College Golf: IU East at Lindsey Wilson Tournament Day 1

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Indiana University East golf teams finished day 1 of the Lindsey Wilson College Spring Fling March 27.

Tyler Pearson is in third place with a score of 70 for the men’s team. The Red Wolves are also third as a team going into day 2.

Breanna Nowak leads for the women’s team. She is tied for 14th place with a score of 85.

The 36-hole tournament concludes March 28 at the Pines at Lindsey Wilson.

IU EAST MEN

3. Tyler Pearson – 70
T8. Kole Schofield – 74
T21. Lance Hackman – 77
T28. Ben Tinkle – 78
T40. Cody Frame – 80
T40. John Schaefer – 80
45. Evan Williams – 81

IU EAST WOMEN

T14. Breanna Nowak – 85
T17. Lexie Fields – 87
T17. Hannah Johnson – 87

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IU East Athletics Roundup for March 22

BASKETBALL: IU EAST IN TOP 15 IN NATIONAL POSTSEASON POLLS

The Indiana University East basketball teams earned lofty rankings in the NAIA Division II basketball postseason polls released March 22.

The IU East men were sixth in the postseason poll. The Red Wolf women were 15th.

The IU East men finished 28-8, won River States Conference division and tournament titles, and reached the quarterfinals at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship.

The Red Wolves matched the program’s best postseason ranking. IU East was also sixth in the postseason poll last year.

The IU East women finished 29-6, also won River States Conference division and tournament titles, and reached the round of 16 at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship.

Men’s national champion Union College and repeat women’s national champion Marian University finished atop the postseason poll.

NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches Postseason Poll: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=211530830

NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches Postseason Poll: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=211530441

WOMEN’S SOCCER: CALIFORNIA GOALKEEPER SIGNS WITH IU EAST

RICHMOND, Ind. – Amanda Nicholson, a goalkeeper at Mendocino College (Calif.), has signed a letter of intent to join the new Indiana University East women’s soccer program for the team’s inaugural season during the 2017-18 school year.

Red Wolves coach Shane Meridith announced the signing March 22.

Nicholson holds the Mendocino school records for career minutes played for a goalkeeper, career wins (21) and career shutouts (15). Mendocino won its conference championship this past fall. Nicholson was one of two keepers picked for the northern California all-region team.

Amanda is the daughter of Butch and Maurine Nicholson. She is a native of McKinleyville, Calif. She plans to major in secondary education with a minor in coaching.

“I chose IU East because I wanted a new experience and was looking for schools outside of California,” Nicholson wrote. “On my visit to IU East, right away I felt a family atmosphere, which is very important to me, and an instant connection to the school and coaching staff. I feel this would be a perfect fit for me. I am excited to be a part of the Red Wolves Nation and the inaugural women’s soccer team.”

IU East in 2016 announced plans to add NAIA men’s and women’s soccer programs. The teams will begin NAIA competition during the 2017-18 school year.

IU East Athletics Roundup for March 21

GOLF – TWO FROM IU EAST EARN GOLFER OF THE WEEK HONORS

FLORENCE, Ky. – Indiana University East golfers Tyler Pearson and Lexie Fields claimed River States Conference Golfer of the Week honors for the week of March 13-19, the league announced.

Pearson shot a final-round 75 to register a Top 25 finish at the Point University Skyhawk Invitational, which had 92 total golfers. Pearson was the top performer for IU East.

Fields had two rounds in the 80s to place 25th at the tournament, which had 68 golfers in the women’s field.

The next event for both IU East teams is March 27 and 28 at the Lindsey Wilson College Spring Fling.

SOCCER – CASCADE SENIOR SIGNS WITH IU EAST

RICHMOND, Ind. – Tyler Fox, a senior at Cascade High School (Ind.), has signed a letter of intent to join the new Indiana University East men’s soccer program for the team’s inaugural season during the 2017-18 school year.

Red Wolves coach Steve Moore announced the signing March 21.

