CREDITS Managing Editor Joe Swan Editor/Writer Ashley Bailey Page Layout/Design Laura Doolittle, Bob Slater, Provations Group Contributors Lisa Ammons, John Antonik, Grant Dovey, D.J. Jamiel, Nick Davidson, Shannon McNamara, Bryan Messerly, Michael Fragale, Charlie Healy, Mike Montoro, Amy Prunty, Cheryl Wire, Kristin Coldsnow, Samantha Strejeck, Amy Salvatore Contributing Photographers All-Pro Photography by Dale Sparks, Brian Persinger, Steve Prunty, Niesha Shafer, Erin Irwin, WVU Athletic Communications Archives, WVU Photo Services, Sean Covich© 2016 West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics West Virginia University is on probation until February 17, 2017, for violations involving impermissible telephone and text communications that occurred in a number of our athletics programs. Level II violations occurred in the following sports programs: women’s gymnastics, football, women’s basketball and women’s soccer. On a smaller scale, 10 other sport programs, including baseball, men’s basketball, women’s diving, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, men’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, and men’s wrestling and programs, also engaged in impermissible text and telephone-related activity. The penalties prescribed in this case, which included recruiting communication restrictions, off-campus recruiting restrictions and the loss of a scholarship in the sport of football, were served in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. Additional information can be found at the following link: http://www. ncaa.org/sites/default/files/West%20Virginia%20Public%20Inf%20Decision.pdf West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. The indicia depicted are registered trademarks of West Virginia University. © 2016 West Virginia University Intercollegiate Athletics Reproduction of any material appearing herein is prohibited without approval of the West Virginia University Intercollegiate Athletics.
In the Spotlight ������������������������������������������������� 2 Big 12 ������������������������������������������������������������� 3 Courses ����������������������������������������������������������� 4 Strength & Conditioning ����������������������������������� 6 Athletic Training ����������������������������������������������� 8 Community Service ��������������������������������������� 10 Student-Athlete Development ����������������������� 11 Campus Life ��������������������������������������������������� 12 Mountaineer Excellence ��������������������������������� 16
Head Coach Sean Covich �������������������������������� 22 Graduate Assistant Jay Woodward ����������������� 24 Support Staff ��������������������������������������������������� 24
Team Roster����������������������������������������������������� 26 Player Profiles������������������������������������������������� 27
Season Outlook ����������������������������������������������� 36 Mountaineer Intercollegiate����������������������������� 38
2015-16 Recap ��������������������������������������������� 2016 Big 12 Championship����������������������������� Summer Recap ����������������������������������������������� Seaon Statistics ���������������������������������������������
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Scoring Records ��������������������������������������������� 48 All-Time Coaching Records ��������������������������� 49 Series records vs. Opponents ������������������������� 52
West Virginia University
President E. Gordon Gee ��������������������������������� 54 Director of Athletics Shane Lyons ������������������� 55 Intercollegiate Athletics Senior Staff ��������������� 56 Head Coaches ������������������������������������������������� 57 Media Information/Communications Staff ����� 58 WVU Facilities ������������������������������������������������ 59
Spotlight IN THE
Choosing to become a Mountaineer student-athlete is special.
Without a professional sports team in the state, folks across the state and throughout the region love West Virginia University athletics. Mountaineers have the unique opportunity to represent themselves, their teammates and their university to news media, alumni, friends, family and the general public. Your interaction with these groups is also part of your educational process. If you take advantage of these opportunities, it can have a positive effect, not only on your career as a student-athlete at West Virginia, but also on your life after you have donned the Old Gold and Blue.
The Big 12 begins its 21st year in 2016-17 as it continues to promote the strength and success of one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences under the direction of fifth-year commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
With 10 members, the Big 12 remains as the only autonomy conference to determine its champions in all sports directly on the field of play with a full round-robin schedule. The Conference’s hard work ethic and strong values have translated to enormous success in its first 20 years. Since it began competition in 1996-97, the league can boast of 57 NCAA team titles and 625 (through June 15) individual national championships.
The Conference had a banner year on the national stage in 2015-16. Two teams competed in 2015 College Football Playoff New Year’s Bowls for the second consecutive season. Oklahoma made the Conference’s first appearance in the CFP semifinals in 2015, the second year of the structure, while OU men’s basketball advanced to the Final Four. Other highlights included national championships by Texas men’s swimming and diving and Oklahoma women’s gymnastics and softball. National runner-up finishes were recorded by Texas volleyball, Oklahoma State wrestling, TCU equestrian, Texas men’s golf, Oklahoma men’s tennis and Oklahoma State women’s tennis. Three Big 12 squads were among the eight teams that advanced to baseball’s College World Series.
The Big 12 has been at the forefront in college athletics reform, specifically with studentathlete welfare issues to include cost of attendance, student-athlete time demands and strengthening its policy for concussion diagnosis and management. In 2014-15, the Big 12 introduced and hosted three “State of Collegiate Athletics” forums to examine the issues facing college athletics. Two were conducted in Washington, D.C and one in New York City. Panelists included respected authorities from intercollegiate athletics, university leadership and sports journalism. The third forum featured a special session comprised of student-athletes.
The Big 12 sponsors 23 sports. Men’s squads include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, swimming & diving, tennis and wrestling. Women’s teams are fielded in basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball.
TCU and West Virginia joined the league on July 1, 2012 and became the Big 12’s first additions since inception, joining Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech.
The Big 12 continued the “State of Collegiate Athletics” forums in 2015-16 with Dallas serving as the site for a November 2015 event.
Big 12 institutions create a league that encompasses five states and nearly 38 million people. Nearly 5,000 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually in the sports sponsored by the Conference. The Conference conducts postseason championships for 20 of its 23 sports. Each championship helps to determine teams and/or individuals that will represent the Conference in national postseason competition. In its first 20 years, the Big 12 has distributed approximately $2.6 billion to its member institutions, including a record $30.4 million per institution in 2015-16, an increase of 20 percent over the previous year. The Conference office is headquartered in Irving, Texas.
West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck announced in 2014 that the Mountaineer golf team would practice and compete at eight different home courses. Lakeview Golf Course, Mountainview Golf Course, The Links at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Mystic Rock, Nemacolin Golf Academy, Pete Dye Golf Club, The Pines Country Club and the Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Stonewall Resort will serve as WVU’s home courses. “WVU is blessed with many great golf courses in Morgantown and the surrounding area,” said coach Sean Covich. “We are very appreciative of the many golf courses who have welcomed Mountaineer golf at their course. Because of their support, we will be able to play and practice at some of the best facilities in the country which will help us train and recruit at a high level.” Located at nearby Cheat Lake, Lakeview Golf Course is a par-72, 6,760-yard course designed by James Harrison at the Lakeview Golf Resort. Selected as one of the Top 100 public courses in the U.S., Lakeview boasts a four-star rating by Golf Digest and a pair of signature holes. The first is the 564-yard seventh hole that features a 180-foot vertical drop from tee to green, while the par-5, 620-yard 18th hole features a green that has never been reached in two. Also at Lakeview Golf Resort, the par-72, 6,447-yard Mountainview Course was designed in 1985 by Bryan Ault.
Situated at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains, its challenging design received a three-and-a-half star rating by Golf Digest. The Links at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a par-70, 6,658-yard course known for its challenging greens. Both water and rocks come into play on the first of three locations the Mountaineers will see at the resort. A Pete Dye design, Mystic Rock has received a number of accolades and was rated by Golf Week as the No. 1 Public Course in Pennsylvania and No. 2 Best Course You Can Play in Pennsylvania. Golf Digest considers it the No. 14 Public Course in Pennsylvania, No. 58 on America’s 100 Best Resort Golf Courses and No. 75 on America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. Mystic Rock is a 7,526-yard, par-72 with a slope of 149 and rating of 77. It was previously the home of the PGA Tour’s 84 Lumber Classic. In addition to The Links and Mystic Rock, the Mountaineers will also use the resort’s Nemacolin Golf Academy, a practice facility featuring instruction and club fitting among other things. The academy boasts the TrackMan Golf Radar Solution, a diagnostic tool that measures every aspect of the swing in order to improve a player’s game. “Nemacolin Golf Academy provides us with a world-class practice facility which includes indoor hitting bays, large putting greens, a short game area, and a double-ended driving range,” said Covich. “We will be able to simulate any situation we need to practice thanks to this facility.” Located in Bridgeport, West Virginia, the Pete Dye Golf Club is a par-72, 7,353-yard course that spans 250 acres located in the Appalachian Mountains. Built upon a former coal mine, the course ranks ninth on the GolfWeek list of Best Modern Courses and is No. 46 on Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s
100 Greatest Modern Courses. It has previously been honored as a “Hidden Gem” by Golf Magazine while it’s par-4, 435-yard second hole was rated one of the top-500 golf holes in the world by the publication. The club hosted the Nationwide Tour Players Cup from 2004-09 and featured winners such as D.A. Points and Jimmy Walker. The Pines Country Club in Morgantown will be a local practice and competition course for the Mountaineers. Boasting a 6,700-yard layout, the par-71 course has hosted numerous LPGA and WVGA Championship events. Its location less than six miles from campus will make it a crucial part of WVU’s practice regiment. The Arnold Palmer Signature Course at the Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, rounds out the list of home courses for the Mountaineers. The course has received numerous accolades from golf publications, and ranks No. 57 on Golfweek’s 2014 Top Resort Courses, No. 72 on the 2013 Top Resort Courses and No. 2 on 2011 and 2012 Best You Can Play in West Virginia. It has previously been ranked as one of Golf Magazine’s Best Courses to Play in West Virginia and is among America’s Best Top Resort Courses as chosen by Golf Digest. It is a par-72, 7,149-yard course from the Palmer tees that is surrounded by wetlands, hills and Stonewall Jackson Lake. “Sean Covich has done an excellent job of recruiting and organizing, in this transition year, to get our golf program ready for its official start in July,” said Luck. “While we don’t have a home course on campus, these eight golf courses will provide a great practice center and a different challenge at each one. The reintroduction of our men’s golf team has created a lot of excitement for our department, and the Mountaineers will have no shortages of options when it comes to preparation in the area.”
Brian Whiting returns for his sixth season as the strength and conditioning coach for the Mountaineer women’s basketball team. In addition to women’s basketball, Whiting handles the strength and conditioning responsibilities for the Mountaineer tennis team. Prior to arriving at West Virginia, Whiting spent three years on the Michigan State strength and conditioning staff where he worked his way from an intern to a graduate assistant. There, he assisted in the design and implementation of sport specific training programs for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, baseball and wrestling, as well as other varsity sport teams. He was part of the kinesiology department at Michigan State. He holds the Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) title through the CSCCa, and is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Whiting is a 2009 graduate of Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He completed his master’s degree in kinesiology with a coaching specialization in 2011, also from Michigan State. He is a native of Plymouth, Michigan.
Michigan State, 2011 / Sixth Season
He and his wife, Elise, reside in Morgantown.
Vince Blankenship is in his third year as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist at West Virginia, working primarily with the Mountaineer football program. He also provides the athletic training coverage and treatment for the WVU golf team. Blankenship assists with the day-to-day care, rehabilitation and prevention of athletic injuries for the football program. He also has duties as an instructor in the WVU athletic training education program. Blankenship recently served as a seasonal athletic training assistant with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He handled day-to-day duties with the operations within the athletic training department, including injury prevention, player evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation, overseeing the staff’s interns and working practices and games. Prior to that, he worked a sports medicine clinical with the football team at Georgia for the 2007 and 2012 seasons. He spent two years as a high school outreach athletic trainer for University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, and as a part-time athletic trainer at Georgia Regents University, while earning his doctor of physical therapy. He also worked as a preseason athletic trainer with the Detroit Lions.
VincentBLANKENSHIP Georgia, 2009 / Third Season
Blankenship earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science with an athletic training emphasis at Georgia in 2009, and his doctor of physical therapy at Georgia Regents University in 2013. He and his wife, Idania, reside in Morgantown.
The West Virginia athletic training program looks to get its studentathletes back on the field in a timely manner while providing quality health care for its student-athletes and coaches. The scope of the athletic training services encompass various domains including injury recognition, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, education, and counseling that will enable the athlete to maintain an optimal quality of life beyond the span of athletic competition. Multiple athletic training rooms are available for student-athletes furnished with the latest in technology and equipment. The athletic training staff will work in conjunction with the team physicians and athletic administration to assure the studentathletes receive quality care throughout their careers at WVU.
In addition to their time on the links, the West Virginia University men’s golf team has put time and effort into community service projects since its return to campus in 2014.
With a team of five players and no scheduled competition, coach Sean Covich made it a point to have his players involved in at least one community service effort a month during the 2014-15 season. The Mountaineers spent time at Stepping Stones, visited patients at WVU Children’s Hospital and hosted the Gathering of Mountain Eagles for veterans among other projects. “The whole state supports us every day in our sports,” said junior Jon Ransone, who transferred to WVU in the fall of 2014. “It’s always nice to give back when we can.” Despite taking on a slate that included 13 total tournaments with 11 on the road events, WVU continued on with their involvement in the area throughout the 2015-16 season. The squad finished second in the athletic department with 65 community service hours – an impressive feat for a two-semester sport. Outreach Counselor Donnie Tucker keeps a tally of each team’s hours, dividing the number of hours completed by the number of athletes on the team to account for different roster sizes. “It’s a great way to help give back to those in need and to show that our team and WVU as a whole cares about the community,” said senior Chris Williams, who joined the program in January of 2015.
The squad took on a number of projects last season. They’ve read to children through the Morgantown Public Library, helped at the Morgantown Mall to raise money for WVU Children’s Hospital, cleaned up Christian Help, spoke to elementary school students about the responsibilities of being a student-athlete, helped with the Special Olympics Summer Games, participated in the Back to School Carnival and gave out candy during Trunk-or-Treat. “Visiting WVU Children’s Hospital is always my favorite,” said Ransone. “It’s always nice to see kids have a smile on their face.” Williams echoed his sentiments. “My favorite project was meeting with the kids at Ruby because it puts life and everything we’re able to do on a daily basis in perspective. Hopefully, our visit can make their day a little bit better and help them forget about what they’re going through at the moment.” “It’s really just about giving back,” said Covich. “The opportunities we’ve been given, to start the program here – we want to be a blessing to the rest of our community.”Individually, through the West Virginia University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the experience of the student-athletes has been advanced by their involvement through other community-driven endeavors. Members of the wrestling team join with coaches as well as members of other athletic teams from the university’s 15 other sports to visit the children’s hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
West Virginia University offers a variety of services and programs to help student-athletes maximize their academic potential. Department staff members work with coaches, on-campus student service providers and faculty to help student-athletes meet the unique demands of the classroom, the sporting arena and the personal-social challenges they face as developing adults. While many of the headlines center on the Mountaineers’ accomplishments on the court, field or course, WVU studentathletes have also made some noteworthy strides in the classroom. To help its student-athletes achieve academic success, one of the nation’s finest facilities resides in the WVU Coliseum – The Athletic Academic Performance Center. The 8,000-square foot facility provides individual and group study areas, a plethora of computer stations and the latest in fingerprint technology used when signing in. Student-Athletes are honored annually for their classroom achievements at the Blue & Golden Globe Awards, presented by the WVU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Recipients of the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll are acknowledged at the event each spring. Implemented in 1989, the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll was created to recognize student-athletes who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Since the program began, nearly 4,000 student-athletes have earned a place on the honor roll. Ford retired in 2011 after 44 years of service with the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. West Virginia University’s combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 979 according to data released today by the NCAA.
Any student-athlete receiving athletic aid in a varsity sport can earn up to four points per year for being academically eligible and remaining enrolled in the institution. A team’s APR is the total points earned on the roster divided by that squad’s total possible points, multiplied by 1,000. For the 2014-15 academic year, West Virginia had seven teams with perfect 1,000 scores: rifle, wrestling, men’s basketball, women’s soccer, rowing, tennis and women’s swimming & diving. Teams must achieve a 930 multi-year APR to avoid immediate penalties (involving the possible reduction of practice time and access to postseason competition). The current multi-year APR scores for WVU’s varsity teams (2011-12 to 2014-15): baseball 948; men’s basketball 1,000; women’s basketball 995; cross country 993; football 945; gymnastics 987; rifle 980; rowing 1,000; men’s soccer 972; women’s soccer 997; men’s swimming and diving 983; women’s swimming and diving 994; tennis 962; indoor track and field 985; outdoor track and field 985; volleyball 949; and wrestling 966. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) provides a forum for the “voice of the student-athlete” on WVU’s campus. SAAC membership provides feedback to the administration about how to better WVU athletic programs. They offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect studentathletes’ lives in NCAA member institution campuses.
