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Arena Information Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D., President Craig Coleman, M.D., Director of Athletics Andrew Toole, Head Coach Assistant Coaches 2013-14 Spotter Chart 2013-14 Roster 2013-14 Visitor Rosters RMU Insider RMU Career Records Robert Morris Athletics About Robert Morris University Index of Advertisers

Credits “Independence Day Magazine” is a publication of the Robert Morris University sports information office. The magazine was written and edited by Jim Duzyk. Design and typography by Juris Silenieks of JR Graphics. Photos by Jason Cohn, Glory Days Photography and Paul Bereswill. Printing done by Proforma Business Builders, Peoria, Illinois.

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Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D. President of Robert Morris University

Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D. has been president of Robert Morris University since 2005. Taking the reins of the university during a period of unparalleled growth, Dell’Omo quickly developed a clear vision for RMU as a place that provides transformational experiences for students through engaged learning. The university articulated this vision in its 2007 strategic plan, which spelled out RMU’s core values: For more than 90 years, RMU has delivered academic excellence with a professional focus. Today, we emphasize engaged learning and promote a global perspective. Above all, we believe that individuals matter. Because of all this, RMU is changing lives.   These values are reflected in the university’s increased emphasis during Dell’Omo’s presidency on internationalism in student experiences, faculty research, and academic programs. A commitment to academic excellence is seen in major accreditations earned by RMU over the past six years, including AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; the Teacher Education Accreditation Council; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; re-accreditations for engineering and computer science by ABET; and re-accreditation of the university at large by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university’s actuarial science program was one of the original 10 Centers of Actuarial Excellence, designated by the Society of Actuaries.   During Dell’Omo’s tenure, Robert Morris’s endowment has grown from $16 million to $26 million. The university recently concluded a $40 million fundraising campaign, the largest in its history. Gifts include $5 million from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and $900,000 from The Heinz Endowments to launch the RMU Research Center on Black Male Educational Student Success.   Other achievements include creation of the Student Engagement Program and Transcript, and an increase in the number of RMU students studying abroad,

as well as in the number of international students studying at RMU. Under Dell’Omo, the university added several degree programs and expanded its honors program. RMU also has experienced tremendous enrollment growth: a 38-percent increase in freshman enrollment and a 3.7-percent increase in graduate enrollment since 2006. Nearly 60 percent of students now live on campus.   Dell’Omo has overseen a transformation of RMU’s 230acre campus, part of a 20-year master plan developed in conjunction with the strategic plan. Highlights include the construction of new buildings for the School of Business and School of Communications and Information Systems; apartment-style residence halls; a nursing simulation laboratory; and renovated dining, athletic, and recreational facilities.   Dell’Omo sits on the boards of the Magee-Women’s Hospital Foundation, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He is secretary/treasurer of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania and chairman of the Presidents’ Council of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. He is also chair of the Finance Committee of the Pennsylvania Campus Compact and a member of the major gifts committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is chairman of the Northeast Conference Presidents’ Council and previously represented the Northeast Conference on the NCAA DI Board of Directors. He is a member of the NCAA’s Presidents’ Advisory Group and the Football Championship Subdivision CEO Group.   Dell’Omo holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Montclair State University, a master’s degree in industrial relations from Rutgers, and a Ph.D. in industrial relations/human resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He held previous academic positions at Canisius College and Saint Joseph’s University, where he was dean of the Haub School of Business and then vice president for external affairs. 2013-14 Colonial Basketball | 7


Craig Coleman, M.D. Director of Athletics

At the forefront of RMU’s golden age of intercollegiate athletics is Craig Coleman, M.D., who is in his ninth academic year as Director of Athletics at Robert Morris in 2013-14. He was named to the position Feb. 15, 2005.   Led by Coleman’s guidance, the RMU department of athletics has continued to progress on both a regional and national level.   Robert Morris continued its successful run in 201213, as the men’s basketball and softball teams claimed Northeast Conference (NEC) regular-season championships. The RMU men’s basketball squad also became the center of the college basketball universe when it defeated defending national champion Kentucky in the first round of the 2013 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in front of 3,444 fans at the Charles L. Sewall Center, the largest home basketball crowd in school history.   Away from competition, the department of athletics continued to excel in the classroom with Coleman at the helm.   A total of 20 of RMU’s 23 athletics programs finished with team GPA’s of 3.0 or higher in 2012-13, with six teams posting the highest team GPA amongst NEC institutions, a league high. The Robert Morris women’s volleyball squad posted a 3.649 team GPA in 2012-13, the highest among its 23 programs and ranking second in the NEC.   Also honored with the top team GPA’s in 2012-13 for the Colonials were softball (3.562), men’s cross country (3.467), women’s lacrosse (3.404) and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field (3.299).   Robert Morris had a pair of student-athletes named the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their respective sport in 2012-13, while three men’s ice hockey studentathletes were tabbed Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) Student-Athletes of the Year and Katelyn Scott of the women’s ice hockey squad was honored as College Hockey America (CHA) Student-Athlete of the Year.   In addition, senior Una Japundza of the Robert Morris volleyball team became the third female student-athlete 8  |  Robert Morris University

in seven years to be named the NEC Female StudentAthlete of the Year, which is bestowed annually by the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives. Japundza, a management major, maintained a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA throughout her time at RMU.   Robert Morris also successfully hosted the 2013 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., as Yale claimed its first national championship in hockey. A total of 35,612 fans were in attendance for the two sessions of the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four as Quinnipiac, St. Cloud State and UMassLowell rounded out the field.   The roots of hosting the NCAA Frozen Four go back to the addition of hockey as a Division I program at Robert Morris in 2003 but came to fruition under Coleman’s watch, when the NCAA awarded the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four to the city of Pittsburgh in the summer of 2010. The 2013 NCAA Frozen Four marked the first time in NCAA history a national championship in a major team sport was decided in Pittsburgh.   The success for the Colonials in 2012-13 is just part of a period of unparalleled growth for the department of athletics under Coleman’s leadership.   During the 2011-12 campaign, a total of six programs either tied or established new school records for victories, including the men’s basketball program, which finished with 26 wins and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) thanks to road victories over Indiana State and Toledo.   The RMU women’s ice hockey team also claimed its first CHA Tournament championship in seven years as a Division I program in 2012. The Colonials snapped Mercyhurst’s streak of nine straight titles thanks to a 3-2 victory over the Lakers in the championship game of the 2012 CHA Tournament at the RMU Island Sports Center.   In 2010, the RMU football team earned the NEC’s inaugural bid to the NCAA Football Championships Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs, the 12th straight year a


program from Robert Morris earned an automatic bid in an NCAA Tournament.   In addition, the Robert Morris women’s basketball squad made its inaugural appearance in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), while the men’s lacrosse program, in just its sixth year of existence, earned its first national ranking by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).   In his first year as director of athletics in 2005-06, Robert Morris placed a total of nine student-athletes covering six sports on the ESPN The Magazine District II Academic All-America District II Team, the most in school history.   Coleman has also overseen the development of a new Robert Morris athletics logo and mascot as well as the launching of the official website for RMU athletics at www.rmucolonials.com.   Seven head coaches have been hired by Coleman, including a pair of men’s basketball head coaches in Mike Rice and Andrew Toole. Also hired by Coleman are Midge McPhail (women’s rowing), Jeff Layman (men’s and women’s tennis), Olivia Netzler (field hockey), Dale Starr (volleyball) and Paul Colontino (women’s ice hockey).   All the while, Coleman has built a winning softball program at Robert Morris over the past 23 years. During that period, RMU has won seven Northeast Conference regular-season championships and six NEC Tournament titles.   In 2013, Coleman led the softball program to its third straight NEC regular-season title and seventh overall with a record of 16-4 (.800). Overall the Colonials posted a record of 30-17-1 (.635), marking the first time RMU posted consecutive 30-win seasons since Coleman’s first two years at the helm of the program in 1991 and 1992.   In 2005, Robert Morris finished with a record of 17-3 (.850) in league play to claim the NEC regular-season championship, followed by a perfect 3-0 record in the NEC Tournament to claim its sixth title and earn its first bid to the NCAA Tournament.   Prior to his arrival as head coach in 1991, the Colonials posted just 19 victories in the previous three seasons. During his 23 years as head coach, the Colonials have posted an overall record of 582-498-5 (.539), including a record of 257-98-2 (.723) against NEC foes.   In his first four years as head coach, Coleman guided the Colonials to an overall record of 119-62 (.657) and four conference championships. In 1994, Robert Morris received its first national ranking in school history, regardless of sport, when the Colonials were ranked as

