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Rebecca Gerevics Junior

Josh Fabijance Redshirt Junior

Brittany Jones Junior


Zachary Szabo

Sophomore • 2009 All-MAC Smallbore Honorable Mention • 2009 All-MAC Academic Team • 2009 All-MAC Rookie Team

Rebecca Gerevics

Junior • All-MAC Air Rifle Second Team

Ryan Stein

Sophomore • 2009 All-MAC Air Rifle Honorable Mention • 2009 All-MAC Rookie Team

Brittany Jones

Junior • 2009 All-MAC Air Rifle Second Team • 2009 All-MAC Academic Team

2009 Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Champions


With the completion of the $300 million “Landscape for Learning” initiative, The University of Akron has become one of the most modern and up-to-date campuses in the Mid-American Conference. Among the newly-constructed buildings were a Student Union, Recreation and Wellness Center and Field House (all pictured).

Both the local and national community have taken notice of The University’s commitment to excellence as the following events have taken place at the buildings over the last two years: • Big East Track and Field Championship • Akron Roadrunner Marathon Expo • NFL Hall of Fame Game practice facility

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Student Union

Lee Jackson Field

Stile Athletics Field House - Exterior

Recreation Center - Fitness Area

Stile Athletics Field House -Strength and Conditioning Center

Stile Athletics Field House - Practice Field


Jenna Compton

Sophomore • 2009 NCAA Individual Air Rifle Champion • 2009 All-MAC Academic Team • 2009 All-MAC Rookie Team


Table of Contents

Quick Facts/Directory.................................................... 1 Media Information/Credits............................................ 1 .

The University

City of Akron, Ohio........................................................ 2 The Akron Advantage.................................................... 3 Colleges and Law School.............................................. 4 Diversity and Student Support.....................................5 Dr. Luis M. Proenza, President......................................6 2009 Board of Trustees................................................ 7 UA Athletics Director Tom Wistrcill..............................8 Akron Athletics Success.................................................. 9 Athletics Mission Statement........................................ 10

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2009-10 Season

Head Coach Newt Engle............................................ 11 Roster............................................................................. 12 Athlete Biographies...............................................13-19 Seniors....................................................................... 13 Juniors ....................................................................... 14 Sophomores........................................................15-18 Freshmen ............................................................18-19

2008-09 Wrap Up

Results............................................................................. 12 Postseason Review.................................................19-20

Akron Media Relations Contacts Rifle SID_ ___________________Rita Chinyere E-Mail_ ____________ rc46@zips.uakron.edu Office Phone_____________ (330) 972-7171 Assistant AD, Media Relations___ Mike Cawood E-Mail_ _____________ cawood@uakron.edu Assistant Director_____________ Amanda Aller E-Mail_ ______________ ama38@uakron.edu Assistant Director______________ Paul Warner E-Mail_ _____________ pwarner@uakron.edu Assistant Director_______________Gregg Bach E-Mail_ ______________ gbach@uakron.edu Office Phone______________ (330) 972-7468 Office Fax_ ______________ (330) 374-8844 Mailing Address______Rhodes Arena, Suite 83 _________________ Akron, OH 44325-5201

Primary Media Outlets

Cleveland AP Bureau Phone: (216) 771-2172 Fax: (216) 771-4218 815 Superior Ave. E., Suite 1203 Cleveland OH 44114-2768 Sports Writer: Tom Withers (twithers@ap.org) Akron Beacon Journal Phone: (330) 996-3800 Fax: (330) 996-3629 44 East Exchange Akron, OH 44328 Sports Editor: Ron Ledgard E-Mail: bjsports@thebeaconjournal.com Beat Writer: Tom Gaffney E-Mail: tgaff@hotmail.com Cleveland Plain Dealer Phone: (216) 999-4370 Fax: (216) 999-6276 1801 Superior Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114 College Sports Editor: David Campbell E-Mail: sports@plaind.com

Follow Akron rifle on the official web site of UA Athletics, www.GoZips.com. The site offers everything for the Zips fan, media member and recruit. From the latest results, recaps and statistics to previews and press releases. Updated daily, the newly-redesigned site also provides ticket information and UA apparel. If it’s happening in Zips Athletics, it’s happening on . . .

www.GoZips.com On The Cover

Senior Josh Fabijance, juniors Rebecca Gerevics and Brittany Jones.

Credits

The 2009 Akron women’s rifle media guide was written, designed and edited by Rita Chinyere. Cover design by Dave Morris of the The Berry Company. Photography by John Ashley, Jeff Harwell and Scott Hortsman. Printed by Herald Printing in New Washington, Ohio.

Canton Repository Phone: (330) 580-8494 Fax: (330) 454-5745 500 Market Avenue Canton, OH 44702 Sports Editor: Joe Frollo, Jr. (ext. 8564) E-Mail: sports@cantonrep.com The Buchtelite (student) Phone: (330) 972-7459 Fax: (330) 972-7810 University of Akron, Student Union, Room 55-LL Akron, OH 44325 E-Mail: sports@buchtelite.com

QUICK FACTS General Information

Location.............................. Akron, Ohio (44325) Population.........223,000 (fifth largest in Ohio) Founded....................1870 (as Buchtel College) Enrollment................................................... 27,911 Nickname..........................................................Zips Colors.... Blue (PMS 282) and Gold (PMS 871) Conference.....................................Mid-American President................................Dr. Luis M. Proenza Alma Mater.....................................Emory, 1965 Director of Athletics........................ Tom Wistrcill Alma Mater...............................St. Marys, 1992 Senior Associate AD/SWA.Mary Lu Gribschaw Alma Mater....................... Robert Morris, 1984 Faculty Athletics Representative.J. Dean Carro Alma Mater..................SUNY-New Paltz, 1974

UA Athletics Directory (area code 330) General Line.........................................972-7080 General Fax.........................................972-5473 Ticket Office Hotline............ 1-888-99-AKRON

Senior Staff: Tom Wistrcill Athletics Director.................................972-7080 Hunter Yurachek Executive Sr. Associate AD................972-7468 Mary Lu Gribschaw Senior Associate AD/SWA................ 972-7080 Paul Hammond Assoc. AD, Facilities and Operations.972-7310 Anne Jorgensen Associate AD, Academic Services...... 972-7426 Mike Rodriguez Associate AD, Business.......................972-6280 Elizabeth Brinkmann Assistant AD, Marketing....................972-8459 Mike Cawood Assistant AD, Media Relations..........972-6292 Jeramiah Dickey Assistant AD, Development...............972-2031 Kevin Klotz Assistant AD, Compliance..................972-6857

Team Information

Head Coach..................Newt Engle, 32nd year Alma Mater............. University of Akron, 1980 E-Mail................................ mengle@uakron.edu

Home Range Information

Range.................Robert A. Pinn Shooting Range Location..................................University of Akron ............................... Shrank Hall South, Room 7

Mid-American Conference Contacts

Commissioner.......................Dr. Jon Steinbrecher Director of Communications............Jeremy Guy E-Mail..............................jguy@mac-sports.com Office Phone...........(216) 566-4622 ext. 303 Office Fax................................(216) 858-9622 Mailing Address.. 24 Public Square, 15th Floor ...................................... Cleveland, OH 44113 Web Site.............................www.mac-sports.com


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With a population of 223,000, Akron is Ohio’s fifth-largest city. This two-time “All-America City” offers a vibrant downtown, serene parks, events and venues that appeal to almost every interest. Its regional location and easy access to air, rail and highway travel puts you at the hub of a world of experiences and opportunities.

Akron is home to the often-seen Goodyear Blimp, AllAmerican Soap Box Derby and the Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament. .Tournament.

DISCOVER AKRON! • Critically acclaimed Akron Symphony Orchestra performs in UA’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall • Area museums: the Akron and Cleveland museums of art, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland • Canal Park is home to the Akron Aeros, a minor league baseball team, Firestone Stadium is the home of the Akron Racers, a member of the Women’s Professional Softball League • Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers athletic games less than an hour away • Nationally known annual events include the All-American Soap Box Derby and the Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament. • Scenic acres by the thousands in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 13 Summit County Metro Parks and two bike/hike trails [ CONTACT US: 330-375-2121 / www.CI.Akron.OH.US/ ]

SUMMIT COUNTY Just Minutes Away… Eventually, you’ll need a change in scenery. So take a stroll downtown. Go biking in a Metropark. Hit the malls. Our central location gives you lots of options all year round. 1.

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trails (biking and hiking) 2. Chapel Hill Mall 3. InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field 4. Derby Downs 5. Wingfoot Lake Airship Base (Goodyear Blimp) 6. Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton, Ohio) 7. Portage Lakes State Park 8. Firestone C.C. (NEC Invitational) 9. Akron Art Museum 10. Canal Park Minor League Baseball Stadium 11. Akron Zoo 12. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens 13. Summit Mall 14. Blossom Music Center 15. Hale Farm and Village 16. Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort 17. E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall


The University of Akron offers its students a number of initiatives, programs and competencies that can give them a competitive edge after graduation. Here are a few of the many factors that produce what we call the “Akron Advantage.” The Akron Advantage is… QUICK FACTS ABOUT UA Academics • More than 1,400 top academic achievers are enrolled in UA’s Honors College. • Accreditation since 1914 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and current accreditation at the highest level as a comprehensive, doctoral degree-granting institution Enrollment (Fall 2009) Total: 27,911 • Undergraduate: 23,277 • Graduate: 4,103 • Professional: 531 • Diverse Cultures: 15.5 percent – African American: 3,449 – Asian/Pacific Islander: 515 – Hispanic: 313 • 7.6 percent increase in fall enrollment reported in 2009 Faculty • More than 850 full-time faculty, many renowned in their fields • Faculty serve as academic advisers for all students • About 82 percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree recognized for instruction in their fields • University-wide student/faculty ratio is 19.5:1 Facilities and Services • 223-acre campus with 88 buildings • Residence halls to house more than 3,000 students • Recreational facilities include Ocasek Natatorium and Student Recreation and Wellness Center • Technology-enhanced classrooms • High-speed wireless networking throughout campus • Wireless laptop computers available at Bierce Library and Student Union • Career counseling and job placement services Academic Calendar • Two 15-week semesters (August to December; January to May) • One 15-week summer session (May to August) • Once admitted, students may start at any semester

…breadth of academic opportunities. It’s all about choice. We offer nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, at a variety of times and locations including the Web. …a New Landscape for Learning. We are transforming our campus into one of the most beautiful and vibrant in Ohio, if not the nation. …documented excellence. The University of Akron demonstrates its quality through strong performance in national and regional rankings, competitions, licensing exams and other objective measures of the value we add and the success that we enable for our students. …student success. We have an environment in which students acquire the skills, knowledge and disposition needed to capture and experience success in the classroom and the work place. …Career Advantage Network. All qualified students are guaranteed the opportunity to gain practical experience in their chosen professions before graduation. …our location. Our metropolitan setting in the center of Northeast Ohio’s dynamic regional economy provides a significant competitive advantage for our students. …information technology leadership. We employ only the best information technology systems, so our graduates benefit from the state’s most wired-for-wireless campus and enter today’s knowledge economy with a competitive advantage.

Discover more at [ www.uakron.edu ]

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he University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the “Best in the Midwest” in its 2008 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.

Computer services for students include: • Online class registration • Internet access and e-mail • Help Desk • Free online training seminars • Network connections in residence halls • E-learning materials • ZipSpace for personal Web pages and data storage • Kiosks for convenient network access around campus • PC repair and support

TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES The University of Akron is the most wired-forwireless public university in Ohio. We ranked third nationally in Intel Corp.’s most recent survey of the top 50 campuses with the greatest wireless capabilities. You can use wireless laptop computers anywhere on campus — indoors or out. A unique agreement (OBEN) with Time Warner Cable offers our students reduced-rate, highspeed Internet access in their homes. With a network of more than 4,000 computers, UA students have access to a variety of software, library catalogs and databases, and the Internet.

