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2010-11 Detroit Titans Fencing Yearbook


1972 NCAA National Champions

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he Detroit Titans have seven fencers, Dan Cantillon, William Giovan, Fred Hooker, Greg Kocab, Pat McDonald, Tyrone Simmons, and Gerry Surowiec, as well as former head coach Richard Perry in the Titans Hall of Fame. Three fencers (and Perry) are from the 1972 men’s fencing team with the honor of being the only team from the University of Detroit Mercy to win a team national Championship that took place in Chicago, IL that year. Detroit served notice to the rest of the country that they were a team to be reckoned with posting a 19-1 record on the season. Foilist Tyrone Simmons led Detroit with a 43-4 dual meet record on the season. Ken Blake finished the dual season at 46-6 in the sabre, while Fred Hooker went 33-11 in the epee. Detroit held a slim 49-48 lead over Columbia following the first day of competition, and Simmons vowed that he was “...not going to let them even hit me.” Day-two saw Detroit fence beautifully as Simmons went undefeated in the foil, scoring 115 touches to just 32. Hooker and Blake combined to post a 35-11 record in the epee and sabre. Detroit ended the competition with 73 points, thee ahead of New York University and seven in front of Columbia.

Simmons was also the NCAA Foil Champion in 1971 and was named as the Illinois Memorial Award winner both years presented annually to the College Fencer of the Year. He was a member of the 1972 Olympic Team and also the 1971 Gold Medal U.S. Foil team at the Pan American Games. He posted an outstanding three-season record of 126-10 for a winning percentage of .927. Perry had an amazing 228-96 record in his first 18 years as head coach of the fencing team. He was named the National Coach of the Year in 1971. He coached coached five All-Americans and two U.S. Collegiate Fencers of the Year during his career. Hooker was an All-American epeeist in 1972 and placed fourth that year in the NCAA Tournament as an individual. He was seventh nationally in 1970 and again in 1971, the year where the Titans finished third as a team. He was the co-captain of the National Championship team and left with a sterling career record of 173-37, good for a winning percentage of .832. His 173 career victories, and the 46 he recorded in 1970, both set school records in the epee.

Simmons ended up winning the foil competition, Blake took second in the sabre, and Hooker captured fourth in epee. In addition to being the first trio of African-Americans to win the fencing crown, all three members of the squad earned All-America honors.

1972 (L-R): Head Coach Richard Perry, Assistant Coach Stan Sieja, Tyrone Simmons. Simmons is being awarded the Illinois Memorial Award which is presented annually to the College Fencer of the Year.

1972 All-Americans (L-R) Ken Blake, Tyrone Simmons, Fred Hoooker


Table of Contents NCAA National Champions................................2-3 UDM Quick Facts................................................. 5 2010-11 Schedule............................................... 6 2010-11 Fencing Roster....................................... 7 Head Coach.......................................................8-9 Coaching Staff.................................................... 10 2010-11 Media Roster........................................ 11 Male Individual Bios......................................12-24 Female Individual Bios..................................25-30 Men’s and Women’s Team Pictures..................... 31 Titan Athletics...............................................32-35 Notable Alumni.................................................. 36 Titans Hall of Fame ......................................37-38 Athletic Director ................................................ 39 Titans Athletic Staff............................................ 40 Titan Head Coaches........................................... 41 Titan Points of Pride........................................... 42

Attention: Media Members and Opposing Schools Since the consolidation of the University of Detroit and Mercy College in 1990, UDM athletic teams have found themselves referred to in many different forms. In order to maintain consistency, we ask that the media continue to refer to us as UDM -- or use Detroit or Detroit Titans -- and eliminate the use of such abbreviations as U-D, U of D Mercy, Detroit Mercy, University of Detroit, etc. When refering to Detroit women's intercollegiate athletic teams, please do not use the term "Lady Titans". All of our teams should be called the Titans. Thank you for your cooperation and your continuing coverage of the Detroit Titans.

Seniors Tom Lorenzo, Brad Coon, and Tim Nelson

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The 2010-11 UDM Fencing Yearbook is a production of the Detroit Sports Information Department. The guide was written and designed by Sports Information Assistant Joel Walrath and edited by the Sports Information Department. Photos by Tim Busch and UDM Sports Info.

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UDM Quick Facts UNIVERSITY INFORMATION School Name:.................................................. University of Detroit Mercy Location:................................................................................Detroit, MI Founded:.......................................................................................1877 Enrollment:...................................................................................5,700 Nickname:.................................................................................... Titans Colors:.......................................................................... Red, White, Blue Affiliation:.......................................................................NCAA Division I Conference:................................................................................ Horizon Fencing Affiliation:...................................................................... Midwest Interim President:.............................................................Michael Joseph ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT INFORMATION Athletic Director:................................................................... Keri Gaither Senior Associate AD:...................................................Daron Montgomery Associate AD for Business Ops./SWA:......................................Teri Kromrei Assistant AD for NCAA Compliance:....................................... Steve Corder Asst. AD for Facilities & Special Events:.....................................Jeff Latinen Dir. of Ticket Sales & Fan Experience:....................................Greg Haapala Dir. of Marketing & Promotions:.................................... Brandon Longmeier Dir. of Ticket Ops. & Special Events:..................................... Emily Vannice Asst. AD for Sports Medicine:...............................................Michael Miller Asst. AD for Strength & Conditioning:........................................ Joe Tofferi Faculty Athletic Representative:............................................. Erick Barnes Athletic Department Phone:................................................ 313-993-1700 Fax:................................................................................ 313-993-2449 Mailing Address:....................................................4001 W. McNichols Rd. ..................................................................................Detroit, MI 48221 SPORTS INFORMATION STAFF Sports Information Director:................................................Mitch Wigness Asst. Sports Information Directors:..................... P.J. Gradowski, Kit Stetzel Sports Information Asst. (Fencing Contact):............. Joel Walrath Email:.............................................................Joel.Walrath@udmercy.edu Sports Info. Office Phone:.................................................. 313-993-1745 Sports Info Office Fax:....................................................... 313-993-1765 Website:......................................................................DetroitTitans.com FENCING STAFF Head Coach:...................................................Todd Dressel (Oakland, ‘90) Office Phone:.................................................................... 313-993-1725 Email: .................................................. todd.dressell@udmercy.edu Graduate Assistant Coaches:................. Nick Tobianski, Doug Sollman Volunteer Assistant Coaches:............ Ashley Colbert, Ashlee McLemore

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Detroit Titans Fencing 2010-11 Fencing Schedule Date

Day

Event

Location

October 15-18

Fri- Mon. North America Cup

Cincinnati, OH

December 5 Sun.

Istvan Danosi Meet @ Wayne State

Detroit, MI

January 15 Sat.

Cleveland State Duals UDM vs Cleveland State University, Vassar, Case Western Reserve University, University of Michigan

Cleveland, OH

29-30 Sat.-Sun.

Notre Dame Duals South Bend, IN UDM vs Notre Dame, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin, Wayne State University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Florida, Cleveland State University, Bowling Green State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, University of Chicago, Oberlin

February 5-6 Sat.-Sun. 13 SUN.

