Official Publication of Wayne State University Athletic Department
FRONT COVER Indoor Facility FOUR COLOR FULL BLEED
FROM DRAWING TO REALITY
IN THIS ISSUE...
1.........................................................................From the Director
2.............................................................................. Football Recap
The 2010 football season was one of the most successful in Wayne State history. The Warriors won a school-record nine games and a share of the GLIAC South Division title, while 15 student-athletes received postseason all-conference honors.
3.................................................................................... Sharon Gill 4................................................................................. Fall Wrap-Up 5...............................................................................News & Notes 6................................................................................John Rehberg 7................................................................................ Development 8-9............................................................................Indoor Facility 10-11...................................................................................Club 36 12........................................................................Upcoming Events 13........................................................................... Coaches’ Series 14-15................................................................................... Donors 16.............................................................................News & Notes IBC....................................................................................“W” Club
The Club 36 campaign is still going strong in 201011, and WSU Athletics wants to hear from its former female student-athletes. Send us your favorite memories from your time at WSU as we celebrate the 36th year of women’s athletics at Wayne State.
WARRIOR WITHIN Compiled and edited by the WSU Sports Information Office ASSISTANT A.D./MEDIA RELATIONS Jeff Weiss ASSISTANT SPORTS INFORMATION DIR. Tom Gorman CONTRIBUTORS Rob Fournier, Director of Athletics Matt Cunningham, Athletics Development Director Lisa Seymour, Assistant to the Athletic Director Marty Dobek, Sports Information Intern Jaci Banton, Student Assistant
Jason Smith, Sports Editor - The South End
Wayne State Athletics recently held its second of a three-part Coaches’ Series at the Majestic Cafe in Detroit. All five winter sport head coaches were on hand to speak to fans, alumni and supporters about their expectations and goals for the 2010-11 season.
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ON THE COVER Construction is underway on a new athletics multipurpose indoor facility at Wayne State University.
The facility, located between the
tennis courts and the baseball complex on the athletic campus, is expected to have over 35,000 square feet of available space for locker rooms, offices, and practice areas for multiple sports.
A special groundbreaking ceremony
was held Oct. 2 as part of Homecoming, and construction is scheduled to be completed this spring (cover design by Jaci Banton).
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WSU interim president Allan D. Gilmour congratulated many of the 29 Warriors who earned All-America status in 2009-10, including two-time national swimming champion Ana Gonzalez Pena, during a special presentation Sept. 25 at Adams Field.
FROM THE DIRECTOR “Re-tooling” the Assembly Line By Rob Fournier
who came for one of the best educational opportunities in the country at a world class institution who want to graduate… and play football. Unlike those who played before, we have now supplied the resources to make that hoped for possibility a reality. As I look back on the 2010 divisional championship season, I see some parallels with the GLIAC Conference championship
“objectives” this year was to have every athletic team finish with a .500 or better record.
of 1975. But a lot has changed in those 35 years…and I do not mean just hairstyles. The histories of the cities of Detroit and Akron have been
intrinsically linked for over 100 years. Millions toiled in the
that this past fall. Although some might say it was “easy” I
auto industry to earn the nickname “Motor City” while the
can assure you nothing comes easy in competition. We can
inhabitants of Akron worked to create the tire industry and the
take pride in the successes of volleyball, women’s tennis, cross
“Rubber City.” Both needed each other and the success of one
country and football. And the latter, is a special recognition for
directly impacted the other. When a thin, unassuming Civil War
a program that had to be “re-built”.
doctor named Benjamin Franklin Goodrich opened a rubber
I vividly recall my first experience with WSU football in 2000.
plant in 1871, it was inevitable the two cities would define each
Back then, we were not thinking of competing for Conference
other’s objectives. Millions of cars (and tires) later, there is no
championships. Heck, we were just hoping to be “competitive”
dispute of that claim.
– and that was only with certain teams. Against others we just did not have a chance.
Coincidently that “100 miles” between the two cities
That was a reality of resources. We
has imported some football success too. In the early 70’s a
had a football field with an “arch” that would make McDonalds
University of Akron assistant named Dick Lowry transformed
proud. Our locker room had one advantage – the kids wanted
a program into a winner. He left as the winningest coach in
out quickly so getting them on the field was not an issue. The
WSU history, created a positive impact on the lives of countless
end zone30-second clocks were on cinder blocks and ran off
student-athletes and a legacy that resulted in his Hall of Fame
generators – which invariably ran out of gas “during” the
games. The other memories I have tried to block out
Unfortunately his departure, much like the economic
When Coach Winters arrived here we took that first step to
downturns in the past for the two cities, affected the success of
building a competitive winner. We took our lumps that first
Detroit’s only college football program. But just as the history
1-9 season but I give credit to the student-athletes who took
of those two cities were “revived” over the years, so too has
that leap of faith and laid the foundation for what we have
the football program regained its standing. This time with the
become. Names like Frank Lietke, Adam Nuckols, Alan Guy,
help of another University of Akron assistant – Paul Winters. I
Jason Thomas and Alex Jachym. They bought into a program
know Paul will tell you he did not do it alone…but he bought
that had some obvious weaknesses and some challenges. But
the “sales pitch” when no one else was buying (let alone kicking
their commitment made this past season attainable. Their work
ethic, determination and winning approach is evident seven
I have long believed that the public perception of the overall
years later – complemented now by a record that reflects that
success of an athletic program is based on the performance
of your football and basketball programs.