Fox helped Cascade win three conference championships during his high school career. He was a three-year starter, an all-county and all-conference honoree, and the recipient of Cascade’s mental attitude award.

Tyler is the son of Todd and Ann Fox. He plans to major in criminal justice with a minor in psychology.

“I really like IU East because it is a small school, and I also will finish with an IU education,” Fox wrote. “I also like that IU East offers a cadet officer program that I can work towards getting into.”

IU East in 2016 announced plans to add NAIA men’s and women’s soccer programs. The teams will begin NAIA competition during the 2017-18 school year.

LOCAL INTEREST – Pearson is from Richmond; Fields is from Middletown; Fox is from Clayton

IU EAST | WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: MIDWAY 64, IU EAST 63

MIDWAY, Ky. – A last-second 3-pointer made the difference as the Indiana University East women’s basketball team fell 64-63 at Midway University on Jan. 26.
The NAIA Division II No. 21 Red Wolves (19-5, 10-1) had a nine-game winning streak snapped. The Eagles are 16-7 overall and 7-4 in the league.
Midway’s Jasmine Johnson swished a 3-pointer from the right corner with 10 seconds remaining for what proved to be the winning points.
IU East got three shots in the lane in the waning seconds, but all three attempts bounded off of the rim.
The Red Wolves had recovered from a 17-0 deficit to start the game to build a six-point lead in the final quarter. Midway finished the game on an 11-4 run.
Tia King scored 19 points for IU East. Kristen Miller added 17 points.
Jasmine Johnson scored 21 points for Midway.
IU East visits Indiana University Southeast on Jan. 28. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. in the first game of a women’s-men’s River States Conference doubleheader.

IU East Men’s Soccer | IU EAST INTRODUCES STEVE MOORE AS FIRST COACH

RICHMOND, Ind. – Steve Moore has been appointed head coach of Indiana University East’s new NAIA men’s soccer program, the school announced Aug. 17.

Moore comes to IU East from Clarke University, an NAIA program in Dubuque, Iowa. Moore produced two of the top three seasons in the Clarke men’s soccer program’s 32-year history during his tenure with the Crusaders.

Moore has a history of program-building throughout his coaching career. Moore coached the women’s soccer program at Bethany College in Kansas from 2007 to 2011, where his first two teams doubled and then re-doubled the program’s victory total from the year prior to his arrival.

Moore’s first college head coaching experience came at Concordia University Chicago, where he coached the men’s and women’s teams. His 2005 men’s team won the conference championship. The women’s team posted the best winning percentage in the program’s history to that point the same year.

Moore also served as an assistant coach for the NCAA Division I women’s program at the University of Central Arkansas and as the head soccer recruiting coach for the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA)

“It’s a great honor to be named the inaugural head men’s soccer coach at Indiana University East!” Moore said. “The support and enthusiasm for athletics here is undeniable, and to be able to combine that with the level and notoriety of an Indiana University education made this move a no-brainer.”

Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Greenville College, where he was an NCCAA All-American as a goalkeeper.

Moore will focus on recruiting the Red Wolf roster during the 2016-17 school year. The team will begin NAIA competition during the 2017-18 school year.

IU East estimates 50 total student-athletes will participate in the men’s and women’s soccer programs.

“There’s going to be a lot of work that goes into getting this program started, but the potential here is off the charts, and I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity!” Moore said.

IU East’s soccer teams will compete alongside the school’s other athletics teams in the newly renamed River States Conference. The league will have 10 men’s and women’s soccer programs for the 2017 fall season.

The addition of men’s and women’s soccer brings the total number of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) varsity sports offered at IU East to 15. The Red Wolves currently compete in men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. IU East offers more NAIA sports than any other IU regional campus.