high as No. 23 in the USA Today / National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll.   Coleman’s success as head softball coach has come not only on the field, but in the classroom, as well. His players include 15 Capital One District II Academic All-Americans, five NEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year for softball and numerous NEC All-Academic Honor Roll selections.   In the spring of 2011, former Colonial Annie Dubovec (2008-2011) became the first female student-athlete in Robert Morris history to be named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).   In 2009, Robert Morris achieved the highest cumulative team grade point average among all Division I softball programs according to the NFCA, finishing with a 3.610 grade point average. It marked the second time under Coleman’s watch Robert Morris finished in the top five, as in 2000 the Colonials finished second with a 3.409 team grade point average, behind only Louisiana Tech (3.571).   Prior to being hired as RMU’s Director of Athletics, Coleman worked as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 1988 to 2005. He served as the Medical Director of several inpatient units, residential treatment facilities and partial hospital programs at UPMC.   Coleman earned his medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine in Hershey in 1983. In 1979, he earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. 2013-14 Colonial Basketball | 9


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Andrew Toole Head Coach

When it came time for Robert Morris University Director of Athletics Craig Coleman, M.D., to name a new head coach for the men’s basketball program, he didn’t have to look far.   Andrew Toole was introduced as the eighth head coach in the 38-year Division I history at a press conference at the Charles L. Sewall Center May 11, 2010, and the 2013-14 campaign marks his fourth season as head coach of the Colonials.   In May of 2013, Toole signed a three-year contract extension to remain as head coach at RMU. He is signed through the 2017-18 season.   “Andy has done an exceptional job in his first three years at Robert Morris,” Coleman said. “His winning percentage is outstanding and a matter of public record, but his phenomenal leadership skills and mentoring of student-athletes in our basketball program is just as important to us. We look forward to having Andy lead our program for years to come.”   In three seasons under Toole’s tutelage, the Colonials have posted an overall record of 68-54 (.654), including a mark of 39-15 (.722) against Northeast Conference opponents.   In 2012-13, Toole led Robert Morris to an overall record of 24-11 (.686). The Colonials claimed their 10th NEC regular-season championship with a ledger of 14-4 (.778), helping RMU earn its fifth postseason appearance in the last six years.   Robert Morris earned an automatic bid to the 2013 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), advancing to the second round thanks to a 59-57 victory over Kentucky in front of 3,444 fans at the Charles L. Sewall Center, the largest crowd in school history. In the second round, RMU dropped a 77-68 decision at Providence.   “I couldn’t be more excited about the Robert Morris administration having the faith in me to continue to lead this program,” Toole said. “I look forward to building on the success we’ve had during my time as head coach the last three years as well as the overall success we’ve had in the last six years.”   In his first season at the helm in 2010-11, Toole guided RMU to an overall record of 18-14 (.563), including a mark of 12-6 (.667) in the NEC. The Colonials advanced 12  |  Robert Morris University

to the championship game of the NEC Tournament, falling three minutes shy of earning its third straight title before falling in overtime at LIU Brooklyn, 85-82.   The following season in 2011-12, Robert Morris posted an overall record of 26-11 (.703), including a mark of 13-5 (.722) in the NEC. RMU tied a school record for victories, advanced to its fourth straight NEC Tournament championship game and earned its inaugural berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).   In the 2012 CIT, the Colonials advanced to the quarterfinals thanks to road wins at Indiana State and Toledo, marking the program’s first victories in a national postseason tournament since 1983.   “Andy is an integral member of the RMU family, and we are extremely happy he will be continuing his career at Robert Morris University,” President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D., said. “We take great pride in his accomplishments thus far and know there is more to come. Just as we look forward to Andy’s future with RMU, he is looking forward to continuing to develop the program and engage others in the process.”   Overall, Toole has been at Robert Morris six seasons. He spent the 2007-08 campaign as an assistant under former head coach Mike Rice (2007-10) before being elevated to Associate Head Coach for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. He is at the helm of an RMU program that has experienced unprecedented success over the last six years.   Since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, Robert Morris owns an overall record of 141-67 (.678), with the 141 victories both a school and NEC record for a six-year span. RMU’s 141 wins over the six-year span is tied with Davidson for eighth among mid-major programs over that span, and the Colonials also own NEC records for victories over the span of three, four and five years.   While RMU’s overall success is apparent, the program’s accomplishments in the NEC are also clear.   Over the last six years, the Colonials have posted a mark of 85-23 (.787) against league opposition, having finished no lower than third over that span. Robert


Morris won outright NEC regular-season titles in 2008, 2009 and 2013 and shared the championship in 2010 with Quinnipiac.   RMU followed up its success in the regular season by becoming the first team in NEC history in 16 years to win back-to-back NEC Tournament championships by earning a 52-50 win over Quinnipiac in the 2010 NEC Tournament championship game in Hamden, Conn.   In 2008, the Colonials made their first appearance in the NIT, dropping an 87-81 decision to No. 1 overall seed Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. In both 2009 and 2010, RMU earned automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament thanks to winning its sixth and seventh NEC Tournament championships, respectively.   In the 2009 NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed, the Colonials fell to eventual national runner-up Michigan State, 77-62, in the first round at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.   In the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Robert Morris nearly upset No. 2 seed Villanova in the first round at the Dunkin› Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., before falling, 73-70, in overtime.   Prior to coming to Robert Morris in 2007, Toole spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.   Between 2004 and 2006, Toole spent two years with The Hoop Group in Neptune, N.J. He served as the director of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Clinic, where he handled logistical management for the nation›s largest high school exposure camp.   Toole was a four-year starter at the Division I level, playing for Elon University (1998-2000) before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania (2000-03).   In two seasons with the Quakers, Toole helped guide Penn to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003. A co-captain of the 2002-03 Penn team that finished with an overall record of 22-6 (.786), in two years as a starter Toole helped lead the Quakers to an overall record of 47-13 (.783).   During his two seasons at Penn, the Quakers posted a record of 7-1 in the Philadelphia Big 5, an informal association of college athletic programs in Philadelphia, Pa., that includes Penn, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova. Penn finished 4-0 in 2001-02, and it’s only loss in 2002-03 came against Saint Joseph’s.   Over his four-year career at Elon and Penn, Toole averaged 12.3 points per contest, finishing with 1,341 points in 109 games. He also posted averages of 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per contest.   In two seasons at Penn, Toole hit 104 three-pointers and on his career finished with 212. He was an All-Ivy League First Team selection in 2001-02, an All-Ivy League Second Team honoree in 2002-03 and was

named to the All-Big 5 Team in both 2002 and 2003.   A member of the Friars Senior Society at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002-03, Toole earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Penn in 2003.   Toole, who married the former Brooke Kelly June 3, 2011, resides in the Pittsburgh, Pa., suburb of Mt. Lebanon, with their son, Ryan Carter. THE ANDREW TOOLE FILE Birthdate: Sept. 11, 1980 Hometown: Red Bank, N.J. Age: 33 Alma Mater / Year: University of Pennsylvania / 2003 Degree: Bachelor of Arts (political science) High School: Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, N.J.)

