Volume 1 Issue 4 Jan. 2014
The Official Stetson Athletics Magazine
TEAM SUPPORT Lacrosse player Paige Levesque received an outpouring of support from her coaches and teammates last summer. Page 4.
CAJUN CONNECTION Before joining the Hatters, Kentwan Smith and Raymone Andrews were teammates at Louisiana-Lafayette. Page 8.
MIDSEASON BOOST Junior Myeisha Hall is providing a spark at just the right time for the Stetson women’s basketball team. Page 9.
INTO THE HALL Legendary Stetson coach Pete Dunn is headed into the Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Page 12. Also Inside: Palm Trees Planted at Patricia Wilson Field ...... p. 5 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Previews ...... pp. 6-7 Tip of the Hat ...... p. 14
About the Magazine #HootyHoo is a publication of the Stetson University Athletic Department. All rights reserved. Designed and edited by the Stetson Athletic Communications office, and Keith Allen. Photography by Jim Hogue, David Williams, PhotosInMotion.net, Vaughn Wilson, Stetson University, and Stetson Athletics. Printed by Independent Printing.
Paige Levesque Gets Teammate Support . . . . . . . . 4 Palm Trees Planted at Patricia Wilson Field . . . . . . 5 Women’s Tennis Season Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Men’s Tennis Season Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 MBB: The Louisiana Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 WBB: Myeisha Hall Provides Midseason Boost . . . 9 Winter/Spring Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Pete Dunn Set to Enter ABCA Hall of Fame . . . . . 12 Stetson Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
#HootyHoo Schedule: Issue 1: Aug.-Sept. 2013 - Commemorative Edition Issue 2: Oct. 2013 Issue 3: Nov. - Dec. 2013 - Homecoming Issue Issue 4: Jan. 2014 Issue 5: Feb. - March 2014 Issue 6: April - May 2014
Tip of the Hat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Meet the Future Hatters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 Hatters on the Air / ESPN3 Schedule . . . . . . . . . . 20 Back Page Commentary (Pete Dunn) . . . Back Cover
Volume 1 • Issue 4 Jan. 2014
Paige Levesque Supported By Lacrosse Teammates
It was quite a freshman season for Stetson University lacrosse player Paige Levesque in 2013. After recovering from ACL surgery and missing the entire fall season, the attacker recorded 17 goals and four assists en route to Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman Team and AllTournament Team honors. However, at the same time Levesque was having success on the field, she was battling health issues off the field. Beginning before she arrived on campus and continuing throughout the year, Levesque’s weight was fluctuating and she was always tired. She didn’t know why any of it was happening until she went to the doctor and found out she had Hashimoto’s disease, which causes a reduced level of thyroid function. That, in turn, meant that she wasn’t producing enough hormones to regulate her body. “It was difficult,” Levesque said of her freshman year. “It was like everything was happening at once. I was always tired, and I felt out of it.” When her condition had not improved after the spring season, Levesque saw a new doctor, who gave her an even-more distressing diagnosis. “When they first told me ‘you have cancer,’ I looked at my mom and said, ‘you knew that was going to happen.’”
She felt that everything over the course of that year was so difficult for her, so why would this diagnosis be any different? After letting it sink in for a while, Levesque called Stetson head coach Nicole Moore and assistant coach Brittany Dipper to break the news. “Calling the coaches was one of the most difficult things I had to do during this whole experience,” Levesque said. However, just as they had been throughout her freshman year, the Hatter coaches continued to be extremely supportive. “Knowing that support system was there was really helpful. It drove me to fight.” And fight she did. Levesque had her thyroid gland removed on June 17. Two weeks later, she had treatment that killed off much of the cancer, but it also made her very sick. Two weeks after that, she went in for a full body scan, which showed a few spots of cancer remained in her neck. The continued treatment eventually killed those off. All the while, Levesque’s coaches and teammates were providing constant support. “There were 20 of us on the team, so I was getting 19 texts repeatedly during the summer,” Levesque said. “They would ask ‘How are you?’ and would let me know they were thinking about me.
“Coach Moore sent pictures of little quotes almost every day,” Levesque added. They said things like ‘keep your head up’ and ‘stay strong.’” Two months into her sophomore year, Levesque went in for blood work and was told that she was cancer-free. In that moment, as you would expect, she couldn’t have been more excited. “I was like ‘Yeah! I beat this!’ Everyone was so excited, but then it was like, I’m cancer-free; now I should be able to do anything.” Now that Levesque has been given a clean bill of health, she isn’t taking anything for granted. Her biggest challenge is to continue to get healthy and into the shape she wants to be in for the start of the 2014 lacrosse season. Levesque knows that both individually and as a team, this upcoming season can be even better than last, and she credits her team with helping her to be a part of it. “I wouldn’t be this far along in the healing process if it wasn’t for this program,” she said. “Their support has been instrumental, and getting back to help this team has been a driving force for me to get better.”
Palm Trees Planted at Patricia Wilson Field
One of the most beautiful softball facilities in the nation just got a little prettier. This past summer, 18 new palm trees were added beyond the outfield fence at Patricia Wilson Field, the home of the Stetson University softball team. The additions were partially funded by donations to the program and bring another charming component to the beautiful landscaping at the facility. The Hatters have called Patricia Wilson Field home since the 2003 season and have compiled an all-time record of 303-135 (.692) over their 11 seasons. Last year, Stetson went 25-11 at home and hit a record 32 home runs.
The care and dedication shown by head coach Frank Griffin, head maintenance technician Steve Barnard, and former head maintenance technician George Marshall, as well as associate head coach Vanessa Bataille and assistant coach J.J. Payette, in maintaining Patricia Wilson Field never goes unnoticed by the Hatters, their fans or visiting fans. In addition, Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), the pre-eminent professional sports turf organization in the nation, has recognized Patricia Wilson Field with National College Softball Field of the Year awards in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. The National Fastpitch Coaches
Association (NFCA) has also named the facility its Field of the Year in 2004 and 2007.