CAMPUS LIFE Character
Public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867.
R1: Doctoral Universities–Highest Research Activity, as described by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
WVU System Operating Budget More than $1 billion.
By the Higher Learning Commission and dozens of specialized academic accrediting agencies.
The WVU Board of Governors is the governing body of WVU. The Higher Education Policy Commission in West Virginia is responsible for developing, establishing and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state’s four-year colleges and universities.
Morgantown, W.Va., population 31,073, was rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by BizJournals.com for its exceptional quality of life. Business Insider named Morgantown the ninth best college town in America. Within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. Other recent rankings: Kiplinger.com included Morgantown in their 10 great places to live list; one of “Best Sports Cities” by Sporting News; 5th “Best Small Metro” by Forbes; 12th overall “Hottest Small City” by Inc.; one of “50 Smartest Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s; and the second-ranking “Best College Town for Jobs” by Forbes.
Fall 2015 enrollment, on WVU campuses statewide, was 31,514; 28,776 in Morgantown.
14,021 West Virginia residents, 14,755 nonresidents 22,498 undergraduates 4,711 graduate and 1,567 professional students
WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships: 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 42 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, 5 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 15 Boren Scholars, 36 Gilman Scholars, 46 Fulbright Scholars, 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, 25 Critical Language Scholars, 3 National Institute of Standards and Technology Fellowships and 4 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
In 2014-15, WVU awarded 7,201 degrees statewide; 1,832 graduate and 428 professional.
Faculty and Staff Profile
Excellent facultyâ€”19 of whom have been named Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Yearâ€”guide and mentor students. instructional faculty: 3,244 graduate assistants: 1,650 total main campus employees: 8,239
Fourteen colleges and schools offering 353 majors in agriculture, natural resources and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; education and human services; engineering and mineral resources; law; media; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; and public health. wvu.edu/Academics/
Student Living Experience
The First-Year Experience helps students navigate their first year at WVU. Elements include First Year Academy, which connects new students to the campus, their academic departments and other students; the Campus Read, which involves first-year students in a common reading experience to promote dialog and critical thinking; and Adventure West Virginia, an outdoor freshman orientation program. All WVU students benefit from a vibrant array of student life programs, including a Festival of Ideas lecture series, bringing the world’s top minds to campus to share their experiences and knowledge; WVUp All Night, a weekend package of safe, fun and healthy activities; an award-winning Student Recreation Center; and the Mountaineer Parents Club, helping families stay connected with their students’ education and life at WVU. Living and Learning Communities are student communities in certain residence halls formed around a theme or specific field of study. Students can live with others who share their academic and social interests. studentlife.wvu.edu
Freshman Class Profile
2015 average ACT of 24, SAT (combined math and critical reading) 1052, and high school GPA of 3.45.
University buses operate free on a year-round basis as does the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system—a computer-directed system that glides along 8.7 miles of guideway between Downtown, Evansdale and Health Sciences Center campuses. In addition, Morgantown’s Mountain Line bus service offers free rides to students and employees. WVU ID is required for all services. transportation. wvu.edu
WVU offers 24-hour campus security protection. Students can download LiveSafe, a free app that is an on-the-go way to connect with authorities. The University also sends urgent news through WVU Alert text messages. emergency.wvu.edu/alert
Students can choose from 467 student organizations, and participate in an active intramural program and many club sports. studentactivities.wvu.edu
Last year, 922 WVU students traveled to another country through University-led study abroad programs and international exchanges. Best College Reviews ranked WVU as having a top-50 study abroad program. internationalprograms. wvu.edu
Hundreds of distance education classes are available. elearn.wvu.edu
Service and Learning
The Center for Service and Learning develops and organizes service learning and volunteer opportunities for students and faculty. WVU earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification—joining only 6% of all universities. It is the only institution in West Virginia the foundation recognizes for its community engagement. service.wvu.edu
Scholarships and Aid
Each year, WVU (Morgantown campus) awards over $433 million in financial aid, including $87 million in grants and scholarships. West Virginia residents may be eligible for the PROMISE scholarship in addition to WVU awards. A new campaign is under way to raise $50 million for student scholarships.
The WVU Honors College encourages a style of learning and living that is tailored to the highly motivated, excelling student’s special requirements. Innovative, challenging courses, designed to stimulate creativity and to provoke in-depth discussion, are offered in small class settings. honors.wvu.edu
WVU offers hundreds of ways to gain valuable on-the-job experience and networking contacts. careerservices.wvu.edu
The Mountaineer Parents Club, with more than 20,000 members in clubs across the state and nation, fosters success by connecting parents and family members with the student experience. The organization sponsors events on and off-campus, has a newsletter, a toll-free helpline (1-800-WVU-0096), parent electronic news and a Parent Perks program. Membership is free. parentsclub.wvu.edu
A member of the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference, WVU competes at the Division I level in 18 sports. Teams make regular postseason bowl appearances in football, including winning the 2016 Cactus Bowl, and NCAA tournament appearances in men’s and women’s basketball, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2015; women’s soccer won its second consecutive Big 12 tournament championship in 2014 and made its 16th straight NCAA appearance in in 2015; women’s basketball advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2016. The WVU rifle team won its 18th national title in 2016, and in 2014 became the first WVU athletic team to visit the White House on NCAA Champions Day. wvusports.com
The WVU System spans the state, including 518 buildings on 15,880 acres. The Morgantown campus has 245 buildings (11 on the National Register of Historic Places) on 1,892 acres. WVU operates 10 experimental farms and four forests throughout the state, in addition to WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp. jacksonsmill.ext.wvu.edu/
Libraries The WVU Libraries encompass eight libraries statewide and the WVU Press. Facilities in Morgantown include the Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and the West Virginia and Regional History Center. Onsite collections include more than 2.4 million books and 48,000 journal subscriptions, electronic access to 365 databases, over 500,000 e-books, and 47,300 online electronic journals. Library staff offer in-person and online assistance. libraries.wvu.edu
Admission and Application Timeline
Admission is based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Applications are processed beginning Sept. 15 for admission the following fall. March 1 is the deadline for WV residents to submit PROMISE Scholarship applications. WVU has a rolling admissions policy, and while there is no official application deadline, applicants who apply later in the year may be deferred to the spring semester. admissions.wvu.edu
Visitors Center Located on the Morgantown Waterfront, the WVU Visitors Center features unique, cutting-edge displays and traditional West Virginia hospitality. Guided tours are offered Monday through Saturday, except home football Saturdays. visit.wvu.edu
Chartered in 1873, the WVU Alumni Association is made up of more than 190,000 graduates worldwide in some 135 nations. alumni.wvu.edu
Through March 31, 2016, donors have moved the WVU Foundation more than 95% of the way toward the $1 billion goal for A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The campaign was extended through 2017 after donors shattered the original goal more than a year ahead of the deadline. Last fiscal year alone, donors contributed $125 million in new gifts, the second highest fiscal year of giving ever in the Foundation’s history. The Foundation’s total endowment is $565 million. www.wvuf.org
Throughout the year in West Virginia’s 55 counties, WVU Extension Service faculty and volunteers work with more than 624,111 West Virginians. 4-H alone reaches one in five West Virginia youths. ext.wvu.edu
Potomac State College of WVU – Keyser, W.Va.; 800-262-7332; potomacstatecollege.edu West Virginia University Institute of Technology – Montgomery, W.Va.; wvutech.edu Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center – Charleston, W.Va.; hsc.wvu.edu/charleston Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center East – Martinsburg, W.Va.; hsc.wvu.edu/eastern WVU Beckley – Beckley, W.Va.w WVUGolf
519 TOTAL STUDENT-ATHLETES WERE NAMED TO THE GARRETT FORD ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL AND 508 STUDENT-ATHLETES WERE NAMED TO THE 2015-16 BIG 12 COMMISSIONERâ€™S HONOR ROLL LAST YEAR
Team Records Baseball: 36-22, 12-11 Big 12; 4th place Big 12 Cross Country: 3rd place at Big 12 Championship; NCAA MidAtlantic Regional; 1 NCAA Championship Qualifier Men’s Basketball: 26-9, 13-5 Big 12; 2nd place Big 12; NCAA First Round Women’s Basketball: 25-10, 12-6 Big 12; 3rd place Big 12; NCAA Second Round Football: 8-5, 4-5 Big 12; T-5th place Big 12; Cactus Bowl Champions Gymnastics: 11-8, 1-5 Big 12; 3rd place Big 12; 5th place NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Rowing: 8th place at Big 12 Championship Rifle: 12-0, 8-0 GARC; GARC Regular-Season & Postseason Champions; NCAA Champions Men’s Soccer: 7-12-0, 2-3-0 MAC; 4th place MAC Women’s Soccer: 19-3-1, 6-0-1 Big 12; Big 12 Regular-Season Champions; NCAA Quarterfinals Men’s Swimming and Diving: 2nd place Big 12; 1 NCAA Qualifier: Andrew Marsh Women’s Swimming and Diving: 4th place Big 12 Women’s Tennis: 6-16, 0-9 Big 12; 10th place Big 12 Women’s Track and Field and Field: Indoor-9th Big 12; Outdoor9th Big 12; 8 NCAA Qualifiers Volleyball: 5-24, 0-16 Big 12; 10th place Big 12 Wrestling: 8-10, 0-4 Big 12; 6th place at Big 12 Championship; 4 NCAA Qualifiers
NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Recognition Men’s Basketball
Professional Draft Picks KJ Dillion, Football, Houston Texans (NFL), fifth round (159th overall) Chad Donato, Baseball, Houston Astros (MLB), 11th round (337th overall) Bria Holmes, Women’s Basketball, Atlanta Dream (WNBA), first round (11th overall) Karl Joseph, Football, Oakland Raiders (NFL), first round (14th overall) Nick Kwiatkoski, Football, Chicago Bears (NFL), fourth round (113th overall) Wendell Smallwood, Football, Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), fifth round (153rd overall) Blake Smith, Baseball, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB), 29th round (876th overall) Daryl Worley, Football, Carolina Panthers (NFL), third round (77th overall)
Coaching Awards & Honors
Ginny Thrasher, Air Rifle, Smallbore
Nikki Izzo-Brown, Women’s Soccer, Big 12 Coach of the Year Mike Carey, Women’s Basketball, WBCA Victory Club Award (300 wins) Jon Hammond, Rifle, GARC Coach of the Year Bob Huggins, Men’s Basketball, ESPN Infinti Coaches Charity Challenge Second Round Vic Riggs, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Big 12 Coach of the Meet Ja’Juan Seider, Football, Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award Finalist Lisa Stoia, Women’s Soccer, NSCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Team Conference Champions
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
Rifle, GARC Regular-Season & Postseason Champions Women’s Soccer, Big 12 Regular-Season Champions
First Team Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer Kelly Williams, Cross Country/Track & Field Second Team Jack Elliott, Men’s Soccer Third Team Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer
NCAA Team Champions Rifle
Individual NCAA Champions
Individual Conference Champions Andrew Marsh, Men’s Swimming & Diving, 100 backstroke Ginny Thrasher, Rifle, GARC Smallbore
Individual International Team Honors Will Anti, Rifle, U.S. Junior National Team Michael Bamsey, Rifle, Great Britain National Team Kadeisha Buchanan, Women’s Soccer, Team Canada 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Team Canada CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, CONCACAF Best XI Team, FIFPro Women’s World XI Team, 2015 Women’s World Cup Best Young Player, 2015 BMO Canadian Player of the Year Vanessa Flores, Women’s Soccer, Mexico U-20 National Team Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle, U.S. Junior National Team, National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship 10m air rifle Silver Medal, National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship 50m 3 positions Bronze Medal, Meelis Kiisk, Rifle, Estonian National Team Ashley Lawrence, Women’s Soccer, Team Canada 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Team Canada CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, CONCACAF Best XI Team Garrett Spurgeon, Rifle, United States, U.S. National Team, Bianca St. Georges, Women’s Soccer, Canada U-20 National Team Ginny Trasher, Rifle, Team United States 2016 Summer Olympic Games
NCAA Team Qualifiers Cross Country Gymnastics Men’s Basketball
Rifle Women’s Basketball Women’s Soccer
NCAA Individual Qualifiers Dylan Cottrell, Wrestling Andrew Marsh, Men’s Swimming & Diving Zeke Moisey, Wrestling Millie Paladino, Cross Country Bubba Scheffel, Wrestling Jacob A. Smith, Wrestling
NCAA Individual Regional Qualifiers Amy Cashin, Outdoor Track & Field Jillian Forsey, Outdoor Track & Field Brianna Kerekes, Outdoor Track & Field Shamoya McNeil, Outdoor Track & Field Millie Paladino, Outdoor Track & Field Savanna Plombon, Outdoor Track & Field Hannah Stone, Outdoor Track & Field Megan Yuan, Outdoor Track & Field
NCAA Championship Awards Ginny Thrasher, Rifle, Top Performer
All-Americans First Team Michael Bamsey, Rifle, NRA Smallbore Kadeisha Buchanan, Women’s Soccer, NSCAA All-America Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle, NRA Air Rifle Meelis Kiisk, Rifle, CRCA, NRA Smallbore Nick Kwiatkoski, Football, ProFootballFocus All-America Ashley Lawrence, Women’s Soccer, NSCAA All-America Jean-Pierre Lucas, Rifle, NRA Smallbore Garrett Spurgeon, Rifle, CRCA NRA Air Rifle, NRA Smallbore Patrick Sunderman, Rifle, NRA Air Rifle Ginny Thrasher, Rifle, CRCA, NRA Air Rifle Second Team Michael Bamsey, Rifle, CRCA Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer, Senior CLASS Award Bria Holmes, Women’s Basketball, Senior CLASS Award Meelis Kiisk, Rifle, NRA Air Rifle Kirah Koshinski, Gymnastics, NACGC/W Regular Season (Vault) Jamie Merriam, Men’s Soccer, Senior CLASS Award Patrick Sunderman, Rifle, CRCA, NRA Smallbore Ginny Thrasher, Rifle, NRA Smallbore Third Team Karl Joseph, Football, CBS Sports Jean-Pierre Lucas, Rifle, CRCA Freshman Darius Hill, Baseball, Louisville Slugger, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Baseball America Ivan Vera, Baseball, Baseball All-America
Honorable Mention Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle, CRCA, NRA Smallbore Bria Holmes, Women’s Basketball, Associated Press, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Jean-Pierre Lucas, Rifle, NRA Air Rifle Karl Joseph, Football, SI.com All-American
All-Conference First Team Michaela Abam, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Michael Bamsey, Rifle, All-GARC Smallbore Maggie Bedillion, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Danique Bryan, Track & Field, Outdoor All-Big 12 long jump Kadeisha Buchanan, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Nate Carr, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 400 IM Amy Cashin, Track & Field, Indoor All-Big 12 mile run, Outdoor All-Big 12 3,000-meter steeplechase WVUGolf