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Assistant Coaches Joe Gallo Assistant Coach In his second season on the coaching staff at Robert Morris is Joe Gallo.   A native of Milltown, N.J., Gallo came to RMU after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., under head coach Paul Cormier.   During his two seasons with the Big Green, Gallo played an instrumental role in recruiting a total of 11 student-athletes to the Dartmouth roster, including forward Jvonte Brooks, a four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week during the 2011-12 campaign.   Gallo spent one year with The Hoop Group in Neptune, N.J., from August 2009 to August 2010, assisting in running the largest basketball exposure camp in the country for high school players. He started his coaching career at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., spending four years as an assistant coach with the Warriors from 2005 to 2009.   A 2004 graduate of Merrimack, Gallo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in management. During his four years with the Warriors, Gallo was a member of the men’s basketball team.

Robby Pridgen Assistant Coach The 2013-14 season marks the fifth for Robby Pridgen as an assistant coach at Robert Morris. During his four seasons on the sidelines at Robert Morris, the Colonials have posted an overall record of 91-48 (.655), including a mark of 54-18 (.750) in the Northeast Conference.   Prior to Robert Morris, Pridgen spent three seasons as an assistant coach at alma mater Roanoke College, where he helped guide the Division III Maroons to an overall record of 54-27 (.667).

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  A native of Akron, Ohio, and a 2003 graduate of Roanoke with a Bachelor of Science degree in health and human performance, Pridgen was a three-time All-ODAC selection during his playing career with the Maroons, earning first team honors in 2002 and 2003 after being named to the All-ODAC Second Team in 2001.   Pridgen started his coaching career as an assistant at Division III Mount Union during the 2003-04 campaign before spending two seasons at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) from 2004-06.   Pridgen and his wife, Jessica, were married May 25, 2012. The couple resides in Robinson Township, Pa.

Michael Byrnes Assistant Coach In his fourth season as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University is Michael Byrnes. Byrnes joined the staff at RMU with 16 years of coaching experience at the prep school level, including 14 seasons at the Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass.   During his time as a head coach at the prep level, Byrnes compiled an overall record of 404-131 (.755), claimed a pair of New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) championships and sent over 100 players to Division I institutions, including Louisville, Villanova, Providence, Robert Morris, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.   Byrnes started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Division III Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va., in 1991-92 before serving in the same capacity with Division III Roanoke College in Salem, Va., in 1992-93.   From 1993 to 1995, Byrnes was both an assistant and head coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., before returning to the collegiate ranks to serve as a graduate assistant coach with the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., in 1995-96.   A 1990 graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management, Byrnes was a three-year letterwinner for the Minutemen, appearing in 44 career games, including a pair of starts. He was honored with the Lorenzo Sutton Award in 1988-89, which is bestowed


annually to the most improved player for the program.   A native of Canton, Mass., Byrnes and his wife, Brenilda, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Ashley. They reside in Moon Township, Pa.

Tim Lawrence Director of Basketball Operations In his first season at Robert Morris in 2013-14 is Tim Lawrence, who serves as the program’s director of basketball operations. Lawrence is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of the program, including travel, meals and general assignments.   Prior to joining RMU’s staff, Lawrence spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. During his stint at R-MC, Lawrence helped guide the Yellowjackets to an overall record of 42-17 (.712) as well as a pair of NCAA Division III Tournaments. In 2013, Randolph-Macon advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.   Lawrence began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant with Virginia Commonwealth in 2010-11. During his time at VCU, Lawrence worked directly with the coaching staff in all phases of the program, aiding in travel coordination and team activities. That season the Rams advanced to the 2011 NCAA Final Four.   Lawrence earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and economics from Randolph-Macon in 2010 and also earned a Master’s Degree in education

with a focus in sports leadership from Virginia Commonwealth in 2011.   During his time at R-MC, Lawrence was a four-year letterwinner for the Yellowjackets. He served as captain of the first Randolph-Macon squad to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament Final Four in 2010 and overall was a member of three teams that eclipsed the 20-win plateau.   A native of Verona, N.J., Lawrence resides in Sewickley, Pa.

Nick Lackey Video Coordinator The 2013-14 campaign marks the first year for Nick Lackey as video coordinator at Robert Morris. He is responsible for maintaining film exchange with opponents, video editing, coordinating schedules and statistics and overseeing all student managers.   In May of 2013, Lackey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from RMU in business administration, with a concentration in sport management while also owning journalism as a minor.   A native of Fairview, Pa., during his time as an undergraduate student at Robert Morris, Lackey spent four years as the head manager for the program while also serving as a video assistant.   In the summer of 2012, Lackey served an intern with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA Development League in Erie, Pa.

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2013-14 Spotter Chart

#1 Mike McFadden

#2 Britton Lee

#3 Kavon Stewart

#4 David Appolon

#5 Anthony Myers-Pate

#10 Desjuan Newton

#11 Jeremiah Worthem

#12 Charles Oliver

#15 Karvel Anderson

#22 Lucky Jones

#24 Aaron Tate

#33 Evan Grey

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2013-14 Roster Alphabetical Roster Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

Hometown / High School or Junior College

15 Karvel Anderson *

No. Player

G

6-2

190

Sr.

Elkhart, Ind. / Glen Oaks Community College

4 David Appolon **

G

6-4

190

Jr.

Philadelphia, Pa. / Imhotep Charter

33 Evan Grey

G

6-3

180

So.

Columbia, Md. / Archbishop Spalding

45 Stephan Hawkins *

F

6-9

205

So.

Gary, Ind. / Bowman Academy

22 Lucky Jones **

F

6-6

210

Jr.

Newark, N.J. / St. Anthony

2 Britton Lee

G

5-11

180

Fr.

Philadelphia, Pa. / Math, Civics & Sciences

1 Mike McFadden **

F

6-8

220

Sr.

Newark, N.J. / Technology (Iona)

5 Anthony Myers-Pate ***

G

6-0

190

Sr.

Washington, D.C. / Charis Prep

10 Desjuan Newton

G

6-2

185

Jr.

Seattle, Wash. / Central Arizona College

12 Charles Oliver

G

6-3

190

Jr.

Scotch Plains, N.J. / Lakeland Community College

3 Kavon Stewart

G

6-0

180

Fr.

Paterson, N.J. / Hudson Catholic

24 Aaron Tate

F

6-5

220

So.

New Bern, N.C. / Dodge City Community College

11 Jeremiah Worthem

F

6-6

215

Fr.

Philadelphia, Pa. / Math, Civics & Sciences

Numerical Roster Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

Hometown / High School or Junior College

1 Mike McFadden **

No. Player

F

6-8

220

Sr.

Newark, N.J. / Technology (Iona)

2 Britton Lee

G

5-11

180

Fr.

Philadelphia, Pa. / Math, Civics & Sciences

3 Kavon Stewart

G

6-0

180

Fr.

Paterson, N.J. / Hudson Catholic

4 David Appolon **

G

6-4

190

Jr.

Philadelphia, Pa. / Imhotep Charter

5 Anthony Myers-Pate ***

G

6-0

190

Sr.

Washington, D.C. / Charis Prep

10 Desjuan Newton

G

6-2

185

Jr.

Seattle, Wash. / Central Arizona College

11 Jeremiah Worthem

F

6-6

215

Fr.

Philadelphia, Pa. / Math, Civics & Sciences

12 Charles Oliver

G

6-3

190

Jr.

Scotch Plains, N.J. / Lakeland Community College

15 Karvel Anderson *

G

6-2

190

Sr.