Women’s Tennis Season Preview 2014 Schedule
Senior Diana Bukajeva
With the regular season just weeks away, the Stetson women’s tennis team is ready to take on the challenges that 2014 will have in store for them. After compiling an 11-10 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the A-Sun, the Hatters went all the way to the conference semifinals in 2013 before bowing out to ETSU. Stetson enters this year led by a trio of seniors in Lindsey Cable, MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell and 2013 A-Sun All-Conference Second Team member Diana Bukajeva, but also welcomes four freshmen and a sophomore transfer in Cari Berry. “We are looking forward to seeing them in competition,” said Stetson Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote. “I think Diana’s leadership as captain is going to help a lot, and as a coach you know that the seniors’ careers are going to come to an end, which is sad, but I am really going to try and appreciate every moment that they are on the court.” Stetson’s freshman quartet comprises Isabella Fernandez (Caracas, Venezuela), Marta Gonzalez (Vigo, Spain), Brittany Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.), and Carolina Meregalli (Milan, Italy). They will join last year’s A-Sun All-Freshman team members Eveline Lepinay and Andrea Crespo to form a talented crop of underclassmen. Two integral parts of the 2013 team that have seen their four-year careers come
to a close include Sara Lazarevic and Jen Miller, who last season earned Second Team All-Conference Honors. “It is of course big when you lose two integral parts of the team, but we recruited four freshmen that are working extremely hard and are highly motivated,” Pilote explained. “We will have 13 young women on our team with the addition of Cari Berry in January, so we have a very deep squad.” Stetson wrapped up a successful fall campaign following trips to the College of Charleston Invitational (Sept. 20 – 22), the Wake Forest Invite (Sept. 27 – 29), Florida State’s Bedford Cup (Oct. 10 – 13), and the Georgia Southern Invite (Oct. 25 – 27). “The fall went well, and we had some players that did well,” said Pilote. “The team had good results in each of the tournaments, and we learned about our new freshmen. I think they also learned about the level of Division I and what they are going to be competing against in the spring.” With more than a dozen players vying for a position in the starting lineup, the fall slate prepared Pilote’s team for a challenging 2014 schedule, which pits them against 24th-ranked Florida State right out of the gate. “The spring schedule is strong, and we start with a team that is 24th in the country,” Pilote said of FSU. “But again with the deep squad that we have, we are
Date Opponent Time JANUARY 19 Sun. at #24 Florida State 9:30 AM 19 Sun. at Florida A&M 2:00 PM 25 Sat. at Georgia Southern 12:00 PM FEBRUARY 1 Sat. South Alabama 12:00 PM 8 Sat. Florida International 12:00 PM 21 Fri. at Florida Atlantic 1:00 PM 25 Tue. Eastern Michigan 2:30 PM 27 Thu. Oakland 2:30 PM MARCH 1 Sat. at College of Charleston 10:00 AM 3 Mon. Niagara 11:00 AM 8 Sat. UNC Greensboro 12:00 PM 11 Tue. Illinois State 2:30 PM 14 Fri. * at USC Upstate 10:00 AM 15 Sat. * at ETSU 10:00 AM 19 Wed. * at Florida Gulf Coast 11:00 AM 22 Sat. * North Florida 2:00 PM 26 Wed. % vs. Miami (Ohio) 3:00 PM 28 Fri. * Mercer 4:00 PM 29 Sat. * Kennesaw State 10:00 AM APRIL 4 Fri. * at Lipscomb 1:00 PM 5 Sat. * at Northern Kentucky 11:00 AM 10 Thu. at UCF 2:00 PM 18-20 Fri.-Sun. at A-Sun Championship TBA MAY 9-11 Fri.-Sun. at NCAA Championship TBA * - Atlantic Sun Conference match % - Sarasota, Fla. All times Eastern and subject to change Home matches in bold and played at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center
looking for players to elevate their level of play and seize that opportunity.” After taking on the Seminoles and Florida A&M in Tallahassee (Jan. 19), the Hatters hit the road for a match at Georgia Southern (Jan. 25) before hosting their home opener against South Alabama, Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center. “This group should have an excellent chance of making the (A-Sun) final and winning the conference because of their depth,” Pilote said. “But it is really up to our athletes to elevate their game to make that happen.” The 2014 A-Sun Tournament will be held April 18-20, in Jacksonville.
Men’s Tennis Season Preview 2014 Schedule
Senior Hans Adrian Riseng
Fresh off their fall schedule, the Stetson men’s tennis team is now preparing for the 2014 regular season, which begins Saturday, Jan. 11, with a match at Georgia Tech. The Hatters return a lump sum of components to their 2013 squad, which saw them compile a 15-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference. “The beauty of our team is that anybody can pretty much be No. 1, so we expect each and every one to fight day in and day out so they can move up in the lineup,” said associate head coach Christophe Noblet. The Hatters completed a successful fall slate with appearances at the Southern Collegiate in Athens, Ga., as well as the Bedford Cup in Tallahassee. The team also competed in the Wake Forest Invitational and the ITF Future USA-F30, before returning to DeLand to train and prepare for what 2014 has in store for them. “The objective for the fall was for all of our guys to play as many matches as possible, and that’s exactly what we achieved,” Noblet explained. “We played four fall tournaments where each player basically had the chance to play two or three matches and the opportunity to make adjustments in their style.” Heading into the new year, Noblet’s hopes are high. With seven of the nine team members returning from a year ago
and freshman Graham Ball (Baie-D’Urfe, Quebec ) sprinkled into the mix, there’s no reason to think that this team can’t surpass last year’s success. “We have the skill set to be successful during the spring, and we are looking forward to having the chance to actually demonstrate that,” Noblet said. A few of those key returners include three A-Sun All-Freshman Team members in Cahit Kapukiran, Laurynas Antropikas and Simon Julin, who was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year. “I think what is exciting about having them back is they already know what to expect. They went through one season, and they know how challenging it is,” said Noblet about the talented corps of returners. One familiar face that won’t be on the court this season is Didrik Berg, who completed his four-year Stetson career in 2013, being named to the A-Sun AllConference Second Team, with Julin as his doubles partner. “Didrik was obviously a great player, but he was also a great leader as a senior captain,” Noblet said. “We will miss that, but I think Hans Adrian (Riseng) has stepped up pretty well to that leadership role this year as our only senior.” Following their matchup with the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, the Hatters return home for an alumni match, before heading back
Date Opponent Time JANUARY 11 Sat. at Georgia Tech 5:00 PM 18 Sat. Alumni Match 10:00 AM 24-26 Fri.-Sun. at ITF Future USA-F4 All Day FEBRUARY 2 Sun. Georgia Southern 1:00 PM 14 Fri. at Florida Atlantic 2:00 PM 28 Fri. #61 Georgia State 2:30 PM MARCH 3 Mon. Niagara 11:00 AM 5 Wed. South Alabama 2:00 PM 7 Fri. Presbyterian 9:00 AM 12 Wed. Appalachian State 2:30 PM 14 Fri. * at USC Upstate 2:00 PM 15 Sat. * at #67 ETSU 2:00 PM 18 Tue. Green Bay 2:00 PM 22 Sat. * #71 North Florida 10:00 AM 25 Tue. UAB 2:30 PM 28 Fri. * Mercer 12:00 PM 29 Sat. * Kennesaw State 2:00 PM APRIL 4 Fri. * at Lipscomb 9:00 AM 5 Sat. * at Northern Kentucky 2:00 PM 12 Sat. * at Florida Gulf Coast 1:00 PM 18-20 Fri.-Sun. at A-Sun Championship TBA MAY 9-11 Fri.-Sun. at NCAA Championship TBA * - Atlantic Sun Conference match All times Eastern and subject to change Home matches in bold and played at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center
on the road to compete in the ITF Future USA-F4 (Jan. 24-26) in Palm Coast, Fla. Stetson will have their official 2014 home opener Feb. 2 vs. Georgia Southern at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center. “Right now, we have three ranked teams on the schedule, but we should have five or six because three are not ranked right now but could be eventually,” Noblet explained of his team’s 2014 slate. “If we can face and embrace that challenge, we will be ready for the conference tournament.” The Hatters host No. 61 Georgia State Feb. 28 and No. 71 North Florida March 22. They will take on No. 67 ETSU on the road March 15 in Johnson City, Tenn. This year’s A-Sun Championship is scheduled for April 18-20 in Jacksonville.
