women’s Soccer..................................................487.2144 Peter Linn, Swimming............................................................487.0463 Sue Parks, Women’s XC/Track..............................................487.0262 Rob Murphy, Men’s Basketball............................................487.0241 Ryan Ray, Women’s Tennis....................................................487.2244 Buck Smith, Diving..................................................................487.3079 Mary Spilski, Cheerleading..................................................761.2592 Mark Van Ameyde, Baseball.................................................487.1985 Fred Castro, Women’s Basketball.......................................487.0481 Pina Gentile, Women’s Golf..................................................487.6435 Jenna Williams, Dance...................................................248.470.9123

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Mission, Vision & Core Values for EMU Athletics Mission of EMU Athletics • Our mission, above all else, is to guide, support, and inspire our Student-Athletes in their comprehensive pursuit of excellence – academically, athletically and socially while maintaining a successful Division I-A athletics program. Vision of EMU Athletics • Our vision is to become the premiere program in the MidAmerican Conference both academically and athletically. Core Values of EMU Athletics Four values guide and govern our actions at all times and in all our affairs. The values define “what we stand for” and “what we will not stand for.” They include: 1. Respect We treat ourselves and those we serve with dignity, kindness and respect. 2. Integrity We operate in a spirit of integrity at all times and know that doing the right thing is of utmost importance. 3. Passion We have a strong work ethic and are passionate about what we do. This is more than just a job to us. 4. Excellence Excellence is the cornerstone of all we do within our department, on campus, within the local community, as well as on the regional and national levels.


Athletic Media Relations DIRECTIONS TO THE CONVOCATION CENTER

Greg Steiner

Sean Hostetter

Katie Gonzales

Mark Panhorst

Dan Whitaker

Associate Athletic Director/Media Relations................................... Greg Steiner

Office Phone..............................................................................................................................734.487.0317 Cellular Phone...........................................................................................................................734.845.1132 E-mail.....................................................................................................................greg.steiner@emich.edu Primary Sports Covered......................................................Football, Women’s Basketball, and Golf

Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations............................ Sean Hostetter

Office Phone..............................................................................................................................734.487.0318 Cellular Phone...........................................................................................................................734.218.3417 E-mail............................................................................................................................ shostett@emich.edu Primary Sports Covered.....................................................Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, and Tennis

Athletic Media Relations Graduate Assistant............................... Katie Gonzales Office Phone..............................................................................................................................734.487.0318 Cellular Phone...........................................................................................................................773.512.6079 E-mail.......................................................................................................................... kgonzal5@emich.edu Primary Sports Covered..................................................Soccer, Swimming & Diving, and Softball

Athletic Media Relations Graduate Assistant................................Mark Panhorst

Office Phone..............................................................................................................................734.487.0318 Cellular Phone...........................................................................................................................630.440.7971 E-mail........................................................................................................................ mpanhors@emich.edu Primary Sports Covered..........................................Cross Country, Gymnastics, and Track & Field

Athletic Media Relations Assistant................................................. Dan Whitaker Office Phone..............................................................................................................................734.487.0318 Cellular Phone...........................................................................................................................734.478.8114 E-mail.......................................................................................................................... dwhitak4@emich.edu Primary Sports Covered...................................................................Baseball, Rowing, and Wrestling

Address:............................799 N. Hewitt Rd., Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

By air: Arriving at Detroit Metro Airport, take I-94 west to Michigan Avenue exit (exit 181B). Get in the far left lane and turn left on Hewitt Road. Head north on Hewitt for 2.5 miles, past Washtenaw Avenue. The arena is on the east side of the road. From North: U.S. 23 south to Washtenaw Avenue east (exit 37A); take Washtenaw to Hewitt Road; turn left on Hewitt and proceed to the Convocation Center. From South: U.S. 23 north to Washtenaw Avenue east (exit 37A); take Washtenaw to Hewitt Road; turn left on Hewitt and proceed to the Convocation Center. From East: (A) Take I-94 west to Michigan Avenue exit (exit 181B). Get in the far left lane and turn left on Hewitt Road. Head north on Hewitt for 2.5 miles, past Washtenaw Avenue. The arena is on the east side of the street. (B) Take I-96 west to M-14 west. Follow M-14 to U.S. 23 south. Go south to Washtenaw Avenue east (exit 37A); take Washtenaw to Hewitt Road; turn left on Hewitt and proceed to the Convocation Center. From West: Take I-94 east to Michigan Avenue exit (exit 181). Turn left and get in the far left lane. Turn left on Hewitt and head north on Hewitt approximately 2.5 miles, past Washtenaw. The arena is on the east side of the road.

CALL ON US

All University Numbers start with 734.487. (The last four are listed below) Athletics Administrators Athletic Director Heather Lyke................ 1050 Deputy Dir. of Ath. Christian Spears...... 1050 Sr. Assoc. A.D. Mike Malach....................... 7174 Sr. Assoc. A.D. Chris Hoppe....................... 3263 Assoc. A.D. Matt Jacobsze......................... 7859 Assoc. A.D. Dan McLean............................. 1050 Assoc. A.D. Greg Steiner............................. 0317 Secretary Lori Barron................................... 1050 Athletics Equipment Staff Asst. A.D. Ben Herman................................ 0166 Asst. Equip. Mgr. Wayne Smith.... 6478/1029 Facilities Staff Dir. of Operations Adam Martin.............. 1050 Ticket Office Ticket Manager Jeff Czachowski............. 3823

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2017 EMU Gymnastics Team

Front (L-R): Sydney Audet, Kirsten Gendron, Sydney McEachern, Catie Conrad, Hollie Minichiello Middle (L-R): Megan Marino, Kendall Valentin, Megan Hultgren, Carly Clark, Emili Dobronics Back (L-R): Natalie Gervais, Lacey Rubin, Ciara Gresham, Allison Smith, Kelsie Brooks, Julia Schwartz

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2017 Roster Name Sydney Audet Kelsie Brooks Carly Clark Catie Conrad Emili Dobronics Kirsten Gendron Natalie Gervais Ciara Gresham Megan Hultgren Megan Marino Sydney McEachern Hollie Minichiello Lacey Rubin Julia Schwartz Allison Smith Kendall Valentin

Events AA AA AA AA AA AA AA VT,BB,FX AA BB,FX AA AA UB,BB AA AA AA

Ht. 5-2 5-4 5-3 5-1 5-3 5-1 5-4 5-5 5-3 5-3 5-1 5-2 5-4 5-5 5-5 5-4

Cl. So. Sr. So. Jr. Fr. Jr. Sr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Fr. So.

Hometown-High School Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview Winston, Ga. / Alexander White Lake, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern Brighton, Mich. / Brighton Orland Park, Ill. / Carl Sandburg Birch Run, Mich. / Frankenmuth Winnipeg, Manitoba / Sturgeon Heights Shiloh, Ill. / Belleville Rockford, Ill. / Sacred Heart Classical Center Girard, Ohio / Howland Winnipeg, Manitoba / Kelvin Orlando, Fla. / East River Plainview, N.Y. / Plainview Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy Gilbert, Ariz. / Mesquite Telford, Pa. / Souderton Holmdel, N.J. / Holmdel

Head Coach: Sarah Brown (Missouri, 2010) -- 1st season Assistant Coach: Dallas Becerra (Missouri, 2013) -- 1st season Volunteer Assistant: Shea Anderson (Iowa State, 2012) -- 3rd season

Sydney Audet 5-2 • Sophomore

Natalie Gervais 5-4 • Senior

Hollie Minichiello 5-2 • Freshman

Kelsie Brooks 5-4 • Senior

Carly Clark 5-3 • Sophomore

Ciara Gresham 5-5 • Sophomore

Lacey Rubin 5-4 • Senior

Catie Conrad 5-1 • Junior

Emili Dobronics 5-3 • Freshman

Kirsten Gendron 5-1 • Junior

Megan Hultgren 5-3 • Sophomore

Megan Marino 5-3 • Junior

Sydney McEachern 5-1 • Senior

Julia Schwartz 5-5 • Junior

Allison Smith 5-5 • Freshman

Kendall Valentin 5-4 • Junior

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2017 Season Preview The 2017 season marks the first season under Head Coach Sarah Brown, who previously was a volunteer assistant with Michigan. Assistant Coach Dallas Becerra joins the Eagles for his first year as well, while Volunteer Assistant Shea Anderson returns for her third season. Key Returners: As the Green and White lost just one senior to graduation in the form of Kimberly Ebeyer, and one gymnast to transfer in Rachel Slocum, the Eagles return a very strong team. Junior Kendall Valentin will once again make a big impact on multiple events, especially on vault and bars. Fellow junior Catie Conrad will also contribute on all four, as she competed all-around 12 times last year. Valentin was named First Team All-MAC last year, while Conrad earned All-MAC Second Team honors. The pair also both brought home 2016 MAC All-Tournament Team honors. Additionally, the Eagles bring back a solid group of seniors, including Natalie Gervais, Lacey Rubin, and Sydney McEachern. Gervais and Rubin look to once again be heavy contributors on bars and beam, while McEachern will contribute on vault, bars, and floor. Following the MAC Championships, Gervais was also named to the 2016 MAC All-Tournament Team. New Faces in the Gym: The Eagles welcome three new faces to the 2017 squad: freshmen Emili Dobronics, Hollie Minichiello, and Allison Smith. Vault: Although the team lost Ebeyer and Slocum, the squad retains a number of talented vaulters. Valentin looks to be the leader, as she scored a 9.9 last season, in addition to seven scores of 9.8 or better. Conrad was fairly consistent as well, tallying a 9.8 or better on five occasions. Schwartz held onto a spot in the lineup throughout the year, posting a season-high 9.8, while McEachern was also featured on a normal basis. As a freshman, Gresham returned from injury and broke into the lineup towards the end of the season, scoring a 9.75 at the MAC Championships. Sophomore Megan Hultgren, Dobronics, and Smith may also earn spots as they gain more experience on the event. Bars: Valentin, last year’s MAC Champion on bars, will once again pace the squad on the event this year. The junior had a fantastic 2016 season, scoring a 9.925 once, and a 9.9 three times, scoring below a 9.8 just twice. Conrad posted ten scores of 9.8 or better, including a 9.9, throughout her sophomore season. Both Gervais and Rubin scored 9.9’s as well, with Rubin nabbing eight scores of 9.825 or better. Beam: Last season’s beam squad was arguably the best in program history, and this season looks to be no different, as just one contributor will not return. Gervais scored a whopping 9.925 last season, in addition to a 9.9 and a total of six scores of 9.8 or better. Conrad was also capable of putting up big scores, as she earned three 9.875’s throughout the year. Rubin had a big impact as well, scoring a 9.9 and 10 scores of 9.8 or better, while Valentin posted a 9.875 on one occasion and a 9.85 at three seperate meets. Hultgren also stepped in as a freshman and was very consistent throughout the year, scoring a career-best 9.85. Junior Megan Marino, Gresham, and Dobronics may be a factor on beam as well.

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Floor: Like vault, both Ebeyer and Slocum were solid contributors on floor, but the team returns plenty of talent on the event. McEachern posted a 9.9 last season at the MAC Championships to finish third, in addition to scoring a 9.8 or better eight times throughout the year. Conrad also developed on the event as the season progressed, scoring a 9.8 or better on five occasions. As a freshman, Gresham came back from injury and had an impact on the floor lineup, nabbing a 9.85 at the conference championships. Senior Kelsie Brooks, junior Kirsten Gendron, sophomore Sydney Audet, Dobronics, and Smith all figure to also be in the mix. The 2017 Schedule: Like the last two seasons, the Eagles will kick off their season with an exhibition meet down Washtenaw Avenue at Michigan, Dec. 10. The event will mark a homecoming of sorts, as Brown served as the Wolverines’ volunteer assistant coach last year, while former EMU volunteer assistant Brooke Parker now serves in that role with the Maize and Blue. The regular season will kick off at home with a big meet against Southeastern Conference opponent Kentucky, Jan. 6, providing the Eagles a good early-season indicator of where the team stands. From there, the Green and White will be on the road for the next four meets, beginning with a trip to Champaign, Ill. for a tri-meet with Illinois and Rutgers, Jan. 14. Just six days later, Eastern travels north to Mt. Pleasant for a dual meet with Mid-American Conference opponent Central Michigan, Jan. 20. The third consecutive away meet finds Eastern in Kalamazoo, Mich. for a dual against in-state opponent Western Michigan, while they will conclude their time away from home in Chicago with a dual against Illinois-Chicago, Feb. 5. The month of February features three home meets for the Green and White, as the Eagles will square off with Kent State, Feb. 10, in the Convocation Center. After heading to DeKalb, Ill. for a bout against Northern Illinois, Feb. 17, EMU heads back to Ypsilanti for back-toback home competitions. On February 20, the Eagles welcome Towson for a dual, while just four days later, the Ball State Cardinals will come to town for another MAC meet, Feb. 24. The month of March begins on the road, with Eastern traveling to Morgantown, W.Va. for a quad-meet hosted by West Virginia, March 5. Joining the Green and White for the meet will be George Washington and Pittsburgh. Finally, the Eagles conlcude the regular season with senior night at home against Bowling Green, March 13. Eastern will kick off the postseason with the MAC Championships, as the squad will look to defend their title in Bowling Green, Ohio, March 18. If the Eagles were to qualify to their second-ever NCAA Regionals, that competition would take place April 1 at one of six sites throughout the country.


Seniors

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Seniors Kelsie Brooks 5-4, Senior All-Around Winston, Ga. (Alexander)

EMU: 2016: Did not compete in the 2016 season...2015: Did not compete in the 2015 season due to injury…2014: Competed in five meets in her debut season donning the Green and White…Posted a career-high 9.650 on vault in her first collegiate event versus Central Michigan, Feb. 7…Recorded a personal-best 9.750 on bars at the Eagle Invitational, Mar. 8, helping the Eagles to a season-high score of 194.900…Represented EMU at the MAC Championships, Mar. 22, on bars, posting a 9.700. High School: Qualified for Level 10 Georgia State and Region 8 in three separate years...Two-time NIT qualifier...NIT bars champion in 2013...Secured Level 9 Georgia State and Eastern qualifier status as a freshman. Personal: Full Name: Kelsie Elizabeth Brooks... Daughter of Kevin and Donna Brooks...Has one brother, Kevin Jr. Major: Business. Kelsie Brooks Career Bests Vault Bars 9.650 9.750

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Seniors Natalie Gervais 5-4, Senior All-Around Winnipeg, Manitoba (Sturgeon Heights)

EMU: 2016: Named to the 2016 MAC All-Tournament Team... Earned Academic All-MAC and Distinguished Scholar StudentAthlete honors...Was one of the team’s top bars and beam competitors throughout the year, competing in 13 meets...Brought home a silver medal on beam at the MAC Championships, in addition to taking third on beam at NCAA Regionals...Notched scores of 9.9 or better on three separate occasions throughout the season...Scored a career-high 9.9 on bars against Western Michigan...Posted the second-highest beam score in program history at Bowling Green, earning a 9.925...Earned a 9.775 on floor against Western Michigan...2015: Participated in nine meets for Eastern Michigan in the 2015 season on the beam…Named an Academic All-American for the 2015 season...Capped off the regular season with a first-place finish on the beam against Northern Illinois, earning a career-best 9.875 on the apparatus…Notched two second-place finishes on the beam for the Green and White, while placing in the top-10 on one other occasion...2014: Competed on beam in every meet for EMU in her first season as a collegiate gymnast…Posted a career-high 9.800 at the Michigan/Illinois Challenge (Feb. 1) as the Eagles recorded a team score of 194.800, their highest in 10 years... Named a NACGC/W Academic All-American. High School: Represented Team Canada at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia...Won the all-around, uneven bars and balance beam titles at the 2013 Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Championships while training at Springers Gymnastics Club...Was runner-up on beam at the 2013 Canadian National Championships..Finished runner-up in the all-around competition at the 2012 Western Canadian Championships. Personal: Full Name: Natalie Eve Gervais...Daughter of Jeffrey and Claudine Gervais. Double Major: Elementary education & Mathematics.

Natalie Gervais Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor ---- 9.900 9.925 9.775

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Seniors Sydney McEachern 5-1, Senior All-Around Winnipeg, Manitoba (Kelvin)

EMU: 2016: Earned Academic All-MAC and Distinguished Scholar Student-Athlete honors... Competed in all 13 meets of the season for the Eagles, primarily on vault, bars, and floor...Posted career-bests on all three events throughout the year...Scored her first 9.9 as an Eagle on floor at the MAC Championships, earning a bronze medal...Notched a career-high of 9.8 on bars against Western Michigan...Tied her career-best of 9.775 on vault on two occasions...2015: Academic All-American honoree for the 2015 season...Was a primary contributor for the Eagles on the vault and floor, while making five appearances on the uneven bars…Earned 17 top-10 finishes for the Green and White in the 2015 season, including a second-place finish on the floor with a 9.800 and a third-place finish on the vault with a 9.725 against Temple… Nabbed a career-best 9.775 on the vault and a career-high 9.700 on the bars at the Michigan/Illinois Challenge, Jan. 31… Tied for second on the floor against Kent State with a careerbest 9.800…2014: Competed on floor in a pair of meets for EMU in her first collegiate season…Tallied a career-high 9.45 in the Eagles’ victory over rival Western Michigan, Feb. 15... Named a NACGC/W Academic All-American. High School: Placed fifth and sixth on floor and vault, respectively, at the Canadian National Championships...Competed as Senior High Performance during her senior year...Won the all-around title at Provincials in 2012 and 2013...Took seventh at the 2013 L’internationale Gymnix...Finished runner-up on floor at the Western Canadian Championships...Member of Team Manitoba at the Canadian National Championships from 2007-12...Finished runner-up on floor at the Western Canadian Championships...Was an honor student at Kelvin High School. Personal: Full Name: Sydney Lynn McEachern...Daughter of Jeff and Bonnie McEachern. Major: Chemistry.

Sydney McEachern Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor 9.775 9.800 ---- 9.900

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Seniors Lacey Rubin

5-5, Senior All-Around Plainview, N.Y. (Plainview Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy) EMU: 2016: Earned Academic All-MAC honors... Named MAC Specialist of the Week following her performance against NIU... Competed in all 13 meets for the Eagles on both bars and beam, earning 18 scores of 9.8 or better...Scored a career-best 9.9 on bars at Ohio State... Also nabbed a career-high 9.9 on beam at Bowling Green to help lead the team to their highest team score ever...2015: Participated in every meet for the Green and White in the 2015 campaign on the beam and competed in nine meets on the uneven bars…Secured two uneven bars titles on the season with a 9.750 against Temple and a 9.825 against Bowling Green to help the Eagles surpass the 195-point barrier for the first time since the 2004 season…Nabbed a career-best 9.850 on the bars at the MSU Quad meet to tie for third overall against nationally-ranked opponents…Placed second on three occasions, once on the bars against NIU with a 9.800 and twice on the beam with a 9.800 against Bowling Green and a career-best 9.825 against UIC…Garnered 15 top-10 finishes on the season, including six topthree finishes in 2015…Capped off the season with a 9.800 and a seventh-place finish on the vault at the Mid-American Conference Championships…2014: Redshirted. High School: Qualified for Level 10 nationals her junior and senior seasons, placing 15th on the uneven bars her senior year...Advanced to Level 10 regionals as a sophomore while competed in the Level 9 regional as a freshman. Personal: Full Name: Lacey Christine Rubin...Daughter of Keith and Judy Rubin...Has two sisters, Brittany and Carly. Major: Social work.

Lacey Rubin Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor ---- 9.900 9.900 ----

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Juniors

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Juniors Catie Conrad 5-1, Junior All-Around Brighton, Mich. (Brighton)

EMU: 2016: Named Second Team All-MAC, in addition to being named to the 2016 MAC All-Tournament Team...Earned Academic All-MAC and Distinguished Scholar StudentAthlete honors...Competed in every meet throughout the record-breaking season, helping the team reach NCAA Regionals for the first time...Brought home the silver in the all-around at the MAC Championships...Turned in 12 all-around performances, highlighted by a 39.350 at the team’s final regular season meet against CMU and SEMO... Was one of the team’s top beam competitors throughout the year, earning nine scores of 9.8 or better... Notched career-bests on all four events, including a 9.85 on vault, 9.9 on bars, 9.875 on beam, and 9.85 on floor...2015: Earned Academic All-American honors...Participated in all 11 meets for the Green and White in her debut season, primarily on the uneven bars and the beam…Took home 17 top-10 finishes on the season…Earned one title, tying for first on the bars against Illinois-Chicago with a 9.775… Capped off her season with a career-best 9.825 on the bars at the MidAmerican Conference Championships…Nabbed a career-high 9.725 on the vault at the Michigan/Illinois Challenge and a 9.750 on the beam at the Lindenwood Tri Meet. High School: Attended Brighton High School…Qualified for regionals six years in a row and the Junior Olympic National Invitaional Tournament three straight years...Finished runner-up on beam at the 2014 Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament…Won the all-round at the 2014 Parkettes Invitational...Took first on bars and second in the all-around at the Arizona Sunrays Classic Rock Invitational...Placed second in the all-around at the 2014 Kalaharia meet...Won the 2013 Junior Olympic NIT on bars…Was a member of National Honors Society and Senior Serve Volunteer group as well as a four-year honor roll student. Personal: Full Name: Catherine Lynn Conrad...Daughter of Jonathan and Lynn Conrad...Has two brothers, Caleb and Collin, and a golden retriever named Copper. Major: Business management.

Catie Conrad Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor 9.850 9.900 9.875 9.850

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Juniors Kirsten Gendron 5-1, Junior All-Around Birch Run, Mich. (Frankenmuth)

EMU: 2016: Earned Academic All-MAC honors... Competed in 10 meets for the Eagles, primarily on bars and floor...Tied her bars career-high of 9.75 at three separate meets, including at the NCAA Regionals...Opened the season at Pittsburgh with a career-high score of 9.675 on floor...2015: Earned Academic All-American honors...Did not compete in the 2015 season. High School: Attended Frankenmuth High School‌Was a national qualifier as well as a 2012 Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament qualifier, placing second on bars and third in allaround‌Won the floor exercise at the 2012 level 10 state tournament...Competed at the level 10 nationals in 2011 after qualifying for the level 9 eastern nationals in 2010...Was an honor roll student throughout high school. Personal: Full Name: Kirsten Marie Gendron... Daughter of Guy and Jennifer Gendron...Has one sister, Mackenzie. Major: Biology.

Kirsten Gendron Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor ---- 9.750 ---- 9.675

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Juniors Megan Marino 5-3, Junior All-Around Girard, Ohio (Howland)

EMU: 2016: Earned Academic All-MAC honors... Competed in six meets for the Eagles throughout the season on floor...Hit every routine she competed... Earned a career-high 9.75 at Bowling Green...2015: Did not compete in the 2015 season. High School: Attended Howland High School… Was a four-time Level 10 regional qualifier…Placed fifth on vault at the 2014 Ohio State Championship…Took second on the floor and third on beam, leading to a third-place all-around finish at the 2013 Ohio State Championship. Personal: Full Name: Megan Elisabeth Marino... Daughter of Kim and Chris Marino...Has two brothers, Nick and Ryan. Major: Social work.

