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Volume 3, Issue 1

Fall 2013

Wildcat Press JWU Charlotte Athletics Lady Wildcats Back at It The 2012 season for the women‟s volleyball team proved to the best in the team‟s three year history. The Lady Wildcats ended the regular season with a record of 17-10 and was ranked 8th in the final USCAA Coaches Poll of season. In November, the Wildcats traveled to SUNY-Canton in upstate New York to compete in the USCAA National Championship Tournament. The team advanced out of pool play before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual national champion, Daemen College. The success of last season brought a new level of energy and anticipation to the program. Hoping to carry that energy into the 2013 season, the ladies are working towards a second straight winning year, and a return to the USCAA National Championship Tournament. The women‟s volleyball season got underway in late August, with trips to Livingstone College, Louisburg College and Spartanburg Methodist. The team is now 2-4 and looking to gain momentum from their wins and make this season a greater success. Head Coach Callie Phillips lost several players from last year‟s team, but has worked hard to replace those players with a talented four player freshman class. She has also added three transfer players to help add depth and experience to an already formidable lineup. On the court the Lady Wildcats are focusing on improving efficiency on offense and cohesiveness on defense, as Coach Phillips tells us that “volleyball is a game of momentum, and we can't afford to give points away.” Look for the girls to limit forced errors and put pressure on their opponents to put the Wildcats in a winning position. In addition to focusing hard on the court, the Lady Wildcats are also expected to continue their outstanding effort in the classroom. The ladies have led the nation in USCAA Women‟s Volleyball All-Academic team members for two consecutive years, and coach Phillips is looking to continue that streak, with as strong of a focus on classroom achievement as on the court success.

Wildcats Prepare to Hit the Court The 2012-13 men‟s basketball season was the most successful to date. The team increased their win total from the previous season, defeated a NCAA D-III team for the first time and led NCAA D-II North Greenville in the final minutes of the last game of the regular season. The team learned a lot during the season, especially during the final 2 weeks, where they won three of four games. Coach Lansdale remarked about that stretch, “Hopefully we can take what we learned from last season and use that knowledge and experience we gained to win those close games this year.” The Wildcats return leading scorer Kindrick Anderson (11.9 ppg) and Joshua Cohen, who topped the 20 point mark twice in the last four games. Head Coach Dion Lansdale will combine a core of experienced players with an exciting group of incoming freshman in hopes of taking the men‟s basketball program to new heights. “Those guys (the returning players) went through a lot and really started to learn how to be successful. Hopefully they can bring that to the table and teach the new guys what they already know,” Lansdale said. He is expecting a lot of youthful energy and desire from the incoming freshmen. “We have some guys who Inside this issue: want to be successful and have some ability to help the team. We are looking for them to help continue what we have started to build here. I think we have Ice Hockey 2 several guys who have a chance to be successful and will get a chance. I'm Women’s 2 hoping many of them contribute.” Coach Lansdale has several goals for the Basketball upcoming season, both tangible and abstract. “We are going to play hard and try to put ourselves in position to be successful. My goals are to win more Athletics Staff 3 games, improve our overall scoring and increase defensive statistics. We want Alumni Spotlight 4 to build a team that has a chance to qualify for nationals every year. We want to improve yearly and we want to get better, particularly from a mental aspect. Men’s Soccer 5 If we can do those things we can be a pretty good basketball team.” Coach Lansdale will begin to build his team with tryouts starting on Women’s Soccer 5 September 19th, 20th, and 21st. The men‟s basketball season will get underway when they host a four-team tournament on November 1st and 2nd. Calendar 6

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Ice Hockey Club

Ice Hockey Club Game Schedule

The 2012-2013 season was a busy one for the Ice Hockey Club. While playing a total of 17 games, and competing within the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference, the team improved in all aspects of the game from the start of the season to the finish. Head Coach Chris Plano has a few returning players for the 2013-2014 year, and he hopes that experience will pay off for the team this year. With that experience and leadership at the core of the team, the wildcats are expected to be a contender in the Carolina Division of the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference. JWU will face some new opponents this year, as High Point and Coastal Carolina join the Carolina Division. Regardless of the opponent, Coach Plano is expecting his team to “play hard each and every game, and play with a sense of pride and urgency on the ice.” Some of the technical aspects of hockey that the team will be working on this year includes their positioning on the ice, and power play set-up. The team will also focus on offensive and defensive playmaking, scouting, and strategic game planning for each opponent.