Chad Donato, Baseball, All-Big 12 Sara Finfrock, Track & Field, Outdoor All-Big 12 pole vault Jillian Forsey, Track & Field, Indoor All-Big 12 5,000-meter run, Outdoor All-Big 12 5,000-meter run Aidan Fumagalli, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 200 breaststroke Jaimee Gillmore, Women’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 100 freestyle Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle, All-GARC Air Rifle Bria Holmes, Women’s Basketball, All-Big 12 (unanimous selection) Meelis Kiisk, Rifle, All-GARC Combined Score, All-GARC Smallbore Nick Kwiatkoski, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12; ESPN.com All-Big 12, Phil Steele All-Big 12 Kirah Koshinski, Gymnastics, All-Big 12 Vault Ashley Lawrence, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Andrew Marsh, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 100 freestyle Shamoya McNeil, Track & Field, Indoor All-Big 12 triple jump Outdoor All-Big 12 triple jump Alex Obendorf, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 Platform Tyler Orlosky, Football, ESPN.com All-Big 12 Nick O’Toole, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12; ESPN.com All-Big 12, Phil Steele All-Big 12, Associated Press All-Big 12 Millie Paladino, Track & Field, Indoor All-Big 12 3,000-meter run, Outdoor All-Big 12 1,500-meter run Faith Penny, Track & Field, Indoor All-Big 12 high jump, Outdoor All-Big 12 high jump Michael Proietto, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 1-meter and platform Emma Skelley, Women’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 1,650 freestyle Max Spencer, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 100 breaststroke, All-Big 12 200 breaststroke Garrett Spurgeon, Rifle, All-GARC Air Rifle, All-GARC Combined Score, All-GARC Smallbore Patrick Sunderman, Rifle, All-GARC Air Rifle Hannah Stone, Track & Field, Indoor All-Big 12 high jump, Outdoor All-Big 12 high jump Ginny Thrasher, Rifle, All-GARC Air Rifle, All-GARC Combined Score Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Rebecca Wendt, Track & Field, Indoor All-Big 12 1,000-meter run Daryl Worley, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12; Phil Steele All-Big 12, ESPN.com All-Big 12 Second Team Will Anti, Rifle, All-GARC Smallbore Michael Bamsey, Rifle, All-GARC Combined Score Ryan Cain, Men’s Soccer, All-MAC Nate Carr, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 200 IM, All-Big 12 200 backstroke Jackson Cramer, Baseball, All-Big 12 KJ Dillon, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12 Merwane ElMerini - Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 50 freestyle, All-Big 12 100 backstroke Aidan Fumagalli, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 100 breaststroke Taylor Gill, Women’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 400 IM Jaimee Gillmore, Women’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 50 freestyle, All-Big 12 100 butterfly Ross Glegg, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 500 freestyle Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle, All-GARC Combined Score Emma Harris, Women’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 200 breaststroke Jay Hickey, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 100 backstroke, All-Big 12 200 backstroke Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Darius Hill, Baseball, All-Big 12 Jake Iotte, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 100 breaststroke, All-Big 12 200 breaststroke Meelis Kiisk, Rifle, All-GARC Air Rifle James Koval, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 1,650 freestyle Nick Kwiatkoski, Football, Associated Press All-Big 12 Andrew Marsh, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 100 butterfly Logan McHenry, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 3-meter, All-Big 12 platform Chris McMahon, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 500 freestyle Lanay Montgomery, Women’s Basketball, All-Big 12 Noble Nwachukwu, Associated Press All-Big 12 Alex Obendorf, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 1 meter Jaysean Paige, Men’s Basketball, Associated Press All-Big 12, Coaches’ All-Big 12 Jean-Pierre Lucas, Rifle, All-GARC Air Rifle, All-GARC Combined Score, All-GARC Smallbore Joey Piatczyc, Men’s Soccer, All-MAC Carla Portillo, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Michael Prioetto, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 3-meter Tyler Orlosky, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12 Kyle Rose, Football, Associated Press All-Big 12 Bianca St. Georges, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Lindsay Schmidt, Women’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 3-meter Emma Skelley, Women’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 500 freestyle Wendell Smallwood, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12, Phil Steele All-Big 12, Associated Press All-Big 12
Austin Smith, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 platform Hannah Steadman, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Patrick Sunderman, Rifle, All-GARC Smallbore; All-GARC Combined Score Ginny Thrasher, Rifle, All-GARC Smallbore Chase Williams, Men’s Swimming & Diving, All-Big 12 200 butterfly Devin Williams, Men’s Basketball, Associated Press All-Big 12, Coaches’ All-Big 12 Daryl Worley, Football, Associated Press All-Big 12 Third Team KJ Dillon, Football, Phil Steele All-Big 12 Tyler Orlosky, Football, Phil Steele All-Big 12
Honorable Mention Will Anti, Rifle, All-GARC Combined Score Michael Bamsey, Rifle, All-GARC Air Rifle Jared Barber, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12 Kyle Davis, Baseball, All-Big 12 Jimmy Galusky, Baseball, All-Big 12 Shelton Gibson, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12 Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle, All-GARC Smallbore Michael Grove, Baseball, All-Big 12 Karl Joseph, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12 Josh Lambert, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12 Noble Nwachkwu, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12 Arielle Roberson, Women’s Basketball, All-Big 12 Blake Smith, Baseball, All-Big 12 Ivan Vera, Baseball, All-Big 12 Elijah Wellman, Football, Coaches’ All-Big 12
Specialty, All-Newcomer/Freshman Teams Jevon Carter, Men’s Basketball, Coaches’ Big 12 All-Defensive Sh’Nia Gordon, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Freshman Darius Hill, Baseball, All-Big 12 Freshman Tynice Martin, Women’s Basketball, All-Big 12 Freshman Lanay Montgomery, Women’s Basketball, Big 12 All-Defensive Bianca St. Georges, Women’s Soccer, All-Big 12 Freshman Ivan Vera, Baseball, All-Big 12 Freshman
Conference All-Tournament Teams Kadeisha Buchanan, Women’s Soccer, Big 12 Kyle Davis, Baseball, Big 12 Conner Dotson, Baseball, Big 12 Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer, Big 12 KC Huth, Baseball, Big 12 Kirah Koshinski, Gymnastics, Big 12 Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer, Big 12 Ross Vance, Baseball, Big 12 Devin Williams, Men’s Basketball, Big 12
Conference Major Awards Kadeisha Buchanan, Women’s Soccer, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Kirah Koshinski, Gymnastics, Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Nathan Howells, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Tynice Martin, Women’s Basketball, Big 12 Freshman of the Year Jaysean Paige, Men’s Basketball, Big 12 Sixth Man Award Garrett Spurgeon, Rifle, GARC Senior of the Year, GARC Shooter of the Year Bianca St. Georges, Women’s Soccer, Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year Ginny Thrasher, Rifle, GARC Rookie of the Year
National Awards and Recognition Kadeisha Buchanan, Women’s Soccer, Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Finalist, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Best Young Player Award, BMO Canadian Female Player of the Year, Soccer Net News Women’s College Boot Award, Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards Honda Sport Award nominee, CONCACAF Female Player of the Year Award nominee, CONCACAF Female Best XI Defender Award nominee, TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI First Team Bria Holmes, Women’s Basketball, Senior CLASS Award finalist Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer, Senior CLASS Award finalist Ashley Lawrence, Women’s Soccer, Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Semifinalis, CONCACAF Female Best XI Midfielder Award nominee, TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI Second Team Jaysean Paige, Men’s Basketball, Reese’s NABC Division I All-Stars Tynice Martin, Women’s Basketball, USBWA National Freshman of the Year finalist Jamie Merriam, Men’s Soccer, Senior CLASS Award finalist Devin Williams, Men’s Basketball, Allstate NABC Good Works Team nominee
Regional Awards Alan Cooke, Golf, 97th West Virginia Amateur Champion Kadeisha Buchanan, Women’s Soccer, NSCAA All-Central Region First Team Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer, NSCAA All-Central Region Second Team Darius Hill, Baseball, ABCA/Rawlings East All-Region First Team
Bria Holmes, Women’s Basketball, WBCA All-Region 3 Team Ashley Lawrence, Women’s Soccer, NSCAA All-Central Region First Team Jaysean Paige, Men’s Basketball, USBWA All-District II Team Jon Ransone, Golf, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier Hannah Stedman, Women’s Soccer, NSCAA All-Central Region Third Team Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer, NSCAA All-Central Region First Team Devin Williams, Men’s Basketball, USBWA All-District II Team
Academic All-Conference First Team Darren Arndt, Football Aria Asselta, Rowing Hailey Barrett, Women’s Tennis Maggie Bedillion, Women’s Soccer Robyn Bernard, Gymnastics Madeline Bolin, Women’s Swimming & Diving Brandon Boone, Baseball Mackenzie Braden, Women’s Swimming & Diving Megan Brophy, Rowing Alisha Brownfield, Rowing Jevon Carter, Men’s Basketball Amy Cashin, Cross Country, Track & Field Lyn Yuen Choo, Women’s Tennis Allie Coates, Rowing Shaun Corso, Baseball Amelie Currat, Women’s Swimming & Diving Emily Deming, Rowing John DePalma, Football Alyssa Diehl, Cross Country Maggie Drazba, Cross Country Leah Emaus, Women’s Soccer Morgan Emter, Women’s Swimming & Diving Rachel Faulds, Cross Country Kelsey Frantz, Women’s Swimming & Diving Aidan Fumagalli, Men’s Swimming & Diving Gianna Gotterba, Volleyball Jordan Gillette, Gymnastics Jamiee Gillmore, Women’s Swimming & Diving Ross Glegg, Men’s Swimming & Diving Ray Guerrini, Baseball Brynn Harshbarger, Cross Country Susannah Hartlove, Rowing Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer Elizabeth Hooper, Rowing Nathan Howells, Men’s Swimming & Diving Melissa Idell, Gymnastics, Jake Iotte, Men’s Swimming & Diving Elizabeth Kantak, Rowing Brianna Kerekes, Cross Country, Track & Field James Koval, Men’s Swimming & Diving Corinne Kule, Cross Country Jaida Lawrence, Gymnastics Carolina Lewis, Women’s Tennis Andrew Marsh, Men’s Swimming & Diving Celia Martinez De La Torree, Women’s Swimming & Diving Shamoya McNeil, Track & Field Joe Miller, Men’s Swimming & Diving Daxter Miles, Men’s Basketball Morgan Montgomery, Volleyball Louisa Morgan, Rowing Kaja Mrgole, Women’s Tennis Katie Murto, Women’s Swimming & Diving Tyler Orlosky, Football Millie Paladino, Cross Country Savanna Plombon, Cross Country, Track & Field Abbigail Rees, Rowing Lindsay Schmidt, Women’s Swimming & Diving Sydney Scott, Cross Country, Track & Field Habiba Shaker, Women’s Tennis Khairi Shariff, Football Hannah Shereve, Volleyball Jackson Sigman, Baseball Emma Skelley, Women’s Swimming & Diving Maxwell Spencer, Men’s Swimming & Diving Jacqueline Spiropoulos, Rowing Hannah Stone, Track & Field Paige Szabat, Cross Country Ross Vance, Baseball Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer Bria Welker, Track & Field Rebecca Wendt, Track & Field Kelly Williams, Cross Country Track & Field Chris Williams, Golf Loren Williams, Women’s Swimming & Diving Second Team Nathan Adrian, Men’s Basketball Amanda Bowman, Gymnastics Kadeisha Buchanan, Women’s Soccer
Alan Cooke, Golf Jackson Cramer, Baseball Frank Csonka, Men’s Swimming & Diving Kyle Davis, Baseball Sara Finfrock, Track & Field, Philomena Fiorenzi, Women’s Swimming & Diving Madelin Gardner, Track & Field Alexa Goldberg, Gymnastics Austin Green, Men’s Swimming & Diving Bria Holmes, Women’s Basketball Skyler Howard, Football Ashley Lawrence, Women’s Soccer Grant Lingafelter, Football Emma Luigard, Women’s Swimming & Diving Yvon Martinez, Women’s Tennis Zeke Moisey, Wrestling Zaakira Muhammad, Gymnastics Chris Nelson, Wrestling Nick O’Toole, Football Andrew Riebel, Men’s Swimming & Diving Bubba Scheffel, Wrestling Mason Short, Golf Devin Williams, Men’s Basketball
All-Big 12 Rookie Team Cole Austin, Baseball Jacob Brewer, Baseball Tanner Campbell, Baseball Michael Grove, Baseball Endy Morales, Baseball Alexis Brewer, Women’s Basketball Katrina Pardee, Women’s Basketball Yassemeen Sa’Dullah, Women’s Basketball Lauren Saiki, Women’s Basketball Olivia Seggie, Women’s Basketball Anna French, Cross Country Olivia Hill, Cross Country Tristan Nicholls, Golf Carly Galpin, Gymnastics Kirah Koshinski, Gymnastics Jaquie Tun, Gymnastics Tiara Wright, Gymnastics Madison Hrynda, Rowing Carly Ledbetter, Rowing Hannah Abraham, Women’s Soccer Laurel Carpenter, Women’s Soccer Patricia Fernandez, Women’s Soccer Vanessa Flores, Women’s Soccer Sh’Nia Gordon, Women’s Soccer Easther Mayi Kith, Women’s Soccer Amanda Saymon, Women’s Soccer Bianca St. Georges, Women’s Soccer Georgia Baldus, Women’s Swimming & Diving Marah Bieger, Women’s Swimming & Diving Emmott Blitch, Men’s Swimming & Diving Julia Calcut, Women’s Swimming & Diving Emilie Chambers, Women’s Swimming & Diving Drew Damich, Men’s Swimming & Diving Fernando Duenas, Men’s Swimming & Diving Lexi Glassmire, Women’s Swimming & Diving Sam Hall, Women’s Swimming & Diving Emma Harris, Women’s Swimming & Diving Adam Poe, Men’s Swimming & Diving Jake Preaskorn, Men’s Swimming & Diving Mary Smith, Women’s Swimming & Diving Jake Williams, Men’s Swimming & Diving Madelyn Woods, Women’s Swimming & Diving Paula Goetz, Tennis Abigail Roisello, Tennis Kirsten White, Tennis Danique Bryan, Track & Field Jordan Hess, Track & Field Chaqieta Robinson, Track & Field Connor Flynn, Wrestling
All-Big 12 Academic At-Large Team First Team Jad Arslan, Men’s Soccer Michael Bamsey, Rifle Ivo Cabral, Men’s Soccer Mike Desiderio, Men’s Soccer Jack Elliott, Men’s Soccer Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle Meelis Kiisk, Rifle Zak Leedom, Men’s Soccer Patrick Sunderman, Rifle Second Team Felix Angerer, Men’s Soccer Jamie Merriam, Men’s Soccer Jean-Pierre Lucas, Rifle Garrett Spurgeon, Rifle
Academic Momentum Award by the Scholar Baller Taylor Gill, Women’s Swimming & Diving, First Team
NSCAA Scholar All-America NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer, Third Team Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer, Second Team
Cactus Bowl MVPs
CoSIDA Academic All-District II Carly Black, Women’s Soccer Amy Cashin, Track & Field/Cross Country Jack Elliott, Men’s Soccer Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle, At-Large Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer Nathan Howells, Men’s Swimming, At-Large Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer Kelly Williams, Track & Field/Cross Country
Meelis Kiisk Jean-Pierre Lucas Garrett Spurgeon
Skyler Howard, Football, Offensive MVP
Curtis Jones Jr. Award Terrell Chestnut
Ed Pastilong Award Jared Barber
College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholastic All-America Team Patrick Sunderman Ginny Thrasher
College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athletes Madison James Louisa Morgan Jacqueline Spiropoulos
Alisha Brownfield Emily Deming Elizabeth Hooper
Women’s Soccer Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer, Third Team
Haydon Bennett, Men’s Soccer Ivo Cabral, Men’s Soccer Mike Desiderio, Men’s Soccer Jack Elliott, Men’s Soccer Zak Leedom, Men’s Soccer Louis Thomas, Men’s Soccer
Will Anti Michael Bamsey Elizabeth Gratz
NSCAA Team Academic Award
College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team Award West Virginia Women’s Swimming & Diving Team
College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team Emmott Blitch, Honorable Mention Julia Calcut, Honorable Mention Amelie Currat, Honorable Mention Aidan Fumagalli, Honorable Mention Jaimee Gillmore, Honorable Mention Andrew Marsh, First Team Lindsay Schmidt, Honorable Mention Madelyn Woods, Honorable Mention
Mid-American Conference Distinguished Scholar Athletes Jack Elliott
Carly Black, Women’s Soccer, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award John DePalma, Football, National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society Allie Diehl, Track & Field/Cross Country, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award Maggie Drazba, Track & Field/Cross Country, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award Taylor Gill, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Academic Momentum Award First Team Elizabeth Gratz, Rifle, WVU GARC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Peyton Hampson, Track & Field/Cross Country, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award Amanda Hill, Women’s Soccer, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, 2016 Order of Augusta, WVU Foundation Outstanding Scholar Big 12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Brianna Kerekes, Track & Field/Cross Country, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award Corinne Kule, Track & Field/Cross Country, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award Katie Murto, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, Big 12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Sydney Scott, Track & Field/Cross Country, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award Hannah Shreve, Volleyball, Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior Kelly Williams, Women’s Track & Field, Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Big 12 Athlete of the Year Nominees Kadeisha Buchanan, Football Tyler Orlosky, Football
NACGC/W Scholastic All-Americans
Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year Nominees
Dayah Haley Jaida Lawrence
Avery Schneider, Men’s Golf Hannah Shreve, Volleyball
Mackenzie Myers Lia Salzano
Erica Smith Maci Sump
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SEANC0 vich HEAD COACH
3rd Season / Mississippi State, 2004
SEAN COVICH was named West Virginia University’s 12th men’s golf coach on May 22, 2014, and has led the Mountaineers through the reintroduction of the sport and into a new era.
