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Sports Men’s basketball schedule released

PAGE 15 | Iowa State Daily | Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Editor Nate Sandell | | 515.294.3148


When the ISU men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood this November, they will be facing one of toughest schedules the program has had in several years. Matchups against Duke and Notre Dame highlight a schedule that features games against nine 2009 NCAA Tournament teams. After playing Oregon State for the first two years of the Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series, Iowa State will now travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take on the Cal Bears. The Cyclones will participate in the Chicago Invitational, where they host games against Mississippi Valley State and Tennessee State before heading to Chicago for a pair of games. Iowa State caps off the non-conference season by traveling back to Chicago for a showdown with coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils in the United Center.

— Nate Sandell, Daily Staff Writer

Home games are in bold Nov. 2 7 p.m.

Black Hills State (Exh.)

Nov. 6 7 p.m.

UNC-Pembroke (Exh.)

Nov. 13

Idaho State 7 p.m.

Nov. 15

Chicago State 6 p.m

Nov. 17

at Drake 7 p.m.

Nov. 22 Mississippi Valley State (Chicago Invitational) 1 p.m. Nov. 24 Tennessee State (Chicago Invitational) 7 p.m. Nov. 27

St. Louis 5 p.m.

Nov. 28 Notre Dame/Northwestern at Chicago Invitational, Hoffman Estates, Ill. TBA Dec. 2

Northern Iowa 7 p.m.

Dec. 5 at California (Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series) TBA Dec. 1 Iowa (Hy-Vee CyHawk Series) 7 p.m. Dec. 20

Bradley 1 p.m.

Dec. 22

North Dakota 7 p.m.

Jan. 3

Houston 1 p.m.

Jan. 6 Duke (at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.) 9 p.m. Jan. 9 p.m.

North Dakota State 3

Jan. 13

Texas 7 p.m.

Jan. 16

at Nebraska 7 p.m.

Jan. 20

at Texas Tech

Jan. 23

Kansas 1 p.m.

Jan. 27

at Oklahoma 8 p.m.

Jan. 30

Colorado 8 p.m.

Feb. 3

at Baylor TBA

Feb. 6

Kansas State 1 p.m.

Feb. 10

at Missouri 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 13

at Kansas 7 p.m.

Feb. 17

Oklahoma State 7 P.M.

Feb. 20

Texas A&M 3 p.m.

Feb. 24

Nebraska 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 27

at Colorado 12:45 p.m.

March 2

Missouri 7 p.m.

March 6

at Kansas State 5 p.m.

March 10-13 Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship, Kansas City, Mo. TBA

ISU teams to hold walk-on meetings Both the ISU softball team and the ISU track and field team will be holding meetings this week to provide information for any student interested in participating in walk-on tryouts. The softball meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. today in the Hunziker Auditorium of the Jacobson Building. The track and field meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hixson-Lied Student Academic Success Center for both the women’s and men’s teams. Attendees should bring proof of insurance and proof of a physical.

— Daily Staff

Rising star cuts list of schools to 6 The Associated Press DES MOINES — The mother of Ames basketball star Harrison Barnes says he has narrowed his list of potential college choices to six schools. Shirley Barnes says her son, considered by many the top basketball player in the Class of 2010, is considering North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA and Iowa State. She says Barnes will make an official visit to North Carolina on the first weekend of September and to Duke the weekend of Oct. 23. Barnes’ visits to Kansas, Oklahoma and UCLA are still in the process of being arranged.

Trudy Vande Berg, assistant coach and recruitment manager of the volleyball team, is starting her first season at Iowa State and specializes in middle blocking techniques. The team is preparing forits first game Friday against UW-Milwaukee. Photo: Shing Kai Chan/Iowa State Daily

A new dimension in coaching staff Assistant coach brings experience to middle blockers By Travis J. Cordes Daily Staff Writer Thanks to the stunning career profiles of former players such as Erin Boeve and Jen Malcom, Iowa State has featured a recent string of powerful middle blockers. This has occurred despite the fact that the Cyclones have never had a coach with experience at the position during Christy Johnson-Lynch’s fouryear tenure in Ames. But they can’t say that anymore. The hiring of assistant coach Trudy Vande Berg from Duke this offseason gives Iowa State a knowledgeable coach with a strong background in the middle blocker position. Johnson-Lynch and Vande Berg’s relationship dates back several years, when they were assistants together at Wisconsin under current Nebraska

coach John Cook. “That was the one spot on our staff where we didn’t have anyone that played the position or was good at training it,” Johnson-Lynch said. “When I worked with her for two years, I was really impressed with the work she did.” So far, it appears as though her presence is already paying dividends to the ISU middles through only a couple of weeks of preseason practice. “It’s really nice to have a middles coach, someone who has played and coached middles their whole life,” said senior middle blocker Diane Kieger. “We’re getting tons of tips, and you can already tell the middles are getting better.” Vande Berg’s tenure with the Blue Devils spanned the last four seasons, the team making appearances in the NCAA Tournament each time, and she spent the two years prior to that coaching at Division II North Florida following her stint at Wisconsin. Vande Berg and Johnson-Lynch stayed in contact throughout their coaching endeavors since their time