The Louisiana Connection
Junior Kentwan Smith When Stetson men’s basketball head coach Corey Williams was hired to lead the Hatters this past June, the first thing he did was assemble his coaching staff. And one of the first things the new staff was charged with, including longtime collegiate coach Nikita Johnson, was to identify players who would help bolster the Hatters’ roster for the rapidly approaching season. Johnson immediately set his sights on two players that would be a perfect fit. “Raymone and Kentwan were the first two guys that I thought about bringing in,” he said. Raymone Andrews and Kentwan Smith were teammates at LouisianaLafayette during the 2011-12 season. The pair helped lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to their highest win total in nine years. Among the Lafayette coaches tutoring Andrews and Smith during the season was - you guessed it - Nikita Johnson. Having coached at LSU (2004-07) and Louisiana Tech (2007-10) before joining the Ragin’ Cajuns staff, Johnson said he was well aware of Andrews’ talents on the court before the two joined up in Lafayette. The point guard’s high school skills were well-known across the state, but it was what Johnson learned about Andrews during his time coaching him that made him one of the first things on his mind after getting to Stetson. “I knew Raymone was a tremendous young man who always took care of his academics,” Johnson said. “He was always a great leader, very focused, and an extremely hard worker. He was exactly
Senior Raymone Andrews Assistant coach Nikita Johnson
the type of student-athlete we wanted in our program here at Stetson.” Johnson shared a similar sentiment about Smith. “Kentwan is really a great young man. He’s extremely focused, he’s concerned about his academics, he wants to be a good player, and he is a talented basketball player.” Johnson had been around Smith since he played high school basketball in the Bahamas. He recruited him out of high school in Mississippi, and was an assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette for Smith’s one season with the Ragin’ Cajuns. “It definitely helped that we were all familiar with each other,” Johnson said of being able to get Andrews and Smith to join
the Stetson program as upperclassmen. “Knowing each other, and the trust that they had in me, made us realize that this was a great opportunity.” The comfortable nature of knowing one of their assistant coaches well certainly helped, but it was the friendship between Andrews and Smith that ultimately led to their decision to come to Stetson. “When Coach Johnson reached out to me, we talked about both Kentwan and I coming here,” Andrews said. “It helped me out knowing someone else that was going to be here.” “We kind of made the decision together to come here,” Smith added. “I hosted Kentwan on his recruiting visit to Lafayette, so we had a good bond from the beginning,” Andrews remembered. “That continued to grow once he came to school, and once we started practicing and playing together.” After spending one season on the same team, all three went their separate ways. Smith transferred to Otero Junior College in Colorado for a season, Andrews spent a year at Southeastern Louisiana and earned his bachelor’s degree, and Johnson took a season off from coaching. Since coming back together as integral parts of the Stetson men’s basketball program in Williams’ first season at the helm, the bond between them has grown even more. “We’ve become even closer since we’ve gotten here,” Smith said of his relationships with Andrews and Johnson at Stetson.
Myeisha Hall Gives Stetson a Midseason Boost Junior Myeisha Hall
No one can blame Myeisha Hall for being a bit nervous. It had been nearly 12 full months since the Stetson University junior had laced up her sneakers and put on a uniform. After transferring to Stetson in January and sitting out the NCAA-mandated two semesters, Hall made her Hatter debut on Dec. 17 and made an immediate impact in the Hatters’ 83-81 win over Charlotte at the Edmunds Center. “It felt good to be playing again, but I was extremely nervous,” Hall said about her debut. “It was my first official game in a year.” “I don’t think we would have won (that) game without her,” Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said. “Myeisha just came in and made some big plays for us.” A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Hall was the Florida Class 5A Player of the Year in 2010-11 for Palm Beach Lakes High School and was a highly sought-after recruit. Stetson was among the many teams expressing interest in Hall, but the McDonald’s All-American finalist had already made one key decision. “I turned down every school in Florida, because I had it in my mind that I wanted to go out of state,” Hall said.
Hall also wanted to go somewhere where she could play right away and somewhere with family nearby, so she selected Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Her freshman year at ODU had its ups and downs, but her performance was strong enough to land her on the Colonial Athletic Association all-tournament team. During her sophomore year, Hall had a change of heart about playing out-ofstate and decided she wanted to be closer to her family in Florida. When Bria learned of Hall’s release from ODU, she was quick to make contact. “When we heard she wanted to leave, we called Old Dominion and got the release,” Bria said. “At that point, we called her on the phone and asked if there was any interest, and immediately there was. She wanted to be closer to her family, and she knew about our system, so it was an all-around good fit.” Stetson was a good fit for Hall, too, as she wanted to attend a small school where she could focus on her academics. After transferring in midyear, Hall said her new Hatter teammates made her feel welcome immediately. She started practicing with the team and helped
them prepare for what would become a conference championship season. “That was my first time experiencing anything like that,” Hall said about the team capturing the A-Sun title. “It felt good to be a part of a winning program.” The first part of this season was filled with anticipation for Hall as she looked forward to getting back on the court and competing with her teammates. Despite the Hatters having a young and inexperienced squad, Hall says she has enjoyed seeing the results so far. “I think we are playing well together,” Hall said. “We really share the ball, and nobody is selfish. We play as a team.” While Hall is certainly excited to be back playing, her coach is equally excited to have her join the mix. “She brings so much to our team,” Bria said. “Defensively she is good, she rebounds the ball, and she hits shots. She really adds another dimension to our team. It is just a matter of getting her into the flow. It just takes some time and her playing games with us, but I think it is going to get better every game.” “If there is a rebound, or we need help scoring, or playing defense, I just want to help wherever I can,” Hall said.