COMPUTER STORE Computer Solutions is a higher education reseller that provides discounted hardware and software. The store also stocks printers, accessories and other computer-related items. GENERAL PURPOSE LABS AND LAPTOPS General purpose computer labs equipped with networked, WindowsTM-based PCs are located in the Polsky and Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences buildings. Departmental labs are located across campus. Wireless laptops are available for student use in Bierce Library, the Science and Technology Library, and Student Union.

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A School that Rules…

The University of Akron offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs. UA also offers an accelerated medical education through its partnership with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy. HONORS COLLEGE

gaining knowledge of something outside yourself. In Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences give students so many opportunities to understand the bigger world. Because of this, our graduates can find career success in an economy and job market characterized by constant change. Students are prepared for the future.

The Honors College combines the benefits of a large university with the personal attention of a small college. Honors students work with advisers to develop an academic plan tailored to their individual needs and goals. New Honors Complex You may be able to live in the residential facilities of our new Honors Complex. The complex is located in the heart of campus. You’ll also have access to a special computer lab reserved solely for honors students’ use, as well as seminar rooms and a two-story common room. Requirements for Admission The Honors College seeks students who are in the top 10 percent academically. For students entering from high school, academic evidence of such excellence should include at least two of the following: • High school cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 • High school class rank among the highest 10 percent • ACT composite score of at least 27 or SAT combined score in the top 10 percent

Career Preparation Whether it’s an internship you’re after or that all-important first job after you graduate, the staff of the Arts and Sciences Careers Program offer a wide variety of job-related resources to help you do just that. [ CONTACT US: 330-972-7880 / www.uakron.edu/colleges/artsci ]

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The College of Business Administration is among the top 10 percent of business schools in North America to earn all four levels of accreditation from the American Academy of Collegiate Schools of Business — undergraduate and graduate business, plus undergraduate and graduate accounting.

Honors Application and Scholarship Deadlines • Early application deadline for the Honors College and Scholarships – Nov. 15 • Regular application deadline for the Honors College and Scholarships – Feb. 1

• BusinessWeek magazine named the CBA among the best 100 undergraduate business schools in the nation in 2009. Career Preparation The Center for Career Management provides workshops on interviewing, resume preparation, job search techniques and professional etiquette. With the center’s resources, business students find internships, cooperative education positions and permanent jobs nationally and internationally.

[ CONTACT US: 330-972-7966 / www.uakron.edu/honors ]

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Most incoming students, including those who are exploring various majors, are assigned to University College until they select a major, fulfill its requirements and are recommended for transfer to the appropriate academic college.

Everyone’s Business The CBA’s graduate program ranks as “one of the best MBA programs in the world” and “a best business school,” according to the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review’s 296 Best Business Schools. This marks the fifth consecutive year the program has been recognized in the publication.

Transition to College Summer Reading Program: All new students are expected to read a selected book prior to fall. Discussion and/or writing assignments in several 100-level courses follow-up on the assignment. Career Planning Course: If you are exploring what to study, we have a course in career decision-making. You will examine your interests, skills, values and personality while identifying possible career paths.

COLLEGE OF CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL ARTS

Academic Advising: Students are encouraged to contact their advisers regularly to discuss such issues as:

• Myers School of Art • School of Communication • School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration • School of Music • E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall

• Named for a nationally respected art advocate and UA alum na, the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art is one of only a few named art schools in the entire country. • Hands-on experience is invaluable for new graduates enter ing the highly competitive field of communication. The UA School of Communication helps to provide that experience through an internship program, service-learning projects in the community, well-equipped media and computer laboratories, and student-operated WZIP-FM and Z-TV. • Akron is a dance destination. Dance Spirit magazine has lauded The University of Akron for having one of the “most sought after dance programs in the country.” • Opened in 2007, the Center for Dance and Theatre at Guzzetta Hall is recognized as being world-class.

• Deciding on a major • Career planning • Selecting courses • Adding and dropping a class • Clarification of academic procedures and policies •Academic support services for student-athletes include participation in the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program. [ CONTACT US: 330-972-7066 / www.uakron.edu/colleges/univcoll ]

BUCHTEL COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

From biology to sociology, from computer science to modern languages, the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences gives you the very best of what a liberal arts degree has to offer. You’ll gain knowledge, you’ll develop your creativity, you’ll think critically and communicate effectively. All these skills are crucial for your success. How To Learn One of the chief goals of higher education is to help students learn how to learn. Self-confidence, in part, evolves from

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[ CONTACT US: 330-972-7042 / www.uakron.edu/colleges/cba ]

The College places a premium on learning by doing. Students study side-by-side with talented and caring faculty members who are committed to helping them turn their aspirations into accomplishments.

[CONTACT US: 330-972-5196/www.ecgf.uakron.edu www.uakron.edu/ artscollege]

The University of Akron is one of 14 “Schools That Rule” in the United States, according to Careers & Colleges magazine. In compiling its list, the magazine considered factors such as “strong academic programs, terrific professors, a vibrant student life or other opportunities for personal development.”

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Through its many partnerships, the College of Education offers students real-world experiences at all levels. The college operates seven centers and collaborates with more than 40 state and local organizations and agencies. The college’s wide reach places students and faculty in: • 82 public school districts • 55 community agencies • Seven colleges and universities • Six private schools • Six hospitals/hospice • Three corporate business settings Career Preparation • Athletic Training for Sports Medicine, Community Health, Sport and Exercise Science and Technical Education programs require clinical and field-based activities, practicums and/or internships in area organizations and agencies. • All teacher education students are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of clinical and field-based experiences, including student teaching. • Education majors work with children in the following professional development sites: Akron Public Schools, Wadsworth and Stow-Munroe Falls city schools, and Coventry and Springfield local school districts, as well as other Northeast Ohio schools. [ CONTACT US: 330-972-6970 / www.uakron.edu/colleges/educ ]

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

College of Engineering students play to win. Whether it’s designing and building radio-controlled aircraft or off-road vehicles, they consistently set records and earn top honors. Our mechanical engineering students have the highest ranking in the Society of Automotive Engineering Competitions. Career Preparation • Cooperative education program allows students to alternate a semester of paid employment with a semester of study • Women in Engineering Program offers projects, activities and professional mentoring • Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics Program provides financial assistance and career preparation to students of diverse backgrounds [ CONTACT US: 330-972-7817 / www.ecgf.uakron.edu ]

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND HUMAN SERVICES The College of Health Sciences and Human Services includes three schools: • School of Family and Consumer Sciences • School of Social Work • School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology • Graduates of The University of Akron’s Coordinated and Didactic programs consistently achieve a 95- to 100-percent pass rate on the national exam for dietitians, far exceeding the national average. • Social Work students gain professional experience — and contribute to the community — at more than 200 social service agencies throughout the region • The Audiology and Speech Center is the clinical training arm of the UA School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Center provides evaluation and treatment for people of all ages. The programs in the College are acclaimed regionally, nationally, and internationally. All are fully accredited. CONTACT US: 330-972-5196 / www.uakron.edu/healthcolleges.


SCHOOL OF LAW The School of Law offers a Juris Doctor degree with four tracks: general, litigation, business and taxation. Students also may focus on other specialty areas such as intellectual property, international, criminal, labor and employment, and public interest. • UA’s School of Law was named the best value of any Juris Doctor program in the United States by National Jurist magazine in 2002 and second-best in 2004 by National Jurist and Pre-Law Insider magazine. • The National Institute for Trial Advocacy ranked the School of Law’s trial teams among the top 16 law schools nationally. • Akron’s first-time taker pass rate for the Ohio bar exam has never fallen below 72%, has peaked at 93%, and exceeded 80% more than eleven times, including the February 2007 bar exam when Akron was #1 in the state with a 92% pass rate for first-time takers.. [ CONTACT US: 330-972-7331 / www.uakron.edu/law ]

COLLEGE OF NURSING In today’s rapidly changing health care environment, it’s vital that nursing majors have opportunities to hone their skills by caring for clients of all ages and backgrounds. At College of Nursing clinics on campus and in the community, they do just that. Special Facilities • Learning Resource Center allows students to develop their skills using clinical simulation models and state-of-the-art equipment • Center for Nursing is the place to gain practical experience working with patients • Satellite clinics in the Akron area are staffed by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to serve specific populations — the elderly, and homeless women and their children. • The Center for Gerontological Health Nursing and Advocacy focuses on improving the health care and quality of life for elders Career Preparation • Starting in their sophomore year, nursing students complete clinical coursework in area hospitals, clinics, community health agencies and home health settings Cooperative Education Nursing Program • Through the Cooperative Education Program, students gain up to two years of relevant health care experience while earning income [ CONTACT US: 330-972-5103 / www.uakron.edu/nursing ]

SUMMIT COLLEGE Summit College offers a wide range of associate and baccalaureate degree programs, including the only accredited Emergency Management Program in the United States. It is the only such bachelor’s degree program in Ohio and one of less than 10 in the country. Developmental Programs To help students develop the skills needed to perform at the college level, classes are offered in mathematics, reading, writing, college reading and study skills, chemistry and applied study strategies. Career Preparation • Training Center for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice — Police Academy and Private Security Academy • Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials • Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research • Internships are available for all degree programs • Students also may participate in cooperative education, alternating a semester of study with a semester of paid employment • Center for Career Management [ CONTACT US: 330-972-7220 / sc.uakron.edu ]

The college experience is about more than books, professors and exams. College life offers students many opportunities to meet people and experience events from backgrounds and cultures different than their own. OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT A variety of programs and services are available to students through UA’s Office of Multicultural Development. The office, which is located in the Buckingham Center, supports the University in its goal to recruit and retain students of diverse backgrounds by providing a variety of programs and services. These efforts include ADVANCE Orientation, PASSAGE learning community, ethnic and peer connection groups. In addition, the office holds workshops on academic, personal and career development; study sessions; and how to apply for scholarships and financial aid, internships, graduate and professional schools. A computer lab for student use also is located in Buckingham Center. The ADVANCE Orientation program provides guidance and advance preparation to high school graduates who intend to enter UA as full-time baccalaureate freshmen. Faculty, administrators and current students facilitate this program. ADVANCE activities include parent sessions, assessment and skill enhancement activities, faculty guidance concerning educational expectations in college, and social activities. PASSAGE stands for Preparing Akron Students for Success and Great Expectations. The program is a structured learning community experience that promotes the academic and social integration of students of diverse backgrounds into the University. PASSAGE fosters student learning and retention through collaborative and cooperative learning, and promotes the use of learning technology. The Transitions program is a collaborative effort of the Office of Multicultural Development, the degree-granting colleges and University College. Through this initiative, the graduation support services unit monitors academic progress and assists students in making decisions toward degree completion. In addition, the program is designed to prepare students for the transition from college to the world of work or graduate school opportunities. Transitions services include: workshops, personal, academic and career consultation, transfer student liaison and supplemental instruction. The Four Phase Advising System (4PAS) assists conditionally admitted, baccalaureate students of diverse backgrounds enrolled in The University of Akron by providing personalized, continual individual academic

advisement by professional staff members. These advisers, who have a maximum of 25 students each, develop oneto-one advising relationships with each of their assigned students. Lastly, the division offers several leadership opportunities for University of Akron undergraduate and graduate students. Peer mentors are selected to work with first-year and transfer students through one of the aforementioned programs. Additionally, peer mentors assist professional staff with facilitating workshops, orientation classes and Extended Orientation activities. The Leadership Development Program is designed to assist college students in developing personal skills and competencies necessary for academic, co-curricular, community outreach and involvement.

PAN-AFRICAN CENTER FOR COMMUNITY STUDIES The Pan-African Center for Community Studies, also located in the Buckingham Center, offers lectures, programs and activities to invite all students to appreciate, understand and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our campus, community and nation. In addition, the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture is housed in the Buckingham Center.

