Senior Justin Wheeler
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Quick Facts & Guide Credits
Coaching Information Head Coach: Willy Merrick Alma Mater: Marshall Record at ODU (Yr.): 39-24-10 (5th) Career Record (Yr.): Same Program History First Year as Program: 1983 Overall Program Record (Yrs.): 230-230-28 (29) Conf. Record (MOC, AMC, GLIAC): 103-108-14 All-Americans: 11 All-Region/All-District Selections: 15 Conference Players of the Year: 4 All-Conference Selections (MOC, AMC, AII, GLIAC): 102 Regular Season Conf. Champs: 3 Last: 2006 Conf. Tournament Appearances: 13 Last: 2011 Regional Appearances: 6 Last: 2007 National Tournament Appearances: 1 (2007) 2012 Team Facts Starters Returning/Lost: 6/3 Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 19/3 Newcomers: 7 2010 Overall Record: 9-6-3 2010 Conference Record: 6-3-3 (3rd – GLIAC)
Ohio Dominican University Location:............................................................. Columbus, OH Founded:...........................................................................1911 President:......................................................Dr. Peter Cimbolic Acting Athletic Director:..............................................Jeff Blair Athletic Director Emeritus:.........................................Bill Blazer Enrollment:......................................................................3,100 Affiliation: ....................................................... NCAA Division II Conference:.........Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Home Field (Cap.):.....................................Panther Field (1,750) Surface:............................................................................. Turf Nickname:................................................................... Panthers Colors:....................................................Black, Gold and White
2012 Schedule Date
September Sunday 2nd H Bellarmine Wednesday5th @ Indianapolis Sunday 9th H Findlay Friday 14th @ Notre Dame Sunday 16th @ Lake Erie Tuesday 18th H Cedarville Friday 21st @ Malone Sunday 23rd @ Walsh Friday 28th @ Northwood Sunday 30th @ Saginaw Valley October Friday 5th Friday 12th Sunday 14th Tuesday 16th Sunday 21st Friday 26th Sunday 28th Tuesday 30th
H H H @ H H H GLIAC
Tiffin Ashland Walsh Urbana Lake Erie Malone Notre Dame Quarterfinals
November Friday 2nd Sunday 4th
Time 3:30 PM 6:00 PM 3:30 PM 7:00 PM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 3:30 PM 3:30 PM 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
5:00 7:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 7:00 4:00
Credits The 2012 Ohio Dominican University Men’s Soccer Information Guide is a publication of the Ohio Dominican Sports Information Office. Writing, research, and layout by Sarah Twiggs. Designed by MJW Graphics Printing and Promotions. Photos courtesy of Koehler Photography, Daniel Desch, Jillian Dean and ODU Sports Information.
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Coaches Willy Merrick Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Willy Merrick enters his fifth season at Ohio Dominican University as the head men’s soccer coach. Merrick spent three seasons as the top assistant to former head coach Eric Nichols before becoming the eighth head coach in Panther history. The Panthers went 10-6-2 and 7-3-1 in the American Mideast Conference in Merrick’s first season at the helm, appearing in the postseason for the seventh consecutive year. Merrick guided ODU to the No. 5 seed in the A.I.I. (Association of Independent Institutions) tournament in 2009, falling 1-0 to NAIA No.3 Simon Fraser in the semifinal round.
Merrick at Ohio Dominican Year 2008 2009 2010 2011
Overall Record 10-6-2 9-6-3 13-5-2 9-6-3
Conference Record 7-3-1 NA 9-2-1 6-3-3
Win Percentage .611 .500 .700 .583
In just two seasons at the helm, Merrick has coached 10 all-conference performers as well as three NAIA Men’s Scholar Athletes. Prior to joining the Panther staff, Merrick spent five years as the head varsity soccer coach at Thomas Worthington High School. During that time, he led the team to the 2001 State Championship, 2002 State runner-up, the Regional runnerup two consecutive years and earned a sixth place spot on the National Top 25 Boys High School Soccer poll. In 2000, Merrick was named the Ohio Capital Conference Coach of the Year. In addition to coaching at Thomas Worthington, Merrick held coaching positions with the Westerville North High School soccer team and the Eagles Soccer Club of Upper Arlington. Merrick spent seven years playing professional soccer with the Buffalo Blizzards and the Columbus XOGGZ of the United States Independent Soccer League (USISL), the Cincinnati Silverbacks and Lexington Bandits (USISL) and the Indiana Blast (USISL). He began playing collegiate soccer with the University of Rio Grande before transferring to Marshall University, where he was a three-year letterwinner in soccer and football. In 1992, he was a member of the Division I-AA National Championship football team at Marshall. Merrick and his wife, Joyce, reside in Dublin with his three step-children, Austin, Andrick and Ashley.
