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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2010 BLUE RAIDERS COACHING STAFF PROGRAM HISTORY SUMMER CAMPS DEAN A. HAYES STADIUM THE UNIVERSITY ACADEMICS COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES SPORTS MEDICINE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CAMPUS COMFORTS OUR MASCOT, LIGHTNING THE MIDSTATE UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION SUN BELT CONFERENCE

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This 2010 Soccer Digital Information Guide is a digital publication of the Middle Tennessee Office of Athletic Communications. Many pages include links to additional online resources found on our official websites and other third-party websites. Photos provided by Athletic Communications, MTSU Photographic Services and the Sun Belt Conference.

ŠŠ GoBlueRaiders.com ŠŠ 2010 Soccer Media/Statistics Packet


2010 BLUE RAIDERS

FRONT ROW (Left to Right)

Whitney Jorgenson, Regina Thomas, Greta Jochmann, Hope Suominen, Paige Goeglein, Shan Jones, Jessica Gilchrist, Rebecca Cushing, Lindsey Sisco, Emily Harris, Vanessa Mueggler, Fran Howells, Jaimee Cooper, Emily Snowdon, Charity Blair


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BACK ROW (Left to Right)

Hilarie Buck (Athletic Trainer), Nathan Snell (Manager), Laura Lamberth, Maddie Harper, Elisabeth Sikes, Birgitte Hauge, Heidel Johannessen, Luisa Moscoso, Allison Stallard, Morgan Jones, Jessika Oseguera, Mike Baker (Asst. Coach), Aston Rhoden (Head Coach), Debs Brereton (GA)


COACHING STAFF ASTON RHODEN HEAD COACH

Already the all-time winningest coach in program history with a mark of 94-51-17, Rhoden has seen his Blue Raider teams secure double-figure victories in seven of the previous eight seasons, including a school-record 17 wins in 2006. Under Rhoden’s direction, Middle Tennessee has proven to be a record-setting program in all aspects of the game. The single-season records for wins, shots, goals, assists, points, least goals allowed, goals against average and shutouts all have been established under his watch. The Jamaica native received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 1989 and holds a National “A” Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation. Prior to his four-year playing career at UAH, Rhoden played with the youth national team of Jamaica as well as Real Mona FC. Rhoden and his wife, Tara, live in Murfreesboro with their daughter, Ashley.


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MIKE BAKER ASSISTANT COACH

Michael Baker, a native of Louisville, Ky., enters his second season at MT. Baker began his collegiate career with his hometown Cardinals before transferring and graduating from Western Kentucky in 2004. Baker holds a USSF “C” and Brazilian “D” coaching licenses, as well as NSCAA Regional, NSCAA National Youth, NSCAA National and NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1 and 2 diplomas.

DEBS BRERETON

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Former Middle Tennessee standout Debs Brereton returns for her third season on the Blue Raider soccer staff as a graduate assistant in 2010. The Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2004, Brereton owns a UEFA Level Two Coaching License, as well as a USSF National “C” License.

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PROGRAM HISTORY Middle Tennessee began playing intercollegiate soccer in 1996, competing independently before joining the Ohio Valley Conference in 1998. The Blue Raiders finished with doubledigit victories in two seasons as members of the OVC. In 2002, after two seasons in the Sun Belt Conference, Aston Rhoden took the helm of the Blue Raider program. Rhoden has led the team to a share of the Sun Belt regular-season championship in 2004 and seven double-digit victory campaigns in his eight seasons. Many of the program’s record holders and award winners have played under Rhoden’s watch, including current graduate assistant Debs Brereton who garnered Sun Belt Player of the Year accolades in 2004.

LAURA MIGUEZ 2005 ALL-TIME SUN BELT TEAM

CLARIE WARD THREE-TIME ALL-SBC SELECTION


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DEBS BRERETON 2004 SUN BELT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

2004 SUN BELT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

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RHODEN SOCCER ACADEMY The Middle Tennessee Soccer Camps are designed to create the best possible environment for young players to improve their skills and knowledge. Emphasis is placed on giving individual instruction according to each player’s skill level. Middle Tennessee Head Soccer Coach Aston Rhoden serves as the camp director at each camp. Instructors will include Assistant Coach Michael Baker and Graduate Assistant Debs Brereton, along with an array of outstanding college and high school coaches and our Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders each summer. Aston Rhoden currently holds a National “A” License from the United States Soccer Federation as well as a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In his eight seasons, the Blue Raiders have compiled 94 victories, including a schoolrecord 17 wins in 2006. All camps provide: • Instruction from professional, international staff • Top-quality skills demonstration • Positive learning environment • An official camp T-shirt • Small group training • Challenging and fun games


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ŠŠ RhodenSoccerAcademy.com

First Touch Camp, Ages 4-6 (Co-ed) This camp is for the budding male and female soccer player who may just have started playing the beautiful game. Girls Camp, Ages 9-16 (Teams welcome) If you are a female player looking for a challenge and wants to fully develop your soccer skills, then this camp is for you. Girls Team Camp, Ages 13-17 The Girls High School/Club Team Camp is several challenging days of training, games and team building. Boys Camp, Ages 9-16 (Teams welcome) This camp is a week of fully demonstrated and challenging training designed to the help every field player and goalkeeper achieve new levels of expertise and tactical awareness. Junior Raiders Camp Ages 6-9 (Co-ed) This camp will focus on skills such as heading, dribbling, shooting, receiving and receiving.