Elkhart, Ind. / Glen Oaks Community College

22 Lucky Jones **

F

6-6

210

Jr.

Newark, N.J. / St. Anthony

24 Aaron Tate

F

6-5

220

So.

New Bern, N.C. / Dodge City Community College

33 Evan Grey

G

6-3

180

So.

Columbia, Md. / Archbishop Spalding

45 Stephan Hawkins *

F

6-9

205

So.

Gary, Ind. / Bowman Academy

* letters earned

Head Coach: Andrew Toole (fourth year @ RMU; fourth year overall; Penn ’03) Assistant Coach: Robby Pridgen (fifth year @ RMU; Roanoke ’03) Assistant Coach: Joe Gallo (second year @ RMU; Merrimack ’04) Assistant Coach: Michael Byrnes (fourth year @ RMU; Massachusetts ’90) Director of Basketball Operations: Tim Lawrence (first year @ RMU; Randolph-Macon ’10) Video Coordinator: Nick Lackey (first year @ RMU; Robert Morris ’13) Note: Toole is in his seventh year overall at RMU, serving as an assistant coach (2007-08) and associate head coach (2008-10)

Pronunciation Guide: Appolon: app-O-lawn | Desjuan: DES-wan

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Savannah State 2013-14 Roster Nov. 9, 2013

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

Hometown / High School or Junior College

1 Alante Fenner

No. Player

G

6-5

180

Fr.

Lake Wales, Fla. / Lake Wales

2 Khiry White

G

6-3

180

Sr.

Columbus, Ga. / South Georgia Tech College

4 Saadiq Muhammad

F

6-7

210

Fr.

Savannah, Ga. / Johnson

5 Javaris Jenkins

G/F

6-5

200

Fr.

Deerfield Beach, Fla. / Deerfield Beach

10 Patrick Hendley

G

6-4

190

Sr.

Orange Park, Fla. / Florida State College Jacksonville

11 Stephen Wilson

G

6-1

160

Sr.

Jonesboro, Ga. / Mount Zion

12 Joshua Montgomery

F

6-5

205

Sr.

Smyrna, Ga. / Atlanta Metro

14 Whitley “Beau” Carter G

5-9

145

Fr.

Lithia Springs, Ga. / Lithia Springs

15 Keierre Richards

G

6-1

180

Jr.

Powder Springs, Ga. / McEachern

20 Deven Williams

G

6-0

205

Sr.

Indianapolis, Ind. / Olive Harvey College

22 Terel Hall

G

6-1

185

Jr.

Dawson, Ga. / Chipola Junior College

30 Jeremiah Hill

G

6-1

175

Fr.

Richmond Hill, Ga. / Richmond Hill

33 Angelo Davis

G

6-2

175

Sr.

Savannah, Ga. / Johnson

F/C

6-9

216

Jr.

Charleston, SC / Denmark Tech

F

6-9

215

Sr.

Fairburn, Ga. / Creekside

42 Hikeem Champaigne 44 Jyles Smith

Head Coach: Horace Broadnax (ninth year @ Savannah State; Georgetown ’86) Assistant Coach: Jay Gibbons (sixth year; Clayton State ’03) Assistant Coach: Clyde Wormley (fourth year; The Citadel ’03) Assistant Coach: Cliff Reed (Bethune-Cookman ’91)

UT Arlington 2013-14 Roster Nov. 21, 2013

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

Hometown / High School or Junior College

1 Reger Dowell

No. Player

G

6-1

183

Sr.

Duncanville, Texas / Duncanville (Oklahoma State)

2 Luke Davis

G

6-1

154

So.

Lubbock, Texas / Monterey

3 Jamel Outler

G

6-2

183

Jr.

Houston, Texas / Bellaire (Texas Tech)

4 Drew Charles

G

6-2

193

So.

Azle, Texas / Azle

5 Stuart Lagerson

C

7-0

220

R-Jr.

Converse, Texas / Judson

10 Johnny Hill

G

6-3

180

Jr.

Glendale Heights, Ill. / Glenbard East (Illinois State)

11 Brandon Williams

F

6-10

200

Fr.

Houston, Texas / Episcopal

12 Shaquille White-Miller G

5-9

176

Sr.

13 Vincent Dillard

F

6-5

200

R-Jr.

15 Kyle McElvain

G

6-2

191

Sr.

Arlington, Texas / Pantego Christian (Texas Wesleyan)

21 Greg Gainey

F

6-5

212

Sr.

Dayton, Ohio / Marshall (South Plains College)

22 Lonnie McClanahan

G

6-1

175

Jr.

Oak Ridge, Tenn. / Oak Ridge (Kilgore College)

25 Courtney Austin

G

6-0

185

Jr.

Dallas, Texas / Kimball (Paris College)

35 Brandon Edwards

F

6-6

224

Sr.

Fort Worth, Texas / South Hills

44 Anthony Walker

F

6-9

210

Jr.

San Antonio, Texas / Johnson (South Plains College)

45 Jorge Bilbao

F

6-8

190

Fr.

Bilbao Biscay, Spain / Loiola Indautxu

Port Arthur, Texas / Memorial Sanford, Fla. / Lake Brantley (Colby C.C.0

Head Coach: Scott Cross (eighth year @ UT Arlington; UT Arlington ’98) Associate Head Coach: Greg Young (fifth year; Howard Payne ’86) Assistant Coach: Zak Buncik (fifth year; UT Arlington ’07) Assistant Coach: Andrae Patterson (fourth year; Indiana ’98) Graduate Assistant: Brett Cervantes (second year; UT Arlington ’07)

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Toledo 2013-14 Roster Dec. 7, 2013

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

Hometown / High School or Junior College

1 Jonathan Williams

No. Player

G

6-4

185

Fr.

Southfield, Mich. / Southfield-Lathrup

4 Justin Drummond #

G

6-4

200

Jr.

Bowie, Md. / Riverdale Baptist (Loyola-Md.)

5 Rian Pearson **

G

6-4

195

Sr.

Raytown, Miss. / South (Green Bay)

11 Josh Lemons *

G

6-1

165

So.

Cincinnati, Ohio / LaSalle

15 Aubrey Williams

F

6-7

235 R-Fr.

Bowie, Md., / St. Vincent Pallotti (IMG Academy)

20 Julius Brown **

G

5-10

170

Jr.

Markham, Ill. / Hillcrest

22 Angel Aparicio

G

6-5

195

So.

Benicarlo, Spain / Lleo XIII

24 J.D. Weatherspoon #

F

6-6

215

Jr.

Columbus, Ohio / Northland (Ohio State)

25 Jordan Lauf

G

6-5

205

Fr.

Napoleon, Ohio / Napoleon

30 Donald Beatty %

G

6-3

200

Sr.

Dayton, Ohio / Belmont

33 Zach Garber

C

6-10

240

Fr.

Carey, Ohio / Vanlue

43 Matt Smith **

F

6-7

220

Sr.

Whitewright, Texas / Whitewright (Green Bay)

53 Nathan Boothe *

C

6-10

240

So.

Gurnee, Ill. / Warren Township

* Letters earned  |  # Sat out 2012-13 season due to transfer  |  % Walk-on

Head Coach: Tod Kowalczyk (fourth year @ Toledo; Minnesota-Duluth ’89) Assistant Coach: Jason Kalsow (fourth year; UW-Stevens Point ’05) Assistant Coach: Jason Kemp (fourth year; UW-La Crosse ’04) Assistant Coach: Jordan Mincy (first year; Kent State ’09) Director of Basketball Operations: Michael Bennett (second year; Ball State ’04)

Campbell 2013-14 Roster Dec. 18, 2013

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

0 Antwon Oliver *

No. Player

F

6-6

185 R-Sr.

Yr.