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Name Justin Alexander Duncan Campbell Colby Catlett GJ Cook Austin Dent Dean Dziewit Andrew Edler Frazer Fernandes Trevor Gates Tommy Glenn Jalen Hambrick Chadwick Hirsch Tyler Huerkamp Duncan Johnston Caleb Jones Logan Krukenberg Billy McGlone Angelo Pagani Nigel Patterson Macklin Robinson Thomas Senessie
Pos. GK D/MF MF/F MF/F D/MF GK MF F D MF/F M D MF F MF M F D/MF F GK F
Yr. Fr. Jr. Sr. So. So. Jr. Sr. So. So. Sr. Fr. Sr. Sr. So. So. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Sr.
Ht. 6-0 5-8 6-1 5-9 5-11 6-1 5-6 5-11 5-11 5-4 5-10 5-9 5-10 5-6 5-9 6-2 6-0 5-10 6-5 6-2 5-8
Wt. 165 160 190 155 175 190 130 160 170 135 140 175 170 135 160 170 170 160 180 180 150
Hometown (Previous School) Reynoldsburg, OH/Bishop Hartley Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Davidson Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Davidson (Cincinnati) Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales Pataskala, OH/Watkins Memorial Waterford, MI/Waterford Mott Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Davidson Gahanna, OH/Gahanna Lincoln Gahanna, OH/Gahanna Lincoln Pataskala, OH/Fisher Catholic (Northern Illinois) Fairfield, OH/Fairfield Union Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington Loveland, OH/Milford Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty Little Hocking, OH/Warren Local Lakeville/West Holmes Lexington, OH/Lexington Blacklick, OH/St. Francis DeSales Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada/ Cincinnati, OH/LaSalle Westerville, OH/Thomas Worthington
21 7 15 12 10 18
Jakob Szabo Brock Taylor Brent Wahle Casey Weddle Justin Wheeler Caleb Wilson
MF D M D MF/F M/D
So. So. Fr. Sr. Sr. Fr.
5-8 5-9 6-2 5-10 5-10 6-2
170 160 175 150 150 185
Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington (U.S. Military Academy) Columbus, OH/Dublin Jerome Pataskala, OH/Bishop Hartley Cincinnati, OH/Colerain Gahanna, OH/Gahanna Reynoldsburg, OH/Reynoldsburg
Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach
Willy Merrick Brent Chase Steven O’Hara
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2012 Senior Profiles Colby Catlett
Senior • 6-1 • 190 Midfielder/Forward – M/F University of Cincinnati • Hilliard, OH Business Administration Major
Senior • 5-6 • 130 Midfielder - M Hilliard Davidson H.S. • Hilliard, OH Business Administration Major
2011: Led all Panthers in goals scored with nine…Hit two game winning goals during the 2011 season and recorded three assists…finished the regular season in a tie atop the GLIAC with nine goals and was second with 21 points…Honored with first team All-Conference selection… Received the region’s sports information directors as a 2011 Daktronics Men’s Soccer All-Midwest Region First Team honoree…Honored with the NCAA Division II Men All-Midwest Region. College/High School: Transfer from the University of Cincinnati…Played in 17 of the Bearcats’ 19 games in 2008…Graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School…Earned All-Ohio honors twice, including First Team recognition as a senior after captaining Wildcats to Division I State Championship…Four-time First-Team All-Ohio Capital Conference and three-time First-Team All-Central District selection…Tallied 58 goals and 36 assists during high school career…Also member of the 2006 football state championship. Year GP-GS G 2011 18-18 9 Total 18-18 9
A Pts 3 21 3 21
Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-ATT 52 .173 27 .519 2 0-0 52 .173 27 .519 2 0-0
Cincinnati Year GP-GS G 2008 17-0 0
A Pts 0 0
Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GWG PK-ATT 5 .000 3 .600 0 0-0