Northwestern Megameet UDM vs Stanford, University of California San Diego, California Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina, Temple, Johns Hopkins University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Princeton

Evanston, IL

UDM INVITATIONAL UDM vs Michigan State University and Wayne State University

DETROIT, MI CALIHAN HALL

18-21

Fri.-Mon.

Junior Olympics

Dallas, TX

March 5-6

Sat.-Sun. Midwest Conference Champ. @ Notre Dame

12-13 Sat.-Sun. 23-27

NCAA Regional Qualifier @ Wayne State UDM, Cleveland State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Lawrence and Wayne State

Wed.-Sun. NCAA Championships @ Ohio State

South Bend, IN Detroit, MI

Columbus, OH

(Game dates are subject to change)

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Detroit Titans Fencing 2010-11 Men’s Fencing Roster Name

Weapon

Yr.

Hometown/High School

Kyle Cisco

Foil

Fr.

Brownstown Twp., MI/Oscar Carlson

Logan Clements

Sabre

Fr.

Swartz Creek, MI/Swartz Creek

Brad Coon

Foil

Sr.

Jenison, MI/Hudsonville

Cole Goike

Epee

Fr.

Ray Twp., MI/Romeo

Yaroslav Ivanov

Foil

Fr.

Louisville, KY/Ballard

Tom Lorenzo

Sabre

Sr.

Avon, OH/St. Ignatius

Clint Mikek

Epee

So.

St. Louis, MI/St. Louis

Tim Nelson

Epee

Sr.

Riverview, MI/Gabriel Richard

Michael Purdy-Sachs

Foil

Jr.

Port Huron, MI/Home School

Elijah Robertson

Foil

Fr.

Plymouth, MI/Salem

Jared Sivec

Sabre

So.

Macomb, MI/Dakota

Elliott Trombley

Epee

Jr.

Pleasant Ridge, MI/Ferndale

Maxwell Trombly

Sabre

Fr.

Pearl Beach, MI/Algonac

2010-11 Women’s Fencing Roster Name

Weapon

Yr.

Hometown/High School

Sarah Armitage

Foil

Fr.

Canton, MI/Plymouth

Eva Berndt

Sabre

Fr.

Fremont, MI/Providence Christian

Shannon Canavan

Foil

Fr.

Lake Orion, MI/Lake Orion

Ariel Skellet

Sabre

Fr.

Flint, MI/Powers Catholic

Mary Takle

Epee

Fr.

Sterling Heights, MI/Henry Ford II

Paige Zmudczynski

Epee

Fr.

Fraser, MI/Dakota

Head Coach: Todd Dressell (12th Year) Graduate Assistant Coaches: Nick Tobianski, Doug Sollman Volunteer Assistant Coaches: Ashley Colbert, Ashlee McLemore

FENCERS BY CLASS - Seniors (3) Juniors (2) Sophomores (2) Freshmen (12) FENCERS BY WEAPON - Epee (6) Foil (7) Sabre (6)

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Coaching Staff

Head Coach Todd Dressell 12th Season


Coaching Staff Todd Dressell is entering his 12th season as the man in charge of the Titan Fencing program. A graduate of nearby Oakland University, Dressell obtained his bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and a minor in English Literature. A former competitive fencer, Dressell was a five-time Michigan Division Champion and a three-time Great Lakes Section Champion, all with the sabre weapon. He is now a member of the United States Fencing Coaches Association and a two-time member of the NCAA Fencing Committee. Dressell was a member of the Oakland University Fencing Club while in college and he has remained an active member of the fencing community since that time.

Head Coach Todd Dressell

Upon graduation, Dressell has worked with the University of Windsor Fencing Club, the University of Michigan-Dearborn Fencing Club, and was a founding partner of the Renaissance Fencing Club in Troy, MI that began in 1997. He still is an active member of the club serving as the sabre coach and as the Chairman of the Board holding both positions since 2008. Dressell has accreditation from the US Fencing Coaches Association as a foil, epee, and sabre moniteur and also has attained referee credentials. He has Level 5 referee status for the foil and sabre weapons and also Level 6 referee status for epee. Dressell also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Oakland Community College teaching in the Natural Sciences Department in the discipline of Physical Education and Recreation. Dressell began coaching the Titans in 1999 and inherited a team with a great deal of tradition. The 1972 fencing team is the only Titan team to ever win an NCAA National Championship. Detroit served notice to the rest of the country that season as they were a team to be reckoned with posting a 19-1 record on the season. Foilist Tyrone Simmons led Detroit with a 43-4 dual meet record on the season. Ken Blake finished the dual season at 46-6 in the sabre, while Fred Hooker went 33-11 in the epee under Titan Hall of Fame Coach Richard Perry. It is with great pride and dedication that Dressell continues to cultivate and nurture fencing at UDM. Dressell and his wife Christine reside in Royal Oak with their children, Wiley (13) and Wyatt (11).


Coaching Staff Tobianski begins his second year as a graduate assistant with the fencing teams. A graduate of Central Michigan with a bachelors degree in Sports Medicine, he also has a masters degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. He is currently pursuing a Physician Assistant masters degree at UDM. He currently works at the Henry Ford Hospital Department of Orthopedics and also works on the UDM campus as a teaching assistant. Tobianski previously worked as an athletic trainer for the United States Fencing Association in major North American and International tournaments. He also was an athletic trainer on the USA National Fencing Teams for five World Championships from 2005-09 in Austria, South Korea, Turkey, Italy, and Northern Ireland. A native of Sterling Heights, MI, he went to high school at Immaculate Conception in Warren, MI. Tobianski played soccer at Central and has participated in Olympic Weightlifting, hockey, and also fencing throughout high school and college.

Graduate Assistant Nick Tobianski

Sollman begins his first year coaching the Titans. He fenced for Detroit the past four years and was named UDM’s Fencing Newcomer of the Year in 2006. In his senior year, he went 3-0 in the men’s sabre at the Duals at Stanford and also tied for third in the men’s sabre for the second consecutive season at the Istvan Danosi at Wayne State. Prior to Detroit, he had eight years of fencing experience with the Renaissance Fencing Club. In March 2010 while fencing for the Titans at the Midwest Conference Championship, he sustained an injury to his dominant hand and after being stitched up returned to win three more individual matches and finish 19th out of 81 competitors. A native of Sterling Heights, MI, he attended Stevenson High School and will be graduating this May with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a minor in Psychology from UDM. He currently works for a home health care company in Grosse Pointe, MI.

Graduate Assistant Doug Sollman

Colbert joins the fencing team for the fifth straight year but her first providing assistance as a coach. She graduated from Detroit in May with a bachelors degree in biology and earned four varsity letters while fencing at UDM during that time. She was the team captain in her final two seasons and was named the Fencing Newcomer of the Year in 2007. In her senior year, she helped lead the Detroit women to a 15-12 victory over Cal Tech at the Stanford Duals and finished fifth individually in women’s foil at the Istvan Danosi held at Wayne State. A native of Romeo, MI, she went to Romeo High School and was on the equestrian team and also lettered in track. She currently works as an Emergency Tech at Beaumont Hospital and volunteers at a free medical clinic in Pontiac. Colbert will begin pursuit of her masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Wayne State in the spring of 2011.