Just ask a UM
That is not to diminish the generations of former Tartars
supporter…or one in Columbus. WSU football, like the City,
who labored in relative obscurity for years. They too made their
is on the upswing. There is still much to be done but we are
sacrifices. But my perspective starts only a decade ago and my
rolling again…just like the American auto.
reference is limited in time. Football has been a labor of love
So just as it was years ago in Detroit with the Goodyears, the
for its participants and fans but more “opportunistic” for our
Firestones and the Goodrichs advancing the auto industry, so
opponents. We no longer are that “soft spot” on their schedule.
too have the Lowry’s and the Winters’ impact rejuvenated the
I write that without bravado or brashness. I know we did not
football assembly line at Tom Adams field. I am also confident
take shortcuts. We did not look for “quick fixes”. And we did not
that the product coming off “that line” will again meet with
sacrifice our academic emphasis. We won with student-athletes
your approval and be back on top. Happy Holidays!
FOOTBALL The 2010 Wayne State University football team set school records for overall wins in a season (9) and conference victories in a year (8), while finishing the regular season ranked 12th in the nation by the American Football Coaches Association
Junior Josh Renel was selected to the All-GLIAC First Team as both a running back and a return specialist. He was the only player in Division II with at least 2,000 allpurpose yards in the 2010 regular season.
Two players were voted to the CoSIDA Academic
(AFCA). The 12th-place national ranking was WSUâ€™s highest ever in
the AFCA and marked the third consecutive week the Warriors
Division team. This is the
were voted in the top 25 in Division II.
ninth consecutive year at
Wayne State was ranked ninth in Super Region 3 by the
least one Warrior football
NCAA selection committee despite a 9-2 record as only the
player earned Academic All-
top six teams in the region qualify for post-season play. Super
Region 3 has the most teams (55) of any of the four regions
was a First Team selection,
and was arguably the deepest as nine schools in the region
while junior linebacker Nick
were ranked in the AFCA top 25 poll on Nov. 15.
Thomas (Akron, Ohio/St.
WSU won the inaugural GLIAC South Division title by virtue of its 8-2 GLIAC mark and a 14-9 triumph over South Division co-champion Hillsdale on Oct. 23. The Warriors had winning
Vincent-St. Mary) was a second team honoree. Wayne
league-best eight First Team
streaks of two, three and four games during the season. Junior running back Josh Renel (Rochester Hills, Mich./
All-GLIAC selections and 16 total All-GLIAC honorees. Voted to
Rochester Adams) was the only Division II student-athlete
the First Team by the conference coaches were Renel at both
to record at least 2,000 all-purpose yards during the regular
running back and return specialist, junior wide receiver Troy
season. He was one of 24 national semifinalists for the Harlon
Burrell (Port Huron, Mich.), junior left tackle Joe Long (Lapeer,
Hill Trophy (Division II Heisman) which was won in 2009 by
Mich./East), senior defensive end Daunte Akra (Detroit,
former Warrior and current Indianapolis Colt Joique Bell.
Mich./Kettering), Thomas, junior safety Jeremy Jones (Grand
Senior linebacker Matt Faulker (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./ Lahser) was a national semifinalist for the William Campbell
Rapids, Mich./Rockford) and senior cornerback Stan Thornton (Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow).
Trophy which recognizes outstanding football ability as a first
Selected to the Second Team were senior center Marc
team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated
Cuddeback (Sterling Hts., Mich./Warren De La Salle) and junior
strong leadership and citizenship.
right tackle Will Khoury (Canton, Mich.). Named to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention squad were sophomore left guard Curtis Ferguson (Holt, Mich.), sophomore defensive end Greg Hasse (Northville, Mich.), senior tight end Austin Hughes (Beverly Hills, Mich./ Birmingham Groves), junior linebacker Raleigh Ross (Detroit, Mich./Crockett), sophomore cornerback Cortez Smith (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) and freshman placekicker Stefan Terleckyj (Warren, Mich./Warren Mott). The Warriors will have six home games in 2011 including the first three games of the season.
returns 19 starters (nine on The 2010 Warrior football team won a school-record nine games, claimed a share of the GLIAC South Division championship, and finished the season ranked 12th nationally in the AFCA Division II poll.
both offense and defense, plus the place-kicker).