2011: Played and started in all 18 games…Recorded four goals, five assists and 13 points…Had 33 shots, with 18 shots on goal…Selected to the second team All Conference…Received NCAA Division II Men All-Midwest Region third-team. 2010: Played in 18 games, starting 17…Finished with three goals, three assists and nine points… Had 32 shots, with 13 shots on goal. 2009: Saw action in 10 games starting eight…First collegiate score came on Sept. 9 at home versus No. 21 Ohio Northern. High School: Graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School…Played for coach Terry Smith…Named First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference, Best Offensive Player and team Most Valuable Player as a senior…Also earned Second Team All-Ohio recognition. Year GP-GS G 2011 18-18 4 2010 18-17 3 2009 11-9 1 Total 47-44 8
A Pts 5 13 3 9 1 3 9 25
Senior • 5-9 • 175 Defender - D Thomas Worthington H.S. • Worthington, OH Business Administration Major
Senior • 5-4 • 135 Midfielder/Forward - M/F Northern Illinois University • Pataskala, OH Exercise Science/ Biology Major 2011: Played in 18 games in 2011…Scored three goals…Scored the game winner in the 3-2 win over Walsh University on October 3. 2010: Played in 18 games…Scored two goals, including game-winner against Saginaw Valley on Sept. 12…Had one assist, five points, eight shots and seven shots on goal. College/ High School: Transferred from Northern Illinois University…Selected All-Ohio, all-region and All-Mid States League as a senior at Fisher Catholic High School…Played for coach Mark Phayre Year GP-GS G 2011 18-1 3 2010 18-0 2 Total 36-1 5
A Pts 1 7 1 5 2 12
Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-ATT 25 .120 5 .200 1 0-0 8 .250 7 .875 1 0-0 33 .152 12 .364 2 0-0
Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-ATT 33 .121 18 .545 0 0-0 32 .094 13 .406 0 0-0 15 .067 4 .267 0 0-0 80 .100 35 .438 0 0-0
2011: Played and started in 15 games for the Panthers. 2010: Played in 14 games, starting nine. 2009: Appeared in 10 games during first season for ODU. High School: Attended Thomas Worthington High School…Played for Coach Doug Dosley… Earned All-Ohio Capital Conference honors as a senior…Named captain of his club team…Played two years on the Ohio South ODP State Team. Year GP-GS G 2011 15-15 0 2010 14-9 0 2009 10-1 0 Total 39-25 0
A Pts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-ATT 2 .000 1 .500 0 0-0 1 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 1 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 4 .000 1 .000 0 0-0
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2012 Senior Profiles Tyler Huerkamp
Senior • 5-10 • 150 Defender - D Colerain H.S. • Cincinnati, OH Business Administration Major
Senior • 5-10 • 170 Midfielder - M Milford H.S. • Loveland, OH Business Administration Major 2011: Played in 14 games, starting in eight…Finished the season with 14 shots with four coming on goal. 2010: Played in 20 games, starting in 15…Scored two goals on the season, including first collegiate score on Sept. 26 at Findlay…Also scored game-winner against Saginaw Valley State… Finished with one assist, five points, 19 shots and seven shots on goals. 2009: Saw action in 14 games, starting eight as a freshman. High School: Graduate of Milford High School…Finished his career with fifth most assists and eleventh most goals in school history…Named Second Team All-Conference…Played in the developmental academy and was named to an All-Star Team in 2008. Year GP-GS G 2011 14-8 0 2010 20-15 2 2009 14-8 0 Total 48-31 2
A Pts 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 5
Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-ATT 14 .000 4 .286 0 0-0 19 .105 7 .368 1 0-0 11 .000 6 .545 0 0-0 44 .045 17 .386 1 0-0