Volunteer Assistant Ashley Colbert

McLemore will lend an extra hand to the Titans’ fencing teams this season after earning four varsity letters on the UDM fencing team as an undergrad. In 2008-09, she won the women’s sabre competition at the Istvan Danosi held at Wayne State and was recognized as the team’s MVP after the season. She also went 5-1 at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships held at Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, earning a 13th-place finish. In 2007-08, she tallied a season-best 18-8 mark at the Notre Dame Duals leading Detroit to victories over Purdue (1511) and Wisconsin (11-7) along with a tie against Cal State-Fullerton (13-13). She was a member of the Renaissance Fencing Club in 2006 prior to coming to UDM as a freshman. Prior to that, she graduated from Dominican High School with honors in 2005 where she lettered in basketball, cheerleading, soccer, track and field and volleyball.

Volunteer Assistant Ashlee McLemore

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Detroit Titan Fencers

Kyle Cisco Fr. - Foil Brownstown Twp., MI/Oscar Carlson

Logan Clements Fr. - Sabre Swartz Creek, MI/Swartz Creek

Brad Coon Sr. - Foil Jenison, MI/ Hudsonville

Cole Goike Fr. - Epee Ray Twp., MI/ Romeo

Yaroslav Ivanov Fr. - Foil Louisville, KY/ Ballard

Tom Lorenzo Sr. - Sabre Avon, OH/St. Ignatius

Clint Mikek So. - Epee St. Louis, MI/St. Louis

Tim Nelson Sr. - Epee Riverview, MI/ Gabriel Richard

Michael Purdy-Sachs Jr. - Foil Port Huron, MI/Port Huron Northern & Ind. Studies

Elijah Robertson Fr. - Foil Plymouth, MI/ Salem

Jared Sivec So. - Sabre Macomb, MI/ Dakota

Elliott Trombley Jr. - Pleasant Ridge, MI/ Ferndale

Maxwell Trombly Fr. - Sabre Pearl Beach, MI/ Algonac

Sarah Armitage Fr. - Foil Canton, MI/ Plymouth

Eva Berndt Fr. - Sabre Fremont, MI/ Providence Christian

Shannon Canavan Fr. - Foil Lake Orion, MI/ Lake Orion

Ariel Skellet Fr. - Sabre Flint, MI/Powers Catholic

Mary Takle Fr. - Epee Sterling Heights, MI/Henry Ford II

Paige Zmudczynski Fr. - Epee Fraser, MI/ Dakota

LEGEND Name Yr. - Weapon Hometown/ High School

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Detroit Titan Fencers 2009-10: Earned third varsity letter...Went 2-0 against Cal Tech in a 14-12 loss at the Duals at Stanford...Finished 2-4 at the North America Cup…Picked up two victories in a 5-4 win over Michigan at the Detroit Invitational at UDM... Placed 12th at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Evanston, IL. 2008-09: Won second varsity letter...Placed third in men’s foil at Istvan Danosi Michigan Open at Wayne State...Went 16-13 and helped men’s team win four duals at Northwestern Megameet... Helped men’s foil team post a 3-1 mark and take third place at MFC Championships...Helped men’s foil team post an overall record of 35-1 in four victories at Notre Dame Duals. 2007-08: Earned team Newcomer of the Year honors...Ranked second on the team with a 68-36 overall record...Went 7-9 at MFC Championships with a 20th place finish while helping the foil squad to 5-2 wins over Purdue and Illinois...Finished 205th at the United States Fencing Association’s Junior Olympics...Compiled a 21-6 record helping UDM to a 18-9 win over Purdue at the Notre Dame Duals...Went 13-10 at the Northwestern Duals to help Detroit to 1512 win over Lawrence...Recorded a perfect 9-0 record at the UDM Invitational helping Detroit to 17-8 win over Wayne State...Began season with 17-4 mark at Ohio State Duals helping UDM to an 11-4 win over Xavier and a 13-13 tie with Bowling Green.

Brad Coon Year: Senior Weapon: Foil Hometown: Jenison, MI High School:

Personal: Son of Jim and Lisa...Has a sister, Jennifer...Born in Grand Rapids, MI...Majoring in biology (Pre-Med).

Hudsonville

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Prior to UDM: Has been fencing for four years...Is a four-time Junior Olympian...Two-time Junior Medalist...Was top Michigan fencer at 2007 Junior Olympics held in Denver, CO.

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Detroit Titan Fencers 2009-10: Earned one of three Detroit victories against San Diego at the Duals at Stanford and finished 4-2 overall…Placed 13th in the men’s sabre at the Istvan Danosi at Wayne State…Accumulated a 5-4 mark at the Detroit Invitational held at UDM…Posted a 4-1 record in pool play at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Evanston, IL and finished in 12th place after falling to teammate Doug Sollman in the 11th place bout. 2008-09: Won second varsity letter...Honored as Detroit’s Most Improved performer...Placed 12th in Istvan Danosi Michigan Open at Wayne State...Recorded 27 total wins on the season...Posted a 9-19 mark at Northwestern Megameet...Went 6-10 at Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships where the men’s sabre team posted a 3-1 record and ninth-place finish while Lorenzo placed 43rd in the individual competition...Part of a men’s sabre squad that posted a 26-10 overall mark and three dual victories at Notre Dame Duals.

Tom Lorenzo Year: Senior Weapon: Sabre Hometown: Avon, OH High School: St. Ignatius

2007-08: Recorded 10 victories on the year...Placed 41st with a 5-7 record at the MFC Championships while helping the sabre squad to wins over Case Western and Northwestern...Registered first career win at Northwestern Duals. Prior to UDM: No fencing experience...Four-year letterwinner in swimming and diving...Also played rugby and ultimate frisbee. Personal: Son of Anthony and Jeannine...Has a sister, Caitlyn... Majoring in computer engineering.

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Detroit Titan Fencers 2009-10: Finished ninth in men’s epee at the Istvan Danosi at Wayne State in his first ever fencing event…Earned two wins against Michigan State and a third against Michigan at the Detroit Invitational held at UDM. Prior to UDM: Was a standout in both cross country and baseball at Gabriel Richard High School...Earned four varsity letters and was the team’s No. 1 runner every year in cross country. Also earned three varsity letters in baseball while his team won back-to-back Catholic League championships...Recorded a personal best of 16:51 in cross country...An Eagle Scout, also served as Vice President in the National Honor Society and student government.

Tim Nelson Year: Senior Weapon: Epee

Personal: Son of Marlene and Steve...Has a younger brother, Phillip... Born in Oakwood, MI...Majoring in digital media studies.

Hometown: Riverview, MI High School: Gabriel Richard

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Detroit Titan Fencers 2009-10: Placed 8th at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Evanston, IL...Earned third varsity letter… Went 2-0 against Cal Tech in a 14-12 loss at the Duals at Stanford and went 5-2 overall on the day...Won the gold medal for a first place finish in the men’s foil at the Istvan Danosi at Wayne State and earned his “A” rating… Went to the North America Cup in Pittsburgh, PA and finished 3-3… Finished 8-1 at the Detroit Invitational held at UDM.