Stetson Winter/Spring Sports Schedules Men’s Basketball
Date Opponent Time JANUARY 1 Wed. * Northern Kentucky 1:00 PM 5 Sun. * Florida Gulf Coast 1:00 PM 9 Thur. * at Jacksonville TBA 11 Sat. * at North Florida 7:00 PM 16 Thur. * ETSU 7:00 PM 18 Sat. * USC Upstate 1:00 PM 23 Thur. * at Kennesaw State 7:00 PM 25 Sat. * at Mercer 3:00 PM 31 Fri. * at Florida Gulf Coast 7:00 PM FEBRUARY 6 Thur. * North Florida 7:00 PM 8 Sat. * Jacksonville 1:00 PM 13 Thur. * at USC Upstate 7:00 PM 15 Sat. * at ETSU 4:00 PM 21 Fri. * Kennesaw State 7:00 PM 23 Sun. * Mercer 1:00 PM 27 Thur. * at Northern Kentucky 7:00 PM MARCH 1 Sat. * at Lipscomb 11:00 AM 4 Tue. Atlantic Sun Quarterfinals TBA 6 Thur. Atlantic Sun Semifinals TBA 9 Sun. Atlantic Sun Championship TBA
Date Opponent Time JANUARY 4 Sat. * at Florida Gulf Coast 7:05 PM 9 Thur. * USC Upstate 6:00 PM 11 Sat. * ETSU 1:00 PM 16 Thur. * at Mercer 7:00 PM 18 Sat. * at Kennesaw State 2:00 PM 23 Thur. * North Florida 7:00 PM 25 Sat. * Jacksonville 1:00 PM 30 Thur. * at Northern Kentucky 7:00 PM FEBRUARY 1 Sat. * at Lipscomb 5:00 PM 6 Thur. * at USC Upstate 7:00 PM 8 Sat. * at ETSU 1:30 PM 13 Thur. * Kennesaw State 7:00 PM 15 Sat. * Mercer 1:00 PM 20 Thur. * at North Florida 5:30 PM 22 Sat. * at Jacksonville 1:00 PM 27 Thur. * Northern Kentucky 7:00 PM MARCH 1 Sat. * Lipscomb 1:00 PM 8 Sat. * Florida Gulf Coast 1:00 PM 11 Tue. Atlantic Sun Quarterfinals TBA 15 Sat. Atlantic Sun Semifinals TBA 16 Sun. Atlantic Sun Championship TBA
Date Opponent Time MARCH 7 Fri. Tulane, Warner, FGCU TBA 8 Sat. Tulane, Warner, FGCU TBA 1 4-16 Fri.-Sun. Ron Jon Beach and Boards 21 Fri. * Florida Gulf Coast TBA 21 Fri. * Jacksonville TBA 22 Sat. * Florida Gulf Coast TBA 22 Sat. * Jacksonville TBA 25 Tue. * UNF (DH) 2:00 PM 29-30 Sat.-Sun. at Jacksonville Tournament APRIL 8 Tue. * at Mercer (DH) 12:00 PM 12-13 Sat.-Sun. at Fiesta on Siesta Key 19-20 Sat.-Sun. at Atlantic Sun Championship 26 Sat. TBA (scrimmage) 1:00 PM MAY 2-4 Fri.-Sun. at AVCA Nationals TBA
* - Atlantic Sun Conference game All times Eastern and subject to change Home games in bold and played at the Edmunds Center
Men’s Golf Date Tournament/Location FEBRUARY 15-17 Gary Freeman Invitational LPGA/Daytona Beach, Fla. MARCH 2-5 Harmony Intercollegiate Harmony Preserve/Kissimmee, Fla. 15-16 George Mason Invitational Mission Inn/Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 27-30 FAU Spring Break Invitational The Fountains CC/Palm Beach, Fla. APRIL 14-15 Wofford Invitational Spartanburg, S.C. 20-22 Atlantic Sun Championship Chateau Elan Resort/Braselton, Ga.
* - Atlantic Sun Conference game All times Eastern and subject to change Home games in bold and played at the Edmunds Center
Women’s Golf Date Tournament/Location FEBRUARY 16-18 JU Invitational Amelia Island GC/Amelia Island, Fla. MARCH 13-16 JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational Eagle Landing GC/Orange Park, Fla. 22-25 Morehead State Invitational Juliette Falls GC/Ocala, Fla. APRIL 5-6 Bash at the Beach LPGA/Daytona Beach, Fla. 14-16 Atlantic Sun Championship Pine Lakes GC/Jekyll Island, Ga.
* - Atlantic Sun Conference match All times Eastern and subject to change Home matches in bold and played at the Stetson Sand Volleyball Courts
Rowing Date Opponent/Location MARCH 8 Sat. Stetson Sprint #1 Lake Beresford, DeLand 15 Sat. Stetson Sprint #2 Lake Beresford, DeLand 22 Sat. Stetson Sprint #3 Lake Beresford, DeLand APRIL 5-6 Sat.-Sun. at FIRA Championships Sarasota, Fla. 19-20 Sat.-Sun. at SIRA Championships Oak Ridge, Tenn. 25-27 Fri.-Sun. at MAAC Championships Lake Mercer, N.J. MAY 9-10 Fri.-Sat. at Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, Pa. 30-J1 Fri.-Sun. at NCAA Championships Indianapolis, Ind. Women’s Tennis Schedule on Page 6 Men’s Tennis Schedule on Page 7
Stetson Spring Sports Schedules Baseball Date # Opponent Time FEBRUARY 14 Fri. Mississippi 6:30 PM 15 Sat. Mississippi 2:00 PM 16 Sun. Mississippi 12:00 PM 19 Wed. at FIU 5:00 PM 21 Fri. Boston College 6:30 PM 22 Sat. Boston College 2:00 PM 23 Sun. Boston College 1:00 PM 25 Tue. at Bethune-Cookman 6:30 PM 26 Wed. South Florida 6:30 PM 28 Fri. # Iowa 7:00 PM MARCH 1 Sat. # Furman 7:00 PM 2 Sun. # Maine 4:00 PM 4 Tue. at South Carolina 7:00 PM 5 Wed. at South Carolina 7:00 PM 8 Sat. Siena 6:30 PM 9 Sun. Siena 1:00 PM 9 Sun. Siena 6:30 PM 11 Tue. NC State 6:30 PM 12 Wed. Miami 6:30 PM 14 Fri. Yale 6:30 PM 15 Sat. Yale 2:00 PM 16 Sun. Yale 1:00 PM 21 Fri. * at ETSU 7:00 PM 22 Sat. * at ETSU 2:00 PM 23 Sun. * at ETSU 1:00 PM 26 Wed. Florida A&M 5:00 PM 28 Fri. * FGCU 6:30 PM 29 Sat. * FGCU 2:00 PM 30 Sun. * FGCU 1:00 PM APRIL 1 Tue. South Florida 6:30 PM 4 Fri. * at Northern Kentucky 3:00 PM 5 Sat. * at Northern Kentucky 1:00 PM 6 Sun. * at Northern Kentucky 1:00 PM
Date # Opponent Time APRIL 8 Tue. Bethune-Cookman 6:30 PM 11 Fri. * at Kennesaw State 6:00 PM 12 Sat. * at Kennesaw State 2:00 PM 13 Sun. * at Kennesaw State 1:00 PM 15 Tue. at South Florida 7:00 PM 17 Thu. * Lipscomb 6:30 PM 18 Fri. * Lipscomb 6:30 PM 19 Sat. * Lipscomb 1:00 PM 22 Tue. at Florida State 6:00 PM 23 Wed. at Florida State 4:00 PM 25 Fri. * at North Florida 6:00 PM 26 Sat. * at North Florida 1:00 PM 27 Sun. * at North Florida 1:00 PM MAY 2 Fri. * Jacksonville 6:30 PM 3 Sat. * Jacksonville 6:30 PM 4 Sun. * Jacksonville 1:00 PM 6 Tue. Florida State 6:30 PM 9 Fri. * at Mercer 6:00 PM 10 Sat. * at Mercer 2:00 PM 11 Sun. * at Mercer 1:00 PM 15 Thu. * USC Upstate 6:30 PM 16 Fri. * USC Upstate 6:30 PM 17 Sat. * USC Upstate 1:00 PM 21-25 Wed.-Sun. at A-Sun Championship TBA 30-J2 Fr.-Mon. at NCAA Regionals TBA JUNE 6-9 Fri.-Mon. at NCAA Super Regionals TBA 14-25 Sat.-Wed. at College World Series TBA # - Stetson Invitational * - Atlantic Sun Conference game All times Eastern and subject to change Home games in bold and played at Melching Field