Megan Marino Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor ---- ---- ---- 9.750

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Juniors Julia Schwartz 5-5, Junior All-Around Gilbert, Ariz. (Mesquite)

EMU: 2016: Competed in all 13 meets for the Eagles...Was a regular in the vault lineup, appearing in each met, along with three appearances on bars...Scored a season-high 9.8 on vault at Ohio State...Earned a career-best 9.625 on bars at the MAC Championships...2015: Emerged as a staple on the vault for the Green and White in her first season as an Eagle…Participated in 11 meets for EMU with nine top-10 finishes…Placed second against Kent State with a 9.800 before securing a career-high 9.825 at the MSU Quad Meet for Eastern Michigan. High School: Attended Mesquite High School…Qualified for the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2013 and 2014…Captured the state championship with a 9.65 on beam…Four-time regional qualifier as a Level 10 gymnast… Place in the top five all-around at every in-state meet from 2013-14..Posted a personal-best 38.4 all-around score at the 2014 Valley of the Sun Challenge, claiming the title as well as victories on beam and floor…Competed for Arizona Dynamics Gymnastics, a club team that cracked the top-four at the state championships in 2013 and 2014…Served as president of the Advanced Dance team. Personal: Full Name: Julia Kathryn Schwartz...Daughter of Russell Schwartz and Gina Corona...Has one brother, Trevor. Major: Early childhood education.

Julia Schwartz Career Bests Vault Bars 9.825 9.625

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Juniors Kendall Valentin 5-4, Junior All Around Holmdel, N.J. (Holmdel)

EMU: 2016: Named All-MAC First Team, in addition to nabbing a spot on the 2016 All-Tournament Team... Earned Academic All-MAC and Distinguished Scholar Student-Athlete honors...Named MAC Gymnast of the Week, as well as Scholar Athlete of the Week, following the first meet of the season at Pittsburgh...Competed in every meet for the Eagles...Earned a share of the bars title at the MAC Championships after scoring a 9.9...Scored a career-high 39.2 in the all-around at Michigan...Notched a career-best 9.9 on vault at Bowling Green...Earned a 9.9 or better on bars at four meets, including a career-best 9.925 at Michigan...Posted a career-high 9.875 on beam at the MAC Championships...Competed on floor for the first time as an Eagle, scoring a career-high 9.725 at Michigan...2015: Received Academic All-American honors for the season...Competed in every meet for the Green and White in her collegiate debut season…Nabbed 13 top-three finishes, including tying for first on two occasions and nabbing a first-place finish on the uneven bars in the Eagles’ final meet of the 2015 campaign…Recorded a career-best 9.875 on the bars against NIU that not only solidified the title, but was also the seventh-highest score in EMU history…Capped off her freshman season ranked third in the conference on the bars and tied for 16th on the vault…Competed consistently on the vault, bars and beam for the Green and White in 2015 and held personal best scores of 9.850, 9.875 and 9.750, respectively, as well as carrying an average score of 9.778 on the vault and a 9.798 on the bars… Placed eighth on the vault with a 9.825 and 11th on the bars with a 9.800 at the Mid-American Conference Championships…Garnered All-MAC Second Team accolades for her efforts in the 2015 season. High School: Attended Holmdel High School…Qualified for regional and state competition all four years of high school…Finished fourth in the all-around at the 2013 New Jersey State Championship...Placed third in all-around competition at the 2013 New Jersey Region 7 competition before taking 20th at the Junior Olympic National Championship. Personal: Full Name: Kendall Marie Valentin...Daughter of John and Marie Valentin...Has one brother, Justin. Major: Biology.

Kendall Valentin Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor 9.900 9.925 9.875 9.725

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Sophomores

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Sophomores Sydney Audet

5-2, Sophomore All-Around Sylvania, Ohio (Sylvania Northview) EMU: 2016: Did not compete. High School: Attended Sylvania Northview High School...A level 10 gymnast at New Heights Gymnastics...Region 5 level 9 all-around and vault champion in 2014, also taking third on bars, fourth on beam, and fifth on floor...Took third on vault at Eastern Nationals in 2014...Was the fifth place all-arounder at Ohio State Championships, also taking fifth on beam and floor, as well as sixth on bars and ninth on vault...Level 10 Regional Qualifier...Placed ninth on vault and bars at the 2015 Region 5 Level 10 Championships, along with 17th in the all-around...Finished as the all-around champion at the 2014 Level 9 IGI Chicago Style meet. Personal: Full Name: Sydney Anne Audet...Daughter of Todd and Michele Audet...Has one sister, Rachel. Major: International studies.

Sydney Audet Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor ---- ---- ---- ----

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Sophomores Carly Clark

5-3, Sophomore All-Around White Lake, Mich. (Walled Lake Northern) EMU: 2016: Did not compete. High School: Attended Walled Lake Northern High School...A level 10 gymnast at Oakland Gymnastics... National qualifier in 2015, as well as a two-time level 10 regional qualifier in 2014 and 2015...Finished fifth in the all-around at the 2015 Region Five Championships with a 37.125...Took home the vault title at the 2013 Eastern Gymnastics Championship with a score of 9.525. Personal: Full Name: Carly Rachel Clark...Daughter of Neale and Lori Clark...Has one brother, Connor, and two sisters, Caitlin and Corrina. Major: Biology

Carly Clark Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor ---- ---- ---- ----

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Sophomores Ciara Gresham 5-5, Sophomore All-Around Shiloh, Ill. (Belleville)

EMU: 2016: Competed in five meets as a freshman, primarily on floor and vault...Scored a career-high 9.75 on vault at the MAC Championships... Notched a career-best 9.85 on floor at two meets, including the MAC Championships...Finished the season strong despite an early-year injury. High School: Attended Belleville East High School...A level 10 gymnast at World Class Gymnastics Center...A six-time level 10 regional qualifier...Qualified to the National Invitational Tournament twice... Qualified to JO Nationals in 2015, where she took home three top10 finishes, including 10th on vault, eighth on floor, and 10th allaround...Claimed the state vault title in three consecutive seasons from 2013-2015...Also took home the state floor title in back-to-back seasons, 2014-15. Personal: Full Name: Ciara Gresham...Daughter of Todd and DaWanda Gresham...Has one sister, Kameron. Major: Psychology.

Ciara Gresham Career Bests Vault Bars 9.750 ----

Beam Floor ---- 9.850

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Sophomores Megan Hultgren

5-3, Freshman All-Around Rockford, Ill. (Sacred Heart Classical Center) EMU: 2016: Competed in every meet of the season for the Eagles on beam...Was incredibly consistent throughout the year, earning nine scores of 9.7 or better...Turned in hit routines at both the MAC Championships as well as the NCAA Regionals...Notched a career-best 9.85 at Bowling Green. High School: Attended Sacred Heart Classical Center...Was a twotime JO Nationals qualifier in 2012 and 2013, where she placed third on beam...2014 qualifier to the National Invitational Tournament, where she finished second on beam...A four-time level 10 regional qualifier...2013 Region Five beam champion...Three-time Illinois state bars champion in 2012, 2014, and 2015...Took home the beam title at the Illinois State Championships in 2014...As a level nine, she took home the beam and all-around titles at JO Nationals in 2010. Personal: Full Name: Megan Mary Hultgren...Daughter of Keith and Jennifer Hultgren...Has one brother, Jacob, and one sister, Katie. Major: Exercise science.

Megan Hultgren Career Bests Vault Bars Beam Floor ---- ---- 9.850 ----

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Freshmen

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Freshmen Emili Dobronics

Allison Smith

5-3, Freshman All-Around Orland Park, Ill. (Carl Sandburg)

5-5, Freshman All-Around Telford, Pa. (Souderton)

EMU: 2016: One of EMU’s incoming recruits

EMU: 2016: One of EMU’s incoming recruits High School: Attended Carl Sandburg High School…Competed at United Gymnastics Academy…Qualified to J.O. Nationals as a senior in 2016…Took sixth on vault at the 2014 Illinois State Championships, in addition to sixth on floor…Competed in the J.O. National Invitational Tournament in 2013, placing sixth on bars, eighth on beam, and ninth in the all-around.

High School: Attended Souderton High School…Competed at Silvia’s Gymnastics…Tore her ACL as a senior, but came back at the end of the season and was named second alternate for Nationals…Had nine top-three finishes on vault within 2013-16, including a third-place finish at the Pennsylvania State Championships in 2015…Qualified to level nine nationals in 2013 after winning the regional all-around championship.

Personal: Full Name: Emili Marie Dobronics…Daughter of Dave Dobronics and Jorie Sola…Has three brothers, Jeremy, Matthew, and Vincent.

Personal: Full Name: Allison M Smith…Daughter of Dave and Karen Smith…Has three brothers, Jason, Derrick, and Matt. Major: Undecided.

Major: Exercise science.

Hollie Minichiello 5-2, Freshman All-Around Orlando, Fla. (East River)

EMU: 2016: One of EMU’s incoming recruits High School: Attended East River High School…Qualified to Nationals in both 2013 and 2014… Had four top-10 finishes at the 2014 J.O National Championships…Won the Florida State Championships all-around, bars, and vault titles in 2013, while repeating as all-around champion in 2014…State champion on bars in 2015…NIT qualifier in 2015… Posted top-ten finishes on every event at the Florida State Championships in 2015…Member of the National Honor Society. Personal: Full Name: Hollie Rae Minichiello…Daughter of Robert and Eva Minichiello…Has two sisters, Jannelle and Brittany…Jannelle was a member of the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team from 2010-14. Major: Psychology.

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Coaching Staff Sarah Brown

1st season (Missouri, ‘10) 0-0 Overall (0-0 MAC) Career Record Eastern Michigan University Vice President/Director of Athletics Heather Lyke announced July 25, the hiring of Sarah Brown as the new women’s gymnastics head coach at EMU. Brown, who spent the past year working at the University of Michigan, officially began her duties as head coach on Wednesday, July 27. “Not only was Sarah incredibly impressive and prepared throughout the interview process, but her competitive background as a student-athlete and coaching experience make her an ideal person to lead our women’s gymnastics team,” said Lyke. “Sarah’s preparation, positive energy, and confidence is evident. We are looking forward to her continuing to lead our team on the trajectory of competing annually for the Mid-American Conference Championship and advancing to the NCAA Championships.” Brown arrives in Ypsilanti following a year-long stint as the volunteer assistant coach at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she assisted on all four events, including beam and floor choreography, as well as the development of daily practice plans. Her lone year as a Wolverine saw the team capture the Big Ten Conference Championship, in addition to bringing home individual Big Ten titles on uneven bars, beam, and floor exercise. Additionally, she helped coach the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. “I’d like to thank Heather and the entire athletic department for the opportunity to continue building upon Eastern Michigan’s success,” added Brown. “My husband I are thrilled to be a part of the EMU family, and I’m looking forward to another strong season of Eagle gymnastics. The welcome response has been overwhelming and I can’t wait to start preparing for the 2017 season.”

Her duties as director of operations included being the primary travel coordinator for the team, which encompassed booking flights, arranging buses, and planning team meals. In addition, Brown helped coordinate summer camps, specifically assisting with registration, scheduling, and rotations, both inside and outside of the gym. During her time at Mizzou, she was also a sport psychology intern and an administrative assistant, helping the athletic director with various administrative tasks. She got her coaching start at Flipz USA Gymnastics, spending six years instructing children between the ages of two and 18 in coordination, motor skills, and fundamental gymnastics basics. Not only did she coach beginners, but she also helped with advanced and team classes ranging from level three to level 10. Specifically within the team side, she choreographed beam and floor routines for levels seven through 10, in addition to creating workout plans for all four events. Brown was an accomplished gymnast at Missouri and Utah from 2006 through 2010, being named to the Mizzou Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015. A four-time All-American, Brown earned a Honda Broderick Cup Award nomination in 2010. In 2009 and 2010, she was named the Women’s Intersport Network Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year, in addition to being named the University of Missouri Female Athlete of the Year, South Central Regional Gymnast of the Year, and Big 12 Gymnast of the Year. The 2010 recipient of the Director of Athletics Leadership Award, she was a nine-time All-Big 12 honoree and the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2008. As a freshman at Utah in 2007, she helped the Utes to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. Brown is a double-graduate of Missouri, earning a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in communication and business in 2010, in addition to a master’s of education in counseling psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology in 2012.

She was also involved in on-campus recruiting, which saw her assist with campus tours for prospective student-athletes and their parents, among other duties. On the operations side, Brown coordinated the planning for meet judges, including hotel accommodations and travel, while also helping with team travel plans, community service opportunities, social media, and other daily operations. Before joining the Maize and Blue, Brown was an assistant gymnastics coach at Southeast Missouri State University for three seasons. There, she was the head beam coach, in addition to the beam and floor choreographer, helping create unique routines while also mentally preparing her student-athletes for the rigors of the competitive season. She found plenty of success at SEMO, earning Midwest Independent Conference Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2014. Brown also coached the 2014 MIC floor, vault, and bars champions, in addition to the 2013 and 2014 MIC Freshman of the Year. Finally, she helped coach four individual all-around competitors that qualified to the NCAA Regionals in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Similar to her time at Michigan, she also helped with recruiting and attracting prospective student-athletes to SEMO. In her role, she assisted in all team functions, including monthly community service projects, ordering team apparel, and organizing team activities and events. Prior to being a collegiate coach, Brown worked as the Director of Operations for the University of Missouri women’s gymnastics team.

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Coaching Staff Dallas Becerra Assistant Coach 1st Season (Missouri, ‘13)

Ea ster n M ichigan University women’s gymnastics head coach Sarah Brown announced Sept. 6, that the Eagles have hired Dallas Becerra as the team’s new assistant coach. Becerra will officially begin his duties as assistant coach today. “I’m thrilled to have Dallas on board here at EMU,” exclaimed Brown. “I’ve known him for many years, and I’m excited about his enthusiasm for our team and the sport of gymnastics. Dallas will bring a wealth of knowledge on bars, and his spotting ability will be an asset to the team. He will also be a great addition to our recruiting efforts, and I look forward to supporting his transition into collegiate gymnastics.” Becerra comes to Ypsilanti following a year-long stint at AIM Gymnastics Training Center in The Woodlands, Texas. There, Becerra worked as the team’s primary uneven bars coach. Specifically, he developed a new training system for optional-level gymnasts on bars, in addition to being the main spotter for level 10 and elite gymnasts on floor and bars. Finally, Becerra also assisted in creating conditioning circuits to help the overall fitness of his gymnasts. Before coaching at AIM Gymnastics, Becerra worked as the women’s optional assistant team coach at American Kids Sports Center in Bakersfield, Calif. There, he assumed interim head coaching duties for a period of time while the head coach was unavailable. He also oversaw and directed all levels of gymnastics, all the way from compulsory through optional. Becerra also implemented the TOPS program for the gym, recruiting gymnasts into the program based on physical abilities and flexibility. Becerra got his coaching start at FlipzUSA Gymnastics in Columbia, Mo., serving as the women’s optional coach. As the optional coach, Becerra created daily workout plans and drills for optional gymnasts, ranging from level eight through level 10. Overall, he was able to provide a safe environment at practice for all athletes, utilizing spotting techniques learned at

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coaching clinics. In his four years coaching, Becerra has amassed an impressive list of coaching accomplishments. In 2016, Becerra had the top ranked level seven team in the country, while in 2015, he sent two gymnasts to Western Nationals. Becerra earned his Bachelor’s of science in parks, recreation, and tourism with an emphasis in sport management at the University of Missouri in 2013.


Coaching Staff Shea Anderson Volunteer Assistant 3rd Season (Iowa State, ‘12)

Now in her third season as volunteer assistant coach, Shea Anderson played a vital role in the Eagles’ fantastic 2016 season. Not only did the Eagles win their secondever MAC title, but they also qualified to NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history. Additionally, the Green and White repeatedly broke records throughout the season, including a score of 196.6 as a team.

the vault, beam and floor lineups at both the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Salt Lake Regional. After being a solid contributor in her first two seasons at Iowa State, Anderson had a breakout season in 2011. Appearing in every meet on vault and floor, the Oakland, Iowa native earned the team’s Most Improved Gymnast award. She was the Cyclones’ top scorer in multiple meets in various events, including a victory on vault with a careerhigh-tying 9.850 against Missouri. Anderson also performed at a high level on a bigger stage, setting a new personal best of 9.750 on beam at the NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor. At ISU, Anderson excelled not only in the gym, but in the classroom as well. She was a two-time ISU Scholar-Athlete, made the Dean’s List once, and found herself on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times. As a sophomore, she earned a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team before making the conference’s first team during her senior season.

In her first year, Anderson helped guide the Eagles to an impressive record of 13-5. Additionally, the team managed to post a programhigh team score of 195.575, besting the previous record set in 2004. Anderson primarily assists on beam and vault, which were two of the Eagles’ most consistent events last season. Shea Anderson joined the EMU gymnastics coaching staff, Aug. 26, 2014 and has served as a volunteer assistant coach. Anderson, a former gymnast at Iowa State University, will help coach the Eagles after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant strength coach at Creighton University. “I am thrilled to have Shea joining our coaching staff; she is an intelligent and extremely hard working young woman,” mentioned previous Head Coach Jay Santos. “Shea started as walk-on at Iowa St but was a solid contributor on multiple events and went on to earn a scholarship. She understands the commitment it takes to compete for a Division I university and I have no doubt that the girls at EMU will benefit from Shea’s knowledge and experience of competing at a Big 12 University.” While earning her master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Anderson was a graduate assistant strength coach at Creighton, where she oversaw women’s rowing and cross country while also assisting with women’s soccer, volleyball, softball as well as men’s and women’s basketball. She got her start in strength and conditioning as an intern at South Dakota State University in 2012, following her graduation from Iowa State with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health. With the Jackrabbits, she worked with both men’s and women’s basketball along with football and volleyball. As a Cyclone gymnast, Anderson was a four-year letterwinner, competing in 44 meets throughout her career. In her final season at Iowa State, she competed on the floor in 11 meets, while making the beam and vault rotations during the year as well. She shined against the No. 1 ranked team in the country at the time, Nebraska, tying a career-high on vault with a 9.850, while also recording a then seasonbest 9.775 on floor. She eclipsed that mark on floor with a 9.800 against Minnesota on Senior Night before closing out her career in

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Mid-American Conference Providing leadership in education and diversity, the Mid-American Conference moves into its 71st year of service to our students. Since its inception in 1946, the Mid-American Conference has progressively grown and developed into one of the most aggressive Division I conferences in the country. One of only 10 football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences, the MAC named Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher as its eighth commissioner in March of 2009. The league has grown its commitment to championship events as it hosts championships in 23 sports, including neutral site events at some of the finest facilities in the nation – football (Ford Field, Detroit), men’s and women’s basketball (Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland), softball (Firestone Stadium, Akron) and baseball (All Pro Freight Stadium, Avon, Ohio). The MAC secured a fouryear contract extension with Ford Field to host the MAC Football Championship Game through the 2019 football season, anchored a six-year contract extension for the MAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments at Quicken Loans Arena through the 2023 season, and stabilized a five-year contract extension through the 2020 season for the MAC Baseball Tournament at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio. In addition to growing its commitment to MAC championships, Steinbrecher has strategically positioned the MAC’s participation in hosting NCAA events and championships. The MAC recently served as the host for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and will also serve as host of the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, also at Quicken Loans Arena. The MAC has previously hosted both the 2012 and 2014 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships under Steinbrecher’s direction. In the summer of 2014, the MAC and ESPN announced a historic 13-year rights extension deal through the 2026-27 season for expanded national television and digital distribution. This is the largest and most extensive agreement in the history of the Conference and brings long-term security for the MAC through the 2026-27 academic year. ESPN has exclusive television and digital distribution rights for all MAC sporting events, and guarantees coverage of every football game, and select men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sporting events. The MAC and ESPN will establish on-campus production capabilities that will provide a significant increase in the national coverage of baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling and Olympic sports on ESPN3. This will open up nearly 92 million households from ESPN3 for exposure to MAC sports for the first time in Conference history. Through this ESPN partnership, the MAC and CBS Sports Network announced a four-year sub-licensing agreement to expand its national coverage of football and basketball through the 2018-19 season. During the 2015 season, the MAC tied a Conference record with seven programs receiving a bowl invitation. Bowling Green (GoDaddy Bowl), Northern Illinois (San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl), Toledo (Marmot Boca Raton Bowl), Ohio (Raycom Media Camellia Bowl), Western Michigan (Popeyes Bahamas Bowl), Akron (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), and Central Michigan (Quick Lane Bowl) represented the MAC in bowl games last season. The seven MAC bowl invitations matches the Conference record for programs receiving a bowl invitation in a single season, which also occurred during the 2012 bowl season. This also marks the eighth time in MAC history to have five or more programs receive a bowl invitation (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) in a single-season. In December of 2015, the MAC named Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson as the league’s Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner and MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Also receiving accolades, Akron LB Jatavis Brown earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Western Michigan RB Jamauri Bogan won MAC Freshman of the Year, NIU kick returner Aregeros Turner won MAC Special Teams Player of the Year Award and former Toledo head coach Matt Campbell won MAC Coach of the Year. Four MAC students were named 2015 Academic All-Americans as selected by the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Buffalo senior tight end Matt Weiser and Kent State senior safety Jordan Italiano were named Academic AllAmerica First-Team, while Kent State junior safety Nick Cuthbert and Bowling Green sophomore punter Joe Davidson were named Academic All-America Second-Team. In December of 2013, former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch finished third overall in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest ever finish by a MAC student. Lynch was invited to the Heisman Trophy Award ceremony in New York City and became only the third MAC student-athlete to receive an invitation to the ceremony – Marshall QB Chad Pennington (1999) and Marshall WR Randy Moss (1997). During the 2014 NFL Draft, Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack was the fifth overall selection by the Oakland Raiders. Mack’s selection was the highest-ever for the Buffalo program and the second highest ever selection for a MAC student. This marked the second consecutive year for the MAC to have its two highest ever selections in the NFL Draft. In the 2013 NFL Draft, Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was selected as the first overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs, making Fisher the first-ever football player from the MAC selected first overall in the NFL Draft. In 2012, the MAC witnessed a record setting seven teams receive bowl invitations, including the first ever BCS Bowl invitation with Northern Illinois playing in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013. The MAC also had four football programs ranked in the top 25 of national polls – Northern Illinois, Kent State, Toledo and Ohio—as the BCS Standings had two MAC programs in the Top 25 at the end of the regular season with No. 15 Northern Illinois and No. 25 Kent State. The MAC also set a conference record for the most wins against FBS opponents with 16 victories. In the fall of 2013, the MAC announced the creation of newly created bowl games in Boca Raton, Fla., Nassau, Bahamas, Miami Beach, Fla., and Montgomery, Ala. for a six-year period (2014-2019). The creation of the Marmot Boca Raton, Popeyes Bahamas and Miami Beach Bowls is the centerpiece of a joint agreement between several FBS conferences and will be supported by several FBS conferences on a six-year rotating basis. The Marmot Boca Raton Bowl will be owned and operated by ESPN and will be played at FAU Stadium, an open air stadium which seats nearly 30,000 fans on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will be played at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. The Miami Beach Bowl will be played at Marlins Park. The Raycom Camellia Bowl, based in Montgomery, Ala., is owned and operated by ESPN and will be played in the Cramton Bowl, a 25,000 seat stadium. The MAC is also a partner with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl as a primary partner in 2017 and 2019, and a secondary partner in 2015, 2016 and 2018 bowl seasons. The MAC will play the Mountain West in both the 2017 and 2019 bowl seasons, played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Each football season the MAC has a minimum five guaranteed bowl opportunities. The MAC has long-term primary contracts with the Mobile Alabama Bowl (based in Mobile, Ala.) through the 2017 season and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (based in Boise, Ida.) through the 2019 season. During the 2015 football season, Bowling Green won the 2015 Marathon MAC Football Championship with a 34-14 win over NIU. This marked the second MAC Championship for Bowling Green in the last three seasons and the programs 12th overall Conference Championship. Bowling Green also clinched the East Division title for the program’s third consecutive East Division crown, while Northern Illinois won its sixth consecutive MAC West Division title as the Huskies won the tie-breakers in the four-way tie for first place in the West with NIU, Toledo, Western Michigan and Central Michigan. Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson set the Conference record for single-season passing yards (4,700), passing touchdowns (43) and the Falcons offense set the league record for single-season total offense (7,293 yards). NIU defensive back Shawun Lurry, who led the nation with nine interceptions in 2015, was named First-Team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Second-Team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Third-Team All-American by The Associated Press and Honorable Mention All-American by SportsIllustrated.com. Buffalo senior tight end Matt Weiser and Kent State senior safety Jordan Italiano were named Academic All-America First-Team, while Kent State junior safety Nick Cuthbert and Bowling Green sophomore punter Joe Davidson were named Academic All- America Second-Team. The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame named 25 MAC students as members of the 2016 Hampshire Honor Society, which recognizes college football players that maintained a 3.20 GPA or better throughout their college career. Six more MAC players were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft – OT Willie Beavers (Western Michigan) by Minnesota (4th Round, 121st overall); WR Tajae Sharpe (UMass) by Tennessee (5th Round, 140th overall); LB Jatavis Brown (Akron) by San Diego (5th Round, 175th overall); S Kavon Frazier (Central Michigan) by Dallas (6th Round, 212nd overall); RB Darius Jackson (Eastern Michigan) by Dallas (6th Round, 216th overall); and WR Daniel Braverman (Western Michigan) by Chicago (7th Round, 230th overall). In men’s basketball, the MAC witnessed the No. 3 seed Buffalo Bulls win its second consecutive MAC Tournament Championship, becoming the first program in 14 years to repeat as MAC champions. The MAC finished the season ranked 10th overall in conference RPI and had six programs invited to postseason tournaments (NCAA-Buffalo; NIT-Akron; CIT-Central Michigan and Ball State; CBIOhio; Vegas Invitational-Northern Illinois). Ohio Junior forward Antonio Campbell was named a 2015-16 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection. Ball State reached the postseason for the first time in 14 years and posted the fourth-best turnaround in the country, improving from seven wins to 21 wins in the 2015-16 season. During the 2015-16 academic year, Akron men’s soccer won its ninth straight MAC regular season title (18th overall) as well as its fourth straight MAC Tournament Title (12th overall). Akron defeated three Top-25 schools during the regular season (Georgetown, Maryland, Saint Louis) and was awarded the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Zips advanced to the 2015 College Cup before falling to eventual NCAA Champion Stanford in penalty kicks (8-7). Bowling Green cracked the NSCAA Top-25 as it marked the first time since 1999 that the Falcons had been ranked in the national poll. Western Michigan set a school record with 12 shutouts as Chad Wiseman was named 2016 MAC Coach of the Year, the first ever for the Broncos soccer program. Akron MF Richie Laryea was selected in the first round, seventh overall, by Orlando City Soccer Club in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Bowling Green MF Ryan James was selected in the third round, 52nd overall, by Sporting Kansas City. Akron’s Tyler Sanda named recipient of NCAA Elite 90 Award. The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships. Akron’s Adam Najem (Second-Team) and Richie Laryea (Third-Team) were both named NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-Americans. Akron’s Najem was also selected as a First-Team NSCAA Scholar All-American. Akron’s Laryea was named to MLS 2016 Generation adidas class, only five underclassmen who entered the professional ranks through the 2016 MLS SuperDraft are selected. Bowling Green’s Pat Flynn (First-Team) and Joe Sullivan (SecondTeam) along with West Virginia’s Jack Elliott (Second-Team) were all named CoSIDA Academic All-America, while West Virginia’s Jamie Merriam earned Senior CLASS All-America Honors (Second-Team). In wrestling, Missouri won its fourth consecutive MAC Tournament Championship and finished sixth overall at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Missouri junior J’den Cox became the 11th MAC wrestler in Conference history to win a National Championship, including the first two-time National Champion. Cox won the 197 weight class with a 4-2 win over Penn State’s Morgan McIntosh at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cox becomes the fourth MAC National Champion in the last six years -- joining Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore in 2011 (197 weight class), Cox in 2014 (197 weight class) and Missouri’s Drake Houdashelt in 2015 (149 weight class). Cox also qualified for Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The MAC had 45