Michael Purdy-Sachs Year: Junior Weapon: Foil Hometown: Port Huron, MI High School: Port Huron Northern &

2008-09: Won first varsity letter...Finished second and earned “B08” ranking at Istvan Danosi Michigan Open at Wayne State in men’s foil competition...Posted an overall record of 68-27 for the season and was second on the team in winning percentage (72 percent)...Recorded a 5-7 mark at NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifier... Tallied a 23-6 mark, second best among Titans, at Northwestern Megameet where Detroit posted wins against Michigan State, Oberlin, Lawrence and CalTech...Led Titans with a winning percentage of 82 and a record of 14-3 at MFC Championships, helping men’s foil squad to a third place finish and a 3-1 record while placing 13th individually...Part of the men’s foil squad that went 35-1 overall and won four duals at the Notre Dame Duals. Prior to UDM: Was a solid competitor in the Michigan Division and has fenced for the Renaissance Fencing Club...Competed nationally attending North America Cup (NAC) competitions...Won the Michigan Division Championships in 2006 and earned a “B” rating in addition to finishing in the finals of a Division II/III competition. Personal: Son of Jeanie Purdy and Robert Sachs...Has a sister, Alinah... Born in Detroit, MI...Majoring in biology.

Independent Studies

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Detroit Titan Fencers 2008-09: Earned a varsity letter on the fencing team. Prior to Detroit: Earned a varsity letter in high school in soccer. Personal: Son of UDM Director of Athletics Keri Gaither and Brad Trombley‌Has a sister, Kennedy...Majoring in mechanical engineering.

Elliott Trombley Year: Junior Weapon: Epee Hometown: Pleasant Ridge, MI High School: Ferndale

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Detroit Titan Fencers 2009-10: Finished 12th in men’s epee at the Istvan Danosi at Wayne State in his first ever fencing tournament. Prior to UDM: Competed in golf and cross country at St. Louis High School...Member of divisional co-championship cross country squad... Participated in Tae Kwon Do in addition to golf and cross country... Active as a member of National Honor Society, Model UN and Business Professionals of America. Personal: Son of Greg and Tresha...Has a younger brother, Trent... Born in Alma, MI...Majoring in biochemistry.

Clint Mikek Year: Sophomore Weapon: Epee Hometown: St. Louis, MO High School: St. Louis

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Detroit Titan Fencers 2009-10: At the Istvan Danosi held at Wayne State, he competed in the men’s foil which was the event’s largest field, finishing 14th out of 20 in his first ever fencing tournament. Prior to UDM: Competed in four sports in high school and earned five varsity letters...Lettered twice in both swimming and track, and earned one letter in soccer...Was captain for the swimming and track teams during 2008-09 seasons...Member of both the National Honor Society and student government. Personal: Son of Andrea and John...Has three brothers, Jessie, Alex and Evan...Born in Detroit, MI...Majoring in biochemistry.

Jared Sivec Year: Sophomore Weapon: Sabre Hometown: Macomb, MI High School: Dakota

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to UDM: No fencing experience. Personal: Son of Robert and Leslie...Was a section leader in the high school marching band from 2008-2010...Was also part of the Drama Club and S.A.D.D (Students Against Destructive Decisions)...Born in Wayne, MI...Majoring in biochemistry.

Kyle Cisco Year: Freshman Weapon: Foil Hometown: Brownstown Twp., MI High School: Oscar Carlson

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to UDM: Earned four varsity letters in hockey, three in lacrosse, and two in tennis during high school...In 2010, was named second team All-Metro for hockey and also Academic All-State. Personal: Son of Renee and Robert, siblings Kelcie and Macey...Born in Flint, MI...Majoring in pre-dentistry and biology...Chose UDM for its great academic programs.

Logan Clements Year: Freshman Weapon: Sabre Hometown: Swartz Creek, MI High School: Swartz Creek

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: Received one letter for tennis in high school. Personal: Son of Mark and Karen...Born in Troy, MI...Majoring in civil engineering...Was named the 2010 Romeo Salutatorian and a member of the Romeo National Honors Society...Was in the jazz band in high school...Plays the bass guitar...Has served as a People to People Sports Ambassador to Europe...His Uncle Greg Goike played baseball at nearby Oakland.

Cole Goike Year: Freshman Weapon: Epee Hometown: Ray Twp., MI High School: Romeo

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: Was a part of the Louisville Fencing Center...Took first place at the North American Cup Division II Tournament in 2009... Earned second place in local region in 2008....Placed first in back-toback years at the Cory Stauble Memorial Tournament in Louisville, KY in 2009 and 2010. Personal: Born in Moscow...Son of Margarita Ivanov and has two siblings, Elizabeth and Alexander...Was a member of the jazz band, marching band and the chess club in high school...Chose Detroit to see the city and aid his choice of architecture for his major.

Yaroslav Ivanov Year: Freshman Weapon: Foil Hometown: Louisville, KY High School: Ballard

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: No fencing experience. Personal: Son of Liz and John and has three siblings Zac, Josh, and Hannah...Brothers Josh and Zac both have UDM roots with Josh already graduated and Zac, a current CIS major...Born in Detroit, MI... Majoring in biology...Enjoys music, reading, drawing, and traveling.

Elijah Robertson Year: Freshman Weapon: Foil Hometown: Plymouth, MI High School: Salem

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: Earned two varsity letters in track and three in tennis reaching the state finals in track in 2009. Personal: Son of Bart and Linda...Has two siblings, Sara and Alivia... Mother Linda also attended UDM...Majoring in chemistry...Plays the guitar and enjoys hunting.

Maxwell Trombly Year: Freshman Weapon: Sabre Hometown: Pearl Beach, MI High School: Algonac

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: Earned two varsity letters for swimming in high school. Personal: Daughter of Maureen and Keith...Has a sister, Julie...Born in Ann Arbor, MI...Was the editor of the school yearbook... Enrolled in the five-year physician’s assistant program.

Sarah Armitage Year: Freshman Weapon: Foil Hometown: Canton, MI High School: Plymouth

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: Earned varsity letters in high school in soccer (1), basketball (1), and cross country (1). Personal: Daughter of Mark Berndt & Julie Gage...Has two siblings, Kaylah and Jesse...Born in Dearborn, MI...Majoring in electrical engineering...Was part of the National Honors Society...Her dad fenced at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and her mom was a graduate of UDM and also was part of the fencing team...Won the Girl Scout Silver and Girl Scout Gold Awards...Was part of the drama club, the student council, yearbook, and orchestra club in high school.

Eva Berndt Year: Freshman Weapon: Sabre Hometown: Fremont, MI High School: Providence Christian

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: Earned a varsity letter for cross country, track, and powerlifting in high school...Finished second at the state powerlifting meet in 2010. Personal: Daughter of Kenneth and Karen...Has two siblings, Chelsea and Brendan...Born in Pontiac, MI...Was part of the Earth Club, Mountain Biking Club, and also the President of the Business Professionals of America Club in high school...Enrolled in the five-year physician assistant program.

Shannon Canavan Year: Freshman Weapon: Foil Hometown: Lake Orion, MI High School: Lake Orion

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: Earned two varsity letters for lacrosse in high school...Earned Academic All-League honors for lacrosse in 2010. Personal: Daughter of Kim and Patrick and has a sister, Gina...A certified Emergency Medical Technician at the basic level...Has played hockey for 14 years...Was born in Flint, MI...Chose UDM for its physician assistant program.