Lacrosse Date Opponent JANUARY 24 Fri. & vs. Syracuse FEBRUARY 9 Sun. OREGON 13 Thur. COLORADO 21 Fri. CINCINNATI 27 Thur. OLD DOMINION MARCH 2 Sun. HOLY CROSS 5 Wed. at Coastal Carolina 8 Sat. SACRED HEART 11 Tue. SAINT JOSEPHâ€™S 17 Mon. WAGNER 21 Fri. at Marist 25 Tue. FLORIDA
Time 7:00 PM 1:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 1:00 PM 6:00 PM 1:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
Date Opponent Time APRIL 5 Sat. * at Kennesaw State 1:00 PM 12 Sat. * JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM 19 Sat. * at Detroit 12:00 PM 25 Fri. * ELON 4:00 PM 27 Sun. * HOWARD 1:00 PM MAY 2 Fri. at A-Sun Semifinals TBA 4 Sun. at A-Sun Finals TBA & - at ESPN WWOS, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. * - Atlantic Sun Conference match All times Eastern and subject to change Home matches in bold and played at the Athletic Training Center
Softball Date # Opponent Time FEBRUARY 7 Fri. 1 Michigan State 4:00 PM 7 Fri. 1 Rhode Island 6:30 PM 8 Sat. 1 Rhode Island 4:00 PM 8 Sat. 1 Michigan State 6:30 PM 14 Fri. 2 Delaware 6:30 PM 15 Sat. 2 Elon 6:30 PM 16 Sun. 2 Delaware 12:00 PM 16 Sun. 2 Bethune-Cookman 2:00 PM 22 Sat. Drexel (DH) 1:00 PM 28 Fri. 3 vs. Princeton 5:00 PM 28 Fri. 3 vs. College of Charleston 7:00 PM MARCH 1 Sat. 3 vs. UT Martin 1:30 PM 1 Sat. 3 vs. SIU-Edwardsville 6:00 PM 7 Fri. 4 Memphis 4:00 PM 7 Fri. 4 South Dakota 6:30 PM 8 Sat. 4 South Dakota 4:00 PM 8 Sat. 4 Memphis 6:30 PM 11 Tue. * USC Upstate (DH) 4:00 PM 12 Wed. * USC Upstate 4:00 PM 15 Sat. * at Mercer (DH) 1:00 PM 16 Sun. * at Mercer 1:00 PM 20 Thur. Marist (DH) 4:00 PM 22 Sat. * at ETSU (DH) 1:00 PM 23 Sun. * at ETSU 11:00 AM 26 Wed. Bethune-Cookman 6:00 PM 29 Sat. * Florida Gulf Coast (DH) 1:00 PM 30 Sun. * Florida Gulf Coast 1:00 PM APRIL 5 Sat. * at Northern Ky. (DH) 12:00 PM 6 Sun. * at Northern Ky. 11:00 AM 9 Wed. UCF 6:00 PM 12 Sat. * at Kennesaw State (DH) 1:00 PM 13 Sun. * at Kennesaw State 1:00 PM 18 Fri. * Lipscomb (DH) 12:00 PM 19 Sat. * Lipscomb 10:00 AM 22 Tue. at UCF 6:00 PM 26 Sat. * Jacksonville (DH) 2:00 PM 27 Sun. * Jacksonville 1:00 PM 30 Wed. * at North Florida (DH) 5:00 PM MAY 1 Thur. * at North Florida 2:00 PM 7-10 We.-Sat. at A-Sun Championship TBA 15-18 Th.-Sun. at NCAA Regionals TBA 22-25 Th.-Sun. at NCAA Super Regionals TBA 29-J4 Th.-Wed. at WCWS TBA - Stetson Lead-Off Classic, DeLand, Fla. 1 2 - Hatter Invitational, DeLand, Fla. 3 - UCF Tournament, Orlando, Fla. 4 - Stetson Classic, DeLand, Fla. * - Atlantic Sun Conference game All times Eastern and subject to change Home games in bold and played at Patricia Wilson Field
Baseball’s Pete Dunn Set to Enter ABCA Hall of Fame
Longtime Stetson baseball head coach Pete Dunn, along with six others, will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the 2014 ABCA Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet sponsored by Diamond on Friday, Jan. 3, in Dallas, Texas. The ceremony will take place at the Hilton Anatole. The seven coaches being inducted are Pete Dunn of Stetson University, Tink Larson of Waseca High School, Jack Leggett of Clemson University, Paul Mainieri of Louisiana State University, Jim O’Brien of L.A. Harbor College, Augie Schmidt IV of Carthage College, and Jimmie Wasem of Northwest Missouri State University. “It’s a tremendous honor and probably the highest honor that a college coach can have conferred upon him,” said Dunn. “It’s a result of being at an institution, the same institution in my case, that supports athletics in general and the baseball program in particular. “I’ve always tried hard to surround myself with good people, including
assistant coaches and student-athletes. I’ve been very fortunate to have an administration that believes in the program. The construction of Melching Field, for example, is a testament to the commitment of both the university and the community of DeLand to this program.” Set to begin his 35th season as head coach at Stetson, Dunn ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 1,228 victories. He has led the Hatters to 16 NCAA post-season appearances and eight conference championships, and has been named conference coach of the year six times. “You look at the people already inducted in the Hall of Fame, and to be mentioned in the same breath as some of those guys is pretty amazing,” said Dunn. “Coach (Ron) Fraser (of Miami), Mike Martin (Florida State), and guys like that here in the state of Florida that I’ve gotten to compete against and look up to, especially Coach Fraser. He took me under his wing when I was a young coach. Coach Fraser made a commitment early
on to play us regularly home - and home when he really didn’t have to. He was a big help in getting me to where I’m at now. “My family and I are looking forward to getting out to Dallas and going to the ceremony.”