2011: Started in all 18 games…Scored four goals on the season…Also recorded five assists, 13 points, 31 shots and 18 shots on goal…Selected to the All-Conference second team… 2010: Started in all 20 games…Scored one goal on the season...Also recorded one assist, three points, 24 shots and 15 shots on goal. 2009: Appeared in 15 games during freshman season. High School: Joined ODU from Colerain High School…Played for Coach Casey Scherz…Selected All-Greater Miami Conference and All-City two times…Played on the State Championship team and was named to the national pool his last two years. Year GP-GS G 2011 18-18 4 2010 20-20 1 2009 15-3 0 Total 53-31 5
A Pts 5 13 1 3 0 0 6 16
Senior • 5-10 • 150 Midfielder/Forward – M/F Gahanna H.S. • Gahanna, OH Criminal Justice Major
Senior • 5-8 • 150 Forward - F Thomas Worthington H.S. • Westerville, OH Sport Management Major 2011: Played in 15 games, starting eight. Scored one goal while recording one assist and three points. 2010: Played in 14 games…Had six shots, with one shot on goal 2009: Appeared in 11 games for Panthers…Recorded first collegiate points on Sept.22 versus St. Francis (Ind.) with one goal and one assist. High School: Graduate of Thomas Worthington High School in Westerville, Ohio…Played for coach Douglas Dousky…Also played football and ran track for the Cardinals. Year GP-GS G 2011 15-8 1 2010 14-0 0 2009 12-1 1 Total 41-9 2
A Pts 1 3 0 0 1 3 2 6
Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-ATT 14 .071 5 .357 0 0-0 6 .000 1 .167 0 0-0 5 .200 3 .600 0 0-0 25 .080 9 .360 0 0-0
Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-ATT 31 .129 18 .581 0 2-0 24 .042 15 .625 1 0-0 7 .000 2 .286 0 0-0 62 .081 35 .565 1 2-2
2011: Played in 16 games with 14 starts. Finished the season with three goals, one assist and seven points. Scored three game-winning goals. Selected to the All-Conference second team. 2010: Started all 20 games. Finished tied for fourth with three goals, three assists and nine points on 45 shots and 22 shots on goal. Scored game-winning goal in overtime against No. 4 Charleston (W. Va.). 2009: Started 16 of 17 games. Paced team with seven assists, 11 points, 39 shots and 16 shots on goal. Scored first collegiate goal against St. Francis (Ind.) on Sept. 22. Received A.I.I. All-Conference Second Team honors. High School: Attended Gahanna High School. Member of the Central Ohio All-Star game. Named First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference, first team all-district and First Team All-Ohio as a senior. Also wrestled for the Golden Lions. Year 2011 2010 2009 Total
GP-GS 16-14 20-20 17-16 53-50
G 3 3 2 8
A Pts 1 7 3 9 7 11 11 27
Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-ATT 18 .167 7 .389 3 0-0 45 .067 22 .489 1 0-0 39 .051 16 .410 0 0-0 102 .078 45 .441 4 0-0
50 undergraduate major areas of study including those in the arts, sciences, and professions.
Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic. Founded by the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now Dominican Sisters of Peace).
Led by a talented faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching and committed to helping students learn, ODU’s student engagement model focuses on serving the whole student through personal attention and assistance in collaboration with the institution’s Division of Student Development. Ohio Dominican is fully accredited and offers academic programs at the baccalaureate and masters degree levels through five divisions: Arts and Letters; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Mathematics, Computer and Natural Sciences; Business; and Education.