A complete list of majors can be found on our Web site at: www.uakron.edu/academics/

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r. Luis M. Proenza is chief executive officer of The University of Akron. In his first 10 years at UA, he has led its transformation into the public research university for northern Ohio and one of the most attractive metropolitan campuses in the nation. Under Dr. Proenza’s leadership, UA has undertaken a $500-million campus enhancement program, a university-community alliance to revitalize a 50-block area surrounding its campus, a BioInnovation Institute in partnership with three area hospitals and a medical school, and academic program enhancements that have made the University one of only 12 Carnegie Cluster Leaders nationally. Dr. Proenza has been involved in national science and technology policy matters since the 1970s when he was study director of the National Research Council-National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Vision, then The University of Georgia’s Liaison for Science and Technology Policy, a member of the National Biotechnology Policy Board-National Institutes of Health, and Advisor for Science and Technology Policy to the Governor of Alaska. In 1992, U.S. President George H. W. Bush appointed Dr. Proenza to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. Dr. Proenza became its vice chairman. He later was Chair of the Science and Mathematics Education Task Force for the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. In 2001, President George W. Bush named Dr. Proenza to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the nation’s highest-level

policy-advisory group for science and technology. Dr. Proenza co-chaired PCAST’s committee on PublicPrivate Partnerships and worked on panels on U.S. Research and Development Investments, Technology Transfer, Alternative Energy, Energy Efficiency and Advanced Manufacturing, Personalized Medicine, Information Technology, and Nanotechnology. He now serves on the Council on Competitiveness’ executive committee and its National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and co-chairs its Regional Leadership Institute Steering Committee. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (formerly the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges) and the States Science and Technology Institute, former chair of APLU’s Commission on the Urban Agenda and APLU co-chair of the APLU/AAU Patent Reform Committee, with Yale University President Rick Levin as Association of American Universities co-chair. Dr. Proenza is a member of many professional, scholarly and honorary organizations; is the recipient of several awards and honors; has written numerous publications in nationally and internationally recognized journals; and edited and co-edited two books. He is invited frequently to speak worldwide, with presentations appearing in Vital Speeches of the Day and The Executive Speaker. He often is quoted on issues in education, research, economic development, and science and technology policy. As president of The University of Akron, Dr. Proenza has grown it from a $270-million operation to an enterprise with over $435 million in

annual revenues. Under his direction, the institution has financed $500 million in construction to completely transform its metropolitan campus, adding 15 new facilities and doing major renovations and additions to 17 others. Dr. Proenza also increased private donations and research funding to all-time records and, in 2007, initiated a $500-million comprehensive campaign that already has gained $365 million in gifts and pledges. Recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the region, Dr. Proenza’s acknowledgements include the 2008 Visionary Award, the 2006 Northeast Ohio Regional Vision Award, the 2005 CASE V Chief Executive Leadership Award and the 2001 SME Executive of the Year Award. After earning a B.A. from Emory University (1965), M.A. from The Ohio State University (1966) and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1971), Dr. Proenza joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1971. There, his research in psychology and neurobiology was continuously supported by grants from the National Eye Institute, including a Research Career Development Award. Prior to his appointment at Akron, Dr. Proenza was Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Purdue University. He also served the University of Alaska first as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, then as Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Proenza and his wife, Theresa Butler Proenza, enjoy their careers, friends and numerous community activities. Together, they built the 44-foot sailing vessel, Apogee, which they sail on Lake Erie.

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DR. GEORGE HARITOS

DR. JOHN P. KRISTOFCO

College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

KERN-SIMIRENKO

College of Engineering

University Libraries

Wayne College

DR. DALE H. MUGLER

DR. KARLA T. MUGLER

DR. MARK D. SHERMIS

STANLEY B. SILVERMAN

DR. DUDLEY B. TURNER

DR. MARGARET N. WINEMAN

Honors College

University College

College of Education

Summit College

College of Creative and Professional Arts (Interim)

College of Nursing

MARTIN H. BELSKY

College of Business Administration (Interim)

School of Law

DR. CHAND MIDHA Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

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DR. STEPHEN CHENG

DR. RAVI KROVI

DR. JAMES M. LYNN College of Health Sciences and Human Services

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The University of Akron Board of Trustees is the governing body for The University of Akron. The Board is composed of 11 members who are appointed by the governor of Ohio to serve a nine-year term. Two of the 11 members are student Trustees who serve two-year terms on the Board as non-voting members. Since its founding in 1870, The University of Akron has been guided by a Board to ensure it succeeds in its mission to prepare graduates for the challenges that await them. Trustees select and appoint the president; set the operating budget; approve personnel appointments; grant all degrees awarded by the University, including honorary degrees; establish tuition and fee rates; approve contracts; and approve all regulations, curriculum changes, new programs and degrees at The University of Akron. In addition to implementing focused initiatives involving teaching and research, today's University of Akron Board of Trustees also oversees the New Landscape for Learning building program - a $300 million enhancement of the campus. The University is constructing six new buildings, renovating 14 residence halls, academic buildings and other structures, planting 50,000 new trees and shrubs and adding 30 acres of green space to campus. Mr. Philip S. Kaufmann, J.D., Chair, is a managing partner of the Estate and Trust Group in the law firm of Stark & Knoll Co., L.P.A. Appointed to the Board in 2001, he is a Board liaison to The University of Akron Foundation. He serves on several other boards as well, including the Community Fund Management Foundation in Cleveland; the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Summit County; the Blossom Music Center Board of Overseers; the Summa Foundation Board; and Immediate Past President of the Akron Bar Foundation. He earned a B.S. degree at Loyola University and a Juris Doctor degree at The University of Akron. (Term expires 2010) Mrs. Ann Amer Brennan, J.D., Vice Chair, was appointed to the Board in 2003. She has been active in many community organizations. In Spring 2003, Mrs. Brennan received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University. She chairs the Finance, Fiscal Policy, and Investment Committee and serves on the Audit; Collective Bargaining; Educational Policy/ Student Affairs; and Personnel and Compensation committees. She served on the Ohio Arts Council for 10 years and is the past chair of the Summa Health System Board of Directors, as well as of the Akron Community Foundation. She served on the board of Hiram College for 12 years and was chair of its Finance Committee. Mrs. Brennan received a B.A. degree from The University of Akron and a J.D. degree from the School of Law. Her husband, David, endowed the Brennan Chair in the School of Law in 1985. The Brennans are parents of four children and grandparents of 10. (Term expires 2012)

Mr. Richard W. Pogue, Vice Chair, was appointed to the Board in 2004. He chairs the Audit; Nominating; and Rules committees and serves on the Facilities Planning and Oversight; Finance, Fiscal Policy, and Investment; Personnel and Compensation; and Strategic Issues, Governance, and Compliance committees. In 2003, Ohio Governor Bob Taft appointed Mr. Pogue chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education. Currently, he is an advisor to Jones Day, the second largest law firm in the United States. Mr. Pogue has a long and distinguished legal career, serving as partner with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1961-1994. He has been a director of many major companies, including TRW, Continental Airlines and Derlan Industries Ltd. He serves on the Board of The University of Akron Foundation, and has been a trustee of Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and many other institutions. Mr. Pogue has supported many civic organizations and charities, ranging from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the United Way Services of Greater Cleveland. He received a B.A. degree from Cornell, a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from The University of Akron in 2004. (Term expires 2015)

Mr. Edward L. Bittle was appointed to the Board in 2002. He chairs the External Affairs Committee and serves on the Audit; Collective Bargaining; Facilities Planning and Oversight; Finance, Fiscal Policy, and Investment; and Rules committees. Mr. Bittle is president of Seal Master Corporation and ELBEX Corporation. He established Seal Master in 1974 and ELBEX in 1991. Mr. Bittle is a graduate of The University of Akron and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and Phi Alpha Theta Honorary Society. He has served as president of the Varsity “A” Association. He has lectured to entrepreneurship classes and has served on the University College Advisory Council and the Zips Athletic Club Advisory Board. He received the Alumni Honor Award for Excellence in Professional Achievement in 1994 and the “Red” Cochran Award for Meritorious Service in 1999. Mr. Bittle and his wife, Frances, endowed “The Edward L. Bittle Scholarship” and “The Bittle Residency in Jazz” and are members of the Hilltoppers-Buchtelles. (Term expires 2011)

Judge Jane E. Bond was appointed to the Board in 2008. She chairs the Educational Policy/Student Affairs committee; and serves on the External Affairs; Rules; and Strategic Issues, Governance, and Compliance committees. Judge Bond received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism cum laud from Ohio University in 1968 and received a law degree from The University of Akron School of Law in 1976. In 1989, she was appointed as Judge of the Akron Municipal Court and served two years before her appointment to the Summit County Common Pleas Court in 1991. She retired in good standing in 2007. Judge Bond has been an active participant in her community and has served in leadership positions on numerous boards and commissions including the Governor’s Task Force on Jail and Prison Crowding, the Leadership Akron Alumni Board, Women’s Network Board, Friends of Hower House Board, Coach House Theater Board, Renaissance of the Civic Theater Board, Police Community Dialogue Board, Grand Teton Judicial College Board, Akron Area Association of Ohio University Women Board, Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron Board of Trustees and the English Oaks Condominium Board of Directors. She is a member of the Akron Art Museum, Progress Through Preservation, the Summit County Historical Society, the Federated Democratic Women of Summit County, Akron Woman’s City Club and the American Constitutional Law Society. Judge Bond was named Woman of the Year in 1993 by the Women’s History Project. She is a recipient of the Stubbs Community Service award, the 2003 Jane Quine award from the Summit County Democratic Party, and the Golden Gavel award from the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association. (Term expires 2017)

Mr. Kevin O. Thompson was appointed to the Board in 2007. He chairs the Collective Bargaining and Strategic Issues, Governance and Compliance committees and serves on the Educational Policy/Student Affairs; External Affairs; Facilities Planning and Oversight; Finance, Fiscal Policy and Investment; Nominating; and Rules committees. As Area President for National City Bank, Northeast Region, Mr. Thompson has oversight responsibility for National City’s sales effort, with direct responsibility for Corporate Banking in the Akron, Canton and Wooster markets. Prior to being named Area President in January 2007, Mr. Thompson served as Senior Vice President and Manager for the Upper Middle Market Banking Group in the region. He joined National City in 1977 as a credit analyst and has held positions of increasing responsibility within Corporate Banking. Previously, Mr. Thompson worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland. He holds a B.A. in Labor Economics from The University of Akron and an M.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College. He is also a graduate of The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Mr. Thompson is very active in the community, currently serving as a board member of Akron Tomorrow, Furnace Street Mission, Tallmadge Community Foundation, and Victim Assistance. He volunteers as an instructor of Applied Economics for Junior Achievement, and is active with the Leadership Akron Alumni Association, The Greater Akron Chamber, Akron Tomorrow, Tallmadge Booster Club and Tallmadge City School Bond Oversight Committee. Mr. Thompson, his wife, and their four children reside in Tallmadge. (Term expires 2016)

Dr. Chander Mohan was appointed to the Board in 2004. He chairs the Facilities Planning and Oversight Committee and serves on the Collective Bargaining; External Affairs; Finance, Fiscal Policy, and Investment; and Rules committees. Dr. Mohan is president of the Clinic for Behavioral Health Services, a solo practice in Cuyahoga Falls. He also serves as a staff psychiatrist at Akron General Medical Center, as an associate medical director of geriatric psychiatry for Massillon Community Hospital, as a staff psychiatrist at Barberton Citizens Hospital, as an instructor at Barberton Citizens Hospital, and as an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Prior to moving to Ohio, Dr. Mohan was a clinical teaching assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and at the New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York. Dr. Mohan serves the community as a member of the Summit County Republican Party and as co-chairman for the Physician’s Advisory Board for the National Republican Congressional Committee. (Term expires 2013)