STETSON SPIRIT Stetson Alma Mater Dear Alma Mater, Smile Upon Thy Children; Gladly We Greet Thee, Altogether Lovely; Peace Be Within Thy Classic Halls And Temples. Hail, Alma Mater Dear Dear Alma Mater, Tenderly Thy Children Gather And Bring To Thee Gracious Salutations; Comrades, Your Voices Lift Once Again In Chorus, Hail, Alma Mater Dear.
Stetson Fight Song Stetson U will win the game, Listen to our cheer, GO HATTERS! Shout the glory of your name, Spread it far and near, YEA HATTERS! Alma mater praise to thee And our teammates true, GO HATTERS! Marching on to victory Let’s GO, HATTERS, GO!
Stetson Cheer Razzmatazz Razzmatazz Hatter Hooty Hoo We are STETSON Who the heck are you? Hullaballoo Hat Knuckle Flim flam flop We are STETSON And we can’t be TOPPED
Tip of the Hat: Graham Breaks Record and Payne Honored Stetson men’s basketball senior Aaron Graham has etched his name into the Hatters record books multiple times this season. With his second 3-pointer against UNC Greensboro on Nov. 27, Graham broke the Stetson all-time record for 3-pointers in a career with his 181st. The senior guard recorded two of the best single-season 3-point performances in school history when he tallied 68 as a sophomore (2nd) and 66 as a junior (3rd). With 22 makes from beyond the arc this season, Graham has upped his career total to 188. Graham added to his milestone march in the Hatters’ home-opener against Davidson on Nov. 30. Scoring 15 points against the Wildcats, he eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his career at Stetson. Graham became the 32nd player in program history to hit the century mark and the first since A.J. Smith achieved the feat from 2006 to 2010.
Senior Aaron Graham
When the Pioneer Football League named its major award-winners for the 2013 season on Dec. 2, the Stetson Hatters were represented in the select group of honorees by Donald Payne. A redshirt freshman defensive back from Fayetteville, Ga., Payne was named the league’s Defensive Freshman of the Year. Payne, a three-time PFL Defensive Player of the Week during the season, also earned All-PFL First Team honors. Payne finished the year with a teamhigh 113 tackles, including 71 solo stops. He tied for most overall tackles in the PFL, and led the league in solo stops. He ranked second in the PFL with 16 tackles for losses of 86 yards including 4.5 sacks, which tied for 16th in the league. He forced two fumbles and recovered three, had a pair of interceptions, and was credited with 12 pass breakups. He ranked third in the PFL in passes defended. Joining Payne with PFL all-conference honors were Chris Atkins, Mike Yonker, Davion Belk and James LaGamma.
2013-14 Honors (November-December) Cross Country A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team.....................................................Andrew Epifanio Football PFL co-Special Teams Player of the Week................................... Ryan Powers (Nov. 18) PFL Defensive Freshman of the Year.......................................................... Donald Payne PFL First Team All-Conference.................................................................... Donald Payne PFL Second Team All-Conference.................................................................. Chris Atkins PFL Honorable Mention All-Conference...... Mike Yonker, Davion Belk, James LaGamma Men’s Soccer Capital One Academic All-District Team..................................................Andreas Schnabl A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team.............................. Evan Jimmo, Andreas Schnabl A-Sun Second Team All-Conference.............................................................. Evan Jimmo NSCAA Team Academic Award..............................................................................Stetson Volleyball A-Sun Freshman of the Week.............................. Tiffany Creamer (two times, Nov. 4, 11) A-Sun Second Team All-Conference............................................................ Kaley Melville A-Sun All-Freshman Team........................................................................ Tiffany Creamer Women’s Basketball A-Sun Player of the Week.....................Sasha Sims (Nov. 25), Brianti Saunders (Dec. 9) A-Sun Newcomer of the Week......Brianti Saunders (Nov. 18, 25), Amber Porter (Dec. 9) Women’s Golf A-Sun Golfer of the Week........................................................... Alessandra Kutz (Nov. 6) Women’s Soccer A-Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year............................................................. Danielle Hurme A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team...............................Danielle Hurme, Alyssa Welsh A-Sun First Team All-Conference..................................................................Amber Grose Capital One Academic All-District Team....................................................... Alyssa Welsh NSCAA Team Academic Award..............................................................................Stetson
Meet Your Future Hatters: Stetson’s 2013-14 Fall Signees Baseball (8) Austin Hale (Maitland, Fla.) Hale, a 6-0 catcher, was ranked as the No. 500 recruit nationally and the No. 85 catcher by Perfect Game. He batted .270 with five doubles, one home run and 15 RBI in 27 games as a junior at Trinity Prep, and he did not commit an error in over 150 chances behind the plate. Garrett Hall (DeLand, Fla.) Hall, a 6-1 infielder, earned first-team allcounty honors as a junior after batting .378 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 23 games for DeLand High School. He also posted a .417 on-base percentage and .506 slugging percentage.
after helping lead Gainesville High to a state regional quarterfinal appearance. He posted a 3-2 record with a 3.24 ERA, striking out 45 batters in 49.2 innings. At the plate, he batted .328 with four doubles, one triple and nine RBI playing as a first baseman and third baseman. Brooks Wilson (Lakeland, Fla.) Wilson, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher and infielder, was named second-team allcounty as a junior at Lakeland Christian after hitting .333 at the plate and posting a 1.68 earned run average on the mound. He struck out 58 batters, and helped lead LCS to three straight district championships.
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Seddon Henry (Lake Wales, Fla.) Henry, a 5-9 infielder, batted .350 as a junior. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Florida Baseball Academy 18U team. Ben Onyshko (Winnipeg, Manitoba) Onyshko, a 6-2 left-handed pitcher, is one of the premier prep pitchers in Canada. He is currently a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, and toured the United States, Australia and Taiwan during the summer and fall of 2013. He is ranked as the No. 12 prospect in Canada for the 2014 MLB Draft by the Canadian Baseball Network. Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) Reid, a 6-2 outfielder, will transfer to Stetson from the State College of Florida in Bradenton. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons playing for the Florida Gators, and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll both years. He appeared in 32 games as a redshirt freshman in 2013, batting .275 with one double and four RBI. Reid is a 2011 graduate of Port St. Lucie High. Shelton Schimming (DeLand, Fla.) Schimming, a 6-1 outfielder, was ranked as the No. 474 recruit nationally and No. 89 outfielder by Perfect Game. He batted .299 as a junior at DeLand High with six doubles, one triple, 18 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 24 games. He also owned a .419 on-base percentage. Will Whitlock (Gainesville, Fla.) Whitlock, a 6-4 right-handed pitcher, was named second-team all-area as a junior
Men’s Golf (1)
Chase Levesque (Plant City, Fla.) Chase Levesque is a senior at Durant High School in Plant City, Fla., where he has lettered as a member of the golf team for four years, including serving as the team captain this year. He has twice been named Player of the Year and, in 2011, he was a first-team All-County selection by both The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times.