Motto: “To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation.” Campuses: Main Campus on Sunbury Road and Airport Drive, Tuttle Crossing (Adult degree programs offered at all campuses). Undergraduate: Undergraduate degrees in 42 majors. Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science. Master’s Degrees: Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Business Administration*^; Master of Education; Master of Arts in Liberal Studies*; Master of Arts in TESOL; Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies; other degrees in development. * Available in a 4+1 format. ^Courses available online. Undergraduate Costs: Tuition & Fees - $26,260 per year. Room and Board - $$8,738 - $10,920/year (based on room type)
University Overview Ohio Dominican University is an accredited four-year liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican traditions. The university has more than 3,100 students and offers undergraduate degrees in over 50 majors as well as six graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a studentcentered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning and a number of academic programs of distinction. Academics are at the heart of everything done at Ohio Dominican University. Institutions of higher learning exist to provide education for their students, and that education starts in the classroom. It continues, of course, on athletic fields and in residence halls, in rehearsals and clubs, in the library and the lab, but it begins with the relationship between students and their instructors. ODU’s mission is grounded in our identity as a Catholic and Dominican liberal arts institution. The University’s motto - “To contemplate truth and share the fruits of that contemplation with others” - serves as our guiding principle of teaching and learning. ODU’s core curriculum, taken by all students, focuses on seven learning outcomes that collectively identify the institution’s expectations for what all students will be able to be and do as Ohio Dominican graduates. Additionally, students complete a sequence of courses in one of
The University is significantly expanding the level of on-campus student extracurricular activities and improving residential life. At the same time, Ohio Dominican has expanded its extracurricular offerings, providing a greater number of on-campus activities for both residential and commuter students. A central focus has been the addition of a new Student Center and expansion of athletic programs, which attract student athletes and non-athletes alike, and foster alumni participation. Student organizations and activities at ODU offer events and activities that relate to areas of academic interest, student government, artistic performance, multicultural identity, media, athletic, social, honorary, religious and service organizations. Ohio Dominican student activities and events are open to all students. Over the past 10 years, Ohio Dominican has followed an aggressive expansion plan for its facilities which include three new residence halls; additional sports and recreation facilities; development of Sunbury Road as a gateway to the campus; the new Bishop James A Griffin Student Center and a new science facility, Battelle Hall. The 2010 - 2011 academic year was a special time for the institution as its students, faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders and friends celebrated the University’s Centennial anniversary. The Centennial theme, A Century of Transforming Lives, reflects ODU’s Dominican heritage, history and tradition. This celebration encourages the University community to reflect upon the transformative effect that Ohio Dominican has had on the lives its faculty, students, alumni, staff and friends. Ohio Dominican is focused on becoming the preeminent Catholic institution of higher learning, providing quality programs in both the liberal arts and the professions, committed to the fundamental value of liberal education, and deeply rooted in its Dominican tradition. Ohio Dominican is known for its student-centered and innovative approaches to teaching and learning; its commitment to excellence in academic and co-curricular programs; its commitment to service and community responsibility; its outstanding campus facilities and resources; its global outreach in response to educational needs; and its reputation for distinction in values-based higher education.
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Year Coach Overall Conf. Record Win % Record (Finish) Mid-Ohio Conference 1983 Steve Gruzs 5-5-1 3-3-0 .500 1984 Gary Evans 2-8-0 1-5-0 .200 1985 Gary Evans 5-4-2 3-4-1 .545 1986 Ed Puskarich 1-10-0 0-6-0 .090 1987 Ed Puskarich 5-9-0 1-5-0 .357 1988 Tom Slocum 0-11-0 0-7-0 .000 1989 Tom Slocum 0-14-0 0-7-0 .000 1990 Tom Slocum 0-14-0 0-6-0 .000 1991 Jean Marc O’Conner 0-8-0 0-6-0 .000 1992 Jean Marc O’Conner 2-12-3 0-3-3, (7th) .206 1993 Jean Marc O’Conner 1-15-1 1-5-0, (9th) .088 1994 David Mor 4-13-1 2-6-0, (8th) .250 1995 David Mor 9-10-1 2-5-1, (7th) .475 1996 David Mor 14-5-0 3-5-0, (6th) .737 1997 David Mor 17-5-0 6-1-0, (1st) .773 American Mideast Conference 1998 David Mor 15-4-0 7-2-0, (3rd) .789 1999 David Mor 9-9-0 7-4-0, (5th) .500 2000 David Mor 12-5-3 8-1-2, (1st) .675 2001 David Mor 8-9-1 8-8-0, (7th) .472 2002 David Mor 13-6-1 3-2-1, (3rd) .675 2003 David Mor 10-8-2 4-3-1, (4th) .550 2004 Eric Nichols 15-7-0 5-3-0, (3rd) .682 2005 Eric Nichols 10-7-1 5-3-0, (3rd) .583 2006 Eric Nichols 15-5-1 7-1-0, (2nd) .738 2007 Eric Nichols 19-3-0 5-1-0, (2nd) .864 2008 Willy Merrick 10-6-2 7-3-1, (5th) .611 Association of Independent Institutions 2009 Willy Merrick 7-7-3 N/A .500 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 2010 Willy Merrick 13-5-2 9-2-1, (2nd) .700 2011 Willy Merrick 9-6-3 6-3-3, (2nd) .583 Record (28 Seasons) 230-230-28 103-108-14 .500 *2002-07 AMC divided into North-South divisions