Ariel Skellet Year: Freshman Weapon: Sabre Hometown: Flint, MI High School: Powers Catholic

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: No fencing experience. Personal: Daughter of Patricia and John...Has two siblings, Helen and William...Born in Saginaw, MI...Majoring in nursing at UDM...Was part of the National Honor Society and German Club in high school...Has a green belt in karate.

Mary Takle Year: Freshman Weapon: Epee Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI High School: Henry Ford II

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Detroit Titan Fencers Prior to Detroit: Earned a varsity letter as a sprinter in high school on the track and field team. Personal: Daughter of Paul and Kathy...Has a sister, Alexis, who participates in track and field at Dakota High School...Born in Detroit, MI...Majoring in Nursing...Was part of the National Honors Society, Medical Careers, and Writing Club in high school...Her Uncle Christopher also attended UDM.

Paige Zmudczynski Year: Freshman Weapon: Epee Hometown: Fraser, MI High School: Dakota

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Men’s Fencing Front Row: (left to right) Maxwell Trombley, Cole Goike, Logan Clements, Kyle Cisco Second Row: Elijah Robertson, Tom Lorenzo, Tim Nelson, Yaroslav Ivanov Third Row: Brad Coon, Clint Mikec, Michael Purdy-Sachs, Jared Sivec Fourth Row: Graduate Assistant Nick Tobianski, Head Coach Todd Dressell, Graduate Assistant Doug Sollman

Women’s Fencing Front Row: (From left to right) Shannon Canavan, Mary Takle Second Row: Sarah Armitage, Eva Berndt, Ariel Skellet Third Row: Graduate Assistant Nick Tobianski, Head Coach Todd Dressell, Graduate Assistant Doug Sollman

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Strength & Conditioning The main goal of the Strength and Conditioning Department is to help the studentathlete improve physically and mentally in their respected sport. This will be accomplished in such a way that is safe and efficient for each individual athlete. As the student-athlete participates in these activities we will work to lessen the possibility of injury or re-injury. If an injury should occur, we will work with the Sports Medicine Staff and the student-athlete to complete rehabilitation.

Bleach Fitness Center, located in Calihan Hall. All UDM student-athletes are trained under the Joe Tofferi Nick Wilson supervision Asst. AD for Asst. of two fullStrength & Strength & time certified strength and Conditioning Conditioning conditioning Each team will have an individualized procoaches. Evgram based on their particular sport. Each ery member program takes into account the intensity of the Titan level, the physical demands, and skill instrength and volved in each individual sport and also each conditioning individual student-athlete. All teams and staff is asindividuals will be subject to performance signed a team, which allows daily interactests that will help design each program and tion between the athletes and the coaches. also will help to determine the success of Such interaction is a tremendous asset the program. when developing a program that best serves the athlete and the team. The Strength and Conditioning Staff will work with each individual coach at all times. In the past three years, the fitness center Each coach will receive updated attendance, expanded by over 400 square feet. Olymevaluation, and comments on a regular pic style platforms, squat racks, stretch and basis about each student-athlete. Commuother auxiliary speed equipment have also nication is the key to success in the weight been added, all designed and implemented room and on the playing field. to improve the Titans’ speed and power. The center also features the ONS Performance The Titans condition and train in the Larry nutritional shake, which is designed to help every athlete recover from training and conditioning with a supplement increase in their protein and carbohydrate intake. The UDM strength and conditioning staff has not only helped the Titan student-athletes, but professional athletes as well. UDM graduate and current New Orleans Hornets’ guard Willie Green comes back to use the facilities during the offseason as well as major league pitcher and former Tiger Nate Robertson.

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Sports Medicine At the University of Detroit Mercy, the sports medicine staff is committed to providing the best care to all Titan athletes. Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Michael Miller coordinates and oversees the sports medicine services at UDM for over 250 student-athletes. Ashley Michael Miller Chris Hinderliter The sports medicine staff is responsible for Asst. Dir. of VanMeter Asst. AD for assessing athletic injuries and illnesses, Asst. Dir. of administering first aid and CPR care, making Sports Medicine Sports Medicine Sports Medicine medical referrals, and preventing and rehabilitating athletic injuries that occur during the school year.

The sports medicine department is under the guidance of Dr. Michael Workings, a family practice physician from the Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Workings also acts as the Team Physician for the Detroit Tigers. Dr. Lorena Terrence Lock is back as the team orthopeCarithers dic, while joining the staff for the 2010-11 Athletic season is Dr. Rehal Bhojani and Dr. Patrick Jean-Pierre, who will provide clinic and Training Intern game coverage. The athletic training facility is located at Calihan Hall. This training facility is equipped with a taping and first aid station, treatment and modality tables, hydrotherapy whirlpools, and rehabilitative equipment.

Adam Siero Athletic Training Intern

Victoria Vintevoghel Graduate Athletic Trainer

The goals of the University of Detroit Mercy Sports Medicine Department are to prevent athletic injuries as best possible through effective injury prevention programs, and to return Dr. Terrence injured R. Lock athletes to Team their previOrthopedist ous competitive status in the safest and quickest manner possible.

Dr. Michael G. Workings Team Physician

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Academics/Compliance When talking about students who compete in a varsity sport, the term typically used is “student-athlete.” The word “student” comes first, and that’s the way the University of Detroit Mercy approaches all of its athletic team members. Although performance in competition is important, they are students first, and athletes second, with their performance in the classroom plenty important in Titan Territory. UDM’s Center for Student-Athlete Development, one of the first of its kind, offers programs for academic classes, drug education, student enhancement and works to improve communication skills. All 19 varsity teams are encouraged to take full advantage of the programs offered at the center. The center also heads up the NCAA Life Skills Program, which focuses on the student in student-athlete and how to deal with issues that all studentathletes today must face. Through seminars, guest speakers and NCAA videos, studentathletes are made aware of issues such as gambling and drug and alcohol abuse, and how to deal with these concerns. The center is made possible, in part, by a grant from the NCAA. In conjunction with the staff of the University Learning Center, members of the center’s staff teach UAS 107, “Athletes in Transition,” each year. All freshman and transfer student-athletes must take this course during their studies at UDM. The course deals with how student-athletes can make the transition from high school to college. This important class teaches studentathletes to deal with time and stress management, study skills and the importance of good

nutritional habits. Another example of Detroit’s commitment to its student-athletes’ academ- Steve Corder Amy Paling ic excellence Asst. AD for Asst. Dir. of is the AthNCAA Compliance/ letic Academic Compliance Academic Cord. Coordinator’s post. Since the position was created, UDM’s graduation rate for student-athletes has steadily risen. Assistant Athletic Director For NCAA Compliance Steve Corder, no stranger to collegiate athletics as he played soccer for Detroit from 1994-98, and his staff carefully track each Titan’s academic progress to make sure they are on the right path toward graduation. In addition, student-athletes are helped with their tutorial needs through the use of the student-run Learning Center, where professors and students donate their time as tutors. The student-athletes’ academic progress is closely monitored and study table is set up to assist the Titans with any and all academic areas, including providing tutors and a writing lab. The center is open daily and also has evening hours to work around a student-athlete’s busy schedule. All freshmen must take part in the study table, as well as other student-athletes who have not yet achieved a 2.75 GPA. The University of Detroit Mercy is committed to the principles of institutional control in operating our athletic department. We are responsible for adhering to the rules, regulations and spirit of the NCAA, Horizon League and the University. The University of Detroit Mercy Compliance Office directs this effort and acts a primary resource concerning NCAA rules, regulations and compliance issues. We ensure that our institution complies with all NCAA standards and we are responsible for monitoring all athletic programs to assure compliance.