SHARON GILL “I wake up, go to class and, depending on my schedule, I have class all day, so sometimes I have to miss practice,” Gill said. “When I have half-days, I go to practice for a couple of hours and then I go straight to the library and study, study, study, study.” The toll of studying and participating in labs, combined with the rigors of practice, travel and matches, is draining. However, the Windsor native sees her time on the court as a chance to relieve the tension. “Sometimes I’m exhausted coming to practice, but I have to deal with it,” she said. “Tennis is part of my life. I’m able to come to practice and just let go.” Despite the everyday grind, Gill is having another noteworthy season, including an impressive doubles record with partner Kristina Goranskaya. “Sharon is a magnificent teammate,” said Goranskaya, who is 16-1 with Gill. “To me, she is a wonderful friend and Senior student-athlete trying to do it all we have a lot of fun together. We laugh and talk a lot for hours when we see each on court and in pharmacy school other.” “We have so much fun on the court,” By Jason Smith Gill said. “When you play doubles, you’re always laughing and enjoying yourself and we fit each other really well.” Goranskaya sees Gill more than just a partner, but also as a friend. She feels their friendship is what has made The commercials air constantly on television during college football them successful. and basketball seasons. They show soccer players solving equations “I feel like we communicate very well,” Goranskaya said. and hockey players skating through chemistry labs. “Sometimes, we understand each other without even saying words. At the end, the announcer says, “There are 360,000 NCAA studentIt’s just so natural being her partner” athletes, and nearly all of us are going pro in something other than Gill acknowledges the schedule has led to some inconsistency, sports.” mainly in her timing. Wayne State women’s tennis standout Sharon Gill is a prime example “I’m struggling a little bit more, and don’t have as much confidence of that statement. in my shot as I did before,” she said. “When I say ‘struggling,’ it’s more On the court, the 6-foot-2 senior has been dominant in her WSU about confidence in my stroke. It’s there, and I have the experience career. She holds the school record for singles victories (77) and from previous years. But it still feels like a struggle.” doubles victories (72). In addition, she has been named First-Team AllGill has set an example for her teammates by managing her very GLIAC evey season and was the 2010 Player of the Year. tough schedule while being largely successful on the court. Gill is balancing a tough tennis schedule with a grueling academic “I’ve played with Sharon ever since I was about 12 years old in schedule. At 21, she is currently enrolled in pharmacy school and is Windsor,” sophomore Caroline Gosman said. “She has always been a working toward her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. great individual player, however, when I came to Wayne (State) I saw “It is very overwhelming, for sure,” said Gill, who has also been what Sharon was like when she was part of a team. named to the GLIAC All-Academic team twice. “I’m staying up late “Sharon is dedicated to school, which is also something I’d like to studying, sometimes until 3 a.m., and then I have to go to class and channel while I study at Wayne State,” Gosman said. “She really is an practice. inspiration.” “I’m managing. I don’t know how I’m managing, but I am. I just As the season rolls along, Gill continues to have two goals: take everyday one at a time.” maintaining her 3.3 grade point average and winning. Gill has managed to find a very delicate balance between excelling “We just keep working hard as a team and support each other,” Gill in tennis, which she has played since she was nine years old, and said. “We’re always striving be the best and win the GLIAC. carrying a 15-credit schedule. “As for myself, I just want to keep going and take it one day at a time She won 13 of her 15 completed singles matches this season with all and just try to play the best I can.” off them coming in straight sets.
Finding the Right BALANCE
VOLLEYBALL ›› In three years under head coach Phil Nickel, the WSU volleyball team has qualified for the postseason each year. Wayne State finished second in the South Division in 2010 and ended the regular season on a six-match winning streak. Despite being ousted by Ferris State in the quarterfinals, Wayne State went 15-12 overall, including a 13-6 conference mark, its best since the 1998 squad had a 15-4 GLIAC record. Among the highlights of the 2010 season for the Warriors was a fiveset victory Sept. 25 over FSU, snapping a 12-match losing skid which dated back to 1998. The climax of WSU’s winning streak at the end of the regular season was a 3-1 triumph Nov. 6 over 19th-ranked Northern Michigan, which not only secured home-court advantage for the Warriors in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament, but ended a run of 26 straight losses to the Wildcats since 1990. Sophomore middle blocker Katarzyna Sak (Warren, Mich./Cousino) capped off her successful season by being selected as an Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The recipient of two All-Midwest Region awards, Sak was also a First Team AllGLIAC selection and is the fourth volleyball All-American in the 36year history of the program. Sak totaled 401 kills and became the first WSU player Katarzyna Sak since 1992 to finish with over 400 kills and a hitting percentage above .330. Sophomore setter Cydney Biessel (Ruby, Mich./Yale), who was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team, and senior outside hitter Maureen MacDonald (White Lake, Mich./Marian) earned an Honorable Mention.
TENNIS ›› The Wayne State women’s tennis team capped off its fall season with an 8-6 record and a fourth-place finish in the GLIAC Tournament. Senior Sharon Gill (Windsor, Ont./Academie Ste. Cecile) Kristina Goranskaya was unanimously chosen as the 2010 GLIAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches. Gill became the first student-athlete to receive the award in the history of the Wayne State women's tennis program. Gill capped off a sensational first half of the 2010-11 season, posting a 5-0 record at the GLIAC Tournament and earning First-Team All-GLIAC honors for the fourth straight year. She ended the fall season on a 17-match winning streak in singles and doubles combined. As the tennis schedule resumes in the spring, Gill will look to build upon a 13-2 record in singles play this season and a 16-1 mark in doubles with partner Kristina Goranskaya (Thornhill, Ont./Northview Heights), who earned First Team All-GLIAC recognition as well, tallying a 14-3 singles record. Gill and Goranskaya went undefeated (13-0) in conference play and have triumphed in 26 of their past 27 matches together including nine straight. Their .941 winning percentage is a Wayne State single-season best. Gill is the school record-holder for most singles (77) and doubles (72) wins in a career. In 2008-09, she broke the record for most singles wins (23) in a season. McCall Monte (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich./Gross Pointe South) received All-GLIAC Honorable Mention recognition. She was 9-4 in doubles, teaming with partner Milena Vuksanovic (Pancevo, Serbia), and ended the fall season with a 5-9 singles mark.