All-Time Coaches and Records Years Coach 2008- Willy Merrick 2004-07 Eric Nichols 1994-03 David Mor 1991-93 Jean Marc O’Conner 1988-90 Tom Slocum 1986-87 Ed Puskarich 1984-85 Gary Evans 1983 Steve Gruzs Total (Eight Coaches)
Record 39-24-10 59-22-2 111-74-9 3-35-4 0-39-0 6-19-0 7-12-2 5-5-1 230-230-28
Win % .603 .711 .572 .119 .000 .240 .380 .500 .500
Post Season Appearances/Championships Regular Season Conference Championships 1997 MOC Regular Season Champions 2000 AMC Regular Season Co-Champions 2006 AMC South Division Co-Champions Conference Tournament Appearances/Championships (Started 1994) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011/None NAIA Regional Appearances/Championships 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007/None NAIA National Championships 2007
TITLE Sponsors Sodexo Nationwide Children’s Presenting Sponsors Discover Card White Castle Kimball Midwest
Lakefront Lines Messer Construction
Athletic Director Circle Edication First Credit Union Coca-Cola Adolph and Anne Lombardi Tom Mueller Coach Sponsors Peregrine Health Services – Paul Dauerman Bartha Visual – Stu Fullmer Project Control Systems – Claire Sawaya Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders – Brian Bilow Aurora Exhibit Solutions – Joan McKinney Albers-Dancer Insurance Agency – Ernie Dancer Bart and Kathy Earles Tom Fitzpatrick Immediate Health Associates – Kirk Hummer Bob and Sue Massey MJW Graphics – Mike Gladfelter Xerox Corporation William G. Ebbing Richard W. Maxwell Diamond Hill Investments – Jim Laird McGladrey LLP – Alan Johnson Dr. Sterling Hedrick Mike and Margie Corbett Sullivan
In 2012 Black & Gold Club funds were used to purchase new strength training equipment in the Sport and Recreation Center (above) and an electronic score table in Alumni Hall (below), as well as to enhance the Athletic Hall of Fame display in Alumni Hall (bottom of page).
BLACK & GOLD CLUB
Ohio Dominican University would like to thank the following individuals and companies for their support of Panther studentathletes and teams through the Black & Gold Club in 2012:
Commerce National Bank – Bill Dudley Barnes & Noble – Amy Hannahs Chuck and Kris Gehring Bob Boyd Auto Family – Tim and Marybeth Culbertson Embassey Suites/Indus Hotels – Janet Boissy Ohio Council of Retail Merchants – John Mahaney Tom and Mary Winters Dennis and Carol Smith Lynda Huey Family Msgr. Joesph Hendricks Robert Weiler Real Estate – Skip Weiler Best western Plus – Sandy Smith Majic Hair and Nail Salon – Melody Cullison Mike Snyder Insurance Hill Distributing – Charles Hill Robert and Anita Vogel
BLACK & GOLD CLUB
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Football, Men’s and Women’s Soccer Ohio Dominican University continues to demonstrate progressive improvement to its athletic facilities with the addition of Panther Field. Built in 2004, our newest athletic facility is home to our football team and men’s and women’s soccer teams as well as our club level lacrosse team. To withstand the wear and tear of constant use, Panther Field is equipped with the latest in artificial surfaces, SprinTurf®. The field has a seating capacity of 1,750 with a 42-foot press box located at the top of the home bleachers. Recent additions to Panther Field include bleachers on the guest side of the field with a capacity of 500 and a building that houses a ticket office, concession stand and restrooms. Lights were also recently added to the facility, an addition that makes Panther Field one of the finer facilities of its size in the Midwest. The new facility replaced ODU’s former natural grass soccer complex and is located next to Alumni Hall on the west side of campus.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball Opened in 1989, Alumni Hall has a seating capacity of 3,000 and is the home of the women’s volleyball and the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Alumni Hall was given a much needed renovation and expansion in 2009-10. One fulllength basketball court was added, the hardwood was resurfaced, and bleachers were added to the far side of the court. After the renovation all of the coaches now have an office on the second floor of Alumni. There are also several rooms that coaches may utilize to review game tape, hold team meetings and meet with future and current Panthers. Some of the other amenities in Alumni Hall are four locker rooms, the Black and Gold Room, a spacious conference room, a refurbished weight room that is available to both students and student-athletes, and an athletic training room. Alumni Hall has the capability of accommodating three regulation size basketball and volleyball courts.