Tasked with rebuilding a program from scratch, Covich put together a team that saw success in its first season on the links in more than 30 years. Vienna native Alan Cooke became the first Mountaineer since 1982 to tee off on Sept. 6, 2015, at the Tiger Turning Stone Invitational in Verona, New York. The squad finished 10th at the historic tournament, and built momentum from there. Senior Easton Renwick recorded the team’s first top-10 finish at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on Sept. 15, 2015, and would go on to add four more top-25 finishes on the season. After team posting a new-era low of 283 in two rounds at the Joe Feaganes Invite in the fall, WVU capped the regular season with a runner-up finish at rival Penn State’s Rutherford Intercollegiate in April. The squad shot 284-284-285=853 for its lowest 54-hole total of the season. Cooke set a program record by shooting a 207 for six under par and a runner-up individual finish. Cooke and Renwick joined Tristan Nicholls, Max Sear and Chris Williams in representing West Virginia at the team’s first ever Big 12 Golf Championship at Whispering Pines Country Club in Trinity Texas April 29-May 1. Though the Mountaineers finished 10th at the event, Sear finished two spots shy of all-conference honors with a 12th-place finish. Prior to the team’s trip to Texas, Covich was inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame for his time at Meridian Community College. A native of Meridian, Miss., Covich came to WVU from Mississippi State, where he served as the assistant men’s golf coach the last three seasons. He previously served as the head men’s golf coach at Meridian Community College for five seasons. At Mississippi State, Covich became the school’s first full-time men’s golf assistant coach in 2011. He helped the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014 while improving the school’s national ranking from No. 125 in 2011 to a school-record No. 27 in 2013. The Bulldogs won a school-record four tournament titles in 2012-13, then added two more tournament wins in 2013-14 for the most wins (six) in a two-year span in school history.
The Bulldogs set school records for best team 36 hole score (-25), best team 54 hole score (-38) and season records for most team birdies (497), most team eagles (14) and most team scores of even-par or better (14). In addition, he helped the Bulldogs to the second-lowest team round in school history (274) and the second-lowest team score in relation to par (-14). Covich coached Chad Ramey to All-SEC honors, the first player in school history to be named all-conference three consecutive seasons. At Meridian Community College, Covich successfully transitioned MCC from a NJCAA Division II program to a NJCAA Division I national power. He led MCC to a NJCAA National Championship Runner-Up finish in just their second season at the Division I level and positioned the Eagles as the No. 1 ranked JUCO team during the 2010-11 season. At MCC, Covich guided his squad to 18 tournament championships. He produced 15 senior college players, six all-tournament team members at the national championship and guided seven All-Americans. During a back-toback-to-back NJCAA
postseason run, Covich’s 2010 squad finished runner-up at the NJCAA National Championships. He also coached the school’s first individual national champion in 2010. The Eagles set multiple school records during the Covich era, including most tournament wins in a season (9), lowest team score (274), and lowest team score in relation to par (-14). Covich earned Coach of the Year honors four times during his span at MCC. In 2007, Covich was awarded with Coach of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches, the National Junior College Association of America (NJCAA) Region 23, and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC). In 2011, after winning the Golf Coaches Association of America’s District IV Coach of the Year Award, he was named a semifinalist for the Golf Coaches Association of America National Coach of the Year. Known as an outstanding recruiter, Covich recruited and coached Brandt Garon, a two-time All-American at MCC. The Louisiana native won the Arnold Palmer Award and the NJCAA National Championship in 2010 while under Covich’s guidance. Garon then added the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award in 2011. Another Covich-product was 2012 NJCAA National Champion Jake Stirling. The Aussie was also a two-time All-American and was recruited to MCC by Covich. T.J. Morgan became the third player recruited by Covich to MCC who finished first at the NJCAA National Championship (t1 in 2013). At Mississippi State, Covich reeled in the No. 1 ranked junior college golfer in the nation twice, as Joe Sakulpolphaisan (Darton State College) signed with the Bulldogs in 2012 and Tim Walker (Central Alabama Community College) signed with MSU in 2014. Covich lettered at Meridian Community College from 19982000 and was a member of the 1999 NJCAA Region 23 Championship team. He received the Most Dedicated award during the 1998-1999 season. Covich lettered in varsity golf for Lamar High starting in sixth grade. Covich led the Raiders to an unprecedented four consecutive MPSA Overall State Championships in 1995-1998. He received the Sportsmanship Award in his junior and senior seasons. Covich completed his education at Mississippi State, earning his bachelor’s degree in sports communications in 2004 and a master’s degree in sports administration in 2006. In 2005, Covich was the Tour Director of the Mississippi Junior Golf Association, during that tenure the MJGA experienced record membership and participation. Along with his guidance of the MJGA, Covich conducted 13 junior golf events, including the Mississippi Junior Championship. In addition to those duties, he assisted in operating several Mississippi Golf Association state championships such as the State Amateur, Senior Amateur and State Four-Ball. He began his golf career under his father, PGA Club Professional Jerry Covich, at Briarwood Country Club in Meridian, Miss. Covich also worked for longtime PGA Club Professional and Robbie Webb Junior Golf Award winner, Jimmy Gamblin, at Northwood Country Club. Working for his father and Gamblin, Covich led junior clinics and camps at Briarwood and Northwood.
Covich has been in a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America since 2006. He was honored with the GCAA Service Award in December of 2015. Covich was selected to serve on the GCAA’s All America Scholar Committee in 2016. In 205, Covich became Titleist Performance Institute Certified Level I and is currently working towards TPI Golf 2 certification. Covich and his wife, Kate, have one child, John Keenan. The family resides in Morgantown.
JAYWoodward GRADUATE ASSISTANT
Penn State 2013 / 1st Season JAY WOODWARD joined the Mountaineers in the August of 2016 as the teamâ€™s graduate assistant.
A four-year member of the golf team at Penn State, Woodward played 73 for the Nittany Lions as a three-year letterwinner. He earned PING All-Region honors in 2011 and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. In his collegiate career, Woodward placed fourth at the 2013 Colleton River Intercollegiate and registered top-20 finishes at the Inverness Intercollegiate, Minnesota Intercollegiate, Pinehurst Intercollegiate and Baylor Intercollegiate. In 2011, he took ninth at the Big Ten Championships, held at Purdue. Woodward qualified for the United States Amateur in 2011 at Erin Hills and in 2012 at Cherry Hills. He also participated several other notable amateur events including the MidAtlantic Amateur, Rice Planters, Southeastern Amateur, North & South Amateur and the Northern Amateur.
A native of Bridgeport, Woodward was the 2006 West Virginia Junior Amateur Champion (18 and under) and the 2006 West Virginia Player of the Year. He was a 2009 all-state selection and was also selected as the Exponent Telegram Athlete of the Year that season. In addition, Woodward has posted a pair of top-10 finishes at the West Virginia Amateur in 2011 and 2012. Woodward earned a degree in business management from Penn State in 2013, earning Deanâ€™s List honors. He and wife Meghan welcomed their first child in the fall of 2016.
Coordinator, Athletic Training Services
Dr. MattLIVELY Medical Director
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Copperas Cove, Texas
Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.
St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Unionville, Ontario, Canada
Scott Depot, W.Va.
High School (Previous School) Parkersburg (USC Beaufort) Copperas Cove (McLennan CC) Wheeling Park Southport School North Cross Champlain St-Lawrence Bishop Watterson (Toledo) New Albany (Drexel) Bill Crothers Secondary Winfield (Coastal Carolina)
Head Coach: Sean Covich (Mississippi State, 2004 – 3rd Season) Operations Assistant: Jay Woodward (Penn State, 2013 – 1st Season)
Back row (L-R): Coach Sean Covich, Drew Dewald, Tristan Nicholls, Chris Williams, Avery Schneider, Tae Wan Lee, Ty Olinger, Graduate Assistant Jay Woodward. Front row (L-R): Alan Cooke, Max Sear, Etienne Papineau, Jon Ransone, Cole Hand.
VIENNA, W.VA. PARKERSBURG (USC BEAUFORT)
2015-16 (Jr.) – At West Virginia ■■ Played 28 rounds in 10 tournaments for the Mountaineers ■■ Posted a 75.14 scoring averaging, ranking third on the squad ■■ Had three top-25 finishes on the season ■■ Recorded a season-low 67 on two occasions ■■ Set a program record with a score of 70-70-67=207 for six under par at the Rutherford Intercollegiate (April 16-17) ■■ His runner-up finish at the Rutherford Intercollegiate led the Mountaineers to a second-place team finish at the event ■■ Became the first WVU golfer in more than 30 years to tee off, taking 23rd at the Tiger Turning Stone Intercollegiate (Sept. 7-8) with a score of 223 ■■ Competed in the Mountaineers’ first-ever Big 12 Championship ■■ Won the 97th West Virginia Amateur to qualify for the Greenbrier Classic
2013-14 (Fr.) – At USC Beaufort ■■ NAIA MGCA Third Team All-American ■■ Posted a pair of top-15 finishes as a freshman for the Sand Sharks ■■ Finished T-12th at the Coastal Georgia Invitational with a 223 ■■ Tied for 13th at the JWU Adamonis Invitational with a score of 221 ■■ PING NAIA All-Region Team ■■ Registered a top-15 finish at the 2014 West Virginia State Open ■■ Carded a 73 at the US Open Local Qualifier in North Carolina
2014-15 (So.) – At USC Beaufort ■■ NAIA MGCA Second Team All-American ■■ Ranked 28th in the nation with a72.96 scoring average ■■ Took 18th at NAIA Men’s Golf Nationals ■■ Claimed first at the Thomas University Fall Invite with a score of 69-70-139 for five under par ■■ Sun Conference Player of the Week (April 13) ■■ Won the Golfweek NAIA Spring Invite
Personal ■■ Parents are Matt and Carolyn ■■ Sister, Natalie, played golf at Penn State ■■ Named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Golf Team ■■ Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll ■■ Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll
Prep ■■ Played for Parkersbug High ■■ Named to the 2011 and 2012 West Virginia AAA All-State Team ■■ Earned International Junior Golf Tour All-Tournament Team in 2012 and 2013 ■■ Took sixth at the 2013 West Virginia State Amateur with a 71-67-74-78
SCOTT DEPOT, W.VA. WINFIELD (COASTAL CAROLINA)
2015-16 (Jr.) – At West Virginia ■■ Played 31 rounds in 11 tournaments for West Virginia ■■ Ranked fourth on the squad with a 76.29 scoring average ■■ Carded a season-low round of 69 at the Graeme McDowell Shoal Creek Invitational (Sept. 28) ■■ Finished 16th at the President’s Day Challenge with a score of 79-76=155 for 11 over par ■■ Posted a three-round low score of 223 at both Graeme McDowell (Sept. 28) and the Rutherford Intercollegiate (April 16-17). 2014-15 (So.) At Coastal Carolina ■■ Tied for 68th, shooting 10 over with 226 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate ■■ Transferred to WVU mid-year 2013-14 (Fr.) At Coastal Carolina ■■ Played in eight events, including each of the team’s first five ■■ Posted a 77.75 scoring average ■■ Opened his collegiate career by shooting a 2-under 70, followed by a round of even par at the Windon Memorial and finished with a 9-over 225 ■■ Shot 9-over 224 (74-75-75) at the David Toms Intercollegiate. Prep ■■ Tabbed the 2012 West Virginia Golf Association Junior of the Year ■■ Recipient of the William C. Campbell Scholarship from the West Virginia Golf Foundation ■■ Two-time AAA All-State honoree ■■ Qualified twice as an individual to the state championship, finishing seventh as a sophomore
Medalist at the 2012 Mountain State Athletic Conference Championship ■■ Was low junior at the 2012 West Virginia Open and 2012 West Virginia Amateur and runner-up at the 2012 West Virginia Junior Amateur ■■ Won the 2012 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Webb Simpson Junior Championship at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center’s Players Course in North Carolina, shooting a 54-hole score of 201 ■■ Maintained the first place position throughout three events of the Championship, carding rounds of 64-68-69 ■■ Also won first-place five times on the Top Flite Junior Tour (Resort at Glade Springs, Lewisburg Elks, Guyan Country Club, Sugarwood Golf Club and the Pine Country Club) ■■ Additionally won events on the Kentucky Junior Golf Tour (Stonecrest Golf Club), Optimist Qualifier (Sleepy Hollow Golf Club) and Optimist second Round Qualifier (Crooked Creek) ■■ Won events on the Top Elite Junior Tour and Tar Heel Tour while qualifying for the West Virginia Open and West Virginia Amateur in 2011 ■■ Also played football and tennis at Winfield ■■
Personal ■■ Played football and tennis at Winfield ■■ National Honor Society ■■ Big 12 All-Academic Golf Team ■■ Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll ■■ Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll
COPPERAS COVE, TEXAS COPPERAS COVE (McLENNAN CC)
2015-16 (So) – At West Virginia ■■ Named to the 2016 PING All-District Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America ■■ Earned All-Southwest Conference First Team honors ■■ Boasted a 69.5 scoring average ■■ Took medalist honors at the 2016 New Mexico Junior College Invitational with scores of 69-71-76 ■■ Placed fourth at the NJCAA Southwest Championships (72-75-73) ■■ Finished in the top-10 at the NJCAA District Championship ■■ Was fifth at the 2015 Collegiate Amateur Championship (64-71)
Prep ■■ Four-time All-District 12-6A and all-area honoree ■■ Four-time team MVP at Copperas Cove HS ■■ Twice earned All-Regions 5-6A accolades ■■ Also played football Personal ■■ Parents are Dustin and Tiffany ■■ Academic all-district and all-state selection ■■ One brother, Dawson
2014-15 (Fr.) – At Toledo ■■ Helped MCC tie for second at the NJCAA National Tournament ■■ Led the Highlanders to the District 2 Championship ■■ Team runner-up at the Region V Tournament ■■ Carried a scoring average of 73.75 ■■ Also posted top-10 finishes at the 2014 Collegiate Amateur Championship and the 2014 Dodge City Shootout ■■ Shot 70-70 to claim third at the 2014 Paris Jr. College Invitational
HILLIARD, OHIO BISHOP WATTERSON (TOLEDO)
2015-16 (So.) - At West Virginia ■■ Competed in 10 rounds through four tournaments for the Mountaineers ■■ Had a scoring average of 77.00 ■■ Carded a low round of 71 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational (Sept. 13-14) ■■ Also recorded his best three-round score of the season with a 218 at Marshall ■■ Shot 81-78=159 to finish tied for 20th at the President’s Day Challenge (Feb. 15) ■■ Was the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur Local Qualifier at Pete Dye Golf Club to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Section Qualifier at Springfield (OH) Country Club 2014-15 (Fr.) – At Drexel ■■ Transferred to WVU from the Univ. of Toledo in 2014 ■■ Appeared in a pair of tournaments for the Rockets ■■ Finished 18th at the Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational hosted by Ball State
High School ■■ Four-year letterwinner at Bishop Watterson High School ■■ Three-year captain ■■ All-state, all-district and all-conference honoree ■■ Two-time district player of the year ■■ Columbus Dispatch Player of the Week ■■ Posted back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace Tournament ■■ Played for Gerry Hammond at the Gerry Hammond Golf Academy Personal ■■ Son of Tim and Anne Ransone ■■ Has one brother and one sister ■■ Sister, Emily, golfed at Penn State ■■ Birthday is May 27 ■■ Major is journalism ■■ Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll ■■ Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
NEW ALBANY, OHIO NEW ALBANY (DREXEL)
2015-16 (So.) – at West Virginia ■■ Won WVU Golf’s Academic Achievement Award ■■ Played in 23 rounds in nine tournaments in the Mountaineers’ first season ■■ Averaged a score of 77.00 ■■ Had a pair of top-20 finishes on the season ■■ Shot a season low of 70 in the first round of the Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-7) ■■ Tied for 13th with a score of 70-74=144 at the event ■■ Shot a three-round season low of 79-73-75=227 at the Rutherford Intercollegiate (April 16-17) 2014-15 (Fr.) – at Drexel ■■ Played in five events for the Dragons ■■ Posted a top-20 finish at the CAA Championships, finishing T-16th with a 225 ■■ Took 13th at the Temple Invitational with a two-round score of 147
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Placed eighth at the Leo Keenan Invitational, carding a 142 Competed at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier Took 17th in the Amateur Division of the Ohio Open Finished ninth at the AJGA ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior Finished in the top-25 of the 2014 Ohio Amatuer