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Notable Alumni ARichard Abdoo (Retired President & CEO, Wisconsin Energy) Thomas Angott (Chairman, CF Burger Creamery) -BAnita Barone (Actress) Stephanie Bergeron (Ret. VP & Treasurer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber) Emil Brolick (President, YUM! Brands) -CCynthia Canty (Radio Personality, WMGC-FM) Thomas Capo (Chairman, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group) Michael F. Cavanagh (Justice, Michigan Supreme Court) Maura Corrigon (Justice, Michigan Supreme Court) Matthew Cullen (President & COO Rock Enterprises) -DRichard Damman (Retired President Damman Hardware) Christopher Darga (Actor) Thomas Denomme (Ret. Vice Chair & CAO, DaimlerChrysler) -EMichael Evans (President Loyola High School, MI) -FW. James Farrell (Retired Chairman & CEO, Illinois Tool Works) Robert Ficano (Executive, Wayne County) Angelina Fiordellis (Actress) -GEugene A. Gargaro (Sr. Vice President, Masco Corporation) Robert Goodenow (Former Executive Director, NHL Players Assoc.) Roman S. Gribbs (Former Mayor, City of Detroit) -HJohn P. Hayes (Retired Chairman & CEO, National Gypsum) Robert Hendry (Retired CFO, General Motors) Sister Mary Ellen Howard (Director, St. Frances Cabrini Clinic) William Hermann (Managing Partner, Plante & Moran) -KFrank Kelley (Attorney General Emeritus, State of Michigan) David Patrick Kelley (Actor) John C. Kennedy (President & CEO, Autocam Corp.) James Kokas (President/Owner, Opus One) -LJames D Lark (Owner, The Lark) Elmore Leonard (Author/Screenplay Writer) Albert Lorenzo (President, Macomb County CC) -MThaddeus McCotter (Congressman, US House of Representatives) Isaiah McKinnon (Former Chief of Police, City of Detroit) William Morrow (Executive Vice President, Crain Communications) Peter Munoz (Director, Michigan State Police) -NBenny Napoleon (Sheriff, Wayne County) Joseph Nathan (Retired President & COO, Compuware Corp.) James Norrod (President, Segway) -OJames O’Sullivan (Pres. & CEO, Mazda North American Oper.) -PL. Brooks Patterson (Executive, Oakland County) Marlena Lazar-Peleo (Chief Creative Officer, McDonald’s Corp.) -RArlene Robinson (CEO, Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit) Louis Rossetti (Chairman & CEO, Rossetti Associates) -SDavid Schembri (President, Smart USA) David Stangis (VP Corp Social Responsibilitiy, Campbell Soup) Robert Soulliere (President & CEO, ThyssenKrupp) -VAndy Vazzano (President & Managing Partner, SmithGroup) -YWilliam C. Young (President, Absopure Water Co.)

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BusAdm’69 BusAdm ’49 LAE ’86 BusAdm ’81 BusAdm ’69, ’70 LAE ’75 BusAdm ’73, ’75, ’80 LAE ’62, LW ’66 LW ’73 BusAdm ’83 BusAdm ‘68, ‘74 LAE ‘80 BusAdm ’61 LAE ‘75

A former Horizon League Player of the Year as well E&S ’68 as the fourth all-time LW ’77 LAE ‘81 scorer in Titan history, Willie Green will begin his LW ’67 LW ’79 eighth year in the NBA in BusAdm ’52, LW ’54 2010. Green graduated with an education degree BusAdm ’43 BusAdm ’69 in 2003.

CHP ’68 BusAdm ‘72 LW ’51 LAE ‘77 BusAdm ’79 LAE ‘73

LAE ‘52 LAE ’50 BusAdm ’65, ’66 LAE ’87, LW ’90 LAE ‘75, ‘78 BusAdm ’68 LAE ’76 LAE ‘82 LAE ’74, BusAdm ’78 BusAdm ‘75 BusAdm ’76, ’84 LAE ’61, LW ’67 LAE ‘72 LAE ’75 AR ’59 BusAdm ‘75 E & S ‘87 BusAdm ‘85 BusAdm ’80

Allison Payne is a seven time Emmy award winning anchor at CW affiliate and cable superstation WGN-TV in Chicago. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in Liberal Arts from the University of Detroit in 1985.

E&S, ’66

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Titan Hall Of Fame UDM established its Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 in order to honor those studentathletes, coaches and administrators who have helped develop the successful tradition of Titan Athletics. The Hall of Fame now has 112 members, following the 10 latest additions made on Homecoming Weekend on Jan. 26, 2010. The 2002 induction dinner was truly one to remember. The inductees included two of the Titans’ former basketball All-Americans, L-R: Adam Walicki, Joe Kopicki, Kim Jess, Pat Adams, Ken Dubois, Mike Pesci, Maria Pandele (Not Pictured: Jermaine Jackson, Rashad Phillips, Cassandra Pack) Terry Tyler and John The 2010 Titan Hall of Fame Class was inducted at halftime of the men’s basketball Long – or Thunder game against Wright State on Jan. 26. and Lightning, as they were affectionately known during their playing days – as well as the 1960 Titan football team as a unit. Additionally, the beautiful new Hall of Fame display in the Calihan Hall lobby was unveiled that night for a crowd which would fill the arena’s main floor during the induction dinner. Long and Tyler were part of one of the winningest eras of Titan basketball, having helped their team to an 86-25 record over their four years combined. They helped the Titans to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1977, and an NIT appearance one year later. Long was the only player ever to lead the Titans in scoring for four straight varsity seasons, and he’s still the second-leading point producer in school history. Tyler, meanwhile, is the all-time Detroit leader for blocked shots in a game, a season and a career. He is also second in career field goal percentage and sixth in scoring. The pair’s old coach, none other than Dick Vitale, was the keynote speaker at his former players’ induction dinner. The present-day ESPN/ABC telecaster kept the audience captivated for more than an hour with his memories of coaching the Titans. The 1960 football squad became the first team ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame en masse. That team finished the season 7-2 – the winningest U-D record of the postWorld War II era. Two of those victories, over Cincinnati and Xavier, came by shutout. Future pro stars Larry Vargo, Bruce Maher, Steve Stonebreaker and Jerry Gross were all part of the 1960 Titan roster. The most recent induction class included four former basketball players – Joe Kopicki, Jermaine Jackson, Rashad Phillips and, from the women’s team, Cassandra Pack – as well as former stars from baseball (Pat Adams and Mike Pesci), cross country/track and field (Ken Dubois and Kim Jess), golf (Adam Walicki) and tennis (Maria Pandele).