Hometown / High School or Junior College

1 Luke Moyer

G

6-0

170

So.

Souderton, Pa. / Souderton Area (Richmond)

2 Rod Days #

F

6-6

220

Jr.

Miami Gardens, Fla. / Sagemont (UCF)

3 Casey Perrin *

G

5-9

160

So.

Scottsdale, Ariz. / Cactus Shadows (Maine Central Institute)

5 Quinton Ray

G

6-1

180

Fr.

Angier, N.C. / Middle Creek

10 Leek Leek *

F

6-6

215

Sr.

Khartoum, Sudan / High Point Wesleyan (Tallahassee CC)

11 Jordan Faciane *

G

6-4

210

So.

Ellenwood, Ga. / Morrow

15 Marvelle Harris ***

F

6-6

215

Sr.

Macon, Ga. / Northeast (Heat Academy)

20 Andrew Ryan **

G

6-5

200

R-Jr.

Lynden, Wash. / Rabun Gap-Nacoochee (Ga.)

22 Darius Leonard *

F

6-9

225

R-Jr.

Raleigh, N.C. / Kestrel Heights (Kent State)

24 Kyre’ Hamer

G

6-3

195

Fr.

25 Reco McCarter *

F

6-6

195

R-Jr.

Goldsboro, N.C. / Wayne Country Day (VCU)

35 D.J. Mason *

F

6-6

215

So.

Clarkton, N.C. / West Bladen

41 Antonio Kalpic **

F

6-9

220 R-Sr.

Racine, Wisc. / Horlick (Iowa State)

Stone Mountain, Ga. / Miller Grove

Sibenik, Croatia / Wesleyan Christian (Roane State C.C.)

* Letters earned  |  # will sit out 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines

Head Coach: Kevin McGeehan (first year @ Campbell; Gettysburg, ’95) Assistant Coach: Peter Thomas (first year; Richmond, ’07) Assistant Coach: Chris Clark (first year; Temple, ’09) Assistant Coach: Dan Geriot (first year; Richmond, ’11) Director of Basketball Operations: Deon Curry (first year; Michigan State, ’08) Graduate Assistant: Greg Robbins (first year; Richmond, ’13)

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RMU Insider Point Break By Paul Meyer RMUColonials.com If genes have something to do with the situation, Robert Morris University’s primary point guard should be pretty good this season.   Anthony Myers-Pate, having waited his turn for three seasons, will man the point for RMU in 2013-14 – six years after his cousin finished a stellar run in the position.   You might remember Derek Coleman. He became the primary point guard late in his freshman season (2003-04) and played there for the rest of his standout RMU career from 2003 to 2007.   Coleman finished with 1,042 points, which when he graduated ranked him 18th on the Robert Morris career scoring list. He also had 440 assists, fifth-best all-time when he left.   In his senior season, Coleman, who averaged a stamina-sapping 38 minutes per game, averaged 12.8 points and 5.4 assists per game.   And he was just about indispensable.   Late that season, a reporter asked coach Mark Schmidt what it would be like not having Coleman at the point the following season.   “It will be like losing [Ben] Roethlisberger or Carson Palmer or [Tom] Brady or [Peyton] Manning,” Schmidt told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m not saying he’s at that level, but he’s that important to us and what we do. Without him, we’re not nearly as good.”   Schmidt paused, then added: “Without him, we wouldn’t be able to play.’’   High praise for Myers-Pate’s cousin indeed. And a pretty tough act to follow.   Then consider this other tough act Myers-Pate gets to follow. He succeeds at the primary point guard position a guy named Velton Jones, who is arguably one of the best players the Colonials have ever had.   Myers-Pate, though, is ready.   He gets advice from Coleman.   “I talk to him a lot,” Myers-Pate said. “We hooked up this summer. He’s happy for me. He always lets me know that. He might say it on Twitter, Instagram. He’ll comment on my pictures when I’m working out. If I post something about Robert Morris, he always has something to say about it in a positive way. He’s happy for me. He’s always telling me to go hard and be hungry and humble.”   Myers-Pate learned a lot by playing with Jones and studying him on the court when he was on the bench. For three seasons. 24  |  Robert Morris University

  “I learned about leadership from ‘V’’’, Myers-Pate said. “Speaking up to guys. Being the heart of the team – dive on the floor when you need to. Get everybody else riled up. Little things like that. I mean, there’s some stuff you can’t teach – like heart.   “It’s my time to show it now.’’   Myers-Pate does not come into this job without some experience at the point. He started eight games at the position last season – including that rather memorable National Invitation Tournament game against Kentucky – when Jones was sidelined for various reasons.   Over his three previous seasons, Myers-Pate averaged 23.5 minutes, 5.5 points and 3.1 assists per game. Thanks to a career total of 315 assists entering 201314, Myers-Pate could wind up surpassing his cousin’s career total.   Coleman impacted the point guard position at Robert Morris in a way not connected with his points and assists.   When Mike Rice was named the Colonials’ head coach after the 2007 season, he studied a lot of Robert Morris film. Something he noticed almost immediately was how much time Coleman spent handling the ball. On some possessions, Coleman would pretty much dribble the ball for many of the 35 seconds.   Rice, who brought in current RMU head coach Andrew Toole as an assistant back then, wanted the point guard to become more aggressive – and that showed in the way Jones handled running the point.   “We want our point guards to be aggressive,’’ Toole said. “We want them to be attacking. We want them to be play-making. But we also don’t want them to be ball-stoppers. We don’t want them to be someone who’s just going to hold onto the ball. They have to be quick decision makers. If you have the opportunity to attack, take it. If you don’t, move the ball and move yourself and let someone else try to attack. Some of the motion offense that we run allows for a number of guys to have opportunities to either dribble-penetrate or make a play for themselves or make a play for a teammate.   “I think (point guard) is one of the hardest positions to play in college basketball. You’re somebody who really has to be in tune with situational basketball – time and score. You have to be in tune with the coaching staff. You have to be in tune with your personality. You really have to have a good grasp of a lot of things that are going on in the game. We try to utilize our point guards in a way where we can bring some organization to our team. We want to give them opportunities to kind of start the process of putting the defense at a disadvantage. The point guard has to be in tune with what’s going on not only on the court, but the bench. They need to be the bridge between those two worlds.’’


Toole has stressed that to Myers-Pate.   “He’s been doing everything in his power to give me little tools and ways to be a better leader,’’ Myers-Pate said. “He’s always sending me text messages about NBA point guards like (Rajon) Rondo and how he makes everybody around him better. (Toole) does little things like that – emails, tweets – daily.’’   Toole knows that how Myers-Pate handles the point will go a long way toward determining how successful the Colonials are this season, and he seems perfectly comfortable with Myers-Pate handling the position.   “Ant’s somebody who I know 98, 99, 100 percent of the decisions he makes are in the best interests of the team,’’ Toole said. He’s not a guy who I ever say, ‘Hmmm. I wonder if there was something to that.’ Or, ‘Man, I can’t rely on Ant to work hard today.’ He’s one of our hardest workers – whether it’s in the weight room, whether it’s on the court, whether it’s in the classroom. You know, he’s a guy who has built up a lot of credibility. He’s a guy who’s built up a lot of trust. There are still some things that we’re trying to help him understand and get through. He’s got to be maybe a little more vocal this year than he’s been in the past, but we don’t ask him to do anything we don’t think he’s capable of doing.   “He’s played a lot of minutes. He’s done a lot of different things. He’s played a lot of different roles. He’s someone we’ve relied on greatly his first three years. His responsibilities aren’t any different than they were last year. He might not have as big a personality to share the role with as he did in Velton, but I still think that what we asked him to for the last three years is the same thing we’re asking him to do this year. There might be more opportunity for him to do it, but the job description hasn’t changed entirely. I’m hard on our point guards. I challenge them every day. I expect a lot out of them, and I think he’s been used to that during his time here.’’   Myers-Pate said he began envisioning himself as the Colonial point guard when he was a sophomore.   “I was like, ‘Man, I can’t wait until it’s my turn,’’’ he said. “I knew I had to work extra hard – harder than I had been working – and that (it would) show on the court.   Myers-Pate takes over a team that lost not only Jones but also Russell Johnson, another of RMU’s all-time great players, from last season’s 24-11 team. He’ll have to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of six new players this season – quickly.   “I think it’s going to be hard, not knowing how the six new guys are going to react,’’ Myers-Pate said, “but I think it’s going to be exciting and I think it’s going to be fun.’’   Myers-Pate will get some help at the point from Kavon Stewart, a freshman from Paterson, N.J.   “We’re tried to have those two guys spend as much time as we can together,’’ Toole said. “We’ve had Ant kind of show Kavon how to work, show Kavon what’s