Prep ■■ Two-time sectional and district champion for New Albany ■■ Also played basketball Personal ■■ Parents are Roger and Kathleen Schneider ■■ Has on brother ■■ Majoring in biology ■■ Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll ■■ Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
WHEELING, W.VA. WHEELING PARK
2015-16 (Fr.) ■■ Competed in nine rounds in four tournaments for the Mountaineers ■■ Posted an average score of 79.89 ■■ Shot a season-low of 74 in the second round of the Mountaineer Intercollegiate (Oct. 20-21) ■■ His 36-hole total of 78-4=152 at the event was also season low ■■ Carded a 54-hole total of 79-80-77=236 at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate (Sept. 2x) Prep ■■ Played for Wheeling Park HS ■■ Led the Patriots to West Virginia State Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2014 ■■ Helped the squad claim the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 5A Championship in 2011, 2012 and 2014 ■■ 2014 West Virginia Junior State Champion ■■ Two-time West Virginia Class AAA State medalist ■■ Runner-up at the 2011 and 2014 state championships ■■ Two-time OVAC runner-up ■■ Claimed 18 victories on the Callaway Junior Tour Personal ■■ Parents are Scott and Corrie ■■ Has two brothers, Scott and Seth
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA/SOUTHPORT SCHOOL 2015-16 (Fr.) ■■ Named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team ■■ Played 22 rounds in eight events as a freshman ■■ Represented the Mountaineers at the 2016 Big 12 Championship ■■ Carried an average score of 77.00 with one top-10 finish on the season ■■ Finished tied for ninth at the President’s Day Challenge with a score of 73-75=148 ■■ Carded a season-low 54-hole score of 71-74-74=219 for a top-25 finish, helping the Mountaineers take second at the Rutherford Intercollegiate (April 16-17) Prep ■■ Ranked as high as No. 3 in the Queensland Junior Golf Rankings in 2012 ■■ Played for Southport School from 2010-15 and was a two-year captain ■■ A member of South Coast Schools U19 team in 2013 and 2014 ■■ Played for the Queensland Junior State Team in 2012 and 2013 ■■ Won the Intercollegiate Challenge and Dave Mullen Cup in 2014 ■■ Claimed the 2013 Fayde Points Challenge ■■ Took 17th at the 2014 Australian Boys’ Amateur Championship (74-73-73-75) ■■ Finished in the top 10 at the Burleigh Cup, Wayne Brady Cup and Gary Player Classic ■■ Registered a top-25 finish at the Greg Norman Junior Masters ■■ Averaged a score of 74.8 in 2013-14 Personal ■■ Parents are Gavin and Sharon Nicholls ■■ Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll ■■ Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll
UNIONVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA BILL CROTHERS SECONDARY 2015-16 (Fr.) ■■ Named WVU golf’s Player of the Year ■■ Played in 35 rounds, competing in all 13 tournaments ■■ Led WVU with a 73.63 scoring average ■■ Boasted six top-20 finishes on the season, including three top-10 finishes ■■ Carded a season-low round of 67 at the Rutherford Intercollegiate (April 16-17), taking fourth place ■■ Registered four rounds of 69 or better ■■ Was the runner-up at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-7) with a score of 68-71=139 ■■ Posted a top-10 finish (T-10th) at the Mountaineer Intercollegiate (Oct. 20-21) ■■ Finished 13th at the Seminole Intercollegiate (March 11-12) with a score of 72-73-69=214 ■■ Narrowly missed all-conference honors with a 12th place finish at the Big 12 Championship (April 29-May 1) ■■ Shot 79-74-71-69=293 to lead WVU at Big 12s Prep ■■ Top-ranked golfer in Ontario in the class of 2015; ranked fourth overall in Canada ■■ Ranked No. 199 in the world for the class of 2015 ■■ Member of the Ontario Provincial Team ■■ Two-time high school Provincial Champion ■■ Won the All-Ontario Secondary School Championship, the Team Ontario Cup and the U.S. Amateur Junior Qualifier in 2014 ■■ Posted top-five showings at the Ontario Junior Boys’ Match Play Championship and the Williamson Cup ■■ Qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur, Canadian Men’s Amateur, and Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship ■■ In 2013 won the Ontario Junior Championship Qualifier, AJGA Greenhills Qualifier, and All-Ontario Secondary School Championship ■■ Runner-up at Ontario Junior Boys’ Match Play Championship Personal ■■ Parents are Doug and Kris Sear ■■ Sister, Kristen, plays golf at Ball State
BLACKSBURG, VA. NORTH CROSS
Prep ■■ No. 2 ranked player in the state of Virginia’s class of 2016 ■■ Four-time VIC All-State First Team honoree ■■ Five-time all-metro team honoree ■■ 2014 Metro Player of the year ■■ Runner-up at the VIC State Tournament in both 2013 and 2014 ■■ Took ninth at the AJGA event in Owensboro, Kentucky ■■ Finished 13th at the AJGA PDQ Junior Event ■■ Also played basketball at North Cross Personal ■■ Parents are Danny and April Olinger ■■ Has one sister ■■ Chose WVU over Radford, Elon and Seton Hall
ST-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUEBEC, CANADA CHAMPLAIN ST. LAWRENCE
Prep ■■ Member of the Canadian National Team from 2014-15 ■■ Ranked as the No. 2 amateur and junior golfer in Quebec in 2015 ■■ Rated the No. 13 amateur in Canada ■■ Two-time Junior Golfer of the Year in Quebec ■■ 2015 Amateur Golfer of the Year in Quebec ■■ Took medalist honors at the Canadian Collegial National Championship, Quebec Amateur Championship, Graham Cooke Junior Invitational, Alexander of Tunis Championship and Quebec Match Play Championship ■■ Finished 12th with a score of 68 at the RBC Canadian Open PGA TOUR Monday Qualifier ■■ Posted a top-20 finish at the 2015 Canadian Junior National Championship ■■ Finished in the top-10 at the 2015 World Junior Championship ■■ Won the Quebec Junior Tour Championship in both 2013 and 2014 Personal ■■ Parents are Luc and Francine Papineau ■■ Birthday is Sept. 13
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The West Virginia University golf team enters its second season in the Big 12 after being reinstated as a varsity sport in 2015-16. After competing in their first-ever Big 12 Championship and hosting the inaugural Mountaineer Intercollegiate, the Mountaineers look forward to building upon the foundation laid last season. SENIORS
Fitting that a pair of West Virginia natives will lead the squad in its second season of varsity competition, as Parkersburg’s Alan Cooke and Scott Depot’s Chris Williams enter their final campaign in Gold and Blue. Cooke posted a solid junior season with a trio of top-25 finishes, setting a program record with a three-round score of 207 for second place at Penn State’s Rutherford Intercollegiate. However, it was his offseason that
Tristan Nicholls at the 2016 Big 12 Championship in Trinity, Texas.
made headlines as he won the 97th West Virginia Amateur by eight strokes to earn a bid to the 2016 Greenbrier Classic. The event was later canceled due to flooding in the state. Williams was also a steady presence in 2016 and, along with Cooke, represented the Mountaineers at their first-ever Big 12 Championship in Texas. He saw action in 10 tournaments, claiming a top-20 finish at the President’s Day Challenge in Houston, Texas, this past February (T-16th) and won WVU’s opening qualifier to earn a trip to Kiawah Island for the 2016-17 season opener. “Alan and Chris, two West Virginia natives, are our two seniors this year and know better than anyone else on this team what it means to represent the Flying WV,” said Sean
Covich. “Alan had a great summer, highlighted by winning the State Amateur, which should give him a lot of confidence heading into this season. Chris also played well this summer and is perhaps the best ball striker on the team, he can really move it off the tee with his driver.” JUNIORS
The Mountaineers’ junior class consists of three veterans and a newcomer as transfer Drew Dewald joins Jon Ransone, Avery Schneider and Tae Wan Lee in this class. A native of Copperas Cove, Texas, Dewald spent two seasons at McLennan Community College before arriving in Morgantown this fall. He was named to the 2016 PING All-District Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America and earned All-Southwest Conference First Team honors for the Highlanders, helping them to a runner-up finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2015. Ransone competed in four events as a sophomore for WVU, registering a top-20 finish at the President’s Day Challenge and finishing five over par at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational in October. He went on to have an impressive summer, advancing to the 2016 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Springfield, Ohio. The winner of the 2016 Academic Achievement Award, Schneider participated in nine tournaments for the Mountaineers after transferring from Drexel. Schneider has a pair of top-20 finishes on his resume, taking 13th at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in October with a score of 144 for two over par – after self-reporting a violation and taking a penalty. His efforts earned him WVU’s nomination for Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year. “Our junior class added Drew Dewald, a junior college transfer from the NJCAA national championship team. Drew has a lot of potential, much like Chris, he can bomb it off the tee,” said Covich. “Avery Schneider saw a lot of action for us last season and continues to be one of our hardest workers. Jon Ransone had a solid summer. He showed what he was capable of by taking second at the U.S. Open local qualifier at Pete Dye Golf Club back in May.” SOPHOMORES
The 2016 WVU Player of the Year, Max Sear enters his second season with the Mountaineers after a standout freshman year. Playing in all 13 tournaments, he boasts six top-20 finishes and a pair of top-10 finishes in his rookie season. After tying for second at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in October, Sear finished tied for 10th at the inaugural Mountaineer Intercollegiate. He also finished just two spots shy of all-conference honors when he took 12th
at WVU’s first-ever Big 12 Championship in Texas last May. Sear’s summer play only served to enhance his collegiate career, as he won the U.S. Amateur Qualifier in New York as well as the Ontario Men’s Amateur. Tristan Nicholls steadily improved his game throughout his freshman season, qualifying for seven tournaments in addition to representing the Mountaineers at Big 12s. Nicholls led West Virginia with a ninth-place finish at the President’s Day Challenge last February and was 22nd at the Rutherford Intercollegiate in April. West Virginia native Cole Hand also qualified for several tournaments in his first season in Morgantown. Hand competed at Ohio State’s Robert Kepler Invitational and WVU’s Mountaineer Intercollegiate, among others. “Max Sear returns as our player of the year last season. He was without a doubt our MVP and contributed every single round last year. He qualified for the U.S. Amateur, the Porter Cup and the Sunnehanna Amateur this summer,” said Covich. “Cole Hand, a Wheeling native, is also returning as a sophomore. He continues to carry a great attitude and improves each semester, as does Tristan Nicholls. He got better each and every week as a freshman and hopefully will continue on that path.” FRESHMEN
A pair of rookies join the Mountaineers this fall in Ty Olinger and Etienne Papineau. Though young, both bring a wealth of experience to Morgantown. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, Olinger was rated the No. 2 player in the state for the class of 2016. He is a four-time VIC All-State honoree and was the VIC State Tournament runner-up in 2013 and 2014. This past summer, he won the VGSA Match Play title. Papineau, a Canadian National Team member, ranks as the No.2 amateur and junior player in the province of Quebec and the No. 13 amateur in Canada. He was the 2015 Amateur Golfer of the Year in Quebec and took medalist honors at the Canadian Collegial National Championship, Quebec Amateur Championship, Graham Cooke Junior Invitational, Alexander of Tunis Championship and Quebec Match Play Championship. “I’m excited about what our freshmen class will do,” said Covich. “Etienne Papineau brings a ton of experience and talent to our team, while Ty Olinger was a very accomplished junior golfer out of Blacksburg, Virginia.”
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Freshman Max Sear was named the 2016 Player of the Year as the West Virginia University golf team celebrated its first varsity season in three decades with a banquet at Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown in May of 2016. Sophomore Avery Schneider won the Academic Achievement award, while seniors Easton Renwick and Mason Short were also honored. Sear led the way for the Mountaineers, posting a stroke average of 73.63 with six top-20 finishes. The Unionville, Ontario, native earned a runner-up finish at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in October before taking fourth place to help WVU to a runner-up finish at the Rutherford Intercollegiate in April. Most recently, Sear shot under par in back-toback rounds to take 12th place at the 2016 Big 12 Golf Championship in Trinity, Texas, last week. The tournament was WVU’s first ever Big 12 Championship. “Max played great today, and has played well all season long,” said WVU coach Sean Covich at the time. “To have a true freshman step up and compete against the field in the fashion Max did is impressive. I’m proud of the effort from everyone over the last two rounds. The last 36 holes show that our team can compete. I am excited about the future of this program.” It was fitting that Parkersburg native Alan Cooke became the first Mountaineer since 1982 to tee off in varsity competition when he did so on Sept. 6 at the Tiger Turning Stone Intercollegiate, hosted by Missouri in Verona, New York. Cooke was joined in the competition by Jon Ransone, Chris Williams, Schneider, and Sear, who carded a 16th-place finish in his career debut. Tae Wan Lee also appeared in the tournament as an individual for the Mountaineers, who finished 10th out of 15 teams with a score of 898.
Next up for WVU was a trip to Huntington’s Guyan Golf and Country Club for the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational as Renwick, Cooke, Ransone, Sear and Lee represented the team while Mason Short competed as an individual. Renwick scored the Mountaineers’ first top-10 finish in the new era, tying for 10th place with a school record 208 at five under par. His third-round score of 67 was the lowest individual round of the year and was matched several times. WVU posted two of its lowest rounds of the season, shooting 283 in both the first and final rounds, and took 13th place at the tournament to edge rival Marshall. After competing at the Graeme McDowell/Shoal Creek Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama, to cap September, West Virginia traveled to the Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the rain-shortened Wolfpack Intercollegiate. Sear, who carded a 68, and the Mountaineers led the tournament after the first day of competition with a team score of 289. WVU shot nine over in the second round to finish in sixth place, while Sear tied for the runner-up spot with a 68-71=139. Schneider (144) and Renwick (145) also earned top-20 finishes, taking 13th and 18th, respectively. “We put ourselves in position to win with about nine holes to play, but just couldn’t execute the shots down the stretch,” said Covich. “Once again, Max came up big for us. To have a true freshman nearly win the individual title speaks volumes of his game.” West Virginia returned home to host the first annual Mountaineer Intercollegiate at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport on Oct. 19-20. The Mountaineers welcomed 13 programs, including Penn State, Mississippi State and UConn, to one of their home courses in a 36-hole tournament that was shortened due to inclement weather. The Nittany Lions took home top team honors, while the Huskies were the runner-up. Sear and Renwick tied for tenth place to lead WVU, who had all ten players compete in the event. WVU then wrapped up fall play at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate in Vero Beach, Florida, on Oct. 26-27. Following a 15-week winter hiatus, the Mountaineers teed off with Rice and Houston at the President’s Day Challenge in Houston on Feb. 15. Playing as an individual, Tristan Nicholls tied for ninth place to finish as the top Mountaineer in the event with a score of 73-75=148
Behind a record-breaking round from Alan Cooke, the Mountaineers took second at the 2016 Penn State Rutherford Intercollegiate in April
The 2015-16 squad at the year-ending banquet.
for four over par. A month later, WVU traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, for the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 11-12. Sear again led the way, shooting a 69 in the final round to tie for 13th place as the Mountaineers finished 14th overall. A busy April was on tap for West Virginia as the Mountaineers started off with back-to-back tournaments. On April 2-3, the quintet of Sear, Cooke, Williams, Schneider and Renwick competed at the Mason Rudolph Championship, hosted by Vanderbilt at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee. Sear led the team to a tie for 11th place before the Mountaineers traveled to West Point, Mississippi, for Mississippi State’s Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. Williams was WVU’s top finisher (37th) as the Mountaineers struggled through six rounds of tournament play in four days.