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wrestlers invited to the to the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which ranked third most of any Division I Conference, and 10 wrestlers were named All-Americans from six different programs -- Missouri (J’Den Cox 1st place at 197; Lavion Mayes 3rd place at 149; Daniel Lewis 4th place at 165; and Willie Miklus 6th place at 184); Kent State (Mike DePalma 5th place at 149; Ian Miller 6th place at 157); Old Dominion (Chris Mecate 5th place at 141); Northern Iowa (Dylan Peters 6th place at 125); Central Michigan (Justin Oliver 7th place at 149) and Ohio (Cody Walters 7th place at 174). Eastern Michigan claimed its sixth consecutive and 20th MAC title in men’s cross country. Both Eastern Michigan’s Nick Raymond and Miami’s Joe Stewart represented the Conference at the 2016 NCAA Championship. Stewart was also selected as the Men’s Division 1 Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross-Country Coaches. Eastern Michigan won its 33rd swimming & diving championship. Western Michigan won the program’s 11th overall MAC Tournament Championship. Toledo junior Stjepan Sisko was named MAC Co-Player of the Year, which marked the third consecutive year to be named or share MAC Player of the Year honors (2014, 2015, 2016). In men’s golf, Kent State captured its 23rd MAC title and Bowling Green’s Jose Narro won the 2016 U.S. Open Local Qualifier, while Akron’s Elliot Grayson finished in the runner-up position. Akron won its third consecutive MAC Indoor Track and Field Championship and its fifth title in the last six years. Akron’s Clayton Murphy won the 800m run at NCAA Indoor Track & Field, becoming a three-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) First-Team All-American. Eastern Michigan’s Anthony Jones finished 13th in weight throw at NCAA Indoor Championships, earning All-American honors. Four students were named Second Team All-Americans; Willy Fink (Eastern Michigan), Alex McCune (Akron), William Barnes (Kent State), and Donovan Tolbert (Kent State). In men’s outdoor track and field, Akron won its sixth Conference Championship in program history. A total of 50 male athletes from the MAC participated in the 2016 NCAA Men’s Track & Field Preliminary Championships, while 13 male athletes advanced to the NCAA Track & Field Championships. Akron’s Clayton Murphy captured his second National Championship title of the year, winning the 1500m by crossing the line in 3:36.38. Murphy was also named a semi-finalist for the 2016 Bowerman Award. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named three MAC students as First-Team All-Americans –Clayton Murphy, Akron (800 Meters); Solomon Simmons, Eastern Michigan (Decathalon); Reggie Jagers, Kent State (Discus) and five students as Second-Team All-Americans – Terrell McClain, Akron (Long Jump); Joseph Oduho, Akron (Long Jump); Curtis Richardson, Akron (High Jump); Cody Stine, Akron (High Jump); Jesse Oxley, Kent State (Pole Vault). The USTFCCCA also named Clayton Murphy (Akron) as the Great Lakes Regional Men’s Track Athlete of the Year, while Akron assistant coach, Tomasz Smialek was honored as Assistant Coach of the Year. Eastern Michigan’s Willy Fink was named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America Team. In baseball, Kent State won the 2016 MAC Baseball Regular Season title, the program’s 13th title, while Western Michigan won its first ever MAC Baseball Tournament title. Kent State’s Eric Lauer became the 10th pitcher in school history to throw a no-hitter and was the MAC Pitcher of the Year, who led the nation in ERA (0.69) and had the lowest ERA of any Division I starting pitcher since 1979. Lauer was named First Team All-American and Western Michigan junior LHP Keegan Akin was named Third Team All-American by Baseball America. Ohio’s Rudy Rott, Western Michigan’s Connor Smith, NIU’s William Anderson & Miami’s Cole Gnetz were named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. A total of 15 MAC students were taken during the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft led by Eric Lauer (Kent State) selected in the 1st round, 25th overall by San Diego; Keegan Akin (Western Michigan) picked in the 2nd round, 54th overall by the Chicago White Sox; and Alex Call (Ball State) in the 3rd round, 86th overall by the Chicago White Sox. Women’s athletics continued to shire for the MAC this past year. In women’s basketball, Buffalo won its first ever MAC Tournament Championship as a No. 8 seed. Six programs were invited to postseason tournaments (NCAA-Buffalo; WNIT-Akron, Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Ohio). Ohio made a run to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT, while Ball State and Eastern Michigan each recorded one victory in the postseason tournament. Central Michigan’s Tinara Moore tied the NCAA Record for most field goals made in a game without a miss after going 16-of-16 in her game at Akron on January 9th. Ball State’s Nathalie Fontaine became just the 15th MAC Women’s Basketball Player to surpass 2,000 points for her career after scoring 28 in her game at Kent State (Feb. 13). Fontaine also garnered national honors as AP Honorable Mention All-American as well as being named to the WBCA All-Region 2 Team. In volleyball, Northern Illinois won the MAC Regular Season title for the third time in program history, however the Ohio Bobcats won the MAC Championship Title. The MAC defeated top ranked opponents during the regular season as Ohio beat No. 10-ranked Kentucky and Miami shutout No. 19-ranked Michigan State, 3-0. NIU’s T’ara Austin earned 2015 Player of the Year, senior Alexis Gonzalez was named 2015 Setter of the Year and Ray Gooden was chosen as 2015 Coach of the Year. Kent State’s Kelsey Bittinger and Miami’s Katie Tomasic were named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District. In women’s soccer, Western Michigan claimed it third MAC Tournament title. Akron’s Sarah Sivic, Ball State’s Alyssa Heintschel, Central Michigan’s Christen Chiesa, Miami’s Haley Walter, Kent State’s Donavan Capehart and Western Michigan’s Emma Kahn were named CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team All-Americans. In women’s cross country, Eastern Michigan won their first title in program history. Western Michigan sophomore Maria McDaniel was selected as a member of the NCAA All-Great Lakes Regional Team and placed 43rd at NCAA Championship. In field hockey, Kent State repeated as MAC Tournament Champions. Miami’s Bea Dechant was named a NFHCA All-American, while Miami’s Alysa Xavier ranked 2nd nationally in save percent with .803. Central Michigan’s Sadie Lynn Reynolds ranked 7th nationally in saves per game with 8.24. In gymnastics, Eastern Michigan ended the 2016 season ranked 24th in the country and won its second MAC title in program history. For the first time in MAC gymnastics history, four teams qualified for NCAA Regionals – Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Kent State. Eastern Michigan’s Rachel Slocum qualified for NCAA Nationals on the Floor Exercise. She tied for 47th with a score of 9.8. Eastern Michigan’s Head Coach Jay Santos was named Regional Coach of the Year, while Eastern Michigan’s Assistant Coach Jess Santos was named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. Akron won its third straight MAC Championship in women’s swimming and diving. The MAC had 11 students (9 swimmers, 2 divers) represented at the NCAA’s Championships. Miami’s Pei Lin claimed her second straight runner-up title in the three-meter dive at NCAA Championships and also finished 3rd in the one-meter dive. In women’s indoor track and field, Eastern Michigan repeated as MAC Champions for the program’s fifth overall title. Akron’s Claudia Garcia Jou placed 3rd in high jump at NCAA Indoor Championships, earning USTFCCCA First-Team All-American honors for the third time. Alexis Cooks and Jackie Siefring of Akron picked up Second-Team All-American honors at NCAA Indoor Championships. In women’s outdoor track and field, Eastern Michigan became the first program in 10 years to earn the Triple Crown – having won MAC Championship Titles in Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field. A total of 57 women athletes from the MAC participated in the 2016 NCAA Women’s NCAA Track & Field Preliminary Championships, while 10 women qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championships. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named two MAC student-athletes as First-Team All-Americans –Claudia Garcia Jou, Akron (High Jump); Caroline Hasse, Akron (Pole Vault) and two MAC student-athletes as Second-Team All-Americans – Jackie Siefring, Akron (Heptathlon); Jackie Leppelmeier, Kent State (Hammer). USTFCCCA named Eastern Michigan Head Coach Sue Parks the 2016 outdoor season Great Lakes Region Women’s Coach of the Year. Akron’s Claudia Garcia Jou was named to CoSIDA’s 2016 Academic All-America Team. In women’s tennis, Ball State won the programs first ever share of the MAC Regular Season Title and also won the programs first ever MAC Women’s Tennis Tournament Championship. Ball State finished the regular season with a program best overall record of 20-3, including 7-1 in the MAC. In women’s golf, Kent State won their 18th straight MAC Women’s Golf title, giving them the conference record for most consecutive titles won. The Golden Flashes ended the season ranked 9th nationally on GolfStat with an average score 73.61. Toledo’s Sathika Ruenreong became the first Rocket selected for the NCAA Regionals in the 21-year history of the program. In softball, Miami captured their fourth MAC Tournament Title in program history. Kent State’s Holly Speers established the NCAA record for home runs in consecutive at-bats with five as she achieved the record over four games (March 22-26) and during this span, Speers also reached base in 11 consecutive plate appearances, which was tied for fifth in NCAA Division I history. Northern Illinois senior Emily Naegele was selected CoSIDA Academic All-District on May 5. From two-time Super Bowl quarterback winning Ben Roethlisberger (Miami University), NFL Defensive MVP James Harrison (Kent State University), NFL Pro Bowlers (OT Joe Staley, TE Antonio Gates, WR Antonio Brown), British Open winner Ben Curtis (Kent State University), World Series winning manager Bob Brenly (Ohio University) and Olympic bobsled team member Brock Kreitzburgh (University of Toledo), the Mid-American Conference continues to excel in producing leaders in the world of athletics. History of the MAC Based in Cleveland since July 1999 following a 15-year stay in Toledo, Ohio, the MAC has established historic measurements in both football and men’s and women’s basketball since moving to Northeast Ohio. The MAC was founded as a five-school league on February 24, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio with Ohio, Butler, Cincinnati, Wayne State and Western Reserve admitted as charter members. The Mid-American Conference membership consists of 12 universities across five states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Ohio). In 1946 men’s basketball was the first competitive sport in the MAC, which now sponsors a total 23 sports. Women’s sports were brought into the conference’s structure in 1980. For men, there are 11 championships sponsored in football, basketball, baseball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, wrestling, golf and tennis. For women, 12 championships are sponsored in basketball, softball, volleyball, cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, gymnastics, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and tennis.


Individual & Team Records Vault Pos. Name Score Year 1. Natalie Hashimoto 10 2001 2. Natalie Hashimoto 9.975 2001 3. Natalie Hashimoto 9.95 2000 Natalie Hashimoto 9.95 2000 Natalie Hashimoto 9.95 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.95 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 9.95 2003 8. Natalie Hashimoto 9.925 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.925 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.925 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 9.925 2003 Rachel Slocum 9.925 2016 13. Rachel Johnson 9.9 1997 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2001 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2002 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2004 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2004 Tawna Bennett 9.9 2006 Rachel Slocum 9.9 2016 Rachel Slocum 9.9 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.9 2016

Bars Pos. Name Score Year 1. Natalie Hashimoto 9.95 2003 2. Kendall Valentin 9.925 2016 3. Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2000 Lindsey Gamrod 9.9 2001 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Jennifer Charlebois 9.9 2005 Catie Conrad 9.9 2016 Natalie Gervais 9.9 2016 Lacey Rubin 9.9 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.9 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.9 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.9 2016 14. Chrissy Jones 9.875 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.875 2002 Kendall Valentin 9.875 2015 Lacey Rubin 9.875 2016 Lacey Rubin 9.875 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.875 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.875 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.875 2016 22. Heather Shire 9.85 1997 Natalie Hashimoto 9.85 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.85 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 9.85 2002 Lucy Burgin 9.85 2003 Leah Hashimoto 9.85 2004 Kendall Valentin 9.85 2015 Kendall Valentin 9.85 2015 Lacey Rubin 9.85 2015 Catie Conrad 9.85 2016 Catie Conrad 9.85 2016 Catie Conrad 9.85 2016 Natalie Gervais 9.85 2016 Natalie Gervais 9.85 2016 Lacey Rubin 9.85 2016 Lacey Rubin 9.85 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.85 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.85 2016

Natalie & Leah Hashimoto

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Individual & Team Records Beam

Pos. Name Score Year 1. Natalie Hashimoto 10 2000 2. Natalie Gervias 9.925 2016 3. Jenka Faes 9.9 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2001 Jennifer Spindler 9.9 2003 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Rebecca Fuss 9.9 2004 Lacey Rubin 9.9 2016 Natalie Gervais 9.9 2016 12. Dana Stencel 9.875 2001 Sarah Wasilenko 9.875 2001 Leah Hashimoto 9.875 2004 Jolene Worley 9.875 2007 Natalie Gervais 9.875 2015 Catie Conrad 9.875 2016 Catie Conrad 9.875 2016 Catie Conrad 9.875 2016 Natalie Gervais 9.875 2016 Lacey Rubin 9.875 2016 Lacey Rubin 9.875 2016 Kendall Valentin 9.875 2016 24. Lisa Flemming 9.85 1994 Jennifer Collum 9.85 1998 Jennifer Collum 9.85 1998 Jennifer Collum 9.85 1999 Emily Rock 9.85 2000 Dana Stencel 9.85 2001 Jennifer Spindler 9.85 2001 Jennifer Spindler 9.85 2001 Sarah Wasilenko 9.85 2001 Jennifer Spindler 9.85 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 9.85 2002 Jennifer Spindler 9.85 2004 Missy Thompson 9.85 2004 Tara Poche 9.85 2004 Rebecca Fuss 9.85 2005 Jolene Worley 9.85 2008 Kaylin Milick 9.85 2010 Anna Willette 9.85 2014 Anna Willette 9.85 2015 Carrina Lo Bello 9.85 2015 Natalie Gervais 9.85 2015 Catie Conrad 9.85 2016 Catie Conrad 9.85 2016 Catie Conrad 9.85 2016 Natalie Gervais 9.85 2016

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Megan Hultgren Lacey Rubin Kendall Valentin Kendall Valentin Kendall Valentin Floor Exercise

9.85 2016 9.85 2016 9.85 2016 9.85 2016 9.85 2016

Pos. Name Score Year 1. Natalie Hashimoto 9.95 2000 Sarah Wasilenko 9.95 2002 Leah Hashimoto 9.95 2003 Brooke Morari 9.95 2004 Brooke Morari 9.95 2004 Brooke Morari 9.95 2004 7. Leah Hashimoto 9.925 2001 Sarah Wasilenko 9.925 2001 Sarah Wasilenko 9.925 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 9.925 2002 Leah Hashimoto 9.925 2003 Emily Koechel 9.925 2004 Leah Hashimoto 9.925 2004 Leah Hashimoto 9.925 2004 15. Sarah Wasilenko 9.9 2000 Kristen Totten 9.9 2001 Sarah Wasilenko 9.9 2001 Sarah Wasilenko 9.9 2001 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 9.9 2002 Sarah Wasilenko 9.9 2002 Sarah Wasilenko 9.9 2002 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2003 Brooke Morari 9.9 2004 Brooke Morari 9.9 2004 Brooke Morari 9.9 2004 Emily Koechel 9.9 2004 Emily Koechel 9.9 2004 Leah Hashimoto 9.9 2004 Erin Grigg 9.9 2009 Chantelle Loehner 9.9 2015 Chantelle Loehner 9.9 2015 Kimberly Ebeyer 9.9 2016 Sydney McEachern 9.9 2016 Rachel Slocum 9.9 2016 Rachel Slocum 9.9 2016


Individual & Team Records All-Around

Pos. Name Score Year 1. Natalie Hashimoto 39.725 2000 2. Leah Hashimoto 39.475 2004 3. Natalie Hashimoto 39.450 2003 4. Natalie Hashimoto 39.425 2001 5. Natalie Hashimoto 39.375 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 39.375 2002 7. Natalie Hashimoto 39.350 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 39.350 2003 Catie Conrad 39.35 2016 10. Natalie Hashimoto 39.325 2002 11. Natalie Hashimoto 39.300 2002 Leah Hashimoto 39.300 2004 13. Natalie Hashimoto 39.275 2001 Leah Hashimoto 39.275 2004 Catie Conrad 39.275 2016 16. Natalie Hashimoto 39.250 2003 Leah Hashimoto 39.250 2004 Catie Conrad 39.250 2016 19. Natalie Hashimoto 39.225 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 39.225 2002 21. Natalie Hashimoto 39.200 2001 Natalie Hashimoto 39.200 2003 Catie Conrad 39.200 2016 Kendall Valentin 39.200 2016 25. Jolene Worley 39.175 2006 Jolene Worley 39.175 2007 Khadijah Hudson 39.175 2013 Anna Willette 39.175 2015

Catie Conrad

Team Event Records Vault: 49.350, at Missouri 3-2-03 Bars: 49.225, vs. Central Michigan, 3-10-16 Beam: 49.325, at 2016 MAC Championships, 3-19-16 Floor: 49.425, at 2002 MAC Championships, 3-23-02 Overall Score: 196.600, at Bowling Green, 2-13-16

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Individual & Team Records Vault Team Score Pos. Opponent Score 1. Corvette Cup at Missouri 49.35 2. vs Ball State 49.15 2. at Bowling Green, SEMO 49.15 4. at Southeast Missouri State 49.075 4. at Western Michigan 49.075 4. at Pittsburgh 49.075 7. at Kent State 49.05 7. at William & Mary 49.05 9. at Illinois State, Central Michian, UIC 49.025 9. at Bowling Green 49.025 9. at Michigan, Maryland 49.025 Bars Team Score Pos. Opponent Score 1. vs Central Michigan, SEMO 49.225 2. at MAC Championships 49.200 2. vs Kent State 49.200 2. at Ohio State, Pittsburgh 49.200 2. at NCAA Regionals 49.200 6. vs Western Michigan 49.150 7. at Michigan, Maryland 49.100 8. at Michigan State 49.025 9. at Northern Illinois 48.975 10. at Bowling Green, SEMO 48.950 Beam Team Score Pos. Opponent Score 1. at MAC Championships 49.325 2. at Bowling Green, SEMO 49.275 3. at Ball State, Illinois State 49.150 3. vs Central Michigan, SEMO 49.150 5. at Michigan, Maryland 49.125 6. at MAC Championships 49.075 6. at NCAA Regionals 49.075 8. vs Northern Illinois, Air Force, Temple 49.025 9. vs MSU, SEMO, Ohio State 48.975 10. at Northern Illinois 48.950 10. vs Central Michigan 48.950 Floor Team Score Pos. Opponent Score 1. at MAC Championships 49.425 2. at Southern Utah 49.375 3. at MAC Championships 49.35 3. at MAC Championships 49.35 5. at Arizona State 49.325 6. at Central Michigan 49.3 6. vs Kent State 49.3 8. vs Kent State, Alaska, Air Force 49.275 9. vs Western Michigan 49.25 10. at Bowling Green, SEMO 49.225

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Date

Mar. 2, 2003 Mar. 15, 2003 Feb. 13, 2016 Mar. 3, 2013 Feb. 20, 2015 Jan. 10, 2016 Feb. 26, 2006 Mar. 7, 2001 Feb. 2, 2013 Mar. 9, 2002 Feb. 8, 2016

Date

Mar. 10, 2016 Mar. 29, 2003 Feb. 25, 2001 Feb. 27, 2016 Apr. 2, 2016 Feb. 19, 2016 Feb. 8, 2016 Mar. 6, 2015 Mar. 15, 2015 Feb. 13, 2016

Team Score Pos. Opponent Score 1. at Bowling Green 196.600 Feb. 13, 2016 2. at MAC Championships 196.425 Mar. 19, 2016 3. vs Central Michigan, SEMO 196.250 Mar. 10, 2016 3t. at NCAA Regionals 196.250 Apr. 2, 2016 5. at Michigan, Maryland 195.975 Feb. 8, 2016 6. at Ohio State, Pittsburgh 195.800 Feb. 27, 2016 7. vs Western Michigan 195.750 Feb. 19, 2016 8. vs Central Michigan 195.600 Feb. 5, 2015 9. at Western Michigan 195.575 Feb. 20, 2015 10. at MAC Championships 195.550 Mar. 19, 2004

Date

Mar. 19, 2016 Feb. 13, 2016 Jan. 24, 2016 Mar. 10, 2016 Feb. 8, 2016 Mar. 24, 2001 Apr. 2, 2016 Mar. 8, 2014 Mar. 13, 2004 Mar. 15, 2015 Feb. 5, 2016

Date

Mar. 23, 2002 Mar. 3, 2004 Mar. 19, 2004 Mar. 19, 2016 Mar. 5, 2004 Feb. 11, 2001 Feb. 25, 2001 Mar. 9, 2013 Feb. 20, 2004 Feb. 13, 2016

The 2016 squad currently owns eight of the ten highest team scores in program history, highlighted by the top score at 196.600.