in Madison, knowing there was always a chance for them to coach together again when the opportunity presented itself. The Cyclones plan to use Vande Berg’s knowledge and outgoing personality on the recruiting trail as well, as she has also taken up the majority of the recruiting responsibilities for the program. “She’s very social,” Johnson-Lynch said. “She just loves to talk and chat and loves recruiting and being on the road, which was another big reason we hired her. She has fit in very well so far, and I really trust her with recruiting.” Vande Berg, a 1999 graduate of UW-Milwaukee, has walked into an ideal situation for a new coach. Even with the departure of the standout Malcom after last season, the cupboard of middles is hardly bare. She has inherited players with both experience and youth, giving her a broad spectrum of talent with which to work. It starts with the experienced Kieger, as well as sophomore Deb Stadick, who is coming off a standout performance in last season’s NCAA

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Iowa State: volleyball assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and middle blockers coach Vande Berg Alma mater: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee North Florida: Assistant coach for two years Duke: Assistant coach and recruiting manager for four years

Tournament, and freshman Jamie Straube, the nation’s No. 22 ranked recruit last season. “There is unbelievable potential on top of the really good training these players have had already,” Vande Berg said. “They want to learn, they’re very enthusiastic, great athletes, really tall and generally good kids that want to work their butt off.”


Cyclone offense gets new image Editor’s note: This is the second of an eight-part series previewing the 2009 Cyclone football season By Chris Cuellar Daily Staff Writer With season tickets purchased, Cyclone jerseys crowding Ames shelves, and creatively toned beer cans being purchased by the pallet, Jack Trice Stadium is just over a week away from kicking off the 2009 Iowa State football season. Once the tailgates and discussions end, the games begin and the Cyclones are looking to a new coaching staff and new offensive system to bring some excitement to Saturday nights in Campustown. Newly minted captain Austen Arnaud is returning at quarterback to lead the Cyclone charge, while first year head coach Paul Rhoads and offensive coordinator Tom Herman attempt to give him the greatest opportunity to win that he’s had since he played with the Little Cyclones. A new version of the spread offense was implemented by Herman with success at perennial cellar dweller Rice University to the tune of 471 yards gained and 41 points scored per game, resulting in 10 wins last season. “The advantage to being in the spread is that we’re going to use every square inch of the field to our advantage,” Herman said. “The field is 54 yards wide, and 100 yards long, and they’ve only got 11 human beings to cover it,”. The spread offense, featuring a new no-huddle aspect, has been the talk of the offense. With Herman’s success and the pieces in place for the Cyclones, the season’s outlook is positive. “We’re not, and maybe never will be at Iowa State, capable of going in and playing football in a phone booth against the Texases and Oklahomas, but what we can do is spread them out and make sure that we’re using that space and numbers to our advantage,” Herman said. An offensive line that averages over 6-foot-3inches and 320 pounds will give Arnaud the largest

Tom Herman’s Rice offense versus last year’s ISU offense 2008 Iowa State Offense (Big 12) Points Per Game: 25.3 Passing Yards Per: 248.4 Rushing Yards Per: 138.4 First Downs Per: 20.1 Yards Per Play: 5.5 Time of Possession: 30:46 3rd Down Conversion: 38% Red Zone Scores: 71% Red Zone TDs: 50%

2008 Rice Offense (Conference USA) Points Per Game: 41.3 Passing Yards Per: 327.2 Rushing Yards Per: 143.7 First Downs Per: 25.9 Yards Per Play: 6.3 Time of Possession: 30:51 3rd Down Conversion: 51% Red Zone Scores: 89% Red Zone TDs: 81%

protection he’s seen in Ames, and dual-threat running back Alexander Robinson returns with tough running backups in Florida-transfer Bo Williams and redshirt freshman Jeremiah Schwartz. “My role on the field will be up to the coaches, I just want to try and go out there and do whatever they ask me to do, and do it to the best of my ability,” Robinson said. After more than 800 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 2008, Robinson looks fit and ready for another campaign, and not having to shoulder the load on every down should keep his legs fresh. Herman holds the same philosophy for the rest of the offense, since the team doesn’t have a specific star at any of the skill positions. Herman’s underdog mentality is meant to push the Cyclones toward success. “We expect by play eight or play nine of a long drive, or by the third or fourth quarter, that we’ll have worn down the defense to kind of compensate for some athletic deficiencies,” Herman said.

Tom Herman, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, leads a new, wide-open spread attack in his first year with the Cyclones. Throughout Herman’s last two seasons at Rice, the Owls broke more than 50 school records. Photo: Jay Bai/ Iowa State Daily

“A tired great athlete isn’t as good as our fresh good athlete.” Herman and Rhoads have worked tirelessly to try to match up the Cyclone offense with the 35 points per game the Big 12 tallied on average. Last year’s average of 25.3 points per game won’t cut it against the increasingly high powered offenses that span the region, and quarterback Arnaud under-

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