Mountaineers’ first ever Big 12 Golf Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. Cooke, who was the first WVU player to tee off in September, was once again the first Mountaineer to go. After a strong start, the quintet hit a rough patch that saw WVU drop to 10th place. Sear, however, proved to be one of the highlights as he posted back-to-back rounds under par to move from 36th place up to 12th after shooting a 69 in the final round. Though he just missed all-tournament honors, his finish is a reminder that the future remains bright for the West Virginia golf team. “I’m very proud of the guys this week,” Covich said. “We showed we can compete and, more importantly, our guys now believe in themselves. We have some validation for our hard work. This will provide some momentum for our young program.”
Third paragraph should read “After 26 holes of golf in just five days, our guys are worn out,” Covich said at the time. “Unfortunately, we don’t have much time to rest as we leave for Ohio State on Thursday.” Less than a week later on April 9-10, WVU was back at it in Columbus, Ohio, for the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at OSU’s Scarlet Course. Playing through a snow delay, the squad tied for eighth after one round but dropped to 15th at the conclusion of the second. Nicholls led the group, shooting a 152. However, the Mountaineers saved the best for last as they traveled to the Rutherford Intercollegiate on the Penn State Blue Course on April 16-17. Cooke set a new program record with a score of 207, finishing as the individual runner-up while leading WVU to a second-place finish. Sear tied for fourth as squad carded an 853 for its best three-round team score of the season. The group of Sear, Renwick, Cooke, Nicholls and Williams made West Virginia history on April 1 when the five teed off in the
2016 WVU Big 12 Individual Results Rd Max Sear Alan Cooke Easton Renwick Chris Williams Tristan Nicholls Max Sear carded a 69 in the final round of play to finish tied for 12th place as the West Virginia University MaxSEAR golf team wrapped up its first ever Big 12 Golf Championship on April 29 – May 1 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. Battling back from a rocky start, Sear finished under par in back-to-back rounds to move from 36th place after the first 18 holes to tie for 12th. The freshman birdied two of his first five holes on the final day, making the turn at one under par. He then added two more birdies on the front nine to finish three under par at 69. Sear carded a fourround score of 79-74-71-69=293 for five over par. He narrowly missed earning all-tournament team honors, which go to the top-10 finishers.
1 79 79 77 83 76
2 74 84 79 77 91
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4 69 73 79 76 73
Total to Par Finish 293 +5 T-12 306 +18 42 310 +22 T-45 310 +22 T-45 314 +26 48
“Max played great today, and has played well all season long,” said WVU coach Sean Covich at the time. “To have a true freshman step up and compete against the field in the fashion Max did is impressive. I’m proud of the effort from everyone over the last two rounds. The last 36 holes show that our team can compete. I am excited about the future of this program.” The Mountaineers shot three over in the fourth round and finished with a final score of 311-314-289-291=1205 for 50 over par and in 10th place. Defending champion and No. 1-ranked Texas took home the team title, finishing 14 under par with a score of 1138 for its fourth consecutive Big 12 title. No. 6 Oklahoma State was the runner-up, shooting 12 over with a score of 1164. No. 45 Texas Tech was a stroke back and in third place after shooting 1165 for 13 over par. After carding a bogey on No. 10, Alan Cooke quickly got back on track with an eagle on No. 11. He added another birdie on No. 17 to make the turn at two over par. He then a pair tallied of birdies across his final nine holes to shoot one over par in the round with a 73. Cooke finished the tournament at 79-84-70-73=306 for 18 par and in 42nd place.
Chris Williams overcame an early bogey in the fourth round with birdie on No. 12 to move to even par. However he carded two more bogeys and entered the front nine at two over par. Williams added another birdie and shot 83-77-7476=310 for 22 over par to tie for 45th place overall. Easton Renwick started his last round as a Mountaineer with a birdie on No. 10, but struggled on the back nine and made the turn at six over par before adding a birdie on No. 2. Renwick recorded a four-round score of 77-79-75-79 for a total of 310, finishing 22 over and tied for 45th place. Freshman Tristan Nicholls paired a birdie with a double bogey on the back nine to stand one over at the turn. He rebounded by making birdies on two of the first three holes before a pair of late bogeys left him one over par. Nicholls finished at 76-91-74-73=314 to take 48th place at 26 over par.
2016 Big 12 Championship Results
1. Texas 2. Oklahoma State 3. Texas Tech 4. Oklahoma 5. Baylor 6. Kansas 7. Kansas State 8. TCU 9. Iowa State 10. West Virginia
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 292 293 280 273 292 300 280 292 298 295 281 291 307 297 281 291 309 300 281 292 307 309 289 280 302 303 288 292 302 306 281 298 305 312 292 287 311 314 289 291
Total 1138 164 1165 1176 1182 1185 1185 1187 1196 1205
vs. Par -14 +12 +13 +24 +30 +33 +33 +35 +44 +53
With classes out and the West Virginia University golf team out of season, the Mountaineers stayed on course – literally - with several summer tournaments.
Alan Cooke made headlines state-wide this summer, winning the 97th West Virginia Amateur by eight strokes with a score of 72-68-76-67 at The Greenbrier in June. His win qualified him for the 2016 Greenbrier Classic, though the event was canceled due to flooding in the state. Cooke was the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier, carding a 69-65=135 at Edgewood Country Club in Sissonville, West Virginia, and also finished in the top-15 of the West Virginia State Open, taking 12th at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane. “It was a really cool experience to win a tournament I grew up following,” said Cooke. Cole Hand joined Cooke at Sleepy Hollow, shooting 73-81-81 in the West Virginia Open. Jon Ransone also garnered attention for his place this summer. Ransone finished second at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport with a 72, earning a spot in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier. Assigned to the Sectional Qualifier in Springfield, Ohio, he shot 78-78=156. Ransone also carded a 74-79=143 for one under par and an 11th-place finish at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier in Weirton.
“First off, I am very proud of Jon and his round today,” said WVU coach Sean Covich following Ransone’s round at Pete Dye. “Advancing to the next stage of the U.S. Open qualifying is quite the accomplishment and a great way for him to start off his summer amateur schedule. Playing in events like this during our offseason is vital for our guys to continue to gain valuable tournament experience.” Max Sear also had a strong summer. The rising sophomore won the U.S. Amateur Qualifier in New York, advancing to the 2016 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills in Michigan. He also shot 11 under par to win the Ontario Men’s Amateur. Avery Schneider shot 74-73-72-78 at the Southern Amateur at The Dunes Country Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He also carded a 75-75-72 to finish 30th at the Northern Amateur in Chesterton, Indiana. Freshman Ty Olinger played in a number of tournaments this summer, taking medalist honors at both the Roanoke Valley Junior Hall of Fame at Blacksburg (Va.) Country Club as well as the VSGA Match Play tournament. He placed seventh at the Roanoke Valley Men’s Hall of Fame tournament and also participated in the Virginia State Amateur and Scott Robertson tournament. Fellow newcomer Drew Dewald, who joins the Mountaineers from McLennan Community College, shot an 80 at the 107th Texas Amateur Championship.
2015-16 Team Stats Date
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
+/- Finish Teams
9/5-6 9/14-15 9/28-29 10/6-7 10/19-20 10/26-27 2/15 3/11-12 4/3-4 4/5-6 4/9-10 4/16-17 4/29-5/1
Tiger Turning Stone Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational Shoal Creek Invitational Wolfpack intercollegiate Mountaineer Intercollegiate Quail Valley Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge Seminole Intercollegiate Mason Rudolph Championship Old Waverly Collegiate Championship Robert Kepler Invitational Rutherford Intercollegiate Big 12 Championship
300 283 302 289 305 299 312 297 295 295 302 284 311
+34 +7 +37 +14 +31 +25 +50 +30 +47 +48 +50 +1 +50
M. Sear , T-16 (220) E. Renwick, T-10 (208) C. Williams, T-32 (223) M. Sear, T-2 (139) Sear/Renwick, T-10 (148) E. Renwick, T-21 (217) T. Nicholls,* T-9 (148) M. Sear, T-13 (214) M. Sear, T-32 (222) C. Williams, T-37 (225) T. Nicholls, T-44 (152) A. Cooke, T-2 (207) M. Sear, T-12 (293)
Player Alan Cooke Cole Hand Tae Wan Lee Tristan Nicholls Jon Ransone Easton Renwick Avery Schneider Max Sear Mason Short Chris Williams
294 293 301 293 302 301 314 300 307 303 316 284 314
304 283 298 - - 289 - 297 297 314 - 285 289
1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 8. 9.
283 284 285 289 289 293 293 294 295 295
Joe Feaganes Marshall Invite (2x) Rutherford Intercollegiate (2x) Rutherford Intercollegiate Wolfpack Intercollegiate Quail Valley Intercollegiate Wolfpack Intercollegiate Joe Feaganes Marshall invite Tiger Turning Stone Intercollegiate Mason Rudolph Championship Old Waverly Collegiate Championship
INDIVIDUAL 1. 4. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
67 67 67 69 69 70 71 72 73 74
898 859 901 582 607 889 626 894 899 912 618 853 1205
10 13 12 6 10 11 3 14 T-11 14 15 2 10
15 16 12 16 14 15 3 14 14 16 16 11 10
Events Rounds Strokes Low Avg. vs. Par Wins Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 60s Low 54 Top Finish 10 28 1,798 67 75.14 3.54 0 1 0 2 2 207 T-2 (RI) 4 9 719 74 79.89 8.11 0 0 0 1 0 236 T-24 (PDC) 5 12 953 73 79.42 7.83 0 0 0 0 0 225 26 (PDC) 8 22 1,380 71 77.00 5.23 0 0 1 1 0 219 T-9 (PDC) 4 10 770 71 77.00 5.30 0 0 0 1 0 218 T-20 (PDC) 11 31 2,011 67 74.87 3.23 0 0 2 3 2 208 T-10 (twice) 9 23 1,771 70 77.00 5.43 0 0 0 2 0 227 T-13 (WI) 11 29 1,845 67 73.63 2.00 0 1 1 3 4 208 T-2nd (WI) 4 10 758 69 75.80 4.10 0 0 0 1 1 217 T-23 (PDC) 11 31 1,829 69 76.29 4.55 0 0 0 1 1 223 T-16 (PDC)
Low Rounds TEAM
- - - - - - - - - - - - 291
Easton Renwick (Joe Feaganes Invite) Alan Cooke (2x - Rutherford Intercollegiate) Max Sear (Rutherford Intercollegiate) Mason Short (Quail Valley) Chris Williams (Graeme McDowell) Avery Schneider (Wolfpack Intercollegiate) Jon Ransone (Joe Feaganes Invite) Tristan Nicholls (President’s Day Challenge) Tae Wan Lee (Joe Feaganes Invite) Cole Hand (Mountaineer Intercollegiate)
TEAM 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
853 859 889 894 898 899 901 912
Rutherford Intercollegiate Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational Quail Valley Intercollegiate Seminole Intercollegiate Tiger Turning Stone Intercollegiate Mason Rudolph Championship Shoal Creek Invitational Old Waverly Collegiate Championship
INDIVIDUAL 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
207 208 208 217 218 219 223 225 227 236
Alan Cooke (Rutherford Intercollegiate Easton Renwick (Joe Feaganes Invite) Max Sear (Rutherford Intercollegiate) Mason Short (Joe Feaganes Invite) Jon Ransone (Joe Feaganes Invite) Tristan Nicholls (Rutherford Intercollegiate) Chris Williams (Rutherford Intercollegiate) Tae Wan Lee (Joe Feaganes) Avery Schneider (Rutherford Intercollegiate) Cole Hand (Quail Valley)
Low Individual 18-Hole Score 67 (-4), Easton Renwick (Joe Feaganes) 67 (-4), Alan Cooke (Joe Feaganes) 67 (-4), Max Sear (Rutherford Int.) 67 (-4), Alan Cooke (Rutherford Int.) Low Individual 18-Hole Score to Par -4 (67), Easton Renwick (Joe Feaganes) -4 (67), Alan Cooke (Joe Feaganes) -4 (67), Max Sear (Rutherford Int.) -4 (67), Alan Cooke (Rutherford Int.) Low Individual 54-Hole Score 208 (-5), Easton Renwick (Joe Feaganes) Low Individual 54-Hole Score to Par - 5 (208), Easton Renwick (Joe Feaganes) Low Team 18-Hole Score 283 (-1), Joe Feaganes Invitational Low Team 18-Hole Score to Par -1 (283), Joe Feaganes Invitational Low Team 54-Hole Score 853 (+1), Rutherford Intercollegiate Low Team 54-Hole Score to Par +1 (853), Rutherford Intercollegiate
ALAN COOKE Tiger Turning Stone Joe Feaganes Invitational Wolfpack Intercollegiate Mountaineer Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge Seminole Intercollegiate Mason Rudolph Championship Old Waverly Championship Rutherford Intercollegiate Big 12 Championship
FINISH T-23/87 T-41/96 T-60/91 T-69/80 T-13/27 T-73/78 T-39/78 T-55/79 T-2/68 42/50
SCORE TO PAR 78-74-71=223 +7 67-76-73=216 +3 78-74=152 +10 80-81=161 +`17 77-77=154 +10 77-79-77=233 +17 72-76-75=223 +10 73-82-74=229 +13 70-70-67=207 -6 79-8470-73=306 +18
COLE HAND Mountaineer Intercollegiate Quail Valley Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
FINISH T-31/80 T-72/75 T-24/27 T-80/84
SCORE TO PAR 78-74=152 +8 79-80-77=236 +20 79-89=168 +24 84-79=163 +21
TAE WAN LEE Tiger Turning Stone Joe Feaganes Invitational Wolfpack Intercollegiate Mountaineer Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge
FINISH 76/87 T-85/96 T98/91 T-43/80 26/27
SCORE TO PAR 90-75-78=243 +27 79-73-73=225 +12 84-76=160 +18 78-76=154 +10 86-85=171 +27
TRISTAN NICHOLLS Graeme McDowell Mountaineer Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge Seminole Intercollegiate Old Waverly Championship Robert Kepler Intercollegiate Rutherford intercollegiate Big 12 Championship
FINISH T-62/65 77/80 T-9/27 67/78 T-41/79 T-44/84 T-22/68 48/50
SCORE TO PAR 78-80-78=236 +20 91-80=174 +30 73-75=148 +4 72-79-77=228 +12 77-75-74=226 +10 73-79=152 +10 71-74-74=219 +6 76-91-74-73=314 +26
JON RANSONE Tiger Turning Stone Joe Feaganes Invitational Mountaineer Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge
FINISH T-43/87 T-54/96 T-75/80 T-20/27
SCORE TO PAR 76-72-80=228 +12 71-74-73=218 +5 82-83=165 +21 81-79=159 +15
EASTON RENWICK Joe Feaganes invitational Graeme McDowell invite Wolfpack intercollegiate Mountaineer Intercollegiate Quail Valley Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge Seminole Intercollegiate Mason Rudolph Championship Old Waverly Championship Rutherford Intercollegiate Big 12 Championship
FINISH T-10/96 T-35/65 T-18/91 T-10/80 T-21/75 T-16/27 50/78 72/78 T-63/79 T-35/68 T-45/50
SCORE TO PAR 71-70-67=208 -5 75-77-73=225 +9 73-72=145 +3 79-69=148 +4 72-72-73=217 +1 79-76=155 +11 77-70-74=221 +5 78-79-79=236 +23 74-77-81=232 +16 75-70-79=224 +11 77-79-75-79=310 +22
AVERY SCHNEIDER Tiger Turning Stone Graeme McDowell invite Wolfpack Intercollegiate Mountaineer Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge Mason Rudolph Championship Old Waverly Championship Robert Kepler Intercollegiate Rutherford Intercollegiate
FINISH T-53/87 T-53/65 T-13/91 T-60/80 19/27 T-71/78 T-65/79 T-59/84 T-48/68
SCORE TO PAR 80-75-77=232 +16 74-80-75=229 +13 70-74=144 +2 79-79=158 +14 78-80=158 +14 83-77-75=235 +22 77-75-81=233 +17 72-83=155 +13 79-73-75=227 +14
MAX SEAR Tiger Turning Stone Joe Feaganes Invitational Graeme McDowell invite Wolfpack Intercollegiate Mountaineer Intercollegiate Quail Valley Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge Seminole Intercollegiate Mason Rudolph Championship Old Waverly Championship Robert Kepler Intercollegiate Rutherford Intercollegiate Big 12 Championship
FINISH T-16/87 T-63/96 T-35/65 T-2/91 T-10/80 T37-75 DQ T-13/78 T-32/78 T-69/79 T-51/84 T-4/68 T-12/50
SCORE TO PAR 70-73-77=220 +4 74-76-70=220 +7 78-75-72=225 +9 68-71=139 -3 73-75=148 +4 74-76-72=222 +6 77-DQ 72-73-69=214 -2 73-77-72=222 +9 77-75-83=235 +19 78-76=154 +12 70-71-67=208 -5 79-74-71-69=293 +5
MASON SHORT Joe Feaganes Invitational Mountaineer Intercollegiate Quail Valley Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
FINISH T-49/96 T-31/80 T-53/75 23/27 T-77/84
SCORE TO PAR 72-73-72=217 +4 73-79=152 +8 78-78-69=225 +9 79-85=164 +20 79-82=161 +19
CHRIS WILLIAMS Tiger Turning Stone Graeme McDowell invite Wolfpack Intercollegiate Mountaineer Intercollegiate Quail Valley Intercollegiate President’s Day Challenge Seminole Intercollegiate Mason Rudolph Championship Old Waverly Championship Rutherford Intercollegiate Big 12 Championship
FINISH 72/87 T-32/65 T-69/91 T-37/80 T-53/75 T-16/27 75/78 T-42/78 T-37/79 T-31/68 T45/50
SCORE TO PAR 76-83-79=238 +22 75-69-79=223 +7 78-77=152 +13 74-79=153 +9 75-75-75=225 +9 79-76=155 +11 76-78-80=234 +18 72-77-75=224 +11 71-76-78=225 +9 73-73-77=223 +10 83-77-74-76=310 +22
All-Time Records ���������������������������������������� 48 Golf Scoring Records ���������������������������������� 49 Series Records vs.Opponents ���������������������� 52
Year W-L-T Coach
Year W-L-T Coach
Dr. R. Aspinall
Dr. R. Aspinall
Dr. R. Aspinall
No Golf – WW II
Dr. R. Aspinall
Dr. R. Aspinall
Dr. R. Aspinall
Golf Scoring LOW ROUND 1. Mike Krak Jack Lynn Berk Davis Claude Hillis 5. Alan Cooke Easton Renwick Max Sear Reggie Spencer 9. Jim Goodwin Gary Loring 11. Chris Williams Mason Short Armand Coulson Tom Prozillo Stan Nolte Jim Goodwin Dave Stannbauer Dave Lester 19. Avery Schneider George Wisosn James Kuhn Harry Young Bruce Keagy Richard Adams Robert Ault Jim Camella Pat Weaver John Elwood
66 66 66 66 67 67 67 67 68 68 69 69 69 69 69 69 69 69 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70
1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 10. 12. 13. 14.
