IU KOKOMO NAMES DAVID HANCOCK AS FIRST GOLF COACH, WILL LAUNCH NEW PROGRAM

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IU Kokomo Athletic Director Brandon Podgorski welcomes new Cougar men’s and women’s golf coach David Hancock. (Photo by Dean Hockney)

KOKOMO, Ind. - Indiana University Kokomo selects Dr. David Hancock to lead its men’s and women’s golf teams in their inaugural season.

Hancock, 33, is also an assistant professor of allied health sciences and researcher in sports psychology, talent development, and skill acquisition.

“Golf is one of the most mentally challenging sports, and I bring some unique skills that can help build a solid golf team,” Hancock said. “This is an opportunity for student athletes to continue playing in college, but from an approach that engages and embraces the mental aspect of the sport. I think these principles of sports psychology and talent development will set our program apart from our competitors.”

Athletic Director Brandon Podgorski said he and Dr. Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, were both impressed by Hancock’s experience, and his academic goals for the golf teams, which will begin play during the 2015-2016 school year.

“His experience in sports psychology brings a unique skill set that I feel will give our golfers a mental edge over their opponents,” he said. “It’s exciting to have someone with his background leading our teams. I’m very happy to have Dr. Hancock join the Cougar athletic family.”

With golf, IU Kokomo will add its first spring sport. Cougar athletics currently includes men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball during the fall season, and men’s and women’s basketball during the winter. Golf teams play in the fall and spring.

Hancock anticipates beginning to recruit athletes in the near future, with the hope of having the nucleus of a team by summer. Its home course will be the Wildcat Creek Golf Course, and the Kokomo Country Club and American Legion courses have also agreed to partner with the teams, to give them experience on a variety of courses. The Cougars are part of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“This is a great time to join IU Kokomo,” Hancock said. “It is a small, yet energetic and growing campus, with new degree programs, athletic teams, intramural sports, and student clubs.”

Athletes interested in playing for the Cougar golf teams may contact Podgorski at 765-455-9463 or bpodgors@iuk.edu, or go to iuk.cougars.com to fill out a recruiting form.

Courtesy of Indiana University Kokomo

 

 

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HISTORIC WIN FOR THE IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Indiana University Kokomo Cougars

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – When sports teams have successful seasons, they can usually look back to a defining moment. Last season, the Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team defeated Point Park University 3-2 for the programs first-ever win over a ranked opponent, and in the process improve to 5-0 in its record-breaking season. This year, the squads defining moment may have come in a straight-set, dominating victory over IU East to earn its fifth win in six matches after starting the season 0-5.

The 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 victory was so defining, it was actually historic: it marked the first time the Red Wolves of IU East had ever lost to an IU regional campus team. It also snapped a five-year streak of IU East winning its first Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game of the season.

“IU East has never lost to an IU regional campus before until tonight,” said an excited IUK head coach Heather Hayes. “Never! And we are the youngest program of all of the regional campuses. I think this is a great day for the IUK volleyball program.”

While many would consider this an upset win, IU East (3-7) is having a down year despite an earlier season win over the Cougars.

“I don’t think we thought of it an upset,” said Hayes. “When we played them earlier in the year, we had 38 unforced errors with 27 of them hitting errors.”

What a difference a couple of weeks makes. After a straight-set loss to IU East on Aug. 23, the Cougars played like the better team in the second meeting of 2014.

“We moved our offense around beautifully today,” said Hayes, whose Cougars trailed for only two points all night. “We played smart and had minimal unforced errors.”

Playing in front of a packed Cougar Gym on Military and First Responders Appreciation Night – which happened to fall on Patriot Day – IU Kokomo found itself down 3-2. But an error by IUE followed by back-to-back kills from Keeana Walton (Peru, Ind./Maconaquah) and Lexi Brickner (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) put the Cougars up 6-3. By the time Lindi Thomas (Parker City, Ind./Wapahani) scorched the Red Wolves defense with a pair of kills, the Cougars were up by eight points and cruising to the first set win.

The second set was much like the first. IUK trailed 1-0, but then dominated for the easy nine-point win. The third set turned into a thriller with seven ties and a down-to-the-wire finish. Tied at 12, Kokomo looked to be slowly pulling away at 14-12, 16-14 and 18-14. A service ace by the Red Hawks cut the lead to 20-19. Casey Colgate (Indianapolis/Lutheran) blasted one over the net to give the Cougars a 23-19 lead, which was short-lived as the Hawks closed the gap once again, cutting the lead to 23-22 on a Kokomo error. Following a Cougars time out, Walton scored on a kill and Natalie Heaton (Muncie, Ind./Wes-Del) closed the door with an ace to give the Cougars its first KIAC win of 2014.

“When we play aggressive on the serving end and make good decisions with the ball, we are capable of doing good things,” said Hayes. “We put together a complete match.”