Men’s and Women’s Tennis Also on the grounds of the Ohio Dominican Sports Complex west side location are six regulation size tennis courts complete with lights. The courts were recently resurfaced with a blue Latex-ite® coating that resembles the courts that host the U.S. Open Championship. The tennis courts are enclosed with a green chain link fence to accommodate the Panther men’s and women’s tennis teams.
Panther Valley/Frank Damian Field Baseball
First time visitors are pleasantly surprised by the hidden beauty of Panther Valley as they descend upon ODU’s prized baseball diamond. Sunken well below street-level and masked by plentiful trees, the only evidence of what awaits below is the echoing “ping” of aluminum bats meeting baseballs. The field is complete with a batting cage, home bullpen beyond the left field line and a visitor bullpen along the right field line. A recent addition to Panther Valley is a state-of-the-art scoreboard complete graphics and animatronics. Panther Valley has developed year-by-year to the point that it is now considered one of the finest college baseball facilities in the country.
Panther Softball Field Over the years Panther Softball Field has evolved into one of the nicest facilities in the state of Ohio. The brick dust field is routinely praised by Panther opponents as the epitome of what a field should be. With its dimensions of 210 to the corners and 225 to straight away center, this softball complex features enclosed dugouts, a scoreboard, bullpens beyond the left field line, and an underground irrigation system.
Hitting Facility Located next to the softball field is the hitting facility for both the baseball and softball teams. The hitting facility provides a place for both teams to refine their skills through the harsh Central Ohio weather. With the retractable nets, the hitting facility contains three batting cages complete with pitching mounds and pitching machines.
Panther Training Facility Along with the addition of the new stadium in 2004, the Panthers added a 7,500 square foot training facility west of the main parking lot. The facility is equipped with the latest in hammer strength weight training equipment and ODU’s second athletic training room. Offices for athletic training personal are also located in the new facility.
Cumberland Trail Golf Club The Panthers are fortunate to call Cumberland Trail Golf Club their home. The course, designed by Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, opened in 1999 and measures up to 7,205 yards from the back tees. Known for its excellent conditioning and difficult design, Cumberland Trail ranks fourth in Central Ohio among public golf courses, according to Mid Ohio Golfer, and received 3.5 stars from Golf Digest. The greens at Cumberland Trail are considered by many to be the finest in the Columbus area and challenge even the best putters. The ODU golf team has unlimited access to the facility which includes a driving range and large practice green.
Golf Practice Facilities ODU golfers have the ability to practice year round at one of two practice facilities. Bridgeview Driving Range, located just 6 minutes from campus, serves as the outdoor practice facility during the Spring and Fall Grass tees, a large putting green, and an excellent short game practice area are just a few of the benefits available to our teams. When the weather turns cold, ODU players practice at “The Dome”, the largest indoor driving range in Ohio. “The Dome” measures a full 90 yards from front to back and the indoor temperature is kept around 60 degrees. It provides the perfect environment for the golfers to improve during the cold winter months.