CROSS COUNTRY ›› Despite missing out on the NCAA Championships, the Wayne State men’s and women’s cross country teams flourished in the 2010 campaign. Each squad posted five top-10 finishes and combined for five event wins. Following a third-place showing at the GLIAC race, the women’s cross country team just missed out on qualifying for the NCAA Championships by finishing fourth at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Two familiar faces once again led the pack for the Warriors. Seniors Kristi Werner (East Jordan, Mich./East Jordan) and Lauren Kessler (Ionia, Mich.) both achieved All-GLIAC accolades, while Werner earned All-Region honors for a third straight year. It was the fourth straight year Kessler ran to an All-GLIAC spot. The men’s team ended the 2010 campaign with a third-place finish at the GLIAC Championships, and a seventh-place mark at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Junior Alex Townsend (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) earned AllGLIAC and All-Region honors for the first time in his career. Townsend concluded the year with five top-20 finishes, including an event win at the Mercyhurst-Gannon Invitational. Hampered by injury early in the season, redshirt senior Dan Kapaida (Canton, Mich./Salem) capped off a stellar WSU career by posting the second-best time of any Warrior runner at the Regional (35th32:29.05). Junior Travis Barczak (Williamston, Mich.) proved to be one of the Warriors’ top runners with two top-10 finishes, including Alex Townsend the second-best time of any WSU runner at the GLIAC Championships (22nd-26:03.6).
GOLF ›› An exciting conclusion to the 2010 GLIAC Men’s Golf Championship, hosted by WSU at Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club in early October, ultimately resulted in a second place finish for the Warriors as they lost to Ferris State in a onehole playoff for the conference crown. After Wayne State’s four-stroke lead disappeared early in the third round, the Warriors battled back from an eight-stroke deficit with six holes remaining to tie the Bulldogs. The five-man teams were split into two groups and a Eric Johnson playoff was conducted on the No. 1 hole. Ferris State (298295-296--889) emerged victorious to earn its 20th conference title and first since 2004. Wayne State (298-291-300--889) and Ferris State finished 15 strokes ahead of Grand Valley State (293-304-207--904) and Findlay (299-305300--904) who shared third place. Medalist Kyle Wittenbach of FSU finished with a four-shot lead over Eric Johnson (Marquette, Mich.), who carded a 74 in the final round (219). Aaron Peterson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) jumped 13 spots up the leaderboard in the third round with an even-par 71, placing him 12th overall (225). Hagan Risner (Garden City, Mich.), who led all players with 10 birdies in the tournament, and Steve Fedewa (Howell, Mich.) were among those tied for 13th (226), while Jack Mitroka (Riverview, Mich.) finished in a tie for 23rd (231). The second-place showing for WSU was its best since 2003, when the Warriors defeated the Bulldogs for the GLIAC title at Lake Shore in Erie, Pa. Wayne State had finished third each of the last two years.
NEWS & NOTES FOOTBALL ›› Former Wayne State University running back and 2009 Harlon Hill recipient Joique Bell (Benton Harbor, Mich.) made his NFL regular-season debut on Sept. 26 in Philadelphia’s 28-3 win at Jacksonville. Against the Jaguars, he started on the punt return team and also saw special teams action on the kickoff coverage unit. Bell rushed 27 times in four pre-season games with the Buffalo Bills for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four receptions for 15 yards and two kickoff returns for 34 yards. After spending the first two weeks of the NFL regular-season on Buffalo’s practice squad, Bell was signed by the Eagles on Sept. 21. Bell was inactive for three of the six games he was on the Eagles 53-man roster. After being placed on waivers by the Eagles, the Indianapolis Colts signed Bell. He has played the last three games (as of Nov. 30) for the Colts. He is the first former Tartar/Warrior to play an NFL regular-season Joique Bell, the 2010 Harlon Hill Trophy winner and game since 1996 Wayne State’s all-time leading rusher, made his NFL when Tom Beer and regular-season debut Sept. 26 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has since joined the Indianapolis Colts. Paul Butcher both appeared in all 16 regular-season games. Beer played in Detroit’s Monday night setback to San Francisco to make him the last player by one day. Butcher concluded his 11-year NFL career in 1996 with the Oakland Raiders.
SOFTBALL ›› The 2010 WSU softball team was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as an All-Academic Team. The squad had a grade-point average of 3.174 for the 2009-10 academic school year. In addition, six student-athletes were named Division II Scholar Athletes for having a grade-point average of at least 3.50 for the 2009-10 academic year: Jaci Banton (Richmond Hill, Ont./Cardinal Carter), Sam Cain (Taylor,
Mich./Kennedy), Steph Foreman (Cambridge, Ont./Preston), Casey Hanes (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman), Bailey Reid (Guelph, Ont./Ross Collegiate V.I.) and Kristina Susalla (Garden City, Mich.). Only two other schools that reached the NCAA Elite Eight qualified (Valdosta State and Angelo State), with only Valdosta State having a higher cumulative team gpa (3.209).