2016 MAC Champions

The Eagles celebrate the second MAC Championship in school history, winning the title with a team score of 196.425, which was the team’s second-best ever

20016 MAC Championship Results Muncie, Ind. • Worthen Arena 1. Eastern Michigan 2. Ball State 3. Bowling Green 4. Central Michigan 5. Kent State 6. Northern Illinois 7. Western Michigan

196.425 195.650 195.625 195.600 195.325 194.975 194.900

Kendall Valentin (center) brought home a share of the MAC uneven bars title, as she finished in a three-way tie for first-place after scoring a 9.90.

Following an incredible team performance, the No. 24 Eastern Michigan University women’s gymnastics team claimed its second Mid-American Conference Championship, March 19. The Eagles, who notched a 196.425, took home the conference title by a wide margin, as second-place Ball State scored nearly eight tenths lower than the Green and White. The conference championship is the second for the Eagles all-time, and the first since 2007. It also marked the largest margin of victory in a MAC Championships since 2014, as the Eagles finished in first by just less than eight tenths. In addition, the final score of 196.425 was also the team’s second-highest in the EMU record books. Overall, the Eagles’ victory came in large part due to outstanding beam and floor rotations. Eastern broke the beam total record once again, notching a huge 49.325, which included four scores of 9.875 or better. On floor, the squad posted the third-highest floor score in the EMU record books at a 49.350, spearheaded by three 9.9’s. The Eagles brought home some hardware following the meet as well, with six Eagles earning top-three finishes. On vault, Rachel Slocum tied for the silver, while Kendall Valentin earned a share of the bars title. Natalie Gervais also finished in a tie for second on beam, and three Eagles tied for third on floor, as Kimberly Ebeyer, Sydney McEachern, and Slocum all scored a 9.90. Finally, Catie Conrad finished second in the all-around with a score of 39.275. Following the competition, Slocum was named MAC Specialist of the Year. The Eagles also placed four on the All-Tournament Team, which was the most of any programs in attendance. Conrad, Gervais, Slocum, and Valentin all earned the honor.

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2007 MAC Champions

The Eagles celebrate the first MAC Championship in school history, protecting their home floor with a score of 194.525

2007 MAC Championship Results Ypsilanti, Mich. • Convocation Center 1. Eastern Michigan 2. Kent State 3. Central Michigan 4. Ball State 5. Northern Illinois 6. Western Michigan 7. Bowling Green

194.525 194.275 194.050 193.400 192.950 192.200 191.925

EMU gymnast Jolene Worley (center) was named First Team All-MAC afterwinning the all-around title with a score of 39.175. Worley’s solid scores on all four events helped lead the Green and White to the program’s first MAC title.

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For the first time in 26 attempts, the Eastern Michigan University women’s gymnastics team was successful in their attempt at a Mid-American Conference championship, capturing the title at the Convocation Center, March 31, 2007. The Eagles posted a season-high team score of 194.525, edging second place Kent State University by less then three-tenths of a point. KSU, who lead EMU heading into the final rotation, scored a 194.275. The victory marked the second consecutive year the host team was crowned Mid-American Conference Champions. EMU was paced by its first all-around champion since Robin Loheide (1993) in junior Jolene Worley, who notched a season-high 39.175 for the event title. The Eagles as a team posted season-high marks on the bars (48.725), beam (48.350) and floor exercise (48.775). After a first rotation bye, the Eagles started on the beam where Worley’s 9.825 third place finish led the way. In the floor exercise program, EMU collected three top10 finishers. Mickayla Balow and Worley would tie for second place with a 9.800 and specialist Tawna Bennett registered a seventh-place tie with a season-high 9.775. On the vault portion of the 2007 championships, the Green and White were again led by Bennett, scoring a 9.800 and Worley, posting a 9.750, finishing in second and sixth place respectively. EMU also placed three gymnasts in the top ten in the final rotation of the evening in bars. Worley would post a 9.800 for second place, sophomore Monica Lucas and senior captain Rebecca Fuss tied for fifth, registering a 9.750, and sophomore Duyen Zu Vuong coming in a tie for 10th with a 9.725.


Award Winners MAC Gymnast of the Year Name Year Jolene Worley 2008 Natalie Hashimoto 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 2001 Kim Miller 1997 MAC Specialist of the Year Name Year Rachel Slocum 2016 MAC Senior of the Year Name Year Jolene Worley 2008 Natalie Hashimoto 2003 Kim Miller 1997 Jodi Fosberg 1995 Robin Loeheide 1993 Allyson Newman 1992 MAC Freshman of the Year Name Year Zu Vuong 2006 Jolene Worley 2005 Rebecca Fuss 2004 Natalie Hashimoto 2000 J.J. Cullom 1997 MAC All-Tournament Team Name Year Catie Conrad 2016 Natalie Gervais 2016 Rachel Slocum 2016 Kendall Valentin 2016 Jolene Worley 2007 Zu Vuong 2006 Sara Wasilenko 2002 Leah Hashimoto 2002 Natalie Hashimoto 2000, ‘01,02 J.J. Cullom 1998 Reagan Maurer 1996 Kristi Mowi 1995 Kim Miller 1994, ‘96, ‘97 Robin Loheide 1993 Jamie Nieman 1992 Robin Loheide 1992, ‘93 Allyson Newman 1989, ‘90, ‘91, ‘92 Chris Deitrick 1988 Dawn Hintz 1987 Sharon McNie 1985-87 Linda Geordano 1983 Cari Christensen 1982 Sonya McGhee 1981, ‘83 All-MAC (Regular Season)* Name (Team) Year Catie Conrad (Second) 2016 Rachel Slocum (First) 2016 Kendall Valentin (First) 2016 Chantelle Loehner (Second) 2015 Anna Willette (First) 2015 Kendall Valentin (Second) 2015 Anna Willette (First) 2014 *Regular season All-MAC selections started in 2013

Anna Willette (Second) 2013 Khadijah Hudson (Second) 2013 NCAA Regional Individual Qualifiers Name Event Year Carrina Lo Bello All-Around 2015 Anna Willette All-Around 2015 Anna Willette Beam 2014 Khadijah Hudson Floor 2013 Nikole Viltz Vault 2011 Nikole Viltz Beam 2010 Kaylyn Millick All-Around 2010 Erin Grigg All-Around 2009 Maureen Moss Beam 2009 Jolene Worley All-Around 2008 Jolene Worley All-Around 2007 Rebecca Fuss All-Around 2006 Brooke Morari Floor 2004 Laura Holensworth Vault 2003 Natalie Hashimoto All-Around 2003 Leah Hashimoto Floor 2003 Natalie Hashimoto All-Around 2002 Natalie Hashimoto All-Around 2001 Natalie Hashimoto All-Around 2000 Jennifer Culloum All-Around 1999 Jennifer Culloum All-Around 1998 Jennifer Culloum All-Around 1997 Kim Miller All-Around 1996 Regan Maurer All-Around 1995 Robin Loeheide All-Around 1993 Allyson Newman All-Around 1992 Allyson Newman All-Around 1991 Dawn Hintz All-Around 1989 Dawn Hintz All-Around 1986 Sharon McNie All-Around 1985 Sharon McNie All-Around 1984 Sonya McGhee All-Around 1983 NCAA National Qualifiers Name Event Year Rachel Slocum Floor 2016 Robin Loeheide All-Around 1993 MAC Champions (Vault) Name Score Year Chris Deitrick 9.25 1988 Sharon McNie 9.40 1986 Sharon McNie 9.35 1985 Cari Christiansen 8.85 1982 MAC Champions (Bars) Name Score Year Kendall Valentin 9.90 2016 Allyson Newman 9.60 1992 Sharon McNie 9.40 1987 Sonya McGhee 8.90 1983 MAC Champions (Beam) Name Score Year J.J. Cullom 9.850 1998 Kim Miller 9.850 1996 Robin Loheide 9.700 1993 Sharon McNie 9.35 1986

MAC Champions (Floor) Name Score Year Sara Wasilenko 9.900 2002 Leah Hashimoto 9.900 2002 Natalie Hashitmoto 9.900 2002 Regan Maurer 9.775 1996 Robin Loheide 9.675 1993 Allyson Newman 9.35 1989 Sonya McGhee 9.15 1981 MAC Champions (All-Around) Name Score Year Jolene Worley 39.175 2007 Robin Loheide 38.800 1993 Allyson Newman 37.95 1992 Allyson Newman 37.40 1991 Sharon McNie 37.15 1986 Sharon McNie 36.60 1985 Sonya McGhee 35.25 1981 Academic All-MAC Name Year Catie Conrad 2016 Kimberly Ebeyer 2016 Kirsten Gendron 2016 Natalie Gervais 2016 Megan Marino 2016 Sydney McEachern 2016 Lacey Rubin 2016 Rachel Slocum 2016 Kendall Valentin 2016 Kimberly Ebeyer 2015 Natalie Gervais 2015 Carrina Lo Bello 2015 Chantelle Loehner 2015 Sydney McEachern 2015 Paulina Miller 2015 Nikki Paterson 2015 Anna Willette 2015 Anna Willette 2014 Anna Willette 2013 Nikole Viltz 2011 Erin Grigg 2010 Erin Grigg 2009 Jolene Worley 2008 Zu Vuong 2008 Zu Vuong 2007 Rebecca Fuss 2006 Rebecca Fuss 2005 Emily Koechel 2005 Laura Holensworth 2005 Leah Hashimoto 2004 Leah Hashimoto 2003 Natalie Hashimoto 2003 Regan Maurer 1997 Lisa Fleming 1996 Heather Shire 1996 Sheryl Kayser 1988

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2016 Results Overall: 15-3-1 (.816)

MAC: 5-1 (.833)

Home: 5-0

Away: 3-3-1

Neutral: 7-0

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

RESULT

SCORE

Jan. 10

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pa.

W

194.875-191.050

Jan. 10

vs Maryland

Pittsburgh, Pa.

W

194.875-194.400

Jan. 10

vs Towson

Pittsburgh, Pa.

W

194.875-192.775

Jan. 17

at Western Michigan

Kalamazoo, Mich.

L

195.050-195.275

Jan. 17

vs Bowling Green

Kalamazoo, Mich.

W

195.050-193.575

Jan. 24

at Ball State*

Muncie, Ind.

W

195.050-192.700

Jan. 24

vs Illinois State

Muncie, Ind.

W

195.050-191.900

JAN. 30

VS NORTHERN ILLINOIS*

CONVOCATION CENTER

W

194.775-193.950

FEB. 5

VS CENTRAL MICHIGAN

CONVOCATION CENTER

W

195.600-195.400

Feb. 8

at Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich.

L

195.975-197.425

Feb. 8

vs Maryland

Ann Arbor, Mich.

W

195.975-194.075

Feb. 13

at Bowling Green*

Bowling Green, Ohio

W

196.600-195.425

Feb. 13

vs Southeast Missouri State

Bowling Green, Ohio

W

196.600-192.800

FEB. 19

VS WESTERN MICHIGAN*

CONVOCATION CENTER

W

195.750-193.250

Feb. 27

at Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio

T

195.800-195.800

Feb. 27

vs Pittsburgh

Columbus, Ohio

W

195.800-193.450

Mar. 4

at Kent State*

Kent, Ohio

L

194.025-195.025

MAR. 10

VS CENTRAL MICHGIAN*

CONVOCATION CENTER

W

196.250-194.125

MAR. 10

VS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE CONVOCATION CENTER

W

196.250-191.800

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (WORTHEN ARENA, MUNCIE, IND.) Mar. 19

MAC Championship

Muncie, Ind.

1st

196.425

Apr. 4

at NCAA Regionals

Ann Arbor, Mich.

4th

196.250

Apr. 15

at NCAA Championships

Fort Woth, Texas

NTS

Slocum - 9.800

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2016 MAC Championship Results 2016 MAC Championship Results Muncie, Ind. • Worthen Arena 2016 Freshman of the Year Kasey Janowicz, Central Michigan

1. Eastern Michigan 196.425

2016 Specialist of the Year Rachel Slocum, Eastern Michigan 2016 Senior Gymnast of the Year Alyssa Nocella, Bowling Green

2. Ball State 195.650

2016 Gymnast of the Year Rachel Stypinski, Kent State 2016 Coach of the Year Brice Biggin, Kent State 2016 Regular Season Champions Kent State (6-0 MAC record)

3. Bowling Green 195.625

4. Central Michigan 195.600

5. Kent State 195.325

6. Northern Illinois 194.975

7. Western Michigan 194.900

2016 First Team All-MAC Alyssa Nocella, Bowling Green Rachel Slocum, Eastern Michigan Kendall Valentin, Eastern Michigan Rachel Stypinski, Kent State 2016 Second Team All-MAC Lauren Feely, Bowling Green Taylor Bolender, Central Michigan Katy Clements, Central Michigan Kasey Janowicz, Central Michigan Catie Conrad, Eastern Michigan Jordan Hardison, Kent State Lauren Africano, Northern Illinois Jamyra Carter, Northern Illinois Anna Corbett, Western Michigan 2016 All-Tournament Team Denasiha Christian, Ball State Lauren Feely, Bowling Green Laura Mitchell, Bowling Green Catie Conrad, Eastern Michigan Natalie Gervais, Eastern Michigan Rachel Slocum, Eastern Michigan Kendall Valentin, Eastern Michigan Taylor Bolender, Central Michigan Megan Lamphere, Central Michigan Bryttany Kaplan, Central Michigan Jordan Hardison, Kent State

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All-Time Coaching Records Sarah Brown

1st season 0-0-0 Career Record Year Record 2017

MAC Champ. Finish

Jay Santos 2 seasons 28-8-1 Career Record Year Record MAC Champ. Finish 2016 15-3-1, 5-1 MAC 1st 2015 13-5, 3-3 MAC 4th

Steve Wilce 32 seasons 228-222 (85-99 MAC) Career Record Year Record 2014 6-9, 2-4 MAC 2013 5-10, 0-6 MAC 2012 10-9, 2-4 MAC 2011 4-10, 2-4 MAC 2010 7-9, 2-4 MAC 2009 6-10, 3-3 MAC 2008 11-5, 3-3 MAC 2007 10-8, 3-3 MAC 2006 8-7, 3-3 MAC 2005 9-8; 3-3 MAC 2004 4-11 2-4 MAC 2003 6-10, 2-4 MAC 2002 15-9, 3-3 MAC 2001 10-6; 4-2 MAC 2000 5-7; 1-5 MAC 1999 4-6; 2-4 MAC

MAC Champ. Finish 6th 6th t-5th 6th 3rd 5th 2nd 1st 4th 6th 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 6th 6th

Albert David 6 seasons 43-40 Career Record Year Record 1982 10-5 1981 8-7 1980 8-6 1979 7-7 1978 6-9 1977 4-6

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MAC Champ. Finish 2nd 3rd -----

Year Record 1998 2-5; 1-5 MAC 1997 6-2; 6-1 MAC 1996 8-4; 5-1 MAC 1995 8-3; 5-2 MAC 1994 7-5; 1-3 MAC 1993 4-2; 2-3 MAC 1992 8-2; 5-0 MAC 1991 11-2; 4-1 MAC 1990 13-2; 5-2 MAC 1989 11-3; 4-2 MAC 1988 4-9; 0-4 MAC 1987 7-6; 3-2 MAC 1986 8-5; 2-3 MAC 1985 2-14; 1-4 MAC 1984 2-18; 1-4 MAC 1983 7-6, 3-2 MAC

MAC Champ. Finish 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 5th 3rd 5th 5th 3rd 4th 4th 5th 3rd


Warner Gymnasium Warner Gymnasium is the current pratice home of the EMU Gymnastics Program. Warner opened in 1964, and is named after Joseph E. Warner, a member of the Michigan House of Representatives who was influential in the funding of the facility. Warner is located within the Bowen Field House Complex. It also houses a coaches offices, training room, weight room and classroom space. Over the years, Warner Gymnasium served as the home for EMU gymnastics meets; however, home meets now take place in the Convocation Center. In 2009, the Eagles upgraded their facility by adding a new foam pit, enabling them to work more difficult skills in a safe manner.

>> The Eagles added a new foam pit to Warner Gymnasium in 2009, enhancing their ability to practice tumbling, bar dismounts, and more difficult skills in a safe manner.

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Cartwright Award & Jacoby Trophy Cartwright Award The Mid-American Conference announced Aug. 29, 2014, the presentation of the Cartwright Award to Eastern Michigan University for its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2013-14 school year. The Cartwright Award is an institutional award presented annually to one university in the MAC. A committee with representation from all 12 institutions selected the Cartwright Award winner from nominations submitted based upon the criteria of excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship. The award began in 2008-09, and this is the first time EMU has received the honor.

Jacoby Trophy Eastern Michigan University was awarded with the Jacoby Trophy as the top women’s athletic program in the Mid-American Conference at the MAC Honors Dinner in Cleveland Wednesday night, May 27, 2015. The Eagles earned the honor for the first time in the 33-year history of this prestigious award. EMU’s previous best finish was third in the 1990-91, 2001-02, 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons.

The 2016 Eagles pose with the Jacoby Trophy.

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Academic Performance The Eastern Michigan University gymnastics team proved once again to be successful in the classroom, as 11 Eagles were tabbed as Academic All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/ Women (NACGC/W). The 11 Eagles named NACGC/W Academic All-Americans are: Carly Clark, Catie Conrad, Julia Schwartz, Kaitlyn Ford, Kelsie Brooks, Kendall Valentin, Kimberly Ebeyer, Megan Hultgren, Natalie Gervais, Rachel Slocum, and Sydney McEachern. The NACGC/W seeks to actively manage and develop the sport of women’s gymnastics at the collegiate level and works with the NCAA and USA Gymnastics in order to provide the best possible experience for studentathletes.

Gymnast

Carly Clark Catie Conrad Julia Schwartz Kaitlyn Ford Kelsie Brooks Kendall Valentin Kimberly Ebeyer Megan Hultgren Natalie Gervais Rachel Slocum Sydney McEachern

GPA

Major

3.63 Biology 3.98 Business Management 3.60 Elementary Edu. & Early Childhood 3.81 Engineering Physics 3.76 General Business 3.92 Biology 3.50 Psychology 3.75 Exercise Science 4.00 Elementary Edu. & Mathematics 3.74 Nursing 3.86 General Chemistry

*Bold denotes returning student-athletes*

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Welch Hall and Ypsilanti Water Tower

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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Eastern Michigan University


Eastern Michigan University Where We’re Located

Eastern Michigan University is located in historic Ypsilanti, about 10 miles east of Ann Arbor, 40 miles west of Detroit and just 20 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. It is an area rich in academic, research, technological and recreational resources. The University also has sites in Livonia, Jackson, Traverse City, Flint, Detroit and Monroe. EMU’s 800 plus-acre campus of scenic flora and wooded areas includes 18 miles of walkways and jogging trails and has 122 buildings throughout the academic and athletic campuses. Eagle Crest – Eastern Michigan’s conference center, golf course and resort – is located on the banks of nearby Ford Lake. Ypsilanti plays a leading role in industry and education. The city and the University have forged close ties that have lasted more than 160 years.

What Makes Us Unique

Our Students

With nearly 23,000 students, EMU provides a rich learning environment for the campus community. The University currently has approximately 18,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. Our students represent 45 states and 93 foreign countries. Of undergraduate students, 72 percent are fulltime and 57 percent are women. The most popular majors are education, business, social sciences and history, science and engineering, English, and the health professions. EMU’s undergraduate population is approximately 65 percent white; 21 percent black; 2 percent international; 2.5 percent Asian-American; 2 percent Hispanic, 0.5 percent Native-American, and 7 percent not answered (i.e. elected not to respond to this inquiry). Eastern Michigan offers a number of special academic programs to help students succeed. These include the Honors College; the Holman Success Center; distance learning; accelerated format programs; online, weekend and evening programs and courses; American Humanics certification; Study Abroad Tours; a specialized master’s degree program for corporations offered onsite; a double master’s degree; online technologies for education and training. With more than 200 academic and social organizations, an extensive intramural sports program, 21 NCAA Division I-A sports and numerous cultural activities from which to choose, EMU students have diverse opportunities to become involved in campus life. Students’ on-campus housing choices range from traditional dormitorystyle rooms to apartments and include living/ learning center options.

In 1849, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan formally paved the way for the establishment of Michigan State Normal School, with the exclusive purposes of instructing persons in the art of teaching; providing a good common school education; and giving instruction in the mechanic arts, husbandry, agricultural chemistry and the laws of the United States. Since its inception, Eastern Michigan, first as a Normal School, then as a College and finally as a University, has grown and developed to respond to the ever-changing needs of society. Over the years, EMU has educated thousands of sons and daughters of Michigan, the nation, and the world. The university currently serves 23,000 students who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 200 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. Eastern Michigan’s exceptional faculty, students and alumni include CEOs from major businesses, a National Student Teacher of the Year, National Teacher of the Year, numerous Fulbright Scholars and Milken Family Foundation National Educators award winners, and several Michigan Teachers of the Year. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education.

Faculty/Staff

Eastern Michigan University employs nearly 700 full-time faculty and 1,000 staff members. Ninetyfour percent of EMU professors have doctoral degrees or terminal degrees in their field. The student to faculty ratio is 19:1. Faculty work closely with students, and many involve students in their research. Recently, the University celebrated its 30th annual Undergraduate Symposium; a benchmark program for undergraduate research.

Community Outreach

EMU’s Economic Impact

Since its founding in 1849, Eastern Michigan has provided quality services to the residents of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, the State of Michigan and other states and nations. EMU’s total impact on the Michigan economy of an estimated $3.7 billion annually reflects a return of more than $42 for each dollar received from the state. The University’s total impact on the Michigan economy results in a contribution of $166 million in state tax revenue. Thus, EMU’s impact on state government tax revenue is $1.87 in taxes for each dollar received from the state.

Eastern Michigan is making an impact nationally by channeling its academic research as a means of solving real world problems. EMU currently has 14 research institutes and centers that focus on community building and civic engagement, quality, community and regional development, small business development, geospatial education, textiles, export assistance and product development. EMU is well-known for merging theory and practice for the benefit of the community. Applied research leads to new knowledge, new jobs and new business. Annually, the university receives about $15 million in revenues for sponsored research and community service activities.

The Alumni Association

Representing more than 142,000 alumni and friends, the Alumni Association sponsors social and service-related programs for more than 20 geographically-based and special-interest alumni chapters.

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Education First Mission Statement

Eastern Michigan University is committed to excellence in teaching through traditional and innovative approaches, the extension of knowledge through basic and applied research, and creative and artistic expression. Building on a proud tradition of national leadership in the preparation of teachers, we maximize educational opportunities and personal and professional growth for students from diverse backgrounds through an array of baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs. We strive to provide a student-focused learning environment that enhances the lives of students and positively impacts the community. We extend our commitment beyond the campus boundaries to the wider community through service initiatives, and public and private partnerships of mutual interest addressing local, regional, national and international opportunities and challenges.