important, show Kavon how to deal with his coaches, how to deal with his teammates. I think Ant’s doing a pretty good job of tutoring him on some of the finer points of being a player here.’’   Toole said Stewart seems to be grasping the nuances and responsibilities of playing point guard at RMU pretty well.   “He has a very high basketball IQ,’’ Toole said. “He has great vision, so I think he sees a lot of the things that occur on the court offensively, defensively. He has very good anticipation skills and a good feel for when to go, when not to go. He’s still learning some of the places that he can and can’t go. You know, in high school sometimes you could get all the way to the rim and not have to worry about help. He’s still learning some of that territory, but I think he’s a kid who wants to be good, and I think he’s working like a player who wants to be good.’’   No doubt Stewart will learn a lot from Myers-Pate, who while running the point this season also will be preparing his likely successor for next season.   “It feels great,’’ Myers-Pate said. “I know there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with (the position). I’ve been here three years. Now it’s my turn. I have to step up to the challenge.” 2013-14 Colonial Basketball | 25


Robert Morris Career Records DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES Name

No.

1. Jeremy Chappell (2005-09)............................ 100 2. Chipper Harris (1980-84)............................... 96 3. Myron Walker (1990-94)................................ 92 4. Tony Lee (2004-08)......................................... 84 5. Chaz McCrommon (2000-05)......................... 83 6. A.J. Jackson (2003-08).................................... 80 7. Velton Jones (2008-13)................................... 79 8. Forest Grant (1980-84)................................... 74 Maurice Carter (2001-05)............................... 74 10. Aaron Thomas (2000-04)............................... 67

Myron Walker POINTS Name

No.

1. Myron Walker (1990-94)................................ 1,965 2. Chipper Harris (1980-84)............................... 1,940 3. Jeremy Chappell (2005-09)............................ 1,875 4. Chaz McCrommon (2000-05)......................... 1,623 5. Velton Jones (2008-13)................................... 1,588 6. Maurice Carter (2001-05)............................... 1,506 7. Forest Grant (1980-84)................................... 1,494 8. Tony Lee (2004-08)......................................... 1,489 9. A.J. Jackson (2003-08).................................... 1,455 10. Gene Nabors (1995-2000)............................... 1,328 SCORING AVERAGE (minimum 500 points) Name

Avg.

1. Myron Walker (1990-94)................................ 18.7 2. Chipper Harris (1980-84)............................... 16.4 3. Jeremy Chappell (2005-09)............................ 15.1 4. A.J. Jackson (2003-08).................................... 15.0 5. Vaughn Luton (1986-89)................................ 14.7 6. Chaz McCrommon (2000-05)......................... 14.1 7. Karon Abraham (2009-11)............................. 13.7 8. Maurice Carter (2000-05)............................... 13.1 9. Forest Grant (1980-84)................................... 12.8 10. Ron Winbush (1985-87)................................. 12.6

Jeremy Chappell

Tony Lee

FIELD GOALS Name

No.

1. Chipper Harris (1980-84)............................... 821 2. Myron Walker (1990-94)................................ 741 3. Jeremy Chappell (2005-09)............................ 710 4. Chaz McCrommon (2000-05)......................... 627 5. Forest Grant (1980-84)................................... 620

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (minimum 500 points) Name

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Pct.

1. Gabe Jackson (1992-95).................................. .568 2. Vaughn Luton (1986-89)................................ .561 3. Mark Anderson (2003-05).............................. .551 4. Skip Koskoski (1979-84)................................ .544 5. Matt Smith (1998-2002)................................. .533


ASSISTS Name

A.J. Jackson

STEALS Name

THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS Name

No.

1. Forest Grant (1980-84)................................... 555 2. Velton Jones (2008-13)................................... 551 3. Tony Lee (2004-08)......................................... 487 4. Wade Timmerson (1988-92)........................... 484 5. Javier Smith (1994-98)................................... 459

No.

1. Jeremy Chappell (2005-09)............................ 243 2. Aaron Thomas (2000-04)............................... 218 3. Maurice Carter (2001-05)............................... 217 4. Bubba Donnelly (1991-95)............................. 215 5. Coron Williams (2009-13).............................. 210

No.

1. Chipper Harris (1980-84)............................... 450 2. Forest Grant (1980-84)................................... 332 3. Tony Lee (2004-08)......................................... 275 4. Jeremy Chappell (2005-09)............................ 266 5. Gene Nabors (1995-2000)............................... 244

THREE-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (minimum 100 attempts) Name

Pct.

1. Billy Erwin (1993-97)..................................... .440 2. Karvel Anderson (2012 - )............................. .439 3. Scott Shepherd (1988-91).............................. .434 Karon Abraham (2009-11)............................. .434 5. Wade Timmerson (1988-92)........................... .423 Coron Williams (2009-13).............................. .423 FREE THROWS Name

1. Velton Jones (2008-13)................................... 495 2. Myron Walker (1990-94)................................ 386 3. Maurice Carter (2001-05)............................... 349 4. Tom Parks (1978-83)...................................... 321 5. Chipper Harris (1980-84)............................... 300

FREE THROW PERCENTAGE (minimum 100 attempts) Name

Pct.

1. Tom Parks (1978-83)...................................... .860 2. Karon Abraham (2009-11)............................. .851 3. Bubba Donnelly (1991-95)............................. .846 4. Jimmy Langhurst (2006-10)........................... .840 5. Derek Coleman (2003-07).............................. .837

Forest Grant

No.

Aaron Thomas

BLOCKS Name

No.

1. Magdi Billal (1987-92)................................... 101 2. Forest Grant (1980-84)................................... 89 3. Matt Smith (1998-02)..................................... 88 4. A.J. Jackson (2003-08).................................... 83 5. Jeremy Chappell (2005-09)............................ 79

GAMES PLAYED Name

No.

1. Velton Jones (2008-13)................................... 135 2. Gary Wallace (2007-11).................................. 134 3. Mezie Nwigwe (2006-10)............................... 131 4. Russell Johnson (2008-13)............................. 129 5. Jeremy Chappell (2005-09)............................ 124

GAMES STARTED Name

No.