Max Sear Avery Schneider Easton Renwick Pat Weaver Dave Lester Tristan Nicholls Easton Renwick Max Sear Dave Lester John Elwood John Elwood Pat Weaver Mike Greer Alan Cooke Cole Hand Mason Short Avery Schneider Chris Williams Terry Dubois
Twice (1947,48) vs. Indiana, 1971 vs. Washington & Jefferson, 1948 vs. Maryland, 1949 Rutherford Intercollegiate, 2016 Joe Feaganes Invite, 2015 Rutherford Intercollegiate, 2016 vs. Ohio, 1952 vs. West Liberty, 1963 vs. Pitt, 1963 Graeme McDowell, 2015 Quail Valley Intercollegiate, 2015 vs. Duquesne, 1941 vs. Geneva, 1949 vs. Fairmont State, 1962 vs. Fairmont State, 1964 vs. Pitt, 1966 Twice, 1976 Wolfpack Intercollegiate, 2015 vs. Pitt, 1963 vs. Indiana, 1966 vs. Indiana, 1968 vs. Indiana, 1968 vs. Indiana, 1968 three times, 1968 vs. LHU, Edinboro, SLU, 1973 vs. California (PA)/Davis Elkins, 1978 James Madison Invitational,1977
68-71=139 Wolfpack Intercollegiate, 2015 70-74=144 Wolfpack Intercollegiate, 2015 73-72=145 Wolfpack Intercollegiate, 2015 72-73=145 Eastern Eight Tourn., 1978 77-72=147 W. Va. Intercollegiate, 1977 73-75=148 President’s Day Challenge, 2016 79-69=148 Mountaineer Intercollegiate, 2015 73-75=148 Mountaineer Intercollegiate, 2015 77-70=148 W. Va. Intercollegiate, 1979 77-72=149 W. Va. Intercollegiate, 1979 77-72=149 W. Va. Intercollegiate, 1977 72-78=150 Eastern Eight Tourn., 1978 78-73=151 A-10 Championship, 1981 78-74=152 Wolfpack Intercollegiate, 2015 78-75=152 Mountaineer Intercollegiate, 2015 73-79=152 Mountaineer Intercollegiate, 2015 73-79=152 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, 2016 78-77=152 Wolfpack Intercollegiate, 2015 77-75=152 NCAA District 2 Tourn.,1982
Chris Williams Gary Loring Jim Camella Mike Tennant Tae Wan Lee Tristan Nicholls Alan Cooke Max Sear Dan Akerman Bill Field Mike Tennant
74-79=153 74-79= 153 76-77= 153 77-76=153 78-76=154 73-79=154 77-77=154 78-76=154 79-75=154 xx-xx=154 82-72=154
Mountaineer Intercollegiate, 2015 SoCon Tournament, 1963 Marshall Invitational, 1974 A-10 Championship, 1980 Mountaineer Intercollegiate, 2015 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, 2016 President’s Day Challenge, 2016 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, 2016 A-10 Championship, 1980 SoCon Tournament, 1965 NCAA District 2 Tournament, 1982
1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 8. 9. 11. 14. 17. 20. 24. 31. 32. 34.
Alan Cooke 70-70-67=207 Rutherford Intercollegiate, 2016 Easton Renwick 71-70-67=208 Joe Feaganes Invite, 2015 Max Sear 70-71-67=208 Rutherford Intercollegiate, 2016 Max Sear 72-73-69=214 Seminole Intercollegiate, 2016 Alan Cooke 67-76-73=216 Joe Feaganes Invite, 2015 Easton Renwick 72-72-73=217 Quail Valley Intercollegiate, 2015 Mason Short 72-73-72=217 Joe Feaganes Invite, 2015 Jon Ransone 71-74-73=218 Joe Feaganes Invite, 2015 Max Sear 70-73-77=220 Tiger Turning Stone, 2015 Max Sear 74-76-70=220 Joe Feaganes Invite, 2015 John Elwood 70-80-71=221 JMU Invitational, 1977 John Elwood 70-80-71=221 JMU Invitational, 1978 Easton Renwick 77-70-74=221 Seminole Intercollegiate, 2016 Max Sear 74-76-72=222 Quail Valley, 2015 Max Sear 73-77-72=222 Mason Rudolph, 2016 David Lester 72-73-77=222 EKU Invitational, 1976 Alan Cooke 72-76-75=223 Mason Rudolph, 2016 Chris Williams 75-69-79=223 Graeme McDowell, 2015 Chris Williams 73-73-77=223 Rutherford Intercollegiate, 2016 Phil Zambos 74-75-75=224 EKU Classic, 1976 Phil Zambos 74-75-75=224 Marshall Invitational,1979 Chris Williams 72-77-75=224 Mason Rudolph, 2016 Easton Renwick 75-70-79=224 Rutherford Intercollegiate, 2016 Max Sear 78-75-72=225 Graeme McDowell, 2015 Mason Short 78-78-69=225 Quail Valley, 2015 Chris Williams 75-75-75=225 Quail Valley, 2015 Chris Williams 71-76-78=225 Old Waverly, 2016 Tae Wan Lee 79-73-73=225 Joe Feaganes Invite, 2015 Terry Dubois 75-76-74=225 Marshall Invitational, 1981 John Elwood 73-80-72=225 EKU Invitational, 1976 Tristan Nicholls 77-75-74=226 Old Waverly, 2016 Dave Lester 76-75-76=227 EKU Invitational, 1976 Avery Schneider 79-73-75=227 Rutherford Intercollegiate,2016 John Elwood 80-74-74=228 Colonel Classic (EKU), 1979 Robert Clark 75-79-74=228 EKU Invitational, 1976 Tristan Nicholls 72-79-77=228 Seminole Intercollegiate, 2016 Jon Ransone 76-72-80=228 Tiger Turning Stone, 2015
38. 42. 44. 50. 33. 34. 41. 42. 48.
David Lester 78-76-75=229 John Elwood 75-77-77=229 Avery Schneider 74-80-75=229 Alan Cooke 73-83-74=229 Pat Weaver 80-75-75=230 Pat Weaver 77-71-82=230 Pat Weaver 82-71-78=231 John Elwood 82-76-76=231 John Elwood 81-76-74=231 Bob Clark 77-71-83=231 Stan Weil 77-76-78=231 Dan Ackerman 75-76-80=231 T. Olson 74-80-78=232 John Elwood 74-78-82=232 Pat Weaver 81-76-75=232 Easton Renwick 74-77-81=232 Jim Flink 75-77-84=236 Dave Lester 79-79-79=237 Jim Flink 77-78-82=237 Stan Jones 75-81-81=237 R. Wainwright 76-79-82=237 Dan Ackerman 83-76-78=237 Greg Guadino 81-75-81=237 Robert Clark 77-78-82=237 Mike Tennant 78-77-83=238 Jim Rider 80-77-82=239 R. Wainwright 79-80-80=239 Phil Zambos 82-78-79=239 R. Wainwright 78-81-80=239 R.Wainwright xx-xx=239 Jim Rider xx-xx=239 R. Wainwright 81-80-79=240 Pat Weaver 79-78-83=240 Bill Hyre 78-81-81=240 Phil Zambos 76-83-81=240 Dave Lester 82-78-80=240 R. Wainwright 79-81-80=240 Ed Meador 79-81-80=240 Greg Carudino 80-79-81=240
Penn State Invitational, 1975 Marshall Invitational,1979 Graeme McDowell Invite, 2015 Old Waverly, 2016 Nittany Lion Invite, 1979 Penn State Tournament, 1977 EKU Invitational,1976 Nittany Lion Invitational, 1979 Penn State Tournament, 1977 Penn State Tournament, 1977 Marshall Invitational, 1980 Marshall Invitational, 1981 JMU Invitational, 1978 Marshall Invitational, 1977 Marshall Invitational, 1977 Old Waverly, 2016 EKU Invitational,1976 Nittany Lion Invitational,1976 Nittany Lion Invitational,1976 Colonel Classic (EKU),1979 Marshall Invitational,1980 Nittany Lion Invitational,1981 Nittany Lion Invitational,1981 Marshall Invitational,1977 Nittany Lion Invitational,1981 Penn State Tournament,1977 Penn State Tournament,1977 Nittany Lion Invitational,1979 Marshall Invitational,1978 Nittany Lion Invitational,1979 Nittany Lion Invitational,1979 Nittany Lion Invitational,1976 Nittany Lion Invitational,1979 Marshall Invitational,1978 Marshall Invitational,1977 Nittany Lion Invitational,1979 Marshall Invitational,1981 Nittany Lion Invitational,1980
36 Hole-Tournament Pat Weaver Dave Lester Dave Lester John Elwood John Elwood Pat Weaver Terry Dubois Gary Loring Jim Camella Bill Field Mike Tennant Rick Rodocha John Elwood Rob Clark John Elwood
72-73=145 77-72=147 77-70=148 77-72=149 77-72=149 72-78=150 77-75=152 74-79= 153 76-77= 153 xx-xx=154 82-72=154 xx-xx=155 xx-xx=155 xx-xx=155 77-78=155
Eastern Eight Tournament West Virginia Intercollegiate West Virginia Intercollegiate West Virginia Intercollegiate West Virginia Intercollegiate Eastern Eight Tournament NCAA District 2 Tournament SoCon Tournament Marshall Invitational SoCon Tournament NCAA District 2 Tournament Marshall Invitational ECAC Golf Championships ECAC Golf Championships Eastern Eight Tournament
1978 1977 1979 1979 1977 1978 1982 1963 1974 1965 1982 1975 1976 1976 1978
Thomas Prozzillo Reggie Spencer Dave Lester Dave Lester Pat Weaver Pat Weaver Pat Weaver Dave Lester Terry Dubois Stan Jones Jim Hess Ron Rumora Ted Long Rich Wainwright Pat Weaver Jeff Rowan Greg Guadino Mike Tennant Bill Hyre Mark Greer Dan Ackerman John Elwood Richard Wainwright Robert Clark Robert Clark Robert Clark Ed Meador Richard Wainwright Richard Wainwright Patrick Weaver John Elwood Stan Wiel Phil Zambos Greg Guadino
xx-xx=156 SoCon Tournament 1951 80-76= 156 SoCon Tournament 1953 80-76=156 West Liberty Tournament 1976 xx-xx=156 ECAC Golf Championships 1976 xx-xx=156 ECAC Golf Championships 1976 81-75=156 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1979 81-75=156 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1977 80-76=156 West Liberty Tournament 1976 79-78=157 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1981 81-76=157 Eastern Eight Tournament 1978 83-75= 158 So. Con. Tournament 1963 xx-xx=158 So. Con. Tournament 1963 78-81=159 NCAA District 2 Tournament 1982 80-79=159 Eastern Eight Tournament 1978 75-85=160 West Liberty Tournament 1976 79-82=161 Eastern Eight Tournament 1978 83-78=161 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1981 80-82=162 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1981 81-81=162 Eastern Eight Tournament 1978 79-84=163 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1981 83-81=164 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1981 82-83=165 West Liberty Tournament 1976 82-84=166 West Liberty Tournament 1976 84-82=166 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1979 84-82=166 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1977 86-81=167 West Liberty Tournament 1976 81-87=168 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1981 87-81=168 Coastal Carolina Golf Classic 1978 87-82=169 West Virginia Intercollegiate 1977 86-84=170 Coastal Carolina Golf Classic 1978 86-85=171 Coastal Carolina Golf Classic 1978 86-85=171 Coastal Carolina Golf Classic 1978 83-89=172 Coastal Carolina Golf Classic 1978 87-91=178 Coastal Carolina Golf Classic 1978
54 Hole-Tournament John Elwood John Elwood David Lester John Elwood Phil Zambos Phil Zambos Terry Dubois Dave Lester John Elwood Robert Clark David Lester John Elwood Pat Weaver Pat Weaver Pat Weaver John Elwood John Elwood Bob Clark Stain Weil Dan Ackerman
70-80-71=221 70-80-71= 221 72-73-77=222 73-80-72=225 74-75-75=224 74-75-75=224 75-76-74=225 76-75-76=227 80-74-74=228 75-79-74=228 78-76-75= 229 75-77-77=229 80-75-75=230 77-71-82=230 82-71-78=231 82-76-76=231 81-76-74=231 77-71-83=231 77-76-78=231 75-76-80=231
James Madison Invitational James Madison Invitational Eastern Kentucky Invitational Eastern Kentucky Invitational Colonel Classic (EKU) Marshall Invitational Marshall Invitational Eastern Kentucky Invitational Colonel Classic (EKU) Eastern Kentucky Invitational Penn State Invitational Marshall Invitational Nittany Lion Invitational Penn State Tournament Eastern Kentucky Invitational Nittany Lion Invitational Penn State Tournament Penn State Tournament Marshall Invitational Marshall Invitational
1977 1978 1976 1976 1979 1979 1981 1976 1979 1976 1975 1979 1979 1977 1976 1979 1977 1977 1980 1981
T. Olson John Elwood Pat Weaver John Elwood Mike Tennant Pat Weaver Dan Ackerman Pat Weaver Rohanna Robert Clark Jeff Rowan David Kaiser Greg Guadino Jim Flink Dave Lester Jim Flink Stan Jones Richard Wainwright Dan Ackerman Greg Guadino Robert Clark Mike Tennant Jim Rider Richard Wainwright Phil Zambos Rich Wainwright Richard Wainwright Jim Rider Richard Wainwright Pat Weaver Bill Hyre Phil Zambos Dave Lester Rich Wainwright Ed Meador Greg Carudino Stan Wiel Bill Hyre Jeff Rowan Stan Jones Stan Jones Tom Dyer Jeff Rowan Neils Christiansen Rich Wainwright Jeff Rowan Stan Wiel Rich Wainwright Dave Lester Dave Lester Hank Seidel Pat Weaver Rich Wainwright Scott Wilson Richard Wainwright Scott Wilson
74-80-78=232 James Madison Invitational 74-78-82=232 Marshall Invitational 81-76-75=232 Marshall Invitational 77-76-80=233 Marshall Invitational 80-75-79=234 Marshall Invitational 77-79-78=234 Eastern Kentucky Invitational 80-82-72=234 Nittany Lion Invitational 77-78-80=235 Marshall Invitational 78-78-79=235 Eastern Kentucky Invitational 235 Nittany Lion Invitational 76-79-80=235 Nittany Lion Invitational 76-78-81= 235 Penn State Invitational 75-76-84=235 Marshall Invitational 75-77-84=236 Eastern Kentucky Invitational 79-79-79=237 Nittany Lion Invitational 77-78-82=237 Nittany Lion Invitational 75-81-81=237 Colonel Classic (EKU) 76-79-82=237 Marshall Invitational 83-76-78=237 Nittany Lion Invitational 81-75-81=237 Nittany Lion Invitational 77-78-82=237 Marshall Invitational 78-77-83=238 Nittany Lion Invitational 80-77-82=239 Penn State Tournament 79-80-80=239 Penn State Tournament 82-78-79=239 Nittany Lion Invitational 78-81-80=239 Marshall Invitational 239 Nittany Lion Invitational 239 Nittany Lion Invitational 81-80-79=240 79-78-83=240 Nittany Lion Invitational 78-81-81=240 Nittany Lion Invitational 76-83-81=240 Marshall Invitational 82-78-80=240 Marshall Invitational 79-81-80=240 Nittany Lion Invitational 79-81-80=240 Marshall Invitational 80-79-81=240 Nittany Lion Invitational 79-80-82=241 Nittany Lion Invitational 80-84-78=242 Marshall Invitational 78-84-80=242 Marshall Invitational 79-81-82=242 Nittany Lion Invitational 81-81-80=242 Marshall Invitational 82-83-77=242 Nittany Lion Invitational 80-82-81=243 Marshall Invitational 78-84-84=244 Nittany Lion Invitational 80-84-81=245 Marshall Invitational 80-87-78=245 James Madison Invitational 86-81-78=245 Marshall Invitational 82-84-79=245 Nittany Lion Invitational 81-82-82=245 Penn State Tournament 245 Nittany Lion Invitational 81-78-87=246 Nittany Lion Invitational 82-85=79=246 Marshall Invitational 79-82-86=247 James Madison Invitational 79-88-81-248 James Madison Invitational 85-82-81=248 Marshall Invitational 86-81-83=250 Nittany Lion Invitational
1978 1977 1977 1978 1981 1976 1980 1979 1976 1979 1980 1975 1981 1976 1976 1976 1979 1980 1981 1981 1977 1981 1977 1977 1979 1978 1979 1979 1976 1979 1978 1977 1979 1981 1980 1980 1980 1980 1979 1979 1981 1977 1976 1979 1977 1979 1980 1977 1979 1976 1978 1977 1977 1977 1980
Randy Wampler Greg Rohanna Stan Jones Jeff Rowan Ed Meador Terry Dubois Bill Hyre Shipman
80-88-84=252 81-89-82=252 83-90-81=254 83-83-89=255 90-82-84=256 75-82-83=256 86-89-81=256 87-84-87=258
Marshall Invitational Nittany Lion Invitational James Madison Invitational Marshall Invitational Nittany Lion Invitational Nittany Lion Invitational James Madison Invitational Eastern Kentucky Invitational
1980 1976 1977 1978 1981 1981 1977 1976
Season Average Name Dan Ackerman Dan Ackerman Dave Lester Dave Lester John Eldwood Rich Wainwright John Elwood Patrick Weaver Dan Ackerman John Elwood John Elwood Mike Tennant Rich Wainwright Scott Wilson Pat Weaver Rich Wainwright Greg Guadino Stan Wiel Pat Weaver Terry Dubois Stan Wiel Greg Guadino David Lester Jeff Rowan Jeff Rowan Jeff Rowan Root Clark Randy Wampler Robert Clark Robert Clark Tim Dyer Rich Wainwright Phil Zambos James Rider Scott Wilson William Hyre Richard Wainwright Mark Greer Jeff Rowan Ed Meador Stan Weil Stanley Jones Tom Dyer Jim Rider Jim Rider