Our History

Founded in 1849, when the state of Michigan was just 12 years old, Michigan State Normal School was designated by the state legislature as the first institution to educate teachers to serve the public schools. The University thus began, somewhat humbly, as the sixth teacher education institution in the nation. A campus that today comprises more than 800 acres was once a four-acre plot with one building and two programs of study – a classical course and an English Course. The school’s name changed several times –­ to Michigan State Normal College in 1899; to Eastern Michigan College in 1956; and finally to Eastern Michigan University in 1959. During its first 100 years, the institution certified thousands of teachers and developed the broad-based curricula that ultimately prepared it for university status. Within that new university, three colleges emerged: Education, Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School. The University has since expanded three more times, adding the College of Business in 1964, the College of Health and Human Services in 1975, and the College of Technology in 1980. More recently ,Eastern Michigan has developed Extended Programs and numerous community-focused institutes. The university has enhanced its learning environment through structural initiatives during the past several years. Recent construction includes the Terrestrial and Aquatic Research Facility (1998), the Convocation Center (1998), the Bruce T. Halle Library (1998), the John W. Porter College of Education Building (1999), the Everett L. Marshall College of Health and Human Services Building (2000), the Village residence hall (2001), University House (2003), new Student Center (2006), and the new Science Complex (2010).

The City of Ypsilanti

Fast Facts

Founded: 1849 - Michigan State Normal School Enrollment: Fifth-largest state institution in Michigan Undergraduates: 17,780 Graduates: 3,854 Gender: Undergraduates: 59% female; 41% male Graduates: 64% female; 36% male Michigan residents: 92 percent President: James M. Smith Board of Regents: Eight-member board, appointed by governor Faculty: 683 full time Faculty holding Ph.D.: 93 percent Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:1 New Freshmen Average GPA: 3.3 New Freshmen Average ACT: 22 New Freshmen Average SAT: 1,014 Academic programs: 200 majors, minors and concentrations, plus 167 graduate degrees and certificate programs Doctoral programs: 4 Campus Size: 880 acres Athletic Affiliation: NCAA Division FBS (1-A) NCAA Conference: Mid-American Conference Mascot: Eagles Colors: Green and White 2015-16 Tuition and Fees* In-state and Ohio, 30 credit hours: Out-of-State, 30 credit hours: Room and Board, 18 meals weekly: *subject to change

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$9,178 $24,622 $8,900

Ypsilanti is a city in Washtenaw County with a population of 22,362. Originally a trading post established in 1809 by Gabriel Godfroy, a FrenchCanadian fur trader from Montreal, a permanent settlement was established on the east side of the Huron River in 1823 by Major Thomas Woodruff. It was incorporated into the Territory of Michigan as the village Woodruff’s Grove. A separate community a short distance away on the west side of the river was established in 1825 under the name “Ypsilanti”, after Demetrius Ypsilanti, a hero in the Greek War of Independence. Woodruff’s Grove changed its name to Ypsilanti in 1829, and the two communities eventually merged. Henry Ford and the automotive industry came to Ypsilanti in the 1930s and beautiful Ford Lake was created to generate hydroelectric power for the manufacturing plants. During World War II, Ypsilanti became home to the Willow Run Bomber Plant, a factory that would employ 100,000 workers.

TIMELINE March 28, 1849: State Legislature passed Act No. 138 entitled “An Act to Establish a State Normal School.” Oct. 5, 1852: Official dedication of Michigan State Normal School. March 29, 1853: Michigan State Normal School opens, offering two programs of study, a“classical course”and an“English course.” 1854: Michigan State Normal School holds first commencement, with three graduates. Sept. 1881: The student newspaper, The Normal News, is founded as a monthly. 1890: MSNS is the first Michigan institution to establish a department of geography. Oct. 22, 1896: Theodore Roosevelt visits Michigan State Normal School. Sept. 15, 1897: The student newspaper is renamed The Normal College News, published twice a month. 1897: MSNS is the first U.S. teacher’s college to become a fouryear institution. April 28, 1899: Michigan State Normal School is renamed Michigan State Normal College. 1900: Student athletes unofficially adopt the nickname Normalites. Athletes could wear either a “Y” for Ypsilanti or an “N” for Normal. 1915: MSNC is the first U.S. teacher’s college to establish training for teachers of the disabled. Oct. 24, 1929: Athletic teams are named the Hurons. July 1, 1956: Michigan State Normal College becomes Eastern Michigan College. July 6, 1956: The student newspaper is renamed The Eastern Echo, a weekly publication. June 1, 1959: Eastern Michigan College is renamed Eastern Michigan University. 1959: The College of Education is established. 1959: The College of Arts and Sciences is established. Oct. 13, 1960: Senator John F. Kennedy visits Eastern Michigan University 1964: The College of Business is established. 1975: The College of Health and Human Services is established. 1980: The College of Technology is established. 1990: Eastern Michigan University begins the first phase of a $213-million investment in campus renovations. Jan. 30, 1991: The Board of Regents approve changing the Huron name and logo. May 22, 1991: Board of Regents approve new EMU logo and nickname - the Eagles. Sept. 9, 1994: The mascot “Swoop” is officially adopted. Nov. 28, 1995: Groundbreaking for the Bruce T. Halle Library is held. Oct. 30, 1996: President Bill Clinton visits EMU to present a speech on women in the business community. Sept. 20, 1997: A “beaming ceremony” is hosted to celebrate construction of the new Convocation Center. June 1, 1998: The official opening of the $41-million Bruce T. Halle Library is held. Oct. 9, 1998: Official dedication of the Bruce T. Halle Library takes place. Jan. 1, 1999: Eastern Michigan University begins a year-long celebration of its sesquicentennial. May 2000: President Bill Clinton delivers the commencement address at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. Sept. 21, 2004: A ground breaking Ceremony is held for the New $37.5-million EMU Student Center. May 14, 2008: Dr. Susan Martin is appointed the 22nd president of EMU by a unanimous vote of the EMU Board of Regents. July 7, 2008: Dr. Susan Martin begins her role as EMU President. July 7, 2015: Dr. Susan Martin departs EMU exactly seven years after she began serving as President at Eastern. July 1, 2016: James M. Smith is appointed the 23rd president of EMU.


Eastern Michigan University Facilities

Pray-Harrold College of Arts and Science

Our 803-acre campus of scenic flora and wooded areas includes 18 miles of walkways and jogging trails, and has 128 buildings, the Lake House and Rynearson Stadium located on the south side of Huron River. Eagle Crest – our conference center, golf course and resort – is located on the banks of nearby Ford Lake. Most recent additions include the Terrestrial and Aquatic Research Facility (1998); the Convocation Center (1998); the Bruce T. Halle Library (1998); the John W. Porter Building, housing the College of Education (1999); the environmentally sustainable Everett L. Marshall Building, housing the College of Health and Human Services (2000); the renovation of Boone Hall (2000), housing our Extended Programs offices; and The Village (2001), a spacious, apartment-style residence facility. There are currently 11 residence halls and three apartment complexes with 583 units housing more than 4,000 students. The EMU Student Center also opened in November of 2006.

Everett L. Marshall College of Health and Human Services The Bruce T. Halle Library

The $41-million Bruce T. Halle Library represents the latest technological trends in libraries, integrating traditional print with emerging electronic sources. The 218,000-square-foot facility has 520 computer workstations; 300,000 volumes of open-shelf books; 800,000 volumes in an automated retrieval collection; 3,000 network connection ports; a 100-seat auditorium with seats wired for laptop computers; a 70-seat teleconferencing room; a 130-station computing commons with six learning labs (electronic classrooms); a distance learning lab; a television studio; the Paradox Cafe; individual and group study areas and self-direction stations.

John W. Porter College of Education

The EMU Student Center

Sill Hall College of Technology

Since Nov. 6, 2006, EMU Student Center has become the new vibrant hub of activity on EMU’s main campus in Ypsilanti, MI. In fact, in April 2007, it was voted the “Best Place to Hang Between Classes” by Eastern Echo readers. From the wide range of eatery choices to the fireplace lounges, there’s so much more in between: EMU Bookstore, Chase Bank, wireless Internet access*, a 24/7 computer lab, two art galleries, meeting/conference/banquet rooms, a dining room stage, and an auditorium for movies, live performances and guest lectures. Additionally, students will find many EMU student services, programs and organization offices all under one roof. When you view it altogether, EMU Student Center lives up to its slogan: Centered on You!

Gary M. Owen College of Business

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Education First

Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197 emich.edu Admissions 734.487.3060 800.GO-TO-EMU Alumni Relations 487.0250 Colleges Arts and Sciences 487.4344 Business 487.4140 Education 487.1414 Health & Human Services 487.0077 Technology 487.0354 Continuing Education 487.0407 800.777.3521 EMU Foundation 484.1322 Financial Aid Office 487.0455 Housing & Dining 487.1300 President’s Office 487.2211 Public Safety 487.0892 Registration 487.2300 Switchboard 487.1849 University Communications 487.4400

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President James M. Smith

James M. Smith, Ph.D. President

Dr. James M. Smith is the 23rd president of Eastern Michigan University. He began his duties July 1, 2016. Before coming to EMU, Smith served as president of Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, South Dakota since June 2009. For the past seven years (2008-2015), NSU has been named by US News and World Report as one of the best undergraduate public institutions in the Midwest. He has been an active fundraiser and was instrumental in helping NSU obtain the largest donation in its history, a $15 million gift. Another NSU success was collaborating with the University of Jinan, in Jinan, China, to develop the first and only Confucius Institute in the Dakotas. The Confucius Institute has a specific three-part focus dedicated to the teaching of Chinese language, culture, and business

practices. In addition to the traditional start-up funding provided, he was able to gain local and regional support of nearly $500,000 to launch the initiative. Smith, 60, who grew up near Columbus, Ohio, in Washington Court House, knew early on he wanted to be a teacher. He always had admired teachers and enjoyed school. He became an elementary and middle school teacher after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1979. He would go on to earn a Master of Education, Educational Administration, from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership, from Miami University. Over the next 28 years, he served as an elementary school principal,

a teaching fellow and assistant professor at Miami, director of the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals at Butler University in Indianapolis, and director of the Educational Leadership Program and coordinator of doctoral studies at West Texas A&M University. Smith was also vice president for Economic Development at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, before heading to NSU. Smith’s wife, Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith, has an impressive resume of her own. She has been a teacher, author and administrator, and has done extensive work in student retention and student academic support, introduction of international partnerships, and much more.

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Board of Regents The Board of Regents is the governing body of Eastern Michigan University. Its current format was created when the State of Michigan ratified a new constitution Jan. 6, 1964. The Board comprises eight regents who are appointed to eight-year terms by the governor. “Other institutions of higher education established by law having authority to grant baccalaureate degrees shall each be governed by a board of control which shall be a body corporate. The board shall have general supervision of the institution and the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution’s funds. It shall, as often as necessary, elect a president of the institution under its supervision. He shall be the principal executive officer of the institution and be ex-officio a member of the board without the right to vote. The board may elect one of its members or may designate the president to preside at board meetings. Each board of control shall consist of eight members who shall hold office for terms of eight years, not more than two of which shall expire in the same year, and who shall be appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Vacancies shall be filled in like manner.” -- Michigan Constitution of 1963 (ratified 1964), Article 8

Mike Morris, Chair

Mike Morris was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in February 2011 to replace Gary Hawks, whose term had expired. He is appointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2018. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of American Electric Power (AEP). From 1997 to 2003, Morris was chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities System. Before joining Northeast Utilities, he was president and CEO of Consumers Energy, principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and president of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading. He was previously president of Colorado Interstate Gas Co. and executive vice president of marketing, transportation and gas supply for ANR Pipeline Co., both subsidiaries of El Paso Energy. Morris was the founder and president of ANR Gathering Co., one of the first gas marketing companies in the United States. Morris is past chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited. He also serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Board, the National Governors Association’s Mike Morris Task Force on Electricity Infrastructure, Business Roundtable (chairing the Business Roundtable’s Chair Sustainable Growth Initiative). He serves as a director of the boards of Alcoa, Battelle and The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. Morris graduated from Eastern Michigan University with both bachelors and masters degrees in biology. He served on the Board of Regents at Eastern Michigan University from 1997-2004. He is currently serving a second term through 2018. In 1995 he received the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. During his graduate years, he was commander of the ROTC Brigade. Morris received a law degree, cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law and is a member of the Michigan Bar Association. He previously served as chair of the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee, vice chair of the Educational Policies Committee, chair of the Personnel and Compensation Committee, and vice chair of the Board. He currently serves as a member of the Education Achievement Authority and the EMU Audit Committee.

Michelle Crumm

Michelle Crumm was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in December 2014 to replace Francine Parker, whose term expired. She is appointed for a term expiring December 31, 2022. She serves as chair of Educational Policies committee, and serves as Founder/CEO of Present Value executive coaching company. As a high energy, serial entrepreneur, Michelle is accomplished in helping leadership teams develop and implement strategy. As co-founder and chief business officer of Adaptive Materials, Inc., Michelle’s leadership was instrumental in helping the fuel cell company transition from start-up to second stage, fast-growing advanced manufacturing company. Grown and built in to a successful fuel cell manufacturing company, Adaptive Materials, Inc. was acquired by defense industry giant Ultra Electronics in 2011. Since that time, Michelle has actively participated in many other start-ups as a founder and/or investor and currently has ownership is many local companies. Michelle Crumm Widely recognized for her leadership, Michelle was named “Executive of the Year” from Ann Arbor. com, “Most Influential Women” by Crain’s Detroit Business, and one of Enterprising Women’s “Women of the Year.” She was also awarded the prestigious title “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young. During her 12 years leading Adaptive Materials, Adaptive Materials was recognized for its dynamic growth with Ann Arbor SPARK FastTrack, Inc. 5,000, and Inc. 100 Energy Company awards. As a dynamic community participant, Michelle serves on the Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. She is the Vice Chair for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Chair of the Capital Campaign for Arbor Hospice, and Chair of the Capital Campaign and former Chair of the Board for Emerson Schools. She is an enthusiastic participant of Women’s President Organization and Women in Public Policy. Prior to founding Adaptive Materials, Michelle spent nearly five years at Kellogg Company. During her tenure at Kellogg, she was able to accelerate her career with experiences in internal audit, investor relations, and procurement. In addition to Kellogg Company, Michelle has served as an accountant at an automotive supplier and obtained her Certified Public Accountant license while working as an auditor with Plante and Moran. Michelle earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Purdue University and a master of business administration degree from University of Michigan.

Michael Hawks

Michael Hawks was appointed by Governor Snyder in February 2011 to replace Phil Incarnati, whose term had expired. He is appointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2018. He serves as chair of the Athletic Affairs committee and a member of the Joint Oversight committee, and chairmen of the Eagle Administrative Services Board. He previously served as Vice Chair of Finance and Audit. Hawks was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Ypsilanti Township. He graduated from Ypsilanti High School where he excelled in football and received a full athletic-scholarship from Eastern Michigan University. Hawks earned a varsity letter as a true freshman and went on to be the team’s starting Noseguard the next three seasons. While at EMU, he earned a BA in Business Administration and subsequently earned a MA in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University. After completing his Higher Education, he served as Chief of Staff for the MajorMichael Hawks ity Floor Leader in the Michigan House of Representatives and on the Staff of the Speaker of the House. He currently serves as a director of Governmental Consultant Services Inc. (GCSI) in Lansing, Michigan. GCSI is a multi-client Lobbying firm that is consistently recognized as Michigan’s number one rated firm. Hawks individually has consistently been voted among the 10 best lobbyists in the state by independent political surveys of Capitol insiders.

Eunice Jeffries

Mary Treder Lang, Vice Chair

Mary Treder Lang was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Snyder in December of 2012 to fill the seat vacated by former Chairman, Roy Wilbanks, with a term ending in December of 2020. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Dayton, Treder Lang began her career at KPMG, located in Detroit where she specialized in financial institutions, non-for-profits and mergers, and acquisitions. Following her time at KPMG, she spent five years in various management positions at SBC/Ameritech. She spent considerable time in the Computer Security District and became a recognized computer security expert amongst the Bell Operating Companies. She ultimately left SBC/Ameritech to establish a new Midwest Office for LINX Technologies, assuming the position of North American (NA) Sales Director. LINX Technologies was acquired by Mosler, Inc. and there she held various senior management positions providing Mary Treder Lang coverage throughout North America. After her time spent with Mosler, Inc, she began working for Siemens, Inc. where she held various positions ranging from NA Sales Director, Sales Manager, and Vice Chair District Manager (first woman), to lastly becoming the Senior Executive-Government for Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. She eventually transitioned her career to Accretive Solutions where she was a Business Development Manager and later joined Baker Tilly in Michigan as Director of Business Development. She currently owns her own CPA firm, Mary Treder Lang, CPA. Mary Treder Lang has held many different leadership positions throughout the years. Her positions have ranged from senior level positions with employers, to executive positions on Board of Directors, to voluntary Treasurer for many organizations. She is active in the Michigan Women’s Foundation as a Power of 100 Women Leadership Advisory Cabinet Member, Women’s Forum and the East Side Club. In September, 2011 she was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Blue Ribbon Panel. In October, 2012 she received the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Emerging Leader Award given by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) for the first time in the State of Michigan. In addition, she is active in her community as a member of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Rotary Club, the Mother’s Club for Grosse Pointe South High School, the League of Women Voters, the Grosse Pointe Chamber, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Economic Club, a Volunteer Council Member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Past Commodore of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and a Board member of the MACPA. She is also active in philanthropic efforts for the March of Dimes, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society and Michigan Women’s Foundation. Regent Treder Lang is currently Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Personnel and Compensation Committee, Vice Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and Student Affairs Committee. In addition, she serves on the Education Achievement Authority Board. She is former vice chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee and former chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Dennis Beagen

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Dennis Beagen was appointed by Governor Snyder in December 2014 to replace Floyd Clack, whose term had expired. He is appointed for a term expiring December 31, 2022. He currently serves as vice chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee and vice chair of the Student Affairs Committee. Beagen was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Upon graduation from high school in 1963, he enrolled at Eastern Michigan University. He received his undergraduate degree from EMU in three years majoring in speech-communication with a minor in business management. After receiving his BS degree from Eastern Michigan University, he was admitted to graduate school at the University of Michigan while serving as a graduate teaching assistant at EMU. While serving as graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Speech & Dramatic Arts, Beagen volunteered to coach EMU students competing in intercollegiate forensics and debate. After completion of his MA Dennis Beagen degree from the University of Michigan in the summer of 1967, he was hired at EMU as a full-time instructor of speech, and assistant coach for the EMU Forensic/Debate team. He then enrolled at Wayne State University, and completed all course work for his doctoral program. In 1970, Beagen was appointed director of the EMU Forensic program. A position he held until 1981. During his tenure as director of forensics, EMU students achieved eight national team championships, four top speaker in the nation titles, and 27 individual national championships. In the summer of 1981, he was appointed administrative head of the Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts. He served in that role for more than three decades. During his tenure as department head for CMTA, Beagen also was appointed to interim administrative positions as associate provost for Academic Affairs, and dean of Continuing Education. Beagen was also appointed to numerous special assignments and task forces, including numerous EMU negotiating teams (faculty, professional technical, and clerical); chair of the 2005 President Search Committee; special assistant to the Provost for the Campaign for Scholars, and the recent Comprehensive Campaign; and chair of the Planning Committee for EMU’s prestigious Undergraduate Research Symposium. He is the recipient of the EMU Alumni Association’s Teaching Excellence Award, and the Dr. John Porter Distinguished Service Award. In 2003 he received the Institutional Values Award for Team Excellence (Undergraduate Symposium). He was also the recipient of the 2011 Presidential Award for Faculty and Staff Leadership in Advancement. After more than 45 years of service, Dennis Beagen was granted emeritus faculty/administrative status from the Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts and Eastern Michigan University.

Eunice Jeffries Policy Committee.

Eunice Jeffries was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Snyder in December of 2016 to fill the seat of Beth Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., whose term had expired. She is appointed for a term expiring December 31, 2024. Jeffries received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and received her Master of Business Administration from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. Eunice Jeffries is presently a Regional Community Affairs Manager at Beaumont Health representing the organization focused on enhancing public health awareness through a variety of community outreach activities and initiatives. Having over twenty years of experience in public service, Eunice has spent much of her career as an active community member. She is affiliated with the Enough Said AA490 Executive Steering Committee, Marygrove College Institute of Music and Dance, and the Detroit Institute of Arts Community Relations Committee where she works with community leaders and museum staff on community based initiatives and supports enrichment and school based programs. Eunice Jeffries serves as Vice Chair of the Student Affairs Committee as well as Vice Chair of the Educational

Alexander Simpson

Alexander Simpson was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Snyder in December of 2016 to fill the seat of Jim Stapleton, whose term had expired. He is appointed for a term expiring December 31, 2024. A proud alumni, Simpson received his Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 2007. At EMU, he was a member of the Delta Nu chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., presented at the Undergraduate Symposium, was a member of the Community Creed Task Force, served as a New Student Orientation Assistant, was a writer for the Eastern Echo, helped start the Student Conflict Resolution Center, won Homecoming King and, most importantly – met his wife, Danielle. After graduation from EMU, he matriculated on and received his Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, School of Social Work in 2008, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, Maurer School of Law in 2011. While in law school, he coAlexander founded the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality. He will be receiving his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management in 2017. Alexander Simpson Simpson is the 2017-2018 President-Elect of the Wolverine Bar Association. The Wolverine Bar Association was created in the 1930s to coordinate the abilities of African American Lawyers in state of Michigan. In his spare time Simpson coaches youth football, at Play 4 Fun Sports League, an organization that strives to provide quality sports programs, leagues, and clinics to kids. Alexander Simpson serves as the Vice Chair of Athletic Affairs Committee, Vice Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, and Vice Chair of the Audit Committee.

James Webb

James Webb was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in December 2012 to replace the vacated seat of Thomas Sidlik. He is appointed for a term expiring December 2020. Webb received an A.A. in Business Administration from College of the Sequoias in 1968, a B.B.A. in Management from Eastern Michigan University in 1971, and an M.B.A. in Finance from EMU in 1976. Webb worked for the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company from 1971 to 1974 as a Property Underwriter, from 1974 to 1976 he worked as a Corporate Insurance Analyst for Masco Corporation, he was an Assistant Insurance Manager for The Budd Company, and from 1977 to 1981 he worked as an Assistant Risk Manager for Republic Steel Corp. Webb is currently the Chairman of Aon Risk Services, Inc. of Michigan. In addition to his work experience, Webb has been very active in the EMU community. In 1988 he received the Alumnus Achievement Award, and in 1989 he was Chair of the Campaign for Champions. He was an original member of the Foundation Board, served as treasurer from 1993 to James Webb 1995, vice chair from 1995 to 1997, chair from 1997 to 1999, and in 1999 he became an Emeritus member. He received the Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award in 1992, was a member of the President Search Committee in 2005, Ethos week Supporter from 2007 to 2012 as well as Ethos Week Speaker in 2007, and was on the College of Business Dean Search Committee in 2012. Webb has also been involved in numerous Not-for-Profit activities. He is a member of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Farmington Hills Police Benevolent Association, Michigan Property & Casualty Association, and was a Director of the Detroit Athletic Club. He is also active in Rainbow Connection (Brooks Patterson’s Charity Grants Wishes for Terminally Ill Children) and the City of Cleveland/Operation Improvement Task Force. In addition to the Not-for-Profit activities, he is involved in the Boards of FDI Insurance Limited (Ireland) and FCE Reinsurance Limited (Ireland). Regent Webb is currently the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees representative and is a member of the Joint Oversight Committee, the Eagle Administrative Services Board, Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, Vice Chair of Finance and Investment and Vice Chair of Athletic Affairs.