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DEAN A. HAYES STADIUM

Named after legendary Blue Raider Hall of Fame member and current track and field coach Dean Hayes, Dean A. Hayes Stadium proudly stands at the corner of Greenland Drive and Champion Way on the Middle Tennessee campus. The lighted, 1,500seat stadium gives the Blue Raiders an excellent home field advantage. The team has had tremendous success at the facility since it opened


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in 1998, owning a 75-23-7 record. Under head coach Aston Rhoden, the record stands at 55-12-6, including a pair of undefeated home slates (2004 and 2006) over the last eight seasons. Middle Tennessee set a school single-game attendance record when 1,309 attended the Blue Raiders’ first game in the new stadium and under the lights. The fans were rewarded with a 3-1 victory against Southern Miss on August 25, 2006.

Middle Tennessee will play host to the 2011 Sun Belt Soccer Championships, the first time the tournament has come to Murfreesboro.

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THE UNIVERSITY

One of the finest teacher preparation institutions in the southeast, Middle Tennessee is a destination school and the No. 1 choice of undergraduates in the state of Tennessee. Nationally recognized programs in aerospace, recording industry, and concrete industry management attract students from around the globe. The University is home to the Center for Popular Music, a nationally-recognized re-


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pository with one of the largest sheet music collections in the country. Students enjoy numerous extracurricular activities through more than 190 student organizations, including honor societies, service clubs, and an active Greek system of fraternities and sororities. The University Honors College offers talented students the atmosphere of a small, select college nestled within a major university. ŠŠ Interactive Campus Tour ŠŠ University Web Site - MTSU.edu ŠŠ MTAlumni.com

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ACADEMIC SERVICES The Student-Athlete Enhancement Center houses the academic support system for all 17 Division I-A sports at Middle Tennessee. The mission of the center is to help student-athletes take skills learned on the field and turn them into positive preparation for life after college. Tutors in various subjects are scheduled in the tutoring rooms throughout all hours of operation, and all tutoring takes place at the center. The SAEC staff monitors the student-athletes progress, providing daily reports to coaches and meeting with the entire coaching staff weekly. In addition to providing


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academic support, the center is committed to meeting the needs of student-athletes through the Blue Raider Athlete Skills for Success (BRASS) Life Skills program. Blue Raiders volunteer, when possible, to help teachers and students at elementary and middle schools throughout Rutherford County during the academic year.

ŠŠ Student-Athlete Enhancement Center ŠŠ University Library

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IN THE COMMUNITY


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Forty Blue Raider athletes from the Blue Raider Athletes’ Skills for Success program volunteered at the annual Special Olympics event, held this past spring at Dean A. Hayes Stadium. The athletes coordinated events and games for the kids ranging from first grade to high school seniors, as well as the adults.

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SPORTS MEDICINE

No university is more committed to keeping athletes healthy than Middle Tennessee. Head Athletic Trainer Drew Shea and the Sports Medicine staff have set liberal hours to make sure each student-athlete has her needs met. The Sports Medicine facility opens early each morning and doesn’t close until all student-athletes have been treated. The Sports Medicine facility contains a complete injury rehabilitation center, new


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rehab equipment, two full-size whirlpools, a dressing area for athletes, and a private office for the team physicians. One of the most recent additions to the facility is a $15,000 K-Laser which helps speed up the healing process and a C-Arm portable X-Ray machine is also on site. The Sports Medicine staff employs a computer software package that tracks injuries, rehab protocols, medications, and surgeries to help the athletic trainers keep student-athlete rehabilitation programs moving forward as rapidly as possible.

ŠŠ Athletic Training Degree Program ŠŠ Sports Medicine

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STRENGTH AND CONDITIONIN

Performance in the weight room has become just as important as performance on the field and Middle Tennessee has a staff committed to making student-athletes the best they can be in both these aspects. The strength and conditioning staff, led by Matt Riley, makes full use of the Blue Raiders’ 10,000-plus square foot training facility centrally located between the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center, Murphy Athletic Center and Floyd Stadium.


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The facility, which opened in January of 1999, greets student-athletes with over 20,000 pounds of plates and dumbbells and is equipped with nine full power racks, nine elevated platforms, and nine half-racks. Cardiovascular equipment, such as treadmills and stationary bikes are also available as well as cable television and a sound system for music to be played during workouts. Hammer strength equipment rounds out the room with five ground-base jammers, a dead lift, a leg press, a leg curl, and a leg extension. Other Hammer strength equipment in the facility includes a bench press, a military press, a rowing machine, neck machine, pull-up, and pullover.