Mr. Warren L. Woolford was appointed to the Board in 2009. He serves on the Educational Policy/Student Affairs; External Affairs; and Facilities Planning and Oversight committees. He is the retired planning director for the City of Akron and began his career with the city of Akron in 1972 as a student intern in the Planning and Urban Development department. He held a variety of positions and in 1988 was promoted to comprehensive planning and zoning manager. He was appointed Director of Planning in June of 1993. Mr. Woolford is a native of Baltimore, Maryland who earned his bachelor’s degree in social science and secondary education at Coppin State University in Baltimore and received his master’s degree in geography from The University of Akron. Mr. Woolford, a resident of Akron for more than 30 years, is a graduate of the Leadership Akron Class of 1995. He also is a member of Mount Calvary Lodge No. 76, the United Negro College Fund Night Committee, Christmas in April, the Great Trail Council Pathfinder Advisory Committee and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 1994, Mr. Woolford was named Outstanding Alumnus by The University of Akron’s Department of Geography and Planning. (Term expires 2018)

Mr. Jack Morrison, Jr., J.D., President of the law firm of Amer Cunningham Co., L.P.A., was appointed to the Board in 2005. He serves on the Audit; Collective Bargaining; Facilities Planning and Oversight; Finance, Fiscal Policy and Investment; Nominating; and Strategic Issues, Governance, and Compliance committees. He serves on the Executive Committee and also serves as Secretary of the Summit County Republican Party. He was elected as State Committeeman for the 27th District to the State Republican Party. An active leader in the community, he has also served on the boards of the Akron Art Museum, Greater Akron Chamber, Akron Symphony, and Walsh Jesuit High School. He was President of the Akron Bar Association in 2000-2001. Mr. Morrison also served his country in the United States Air Force from 1970-1974. He earned his A.A. degree (with honors) at The University of Maryland, a B.S.B.A. degree (magna cum laude) at The University of Akron, and a J.D. degree at The University of Akron School of Law. (Term expires 2014)

OFFICERS OF THE BOARD Mr. Ted A. Mallo Vice President, General Counsel Secretary of the Board

Marcus V. Phelps was appointed to the Board as a Student Trustee in 2008. He serves on the Educational Policy/Student Affairs; External Affairs; and Facilities Planning and Oversight committees. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Economics at The University of Akron and will possibly minor in Finance or Spanish. Along with being a Student Trustee, he is a resident assistant and speech and debate team member. In speech he is a novice poetry state champion. Upon graduation, he plans to attend a highly regarded law school and study litigation. His primary career goal is to become a statesman or diplomatic leader. (Term expires 2010) Joseph T. Rich was appointed to the Board as a Student Trustee in 2008. He serves on the Educational Policy/Student Affairs; External Affairs; and Facilities Planning and Oversight committees. He currently is pursuing a JD/MBA joint degree at The University of Akron and is working as a graduate assistant in the Office of Technology Transfer. Mr. Rich was a Summer Associate in the Cleveland Clinic’s Office of General Counsel and has completed internships at Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the Lerner Research Institute, and the NASA Glenn Research Center. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University with a double major in Biology and Philosophy and was chapter president of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. (Term expires 2011)

Mr. Russell D. Sibert Vice President of Board Operations Assistant Secretary of the Board Current as of Oct. 21, 2009.

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND

MISSION STATEMENT

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Our purpose is to further the educational mission of the University by developing the student-athlete as a total person. We foster a collegiate experience that promotes academic achievements, athletic excellence and social responsibility. We celebrate the success of our student-athletes to cultivate pride, enthusiasm and commitment among faculty, staff, students, alumni and the greater Akron community. CORE VALUES As a Department of Intercollegiate Athletics we are committed to the following core values: accountability, diversity, integrity, loyalty, pursuit of excellence, responsibility, sportsmanship and teamwork.

THE 2009-10 AKRON STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: President: C.J. Kaufman, Men’s Soccer Vice-President: Madelyn Robinson, Swimming & Diving Secretary: Olivia Hegedus, Softball

C.J. Kaufman

Madelyn Robinson

Olivia Hegedus

The mission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.

UA RIFLE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT... 2008 Dean’s List (3.0 GPA or higher)

UA STUDENT-ATHLETES IN THE CLASSROOM OVER THE LAST THREE ACADEMIC YEARS...

Rebekah Ashbrook Sarah Benjamin Jenna Compton Rebecca Gerevics Brittany Jones Allisa Martin Luke Nelson Ryan Stein Sarah Benjamin, Jenna Compton, Brittany Jones and Megan Reinking were all named to the 2009 Mid Atlantic Conference AllAcademic Team.

• 543 achieved a 3.0 GPA of higher, including 227 during the 2008-09 academic year, 174 in 2007-08 and 142 in 2006-07. • 661 have earned Dean’s List honors, including 183 during the 2008-09 academic year, 273 in 2007-08 and 205 in 200607. • 86 were named Academic All-Mid-American Conference and seven earned the league’s scholar-athlete of the week award.

Ryan Stein boasted the team’s highest GPA last semester

• Elliot Bradbrook (men’s soccer) earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America in 2007-08, while Bradbrook and Ossie Michalsen (men’s soccer) earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District in 2007-08 and Mark Groza (football) was an Academic All-District choice in 2006-07. • Men’s cross country achieved a perfect Academic Progress Rating (APR) by the NCAA for the 2006-07 academic year.

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ATHLETICS ACCOMPLISHMENTS |AKRON ATHLETICS The University of Akron rifle team reached levels of unprecedented success in 2008-09 season, culminating in Jenna Compton (below) winning the NCAA Individual Air Rifle Championship. The Zips rifle squad also captured its sixth-straight Western Intercollegiate Rifle title in the smallbore also claiming the air rifle title in 2009.

In 2008-09, five members of the UA rifle team received All-Mid Atlantic Conference honors. Rebecca Gerevics (right), Brittany Jones and Michael Tokarz were all named to the All-MAC air rifle second team while Ryan Stein and Zachary Szabo both received honrable mention in the air rifle and smallbore divisions respectively. The Zips were also well represented on the 2008-09 All-MAC rookie team, placing six athletes on the list, including Stein, Jenna Compton, Joel Nuzum, Szabo and Sarah Benjamin. Akron was represented on the 2008-09 All-MAC academic team by Compton, Jones and Megan Reinking.

AKRON ATHLETICS

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2009 NCAA CHAMPIONS JENNA COMPTON (above left) NCAA Individual Air Rifle Champion STEVI LARGE (right) NCAA Outdoor Hammer Champion

STEVE ZAKUANI (right) was the Hermann Trophy runner-up and National Men’s Soccer Player of the Year in two publications. He was later the first overall pick in the 2009 MLS Draft, going to the Seattle Sounders.

In 2008-09 Akron had perhaps its best season athletically. The Zips won the 2008 MAC Regular Season and Tournament Soccer Championships, 2009 MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship, 2009 WIRC Air Rifle and Smallbore Championships, 2009 MAC Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track Championships and the 2009 MAC Men’s Outdoor Championship. Akron earned a schoolrecord 55 MAC Player of the Week honors, school-record 67 All-MAC Honors (not including 13 WIRC honors) and a school-record 37 Academic All-MAC honors.

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AKRON ATHLETICS | UA ADMINISTRATION

Tom Wistrcill Director of Athletics University of Akron President Luis M. Proenza introduced Tom Wistrcill, former senior associate athletics director for external relations at the University of Minnesota, as the Zips’ new director of athletics on August 25. Wistrcill, who has been with the University of Minnesota since May 2006, brings a wealth of experience in intercollegiate athletics, not the least of which includes the grand opening of a new $288 million 51,000 seat football stadium. UM will open its new TCF Bank Stadium on September 12, the same day UA opens InfoCision StadiumSumma Field. “I am incredibly humble and excited to be the new athletics director at The University of Akron,” Wistrcill said. “The vision Dr. Proenza has for this University and Department of Athletics made it extremely attractive to come to Akron. The opening of InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field coupled with the success of the Zips’ athletic programs makes the timing great as well.” UA and UM are the only NCAA Division I universities to open new football stadiums in the country this year. “I am delighted to welcom Tom Wistrcill as the new athletics director at The University of Akron,” Proenza said. “His commitment to excellence, tremendous enthusiasm and passion will ensure success for all of our student-athletes. The University of Akron has enjoyed national acclaim for several of our athletic programs in the last several years and we expect this trend will continue under Tom, whose experience in the Big Ten Conference will help to springboard the university to evengreater excellence in all of our athletic programs.

“I would also like to thank the AD search committee, led by Candace Campbell Jackson, the university’s chief of staff, for their commitment and dedication to the process and for bringing such a talented pool of candidates to campus so quickly. I’d also like to thank Hunter Yurachek, who served the University well as interim athletics director,” Proenza added.. Wistrcill’s experience also includes marketing, sales, media relations and management, particularly in the Big Ten Conference. Prior to joining Minnesota, Wistrcill held the position of General Manager of Badger Sports Properties at the University of Wisconsin, where he was responsible for managing $8 million in sales and marketing ventures for the Wisconsin athletic department. he developed and implemented several major first-time sponsorships at Wisconsin, including the development of the Badger Radio Network through Learfield Communications. Badger Sports Properties is a division of Learfield. Wistrcill servd as commissioner of two NCAA Division II conferences, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and teh Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, from 1994-2000. He also served as vice president of sales and marketing for VarsityOnline.com and is a former general manager of the St. Louis Quest, a franchise in the Women’s Professional Volleyball League. Wistrcill, 39, received his B.A. in Media Communications from St. Mary’s University in 1992 where he captain the men’s basketball team. He earned a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in 1996. Tom and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Jonathan and Jack.

UA Senior Staff

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HUNTER YURACHEK

MARY LU GRIBSCHAW

PAUL HAMMOND

Executive Sr. Associate Athletics Director Guilford, 1990 - 4th Year

Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA Robert Morris, 1984 - 15th Year

Associate Athletics Director/ Facilities and Operations Wooster, 1982 - 8th Year

ANNE JORGENSEN

MIKE RODRIGUEZ

Associate Athletics Director/ Associate Athletics Director/ Student-Athlete Support Services Business Michigan State, 1974 - 3rd Year Cleveland St., 1982 - 23rd Year

ELIZABETH BRINKMANN

MIKE CAWOOD

JERAMIAH DICKEY

KEVIN KLOTZ

J. DEAN CARRO

Assistant Athletics Director/ Marketing and Promotions Valparaiso, 2001 - 4th Year

Assistant Athletics Director/ Media Relations Tennessee, 1993 - 3rd Year

Assistant Athletics Director/ Development Texas, 2004 - 3rd Year

Assistant Athletics Director/ Compliance Ohio, 1996 - 6th Year

Faculty Athletics Representative Akron, 1978 - 8th Year

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COACHING STAFF | NEWT ENGLE

Newt

Engle

Head Coach 32nd Year (Akron, ’80)