Heather Lyke

Heather Lyke EMU Vice President/Director of Heather Lyke is in her fourth year at Eastern Michigan University having been named EMU’s Vice President/ Director of Athletics on July 1, 2013. Lyke has more than 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics administration - 15 of which were at The Ohio State University. The 13th athletic director in Eastern Michigan history, Lyke is the first woman to hold the full-time AD position at EMU. “I am honored and excited to be named the Director of Athletics at Eastern Michigan University,” said Lyke at her hiring press conference. “Eastern Michigan has a rich history of athletic success and academic achievement. I look forward to being part of the continued success as we help shape the next generation of leaders and achieve even greater accomplishments.” Under Lyke’s leadership, the EMU athletics department has thrived, compiling a total of 13 MAC Team Championships and 70 individual MAC titles. Concurrent to athletic excellence, the Green and White have seen remarkable academic achievement by its student-athletes during Lyke’s tenure. The overall student-athlete graduation success rate (GSR) has climbed to 81 percent, the highest all-time in department history. Additionally, the average cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 3.252, while 69 percent of student-athletes maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. In terms of department culture, Lyke and her staff developed a “blue print” which illustrates who the department is and the six core values that guide daily decisions. Those six pillars are: integrity always, powered by passion, student-athlete 365, impact people, inspired to innovate, and expect to win. In regards to revenue generation and fundraising, the department has posted a 42 percent increase in revenue in terms of multi-media rights, licensing, Adidas, Pepsi, and game day revenues. Furthermore, over the past three years fundraising has grown 51 percent which represents the Eagles Pride annual fund, major gifts, and football and men’s basketball premium seating. She has overseen three key facility improvement projects at EMU during her tenure including: the

installation of a new gray football field in 2014 that was recognized as the second-best field in the country by an online fan vote by USA Today; the addition of soccer bleachers in the fall of 2014; and the opening a new boathouse on Ford Lake for the rowing team in the spring of 2015. She has also renegotiated a seven-year apparel contract with adidas, while coming to terms with IMG to manage EMU’s multimedia and corporate sponsorships. Lyke was also critical in the creation of the Eagles Pride annual fundraising arm for the department that is dedicated to providing financial support to more than 500 studentathletes in 21 sports. In 2014-15, an internal staff campaign to reach 100 percent giving participation as the department went ‘All In’. In 2014-15, EMU Athletics also held the inaugural Ypsi Awards at the Convocation Center that honored the top athletic, citizenship, and academic achievements by EMU student-athletes. Her first year was quite successful, as the Eagles won three conference team championships and 24 individual MAC titles in track and swimming. EMU also produced 64 All-MAC student-athletes to go along with 41 Academic All-MAC honorees. For its success on the field, in the classroom and in the community, Lyke was awarded with the MAC’s highest honor, the Cartwright Award for the first time in school history. Lyke did not stop there as her second year has been a success as well. Most recently, EMU was awarded with the MAC’s Jacoby Trophy, which represents the top women’s athletic program in the conference. The Eagles earned the honor for the first time in the 33-year history of this prestigious award. EMU’s previous best finish was third in the 1990-91, 2001-02, 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons. The Green and White piled up four team MAC championships, while 74 student-athletes earned All-MAC honors and 145 were named Academic All-MAC award Athletic winners. EMU saw 12 of its student-athletes earn MAC Distinguished Student-Athlete awards and three Capitol One Academic All-America award winners. With 11 consecutive semesters of a grade point average of better than 3.0, the Department of Athletics continued its run of outstanding performance in the classroom. The Winter 2015 semester saw EMU student-athletes combine for a 3.259 grade point average, the best in school history. More than 70 percent of EMU’s student-athletes completed their coursework with a cumulative GPA of better than 3.0. All of the Eagles’ 21 sports have multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) of 940 or above with the volleyball team posting a perfect 1000 single-year rate in the latest report for the 2013-14 year. As well, eight teams equaled or exceeded their

best multi-year score since the APR began in 2004-05. All 21 of EMU’s teams were comfortably above the NCAA’s minimum score of 900 to receive scholarship limitations or postseason bans. Meanwhile, the women’s swimming & diving and volleyball programs at Eastern Michigan posted the highest APR scores in the Mid-American Conference. When Lyke arrived on campus, the overall studentathlete federal graduation rate was 64%. It is now 77% for student-athletes which is yet another academic record for the department. During her tenure at EMU she has also been a part of numerous committees including serving as the chair of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee and the 2015 Washtenaw County Heart Walk. She was also elected to the board of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). At OSU, she was a member of the athletic department’s executive team and was responsible for the assessment, design and development of the department’s strategic plan. She directly oversaw 10 of OSU’s 36 athletic programs and managed/supervised 31 full-time coaches and staff. She also had oversight over all facets of the athletic councils involving budget oversight, revenue generation and facilities as well as the golf course operations. Additionally, she supervised the sport performance division of the department, which includes the strength and conditioning coaches, athletic training staff and sports medicine staff. In 2013, she developed the first ever student-athlete internship program within the Department of Athletics. On a national level, Lyke was active within the NCAA and Big Ten Conference committee structure as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee and Big Ten Sports Management Committee and previously served on the NCAA Softball Rules Committee and the NCAA Amateurism Committee. Her previous roles at OSU included associate athletic director for sport administration (2002-12) and associate athletic director for sport administration, compliance and camp operations (1998-02). Prior to Ohio State, Lyke was at the University of Cincinnati for two years, serving as the assistant athletic director for compliance as well as the senior woman administrator. Lyke began her athletics administrative career at the NCAA national office as an intern in the enforcement and student-athlete reinstatement department. Lyke also has worked for the Big Ten Network as a color analyst for softball games. Lyke grew up in Canton, Ohio, and attended the University of Michigan on a softball scholarship. While at U-M, she was a four-year letter winner as a first baseman, two-time team captain, Big Ten champion and Academic All-Big Ten honoree as a member of its softball team. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. She was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1995. Lyke and her husband, David Catalano, have three children, Elle, Sophie and Eli.

THE HEATHER LYKE FILE Name: Heather Lyke Born: Canton, Ohio High School: Glen Oak H.S. - Graduated in 1988 College: University of Michigan - Bachelor’s degree in education - 1992 University of Akron Law School - Juris Doctorate - 1995 Family: Husband, David Catalano; Children, Elle, Sophie and Eli COLLEGIATE WORK EXPERIENCE YEAR SCHOOL JOB TITLE 2013-Pres. Eastern Michigan University Vice President/Director of Athletics 2013 Ohio State University Senior Associate AD 2009-12 Big Ten Network Softball Color Analyst 2002-12 Ohio State University Associate AD/Sport Administration 1998-02 Ohio State University Associate AD/ Sport Administration, Compliance and Camp Operations 1996-98 University of Cincinnati Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance/SWA 1995-96 National Collegiate Athletic Association Enforcement Intern 1989-92 University of Michigan Four-year letterwinner in softball

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EMU VP/Director of Athletics EMU’s MAC Championships

Female Athletic Directors in the FBS Sandy Barbour - Penn State Kathy Beauregard - Western Michigan Jennifer Cohen - Washington Lynn Hickey - Texas-San Antonio Tina Kunzer-Murphy - UNLV Heather Lyke - Eastern Michigan Judy Rose - Charlotte Debbie Yow - North Carolina State

EMU Athletic Directors Through the Years Wilbur Bowen - 1903-28 Joseph McCulloch 1931-47 Elton Rynearson 1948-63 Dr. Keith Bowen - 1963-66 F.L. “Frosty” Ferzacca - 1966-73 Dr. Albert E. Smith - 1975-76 Alex Agase - 1977-82 Paul Shoults - 1982-86 Gene Smith - 1986-93 Tim Weiser - 1993-97 Carole Huston (Interim) 1997-99 Dr. David Diles - 1999-05 Bob England (Interim) - 2005-06 Dr. Derrick Gragg - 2006-13 Dr. Melody Reifel Werner (Interim) - April 2013-July 2013 Heather Lyke - 2013-Present

EMU National Championships 1972- NCAA DII Men's Swimming and Diving 1972 – NCAA DII Outdoor Track and Field 1971- NAIA Men's Swimming and Diving 1971- NAIA Men's Indoor Track and Field 1971 – NAIA Men's Outdoor Track and Field 1970 - NAIA Baseball 1970 – NCAA DII Men's Cross Country 1970 - NAIA Men's Cross Country

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1970 – NAIA Men’s Swimming and Diving 1970 – NAIA Men’s Indoor Track and Field 1970 – NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field 1969 – NAIA Men’s Swimming and Diving 1969 – NAIA Men’s Indoor Track and Field 1968 – NAIA Men’s Swimming and Diving 1967 – NAIA Men’s Cross Country 1966 – NAIA Men’s Cross Country

Cartwright Award - Overall Excellence 2013-14 Reese Trophy - Men’s All-Sports Champion 1987-88, 1990-91, 1995-96, 2008-09 Jacoby Trophy - Women’s All-Sports Champion 2014-15 Baseball 1975, ’76, ’78, ’81, ’82, 2003, 2007 Football 1987 Men’s Basketball 1988, ’91, ’96, ’98 Women’s Basketball 2004, 2012 Men’s Cross Country 1973, ’74, ’86, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Women’s Cross Country 2015 Men’s Golf 2007, 2008 Men’s Outdoor Track & Field 1974, ’77, ’78, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’86, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’94, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2015 Women’s Outdoor Track & Field 1982, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’95,’97, 2003, 2016 Men’s Indoor Track & Field 1996, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013 Women’s Indoor Track & Field 1997, 2000, 2011, 2015, 2016 Men’s Swimming and Diving 1978, ’80, ’81, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 Women’s Gymnastics 2007, 2016 Women’s Swimming and Diving 2006, 2007 Women’s Tennis 1998, 2001 Women’s Soccer 1999, 2003, 2013 Softball 2007 Wrestling 1996


EMU Support Staff Joey Aliota Marketing Coordinator

Joey Aliota recently finished his first year as Marketing Coordinator for the Eastern Michigan University athletics department. Aliota joined EMU in the fall of 2015 after spending one season at the University of Oregon as the Marketing & Promotions Assistant. While at Oregon, Aliota was in charge of the daily management of all marketing and promotional efforts, including developing and executing marketing plans and promotions, while also serving as a game day producer. Additionally, he implemented ticket sales strategies, oversaw in-game sponsor fulfillment, and managed the budget.

Before joining the Ducks, he held the same position at the University of Tulsa. There, Aliota developed and executed marketing plans for the women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and softball teams. He also played a role in developing promotional strategies for the football and men’s basketball programs. The Oconomowoc, Wis. native is a 2013 graduate of the University of Wyoming, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and was a student-athlete on the football team.

Jennifer Brown

Associate Athletic Director/Sports Medicine Jennifer Brown is in her second year as the Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine for the Eastern Michigan University athletic department. In her role, Brown will be based in the Convocation Center athletic training facility and responsible for the daily sports medicine operation for EMU’s 21 varsity sports programs. She will supervise four assistant athletic trainers, numerous graduate and student athletic trainers, and also have primary responsibilities with the school’s football team. Brown arrived in Ypsilanti following an 11-year tenure in the Northwestern University Athletics Department where she most recently served as the Associate Athletics Trainer. At NU, Brown worked directly with the Wildcats’ football team. While in Evanston, Brown was a member of the University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Collaborative Team and Biennial Review Committee as well as being a key

stakeholder in the NU AOD policy revision last year. She has been active in professional organizations at the state, district, and national levels, most recently serving as the Planning Committee Chair for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Symposium. Brown has also presented at numerous sports medicine conferences. Prior to the return to her alma mater, Brown served as an athletic trainer at the University of Colorado (2000-01), the University of Nebraska at Omaha (2001-03) and Northern Illinois University (2003-04). A native of Machesney Park, Ill., Brown graduated from Northwestern in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and psychological services before going on to earn her master’s degree in fitness and wellness management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2003. She is a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer, licensed athletic trainer in Illinois, Michigan and Nebraska, and is an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider.

Sean Contay

Assistant Sports Performance Coach Sean Conaty is in hia first year as assistant sports performance coach at Eastern Michigan University. At EMU, Conaty will work directly with the men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and women’s golf programs. Conaty joins the Eagles sports performance staff after serving as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Christopher Newport in Newport News, Va. While at CNU, Conaty was in charge of all aspects of strength and conditioning with men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, and assisted with football. Prior to CNU, Conaty held an internship and then strength and conditioning coaching assistant position for his first stint at EMU during the 2014 season. Before his joining the EMU strength and conditioning staff, Conaty served

as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Springfield College, in Springfield, Mass. Prior to his graduate assistantship, Conaty held several strength & conditioning internship positions including stops with the Buffalo Bills, Merrimack College, East Carolina University and IMG Academy. The Monticello, N.Y. native received his Master’s degree in strength & conditioning from Springfield College 2016, after earning his Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from East Carolina in 2012. Conaty is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition, he is a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition as well as Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified. Conaty also holds certifications through USA Weightlifting, USA Track & Field, and Functional Movement Systems.

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EMU Support Staff

Becky Demeduk Eagles Pride Fund Director

Becky Demeduk is in her second year as the Eagles Pride Fund Director for the Eastern Michigan University athletic department. In her role as the Eagles Pride Fund Director she will lead efforts in the development of an annual giving program to support all EMU student-athletes and directly assist head coaches in sport specific fundraising efforts. Demeduk will also play a lead role in athletics events and donor stewardship. Demeduk comes to Ypsilanti following an eight-month tenure as the

finance assistant on a US Senatorial Campaign which raised more than 10 million dollars. Prior to her stint with the US Senatorial Campaign, the Almont, Mich. native spent five years at Oxford Academy of Dance and Performing Arts and Amber’s Dance Academy. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Demeduk spent five years as the Annual Giving Supervisor and two years as a graduate assistant in the athletics marketing department. Demeduk graduated from Central Michigan University in 2007 with a degree in interpersonal and public communication before earning her master’s degree in sport administration from CMU in 2009.

Bryan Fink

Co-Sports Performance Director Bryan Fink is in his third year as the Assistant Sports Performance Coach at Eastern Michigan University. Fink joined the EMU Sports Performance staff in 2013-14 after serving as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Briar Cliff University. Fink ran the strength and conditioning efforts for Briar Cliff from 2011-14. During his three seasons at BCU, Fink designed and implemented the performance programs for all 18 varsity sports for the Sioux City, Iowa-based institution, in addition to heading up all pre- and postseason speed, agility and conditioning programs for Briar Cliff’s football, basketball and volleyball programs. Fink was in charge of all operations within the weight room at BCU, including maintaining and improving the weight room by purchasing and organizing all sport performance equipment. Before joining the Briar Cliff staff, Fink ran the Sioux City North High School strength and conditioning program for two years. During his time at North, he was in charge of overseeing, developing and implementing all workouts for each

athletic team, including the Stars’ summer workouts. In addition, Fink oversaw the weight room and other sport performance facilities in order to maximize efficiency. Prior to joining North High School, Fink served in an internship role for two seasons with Heelan High School in Sioux City. While working at Heelan, he received his first hands-on experience coaching student-athletes about proper sports performance and weight lifting technique. On top of his professional experience, the Wayne, Neb. native earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in January of 2011. Fink graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City where he was a four-year letterwinner on a three-time national tournament qualifying men’s basketball team. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration in 2009, before garnering a master’s degree in exercise science from Wayne State College (Neb.) in 2013.

Fred Hale

Co-Sports Performance Director

Fred Hale is in his third year as the Assistant Sports Performance Coach at Eastern Michigan University. Hale joined the EMU Sports Performance staff after serving as a sports performance coach at Power Train Sports Institute for one year. Prior to his time at Power Train Sports Institute, Hale was an intern for the Buffalo Bills before spending a year with the University of Tennessee, working primarily with the football, baseball and track and field teams. Hale attended Mercyhurst University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in 2011. The 26-year-old went on to earn his master’s in exercise science in 2012 from Mercyhurst

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while working with the rowing team. In the 2011-12 season, the rowing team won the Dad Vail Regatta, which is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States. He is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) under the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). A native of Mentor, Ohio, Hale was a three-sport athlete participating in football, wrestling and track and field while garnering all-state honors in football and wrestling at Mentor High School. Hale went on to play football and wrestle at Mercyhurst University where he earned all-conference and All-American honors.


EMU Support Staff

Andrew Hensley

Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations

Andrew Hensley is in his second year as the Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations for the EMU athletic department.

Ben Herman

Assistant Athletic Director/Equipment Operations

Ben Herman is in his second year as the Assistant Athletics Director for Equipment Operations for the EMU athletic department. Before coming to Ypsilanti, Herman worked as the Assistant Director for Athletic Equipment Services at San Diego State University where he was responsible for budgeting, purchasing, and issuing athletic equipment for baseball, football, volleyball, lacrosse, swimming, water polo, tennis and golf. Herman was also responsible for a staff of employees and students workers while developing updated policies and procedures for the equipment room. During his tenure at SDSU, Herman helped guide the transition to ACS, an inventory system for tracking equipment and apparel. Herman’s other duties included: coordinating logos and branding for team and staff apparel, fitting athletes with helmets, shoulder pads and footwear, as well as managing school contracts with athletic equipment vendors. During the spring semesters, Herman enjoyed his time collaborating with Head Coach Tony Gwynn and the SDSU baseball program, managing the team’s Nike promotional budget and designing innovative custom uniforms. Prior to his time at San Diego State, Herman did a two year stint as the Assistant

Equipment Manager at the University of San Diego where his primary equipment responsibilities where related to football. While at USD, he coordinated a staff of student workers in executing equipment operations and stadium set up for the team’s practices, home contests and road trips. A 2006 graduate of the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Herman spent three years as a student equipment manager for the Buckeyes where he helped organize and distribute equipment and apparel for OSU’s 36 varsity sports, while also assisting the football equipment staff in preparation for practice, games and yearly bowl trips. Upon graduation from Ohio State, Herman served as the Assistant Equipment Manager at SDSU for one year before doing a full season internship with the San Francisco 49ers, assisting the team with practice set up, laundry and preparation for home and road contests. Herman spent game days with the 49ers representing the team as a member of the NFL blue crew, game ball staff. A certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA), Herman served as the 2013 AEMA District IX Chairperson and was an Assistant Coordinator for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif. A native of Toledo, Herman and his wife, Jamie, have one son, Oliver (3), and one daughter, Ruby.

Chris Hoppe

Senior Associate Athletic Director/Administration Chris Hoppe is in his sixth year as a member of the Eastern Michigan University athletics department and his third as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration. In his role Hoppe serves as the sport administrator for baseball, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball. He also oversees the equipment, sports medicine, and sports performance staffs. The 37-year-old Hoppe earned two degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently working on a third. He completed his undergraduate degree, with honors, in English literature in 2000 and earned his Juris Doctorate in the spring of 2003. Hoppe has also been working on a Ph.D in postsecondary education and leadership at UW.

A native of Rhinelander, Wisc., Hoppe began his professional career as a court commissioner for Oneida and Vilas County Circuit Courts in 2003-04. Upon returning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 for his Ph.D work, Hoppe began his career in collegiate athletics as an athletic compliance intern for the Badgers in 2005-06. In 2006, Hoppe joined the San Diego State University Aztecs as a student-athlete eligibility/student services coordinator. From San Diego State, Hoppe was named the Assistant Athletics Director for compliance and sport supervisor at Robert Morris University in 2008, a post he held until joining EMU as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance in the summer of 2011. He was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration in September 2013. Hoppe remains a member of the Wisconsin State Bar Association.

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EMU Support Staff Sean Hostetter

Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations Sean Hostetter is in his fourth year full-time with the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Media Relations Office serving as a graduate assistant before taking on the role of Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations in Jan. 2013. Hostetter’s responsibilities include the handling of all publicity and publications for the men’s basketball, volleyball and tennis teams. In addition to those tasks, Hostetter will coordinate the department’s social media efforts. Prior to coming to EMU, Hostetter spent the 2010-11 season as the Assistant Sports Information Director at Brevard College in North Carolina. There he was the primary contact for the Tornados’ soccer, cross country, women’s basketball, softball, and track & field teams. He also was the analyst on the men’s basketball radio broadcasts. A native of Livonia, Mich., Hostetter served as the Media Relations Intern for the Quad Cities River Bandits, then single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Car-

dinals in 2010. He was in charge of the organization of the press box, as well as distributing statistics to media, coaches, and broadcasters, and producing game notes for all media outlets. He also was a webmaster of the River Bandits website and a columnist for the Bandits’ monthly gameday program, “Play Ball.” Hostetter also served as one-of-three River Bandits radio broadcasters during the season. Additionally, Hostetter held the title of Broadcasting & Media Relations Intern in the summer of 2009 while he worked for the Burlington Royals, the rookie-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. He was the solo radio broadcaster, while serving as the main media contact for the team. A 2009 graduate of Albion College, Hostetter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Political Science. While at Albion, he served as a sports information student assistant. Hostetter earned a Master of Science in Sport Management from Eastern Michigan in 2013. He currently resides in Farmington, Mich. and is a member of the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Garrett Hotchkiss Academic Counselor

Garrett Hotchkiss is in his 10th year as an Academic Counselor for the athletic department at Eastern Michigan University. Hotchkiss joined the Student Athlete Support Services staff full time in 2007 after spending 2006 as a Compliance Assistant and Learning Specialist within the EMU athletic department. Hotchkiss is currently responsible for providing academic support and monitoring student-athletes academic progress in the sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track, gymnastics, and tennis.

The 38-year-old Hotchkiss earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University in 2001. He completed his master’s degree in sports administration from Xavier University in 2005. Prior to his time here at EMU, Hotchkiss worked as a research assistant in the Government Affairs office in Washington D.C. for Corning Incorporated. He also worked as a game day operations coordinator at the University of Cincinnati and graduate assistant for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, during his time as a graduate student.

Matt Jakobsze

Associate Athletic Director/Compliance Matt Jakobsze is in his fourth year as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance for the Eastern Michigan University athletic department. At EMU, Jakobsze serves as a member of the athletic department’s Executive Staff. Jakobsze directs and manages all operations associated with the Athletic Department’s Compliance Office, with responsibility for legislation, governance, and policy. Jakobsze serves as EMU’s liaison to the NCAA and Mid-American Conference offices for NCAA rules interpretations and other matters. Jakobsze’s specific duties include dealings with agents, and issues regarding amateurism, promotions, donation requests, financial aid, waivers, and investigations. Jakobsze joined Eastern Michigan after serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Jakobsze joined the Omaha Athletic Department after serving as the Compliance Coordinator at Mid-American Conference member Northern Illinois University. In addition, he supported the Assistant Athletics Director of Compliance and Student Services areas of financial aid, legislation, and playing seasons, and assisted student-athletes’ personal growth through the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.

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Prior to serving as the Compliance Coordinator at NIU, Jakobsze started the Huskie Athletic Compliance Office’s externship program while attending Northern Illinois University’s College of Law. A 2008 magna cum laude graduate of Dominican University, Jakobsze majored in psychology and political science and was a Northern Athletics Conference ScholarAthlete. While at Dominican, Jakobsze captained the men’s soccer team, and led the Stars to regular and conference tournament championships in 2006 and 2007, NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007, as well as to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2006. In 2011, Jakobsze received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Northern Illinois University’s College of Law. While at NIU, Jakobsze was an editor of the Northern Illinois University Law Review, President of the College of Law’s Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and represented NIU in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He has published three articles, including an award winning comment discussing Major League Soccer, collective bargaining, and the antitrust implications of diverging ownership interests. In addition to serving on the Communications Committee of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), Jakobsze is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association.