1. Velton Jones (2008-13)................................... 125 2. Jeremy Chappell (2005-09)............................ 120 3. Andre Boyd (1987-91).................................... 114 4. Forest Grant (1980-84)................................... 110 Tony Lee (2004-08)......................................... 110 Velton Jones

Note: Players bold still active

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Robert Morris University Athletics

From its fertile beginning as a men’s basketball junior college powerhouse to one of the most diverse athletic programs in the tri-state area, intercollegiate athletics and success at Robert Morris University go hand-in-hand.   Since moving to Division I with its men’s basketball program in 1976-77, Robert Morris has witnessed its intercollegiate athletics program grow to 23 sports, including the only men’s and women’s Division I ice hockey squads and Division I men’s lacrosse team in the Pittsburgh region.   Over the last 37 years, the Colonials have claimed 38 Northeast Conference regular-season championships and 38 league tournament titles among 23 sports. A total of 12 of RMU’s intercollegiate athletic programs have earned at least one NEC Tournament championship, with men’s basketball and volleyball leading the way with seven each.   The RMU men’s basketball program has also claimed 10 regular-season championships, softball owns seven and football and volleyball have each claimed six.   The 2012-13 academic year saw the Colonials continue to rank near the top of their respective conferences, as the men’s basketball team claimed its 10th NEC regular-season title, while the softball program earned its third straight NEC regular-season crown and seventh overall.

  Robert Morris earned its second berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in program history for men’s basketball and became the center of the college basketball world by defeating defending national champion Kentucky in front of 3,444 fans at the Charles L. Sewall Center, the largest crowd in school history.   RMU also continued its progression in the sport of hockey, as the men’s team established a new program record for victories with 20 and won the inaugural Three Rivers Classic at the CONSOL Energy Center. Also in hockey action, the Robert Morris Department of Athletics hosted the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center and Visit Pittsburgh.   In track & field in 2013, juniors Chris Carper and Rachael Kotula earned All-America Honorable Mention accolades, as each competed in the javelin at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Carper became the first male studentathlete to qualify for the meet, while Kotula became the second female student-athlete to turn the trick.   The exploits of the intercollegiate athletic program in 2012-13 has continued a trend that Robert Morris has established since its move to Division I three and-a-half decades ago. Continued  

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Since 1982, Robert Morris has sent 18 teams to the NCAA Tournament. Men’s basketball has made an NEC record seven appearances, while volleyball has participated in five. The Colonial men’s basketball program qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1982, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2009 and 2010, while volleyball made five straight appearances from 1999 to 2003.   The RMU men’s soccer team has also appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times (1993, 1994 and 2005), while women’s basketball has earned a pair of automatic bids (2007, 2008) and softball one (2005).   Other programs to have claimed an NEC Tournament championship during that span include two in both men’s cross country (1986, 1987) and men’s golf (1995, 1996) and one each in women’s tennis (1996), men’s indoor track & field (2000), women’s indoor track & field (2000) and men’s outdoor track & field (2000).   In addition, former student-athlete Stephanie Kuhn (2003-07) of the women’s track & field squad became the first student-athlete in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championships when she qualified in the javelin in outdoor track & field as both a freshman (2004) and a senior (2007).   In the spring of 2011, former men’s golfer C.G. Mercatoris (2007-11) became the first studentathlete in school history to take part in the NCAA Tournament, finishing 31st individually at the NCAA Colorado Regional. The 2011 NEC Golfer of the Year, Mercatoris claimed the individual title at the 2011 NEC Championships to claim a spot in the NCAA Tournament.   The trend of success by Colonial athletics should come as no surprise.

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  In 2012, the RMU women’s ice hockey team claimed its first College Hockey America (CHA) Tournament championship thanks to a 3-2 victory over Mercyhurst in the championship game at the RMU Island Sports Center.   The Robert Morris softball team claimed its second straight, and sixth overall, NEC regular-season championship by posting a record of 15-5 (.750) against league foes and also established a school record for victories (35), while the men’s lacrosse squad finished a perfect 5-0 in the NEC to claim its first regular-season title.   A total of six programs at Robert Morris either tied or established a new school record for victories in 201112, including men’s basketball, which finished 26-11 (.703) overall.   The RMU men’s basketball program has appeared in a national postseason tournament five times in the last six years, including two NCAA Tournaments (2009, 2010), two NIT’s (2008, 2013) and the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).   The Robert Morris football team, which celebrates its 20th season in 2013, claimed the inaugural berth for the NEC in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs in 2010 by claiming its sixth NEC regular-season title.   In 2000, the RMU football squad finished a perfect 10-0, the first perfect campaign for any sport at RMU. In the process, the team won its second straight NCAA I-AA Mid-Major National Championship, according to Don Hansen’s National Football Weekly Gazette. The program moved into its own on-campus football stadium, named Joe Walton Stadium in honor of the program’s only head coach, in 2005.   The women’s rowing team claimed two straight


Margaret McNiff Trophies in the varsity four classification at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2000 and 2001.   Five teams achieved national rankings during the 1990s, with the 1994 softball team reaching No. 23, the 1994 men’s soccer team peaking at No. 16, the 1996 football squad finishing second in the NCAA I-AA nonscholarship ranks, the 1997 football team placing third and the 1999 football squad finishing No. 1.   Robert Morris University has also had several student-athletes continue their athletic career in the professional ranks. The late Tim Hall (1994-95) was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 1996 National Football League (NFL) Draft as a running back. In 2001, former offensive lineman Hank Fraley (1996-1999) became the starting center for the Philadelphia Eagles after being signed to the practice squad during the 2000 season. Fraley was a 10-year veteran of the NFL with the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams.   Men’s soccer player Musa Shannon (1997) was drafted by the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer (MLS) as the 28th overall pick in the 1997 MLS College Draft. Shannon is one of 21 former Colonials that have played professional soccer after their career at Robert Morris, including Rhian Dodds (2003), who played for Kilmarnock Football Club of the Scottish Premier League.   In addition to former RMU student-athletes playing in the professional ranks, inaugural women’s ice hockey goaltender Brianne McLaughlin (2005-09), who finished her career as the NCAA all-time saves leader, earned a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. She will take part in her second Olympics, as in June of 2013 she was tabbed to the 25-player national team roster by USA Hockey for the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.   Athletes are not the only ties that RMU athletics has to the professional ranks. Head football coach Joe Walton came to the Colonials after 35 years of experience in the NFL, including seven years as the head coach of the New York Jets.   Alongside Walton is another former NFL alum in John Banaszak, who serves as the program’s assistant head coach since 2008 and will succeed Walton after he retires after the 2013 campaign. Banaszak was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers when the team won Super Bowls X, XIII and XIV. Banaszak replaced former assistant head coach Dan Radakovich, who spent 48 years in the coaching profession in both the college and NFL ranks, including 13 at Robert Morris, before retiring.   Former Colonial men’s soccer head coach John Kowalski also served as the head coach for the Pittsburgh Spirit of the Major Indoor Soccer League,

Chris Carper the Tampa Bay Mutiny of MLS and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the A-League. He has come full circle, as he is in his 12th season as head coach of the Colonial women’s team, a program that began in 1992. RMU’S NEC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS (38) Men’s Basketball – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 Women’s Basketball – 2007, 2008, 2010 Football – 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010 Men’s Lacrosse – 2012 Men’s Soccer – 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001 Softball – 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 Volleyball – 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 RMU’S TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS (38) Men’s Basketball – 1982, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2009, 2010 Women’s Basketball – 1988, 1991, 2007, 2008 Men’s Cross Country – 1986, 1987 Men’s Golf – 1995, 1996 Women’s Ice Hockey – 2012 * Men’s Soccer – 1993, 1994, 2005 Softball – 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2005 Women’s Tennis – 1996 Men’s Indoor Track & Field – 1999, 2000 Women’s Indoor Track & Field – 1998, 2000 Men’s Outdoor Track & Field – 2000 Volleyball – 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Note: All regular season and tournament championships were claimed in the Northeast Conference (NEC) unless otherwise noted. * College Hockey America (CHA) championship

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2013-14 Men’s Basketball Schedule 2013-14 RMU Schedule Date

Opponent

SITE Time

CALIFORNIA (Pa.) (Ex.)

Moon Township, Pa.