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Titan Hall Of Fame Inductee Sport The 1960 Titan Football Team Harry Ackermann Swimming Pat Adams Baseball Grady Alderman Football Bob Babbish Golf Chuck Baer Football Coach Vince Banonis Football Ed Barbour Football Player, Coach Al Baumgart Football Joseph Beer Football Paul Bibeau Baseball John Biringer Football Larry Bleach Basketball Lloyd Brazil Football Dad Butler Trainer, Coach Bob Calihan Basketball Dan Cantillon Fencing Pudge Cavanaugh Tennis Mary (Lillie) Cicerone Basketball Earl “Dutch� Clark Football Coach Earl Clark Jr. Tennis Player, Coach Tom Connell Football John Conti Football Frank Corej Baseball Pete Craig Baseball Cindy Crosbie Softball Earl Cureton Basketball Bill Daly Track Coretta Daniels Basketball Dave DeBusschere Basketball Gus Dorais Football Coach Ken Dubois Cross Country, Track Terry Duerod Basketball Dick Dzik Basketball Bill Ebben Basketball Andy Farkas Football George Fefles Basketball Tim Finnin Football Cindy Fix Soccer Al Ghesquiere Football William Giovan Fencing Ralph Goldstein Basketball Nate Goodnow Football Bob Greiner Football Jerry Gross Football Wally Gruber Football, Track Ken Hamann Baseball Spencer Haywood Basketball Fred Hooker Fencing Bob Ivory Football Jermaine Jackson Basketball Kim Jess Track William Kelly Joyce Golf Coach Mike Kaysserian Football Howard Keating Football Kal Kaliszewski Soccer John Kirwan Basketball Brad Kinsman Athletic Director Greg Kocab Fencing

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Year 2001 1986 2010 1979 1980 1980 1977 1980 1989 1985 1982 1982 1980 1977 1977 1977 1980 1988 2007 1978 1985 1980 1984 1986 1980 2007 2007 1987 1989 1977 1977 2010 1993 1983 1978 1977 1988 1980 2007 1981 1980 1982 1980 1986 1980 1983 1988 1993 1986 1981 2010 2010 1981 1980 1984 2007 1981 2007 1987

Inductee Sport Sam Kocsis Golf Joe Kopicki Basketball Robert Koval Football Jack Kurkowski Football Harold Lauer Football John Long Basketball Ed Lukas Basketball Player, Coach Dick Lutz Football Bruce Maher Football Gene Malinowski Football Ted Marchibroda Football James Massey Football Art Masucci Football Denny McCotter Football Pat McDonald Fencing Brendan McNamara Basketball Bob Miller Baseball Cheryl (Williams) Miller Basketball Dorie Murrey Basketball John Mulroy Administration Charley North Basketball Doug Nott Football Brakie Orr Baseball Cassandra Pack Basketball Terry Page Basketball Ed Palumbo Football Maria Pandele Tennis Bud Payne Football Richard Perry Fencing Coach Mike Pesci Baseball Rashad Phillips Basketball Walter Poff Basketball Mike Polvi Baseball Bob Prendergast Baseball Al Rappaport Track Bruce Rodwan Basketball Harold Ryan Track Larry Salci Basketball John Shada Football Player, Coach Tyrone Simmons Fencing Steve Stonebreaker Football Gerry Surowiec Fencing Norm Swanson Basketball Tom Thornton Football Bill Turkington Baseball Terry Tyler Basketball Larry Vargo Football Dick Vitale Basketball Coach Tillie Voss Football, Basketball Tom Watrous Golf Adam Walicki Golf Mike Walsh Basketball, Baseball Bonnie (Fitzpatrick) Wood Cross Country, Track Ed Wood Football Joe Wright Football,Basketball, Baseball

Year 1986 2010 1988 1982 1981 2001 1983 1981 1979 1981 1983 1986 1981 1988 1981 1982 1979 2005 1984 2005 2005 1980 1984 2010 1985 1983 2010 1984 1980 2010 2010 1981 1989 1981 1987 1987 1988 1986 1980 1982 1987 1989 1980 1981 1987 2001 1987 1993 1978 1984 2010 1989 2007 1983 1980

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Athletic Director Keri Gaither was appointed as the University of Detroit Mercy’s director of athletics in May of 2007. Soon after taking the helm of the department, Gaither announced the expansion of the Detroit Titans Division I sports program from 16 to 19 teams with the addition of men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis. In her first year, Gaither also expanded the athletic staff by adding eight fulltime positions to the department and directed the building and completion of a new $1.6 million allpurpose synthetic turf field and track. Gaither also led a successful fundraising campaign for the renovation of the men’s basketball office suite and oversaw the building of a new tennis complex that includes eight new courts and a tennis pavilion in addition to a new grass practice field for soccer and lacrosse. Recently Gaither was recognized for her strong leadership as UDM’s Director of Athletics when she was appointed to the University’s senior leadership team as a member of the Associate Vice President’s group in June of 2007. Gaither also chaired the Detroit Local Organizing Committee for the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, which was played at Ford Field in Detroit, as the University of Detroit Mercy served as the host institution. As the committee’s Chair, Gaither provided strong leadership for the DLOC and maintained ultimate responsibility for the local operations of the Final Four event. Gaither held the same position, in addition to being designated Tournament Director, for the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional which broke all previous NCAA Regional attendance records with over 57,000 people each day at Ford Field. For the three years preceding her appointment as A.D., Gaither served as second in command for the Detroit Titans athletic department and also supervised nine Titan women’s varsity sports as the senior associate athletic director. During her tenure in that position, Gaither played an instrumental role in the planning and implementation of women’s golf in 2004 when it became UDM’s 16th varsity team. Prior to her selection as A.D., Gaither had served in several key administrative roles for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics including stints as senior woman administrator and director of business operations. As a current member of the Horizon League’s Executive Council, Gaither is actively involved with League operations. She has served on both the finance and television committees. She is also the council’s liaison to the track and cross country coaches and has served as the past liaison to the sports information directors. While a member of the 2006 UDM Self-Study Steer-

ing Committee for NCAA Athletic Certification, Gaither also served on the Equity and Student-Athletic Welfare Sub-Committee and was designated the campus liaison during the certification process. Shortly after the University received its full certification in April of 2007, Gaither was asked by the NCAA to serve as a PeerReview Team Member. Past University appointments include chairing UDM’s prioritization sub-committee and serving on various search committees. She is a past Board Member for the University of Detroit Mercy’s Women’s Studies Program and served on the Women’s Studies Program Development Sub-committee. Gaither also participated as a member of the Tourism Action Group (TAG) Hospitality Committee, a group organized by the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau dedicated to training the hospitality industry for Detroit-area events such as the 2005 MLB All-Star Game and Super Bowl XL, as well as future major events. In 2006, Gaither completed the NCAA’s inaugural Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Females, a leadership development program sponsored by the NCAA Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee. The Leadership Institute, designed to address the critical shortage of senior-level minority administrators at NCAA member institutions and conference offices, prepares diverse leaders through a 12-month leadership training and skills development experience. Gaither served as a past steering committee member of the Women’s Leadership Symposium for Intercollegiate Athletics and recently assisted in coordinating its national leadership conference. Gaither is also a member of National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association. She currently serves on the NCAA’s the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee as well as the Executive Committee of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association. In March of 2008, Gaither was presented with the Phenomenal Women’s Ashley Gray Legacy Award by the University of Detroit Mercy’s Student Programming Board. This award was presented for her outstanding contribution toward the growth and development of students as the director of athletics at UDM. Graduating magna cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy, Gaither earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. During her undergraduate studies, she was a two-time recipient of the College of Liberal of Arts’ Economics Student of the Year Award. Gaither and her husband, Brad Trombley, reside in Pleasant Ridge with their two children, Elliott (19), a junior on UDM’s fencing team, and Kennedy (12).