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arling “Newt” Engle, who is among the most respected rifle coaches in the nation, enters his 32nd season as head coach of the University Of Akron rifle team while guiding the Zips to their sixth consecutive Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (WIRC) smallbore title and first and instructing its first ever NCAA Champion as Jenna Compton hoisted the NCAA Individual Air Rifle Championship in 2009 for the Akron Zips. Compton, a relatively new student of the game soared to new heights, experiencing high levels of success in her first collegiate competitive season. Compton fired a score of 587 in the air rifle at the NCAA qualified in Columbus, Ohio to earn an individual invitation to the NCAA Championships at Texas Christian University in 2009. Once there, Compton would claim the NCAA Individual Air Rifle Championship, averaging a score of 691.6 to outsore her opponent by six tenths of a point. Under Engle’s tutelage, Compton was also selected to the U.S.Olympic National Development team along with some of the nation’s top shooters. Moreover, the longest-tenured coach in UA history pushed the Zips to their third-straight second-place finish at the highly-competitive MidAtlantic Conference championships while also finishing runners-up in the air rifle at the WIRC. In the end, Engle saw his squad claim eight slots on the All-WIRC team, three on the All-MAC team, five on the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association All-Academic team and a final national-ranking of 14th. But success is nothing new to Engle’s UA teams. In fact, it has become a part of its tradition as the squad recently captured their sixthstraight WIRC smallbore championship, also bringing home the WIRC air rifle championship in 2009. Over the past 31 years, no name has become more synonymous with Akron rifle than Engle’s. During that time, he has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of exceptional student-athletes. Those athletes have helped the team gain national recognition, including national rankings as high as No.10, as well as several league championships as prior members of the Lake Erie Intercollegiate Rifle League, the Western Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Rifle League, and the Summit County Rifle Conference. Currently, Akron maintains membership in the WIRC and the MAC, where the team continues to earn championship status. On March 11, 2006, Engle was given the National Rifle Association’s Outstanding Service to Collegiate Shooting Sports award at the national collegiate banquet held in Colorado Springs, Colo., after leading the Zips to its second-straight Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (WIRC) championship, a top finish in the NCAA regionals and a second-place finish in the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) championships in 2005-06. The award is given to a collegiate coach or instructor who has worked toward the growth and development of a collegiate shooting sports pro-

Akron Head Coach Newt Engle gives Jenna Compton some guidance during practice. Engle’s 30-plus years at the helm is the longest tenure of any Akron coach in the school’s history.

gram, whether it be for physical education classes, recreation/leisure, club or varsity, or a combination. Guided by Engle, the team enjoyed exceptional success in 2005-06 as Akron rifle was ranked as high as 11th en route to its second consecutive WIRC championship and a second-place finish at the MAC championship. The national attention is nothing new to the heralded program, which has consistently been ranked as one of the top 20 teams in the nation for several years. In fact, over the past 12 seasons, the Zips have been ranked in the top 20 eleven different times. In 2002 and 2004 they finished the year ranked No. 17, and in 2005 they finished 20th. With the recent introduction of partial scholarships, the team entered the national arena, attracting athletes from across the nation, while continuing to bring in local talent. After a short stint at Kent State University, Newt Engle joined the UA varsity rifle team in the fall of 1974. He won the league championship in 1975 as a sophomore and again in 1976 as a junior. He also finished in second place in his final season in 1977. Engle was appointed team captain in 1976 and 1977. During Engle’s last year on the team, head coach Nancy Worsencroft suffered a serious injury and was unable to continue coaching the Zips. As team captain, Engle was asked to help the team compete during the 1977 season. The following season, Engle was offered and accepted the position as the new head rifle coach. Toward the beginning of his coaching career, the late 70’s, it was a busy time for Engle. He not only became head coach in 1978, but also joined the UA Police Department in 1979. Over the last 26 years he has worked his way up to his current position as Assistant Chief of Police. Also in 1979, Newt married his wife, Sandy Engle. Engle’s daughters, Angie and April, both earned degrees from UA and competed for the Zips under their father’s watch. The early 1980’s saw Engle finish his associates degree in criminal justice and his bachelors degree in political science. Engle was born and raised on a farm in Perry Township near Canton, Ohio, and graduated from Perry High School in 1973.

2006 Recipient of the NRA’s Outstanding Service to College Shooting Sports Award 2009 UNIVERSITY OF AKRON RIFLE MEDIA GUIDE

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2009 AKRON RIFLE | ROSTER

Akron Rifle Roster ROSTER BREAKDOWN

2009-10 ALPHABETICAL ROSTER

Seniors (1) Josh Fabijance

Name Year Hometown/Previous School Rebekah Ashbrook Redshirt Freshman Claysville, Pa./McGuffey HS Adam Auclair Freshman Hudson, N.H./Alvirne HS Sarah Benjamin Sophomore Colchester, VT/Colchester HS Dave Brummond Freshman Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima HS Tristan Butler Freshman Underhill, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union HS Jim Carter Freshman Burke, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary School Jenna Compton Sophomore Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon HS Nicole Dietrich Freshman Prosperity, Pa./McGuffey HS Josh Fabijance Redshirt Junior Niles, Ohio/Niles McKinkley HS Rebecca Gerevics Junior Darien Center, N.Y./Alden Center HS Brittany Jones Junior St. Petersburg, Fla/St.Petersburg HS Allisa Martin Sophomore Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central HS Luke Nelson Sophomore Ravenna, Ohio/Southeast HS Ryan Stein Sophomore Washington, Pa./Trinity HS Zachary Szabo Sophomore Burgettstown, Pa./Avella Area HS Head Coach: Newt Engle (32nd year) Volunteer Assistant Coach: Bryan Cargould

DATE 10/10/08 10/18/08 11/1/08 11/8/08

11/22/08 12/7/08 1/18/09 1/24/09 1/31/09

Juniors (2) Rebecca Gerevics Brittany Jones Sophomores (7) Rebekah Ashbrook Sarah Benjamin Jenna Compton Allisa Martin Luke Nelson Ryan Stein Zachary Szabo Freshmen (5) Adam Auclair David Brummond Tristan Butler Jim Carter Nicole Dietrich

2008-09 RIFLE REGULAR SEASON RESULTS

OPPONENT Tennessee Tech University Boilermaker Invitational Ohio State University University of the Sciences in Philadelphia/John Jay College Morehead State Rose Hulman Institute of Technology Palmyra Invitational Indiana University of Pennsylvania West Virginia University

LOCATION RESULTS Cookeville, Tenn. (L) 4,509 – 4,487 Purdue, Ind. (W) 4,536 – 4,524 Columbus, Ohio (L) 4,625 – 4,565 Philadelphia, Pa. (W, W) 4,562 – 4,242/4,443 Akron, Ohio (W) 4,544 – 4,515 Akron, Ohio (W) 4,490 – 4,402 Palmyra, Pa. (L) 4,587 – 4,489 Akron, Ohio (W) 4,528 – 3,804 Morganstown, W.Va. (L) 4,666 – 4,516

Postseason Notes: • UA freshman Jenna Compton won the NCAA Individual Air Rifle Championship at this year’s NCAAs hosted by Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, Texas, becoming the second athlete in UA history to win a national championship and the first Rifle athlete to ever do so. • UA earned a second place finish at the NCAA Qualifier hosted at Ohio State University with a score of 4543 where freshman Jenna Compton qualified to compete in the NCAA Championships. Ohio State took top honors with a team score of 4569 while the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology rounded out the trio in third with a team score of 4413. • UA brought home its sixth-straight WIRC smallbore championship also capturing the title in the air rifle division on February 8, 2009. • UA took second place at the Mid-Atlantic Conference championships in Annapolis, Md. for the fourth straight season.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES | JOSH FABIJANCE

JOSH FABIJANCE | Redshirt Junior-3L Niles, Ohio | Niles McKinley HS AS A JUNIOR (2008-09) Redshirted…Was voted team captain…Continued to improve, practicing throughout the season. AS A SOPHOMORE (2007-08) Posted a career-high score of 372 in the air rifle at the WIRC Championships while also notching a season-best mark of 544 in the smallbore ... took sixth in the air rifle division (557) against Penn State (Feb. 9) ... posed a career high with a score of 554 in the air rifle competition against the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (Nov. 10). AS A FRESHMAN (2006-07) Notched a then-career high score of 547 in the air rifle division at the NCAA sectional qualifier in Columbus (Feb. 11). PRIOR TO UA Received award for most improved score between freshman and senior years shooting 104.3 average in 2002 and 193 average in 2006 ... placed first in the State Outdoor Prone and third in the State Outdoor Three Position in 2005 ... was named Ohio’s Prone captain at Nationals while team won all four events ... was 2005 Outdoor State and National Champion ... received silver medal in air rifle for Ohio’s Sectional match in 2004. PERSONAL Born on June 5, 1988 in Niles, Ohio ... son of John and Cindy Fabijance ... enjoys playing drums in spare time ... named to Dean’s List in the fall of 2006 ... majoring in American history, specializing in Military History while earning a minor in Homeland Security and Military Science (ROTC)…Plans to commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation.

Fabijance’s Personal Best Scores

Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

562 574 385

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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES | GEREVICS • JONES

REBECCA GEREVICS

BRITTANY JONES

| Junior-2L Alden, N.Y. | Alden Central HS

| Junior-2L St. Petersburg, Fla. | St. Petersburg HS

AS A SOPHOMORE (2008-09) Named to second team All-MAC Air Rifle with the 6th best conference average of 571.80 … fired a 568 for a sixth-place finish at the MAC Championship … named to second team AllWIRC in the air rifle division … finished ninth in the WIRC air rifle individual standings with an average of 380.2 and 17th in the smallbore individual standings with an average of 552 … finished third (572) in the air rifle and seventh (554) in smallbore against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Jan. 24) … placed 12th in the air rifle with a score of 570 and 18th (548) in the smallbore against West Virginia (Jan. 31) … captured third place (576) in the air rifle and 10th (560) in the smallbore against the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (Nov. 8) … took fifth (576) in the air rifle division and 12th in the smallbore division against Morehead State (Nov. 22) with a score of 554 … fired a 571 in the air rifle and a 548 in the smallbore against Tennessee Tech (Oct. 10) to finish fourth and 10th respectively … placed ninth in the air rifle (568) and 18th in the smallbore (536) at the Boilermaker Invitational (Oct. 18) … shot a 572 in the air rifle to place 10th and a 558 in the smallbore to place 11th at the NCAA qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2008-09) Named to second team All-MAC Air Rifle with the seventh best conference average of 571.30 … named second team All-WIRC in the air rifle division … named to the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Academic All-American team … named Air Rifle Shooter of the Month in February by the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference … fired a 575 in the air rifle for a fourth place finish at the MAC Championship … finished sixth place in the WIRC air rifle individual standings with an average of 382.2 and 26th in the smallbore individual standings with an average of 546.6 … Capture a first place finish (580) in the air rifle and 12th (538) in the smallbore against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Jan. 24) … placed 10th in the air rifle with a score of 575 against West Virginia (Jan. 31) … claimed seventh place (569) in the smallbore and won a four way tie to take ninth (567) in the air rifle against the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (Nov. 8) … Finished 15th (562) in the air rifle division and 16th in the smallbore division against Morehead State (Nov. 22) with a score of 537 … fired a 571 in the air rifle and a 535 in the smallbore against Tennessee Tech (Oct. 10) to finished third and 16th respectively … placed fourth in the air rifle (576) and 14th in the smallbore (550) at the Boilermaker Invitational (Oct. 18) … shot a 572 to capture eighth place in the air rifle at the NCAA qualifier in Columbus, Ohio while finishing 25th (543) in the smallbore.