October 19

Appalachian State University*



At College of Charleston



At College of Charleston


November 9

Coastal Carolina University*


*Home games will be played at Time Warner Cable Arena

Women’s Basketball Club The Women‟s Basketball Club finished the 2012-2013 season showing great improvements in their individual skills, and confirmed that they could indeed compete against more experienced teams. Games against the club teams from High Point, UNC Pembroke, and Winston-Salem State gave the Lady Wildcats a good barometer as to their progress. They increased their point total in each successive game, and became more competitive each time they took the court. With five returning players, the team looks to bring experience and leadership to the court with a stated team goal to “keep moving forward.” New head coach, Odis Gadson brings many years of experience as a high school coach to the club. He, in addition to Assistant Coach Winston Baker, are looking to get the team “back to the fundamentals while implementing the team concept culture.” This coming year the coaches are hoping to add at least five new players to the roster. With both new faces and experienced returning players, Coach Gadson is looking to push and challenge the ladies while also challenging himself to become a better coach. The team is looking to play a challenging schedule against some of the strongest teams around the state and region in hopes of creating a name for the JWU women‟s basketball program. They are expected to play club teams from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro, Montreat College, Louisburg College, and Barber Scotia.

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JWU Charlotte Athletics

Meet the Staff

Back Row (left to right): Tiannah Carolus, Josiah Braxton, Michael Daniel, A.J. Metzger, Kayla Gipner, Christopher Charles Front Row (left to right): Jelani Lopez, Kendall Eskey, Vanessa Taylor, Kathleen Batallas Karen Overton, Stephen Byrd

Athletic Director – Stephen Byrd Assistant Athletic Director– Christopher “Chuck” Charles

Athletic Student Supervisors: Kathleen Batallas – Student Center Facility Operations Josiah Braxton – Student Center Facility Operations Tiannah Carolus – Student Center Facility Operations Michael Daniel – Student Center Facility Operations Kendall Eskey – Promotions, Social Media, Web Page, Spirit Engagement Kayla Gipner – Sports Administration and Publications Jelani Lopez – Intramurals, Sports Clubs, Off-Campus Rec, & Special Events A.J. Metzger – Game Operations, Varsity Logistics, and Sports Information Karen Overton – Student Center Facility Operations Vanessa Taylor – Student Center Facility Operations

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Varsity Athletics Coaching Staff Women‟s Volleyball Callie Phillips Kathryn Thill Marquisha Clayburn

Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Men‟s Basketball Dion Lansdale Garry Frazier Levelle Gerrald

Club Teams Coaching Staff Club Teams Ice Hockey Women‟s Basketball Men‟s Soccer Women‟s Soccer Page 3

Chris Plano Odis Gadson Nicolas Sosa Beth Michels

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Alumni Spotlight Julie Rhoads „11

Julie Rhoads (‘11) is in our Alumni Spot Light for Fall 2013. Julie attended Johnson & Wales University- Charlotte from Fall 2007 to Spring 2011. She was a Sports, Entertainment and Event Management Major, with hopes of one day working in corporate hospitality with a professional sports team. Julie is currently the Facilities & Sports Club Coordinator at Mississippi State University. At her current job, Julie oversees multiple facilities on the MSU campus, including the main recreational facility, softball fields and tennis courts. She also oversees 21 sport clubs on the MSU campus, ranging from clubs such as lacrosse to yoga and karate. To kick off her future job in sports, Julie found interest in Athletics at JWU. Starting out as a student assistant, she mainly worked with sport clubs. At the time, JWU Athletics maintained 10 student lead sport clubs. Julie was in charge of overseeing the day to day paperwork that was necessary for all of the clubs as well as the presto webpage and stats for varsity athletic teams. After realizing what it took to operate a collegiate athletic program, she found that her interest grew even more, leading Julie to pursue a graduate assistantship at MSU. She found that working as a student assistant within JWU Athletics prepared her the most for her job today. Julie learned to “wear many hats” within the program, she tells us, “JWU, being a small university, people wore many hats. The program assistants took on many responsibilities, which is how I became prepared.” Julie worked under Stephen Byrd, the director of athletics at JWU. She expressed that Mr. Byrd had a great impact on her and her career choice, with showing her what it really took to run an athletic program and what it meant to be a student assistant. When Julie started as a student assistant, there were only four positions, now there are ten. She has seen a huge change in the growth of athletics as a whole, from the amount of teams, to the amount of student assistants running and assisting with the aspects of the department. Julie feels that more students should look to the athletics program on campus as an internship opportunity. She thinks that students need to learn more about campus recreation because of the growth of that field at universities across the country.