Micayla Speidel (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East) and Thomas led Kokomo with nine kills each, Elyse Younger (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) had seven kills and Brickner finished with six. Cortney Hanson (Logansport, Ind./Pioneer) had 21 sets with Colgate adding 15. Lael Larrick (Denver, Ind./North Miami) led the squad with 14 digs on a night when Kokomo had just five errors.

Several military veterans and first responders were on hand to be honored as heroes by the Cougar Gym crowd. Following the game, they posed for pictures with the victorious team.

“I think it is a nice event to do and it was really special to do it on Sept. 11,” said Hayes. “We really appreciate what our men and women in the military do for us. We sometimes take for granted what they are doing so this is a nice way to say thanks and to remember they risk their lives for us.”

IU Kokomo (5-6, 1-0) returns to Cougar Gym on Sept. 13 for a tri-match against Asbury University and Calumet College of St. Joseph. The Cougars play Asbury at 1 p.m., Asbury and Calumet battle at 3 p.m., and IUK returns to the floor at 5 p.m. to host Calumet.

“I am excited because we get to play two very good teams,” said Hayes. “Asbury won the conference last year (Sept. 13 is a non-conference game), so I think it is good to see how we measure up to them early in the season.”

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VASQUEZ, SPROUSE EARN CONFERENCE HONORS FOR INDIANA UNIVERSITY KOKOMO

Indiana University Kokomo Cougars

The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is proud to announce Player of the Week honors for September 1st – September 7th in Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Volleyball

Javier Vasquez, Indiana University Kokomo – Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

Senior – Frankfort, IN

Indiana University Kokomo senior Javier Vasquez was named the KIAC men’s cross country runner of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, September 8th. IU Kokomo competed in the Crimson Wave Invitational on September 6th in Hammond, IN. Vasquez finished 8th out of 60 runners in the 4 mile event with a time of 20:45. The Cougars will return to action on September 19th at the Indiana Intercollegiate event in West Lafayette, IN.

Karly Sprouse, Indiana University Kokomo – Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

Freshman – Kokomo, IN

Indiana University Kokomo freshman Karly Sprouse was named the KIAC women’s cross country runner of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, September 8th. IU Kokomo competed in the Crimson Wave Invitational on September 6th in Hammond, IN. Sprouse finished 5th out of 44 runners in the 5K with a time of 21:47. Her time is the third fastest in the history of the women’s cross country program. The Cougars will return to action on September 19th at the Indiana Intercollegiate event in West Lafayette, IN.

Tabea Dalliard, Point Park University – Volleyball Player of the Week

5-6 Freshman – Morel-Filet, Switzerland

Point Park University freshman Tabea Dalliard was named the KIAC volleyball player of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, September 8th. Point Park finished the week 4-0 after defeating Carlow University (3-0), IU Southeast (3-0), Lawrence Technological University (3-0) and Cincinnati Christian University (3-0). Point Park libero Dalliard tallied 44 digs in four matches. She passed a .982 receiving percentage for the week. The Pioneers are currently 6-6 overall and 3-0 in conference play. They will return to action on September 9th when they host Edinboro University.

Meredith Ury, Asbury University – Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

5-8 Senior – Elizabeth City, NC 

Asbury University senior Meredith Ury was named the KIAC women’s soccer offensive player of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, September 8th. Asbury won their only contest last week, defeating Shawnee State 3-2. Ury scored a pair of goals including the game-winner against Shawnee State. The senior forward has four goals in two games this season. The Eagles are currently 2-0. They will return to action on September 9th when they host St. Catharine’s.

Kendra Steepe, Cincinnati Christian University – Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

5-8 Freshman – Marysville, OH

Cincinnati Christian University freshman Kendra Steepe was named the KIAC women’s soccer defensive player of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, September 8th. Steepe averaged 11.33 saves in three games last week. The freshman goalkeeper recorded 9 saves against Mount Vernon Nazarene University and St. Catharine’s. She also tallied 16 saves against the College of Mount St. Joseph. The Eagles finished 0-3 last week. They are currently 0-3-1 on the season and will return to action on September 10th when they host Berea College.

Garrett Davis, Asbury University – Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

5-10 Senior – Versailles, KY

Asbury University senior Garrett Davis was named the KIAC men’s soccer offensive player of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, September 8th. This is his second offensive player of the week award of the season. Asbury finished the week 1-1. Garrett scored a goal in a 2-1 loss to Union College and scored a goal in a 3-1 win against Shawnee State. The senior forward now has four goals in three games this season. The Eagles are currently 2-1 overall and will return to action on September 9th when they travel to St. Catharine’s.

Naruemon Wiriyachon, Brescia University – Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

Freshman – Dunkirk, MD

Brescia University freshman Naruemon Wiriyachon was named the KIAC women’s tennis player of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, September 8th. Brescia opened their season at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Invitational September 5th and 6th. Wiriyachon claimed first place in the B flight singles. She recorded a 6-2, 6-3 win against Webster University. She also had a 6-4, 6-3 win against teammate Tarsilla Duck and a 6-3, 6-2 win against Principia College. The Bearcats will return to action on September 12th when they host Cedarville University.

Courtesy of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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