AS A FRESHMAN (2007-08) Named to All-WIRC Air Rifle First Team and All-WIRC Smallbore Second Team in her first season of collegiate competition ... captured second in the air rifle division at the MAC Championships with a fine score of 584 ... led the Zips with a 387 mark in the air rifle at the WIRC Championships ... named to Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Academic team ... took third place (564) in the smallbore at the Zips’ NCAA qualifier in Columbus ... brought home top gun in the air rifle against Penn State (Feb. 9) with a mark 587; one point shy of a school record ... finished third in the air rifle with a 573 at Morehead State (Jan. 29) ... notched a personal-best score of 576 in the air rifle on the Zips’ record-setting day at the Palmyra Invite ... won a tie-breaker with two other teammates to claim first place (568) in the smallbore competition against the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (Nov. 10) ... finished third in the both the smallbore (565) and air rifle (568) versus Virginia Military Institute, John Jay College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Nov. 3) ... placed second in the smallbore (573) and third in the air rifle (573) in the Zips’ first home match versus Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Oct. 27) ... fired team-highs of 567 in the smallbore and 569 in the air rifle in a win at Ohio State (Oct. 21). PRIOR TO UA Was a member of the rifle team for five years and a team captain for two at Alden Central high School ... won a state championship as a freshman and was an all-star to the winning sectional team as a sophomore, junior and senior ... set three sectional records (94 2c offhand, 288 11c aggregate and 186 6c air) and four state records (99 7c kneeling, 100 8c prone, 284 air [2x]) ... was the Jamestown and Buffalo NRA sectional gold winner (2003-’07) ... attended and placed in the Scholastic Empire State Games (2003-’06), winning three gold medals and one silver in the 2006 Rochester Empire State Games ... attended the 2006 National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs, Colo. ... received the United States Marine Corp Distinguished Athlete award as a junior and the U.S. Army Scholar Athlete award as a senior. PERSONAL Daughter of Gary and Joann Gerevics ... has one older sister, Rachel, and one older brother, Jacob.

Gerevics’ Personal Best Scores

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Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

2009 UNIVERSITY OF AKRON RIFLE MEDIA GUIDE

560 578 383

AS A FRESHMAN (2007-08) Finished seventh in the air rifle division at the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships with a mark of 571 ... led the Zips with a 387 mark in the air rifle at the WIRC Championships ... named to Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Academic team ... cracked the top five with a 569 in the air rifle division against Penn State (Feb. 9). PRIOR TO UA Started shooting as a freshman at St. Petersburg High School with the Wyoming Antelope Club Junior shooting team ... qualified for the Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs, Colo. on two occasions ... participated in the NRA Nationals in Camp Perry, Ohio and at the U.S.A. Nationals at Ft. Benning, Ga. ... qualified for the National Guard 3p Air Junior Olympics in Bowling Green, Ky. ... won Florida State Championship in air rifle and smallbore. PERSONAL Daughter of Robert and Karen Jones ... has an older brother, Everett, and a younger sister, Courtney ... born in St. Petersburg, Fla. ... majoring in psychology.

Jones’ Personal Best Scores

Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

569 580 391


STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES |BENJAMIN •COMPTON

SARAH BENJAMIN

JENNA COMPTON

| Sophomore-1L Colchester, VT | Colchester HS

| Sophomore-1L Pittsburgh, Pa. | Mount Lebanon HS

AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09) Fired a 556 in the smallbore for a seventh place finish at the MAC Championship … Named to second team All-WIRC in the smallbore division … Earned a spot on the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Academic AllAmerican team … Finished the year in ninth place in the WIRC smallbore individual standings with an average of 561.4 and 22nd in the air rifle individual standings with an average of 374.8 … Finished fifth (562) in the smallbore and ninth (562) in the air rifle against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Jan. 24) … Placed 14th in the smallbore with a score of 556 and 15th (566) in the air rifle against West Virginia (Jan. 31) … Captured third place (572) in the smallbore and sixth place (571) in the air rifle against the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (Nov. 8) … Finished fourth in the smallbore division against Morehead State (Nov. 22) with a score of 563 and ninth (567) in the air rifle division ... Fired a 552 in the smallbore and a 551 in the air rifle against Tennessee Tech (Oct.10), finishing eighth and 17th respectively … Placed 13th in the smallbore (551) and 15th in the air rifle (560) at the Boilermaker Invitational (Oct. 18) … Shot a 553 in the smallbore to place 13th at the NCAA qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, taking 16th place (565) in the air rifle. PRIOR TO UA Sarah has been an active member of the Burlington Rifle & Pistol Junior Team since 2002. She has qualified for the Junior Olympics for the past 6 years in air rifle &/or smallbore. She won the gold medal as a J3 in 2003 at the JORCs. She also competed in the American Legion Championships where she qualified to attend the Nationals in 2007. She has been the state winner of many NRA sectionals over the past years as well. She won the silver medal for Intermediate Junior for smallbore at the Palmyra Invitational in 2006 and 1st place Junior smallbore team in 2007. She also won the top sharpshooter award for 3-position smallbore at Camp Perry in 2006 along with her team winning the gold medal as the Junior 3-position Team Champions in iron sights. PERSONAL Daughter of Dick and Joan Benjamin... has one older sister, Katie... Born in Burlington, VT... Major undecided.

2009 NCAA Individual Air Rifle Champion AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09) Won the NCAA Individual Air Rifle Championship by averaging a score of 691.6, outscoring her opponent by six tenths of a point to claim the title… Named Air Rifle Shooter of the Month in November by the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference … Was the lone shooter on first team All-WIRC Air Rifle … Named to second team All-WIRC in the smallbore division … Appointed to the U.S. Olympic National Development team … Selected to the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Academic All-American team …Fired a 588 in the air rifle for a first place finish and fired a 570 in the smallbore for a second place finish at the MAC Championship … Finished third in the WIRC air rifle individual standings with an average of 385 and eighth in the smallbore individual standings with an average of 562 … Fourth place finish (572) in the air rifle and eighth (552) in smallbore against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Jan. 24) … Placed ninth in both the smallbore and air rifle with scores of 570 and 577 respectively against West Virginia (Jan. 31) … Captured first place (580) in the air rifle and sixth (569) in the smallbore against the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (Nov. 8) … Took sixth (576) in the air rifle division and 13th in the smallbore division against Morehead State (Nov. 22) with a score of 554 … Fired a 537 in the smallbore and a 556 in the air rifle to finish 15th in both divisions against Tennessee Tech (Oct. 10) … Placed ninth in the smallbore (555) and 18th in the air rifle (556) at the Boilermaker Invitational (Oct. 18) … Shot a 587 in the air rifle to capture first place at the NCAA qualifier in Columbus, Ohio while finishing fifth in the smallbore (564). PRIOR TO UA Started shooting as a freshman at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, PA. Was team captain two years in a row (2005 and 2007). Led the team to win the state championship and set a school record senior year. Individually, gold medalist in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Championship. Placed Fourth in the Pennsylvania State Championship (prone). Titled Most Valuable Player by local newspaper (Almanac). PERSONAL Daughter of Michael Compton and Cindy Fisher, step-daughter of David Fisher…Has an older brother, Matthew, a twin brother, Danny, and a younger brother, Evan…Born in Dayton, Ohio…Majoring in Biology.

Compton’s Personal Best Scores

Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

573 590 (UA Record) 390

Benjamin’s Personal Best Scores

Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

572 571 383 2009 UNIVERSITY OF AKRON RIFLE MEDIA GUIDE

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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES | MARTIN • NELSON

ALLISA MARTIN

LUKE NELSON

| Sophomore-1L Manheim, Pa. | Manheim Central HS

| Sophomore-1L Ravenna, Ohio | Southeast HS

AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09) Named to the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Academic All-American team … Finished the year in 38th place in the WIRC air rifle individual standings with an average of 365.8 and 33rd in the smallbore individual standings with an average of 529.4 … Fired into 10th place (558) in the air rifle and 11th (538) in the smallbore against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Jan. 24) … Placed 19th in the smallbore with a personal best score of 547 against West Virginia (Jan. 31) ... Fired a personal best score of 573 in air rifle against Ohio State… Claimed 16th (560) in the air rifle and 21st place (518) in the smallbore against the University of Sciences at Philadelphia (Nov. 8) … Took 18th (557) in the air rifle division and 19th in the smallbore division against Morehead State (Nov. 22) with a score of 520 … Fired a 525 in the smallbore and a 539 in the air rifle against Tennessee Tech (Oct. 10) to finish 18th and 19th respectively … Placed 17th in the air rifle (556) and 21st in the smallbore (529) at the Boilermaker Invitational (Oct. 18) … Shot a 560 in the air rifle to place 21st at the NCAA qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, earning a 29th place finish (539) in the smallbore at this event.

AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09) Finished the year in 13th place in the WIRC smallbore individual standings with an average of 557.2 and 25th in the air rifle individual standings with an average of 373.6 … Finished third (566) in the smallbore and 11th( 558) in the air rifle against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Jan. 24) … Placed 13th in the smallbore with a score of 557 and 18th (563) in the air rifle against West Virginia (Jan. 31) … Took 13th place (544) in the smallbore and 18th (555) in the air rifle against the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (Nov. 8) … Finished 13th (563) in the air rifle division and 14th in the smallbore division against Morehead State (Nov. 22) with a score of 550 … Fired a 540 in the smallbore and a 554 in the air rifle against Tennessee Tech (Oct.10) to finish 12th and 16th respectively … Placed 20th in the smallbore (530) and 22nd in the air rifle (551) at the Boilermaker Invitational (Oct. 18) … Shot a 563 in the smallbore to capture sixth place and 12th (570) in the air rifle at the NCAA qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

PRIOR TO UA Started shooting when she was a sophomore at Manheim Central High School for their air rifle team. She has won multiple tournaments in that league. She then began to shooting for The Columbia Fish and Game rifle team where she was coached by Elmer Schweitzer. PERSONAL Daughter of Ken and Sherri Martin...has a younger sister Kerri...born in Lancaster, Pa. ...majoring in nursing.

Martin’s Personal Best Scores

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Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

2009 UNIVERSITY OF AKRON RIFLE MEDIA GUIDE

547 573 371

PRIOR TO UA Started shooting unofficially at age four when his father came home with a Daisy BB gun. Nelson began shooting competitively when he was a HS freshman as a member of the Vienna Cougars Junior Rifle Club in Vienna , Ohio. By the end of his first year with the Cougars he was averaging 186.6 out of 200 with a high score of 197. Competing in his first Buckeye League match on the international targets Nelson fired and impressive 525 out of 600. This same year Nelson took 6th in the 3p outdoor state of Ohio match. And a close second behind UA sophomore Josh Fabajiance in the prone match. Nelson was also on the National Champion prone Team at Camp Perry. By the end of his High School Career Nelson was averaging mid 540’s on the international target and clinched the State of Ohio Three position Champion title and finished second in prone. PERSONAL Son of Scot and Kim Nelson... has three younger siblings, Nathan, LaRee and Joe... Born in Ravenna , Ohio ... Major is undecided.

Nelson’s Personal Best Scores

Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

568 573 379


STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES |STEIN • SZABO

RYAN STEIN

ZACHARY SZABO

| Sophomore-1L Washington, Pa. | Trinity HS

| Sophomore-1L Avella, Pa. | Avella Area Jr.-Sr. HS

AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09) Named All-MAC honorable mention air rifle with an average of 571 … Also selected to the smallbore first team All-WIRC and second team All-WIRC in the air rifle division … Earned a spot on the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Academic All-American team … Fired a 556 in the smallbore for an eighth place finish at the MAC Championship … Finished fifth in the WIRC smallbore individual standings with an average of 563.6 and eighth in the air rifle individual standings with an average of 380.6 … Shot into first place (572) in the smallbore and fifth (570) in the air rifle against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Jan. 24) … Placed 15th in the smallbore with a score of 554 and 17th (564) in the air rifle against West Virginia (Jan. 31) … Captured eighth place in both the smallbore and air rifle with scores of 566 and 569 respectively against the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (Nov. 8) … Notched a first place finish (581) in the air rifle division and sixth in the smallbore division against Morehead State (Nov. 22) with a score of 561 … Fired a 565 in the smallbore and a 570 in the air rifle against Tennessee Tech (Oct. 10) to place second and fifth respectively … Placed first in the air rifle (583) and 11th in the smallbore (553) at the Boilermaker Invitational (Oct. 18) … Shot a 563 to capture seventh place in the smallbore at the NCAA qualifier in Columbus, Ohio while finishing 23rd (558) in the air rifle.

AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09) Garnered All-MAC honorable mention in smallbore with and average of 564.67 … Earned second team All-WIRC honors in the smallbore … Named to the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Academic AllAmerican team … Fired a 567 in the smallbore for a second place finish at the MAC Championship … Finished sixth in the WIRC smallbore individual standings with an average of 563.2 and 17th in the air rifle individual standings with an average of 377.8 … Second place finish (567) in the smallbore and 13th (557) in the air rifle against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Jan. 24) … Placed eighth with a mark of 570 in the smallbore and 11th with a mark of 574 in the air rifle against West Virginia (Jan. 31) … Claimed 10th place (567) in the air rifle and 11th (555) in the smallbore against the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (Nov. 8) … Shot into fifth place in the smallbore division against Morehead State (Nov. 22) with a score of 563 and eighth (569) in the air rifle division … Fired a 579 in the air rifle and a 562 in the smallbore against Tennessee Tech (Oct. 10) to finish second and third respectively … Placed fifth in the smallbore (568) and 11th in the air rifle (566) at the Boilermaker Invitational (Oct. 18) … Shot a 569 in the smallbore to capture second place also finishing 13th (569) in the air rifle at the NCAA qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

PRIOR TO UA Started shooting in 4-H six years ago…Started high school and made the prone team… Shot varsity all four years and was a captain of the team junior and senior year… Won the WPIAL match freshman and sophmore year, winning state match as a freshman…Has shot in multiple 3-P and air rifle matches since joining the Frazier Simplex Rifle Team five years ago…Some of these include Camp Perry, Ohio, 4-H Nationals in South Dakota, and numerous others in Pennsylvania…Senior year he shot in the Bob Moore 100-shot offhand match and won the junior section for the first year of the match.

PRIOR TO UA Started shooting prone in high school...Moved on to 3-P as a junior...Shot at Frazier simplex and attended various competitions including Jr. Olympics, Ft. Benning and Camp Perry...A member of the Frazier Simplex 4-H Team, which took Nationals.

PERSONAL: Son of Ron and Karen Stein…has a younger sister named Sara…Born in Washington, Pa… Majoring in Civil Engineering.

Stein’s Personal Best Scores

Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

572 583 388

PERSONAL Son of Daniel and Darcie Szabo...Has an older brother Daniel, and a younger sister Dawn... Born in Pittsburgh, Pa...Majoring in biology.

Szabo’s Personal Best Scores

Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

571 579 383

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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES | SZABO • AUCLAIR • BRUMMOND • BUTLER

REBEKAH ASHBROOK

ADAM AUCLAIR

| Sophomore-1L Claysville, Pa. | McGuffey HS

| Freshman Hudson, N.H. | Alvirne HS

AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09) Redshirted…Named to the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Academic AllAmerican team.

PRIOR TO UA Joined the Hudson (New Hampshire) Junior Rifle Team in his sophomore year of high school…Won the State Junior Olympic Smallbore Championship in just his second year of competition…Capture the Hudson Prone 600 Championships back-to-back as a junior and senior…Won a National Championship in the NRA 3-P Smallbore rifle, Precision Air Rifle as a senior…National Junior Champion in 3-P Iron sights at 2009 Camp Perry National Championships.

PRIOR TO UA McGuffey High School rifle team Captain 2007-08 ... named to the PA All-Tournament Team [3] times ... a member of [2] Pa State Interscholastic Championship Rifle Teams ... 2008 PA State Interscholastic Rifle Prone Champion, 2008 W.P.I.A.L. Rifle Champion and, 2008 W.P.I.A.L. SR Invitational Champion ... also the holder of record scores for each of those championships and the only person ever to have won all three ...Winner of [11] W.P.I.A.L. and State medals ... coached by Howard J.Ashbrook [Dad]. PERSONAL Daughter of Howard and Marjie Ashbrook , Claysville, PA ... comes from a shooting family, her dad was Captain of The University of Pittsburgh Rifle Team, has two sisters Rachel who was on The Ohio State Rifle Team and Sarah who was on the The University of Akron Team ... McGuffey High School Honor Graduate, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Yearbook Staff and, Keystone Girls State ... Hunted in Africa with her dad. Rebekah and her sisters all have entries in the Safari Club International record book .... Major ; Speech and Language Pathology / Psychology.

Ashbrook’s Personal Best Scores

Smallbore Air Rifle (60 shot) Air Rifle (40 shot)

546 559 368

PERSONAL Son of Mere and Arlene Auclair…Has a younger sister, Sara…Born in Haverhill, Mass…. Majoring in Biochemistry.

DAVID BRUMMOND | Freshman

Honeoye Falls, N.Y. | Honeoye Falls-Lima HS

PRIOR TO UA Started shooting at the age of 13 through the Rochester Rifle Club Junior Team…Has qualified for the Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs, Colo. twice… Fired a prone personal record of 583 at the 2008 USA Shooting National Championships…Was the 2009 State 3-P Champion…Captured third place overall with Whistler Boy Team in 2009 at Camp Perry, Ohio… Coached by Justin Tracy and Jeff Lagendyk. PERSONAL Son of Robert and Barbara Brummond…Has an older sister, Mary…Born in Rochester, N.Y. …Majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

TRISTAN BUTLER | Freshman Underhill, Vt. | Mount Mansfield Union HS PRIOR TO UA Has been shooting since he was eight years old, following in the footsteps of two older siblings…Shot at the Junior Olympics on three separate occasions…Has shot on the Burlington Rifle and Pistol Club team for nine years. PERSONAL Son of John and Carol Butler…Has three siblings, William, Eadye and Kohlton…Was raised on a dairy farm in Vermont where he enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and maple sugaring…Majoring in Biology.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES |CARTER •DIETRICH

JIM CARTER | Freshman

Burke, Va. | Lake Braddock Secondary School

PRIOR TO UA Started shooting when mother introduced him to competitive rifle at age 11…went to Camp Perry for the first time in sixth grade…Joined the Northern Virginia Sharpshooters and practiced at the Izaak Walton League in Centerville, Va. …Joined the Acorns Combined Junior Rifle Team and was also a member of the Lake Braddock Secondary School Rifle Team…Shot at the Junior Olympics in both 2007 and 2009…Attended the National Rifle Association Junior Advanced Camp as well as the Fort Benning Camp. PERSONAL Son of David and Kelly Carter…Has a sister, Heather…Majoring in Electrical Engineering.

NICOLE DIETRICH | Freshman Prosperity, Pa. | McGuffey HS PRIOR TO UA Joined the rifle team as a freshman and was named to the varsity squad… Assisted high school squad to three state championships also attending individuals three times in career…Joined the Frazier Simplex Rifle Club, shooting 4-H…Has only been shooting competitively for five years.

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PERSONAL Daughter of Bill and Vicki Dietrich…Only child, born and raised in Washington, Pa....Majoring in Sociology/Criminology and Law Enforce-

2009 Postseason Schedule

Sat, Feb 13 NCAA Qualifier Sat, Feb 20 WIR Championships Sat, Mar 06 MAC Championships Thu, Mar 11/12 NCAA Championships

at Columbus, Ohio at East Lansing, Mich. at New London, Conn. at Forth Worth, Texas

2009 SEASON REVIEW Zips Earn Second Place Finsh at NCAA Qualifier The University of Akron rifle team traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the second time this season to compete in the NCAA Qualifier which hosted three teams in the event held at the Ohio State University firing range. Host Ohio State took top honors with a team score of 4569 while the Zips earned a second place finish with 4543 as the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology rounded out the trio in third with a team score of 4413. With just 16 points separating Akron from Ohio State, the smallbore division was a tight race. UA freshman Zachary Szabo and OSU’s Jed Neidigh firing like scores of 569. Neidigh would win the tiebreaker earning top gun honors and a first place gold medal while Szabo trailed in second earning a silver medal for the Zips. Steve Nozaki of OSU rounded out the top three claiming bronze. Three other Zips’ performances earned them slots in the top ten as UA freshmen Luke Nelson and Ryan Stein finished in sixth (563) and seventh (563) following a tiebreaker. Senior Julie DeBrita rounded out the Akron shooters in 10th with a score of 559. OSU took top team honors in the smallbore division with a score of 2253 in contrast with Akron’s 2251. Head coach Newt Engle states that, “It was an incredibly close match. We gave it our all but then again, so did they. OSU is a fine team and they earned the top spot today.” Ohio State used a strong showing in the air rifle division to spread the margin of victory and earn the top slot in today’s contest shooting a team score of 2316 while the Zips fired 2292. Top gun honors and the coveted gold medal went to UA freshman Jenna Compton who fired a career-best score of 587, just one point shy of the school record held by DeBrita (588). OSU’s Jasmine Margaria and Jed Neidigh fired the second top-three tie with like scores of 584. Margaria won the tiebreaker earning the silver medal while Neidigh claimed the bronze for Ohio Sate. UA senior Michael Tokarz earned a fourth place finish in the air rifle segment with a score of 579. Sophomore Brittany Jones, senior Megan Reinking and sophomore Rebecca Gerevics finished in eight, ninth and 10th with like scores of 572. Compton and the Zips wqas forced to wait to find out if her score of 587 earned her a trip to the NCAA Championships, as last years cutoff for individuals was 586. Engle notes, “This was one of our better air rifle performances of the year. We had several team members post high marks and I am really happy Jenna earned the NCAA invite.” Akron Rifle Wins Fifth Straight WIRC Championship The University of Akron picked up its fifth consecutive Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championship at Purdue University. Akron fired a 3775 on the day en route to claiming the victory while Morehead State University trailed in second with 3738 and The Ohio State University finished third with a team mark of 3736. The All-WIRC teams were announced with Akron garnering an impressive 10 athletes. Freshman Ryan Stein represented Akron on the Smallbore first team while Jenna Compton was recognized as the lone Zips shooter on the All-WIRC air rifle first team. Zachary Szabo, Jenna Compton, Sarah Benjamin and Megan Reinking were all named to the All-WIRC smallbore second team. Finally, Brittany Jones, Ryan Stein, Rebecca Gerevics and Megan Reinking were second team All-WIRC air rifle honorees. An extremely close match opened with the smallbore division and ended with the Zips finishing ahead of the competition. Akron’s team score of 2239, bested both Morehead State (2230) and Ohio State (2228) who were also on hand for the championship. Behind a career-best performance from sophomore Brittany Jones, Akron extended its lead in the air rifle contest. The Zips fired a season-high and school-best team mark of 1536, beating the previous score of 1535 set in 2002. Morehead State and Ohio State would fire like scores of 1508, resulting in a tie-breaker which MSU would win, edging Ohio State into third place. Jones, who fired a career-high 391 earned top gun honors also tying the school record held by Angela Engle set in 2002. Following Jones was freshman Jenna Compton who fired a season-best mark of 390. Compton was selected to represent Akron in the NCAA air rifle competition following her performance at the qualifier two weeks ago. Head coach Newt Engle stated, “Every coach dreams of having a team peak at exactly the right moment. The real exciting thing is we fired great at this match and I am certain this is just the beginning of what this team can do.” The Akron squad garnered national recognition as the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs issued invitations to select athletes to compete in the National Junior Olympic Rifle Championships held at the Olympic Training Center in April. A team-high five members garnered invites, including freshmen Sarah Benjamin, Jenna Compton, Luke Nelson,

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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES |CARTER •DIETRICH

JIM CARTER | Freshman

Burke, Va. | Lake Braddock Secondary School

PRIOR TO UA Started shooting when mother introduced him to competitive rifle at age 11…went to Camp Perry for the first time in sixth grade…Joined the Northern Virginia Sharpshooters and practiced at the Izaak Walton League in Centerville, Va. …Joined the Acorns Combined Junior Rifle Team and was also a member of the Lake Braddock Secondary School Rifle Team…Shot at the Junior Olympics in both 2007 and 2009…Attended the National Rifle Association Junior Advanced Camp as well as the Fort Benning Camp. PERSONAL Son of David and Kelly Carter…Has a sister, Heather…Majoring in Electrical Engineering.