FOOTBALL ›› Wayne State University redshirt junior safety Kenny Loney appeared in the Sept. 28 episode of “Detroit 1-8-7.” Loney played Calvin Gibbs, a football player from fictional "Southeastern Michigan College," whose murder was investigated by detectives. Loney said he got the part through a casting call and had to compete with another actor for the role. "It was between me and another guy," Loney said. "But the Los Angeles office chose to go with my look." Loney said the episode was filmed in late July over a three-day period and included scenes that were edited from the version that aired. One day was for a photo shoot, another for the accident scene and the third for football action plays, which weren't used. "There were a lot of action scenes, where I played a running back with the (Detroit Central High) football team," Loney said. Excerpt from The Detroit News, Oct. 1, 2010, by Rod Beard
The WSU Office of Sports Information introduced a new streaming video service called Warrior All-Access. Fans will have exclusive access to live video Webcasts for home football, volleyball, and basketball games throughout the 2010-11 school year. Football and men’s basketball contests will also be simulcast with the existing radio broadcasts on News Talk 1400 WDTK. Archives of past events as well as additional free on-demand content, including the new Warrior Daily video features, will be added as the season progresses as well. A 24-hour pass to All-Access is just $5.95, while a monthly subscription is $9.95. To subscribe for the entire year is only $69.95. Visit wsuathletics. com to subscribe to Warrior All-Access.
JOHN REHBERG It was only a few years ago, John Rehberg was
football with in high school,” stated Rehberg, who was
skills essential for being a marine officer – the most
protecting the quarterback. Now, he’s protecting our
a junior at Livonia Stevenson when the events of 9/11
important being leadership.
country as 2nd Lt. Rehberg in the United States Marine
His father, John, provided an eye-opening revelation
From Adams Field to the battlefield, he still possesses all the characteristics that made him the player he was, and the marine he is today.
to convince Rehberg otherwise. “He wanted me to go play college football because not too many people get a chance to do it,” Rehberg
He is determined. He is disciplined. He is a leader.
said. “He told me the opportunity won’t be there if I
After capping off his Wayne State football career
joined out of high school.”
and earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management, Rehberg enlisted in
He respected his father’s wishes, throwing his idea on the back burner.
Similar to waking up at 0500 hours (5 a.m.) in the marines, he had to get up for early morning football workouts around the same time. He said those workouts and strength and conditioning coach Paul Harker are what developed his leadership skills. “He made me into a leader who leads from the front and sets the examples for others to follow,” Rehberg said of Harker. “Those leadership traits were drilled home during my time playing at Wayne State, and
the Marine Corps. He will be in their training stage in
However, Rehberg still was 100 percent positive he
Quantico, Virginia until March 2011. He has completed
would join after graduating Wayne State, especially
Rehberg said the Marine Corps takes leadership a
a 10-week Officer Candidate School and is about to
after receiving some bad news just before the start of
step further by embodying it within their own set of
graduate the Basic Officer Course.
his second season at WSU.
leadership traits and leadership principles.
Next, he will begin the Infantry Officers Course (IOC), which is a 12-week class. Rehberg said IOC is
One of Rehberg’s friends was killed in action in August 2004.
they will be a vital tool for me to use in the future.”
“There are guidelines for us as leaders, so we can continue to improve ourselves and our unit,” he said.
BY MARTY DOBEK arguably the most coveted school to attend because it
“That event has a profound impact on me, and it
While leadership is the fundamental tool for
offers the toughest and best training any officer from
finally concreted my decision to use my abilities to
Rehberg, he said another important factor to being
any branch of the military can receive.
serve,” Rehberg said. “I will never forget the day when
successful in both football and the Marine Corps relies
I found out.”
a great deal on being accountable.
From there, he will be assigned to a unit as a platoon commander and will be deployed to Afghanistan a few times in the next three years. “In about six months, I will take on a much different feeling of responsibility for the simple reason that I will be leading not just any Marines, but my Marines,”
“It is absolutely huge in the Marine Corps,” he said.
come to realize there is an absolute correlation
“Aside from the accountability that must take place
between the Warrior football program and the Marine
from peer to peer within training, we have constant
accountability in many other areas as well. We have
“Both are built around hard word, discipline, and
class, meetings, people and all of our gear that we
having pride in the job,” he said. “The locker room
have to take care of and keep track of. It is constant
“I will be responsible for everything from their
talk still goes on in both. The one thing that is slightly
and necessary action that becomes as natural as
training to their personal lives, making sure they have
different is the bond that forms between the people on
breathing after a while.”
every thing they need to be successful in and out of
a team and Marines in the same unit.”
the Marine Corps.” Prior to joining, Rehberg had a solid five-year
You can see why the bonds are different. Football is not a life or death matter – the marines are.