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Titans Athletic Staff

Stacey Barns Men’s Basketball Office Manager

Lorena Carithers Athletic Training Intern

Greg Haapala Chris Director of Hinderliter Ticket Sales Asst. Director & Fan of Sports Experience Medicine

Brandon Longmeier Dir. of Athletic Marketing & Promotions

Alyssa Starkey Athletic Administration Intern

Tanya Steve Anita Foster Keri Gaither P.J. Gradowski Carper Corder Olympic Associate Senior Asst. Cheer Team Asst. AD for Sports V.P. & Sports Coach NCAA Office Athletic Information Compliance Manager Director Director

Casey Hornung Equipment & Facilities Intern

Teri Kromrei Jeff Latinen Associate AD Asst. AD for Facilities for Business & Special Operations/ Events SWA

Mike Miller Daron Amy Paling Asst. AD Montgomery Asst. Dir. of for Sports Sr. Associate Compliance/ Athletic Academic Medicine Director Coordinator

Kit Stetzel Asst. Sports Information Director

Harvey Theeck Athletic Equipment Manager

Phuong Le Assistant Business and Ticket Manager

Jessica Liebner Compliance Intern

Nic Ryan Jordan Sames Assistant Director of Director of Concessions Athletic & MerchanFacilities dising

Adam Siero Athletic Training Intern

Emily Joe Tofferi Ashley Vannice Asst. AD for VanMeter Dir. of Ticket Strength Asst. Director Ops. & Speand cial Events/ of Sports Dance Conditioning Medicine

Victoria Vintevoghel Graduate Asst. Athletic Trainer

Joel Walrath Eli Warren Mitch Nick Wilson Sports Graduate Wigness Asst. Information Assistant for Sports Strength & Assistant Academic Information Conditioning Services Director Coach

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Titan Head Coaches

Terri AnthonyRyan Women’s Golf HL - 2010

Grant Asher Men’s Tennis

Nick Deren Men’s Soccer

Todd Dressell Fencing MFC - 2009

Mark Engel Men’s Golf HL- 19921999-20072009-2010

Matt Holtz Men’s Lacrosse

Sunny Jones Softball

Mike Lupenec Women’s Soccer HL- 199519962005

Ray McCallum Men’s Basketball

Mary Ann Meltzer Women’s Lacrosse

Guy Murray Track & Field/ CC HL-1996-19981999-20002002-2003

Sam Poole Women’s Tennis

Autumn Rademacher Women’s Basketball HL-2010

Detroit’s 13 current varsity head coaches have been named Coach of the Year in their respective conference on 15 different occasions during their celebrated careers (see above). And, they have brought 20 conference tournament championships back to Detroit. On the field of play, and in the classroom... AT UDM, WE WANT GREAT THINGS FOR YOU!!

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Titan Points Of Pride TITANS RECEIVE HIGH MARKS IN LATEST NCAA’S APR REPORT No less than eight Titan athletic teams brought home perfect scores in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate report issued in June for 2008-09.

of the 10 highest Division I team grade point averages in the nation for 2010-11. With a 3.58 team GPA, the Titans were recognized as a President’s Special Recognition status for earning a team GPA of at least a 3.50.

At the same time, every one of Detroit’s varsity teams registered a multi-year APR above the minimum standard (925) established by the NCAA. And no contemporaneous or historical penalties were cited against UDM as all varsity teams met NCAA standards. Eight teams which received perfect 1000’s for 2008-09 are men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s track and field and softball.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams earned ITA All-Academic Teams in the summer of 2010, while Alex Latosinsky, Nick Tolomei, Patrick Troy, Melanie Capuano, Svetlana Flankova, Carolina Salas Espinosa and Sophie SjobergSundstrom were all ITA ScholarAthletes.

ACADEMIC ACCOLADES KEEP ROLLING IN FOR DETROIT Three members of the 2010 Horizon League Champion Detroit Titans men’s golf team – David Byrne, Jeff Clarridge and Britt Pronk – were named to the Cleveland Golf/ Srixon All-America Scholars Team, while five members of the 2010 Horizon League champion Titan women’s golf team - Alex Aversa, Rachel McHenry, Alainna Stefan, Marni Achterhoff Collette Hansen were honored by the National Golf Coaches Association as members of its All-American Scholar Teams. In addition, UDM women’s basketball senior Brigid Mulroy was named an honorable mention member of the 2010 Division IAAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team. The Detroit men’s and women’s track and field teams were recognized for its work in the classroom as both programs were named one of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association’s (USTFCCA) All-Academic Scholar Teams of the Year for the 2009-10 season, while the men’s and women’s cross country programs earned All-Academic Team status for 2009. The Titan men’s golf team was honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America for having one

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Over 65 percent of all Detroit student-athletes were named to the AD Honor Roll, which marked the 19th consecutive semester in which over 50 percent of the University’s student-athletes have achieved a 3.0 or better. More than 100 student-athletes were listed on the Horizon League’s fall and spring Academic Honor Roll, while 18 Titans were selected to the HL All-Academic Teams. For the Titans competing out of the Horizon League, six men’s lacrosse players landed on the All-MAAC Academic Team, while a conference best five women lacrosse players were selected to the All-NLC Academic Team DETROIT ATHLETICS INKS PARTNERSHIP DEAL WITH NIKE The Detroit Titans Athletic Department announced an exclusive agreement with Nike last October– Nike will now provide apparel for all 19 of the Titans’ Division I varsity teams as part of the deal. In the near future, Titan fans will be able to “Wear What the Titans Wear” by purchasing officiallylicensed Detroit Titan Logoed Nike products on-line and at Calihan Hall in the Titan Gift Shop.

ers of the Year Jermaine Jackson and Rashad Phillips – was inducted during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Wright State. The class also includes two other former Detroit basketball greats (Cassandra Pack and Joe Kopicki) as well as former stars from baseball (Pat Adams and Mike Pesci), cross country/track and field (Ken Dubois and Kim Jess), golf (Adam Walicki) and tennis (Maria Pandele). Together, they will bring the number of greats in the Hall of Fame to 112. UDM established its Sports Hall of Fame in 1977, during the University’s Centennial year, in order to honor those student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have helped develop the successful tradition of Titan Athletics. TITANS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY A number of the UDM Titan athletic programs and student-athletes were involved in community service projects throughout the year. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was busy handing out meals to the homeless in downtown Detroit as part of its “Sandwich Bus” initiative. The UDM women’s lacrosse team helped raise money for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance during one of its home games, while the men’s team played at the Annual Nick Colleluori Classic, a fall scrimmage, to benefit cancer awareness. The women’s basketball squad visited GESU Elementary School for a reading exercise for grades kindergarten through sixth grade, and the men’s program visited God Land Church in Detroit to help distribute Thanksgiving Day dinners to families in need before the Thanksgiving holiday.

UDM SEES HALL OF FAME GROW TO 112 MEMBERS The ranks of the Detroit Titans Sports Hall of Fame swelled by 10 in January as the 2010 Induction Class – which includes former Horizon League Men’s Basketball Play-

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2010-11 Detroit Titans Fencing Yearbook  

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