NICOLE DIETRICH | Freshman Prosperity, Pa. | McGuffey HS PRIOR TO UA Joined the rifle team as a freshman and was named to the varsity squad… Assisted high school squad to three state championships also attending individuals three times in career…Joined the Frazier Simplex Rifle Club, shooting 4-H…Has only been shooting competitively for five years.

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PERSONAL Daughter of Bill and Vicki Dietrich…Only child, born and raised in Washington, Pa....Majoring in Sociology/Criminology and Law Enforce-

2009 Postseason Schedule

Sat, Feb 13 NCAA Qualifier Sat, Feb 20 WIR Championships Sat, Mar 06 MAC Championships Thu, Mar 11/12 NCAA Championships

at Columbus, Ohio at East Lansing, Mich. at New London, Conn. at Forth Worth, Texas

2009 SEASON REVIEW Zips Earn Second Place Finsh at NCAA Qualifier The University of Akron rifle team traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the second time this season to compete in the NCAA Qualifier which hosted three teams in the event held at the Ohio State University firing range. Host Ohio State took top honors with a team score of 4569 while the Zips earned a second place finish with 4543 as the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology rounded out the trio in third with a team score of 4413. With just 16 points separating Akron from Ohio State, the smallbore division was a tight race. UA freshman Zachary Szabo and OSU’s Jed Neidigh firing like scores of 569. Neidigh would win the tiebreaker earning top gun honors and a first place gold medal while Szabo trailed in second earning a silver medal for the Zips. Steve Nozaki of OSU rounded out the top three claiming bronze. Three other Zips’ performances earned them slots in the top ten as UA freshmen Luke Nelson and Ryan Stein finished in sixth (563) and seventh (563) following a tiebreaker. Senior Julie DeBrita rounded out the Akron shooters in 10th with a score of 559. OSU took top team honors in the smallbore division with a score of 2253 in contrast with Akron’s 2251. Head coach Newt Engle states that, “It was an incredibly close match. We gave it our all but then again, so did they. OSU is a fine team and they earned the top spot today.” Ohio State used a strong showing in the air rifle division to spread the margin of victory and earn the top slot in today’s contest shooting a team score of 2316 while the Zips fired 2292. Top gun honors and the coveted gold medal went to UA freshman Jenna Compton who fired a career-best score of 587, just one point shy of the school record held by DeBrita (588). OSU’s Jasmine Margaria and Jed Neidigh fired the second top-three tie with like scores of 584. Margaria won the tiebreaker earning the silver medal while Neidigh claimed the bronze for Ohio Sate. UA senior Michael Tokarz earned a fourth place finish in the air rifle segment with a score of 579. Sophomore Brittany Jones, senior Megan Reinking and sophomore Rebecca Gerevics finished in eight, ninth and 10th with like scores of 572. Compton and the Zips wqas forced to wait to find out if her score of 587 earned her a trip to the NCAA Championships, as last years cutoff for individuals was 586. Engle notes, “This was one of our better air rifle performances of the year. We had several team members post high marks and I am really happy Jenna earned the NCAA invite.” Akron Rifle Wins Fifth Straight WIRC Championship The University of Akron picked up its fifth consecutive Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championship at Purdue University. Akron fired a 3775 on the day en route to claiming the victory while Morehead State University trailed in second with 3738 and The Ohio State University finished third with a team mark of 3736. The All-WIRC teams were announced with Akron garnering an impressive 10 athletes. Freshman Ryan Stein represented Akron on the Smallbore first team while Jenna Compton was recognized as the lone Zips shooter on the All-WIRC air rifle first team. Zachary Szabo, Jenna Compton, Sarah Benjamin and Megan Reinking were all named to the All-WIRC smallbore second team. Finally, Brittany Jones, Ryan Stein, Rebecca Gerevics and Megan Reinking were second team All-WIRC air rifle honorees. An extremely close match opened with the smallbore division and ended with the Zips finishing ahead of the competition. Akron’s team score of 2239, bested both Morehead State (2230) and Ohio State (2228) who were also on hand for the championship. Behind a career-best performance from sophomore Brittany Jones, Akron extended its lead in the air rifle contest. The Zips fired a season-high and school-best team mark of 1536, beating the previous score of 1535 set in 2002. Morehead State and Ohio State would fire like scores of 1508, resulting in a tie-breaker which MSU would win, edging Ohio State into third place. Jones, who fired a career-high 391 earned top gun honors also tying the school record held by Angela Engle set in 2002. Following Jones was freshman Jenna Compton who fired a season-best mark of 390. Compton was selected to represent Akron in the NCAA air rifle competition following her performance at the qualifier two weeks ago. Head coach Newt Engle stated, “Every coach dreams of having a team peak at exactly the right moment. The real exciting thing is we fired great at this match and I am certain this is just the beginning of what this team can do.” The Akron squad garnered national recognition as the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs issued invitations to select athletes to compete in the National Junior Olympic Rifle Championships held at the Olympic Training Center in April. A team-high five members garnered invites, including freshmen Sarah Benjamin, Jenna Compton, Luke Nelson,

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Joel Nuzum and Zachary Szabo. Midshipmen Marginally Edge Zips at MAC Championships The Navy Midshipmen used a 14 point advantage to claim the Mid Atlantic Conference Championship, defeating the Zips, 4558-4544 at the Virginia Military Institute firing range. Despite the loss, the Zips posted several strong performances led by none other than freshman Jenna Compton. In the Smallbore Division, Akron notched a team score of 2249 to Navy’s 2254 as Compton narrowly missed top gun honors by just one point, firing a 570 to settle in second. Midshipman Chris Burleson would earn the prestige with a score of 571. Fellow freshman Zachary Szabo earned a third place finish, shooting 567 as Sarah Benjamin and Ryan Stein made it a class affair with both freshmen firing like 566’s. (Benjamin finished ahead of Stein, following the tie breaker.) The Air Rifle contest saw Compton pick up where she left off by pacing the field as she earned top gun honors, firing a score of 588 to nab the top slot. Sophomore Brittany Jones trailed in fourth with 575, after winning the tie breaker with Burleson of Navy. Sophomore Rebecca Gerevics would achieve a similar result, ending the contest in sixth place with 568 points after besting both Jennifer Hawk from Penn State and Allison Lankes of Navy in a three-way tie-breaker. Despite placing three shooters in the topten, Navy topped the Zips with four shooters, tallying a group total of 2304 over Akron’s 2295. “Every year we get just a little bit closer to finishing ahead of Navy,” states head coach Newt Engle adding, “Navy shot well and deserves the crown, but they definitely know we are after them.” Compton Claims NCAA Collegiate Individual Air Rifle Championship University of Akron freshman Jenna Compton became just the second athlete in school history to win a national championship, and the first to do so for the rifle squad, as she won the NCAA Collegiate Individual Air Rifle Championship at the NCAA Championships at Texas Christian University. With the victory, Compton becomes the first Akron athlete to capture a national championship since Christi Smith, who won the 2000 outdoor heptathlon national title. On winning an individual National Championship Compton said, “It’s amazing, I still can not believe it. There are no words to describe how I feel right now. Heading into the finals I was nervous and my heart was pounding, but I knew I had to relax and keep my composure. I did not go in expecting to win a national championship but winning feels great and the whole experience was pretty amazing.” All the makings of a Cinderella story were in place for Compton’s fairytale ending. The freshman, who has been a constant performer for the Zips this season, gained her NCAA berth at the NCAA Qualifier at the Ohio State University and fired a personal-best mark of 587, earning top gun honors and a gold medal at the event, while qualifying with the nation’s 14th-best score. More importantly, Compton became just the second shooter in UA history to earn a national bid since Varsity “A” Hall of Famer Mark Beres did so back in 1979. Following flights one and two in the first round of competition, Compton fired a personal and school-best mark of 590 but still trailed West Virginia University’s Bryant Wallizer by just one point, as Wallizer rested in first with 591. The Olympic finals conclude the event as each shooter fired 10 shots before the National Champion was decided and where Compton would eventually win her title. Compton bested Wallizer, who shot 100 in the finals (and ended the day with a mark of 691), by six-tenths of a point, notching a score of 101.6 to finish ahead with a final tally of 691.6. For dramatic flare, the freshman

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2008-09 Awards/Accolades

National Jenna Compton

2009 NCAA Individual Air Rifle Champion

Mid-Atlantic Conference Rebecca Gerevics All-MAC Second Team (Air Rifle) Brittany Jones All-MAC Second Team (Air Rifle) Michael Tokarz All-MAC Second Team (Air Rifle) Ryan Stein All-MAC Honorable Mention (Air Rifle) Zachary Szabo All-MAC Honorable Mention (Smallbore) MAC Shooter of the Month Jenna Compton November Brittany Jones February waited until her ninth and 10th shots to take the .6 point advantage, becoming the number one individual collegiate shooter in the nation. As expected, head coach Newt Engle was extremely proud of his shooter’s accomplishments adding, “I’ve been proud of our team and their many accomplishments for years, but Jenna winning the individual championship symbolizes the crown jewel of our hard work.” Engle continued stating, “Jenna entered the championships wih a clear head and fired her match like a true champion, battling till the very end. Jenna has done her teammates, the program and The University of Akron proud today. There are simply no words to accurately describe what I feel about her accomplishments. I would like to recognize all our supporters, especially volunteer assistant coach Bryan Cargould for all his hard work and contributions to our team. He was extremely instrumental in Jenna’s performance today and a big part of her success, diligently working with her over the past two weeks at practice.” Compton’s Individual Air Rifle National Championship capped off a successful 2008-09 campaign for the UA rifle program, which recently finished second at the Mid Atlantic Conference Rifle Championships held at the Virginia Military Institute. The Zips, who finished with a 5-4 mark overall and also captured their fifth-straight WIRC Championship this year. Akron Rifle Adorned With Postseason Recognition Days after freshman Jenna Compton claimed the first NCAA Collegiate Individual Air Rifle Championship for the UA rifle team, postseason accolades and awards continued to pour in, recognizing the team and their many accomplishments both on and off the range in the 2008-09 season. The Mid Atlantic Conference announced conference awards with the highest number of athletes recognized as five Akron shooters garnered recognition for their performances. The awards which are based on the best shooter’s averages across MAC matches saw Sophomores Rebecca Gerevics and Brittany Jones as well as senior Michael Tokarz named to the MAC All-Conference second team in the air rifle division. Gerevics’ sixthbest conference average of 571.80 paced the Zips as the sophomore fired in ten matches over the season, while Jones recorded a season average of 571.30, which was the seventh-best conference average. Tokarz notched a MAC average of 571.13 and was the eight-best air rifle shooter in the conference. Freshman Ryan Stein rounded out the Zips recognized in the air rifle division, earning honorable mention in his first year on the squad with an average of 571.00. In the Smallbore Division, freshman Zachary Szabo received MAC All-Conference honorable mention with a conference average of 564.67 over nine matches this season. Compton, who won the first national championship for the rifle squad and just second in Akron school history, has been appointed as the newest member of the US Olympic National Development Team as announced by US Olympic National rifle coach Dave Johnson. With the appointment, Compton becomes the first Akron shooter to join the elite group of athletes who receive special training and match opportunities to compete for a spot on the next US Olympic team. Additionally, sophomore Brittany Jones was recognized as the Conference Air Rifle Shooter of the Month for February becoming the second Akron shooter to receive the prestige this season as Compton earned recognition in November. Finally, the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association announced the CRCA Academic All-American team with a team-high nine athletes receiving the honor. Freshmen Rebekah Ashbrook, Sarah Benjamin, Jenna Compton, Allisa Martin, Ryan Stein, Zachary Szabo and as well as sophomore Brittany Jones and seniors Andrew Castano and Megan Reinking were all recognized.


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