Though, Rehberg feels within his element in the Marine Corps, there are two things he misses about home.
collegiate football career, playing tight end for the
“The bonds that I have formed with the people
Warriors. He saw action in 38 games, starting 35
here throughout this six month long training and
times, and caught 49 passes for 481 yards and four
seeing them everyday, sleeping next to them in the
“I really miss relaxing on Sundays at home watching
field, maneuvering with them on live fire exercises, and
football and the house filling with the smell of my
In fact, those statistics may have never occurred.
going through some really tough times is very strong,”
mom’s baked chicken for dinner,” he said. “I miss
Like many Americans, the events of September
playing with the guys you have practiced with all year
11th, 2001, had a major impact on Rehberg’s decision to join the military.
“It has to be. I trust my life to the marine on my right and left because I know that he is going to be
One, is his mother’s home cooking. The other – football Saturday’s.
long,” Rehberg said. Despite being unable to play anymore, he does
He actually wanted to enlist fresh out of high
there for me and do his job, so I can come home to
school. Both his grandfathers had served their country,
my family. The marine on the left and right knows that
“The advice that I have for the team is to work as
so the idea was not irregular for his family.
they can trust me because I am going to do my job so
hard as you can everyday and enjoy every practice and
offer some advice for the current Warriors.
His dad’s father flew for the Navy in World War I,
they can make it home to their families. Every man I
savor every game because it is going to end,” he said.
while his mom’s father was in the Army during World
have come across thus far, believes that the life of his
“At first, you’ll be glad to have a break because it was
buddy is more important than his own and will give his
a long season and your body is beat up and everything
life to protect it.”
hurts, but I guarantee the farther away you get from
“I was not too crazy about school and I wanted to serve my country with the same people I played
Since he enlisted this past January, Rehberg has
During his WSU days, Rehberg said he developed
the game the more you will miss it.”
DEVELOPMENT Can you give back one hour? I used to have a coach who invariably at the end of practice would announce “can you give me a little more?” Often it was physically challenging, but upon reflection, even more mentally compelling. But of course, we all went along. My guess is that sometime in your playing career you too had a similar experience. It seems to be an inherited trait among coaches…and a lot of employers too. In a paradoxical way, I guess I am also asking for the same thing in a slightly different way. (And who said coaches don’t influence you?). My request can be summarized in a more simplistic way, “can you give Wayne State athletics back an hour?” Just like the coach who wanted “a little more” I am not sure folks know exactly what it means to “give an hour”. Sometimes for that coach that “extra” was some sprints… sometimes it was another 45 minutes of practice (where were those NCAA rules back then?). Our one hour request although a little less physically strenuous still does involve a sacrifice. It simply means: can you give back an hour to support the initiatives of the athletic department? And the hour represents the cost of one hour of college education. Depending on when you went to school, the cost of education has dramatically risen. Likewise the cost to operate an athletic department has increased arithmetically faster. Part of that is because we had some “catching up to do” and partly because in order to achieve our objectives we must stay ahead of the competition. I believe we have a few examples of that progress. Most strikingly if you have been on the athletic campus recently is the progress on our new multipurpose indoor facility. That structure will contain over 35,000 square feet of indoor space (about a 75 yard football field) and have tennis courts, batting cages, a two lane sprint track and will significantly alleviate “some space” constraints we have experienced. As we await that June 2011 opening, we also have some more identifiable changes we can acknowledge – a new football locker room, field turf, softball facility, swimming pool renovations (deck, video board, seating), basketball court/gymnasium upgrades including chair-back seating, locker room improvements, hall of fame foyer, an academic resource study area, strength and conditioning space with all new equipment, expanded and upgraded training room facilities and new USTA tennis courts. And I emphasize these are only a few.
I am convinced that those changes have had a measurable impact on our teams’ successes – our top nine national finishes (NADCA rankings of the nation’s top programs) have all come in the last nine years including twenty-first in the nation last year (2010) and eleventh the year previously (2009). Those two top finishes put us among the upper four percent (4%), and the next year top seven percent (7%), respectively among all athletic programs. In the past eight years, seven times we have finished in the top ten percent (10%) among all Division II athletic programs. Those finishes reflect consistent achievement among a number of our athletic programs. Simply put, we win at a lot of sports. But we are a department of more than athletic success. Academically 13 of 16 teams have a team GPA above a 3.00 with the overall GPA of all student-athletes at 3.08. And in the recent NCAA federally-mandated graduation rate report, WSU student athletes graduated at a 26% higher rate than the comparable campus population. And that trend continues to rise with a 94% retention rate. Those statistics certainly contradict some recent media reports. And not to be overlooked, last year student-athletes contributed a remarkable 7,555 volunteer hours back to the community in a number of outreach opportunities. Yes, that was more than an hour. As I mentioned earlier, that cost of education continues to rise. That is why this campaign is so vital. For example, an in-state, upper level Michigan student-athlete is looking at a cost of $16,030.42 for the academic year or about $337 dollars per credit hour. Although a Wayne State education remains one of the most economical and best values in higher education, a successful athletic department needs private support to supplement corporate and state funding. We need you. So the question simply becomes, can you give back that hour? Will you sustain our progress? Will you be part of that difference in the Wayne State athletic department? I promise you this; I will not ask you to run any sprints…or stay after practice.