OCTOBER

28 (Mon.)

7:00 p.m.

NOVEMBER

9 (Sat.) 12 (Tues.) 14 (Thurs.) 17 (Sun.) 21 (Thurs.) 23 (Sat.) 26 (Tues.) 30 (Sat.)

SAVANNAH STATE Moon Township, Pa. 7:00 p.m. @ Lafayette Easton, Pa. 7:00 p.m. @ Eastern Michigan # Ypsilanti, Mich. 7:30 p.m. @ Kentucky # Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. TEXAS-ARLINGTON # Moon Township, Pa. 7:00 p.m. @ Cleveland State # Cleveland, Ohio 3:00 p.m. @ Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y. 7:00 p.m. @ Delaware Newark, Del. TBA

DECEMBER

4 (Wed.) 7 (Sat.) 14 (Sat.) 18 (Wed.) 22 (Sun.) 30 (Mon.)

@ Youngstown State Youngstown, Ohio TOLEDO Moon Township, Pa. @ Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa. CAMPBELL Moon Township, Pa. @ Oakland Rochester, Mich. @ Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla.

7:45 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

@Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. @ Sacred Heart * Fairfield, Conn. @ Bryant * Smithfield, R.I. SAINT FRANCIS U. * Moon Township, Pa. @ Mount St. Mary’s * Emmitsburg, Md. SACRED HEART * Moon Township, Pa. WAGNER * Moon Township, Pa. BRYANT * Moon Township, Pa.

5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE * Moon Township, Pa. @ LIU Brooklyn * Brooklyn, N.Y. @ St. Francis Brooklyn * Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. @ Saint Francis U. * Loretto, Pa. MOUNT ST. MARY’S * Moon Township, Pa. LIU BROOKLYN * Moon Township, Pa. ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN * Moon Township, Pa. @ Fairleigh Dickinson * Teaneck, N.J.

4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

JANUARY

4 (Sat.) 9 (Thurs.) 11 (Sat.) 16 (Thurs.) 18 (Sat.) 23 (Thurs.) 25 (Sat.) 30 (Thurs.) FEBRUARY

1 (Sat.) 6 (Thurs.) 8 (Sat.) 13 (Thurs.) 15 (Sat.) 20 (Thurs.) 22 (Sat.) 27 (Thurs.) MARCH

1 (Sat.) @ Wagner * Staten Island, N.Y. 6:00 p.m. 5 (Wed.) NEC Tournament Quarterfinals TBA TBA 8 (Sat.) NEC Tournament Semifinals TBA TBA 11 (Tues.) NEC Tournament Final TBA TBA

Home games in BOLD CAPS  | All home games played at the Charles L. Sewall Center  | All times Eastern Standard Time # Keightley Classic (hosted by the University of Kentucky)  |  * Northeast Conference Game

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Robert Morris Men’s Basketball On The Web For all the information you need on Robert Morris men’s basketball, including news, biographies, statistics, game notes, live streaming and features, visiting the official website for RMU Athletics at …

RMUColonials.com You can also follow RMU men’s basketball on twitter: @RMUMBasketball or instagram at RMUMBasketball

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About Robert Morris University Robert Morris University was founded in 1921 in downtown Pittsburgh as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy. The school’s founder, educator and accountant Andrew Blass, rented classroom space in the Blackstone Building. In 1935, the school’s president, Richard Khuen III, changed the name of the institution to the Robert Morris School of Business in honor of the founding father popularly known as the financier of the American revolution.   After leasing space at several other Pittsburgh locations, including downtown’s famed William Penn Hotel, Robert Morris purchased a building of its own in 1959, the Rust Engineering Building at 600 Fifth Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh. Three years later, Robert Morris acquired the estate of Oliver Kaufmann in Moon in order to build its first residential campus. The first students on campus lived in the Kaufmann mansion, where today sits Massey Hall. A record 1,800 students lived at the Moon Township campus during the the 2012-13 academic year.   In 1961, Robert Morris became a nonprofit institution so that it could become a junior college, a change necessitated by a decision of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants to require

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candidates for the CPA exam to earn a college degree. The following year, the name of the school changed to Robert Morris Junior College, and then in 1969, it became Robert Morris College.   Robert Morris continued to grow throughout the next three decades, expanding to include graduate degree programs and adding more bachelor’s programs as well. In 1977, Robert Morris joined the NCAA Division I for interscholastic athletics, and with 23 Division I sports, RMU now has more than any other university in the Pittsburgh region.   In 2002, following approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the school became Robert Morris University.   The university welcomed the largest freshman class in its history in the fall of 2010 with 900 new students. That year, RMU sold the Pittsburgh Center – the former Rust building – to Duquesne University. In 2011, Robert Morris opened a new School of Business Building at the Moon campus, and the next year the university unveiled the Wheatley Center for the School of Communications and Information Systems. RMU also offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs at RMU Downtown and RMU Cranberry.


RMU FYI

RMU BY THE NUMBERS

• Overall enrollment at RMU has increased 15 percent over the past five years (5,413 in Fall 2013 vs. 4,711 in Fall 2008).

Founded: 1921 Location: Moon Township, Pa. Enrollment: 5,413 (4,468 undergraduate, 945 graduate) Student Population: 53% male, 47% female, from 37 states and 37 nations Resident Students: 2,070 Full-time instructional faculty: 196 Total full-time employees: 571 Academic Schools: • School of Business • School of Communications and Information Systems • School of Education and Social Sciences • School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science • School of Nursing and Health Sciences Athletic Affiliation: NCAA Division I Varsity Sports: 23 Nickname: Colonials Colors: Navy blue, white and red

• The university has a 93-percent placement rate, meaning that 86 percent of students have a job and seven percent are enrolled in graduate schools a year after graduation. Most of those who are employed are working their field of study. • Approximately 93 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid from RMU. • The RMU School of Business is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only five percent of business schools worldwide share this prestigious designation. • RMU was one of the first 10 universities to be named a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries for its actuarial science program. Currently only 21 universities in North America have earned this designation. High school students who want to enter RMU’s program must score at least a 650 on the mathematics portion of the SAT. • Robert Morris offers the only four-year nuclear medicine technology program in western Pennsylvania, as well as the region’s only bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering. • Eighty-two percent of RMU students complete at least one internship before they graduate, and most of them are paid. • RMU offers the only ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering in western Pennsylvania.

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Index of Advertisers 4

1921 Club............................................................. 14

Hometown Pizza..................................................

Allegheny Health Network/Highmark................ ibc

Latitude 40........................................................... 39

Burger King.......................................................... 28

Mario’s Family Italian Restaurant.......................

6

Clearview Federal Credit Union......................... 18

Peoples Natural Gas............................................

3

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services................ 47

Pepsi..................................................................... 20

Diane One Hour Cleaners.................................... 36

Primanti Brothers................................................ 42

Dornin Dental Center.......................................... 36

Chris Puhlman Flowers & Gifts.......................... 10

Eat’n Park............................................................. 15

RMU Corporate Champions................................ obc

ESPN Radio 970...................................................

6

RMU Institutional Advancement........................ 11

Falconi Auto Group.............................................

2

RMU Radio.......................................................... 46

Firehouse Subs.................................................... 38

RMU Sentry Media.............................................. 48

5

RMU TV............................................................... 30

Freuhauf Manufacturing.....................................

2

Gatto & Reitz Law................................................ 40

Savory Hill Restaurant........................................

Greater Pittsburgh PT & Sports Medicine.......... 37

Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport................................ 31

Ground Round..................................................... 38

Trib Total Media.................................................. ifc

Hampton Inn Pittsburgh Airport........................ 40

Tyler Mountain Water......................................... 43

Heritage Valley Health System........................... 29

Wendy’s................................................................ 32

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