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The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), founded in 1972, has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for 40 years. The charter members of the GLIAC were Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior State University, Northwood University (then Institute), and Saginaw Valley State University. Expansion of the GLIAC began immediately with the addition of Oakland University in 1974. Hillsdale College, Northern Michigan University, and Wayne State University were accepted as members in 1975. In 1977, the conference lost its first member when Northern Michigan withdrew. Michigan Technological University filled the vacancy when it became a member in 1980. After the 1986-87 season, Northwood left the conference and was replaced by Northern Michigan. Northwood rejoined the conference in 1992. After the 1989 season, the conference dropped football as a sponsored sport. The conference schools sponsoring football joined the members of the Heartland Collegiate Conference in forming the football-only Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC), which began play in 1990. After nine years as one of the premier conferences in Division II football, the MIFC merged as part of GLIAC on July 1, 1999. With the merger, the University of Indianapolis became an associate member as a football-only school. The GLIAC entered a new era in the 1995-96 school year. Prior to that time, all GLIAC member institutions were located in the state of Michigan. On Dec. 14, 1994, membership was offered to three schools located in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The expansion members were Ashland University of Ashland, Ohio, and Gannon University and Mercyhurst College, both located in Erie, Pennsylvania. All three schools began their membership July 1, 1995. On July 1, 1997, membership was granted to The University of Findlay, located in Findlay, Ohio. UF replaced Oakland University, which withdrew from the conference after the 1996-97 season as it moved to NCAA Division I status. The GLIAC membership changed again when Tiffin University of Ohio joined the conference in the 2008-09 academic year. Tiffin was offered membership on June 20, 2007. The addition of Tiffin left the GLIAC with 12 full-time members as Gannon and Mercyhurst moved to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference after the 2007-08 season.
The GLIAC entered a new era during the 2009-10 academic year. Commissioner Tom Brown, who had presided over the league for 17 years, retried on June 30, 2009. The longest serving commissioner in the history of the GLIAC, Brown expanded the conference from 10 full members to 14 full members and two associate members. Also under his leadership, the conference has grown to offering championships in 21 sports while rising to prominence on the national level as GLIAC teams and student-athletes have achieved success both in the classroom and on the fields of play. The Conference expanded on July 1, 2010 when Lake Erie College of Painesville, Ohio, and Ohio Dominican University, located in Columbus, joined the GLIAC. The League will further expand on July, 2012 when Malone University and Walsh University, both located in the Canton, Ohio area, become the 15th and 16th GLIAC members. The policy-making body of the GLIAC is the Management Council, which is comprised of three representatives from each member institution – its director of athletics, faculty athletics representative and senior woman administrator. The presidency of the GLIAC Management Council is rotated alphabetically by school, with Suzanne Sanregret, Director of Athletics at Michigan Technological University, serving as GLIAC President in 2012-13. Dr. Glenn Mroz, President of Michigan Technological University, will serve as the chairperson of the GLIAC Presidents Council this year. The GLIAC made history in 2009 when it hired Dell Robinson as Commissioner. Robinson became the first ethnic minority to serve as D-II commissioner of a non-historically black college or university conference when he began his duties on July 1, 2009. Assisting Robinson are: Penny Cook, Asst. Commissioner for Compliance/SWA, Jeff Ligney, Asst. Commissioner for Media Relations; Mike McCann, Supervisor of Football Officials; Kim Vieira, Supervisor of Soccer Officials; Jeanne Skinner, Supervisor of Volleyball Officials; Rob Doss, Supervisor of Women’s Basketball Officials; Bill Ek, Supervisor of Men’s Basketball Officials; and Rich Fetchiet, Assignor of Baseball Umpires.
The GLIAC Commissioners John Hoekje
1971-72 to 1978-79
Herbert “Pete” Peterson
1979-80 to 1984-85
1985-86 to 1986-87
1987-88 to 1991-92
1992-93 to 2008-09
2009-10 to present
City of Columbus
With a population of 787,033 covering more than 210 square miles, Columbus is the largest city in Ohio and the 15th largest city in the United States. Columbus offers something special for everyone, from the No. 1 science center in the country at COSI and the nation’s No. 1 zoo at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to the lively Arena District, the hip Short North Arts District and historic German Village.
International, Worthington Industries, CompuServe, Red Roof Inns, Bank One, Huntington Bancshares, Limited Brands, Nationwide Insurance, the Longaberger Company and Bob Evans Farms, Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch and Express.
Ohio’s capital city, Columbus has a dynamic business climate, a commitment to diversity, exciting annual festivals and cultural events, and unique arts and entertainment opportunities. We also are proud to be the home of great professional, amateur and collegiate sports, including the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew and Triple-A baseball’s Columbus Clippers. Other major annual sports events in Columbus include the Arnold Sports Festival & Fitness Weekend, PGA Memorial Tournament at Muirfield, The Columbus Marathon and New Albany Classic Grand Prix. Many nationally recognized companies began in Columbus, including Wendy’s
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