Rob Fournier Director of Athletics Wayne State University
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baseball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, football, intramurals, community events, camps..
Among Uses: Possible Tennis Courts Drop-Down Golf Netting 75-yard Football Practice Field
Men’s Locker Room Men’s Restrooms Women’s Restrooms Training Room Women’s Locker Room
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FACILITY ENTRANCE CLOSE-UP
Years 36 OF WOMEN’S ATHLETICS
1982 Women’s Fecing won their first National Championship in the same year that the NCAA first sponsored the event. 1973 In 1973, Dacia Schileru became the first woman ever to compete in an NCAA Championship. That event was later recognized as one of the 25 Defining Moments of the NCAA’s 100 year history.
1975–1980 From 1975 to 1980 the WSU women’s tennis team went undefeated. During that time the team posted a 50-0 record and won the GLIAC title five straight years.
1974 In 1974, Janina (Parrot) Jacobs became the first woman to play collegiate golf at WSU.
1987 In 1987, the WSU volleyball team qualified for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional for the first time in school history as well as crowning its first All-American in Rachel Parham.
1999 In 1999, WSU established a Division I women’s ice hockey program – The only Division I Program in the state of Michigan.
2003 In 2003 the women’s softball team advanced to the College World Series for the first time in school history with a thrilling 2-1 victory at Grand Valley State University.
2004 On January 15, 2004, women’s basketball standout Jodi Young scored a school-record 48 points against GLIAC foe Grand Valley State University.
2007 2007 In In 2007, 2007, Anna Anna Garina Garina became the became the first first woman woman epeeist epeeist in in NCAA NCAA history history to winstraight three to win three national titles. national titles.
2008 In 2008, the women’s cross country team had its most successful season in school history when they placed 12th in the nation.
2009–2010 The WSU women’s swimming and diving team earned back to back national runners-up titles in 2009 and in 2010.
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UPCOMING EVENTS Fifth Annual Doc Andrews Alumni Night Wayne State vs. Syracuse Friday, January 28 Pre-Game Reception @ Z’s Villa -- 5:00 PM Warriors vs. Orange @ City Sports Center -- 7:00 PM
DECEMBER 16 BASKETBALL vs. Ohio Dominican Men 6:00 PM Women 8:00 PM 29 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Saint Joseph’s 5:30 PM
Proceeds Benefit the Doc Andrews Scholarship Fund
BASKETBALL vs. Findlay Men 1:00 PM Women 3:00 PM
14 WOMEN’S HOCKEY vs. Niagara 7:00 PM 15 WOMEN’S HOCKEY vs. Niagara 2:00 PM
Wayne State Basketball vs. Northern Michigan LIVE on Comcast Television February 3, 2011 Channel 900 in state of Michigan
22 WOMEN’S HOCKEY vs. Quinnipiac 2:00 PM 28
SWIMMING & DIVING vs. Findlay 6:00 PM WOMEN’S HOCKEY vs. Syracuse 7:00 PM
30 WSU DIVING INVITATIONAL 10:00 AM
Wayne State Basketball Monday, February 7
Support the Wayne State Warriors in their initiative to promote breast cancer research and prevention Women’s Basketball vs. Madonna -- 5:30 PM Men’s Basketball vs. Wis.-Parkside -- 7:30 PM
CLUB 36 Celebrating 36 Years of Women’s Athletics
21 WOMEN’S HOCKEY vs. Quinnipiac 7:00 PM
29 WOMEN’S HOCKEY vs. Syracuse 2:00 PM
Second Annual “W” Day Saturday, April 30
20 BASKETBALL vs. Tiffin Men 6:00 PM Women 8:00 PM
5K Fun Run/Walk “Spirit Walk” Sidewalk Painting WSU Softball vs. Lake Erie
BASKETBALL vs. Northern Michigan Men 6:00 PM Women 8:00 PM
BASKETBALL vs. Michigan Tech Men 1:00 PM Women 3:00 PM
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Madonna 5:30 PM MEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Wisconsin-Parkside 7:30 PM
11 WOMEN’S HOCKEY vs. Robert Morris 7:00 PM 12 WOMEN’S HOCKEY vs. Robert Morris 2:00 PM 24 BASKETBALL vs. Lake Superior State Men 6:00 PM Women 8:00 PM 26 BASKETBALL vs. Hillsdale Men 1:00 PM Women 3:00 PM
he second edition of the WSU Athletics Coaches’ Series was held on Wednesday , November 10, at the Majestic Café in Midtown Detroit. The event brought together alumni, supporters, and friends of the department who heard from the WSU winter sport coaches.