 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT STEVE MOORE

“We are very excited to have Steve arrive here so fast and get started. He is hitting the ground running and will be hitting the road recruiting this week. It’s really nice to add another quality coach to the department. We see him getting soccer started off right from the very beginning.” – Joe Griffin, athletic director, Indiana University East

 

“Steve is a good friend as well as a great coach. He is very articulate in his approach and always produces highly organized teams. … Steve was an All-American goalkeeper for me and one of the best. Steve has a unique background as a coach coming from a very diverse skill set which makes him perfect for the job. Steve has worked on the women’s and men’s side as well as the admissions staff. Steve went from a player for me then on to one of my best assistant coaches I’ve had in 20 years in college coaching.” – Brian “Mac” McMahon, head coach, Palm Beach Atlantic University

“Steve has the experience and the energy to do well building IU East into a quality program! I know the men’s soccer program will be a model program under Steve’s leadership.” – Tyler Watkins, assistant coach, Kansas State University

IU East | Track & Field: Delta graduate signs with IU East

RICHMOND, Ind. – Dustin Reynolds, a recent Delta High School (Ind.) graduate, has signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at Indiana University East starting with the 2016-17 school year.

Red Wolves coach David Sanders announced the signing July 7.

Reynolds was Delta’s track and field team MVP in 2016. He also received the program’s mental attitude award in 2013 and 2015. He was part of Delta’s conference champion and regional qualifier 4×400 meter relay this past spring.

“Dustin is going to come in and work hard. That’s one thing I will never have to question about him,” Sanders said. “I look for him to bring that workhorse mentality and for it to become contagious to everyone on the team.”

Reynolds is the son of Bruce and Melissa Reynolds. He plans to major in accounting.

He wrote that he chose IU East for “personal relationships with the professors and a great degree for a fraction of the price.”

Reynolds joins Nick Gilmore of Anderson, Ben Willey of Knightstown, Tony Murphy of Floyd Central, Salvador Campos of West Noble and Hayden Jarvis of Delta in IU East’s 2015-16 men’s cross country and track and field recruiting class.

IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolf cross country and track and field programs have been represented at the NAIA national meet six times in eight years of NAIA competition.

IU East | Vasha Davis earns KIAC Champion of Character award

FLORENCE, Ky. – Indiana University East senior men’s basketball player Vasha Davis is the 2015-16 male recipient of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bill Melton Champion of Character Award, the league announced June 28.

Davis is a native of Hammond, Ind., who led the Red Wolves to an outstanding season both on and off the court. Davis led IU East to the NAIA Division II national semifinals as a top player and also provided a great example with his community service.

The KIAC’s Bill Melton Champion of Character Award is named after the former KIAC commissioner and is modeled after the NAIA’s Dr. Leroy Walker Award. The honor promotes and recognizes the core values of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program – respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. Nominations are made by KIAC member athletic departments. Voting is conducted by the KIAC awards committee, made up of athletic directors, coaches and sports information directors around the conference. One male and one female recipient of the Bill Melton Champion of Character Award is selected each year.

“I’m truly grateful to be the recipient, and it’s a testament to going beyond being an athlete,” Davis said. “I’ve learned it is important to incorporate character into your team because it helps shape the values the team shares. It molds the team together and keeps everyone engaged on the task at hand.”

On the court, Davis averaged 12.5 points per game as a KIAC all-conference performer for the Red Wolves. IU East’s season was highlighted by a run to the Fab Four of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. Davis played a key role and earned the national tournament “Hustle Award.”

Davis, the IU East team and head coach Mark Hester were also bestowed with the 2015-16 Buffalo Funds-Five Star Champions of Character Team Award for NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball, which is the equivalent of winning the national championship for Champions of Character efforts.

“During his four years at IU East, Vasha has grown more as a person than anyone I have ever coached in my 16-year career,” Hester said. “His commitment was to becoming the best person he could be by following the NAIA’s five core values, and also sharing those values and being a living example of each one.”

Davis was selected as one of nine IU East students to be a guest speaker at the annual Spirit of Philanthropy luncheon. He also participated in the IU Bicentennial campaign as a representative of the school. He was also an Admissions Ambassador at the school, a member of the Student Activity Advisory Team and a volunteer at Twin Valley South Elementary School.

Academically, Davis appeared on the Dean’s List multiple times during his IU East career.