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Like her predecessor, Rachael Milliman has not coached a minute of high school girls basketball. Like Mallory Youngblut, the 29-year-old Milliman grew up in the Catholic school system, has been immersed in the game her entire life and had a passion to mentor young people. And like Youngblut, Milliman has the challenge of sustaining a program that has been the crown jewel of the Mississippi Athletic Conference for the past decade. Milliman was named Wednesday afternoon as Davenport Assumption’s girls basketball coach, the fourth individual to occupy the position in the past five years. “I can’t stop smiling today,” said Milliman, who takes over for Youngblut after she resigned this spring to become an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of North Dakota. “I’m extremely excited about this opportunity, and I am looking forward to getting back into a gym. “It was a major part of my life for so many years. It has been a goal and dream of mine at some point to be a high school coach.” A two-time state champion in basketball at Luke Powers Catholic High School in Flint, Mich., Milliman (formerly Carney) played two seasons at Michigan before transferring to DePaul. She averaged just more than 2 points and 16 minutes a game during DePaul’s Sweet 16 run in 2006. “I owe it to this senior class that I can do everything in my power to get us back to that state championship,” she said. “Any team that three-peats, that is an incredible feat. I realize there is a lot at stake, but I’m hoping we can rise to the challenge and see a lot of success. I’m a firm believer it comes from leadership, and a lot of times it starts with your seniors.” Milliman plans to utilize what she calls a run-and-gun style. “I’m looking for high-intensity basketball,” she said. “Personally, it is what I like and certainly it is more fun to watch for the fans.” She’ll meet the players and their parents for the first time tonight. “Rachael has been successful in everything she’s done - her personal life and work life,” King said. “She’ll be an awesome role model for the kids and our girls basketball program.”
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THE COLLEGIATE WOMEN SPORTS AWARDS PRESENTS 2013 HONDA CUP TO KEILANI RICKETTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA LOS ANGELES, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Keilani Ricketts, who uniquely dominated collegiate softball with her pitching and hitting, is the 2013 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and recipient of The Honda Cup. Ricketts was presented the prestigious award tonight in a live telecast on ESPNU from USC’s Galen Center Founders Club in downtown Los Angeles. “Keilani is a great person to represent collegiate women’s sports, and softball in particular as it looks to re-enter the Olympic programme. When we showcase the nation’s best of the best in collegiate athletics live on ESPNU, we are delighted to honor an athlete like Keilani,” said Jean Lenti Ponsetto, CWSA Chairwoman of the Board and Athletics Director at DePaul University. “Keilani is a special athlete, and one who is very deserving of the 2013 Honda Cup.” Ricketts was a finalist for the Honda Cup in 2012, and is a two-time winner of the Honda Sports Award for softball. The University of Oklahoma senior was selected by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 37th year, from a trio of finalists that included basketball’s Elena Delle Donne of the University of Delaware, the 2012 Honda Inspiration Award recipient; and LSU sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan. Also honored were the top Division II athlete, Kari Daugherty of Ashland University, another two-time honoree, and Division III’s Allyson Fournier, a softball player at Tufts University. “I would like to thank Honda for sponsoring and for the CWSA to appreciate us as collegiate athletes,” said Ricketts. “We really do feel appreciated. I’ve had a blast so far. Congratulations to all of the recipients just because all of them have had amazing seasons. It’s awesome to be able to experience this with them. My teammates helped me stay determined. Winning the Honda Cup has been great to represent my school and my state. I wouldn’t be here without the people of Oklahoma. They have motivated me to be prideful to use softball to represent them well.” Ricketts led her No 1-ranked Oklahoma team both from the circle and at the plate, taking the Sooners to their second straight Women’s College World Series and the 2013 NCAA title. With her unique skill set as a pitcher and hitter, she has been called “her sport’s Babe Ruth,” and is looked to as the future face of softball. She has likened comparisons to softball legend Lisa Fernandez, a former Honda Cup winner from UCLA. After pitching a career high 12 innings and bringing her team to a game one win in its best-of-three final series against Tennessee, Ricketts took the night off from the circle in game two, serving as the designated player and hitting a home run with 4 RBIs to help garner the title for the Sooners. Early in the WCWS, to help get her team to the final series, she threw a no-hitter and struck out 12 against Michigan. A dominating presence at 6-foot-2, she was 35-1 on the season, starting all 56 games (36 at pitcher and 20 at DP), and earned 2013 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors. Ricketts ranked No. 8 in the nation in ERA (1.23) and No. 6 in strikeouts (350). She has played for the U.S. National team and came to Oklahoma as the youngest of four athletic children in San Jose, California. Her older sister, Samantha, played for Patty Gasso at Oklahoma before Keilani and it was Samantha who first noticed her 6-foot 13-year old sister could be a special talent. At sports powerhouse high school Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Ricketts played varsity basketball as a freshman and varsity softball not until her sophomore year, when she quickly garnered national attention. She ended her senior prep season 22-0, leading her school to the 2009 national softball championship. Ricketts, Duncan and Delle Donne emerged as the CWSA’s “Best of the Best” on the Road to the 2013 Honda Cup that included Honda Sports Award Winners in 12-NCAA sanctioned sports. The Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.
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MANY DREAMS. ONE MISSION. - THE CAMPAIGN FOR DEPAUL UNIVERSITY The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign for DePaul University is an historic initiative undertaken in support of one of America’s great universities. It will ensure that DePaul continues to deliver on our founding promise: an excellent education for any talented student who seeks it. The Campaign supports dreams. Students come to DePaul from across the country and around the world. Their dreams are many and varied, individual to each, as our students come from all stations in life. Many are the first in their family to attend college. The realization of their dreams gives rise to new dreams and strong communities.The Campaign supports DePaul’s mission, a mission which blends opportunity and excellence, inquiry and discovery, service to the individual and benefit to the larger community. It is manifested in the work that goes on here every day, in libraries, classrooms, laboratories, practice rooms and on the stage in hours of solitude and moments of connection ATHLETICS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN SURPASSES $10 MILLION MARK Athletics provides an avenue of opportunity for students at DePaul. Athletics also helps build community and enhance DePaul’s reputation locally and nationally. As part of DePaul’s Many Dreams. One Mission. Campaign, Athletics is charged with raising $14 million. Strategically, goals have been set to raise the gifts to support scholarship endowment, facility improvements and programmatic support. As of March 15, DePaul Athletics had raised nearly 10.2 million dollars INSURE OPPORTUNITY FOR TOMORROW, TODAY THROUGH SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENTS
DePaul Athletics fundraising efforts have focused on endowing scholarship and programming needs. Annually athletics spends nearly $5 million on scholarship expenses for its more than 200 student-athletes. By endowing scholarships, DePaul Athletics has the opportunity to enhance scholarships in some sports and redistribute available funding to maximize the department’s resources. A named scholarship requires a gift of $50,000. All gifts can be made in pledges over five years. Planned giving opportunities are also available. For more information, call Thad Dohrn at 773-325-7240.
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