Head Men’s and Women’s Fencing Coach Jerzy Radz Head Women’s Ice Hockey Coach Jim Fetter
Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach Sean Peters
Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Greer
The Spring Coaches’ Series will be held on
Head Women’s Basketball Coach Gloria Bradley
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THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS Abdenour Family Tom Adams Football Mark “Doc” Andrews Paul Andrews Bob Brennan Justin Chapman Dr. Nick Cherup The Croskey Family Karen DeGrazia Mel DeGrazia Maria A. Valle DeMasse Memorial Cal Dilworth Dorothy Dreyer Vernon K. Gale Memorial Joe Gembis Ivan C. & Elizabeth A. George Joseph L. Gualtieri Vic Hanson James Hayes John Hussey Patricia Kent Rodney C. Kropf Dr. Steven M. Lash Leo Maas Dr. William Markus Joel G. Mason David Mendelson Frederick A. Mulhauser Chuck Peters Bill & Dave Peterson The Petrouleas Family Dr. Steven T. Plomaritis and Family President’s Commission President’s Bill Prew Charlie Primas Nicholas & Mary P’Sachos Yuri Rabinovich Dr. Thomas W. Roberts Ryan Scratch Les Seppala George B. Sherman Patricia D. Smith Jeann Ann Stanicek Dr. Mike Stoltenberg David and Lois Stulberg Foundation Irv Swider Tartar Gridiron Club Tartar Gridiron Club II Dr. E. John Valle WSU Academic & Athletic Women’s Basketball Christopher Wouters
NEWS & NOTES GOLF ›› Former Wayne State University golfer Joe Juszczyk (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Divine Child) was one of 312 participants in the United States Amateur Championship, held Aug. 23-27 at Chalmers Bay and The Home Course in University Place, Wash. Juszczyk finished the stroke play rounds with a six-over par 150 (73-77), missing the match play cut by just one stroke and placing in a tie for 75th place. The U.S. Amateur Championship was first contested in 1895 and is the oldest and leading golf tournament in the nation for amateurs. It is open to players who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. National qualifying was conducted at 99 different sites from July 29-Aug. 10, narrowing down the field from 6,485 entries. Juszczyk was a two-time All-American at Wayne State. His season averages in his last three seasons are among the six lowest averages recorded in program history. FOOTBALL ›› Senior linebacker Matt Faulkner (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) was named one of 121 national semifinalists for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, as announced by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in September. Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Formerly called the Draddy Trophy, it was renamed last fall in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal. BASEBALL ›› Former Warrior right-hander Anthony Bass (Trenton, Mich.) was voted as the Best Starting Pitcher award in the Class A Advanced level of Minor League Baseball. Receiving 45 percent of fans’ votes, Bass finished ahead of the other five candidates by a large margin. Coming in second to Bass was Charlotte Stone Crabs pitcher Matthew Moore at 19 percent. Bass went 8-7 this past season for the Lake Elsinore Storm in the San Diego Padres system. He totaled 109 strikeouts, led the California League with a 3.13 ERA and was selected as both a mid-season and post-season all-star. Following his junior year at WSU, Bass was drafted in the fifth round by the Padres in 2008. In three professional seasons, he has a 22-13 record with a 2.86 ERA and 242 strikeouts over 81 games (54 starts). In his collegiate career, Bass ranks in the top 10 alltime at Wayne State in several categories, including: second in strikeout/walk ratio (3.38), third in victories (21), tied for third in winning percentage (.700), fourth in strikeouts (206), seventh in starts (33), eighth in innings pitched (213.0), and tied for 10th in complete games (14).
BASEBALL ›› Former Wayne State University outfielder Ryan LaPensee (LaSalle, Ont./St. Thomas of Villanova) signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon in the Hall of Fame exhibit at the Matthaei Athletic Complex. LaPensee is the second Warrior from the 2010 GLIAC championship squad to sign with a Major League Baseball team, joining righthanded pitcher Justin Mazur who inked a deal with the Kansas City Royals this past June. As an outfielder, LaPensee is the first position player from WSU to sign with an MLB team since Jason Copeland signed with the Detroit Tigers organization in 1998. He ended his collegiate career as Wayne State’s all-time leader in hits (279), runs scored (195), doubles (50), total bases (386), games played (200), and at bats (696). LaPensee posted a .401 career batting average, second only to Hall of Famer Ronald Teasley (1945, 1947) who had a .415 average. He is also the only player in Wayne State history to hit .400 or better three times in a career. As a senior in 2010, LaPensee broke single-season records for hits and runs scored, and was a First Team All-GLIAC and All-Region selection. He batted .424 with 87 hits, 62 runs, seven homers, 48 RBI and 15 stolen bases. LaPensee will report to Spring Training with the Diamondbacks in March.
FOOTBALL ›› Three former WSU football student-athletes – Daryl Graham, Aaron Higginbottom, and Everett Stephenson – were among the 38 players chosen from over 1,200 hopefuls for roles in an upcoming movie being filmed in the western part of Michigan. Several West Michigan football standouts will be included in the cast of “Touchback,” which was filmed in Coopersville and Grand Rapids. Tryouts for the roles as members of Team Coldwater and Team Cuyahoga were operated by Mark Ellis, an athletic coordinator who worked on such sports movies as "We Are Marshall," "Invincible," "The Longest Yard" and "Miracle." Kurt Russell stars in “Touchback” with Brian Presley, Christine Lahti and Melanie Lynskey. The movie depicts a man who attempts suicide and wakes up in the past to relive his high school football stardom, which ended due to a serious injury. Football scenes for the film were shot at the Coopersville High School football field on Aug. 17.
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