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Fall 2013

Men’s Soccer Club Head Coach Nicolas Sosa is ready to begin the new year, and is looking towards a successful second year for the Men‟s Soccer Club. The 2012-2013 season served as a building block towards the team‟s goal of developing into a strong contender. The team got off to a slow start in 2012-2013, waiting until the spring before finally getting to play a majority of their games, which were against the club teams from Winthrop University and Central Piedmont Community College. The team proved to be a formidable opponent for both teams, ending the season strong and putting themselves in a good position to carry that momentum over into the 2013-2014 season. This year, Coach Sosa is looking to “build a stronger foundation with the core group of returning players and the additional incoming players.” He has a few main goals in mind for the Wildcats to improve upon during the year. Those include individual play, team cohesiveness and working in some new strategies to help them as they take on stronger competition. With half a dozen games already Men’s Soccer Club Game Schedule scheduled, Coach Sosa is excited to put his team together and begin the year. September 28

Central Piedmont CC*


October 4

at Elon University



at University of North Carolina



at Georgia Gwinnett College



Western Carolina University*


*Home games played at Ramblewood Park

Women’s Soccer Club Team As the 2013-2014 season commences, the women‟s soccer club is ready to put their team together and begin competition. Last year, the ladies participated in a local recreational league in hopes of developing and refining both their individual and team skills. With that foundation already laid, Head Coach Beth Michels assumes the 2013-2014 team will be, “pretty young with a large group of incoming players.” With so few returning players, Coach Michels is looking for “dedicated and committed girls with a team attitude and the drive to improve.” The team heads into the 2013-2014 season with higher expectations. The girls are expected to play the club teams from Patrick Henry Community College, University of North Carolina- Asheville, Winthrop University and Wofford College. With competition against these highly competitive schools, Coach Michels believes that her team will improve their teams skills and knowledge of the game to shape their team to be even stronger. Coach Michels has a few areas of improvement for the team to focus on this year. Those areas include fundamentals and team play, in addition to bonding her players and continuing to build on the foundation that has already been created.

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September/October 2013 JWU Charlotte Athletics Calendar Sun







8 September







Women‟s Volleyball at Davidson County Community College 7:00pm

Women’s Volleyball vs. Women’s Volleyball vs. Johnson C. Smith Shaw University University 7:00pm 7:00pm





Women‟s Volleyball vs. Christendom College at Christendom College Tournament 6:00pm

Women‟s Volleyball vs. Virginia University of Lynchburg at Christendom College Tournament 12:00pm






Women‟s Volleyball at Piedmont International University 7:00pm






Women‟s Volleyball at St, Andrews University 7:00pm

IntramuralsMadden 25 Tournament Wildcat Den 8:00pm

Women’s Volleyball vs. Spartanburg Methodist College 7:00pm

Women‟s Volleyball vs. Mid Atlantic Christian University at MACU Tri-Match 1:00pm Women‟s Volleyball vs. Trinity Baptist College at MACU Tri-Match 3:00pm Men’s Club Soccer vs. Central Piedmont Community College 10:00am



1 October


Women’s Volleyball vs. Catawba Valley Community College 6:00pm




Women’s Volleyball vs. Davidson County Community College 7:00pm

Men‟s Club Soccer at Elon College 7:00pm

JWU Tri-Match: Women’s Volleyball vs. Livingstone College 1:00pm Women’s Volleyball vs. Morris College 5:00pm





Women‟s Volleyball at Johnson C. Smith University 7:00pm




Women‟s Volleyball vs. Lenoir CC. at Wake Tech Tri-Match 4:30pm

Men‟s Club Soccer at University of North Carolina– Chapel Hill 11:00am

Women‟s Volleyball vs. Wake Technical CC. at Wake Tech Tri-Match 6:00pm

** All Home Games are in bold** *Home events will take place in the campus Student Center (exception: ice hockey contests are played at the Time Warner Cable Arena and men‟s soccer will be played at Ramblewood Park)*

The Student Center operation hours are: Monday – Thursday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Friday: 9:00am - 8:00pm Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 6:00pm For questions, comments, or further information please contact us at or 980-598-1840 Published by: Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Athletics Senior Writer: Kayla Gipner Editor: Stephen Byrd

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