EMU Support Staff Erin Kido

Senior Associate Athletic Director/Administration

Erin Kido is in her third year as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration for the Eastern Michigan University athletic department. Kido came to EMU following a seven-year tenure in the Xavier University Athletics Department where she most recently served as the Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. At Xavier, Kido was primarily responsible for coordinating all facets of the Musketeers’ comprehensive athletics compliance program and overseeing all of the department’s student-athlete welfare priorities, including sports medicine, strength and conditioning, academic support services, gender equity and diversity. She was the athletics department’s liaison to the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Residence Life and also served as the sport administrator for the baseball and men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs. Kido is also extensively engaged in intercollegiate athletics nationally. She currently represents the Mid-American Conference on the NCAA Student-Athlete Experience Committee, which has oversight responsibility of nonacademic operating bylaws that impact the overall student-athlete intercollegiate experience. She is also a member

of the NCAA Degree Completion Consultants Task Force, which annually awards nearly $1 million in scholarships to former student-athletes who completed their eligibility, but did not complete graduation requirements. She was recently selected to serve as the chair of the MAC’s Infractions Committee. Kido previously served on the Board of Directors and the Legislation and Governance Committee of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), NCAA Legislative Council, NCAA Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet and NCAA Subcommittee for Legislative Relief. Prior to arriving at Xavier in 2007, Kido served as the Director of Compliance for the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics. While at Oklahoma, she played an integral role in building a strong, comprehensive compliance program that included broad-based rules education, as well as effective and efficient monitoring systems. In addition to her compliance experience at OU, Kido was the Compliance Graduate Assistant at The Ohio State University. She joined the Ohio State staff after serving as the Championships and Marketing Assistant with the West Coast Conference and working as a student assistant in the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. A native of San Jose, Calif., Kido graduated from UCLA in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in physiological science before going on to earn her master’s degree in sport

Mike Malach

Senior Associate Athletic Director/Finance and Operations

Mike Malach is in his 20th year as a member of the Eastern Michigan University athletics department and his third as the as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Operations. In his role, Malach oversees the department’s budget and financial planning, event management, facilities and game operations staff, IT services and is the liaison to the Convocation Center. The 48-year-old Malach joined the EMU staff in September 1998 after a two-year stint as the athletics business manager at Southeast Missouri State University. He was responsible for the development and control of the entire athletics budget at Southeast Missouri and he assumed the same responsibilities at Eastern, as well as overseeing

facilities and game operations. A 1990 graduate of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisc., Malach went on to earn a master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1992. After completing his M.A., he joined the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as an assistant athletics director from 1992-95. Malach then became a systems engineer with Office Technology Company in March 1995 before moving to Cape Girardeau, Mo., as a member of the Southeast Missouri staff in January 1996. A native of Denmark, Wisc., Malach attended Denmark High School and was a member of the 1985 boys basketball team that won the Class B state championship. He also participated in baseball and football as a prep. Malach lives in Milan, Mich. with his wife, Joan, and their son, Brevin (19) and daughter, Elaina (11).

Adam Martin

Director of Operations/Assistant Facilities Coordinator

Adam Martin is in his seventh year with the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Facilities department, and his fourth as the Director of Facilities and Operations. As the Director of Operations, Martin is responsible for the daily supervision of all athletic facilities at EMU including facility scheduling, maintenance and preparation, and assisting in the planning, management and execution of all athletic events, campus events and external events. Martin hires, trains, and supervises all event management staff along with graduate assistants and student staff. He also assists with various capital, facility maintenance and renovation. Additionally, Martin also serves as the secondary liaison to all campusoperating units which include: physical plant, public safety, facility man-

agement, custodial, outside contractors and other various campus departments. Martin is also responsible for game management of NCAA Division I-A football, Division I-A men’s and women’s basketball and all other Olympic sports. He also assists in the coordination of athletic facilities scheduling with coaches and administration in accordance with department scheduling policies. A native of Albion, Mich., Martin was a four sport athlete as a member of the soccer, baseball, basketball and swimming and diving teams. Martin earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2008 from Siena Heights University, playing soccer for the Saints before earning his master’s degree from Eastern Michigan in 2009. Martin resides in Ypsilanti, Mich. with his wife, Tracy, and their daughters, Natalie Marie and Peyton.

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EMU Support Staff Dan McLean

Associate Athletic Director/Development Dan McLean is in his third year as the Associate Athletic Director for Development for the Eastern Michigan University athletic department. McLean came to EMU after working as a Major Gifts Officer for the Mountaineer Athletic Club at West Virginia University. McLean joined the Mountaineer Athletic Club staff in August 2012. He was responsible for securing high-end annual gifts and funds for major capital projects, as well as endowing student-athlete scholarships. While working for the MAC, he was a part of a team raising more than $23 million annually for WVU Athletics as a part of the $750 million “A State of Minds” campaign for West Virginia University. During his two years, McLean was accountable for more than $1.8 million in annual gift, major gift and planned giving revenue. A native of Canton, Mich., McLean went to WVU after spending two years at Fresno State, serving as the director of major gifts before ascending to the assistant athletic director for development position in July 2011. In that position, McLean managed the

day-to-day operations of the Bulldog Foundation, including the annual fund, major gifts and sports clubs. McLean led fundraising efforts that raised more than $7 million annually for Fresno State Athletics as a part of the $200 million University “Campaign for Fresno State.” McLean previously served as an athletic development assistant at Fresno State from 2008-09. In between his different appointments at Fresno State, he served as the regional director of development at Oregon State University’s Beaver Athletic Student Fund from July 2009–Aug. 2010. While at OSU, McLean was involved with fundraising efforts that raised more than $10.5 million annually for OSU athletics. He also was directly responsible for implementing two new giving programs: “110% Beavers” and “Next Level Beavers,” which resulted in more than 1,400 donors increasing their donation and over 800 new donors generating upwards of $1.1 million in new revenue. McLean received his bachelor’s degree in applied arts from Central Michigan University in 2004 and his master’s degree in sport administration from Wayne State University in 2007. He and his wife, Lindsay, have three children, Moxon, Emilia, and Callen, and two dogs, Darby and Barksdale.

Tony Orlando

Assistant Athletic Director /Marketing Tony Orlando is in his fourth year as a member of the Eastern Michigan University athletics department and the first as the assistant athletic director. Orlando joined EMU in August 2013 after working two seasons as the Director of Athletic Marketing and Promotions at Eastern Illinois University. The 30-year-old Orlando joined EIU in 2011. His duties included the coordination of marketing and promotions for each of the Panthers’ 21 Division I athletic programs. He also was responsible for social media strategy, purchasing media-buys, organizing football tailgating and the oversight of the spirit squads, Panther Pack Kids Club and the Panther Nation student fan club. Prior to joining the Panthers, Orlando worked in minor league baseball

for the AA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, the Midland RockHounds. The RockHounds also owned a soccer club, the West Texas Sockers. As the director of game entertainment, presentation and promotions, he oversaw all aspects of the video board operation for both franchises, as well as the gameday management and promotions for each home event. He also played a role in the organizations branding/theme, which led to two all-time attendance records and a Franchise of the Year award in his three seasons with the ball club located in Midland, Texas. The Algonac, Mich. native is a graduate of Central Michigan University, earning a bachelor’s degree in sport management and journalism in 2009. Orlando lives in Westland with his dog, Coconut.

Ann O’Sullivan Academic Counselor

Ann O’Sullivan is in her 14th year as an academic counselor for the athletics department at Eastern Michigan University. O’Sullivan joined the SASS staff after spending six years as an assistant coach for the EMU softball team. She is currently responsible for providing academic support and monitoring student-athletes in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and

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volleyball. O’Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks managements with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation from Central Michigan University in 1987. She earned her master’s degree in sport management from EMU in 2011. While an undergrad at CMU, O’Sullivan helped CMU win two Mid-American Conference softball championships (1983 and 1986) and one league basketball title (1982-83). She played on CMU softball teams that qualified for three NCAA regional appearances.


EMU Support Staff Dr. Michael Paciorek Faculty Compliance Associate

Dr. Michael Paciorek joined the Office of Compliance in January 2006 as Faculty Compliance Associate. Dr. Paciorek handles personnel, playing and practice seasons, monitoring, and is the primary contact for rules education of coaches, administrators, and student-athletes. Prior to joining the Athletics Department, Dr. Paciorek was a Professor of Physical Education in the EMU College of Health and Human Services for over 20 years. Paciorek is a 1975 graduate of St. Bonaventure University where he earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education while also playing on the varsity baseball and ice hockey squads. He received a Master’s degree in adapted physical education from The George Washington University in 1977 and a Ph.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1981. He taught adapted physical education in the Norfolk, VA Public Schools from 1976-1979. Paciorek is known for his work in the field of disability sport having served on the Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors for 12 years. He was

a member of the United States Disabled Sports Team that competed in the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He has worked with the United States Olympic Committee as Co-Coordinator for disabled athlete participation at the 1990 and 1991 U.S. Olympic Festivals. Additionally, he spent 14 years in the United States Army Reserves rising to the rank of Major. Paciorek has written extensively in professional journals and his book Disability Sport & Recreation is in its third edition. Since arriving at Eastern Michigan in 1981, Paciorek was the Physical Education Program Coordinator while teaching classes in adapted physical education, motor learning and development and disability sport. In 1999 he served as President of the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD). He received the 1994 EMU Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2000 he received the Eastern Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Award for Service. Paciorek and his wife Karen, a Professor of early Childhood Education at EMU, have two sons; Clark (31) and Clay (28).

Mari Rakijaš

Assistant Director of Compliance Mari Rakijaš joined Eastern Michigan University as the Assistant Compliance Director/ Monitoring in July 2016. As a member of the compliance staff, Rakijaš will be responsible for initial, continuing, and transfer eligibility, admissions, official and unofficial visits, camps and clinics, and other aspects of recruiting. Prior to joining Eastern Michigan University, Rakijaš spent the 2015-16 athletic season at the University of Michigan as a compliance services intern. While working at U-M, she worked extensively with JumpForward, completing tasks such as reviewing and approving practice logs, eligibility forms, official and unofficial visits, complimentary admissions, and contacts and evaluations.

Before her one-year stint at to Michigan, Rakijaš interned at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. While at Johns Hopkins, Rakijaš helped compile data on university expenses, staff salaries, and sport participation to determine seasons of eligibility used. Before joining the collegiate ranks, Rakijaš worked for two years at various levels of the judicial system. She was an intern for Judge Nicholas Rattal in Upper Marlboro, Md. in 2013 before serving as law clerk for Namanny, Byrne & Owens in 2014. From there she went to Silverman, Thompson, Slutkins & White in Baltimore, Md. Rakijaš secured her undergraduate degree in international relations and communications in 2012 from American University before picking up her juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2015.

Dr. Edward Sidlow Faculty Athletic Representative

Dr. Edward Sidlow, a political science professor at Eastern Michigan University, was named faculty athletics representative in Aug. of 2013. In this position, Sidlow serves as a liaison between the university administration and intercollegiate athletics, working to maintain the campus’ academic integrity and a balance between academics and athletics for all student-athletes. He also represents EMU at Mid-American Conference and NCAA meetings and approves eligibility certifications, waivers and violations. A native of Detroit, Mich., Sidlow completed his bachelor’s degree in 1974 at Eastern Michigan. He earned his master’s degree from Ohio State University in 1977 and completed his doctorate degree at Ohio State in

1979. During his 40-year career, he has served as an instructor or professor at Ohio State (1975-78), Ohio Wesleyan University (1978), Arizona State University (1978-79), Miami University (1979-85), Northwestern University (1985-89), Loyola University Chicago (1989-95) and Eastern Michigan University (1995-present). He has published numerous articles and books, including: America at Odds, Freshman Orientation: House Style and Home Style, and Challenging the Incumbent. His work has also appeared in such journals as Policy Studies Review, Journal of Law and Politics, Journal of General Education, Western Political Quarterly, News for Teachers of Political Science, and College Teaching. Sidlow, the recipient of numerous teaching awards throughout his career, is frequently called on by print and broadcast media for political commentary and analysis.

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EMU Support Staff Katie Skinner Assistant Athletic Trainer

Katie Skinner is in her fourth year as an assistant athletic trainer at Eastern Michigan University. Skinner had previously been the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Anderson University (S.C.) for the 2012-13 athletic season. She will serve as the primary athletic trainer for the EMU women’s basketball team, as well as the women’s tennis and women’s golf. teams The 29-year-old Skinner worked directly with the Trojans’ women’s soccer, men’s basketball and baseball teams along with sharing responsibilities for track, golf and cheerleading.

She also served as an adjunct professor in the kinesiology department. A native of Stow, Ohio, Skinner is a 2010 graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. Skinner went on to complete her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology at EMU in 2012. While earning her degree, she worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the women’s volleyball and women’s crew programs. Skinner is a certified athletic trainer licensed by the State of Michigan and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, and also holds a NATABOC athletic training license.

Wayne Smith

Assistant Equipment Manager

Wayne Smith is in his eighth year as a full-time member of the Eastern Michigan University athletics department. Smith joined the EMU staff as an under graduate in 2004-05 and was elevated to full-time in 2008.

The 30-year-old Smith is responsible for the day-to-day equipment needs of the EMU’s men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and EMU’s Olympic sports teams. Smith is a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA). He married his wife, Kristal, on July 25, 2015.

Christian Spears Deputy Director of Athletics

Christian Spears is in his third year as the Deputy Director of Athletics for Eastern Michigan University. Spears arrived in Ypsilanti following a five-year tenure in the Northern Illinois University Athletics Department. A part of the the athletic department’s Executive Leadership Team, Spears oversees the External Division including development, marketing, corporate partnership efforts, fan experience and media relations. He also leads strategies to increase ticket sales, merchandise and other revenue streams. In addition, Spears assists with the administration of the football program and is responsible for football scheduling. Before coming to EMU, Spears served as the Deputy Director of Athletics and as the sport administrator for the NIU football team. He also served as the acting director of athletics for nearly five months while NIU conducted a national search for their new Director of Athletics following the football team’s Orange Bowl appearance in 2013. While in DeKalb, Spears’ responsibilities included serving as the primary liaison between several campus units and Intercollegiate Athletics, including Academic Affairs and Student Affairs as well as the Office of General Counsel. Additionally, Spears directly supervised the following administrative areas for NIU: Aca-

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demics, Compliance, Life Skills, Strength and Conditioning, Sport Psychology, Football Operations and Equipment. Moreover, he coordinated the department’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR). He was also the sport AD for football, men’s basketball, baseball, cross country and track and field. In addition to his duties at Northern Illinois, Spears served as president of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) in 2012-13 and on the NAAC Board of Directors from 2008-14. Prior to joining NIU, Spears served for six years at Southern Illinois University, where he was the Assistant Athletic Director. Spears came to SIU in fall of 2003 from Harvard University. Spears began his career as a graduate student working in the athletic marketing office at Long Beach State University; he then served as the Big Ten Minority Intern for Ohio State University working in their athletic compliance office while he matriculated through the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State. Spears is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he majored in political science. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Long Beach State University in 1998 and he received his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law in 2002. Christian and his wife, Julia, have three children, Rainier, Kai and Skyla.


EMU Support Staff Greg Steiner

Associate Athletic Director /Media Relations Greg Steiner is in his 15th year with the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Media Relations Office and his first as the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations. From Dec. 2004 until Oct. 2012, he was the office’s assistant director before serving as the assistant athletic director from 2012-16 He serves as the primary contact for the football women’s basketball and golf teams, while aiding in game-day help with nearly all 21 sports. During his tenure in Ypsilanti, Steiner has directly promoted numerous Academic All-Americans, worked with seven Mid-American Conference championship teams and instituted an aggressive approach to web development through a partnership with SIDEARM Sports to provide better online coverage of Eagle athletic events. Steiner also oversees the EMU-ESPN initiative and mobile production unit, in which EMU students receive valuable hands-on experience working with professional equipment and producing content for a national audience on ESPN3. In addition, he has worked as the play-by-play voice for radio and ESPN television broadcasts of EMU sporting events. In 2015, he took over as the host of the weekly 30-minute “All E Coaches Radio Show.” Well-known throughout the region, Steiner was part of the media relations staff at the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional,

the 2009 Final Four and the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional. Steiner has also overseen the statistics crew for the past eight MAC Football Championship games, nine MAC Basketball Tournaments and the previous 10 MAC Baseball Tournaments. The 35-year-old Steiner worked as a student athletic media relations director at Eastern Michigan for three years. A 2003 graduate of EMU, he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. During his tenure as a student assistant, Steiner was responsible for the development of the athletics department Web site, as well as most of the office’s publications. Steiner worked four years (2001-05) for WOHL television in Lima, Ohio, as videographer and co-host of “The Friday Night Frenzy” and “The Ottawa Oil Pre-Game Show,” a local high school sports show. He completed an internship at Bluffton University during the summer of 2002, where he assisted with the day-to-day operations of the sports information office. A native of Bluffton, Ohio, Steiner graduated from Bluffton High School in 1999. He is a member of the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Steiner and his wife, Cathy, live in Ypsilanti.

Bill Tuscany

Associate Head Athletic Trainer Bill Tuscany is in his 31st year as a member of the Eastern Michigan University sports medicine staff, having been promoted to associate head athletic trainer in Sept. 2001. Tuscany works in the Bowen Field House Athletic Training Room where he oversees the Olympic sports. In addition, Tuscany serves as a preceptor in EMU’s accredited athletic training curriculum.
 A 1973 Eastern Michigan University graduate, Tuscany earned his master’s degree from EMU in 1976. He is a charter member of the Athletic Training Chapter of the Eastern Michigan Alumni Association. 
 
Before joining the EMU athletics department, Tuscany was the head athletics trainer at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., from 1976-86. In addition to his athletic training duties at Lewis, Tuscany was the director

of the Emergency Medical Service, an associate professor in physical education and from 1981-86 he was the chairman of the physical education department.
In 1993 Tuscany was elected to the Lewis University Hall of Fame. Tuscany was also a Board of Certification Examiner from 1978 until 2009 at which time the exam was computerized. 
Tuscany is in his 40th year as a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and is a recipient of the 25 year award. He is also a member of the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society, and the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association. He is a licensed Athletic Trainer by the State of Michigan.
 
 The 65-year-old Tuscany and his wife, Carol, have a daughter, Sarah (34).

Brad Watson Assistant Athletic Trainer

Brad Watson is in his fourth year as an assistant athletic trainer at Eastern Michigan University. He serves as the primary athletic trainer for the EMU men’s basketball and men’s golf teams while overseeing volleyball and rowing. The 27-year-old Watson joined EMU in 2011 as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. He worked directly with the baseball and wrestling teams during his first two years in Ypsilanti, and earned a master’s degree in sport management in 2013. A native of Bellevue, Ohio, Watson is a 2011 graduate of The

Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. As an Ohio State undergraduate, Watson assisted with the football, men’s basketball, wrestling and women’s lacrosse teams. He also spent time aiding Worthington Kilbourne High School, Ohio Wesleyan University, the Ohio High School Athletic Association and various Ohio State sports camps. Watson is a certified athletic trainer licensed by the State of Michigan and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, Michigan Athletic Trainers Soceity, and the College Athletic Trainer’s Society.

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EMU Support Staff Heidi Wegmueller General Manager - IMG College/EMU

Heidi Wegmueller is in her third year as the General Manager of Eastern Michigan IMG Sports Marketing. Wegmueller arrived in Ypsilanti following a short stay working with Badger Sports Properties at the University of Wisconsin. She had previous experience at the Division I level having worked at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs (2012) and the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs

(2013-14). Before joining the college ranks, Wegmueller worked for The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America for eight years. During her first four years (2003-07), Wegmueller was a Public Relations Coordinator, planning and organizing the public and media relations efforts for The PGA’s high-profile

public relations campaigns, initiatives and events. From 2007-11, she was a Senior Account Executive that managed the day-to-day relationships, activation strategy and execution for the world’s largest working sports organization’s most prestigious and valued partners. Wegmueller earned her bachelor’s degree in sports management and communications from the University of Michigan in 2003 and received her master’s degree in international mass communication from Lynn University in 2006. While studying at Michigan, Wegmueller also worked as a tennis teaching professional at Huron Valley Tennis Club (1999-2000) and U-Move at the University of Michigan (2000-02). She began her affiliation with the golf community in 2002 while serving as an intern for the Golf Association of Michigan and followed with a 2003 internship with the United States Golf Association, serving as the tournament director for the 2003 Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament.

Corey Whitney Academic Counselor

Corey Whitney is in his sixth year as a member of the Eastern Michigan University athletics department. Whitney joined the Student Athlete Support Services staff in the Fall of 2011 as an Academic Counselor. The 43-year-old Whitney spent four years in the United States Coast Guard before earning his degree from Finger Lakes Community College in 1999. Whitney earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 2005. In addition to living

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in Arizona, Whitney has also lived in Louisiana, New York, Ohio, and Oregon before returning to his native Michigan in 2006 to be closer to family. Whitney arrived at EMU in 2007 and worked as a grounds supervisor for the Physical Plant on campus. Prior to coming to EMU, Whitney enjoyed a successful career in golf course management working at a number of Top-100 courses across the country. Whitney is a certified Master Gardener and has also volunteered with Hospice and animal rescue organizations. His wife Amy, is a pharmacist.


Convocation Center

The Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, in its 18th season as the crown jewel of EMU athletics, opened up a new era of excitement on the west campus of EMU in the fall of 1998. The state-of-the-art, $29-million facility is the result of a decade-long effort to improve and upgrade University facilities and followed closely the opening of the $41-million Bruce T. Halle Library on the main campus. Construction of the Convocation Center began in the spring of 1997 and culminated with its dedication game, Dec. 9, 1998, with a men’s basketball game against the University of Michigan in front of a crowd of 7,647. Since its opening, the Convocation Center has served as home court for the Eagles’ men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The EMU wrestling and women’s gymnastics teams now call the venue home as well. The Convocation Center has also served as the site for four Mid-American Conference Championships. EMU hosted the 2000 and 2007 MAC Gymnastics Championship and the 2002 and 2009 MAC Wrestling Championship. The arena has been the host site for seven first-round MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament games, four first-round MAC Volleyball Tournament games and four first-round game for the men’s basketball squad. The building also played the host for the EMU women’s basketball team’s upset of the University of Michigan in the First Round of the 2011 Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). The Convocation Center also played host to the 2008 WNBA’s Eastern Conference Finals and the WNBA Championship, as the Detroit Shock utilized the facility for the playoffs. Along with their commitment to EMU Athletics, the Convocation Center staff has brought some of the finest entertainers in the world to Ypsilanti. The Convo has hosted concerts by the Black Crowes, Indigo Girls, Godsmack, Smashmouth, Ludacris, Bob Dillion, Toby Keith, Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Chapelle, John Mayer and Jay-Z. The Convocation Center is also the site for EMU’s spring and winter commencement ceremonies. Among other events that have taken place include numerous youth sporting competitions, high school

commencements, trade shows, job fairs, conventions, charity and community awareness events as well as a circus. The 204,316-square-foot facility features three user-friendly levels — arena, concourse and office — and three seating configurations to maximize crowd capacity and space usage. The largest seating capacity is for center-stage entertainment activities, with 9,500 seats available. The capacity for basketball games is approximately 8,800. EMU’s athletic administration is located on the office level, along with offices for the EMU football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball coaching staffs. The EMU Athletic Media Relations Office, as well as offices for the Convocation Center staff, are located on the office level. The main athletic training room and office space for EMU’s sports medicine staff is located on the arena level as are strength and conditioning facilities and equipment rooms. In the summer of 2012, the Convocation Center received a major face-lift, as a YESCO four-sided ceiling hung display sign, featuring video boards on all four sides, was installed above center court in the arena. The fixture features four 10MM full color video boards, with each board’s active area measuring 15.7foot wide by 11.5-foot tall. In addition, the system also features three ribbon displays on the west and east sides and under the scoreboard. The arena will also showcase an integrated light emitting diode (LED) courtside scorer’s table. There is no doubt that the Convocation Center has become a special place for athletic events, but there is a warm spot in the hearts of Eastern Michigan fans for Bowen Field House, the home for men’s and women’s basketball games for 43 years. Bowen was built in 1955 at a cost of $1.25 million. The facility has 79,529 square feet of floor space and includes an eight-laps-to-the-mile indoor track. An additional 9,394 square feet, along with new permanent seating, a new court and upgrading of the facility was completed in 1982 at a cost of $506,938. Bowen still serves as home to EMU’s track teams and also serves as a practice facility for many of Eastern’s varsity squads.