Avg. Rounds 76.0 5 76.90 9 77.16 12 77.2 12 77.33 15 77.70 10 77.73 19 77.89 19 77.92 13 78.16 12 78.2 12 78.30 13 78.4 14 78.80 5 78.80 12 78.93 15 79.00 12 79.10 10 79.20 15 79.30 13 79.30 14 79.60 8 79.70 17 79.73 19 79.90 12 80.40 10 80.41 12 80.50 8 80.60 8 80.60 19 80.62 8 80.62 8 80.64 14 80.37 8 80.80 9 81.30 7 81.70 17 82.00 6 82.50 10 82.69 13 83.20 10 83.85 7 85.80 5 86.3 6 86.55 6
Year 1979-80 1978-89 Fall 1976 Fall 1977 1977-78 1979-80 Spring 1977 Spring 1977 1980-81 Fall 1976 Fall 1977 1980-81 1978-79 1979-80 Fall 1977 1977-78 1980-81 1979-80 1977-78 1980-81 1978-79 1978-79 Spring 1977 Spring 1977 1978-79 1979-80 Fall 1976 1979-80, 1978-79 Fall 1977 Spring 1977 1980-81 Fall 1976 1977-78 Spring 1977 1978-79 1979-80, 1978-89 Spring 1977 1908-81 1977-78 1980-81 1977-78 Spring 1977 1980-81 Fall 1977 Fall 1976
Series Records vs. Opponent
2 0 0
0 1 0
2 0 0
1 0 0
1 0 0
Davis & Elkins
1 0 0
2 0 0
9 0 0
Washington & Jefferson 16
2 2 0
Washington & Lee
4 1 0
West Liberty State
Indiana Univ. (Pa.)
4 0 0
West Virginia Wesleyan
William & Mary
2 4 0
1 0 0
290 178 21
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E. GORDON Gee, PRESIDENT
Dr. E. Gordon Gee is one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders, having served as president of some of the most prestigious public and private universities for more than three decades. When he returned to lead West Virginia University in 2014 as the institution’s 24th president, it was a homecoming of sorts. He was first named WVU president in 1981 at age 36 – at the time, considered among the youngest persons to ever serve as a university president. He led WVU until 1985 when he went on to presidencies at the University of Colorado (198590), Brown University (1998-2000) and Vanderbilt University (2001-07). He served as president of The Ohio State University from 1990-97 and again from 2007-13. On his return to the Morgantown campus, he said, “This is not a job to me; it is a calling.” His leadership style bears that out as he works tirelessly to advance the University’s land-grant mission and open doors to the American dream. In his latest address to the University community, he called for reinventing education for our young people, on our campuses, throughout our state and beyond; transforming health care for our citizens; and cultivating prosperity in our communities. “Doing our best for the 1.8 million people of West Virginia is our noblest calling and our proudest distinction,” he said. Gee has built a special relationship with the students as well as the state’s citizens, making it a point to visit students where they live, learn and socialize -- and visiting all 55 West Virginia counties during his inaugural year – and at least half in subsequent years. Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University. He clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before being named a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this role, he worked for Chief Justice Warren Burger on administrative and legal problems of the Court and federal judiciary. Gee returned to Utah as an associate professor and associate dean in the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and was granted full professorship in 1978. One year later, he became dean of the WVU College of Law, and, in 1981, was named WVU’s 19th president. Gee serves on several education-governance organizations and committees, including the Big 12 Conference Council of Presidents and formerly the Business Higher Education Forum and the American Association of Universities. He was chair of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Higher Education Attainment and served as co-chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Energy Advisory Committee. In 2009, King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia invited
him to join its international advisory board. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States. Active in many national professional and service organizations, he is on the executive committee of the National 4-H Council Board of Trustees and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, the nation’s largest higher education organization. He has also served on the boards for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Limited Brands. In 2011, Gee began serving as secretary on the Board of Directors of Ohio’s economic development program, JobsOhio. In 2011-12, Governor John Kasich asked him to chair the Ohio Higher Education Capital Funding Collaborative and the Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission. In December 2012, he began serving on the Columbus Education Commission. Gee has received many honorary degrees, awards, fellowships and recognitions. He is a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest science organization. In 1994, Gee received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Utah, as well as from Teachers College of Columbia University. In 2013, he received the ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award and the Outstanding Academic Leader of the Year Award on behalf of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is the co-author of 11 books, including Law, Policy and Higher Education, published in 2012. He has also authored many papers and articles on law and education. Gee’s daughter, Rebekah, is the Medicaid Medical Director for the State of Louisiana, and an assistant professor of Public Health and Medicine at Louisiana State University. She is also a Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology/IOM Anniversary Fellow. Dr. Rebekah Gee is married to David Patrón and they have five children.
The GEE FAMILY - Front from left: Nathan, Elly and Ben Patrón. Back from left: Rebekah Gee, Eva Patrón, E. Gordon Gee, Elizabeth Patrón and David Patrón
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Since being named Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Associate Vice President at West Virginia University in January 2015, Shane Lyons has not been interested in headlines, he’s been interested in results. Working furiously behind the scenes, Lyons rolls up his sleeves every day for the betterment of WVU’s student-athletes, fans and athletic department. In his second year on the job, he keeps his fingers on the pulse of more than $110 million in athletic facility improvements that will be completed in the next year. In fact, his first year on the job can be defined as a year of fan enhancements to the WVU Coliseum and Milan Puskar Stadium as he has worked tirelessly to modernize 46- and 36-year-old facilities. Next up on his agenda are student-athlete enhancements with a new Olympic sport weight and training room. Also in the coming year, Lyons will continue to work with the Morgantown community on bringing a $45 million aquatic and track center to Morgantown, which will provide health and fitness benefits to all ages. When he’s not in his office, he’s an energized fundraiser where his efforts and honesty are appreciated by Mountaineer Athletic Club donors. Lyons oversees 18 varsity sports, a department budget of approximately $88 million, 200 employees, and approximately 500 student-athletes. He has already put the finishing touches on a $21 million baseball park and renovations are in the final stages to the football and basketball facilities that will bring long overdue new restrooms, concessions, ADA seating and fan comfort. Leaving the headlines to others, Lyons, confidently behind the scenes, directed a department in his first year that brought an 18th national championship for rifle, 30 All Americans, 110 All-Conference performers, 18 academic award winners and 109 Academic All-Conference selections. His work with WVU President E. Gordon Gee’s senior leadership team, as well as the Big 12 Conference and other national committees has brought additional respect and positive exposure to his department and the University. He currently serves on the Big 12 Administration Committee, Finance and Budget Committee and the Game Management and Officiating Subcommittee. Lyons came to West Virginia after spending three years as the deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer at Alabama where he worked closely on day-to-day strategic leadership and direction of the Crimson Tide Athletic program. During his time at Alabama, his responsibilities included oversight of a $120 million budget, management of the day-to-day operations of the department and oversight of the Crimson Tide’s 21 sports teams. In addition, he played a pivotal role in a historic renegotiation of Alabama’s multimedia rights agreement that started in 2014 and was involved in several significant capital projects totaling more than $85 million. The Crimson Tide won seven national titles in five different sports during his time there – two in football, two in men’s golf, one in women’s golf, one in gymnastics and one in softball. He also played a critical role in the hiring of four Alabama head coaches. Prior to joining the Alabama staff in November 2011, Lyons spent 10 years as an associate commissioner at the Atlantic Coast Conference. At the ACC, Lyons focused on conference-wide compliance and academic initiatives, providing direct assistance to the conference’s presidents, chancellors and athletics directors in matters dealing with NCAA regulatory matters. In addition, he served as the ACC’s human resource manager and was responsible for the administration, negotiation and mediation of the employee benefits program and managing the conference’s organizational policies and procedures. He was part of the senior administrative team for ACC events, including the football championship game, the men’s basketball tournament and men’s and women’s NCAA basketball events. He also was a member and served as chairman on many prominent committees within the NCAA Governance structure during his tenure with the ACC. Prior to working at the ACC, Lyons served as associate athletics director for compliance at Big 12 member Texas Tech from 1998 to 2001. During that time, Lyons assumed responsibility for the leadership, administration and implementation of a comprehensive NCAA compliance program with emphasis toward rules education and extensive monitoring systems. He also served as oversight administrator for several of the Red Raiders’ athletic teams and had financial and operational supervision of the strength and conditioning, nutritional and sports medicine units.
Before joining Texas Tech, Lyons worked at the NCAA for almost 10 years as a senior membership services representative, where he was responsible for the oversight and coordination of the 25 membership service representatives. Lyons began his career in college athletics in July 1988 as assistant commissioner of the Big South Conference. With the Big South, he was in charge of conference-wide compliance and championships. A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and a graduate of Parkersburg High, Lyons was a standout basketball player for the Big Reds. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sport management from WVU in 1987 and 1988, respectively. He and his wife, Emily, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have two children: Cameron and Brooke. Lyons is the University’s 12th athletic director.
Shane Lyons through the Years:
1988-89 Big South Conference (Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Championships) 1989-98
NCAA (Senior Membership Services Representative)
1998-2001 Texas Tech (Associate Athletic Director – Compliance) 2001-11
Atlantic Coast Conference (Associate Commissioner)
Alabama (Deputy Director of Athletics/Chief Operating Officer)
2015-present West Virginia (Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President)
The LyonsFAMILY: Cameron, Brooke, Emily and Shane
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS SENIOR STAFF
Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director
Deputy Athletic Director
Senior Associate Athletic Director/Communications
Senior Associate Athletic Director/ Sports Administration, SWA
Senior Associate Athletic Director/Executive Director
Senior Associate Athletic Director/Business Operations
Senior Associate Athletic Director/ External Affairs
Associate Athletic Director/ Governance & Compliance
Associate Athletic Director/ Sports Performance
Associate Athletic Director/ Facilities & Operations
Dr. Matt LIVELY
Associate Athletic Director/ Annual Fund
Assistant Athletic Director/ Facilities & Operations
Assistant Athletic Director/ Donor Relations
Assistant Athletic Director, Sports Medicine
Assistant Athletic Director/ Communications
Assistant Athletic Director/ Business Operations
Assistant Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Development
Assistant Athletic Director/ Marketing
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
Swimming and Diving
Athletic Information The West Virginia University athletic communication office is located on the second floor of the WVU Coliseum in room 217. Mailing Address Athletic Communications Office
WVA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS STAFF
Assistant Athletic Director/ Communications
Director of Football Communications
Director of Athletic Publications
Director of Digital Media
Senior Associate Athletic Director, Communications
West Virginia University P.O. Box 0877 Morgantown, WV 26507-0877 Overnight Shipping Address WVU Athletic Communications 3450 Monongahela Blvd., Room 217
Digital Media Manager
Morgantown, WV 26506
Associate Director of Athletic Communications
Associate Director of Athletic Communications
Phone Information Office: 304-293-2821 Fax: 304-293-4105 Press Box: 304-293-6480 Golf Contact Ashley Bailey
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Ashley.email@example.com
ATHLETICFacilities BASKETBALL PRACTICE FACILITY
CAPERTON INDOOR FACILITY
DICK DLESK SOCCER STADIUM
MONONGALIA COUNTY BALLPARK
MOUNTAINEER FIELD AT MILAN PUSKAR STADIUM
MOUNTAINEER TENNIS COURTS
WVU RIFLE RANGE
WVU WRESTLING PAVILLION WVUGolf
AVERY SCHNEIDER TRISTAN NICHOLLS