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Jonathan Joseph (Orlando, Fla.) Joseph, a 6-5 wingman, led Orlando Christian Preparatory School to the Florida 2A State Championship as a junior in 2012-13, and the team is the favorite for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Grant Lozoya (Westlake, Calif.) Lozoya attended Westlake High School before spending a postgraduate season at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. The 6-2 shooting guard led Westlake to a 28-6 record as a senior in 2012-13 while earning All-State, All-League, and AllCounty honors. Divine Myles (Mobile, Ala.) Myles, a 5-10 point guard, was named Alabama Class 6A All-State last season as a junior after leading Blount High School to the state finals with 10 assists per game. Wyatt Sikora (Key Largo, Fla.) Sikora, a 6-10 forward and brother of current Hatter junior Kyle Sikora, played high school ball at Florida Christian School in Miami. An All-Dade County selection by The Miami Herald, Sikora averaged 14 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks as a junior in 2012-13.
Graham Ball (Quebec, Canada) Ball has been ranked as high as sixth in Canada, and was a finalist in both the Provincial Selections Tournament and the Provincial Championship in recent years. With a 22-8 singles record and a 7-2 double mark in 2013, Ball will add talent and depth to the Stetson lineup.
Chelsea Hostetler (Dayton, Texas) Hostetler, a 5-5 right-handed pitcher and utility player, earned first-team alldistrict honors for Dayton High School last season. She hit five home runs for the Lady Broncos, and was named team MVP. Hostetler also played travel ball with the Houston Power U18 squad, where she was 9-4 with a 2.11 ERA. She struck out 87 batters while pitching 108 innings.
Meet Your Future Hatters: Stetson’s 2013-14 Fall Signees Amanda Peck (Wellington, Fla.) Peck, a 5-6 switch-hitting outfielder, was named a first-team all-conference selection and a second-team all-county and allarea performer at Wellington High School last season. As a freshman, she helped lead her team to a district and regional championship and her school’s first-ever appearance in the state tournament, and she earned second-team all-conference recognition.
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Women’s Golf (2)
Jasmin Vasquez (Houston, Texas) Vasquez, a 5-7 left-handed hitting outfielder, was named first-team AllGreater Houston and first-team all-district as a junior at Bellaire High School. She helped lead her team to a district championship and the regional semifinals.
Keevana Edwards (Atlanta, Ga.) Edwards, a 5-11 wing/forward, was named to the all-region team last season, and helped lead Wesleyan School to its sixth consecutive Georgia State Championship. She averaged 10 points and six rebounds a game, and was selected to play in the junior all-star game. This year, she earned preseason all-county honors as a senior.
Paige Kemp (Essex, England) An accomplished all-round athlete who has participated in multiple sports in high school, Kemp was captain of the Essex girls’ team in 2012, eventually leading the squad to capture the English National Championship. She also finished as runner-up at both the East of England Ladies Championships and U18s Scottish Girls Invitational. Kemp set a course record at the East Herts Golf Club while playing in the East of England U18s.
Volleyball/Sand Volleyball (2)
Jessica Armstrong (Jupiter, Fla.) Armstrong, a 6-3 middle blocker and outside hitter, helped lead The Benjamin School to a 23-3 record and its third straight district championship this past fall. She recorded 544 kills, 296 digs, 129 blocks, and 148 aces in her career, earning firstteam all-area honors as a junior from both the Sun Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post. Armstrong also led her club Tribe 17 team to a bronze medal at the 2013 junior olympic national tournament while playing up an age group in the 18 American division. Rachel Mathison (Tampa, Fla.) Mathison, a 6-0 outside hitter, recorded 657 kills, 446 digs, 68 blocks and 49 aces during her career at George Steinbrenner High School. She was a first-team twoteam all-conference selection and, as a senior, helped lead her team to a regional championship and the Florida Class 7A State Tournament. In USA Beach Volleyball events, Mathison placed second at the 2012 East End Volleyball tournament and third at the 2013 Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association tournament.
Lashai Geeter (Detroit, Mich.) Geeter, a 5-11 wing player, helped lead MLK Senior High School to back-to-back Detroit Public School League Championships. As a junior, she averaged 15 points and eight rebounds a game, helping lead her team to a 21-1 record, a No. 2 ranking in the state of Michigan, a regional championship, and the quarterfinals of the Class A State tournament. Brittany Jenkins-Murray (Falls Church, Va.) Jenkins-Murray, a 6-3 forward and LaSalle University transfer, helped lead Riverdale (Md.) High School to a 39-2 overall record and the ESPN National High School Invitational title. Sarah Sagerer (Vocklabruck, Austria) Sagerer, a 6-3 wing, helped lead Olentangy Orange (Ohio) High School to a 26-3 record and the semifinals of the Division I Ohio State tournament last year. This past August, she averaged 13.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks while playing for her native Austria at the U18 European Championships. Aisha Turner (College Park, Ga.) Turner, a 5-7 guard and Clemson University transfer, averaged 6.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds as a freshman in 201213. She scored in double figures a total of six times, with a season high 14 coming against NC State in the regular-season finale. Turner was also a McDonald’s AllAmerica Team nominee at Westlake HS.
Eilidh Watson (Dollar, Scotland) Watson won the Junior Centenary trophy four straight years, while also playing first foursomes and second singles for the Perth and Kinross Ladies County team. Additionally, she reached the quarterfinals of the U23 Match Play Championship, losing on the final hole.
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Alizee Michaud (Orlando, Fla.) Michaud is a native of France, but calls Orlando home, where she attends Dr. Phillips High School. This past spring she won the Florida Class 4A individual state championship with an undefeated singles season, and was named Florida High School Player of the Year. Michaud became just the second Dr. Phillips player to win the state championship and just the 12th girl from the Central Florida area to achieve the feat in the 75-year history of the tournament.
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Hatters on the Airwaves For the 2013-14 season, the Stetson men’s and women’s basketball games will once again be heard on the radio at WSBB 1230 AM New Smyrna Beach, 1490 AM DeLand, MyAM1230.com and the new WSBB iPhone and Android app. The network is scheduled to carry all 30 regular-season men’s basketball games, plus a minimum of 14 games for the defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion women’s basketball team. In addition to the radio broadcasts of the games, all Stetson men’s and women’s home games will be available online through HatterVision, and road conference games can be seen on ASun.TV. Here are short bios on the voices you will be hearing during the 2013-14 basketball seasons. Robbie Aaron Robbie Aaron, director of broadcasting and media relations for the Daytona Cubs over the past four years, returns for his second season as the play-by-play announcer for Stetson Men’s Basketball. In 2013, in addition to broadcasting for the Daytona Cubs, Aaron joined Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies on a Chicago Cubs TV broadcast at Wrigley Field, and did the same in 2012 with the New York Mets and broadcasters Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Kevin Burkhardt. In 2011, Aaron not only broadcast all 146 Daytona Cubs games, including the FSL Championship, but was also honored by being elected to broadcast the 2011 FSL AllStar game in Clearwater for MiLB. Aaron broadcast for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2010, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, serving as the studio host and producer on ESPN radio of the Lehigh Valley. Aaron has also worked for SNY, the TV home of the New York Mets, WFAN, sports radio 660AM in New York, and has broadcast in the Cape Cod League for the Harwich Mariners. Aaron is a 2009 graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and is a native of Port Washington, N.Y., on Long Island.