TALE OF THE TAPE THE CONVOCATION CENTER Cost - $29.6 million Square Feet - 204,316 Seating Capacity (Basketball) - 8,784 Seating Capacity (Other Events) - 9,512 Building Time Frame Construction Started: 1996 Dedication: December 12, 1998 Design/Build Team Barton-Malow Company Architects Rossetti Associates of Birmingham/ The Argos Group

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The EMU Identity NOT ALWAYS THE EAGLES Since the 1991 season, Eastern Michigan University athletic teams have gone by the nickname“Eagles.” The Eagles name was officially adopted on May 22, 1991, when the EMU Board of Regents voted to replace the existing Huron nickname and logo with the new one. EMU originally went by the nicknames “Normalites” and “Men from Ypsi” and various other titles down through the years before “Hurons” was adopted in 1929. The “Hurons” first came into being as the result of a contest sponsored by the Men’s Union in 1929. On Oct. 31 of that year, a three-person committee, composed of Dr. Clyde Ford, Dr. Elmer Lyman and Professor Bert Peet, selected the name “Hurons” from the many entries in the contest. The name was submitted by two students, Gretchen Borst and George Hanner. Hanner was working at the Huron Hotel at the time of the contest and was no doubt as much influenced by his place of employment as by the Huron Indian tribe. The runner-up name in that contest was Pioneers. EMU began investigating the appropriateness of its Huron Indian logo after the Michigan Department of Civil Rights issued a report in October 1988 suggesting that all schools using such logos drop them. The report indicated that the use of Native American names, logos and mascots for athletic teams promoted racial stereotypes. At that time, four colleges, 62 high schools and 33 junior high/middle schools in Michigan used Indian logos or names. The EMU Board of Regents voted to replace the Huron name with Eagles, taken from three recommendations from a committee charged with supplying a new nickname. The other two final names submitted were Green Hornets and Express.

Eastern Eagles Fight Song “Eastern Eagles, hats off to you! Fight, fight, fight for ole EMU. Look to the sky, the Eagles will fly, the bravest we’ll defy. ... Rah,rah, rah!”

EMU Alma Mater Eastern, sacred Alma Mater to your name we shall be true.

“Hold that line for ole Green and White. Sons and daughters show your might. So, FIGHT, FIGHT! for ole EMU and vic-tor-y!”

Softly floating on the breeze, verdant green with white of snow,

Ever marching on to victory, we’ll stand by to see you through,

This our banner we will carry in our hearts whe’er we go.

Go Green Go Green, roll up the score. Go Green, let’s get some more. Raise a cheer for old Green and White. Let’s show them we came here to fight. Go Green, vic’try we’ll claim. Go Green, let’s win this game. We’ll always fight for old EMU. Come on and let’s go Green!

EMU OLYMPIANS THROUGH THE YEARS EMU has had a track representative at the summer Olympic Games since Hayes Jones in 1960. The Eagles have had 17 representatives in 52 years, 14 men and three women.

Some of EMU’s Prominent Alumni • Charlie Batch, Lional Dalton, Jason Jones, T.J. Lang, Barry Stokes, Kevin Walter – professional football players • Ron Campbell – President, Tampa Bay Lightning •

Fred Cofield, Earle Higgins, Harvey Marlatt, George Gervin, Grant Long, Derrick Dial, Earl Boykins, Carl Thomas, Charles Thomas – professional basketball players

• General John G. Coburn -- One-of-eight four-star generals in the United States • Hayes Jones -- Olympic gold medalist

• Bruce T. Halle -- Founder and CEO of Discount Tire Co.

• Rodney Slater -- Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

• John Heffron -- Winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2004

• Shirley Spork -- Co-founder of the LPGA • Bob Welch -- Cy Young Award winner

• Greg Mathis –Judge and later TV personality • Lloyd Olds - Designed the zebra shirt worn by referees • Dean Rockwell – Olympic team wrestling coach in 1964 • Rocky Roe -- Major League Baseball umpire • Jack Roush -- CEO and owner of Roush Racing

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Student-Athlete Support Student-Athlete Support Services Academic, personal and professional support are essential to college success. At EMU, Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) helps student-athletes reach their full potential. Our philosophy is to offer an academic support program, integrated with the University, that will assist all student-athletes with their transition into college. This all-encompassing support continues throughout each student-athlete’s collegiate career, until the day he or she receives a diploma, lands a job or enters graduate school. Being proactive rather than reactive, our staff does not wait for an academic crisis to occur. We gather important background information and build an academic profile on each student-athlete, assessing his or her needs in advance. Services provided through SASS include the following: programs that focus on student-athletes’ special needs, monitoring academic performance, providing learning assistance, assisting with registration procedures, assisting in monitoring athletic eligibility, providing priority registration and making sure that athletes are advised about current NCAA, MAC and university rules and regulations. Freshmen and transfer student-athletes encounter a major transition when making the switch from high school or community college to a university. These students, while adjusting to their new routines, receive extra attention and support. College is not easy. But with hard work and dedication from both the studentathlete and the support staff, the student-athlete can have a successful college experience. The success of Eastern’s student-athletes hinges on their willingness to seek assistance from SASS as well as other university student services. SASS staff members continually refer student-athletes to the Admissions Office, Academic Advising Center, Career Services Center, Health Services, the Records Office, Financial Aid and The Holman Learning Center. Faculty members also provide assistance to student-athletes through advising in course selection and providing additional help with courses when requested.

Athletic Training and Sports Medicine The Eastern Michigan University Sports Medicine Department has a long history and reputation for excellence in the health care of student-athletes and the education of athletic training students. Founding practitioners Gary Strickland, Ron Venis and Dr. Wally Roeser envisioned a goal of first-class prevention, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for all student-athletes. Although the department continues to grow, its primary mission remains the same. The student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics receive comprehensive health care from an expansive sports medicine team. The Eastern Michigan University Sports Medicine staff is led by Dr. Tara MasterHunter, Dr. Zoe Foster, Dr. David Alvarez, Dr. George Pujalte, Dr. Wally Roeser, Dr. Bruce Miller, Dr. Don Wurtzel and head athletic trainer Steve Nordwall. Additionally, the staff consists of two primary care sports medicine fellows, three full-time staff athletic trainers, two full-time athletic training clinical educators, five graduate assistant athletic trainers and the team dentist. Our sports medicine staff works in conjunction with various medical professionals within the community who provide nutritional, dental, vision and other specialized services for our student-athletes. At Eastern Michigan University, the philosophy of the Sports Medicine staff is two-fold: To provide a high standard of medical care through effective preventive and management programs, and to facilitate an effective post-injury rehabilitation process for a safe return to competition. In all cases, the ultimate well-being of each student-athlete is considered our number one priority, not only while they compete at Eastern Michigan University, but during their lifetime as well. The Sports Medicine staff operates out of three campus athletic training facilities in the Convocation Center, Bowen Field House and the Rynearson Stadium team building. Sports Performance/Strength and Conditioning Our Sports Performance Program applies a complete approach to scientifi-

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cally and practically progress each individual athlete. Our purpose is to improve all components that will aid in achieving maximal athletic performance while reducing the occurrence of injury. We incorporate athletic based, free weight, multi-joint, and multi-directional movements which vary from a diverse collection of strength and conditioning disciplines to prepare each athlete for the general and specific demands of their sport. Standards that will be implemented at all times are: Integrity, Attention to Detail, Quality before Quantity, and Execution before Innovation. Assuming quality thought and effort have been put into a sports performance program, all else being equal, the program feels that these three components are usually separating an elite level program from the average. Incorporating Daily Competitions – The ability for athletes to compete in an every day setting is critical to the success of team and individual sports. Anything from team relay’s, to 1 on 1 tug of wars, to using a dumbbell weight heavier than the previous week. I simply make the statement to my teams, “WIN THE DAY.” Work harder – beat your last weeks sets/reps/weight/time, COMPETE! There is competitive nature in all mankind. Sometimes it takes a little extra effort on the coaching end to see it. Fill your team with competitors and your program will take care of itself. Physical and Mental Sport Transfer – Training to the specifics of the sport, and style that the head coaches are teaching is an essential way to succeed at any level. Find out what the sport coaches are looking to achieve and speak their same language. You are an addition to their staff, hop on board and cater your philosophy to their needs. Giving each athlete specific examples of on field/on court experiences where success can either be earned or an opportunity can be lost. Being able to make athlete’s understand the importance of mental toughness that is needed in the weight room and how it transfers over to their sport. The pain, the physical and mental struggles they endure in each training session is setting them up for success for their competitive season. Fight for every rep just as you would for any rebound, blocked shot, interception, or stolen base. Make references back to their closest contests that might have been decided by one play – (or one rep). Positive Influential Environment – Do athletes leave the weight room looking to return for more or dreading the next time they have to mope through one of the most silent hours of their day? Each session, from the minute the first athlete walks in, to the last grueling minute they are dragging out, fill the room with ENERGY!!! Push them through their toughest moments and coach every rep. Show each and every athlete that you care about their progress. Stay vocal, provide positive feedback as well as constructive criticism, play that latest hip-hop track and find a way to create a positive training environment.


NCAA Compliance FIVE RULES TO REMEMBER

WHAT IS NCAA COMPLIANCE? Eastern Michigan University is committed to operating its intercollegiate athletics program with the highest degree of integrity, sportsmanship, and professionalism, and we urge you to conduct yourself accordingly. The Eastern Michigan University Office of Athletics Compliance is committed to a comprehensive compliance program that ensures institutional control over the department of athletics. Our goal is to educate student-athletes, prospective student-athletes, institutional employees, community members, and boosters about the importance of adhering to NCAA, Mid-American Conference, and institutional rules. A successful athletic department depends on the willingness of coaches, administrators, staff, student-athletes, and boosters to be aware of NCAA, MAC, and institutional rules. All of us at Eastern Michigan University appreciate your support. Your commitment to rules compliance is necessary to ensure that the University, its student-athletes, and coaches remain in good standing. 
Our success is due to support from individuals who are cautious and knowledgeable of NCAA rules. Help us win with integrity! QUESTIONS? The information on this page contains only a small portion of the existing NCAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions about any NCAA, MAC, or institutional rules, please ASK BEFORE YOU ACT! EMU Compliance Office Matthew Jakobsze Associate Athletic Director for Compliance 734.487.1050 mjakobsz@emich.edu @EMUCompliance EMUEagles.com/Compliance

1. FANS HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES As an individual who is a season ticket holder, a member of an Eastern Michigan University booster organization (e.g., Eagles Pride, E-Gridiron Group), has made financial contributions to EMU, or been involved in promoting EMU’s athletic program, you are considered a “Booster” and are required to adhere to an atmosphere of compliance. As a booster, your conduct reflects on the integrity of the entire university. Once you support EMU Athletics, you retain that identity as a booster forever - the rules still apply! This is true even if the individual no longer contributes to, or is involved with, EMU’s athletics program. 2. DON’T GIVE BENEFITS OR INDUCEMENTS

 Student-athletes can only receive benefits that other students in the general population can receive. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an EMU employee or booster to provide a current or prospective studentathlete (or the athlete’s relatives or friends) a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA. Examples of impermissible benefits include, but are not limited to:

• Do not visit a prospect’s school to acquire films or transcripts in an attempt to evaluate the prospect’s academic or athletics eligibility; • Do not have contact with a prospect (or the prospect’s relatives or friends) during any of their visits to EMU’s campus; • Do not contact student-athletes enrolled in other four-year institutions regarding the possibility of transferring to EMU. Even though there are many rules prohibiting your involvement with prospects and the recruiting process, as a booster you are permitted to do the following: • Notify EMU coaching staff about noteworthy prospects in your area; • Attend a prospect’s athletics event on your own initiative, as long as you do not have contact with the prospect (or the prospect’s parents or coach); • Continue existing friendships, provided you do not solicit the prospect’s enrollment.

Please note, a prospective student-athlete (prospect) is a student who has started classes for the 9th grade (7th grade for Basketball). Students enrolled in preparatory schools and two-year colleges are also considered prospects. An individual remains a prospect even after he/ • Gifts of cash, clothing, equipment or any she signs a National Letter of Intent. other tangible item; If you know of a talented athlete, please let • A special discount, payment arrangement or the coaching staff know, and we’ll do the rest! credit on any purchase or service; • Loan of money or co-signing of loans; 4. KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES! • A vehicle, use of a vehicle, or any EMU is responsible for the actions of its transportation expenses; boosters. If a booster recruits or provides • Free or reduced-cost services, purchases impermissible benefits to a current or or rentals; prospective student-athlete (or the athlete’s • Entertainment on- or off -campus; or
 relatives or friends), EMU may be subject to • Free or reduced-cost rent or housing.

 penalties from the NCAA and Mid-American Conference. When a violation occurs, regardless The best way to support EMU student-athletes of the intention, it can: is by donating to Eagles Pride! • Jeopardize the eligibility of prospective and current student-athletes; 
 3. LEAVE THE RECRUITING TO US! • Result in the EMU athletics program being You’re passionate about your EMU Athletics penalized by the NCAA and/or the programs and you want everyone to know it! Mid-American Conference; and But remember, only EMU coaches and athletic • Cause you to lose benefits or privileges department staff members are permitted to associated with the athletics department be involved in the recruiting process. Boosters (i.e., booster membership, ticket privileges).

 should be aware of the following: • Do not contact a prospective student5. ASK BEFORE YOU ACT! athlete (or members of the prospect’s The NCAA Rules are not limited to the above, family) by letter, telephone, e-mail, text, and they are often misunderstood. If you have online (Facebook, Twitter), or in-person (onany doubt or questions, please contact the or off-campus) for the purpose of soliciting Office of Athletic Compliance. We strongly their participation in EMU’s athletic programs. encourage open communication between fans, • Do not contact a prospect’s coach, principal, supporters, and the EMU Athletic Department. or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the Remember, our success is due to support prospect; from individuals who are cautious and • Do not become involved in making knowledgeable of NCAA rules. Help us win arrangements for a prospect (or the with integrity! prospect’s relatives or friends) to receive money or financial aid of any kind;

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Eagles Pride Mission Eagles Pride is the newly created fundraising arm of the Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics. Eagles Pride is dedicated to providing financial support for the educational, personal and athletic enhancement of more than 500 EMU student-athletes in 21 varsity sports. At the same time, we will focus on providing superior customer service to our fans, alumni and donors. Importance EMU Athletics is often the window through which the entire University is viewed and many times considered the front porch of the institution. The successes and accomplishments of our athletic programs serve as a tremendous recruiting tool for enrollment and a catalyst for philanthropy to all areas of EMU. Impact As a member of Eagles Pride you will be a difference maker for EMU student-athletes and their goals on the field, in the classroom and in their lives after EMU. On the chart below ahead you will find our levels of giving, areas of impact, ways to give, associated benefits and more. Your investment is Eagles Pride!

How to Make a Gift

Online: By Phone: By Mail:

EMUEagles.com/GiveNow 734.487.8236 799 N. Hewitt Road Room 309C Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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CLUB DETAILS

10.0 GYMNASTICS CLUB

Mission

$100 MAC CHAMPION • Tax deduction (consult your tax professional) • Lykeline Athletics Insider Email • Recognition on EMUEaglesPride.com • Complimentary admission to one home meet • Quarterly E-newsletter from EMU Gymnastics

$250 REGIONAL QUALIFIER • All benefits of MAC Champion • EMU Gymnastics t-shirt • Complimentary season tickets to EMU Gymnastics • Team signed poster (per request) • Special Recognition at home meet

$500 NATIONAL QUALIFIER • All benefits of Regional Qualifier • Upgraded EMU Gymnastics apparel item

$1,000 ALL-AMERICAN

The 10.0 Gymnastics Club, in partnership with Eagles Pride, is a gymnastics specific program designed to build relationships with alumni and fans for the enhancement of Eastern Michigan University Gymnastics.

Importance EMU Women’s Gymnastics has a proud tradition of competitive success in the Mid-American Conference. External support from alumni and friends is vital for us to continue to grow and expand our success to the national level.

Goal & Impact Contributions toward the annual goal of $10,000, will support enhancements such as new equipment, competition leotards, supplement team travel and facility upgrades. Your commitment will ensure EMU Gymnastics continued success in the MAC and pave the way to national prominence.

Join The 10.0 Gymnastics Club

• All benefits of National Qualifier

NAME:

• Invitation for 2 to Gymnastics Banquet

ADDRESS:

• Invitation for 2 to the 2016 YPSI Awards

CITY:

$2,500 + NCAA CHAMPION • All benefits of All-American

STATE: PHONE:

ZIP: EMAIL:

• Charter Bus travel for 2 to 1 away meet

SHIRT SIZE: S M L XL XXL

MEMBERSHIP TYPE: $100 MAC Champion $250 Regional Qualifier $500 National Qualifier $1,000 All-American $2,500+ NCAA Champion

Please circle one: I accept / decline my benefits. *Declining benefits records your entire contribution as tax deductible

PAYMENT INFORMATION: MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO EMU GYMNASTICS MEMO/FOR: FUND #00674 Credit / Debit Card One-time contribution of $ Monthly contributions Visa

$ for (#) months = Total gift of $ Mastercard Discover American Express

CARD NO: For more information please contact Head Coach Sarah Shire Brown at sbrow159@emich.edu - (734) 487-1082

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Mail to: EMU Athletics Development 799 N. Hewitt Road, Suite 309 Ypsilanti, MI 48197 To give online: www.EMUEagles.com/give/gymnastics

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E-Club Hall Of Fame

The Eastern Michigan University alumni varsity letterwinners club, E-Club, sponsors the EMU Athletic Hall of Fame. This year’s class will mark the 41st anniversary of the E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame. 1976 Charles Eugene Beatty* James “Bingo” Brown* William E. Foy* George W. Marshall* Lloyd W. Olds* Elton J. Rynearson, Sr.* Edwin Shadford* Raymond L. Stites* 1977 C. Dale Curtiss* Charles Hanneman* Charles “Whitey” Hlad* Hayes W. Jones Harry Ockerman* Dean Rockwell* Olin Sanders* Paul Shoemaker* 1978 William E. Crouch* Daniel Webster Kirksey Robert K. Middlekauff Thomas V. Quinn* Kenneth “Red” Simmons* Andrew Vanyo* James A. Walsh* William C. Zepp* 1979 Louis Batterson* James Bibbs Merrill Hershey* Harvey Marlatt George Muellich* Ron Oestrike Arthur D. Walker* Frank “Buck” Weeber* 1980 Ruth Boughner* Leighton Boyd* Kenneth “Beef” Matheson* Ferris G. Newman* Bob Parks 1981 Delmar Allman* Rha W. Arnold* Charles E. Forsythe* James R. Martin* David L. Pureifory* Abe Rosenkrantz* Clarence B. Sabbath* Shirley G. Spork 1982 Garion H. Campbell* Clifford D. Crane* Marvin R. Mittlestat* Albert H. Pingel Earl N. Riskey* Charles J. Shonta Fred D. Trosko* 1983 Roger Arnett* Santee Brockman* Ralph Gilden Augusta “Gussie” Harris* Kenneth Hawk* Charles Lappeus* Neville “Tex” Walker* George Wendt*

1984 William Barrett James Bell Wardell Gilliam* Gordon Minty Bernard Otto* 1985 John Banaszak Doug Cossey* Hasely Crawford Michael H. Jones* Richard Moseley Charles Paige Jean Siterlet* 1986 Jean S. Cione* David Ellis Bruce Howell Ron Johnson Richard G. Raymond Bill Tipton 1987 Glenn Davis Marvin Johnson Bob Rowland* William J. Stephens Jack Weiss 1988 Norbert S. Badar Clarence Chapman Sherm J. Collins Clare Ebersole Stanley McConnor Bob Welch* 1989 Gary Bastien William M. Cave* Ron Gulyas Ann (Meachum) Lohner Bob Owchinko Harry Werbin* 1990 Ken Bruchanski Dottie Denise Davis Jeffrey E. Dils Frank Reaume Virgil E. Windom Duane Zemper 1991 James Brodie* Tom Fagan Jim Grant* Jeff Huxley James Ross Claude Snarey* 1992 Cleon Gilliam Jay Jones Susan “Sue” Parks Mike Strickland Leo Turner* 1993 Joe Brodie Laurie Ann Byrd Oswald Gaynier* George Gervin Nick Manych*

1994 Terry Collins Donna Donakowski F.L. “Frosty” Ferzacca* Kevin “Rocky” Miller Robert Sims C.P. Steimle* 1995 John Clay Bob Crosby Kerry Keating James Matthews Lucy Parker Larry Radcliff 1996 Jim Applegate John C. Fountain Kennedy McIntosh* Randy Mills Andrea (Bowman) Osika Jeff Peck 1997 Walter Gerald Brown* Ed Engle* Glenn Gulliver Earle Higgins Duane Root Eugene Thomas Claudia Wasik 1998 Marc Dingman Grant Long Loita “Blink” Molineaux* Nanette Push Ron Saunders* Pat Sheridan Tom Smith 1999 Ron Adams Jim Harkema Kelly Hebler Dave Kieft Leroy Potter* Mark Smith Jeff Washington 2000 Wilbur P. Bowen* Jack Brusewitz Chris Hoiles Denise (Kaercher) Leipold Jim Nelson Jenny Romatowski Wayne Seiler 2001 Angie Fielder Jon Gates Bob Jennings Mauri Jormakka* George Mead* John “Rocky” Roe Rodney Slater

2002 William “Audie” Cole Rena (Cox) McBroom Earl Jones Lanny Mills J.E. Morcombe* Jim Pietrzak Ron Rice Mary Smith* 2003 Sherry (Anderson) Boughton Sharon (Brown) Calhoun Marsha (Barker) Crosby Jim Dutcher Garry Grady Paul McMullen Joel Smith 2004 Melissa (Drouillard) Bater Roxanne (Munch) Bronkema Roger Coryell Mark Dailey Earl Dixon Mireille (Sankatsing) Smith Jim Streeter 2005 Tommy Asinga Dan Boisture* Ben Braun Hamilton Morningstar* Dr. Waldomar Roeser Danny Schmitz Sara Seegers Harold Simons 2006 Nikki (Stubbs) Douglas Greg Howe Carole Huston Dazel Jules Peter Linn Bob Lints Gary Tyson 2007 Al Jagutis Marci Kelley Mark Leonard Tamyka McCord Stan Vinson Doug Willer

2008 Joy (Inniss) Johnson Lindell Reason Jeff Reaume* Sarah Willis Chuck Wilson 2009 Denise Allen Charlie Batch Jerry Cerulla Angela (Springer) Johnson Sharon McNie Gary Patton Gary Strickland 2010 Clement Chukwu Dawn (Godfrey) Heck Laurie Hubbard JoAnne (LeFevre) McBroom Hildred Lewis John R. Martin Barry Stokes 2011 Ingrid (Boyce) Benn Howard Booth Traci (Parsons) McMullen Linda Milholland Jamie Nieto Norm Parker* John Schmidt 2012 Erik Henriksen Ivory Westly Hood Brian Tolbert Sharon (Rose) Schwartz Jerry Umin 2013 Dennis Betts Earl Boykins JoyAnn Clarke Wondella Devers Derrick Dial Eugene Smith Donald Stewart 2014 Boaz Kisang Cheboiywo Kathy Hart Fred LaPlante Tom Michael Lorenzo M. Neely Allyson Newman Brett Petersmark 2015 Joe Codrington Tracy Deeter George Harrison Paul Scicluna* L.J. Shelton Stephanie Smiley Barry Susterka 2016 Steve Brown Lional “Jelly Roll” Dalton Conne Miner Fabian Rollins Greg Ryan Robin Baun *Deceased

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