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CAMPUS COMFORTS Scarlett Commons provides apartment-style living with on-campus convenience and is home to many Blue Raider athletes. Each apartment is fully furnished and contains four private bedrooms and two private bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a comfortable living room. Each apartment also includes cable and phone lines in the living room and data lines with access to the Internet for personal computers in each bedroom. Dining on campus is definitely not plain. Visit one of the five on-campus dining locations to find familiar establishments such as Pizza Hut, Quizno’s Subs, Chick-Fil-A and Subway. Another popular option is the McCallie Dining Hall with its all-you-caneat dining selections and theme nights.


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ŠŠ MTDining.com ŠŠ Campus Housing ŠŠ Division of Student Affairs ŠŠ Interactive Campus Tour

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OUR MASCOT, LIGHTNING In Greek mythology, the winged horse possessed superior cunning and speed. The thundering horse of the gods was entrusted to carry awesome lightning bolts and could only be harnessed by a noble being with a pure heart. Character, talent, and strength were required to mount and ride the fabled winged horse. Today, this winged horse is a fitting symbol of a university that has earned its wings and excels in many academic arenas, including historic preservation, teacher training, aerospace, political science, horse science, and recording industry. But the winged horse is more than a symbol of physical accomplishment; it’s also a symbol of character and the responsible wielding of power.


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For its nobility and character, the winged horse was immortalized in the stars. Now, with breathtaking speed and thundering, unbridled power, Lightning strikes, forevermore, fear in the hearts of Blue Raider opponents and leads Middle Tennessee to victory! ŠŠ Blue Raider Sports Hall of Fame ŠŠ Albert Gore Research Center ŠŠ MTAlumni.com

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THE MIDSTATE A student-athlete’s life involves more than academics and athletics. Like most college students, studentathletes need to enjoy themselves, relax, and have a good time and Murfreesboro fits the bill. Despite being one of the fastest growing cities in the south, Murfreesboro is a large city with a smalltown atmosphere. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live by CNNMoney Magazine. While some major metropolitan areas overshadow their neighbors, the nearby city of Nashville provides unprecedented economic and media support to Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. Nashville and its outlying communities make up a media market ranked 29th in America. The midstate boasts entertainment options for all tastes. Several professional sports franchises call Nashville home and are all located near Nashville’s downtown and its many nationally-known hot spots.


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The Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Opry Mills with its IMAX theater are all popular destinations. The best part about all of these attractions is that Middle Tennessee is located within a few minutes of them all. ŠŠ Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce ŠŠ VisitMusicCity.com ŠŠ Nashville Sports Council

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ADMINISTRATION SIDNEY MCPHEE PRESIDENT

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee is the tenth president of Middle Tennessee State University. During McPhee’s tenure, the University has experienced considerable growth in many areas. Since 2001, five new Ph.D. programs have been established and extramural funding has increased from $6 million to roughly $40 million. MTSU’s undergraduate enrollment is now the largest in the state. Not only are admission standards on the rise under McPhee, but so are campus facilities. Presently, the University is involved in proposed or active capital projects totaling nearly $400 million. Construction on a new student center is currently underway and a $70 million renovation of all student residential housing is scheduled for completion by 2011, the University’s centennial year. ŠŠ President’s Greeting


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CHRIS MASSARO DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

Proving to be a true visionary, Massaro has helped revolutionize the Blue Raiders’ athletic department while helping pave the way for even greater success in future years. During his short reign, Massaro has overseen unprecedented success not only in the University’s athletic programs but also in regard to academic success, facility upgrades, and a proven record of hiring coaches who have thrived under his watch. Under Massaro’s leadership, the Blue Raiders have captured the Sun Belt’s allsports trophy three times in five years. Massaro’s guidance has provided coaches and student-athletes with the resources to produce 20 conference titles and 21 NCAA postseason appearances.

ŠŠ GoBlueRaiders.com

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SUN BELT CONFERENCE While there are 31 NCAA conferences that sponsor multiple sports, the Sun Belt is one of only eleven to participate in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and Football Bowl Subdivision. The Sun Belt, formed in 1976, comprises 12 institutions of higher learning while sponsoring 19 championship sports for men and women. The Sun Belt Conference has a permanent seat on the NCAA’s 17-member Board of Directors which gives the conference a crucial voice on some of the most pressing issues in college athletics. Conference student-athletes have demonstrated a commitment to education as they have consistently raised the bar over the last several years. In fact, a total of 1,700 Sun Belt


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student-athletes received a GPA above 3.0 for the 2008-09 academic year. Member institutions and student-athletes from the Sun Belt Conference have advanced to NCAA National Championships, have had College World Series appearances in baseball and softball and have combined for a winning bowl record over the last three football seasons. The conference continues to utilize television to grow and promote the league. Adding volleyball, baseball and softball to the conference’s television package has resulted in more national and regional television exposure for the league than at any time in its history. Additionally, ESPN televised the conference’s men’s basketball championship game for the 20th straight season in 2010, marking its longest affiliation with any conference in the country. ŠŠ SunBeltSports.org ŠŠ National Soccer Coaches Association of America ŠŠ TopDrawerSoccer.com

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2010 Soccer Digital Guide