The Stetson men’s basketball team will be showcased on ESPN3 a total of nine times during the 2013-14 season, and the Stetson women’s basketball team will be featured a minimum of five times via ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app for mobile devices. ESPN3 and WatchESPN are available to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV or Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision or Cox Communications. The app is available free to download for Android devices from the Google Play store and Amazon Appstore and for Apple devices from the App Store, streamed on televisions via Xbox and Apple TV, as well as online via WatchESPN.com. Here is a composite schedule of the games where Stetson will be featured on ESPN3:
Hatters on ESPN3 Date Sport Opponent Time Jan. 4 Women’s BKB at Florida Gulf Coast 7:00 pm Jan. 5 Men’s BKB Florida Gulf Coast (CSS) 1:00 pm Jan. 18 Women’s BKB at Kennesaw State 2:00 pm Jan. 23 Men’s BKB at Kennesaw State 7:00 pm Jan. 31 Men’s BKB at Florida Gulf Coast (CSS) 7:00 pm Feb. 1 Women’s BKB at Lipscomb 5:00 pm Feb. 6 Women’s BKB at USC Upstate 7:00 pm Feb. 13 Men’s BKB at USC Upstate 7:00 pm Mar. 1 Men’s BKB at Lipscomb 11:00 am Mar. 6 Men’s BKB A-Sun Semifinals (CSS) TBA Mar. 9 Men’s BKB A-Sun Championship (ESPN2) TBA Mar. 15 Women’s BKB A-Sun Semifinals TBA Mar. 16 Women’s BKB A-Sun Championship (CSS) TBA CSS - Game also televised on CSS ESPN2 - Game also televised on ESPN2
Ryan Rouse No stranger to fans of Stetson Athletics, Ryan Rouse has been the voice of Stetson Baseball for the past two seasons in addition to serving in a play-by-play role for men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball games. Last year, he partnered with Robbie Aaron on broadcasts of Stetson men’s basketball games, and he is set to move into the role of play-by-play voice for the Stetson women’s hoops team this year. A native of Sarasota, Rouse is a 2009 graduate of UCF, where he majored in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication. During his time at UCF, he served as director of broadcasting for Knightcast Student Radio, and he has also done work for both the Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Rays.
For 40 years I’ve called Stetson and DeLand home in some capacity – student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach. I am proud and privileged to have the opportunity to be the baseball coach for the past 35 years at Stetson, my alma mater! This month my family and I will travel to Dallas for my induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. It’s the highest honor that a college coach can receive. I’m very humbled by this award, and I realize that I wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity if not for the efforts and support of many key people. I’d like to take a moment and publicly thank some of them. First and foremost are my parents. My dad loved baseball and passed the love of the game along to me at a very young age. Both mom and dad made sacrifices to provide me the opportunity to pursue my passion. Although I don’t recall playing catch in the backyard with my dad when I was a kid, both he and mom made sure I got to every practice as well as being in the stands at every game I played as a youngster. Later they watched me play college ball as a Hatter and shared my excitement of signing a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals in 1970. They’re both gone now, dad in ’84 and mom in ’04, but I know they’d be proud of the Hall of Fame induction. One of the first people I can identify as having made a tremendous impact on my coaching career was Jim Ward, my coach at Stetson. Coach Glenn Wilkes hired him in the spring of 1968 to turn the program around, and I was lucky enough to be a member of his first recruiting class. Coach Ward had a tremendous baseball mind. He not only improved our physical skills but instilled in us an appreciation for the mental aspect and being students of the game. He taught me to think and analyze the game, not just play it. Legendary Hall of Fame coach Ron Polk also made an impact upon my career for which I can’t thank him enough. With the end of my professional career imminent, he offered me a graduate assistant coaching position at Georgia Southern where he had just accepted the head coaching position. The first year I was there he gave me responsibility of the pitching staff, among other things. He had confidence in me that, in spite of my age and inexperience, I could handle the job. My initial year in college coaching culminated with a trip to Omaha and a fifth place finish in the College World Series. After completing my Master’s degree at Georgia Southern I coached for three years at Apopka High School before returning to DeLand as coach Ward’s assistant in the fall of 1977. Two years later coach Ward unexpectedly accepted the head coach position at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. My career here at Stetson would’ve never gotten off the ground without the confidence and support of two Stetson legends – Dr. Pope Duncan and Dr. Wilkes. Dr. Duncan, who coincidentally was the president at Georgia Southern while I was there, was now the president at Stetson, and coach Wilkes was the Director of Athletics. When coach Ward departed, both men had the confidence that I was ready to lead the program, and they offered me the job without opening up the position for a national search. In the summer of 1979, at the age of 31, I became the head baseball coach at Stetson University! I’ve always surrounded myself with good people, especially assistant coaches. All these individuals, past and present, are definitely responsible for the success of the program. I owe a sincere “thank you” to each and every one of them, many of whom have gone on to head coaching positions on the high school and college level. And, of course, the people most responsible are the players who have played with passion and a love of the game as well as a love of Stetson University. They all share this award. Most importantly I have to thank my family for their love and encouragement during this run. Debbie, Rayni, Mark, Taylor and Emily have made tremendous sacrifices and have been so supportive along the way. Coaching is a rewarding profession but tough on the family at times. But they’ve been there for me with unconditional love during the recruiting, long road trips, the wins and the too many losses. I could never adequately express my love and gratitude for all they’ve done for me and my career. It’s been an amazing ride at Stetson University, and while it isn’t over yet, I know the end is growing nearer. I’m not one of those coaches who want to coach until he dies. I have other interests: Taylor and Emily are still young, Debbie loves to travel, and I love to fish. When the time comes, I want to turn the program over to good hands and still be in good enough health to enjoy my retirement. And lastly, to you fans, alums, season ticket holders, and all the members of the Stetson Baseball Family, I want to say “thanks” for all you’ve contributed over the years to the success and excitement of Stetson Baseball. I hope to see many of you out at Melching Field in 2014, and especially at our opening game against Ole Miss on Feb. 14. Go Hatters! Pete Dunn Stetson University Baseball Head Coach