Athletics Accepting Nominations for 2015 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The next induction ceremony will take place in January or February of 2015. The deadline to submit for the Class of 2015 is Oct. 15, 2014.

To be considered for the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame a student-athlete must have

  1. participated in intercollegiate athletics for UMBC for no less than two years;
  2. received a bachelor’s degree from UMBC, UMAB or UMUC prior to induction;
  3. represented the highest level of excellence when performing as a student-athlete at UMBC;
  4. and must be inducted no less than five years after completing his or her eligibility at UMBC.

*For any student-athletes that have competed in NCAA Division I conference competition (1990-), they must have earned at least one First-Team All-Conference or multiple Second-Team All Conference honors.

To be selected as a coach or administrator, the candidate must have represented the highest level of excellence when performing his or her duties as an intercollegiate coach or administrator.

Click here to nominate someone.

Student-Athletes Receive Training to Support Healthy Relationships

On Thursday, September 12, Janet Judge, president of Sports Law Associates, addressed hundreds of UMBC student-athletes on the perils of hazing. This training program offered an opportunity for students to closely examine how to build healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives.

The event was funded by a Verizon Wireless program that supports campus-wide education about relationship violence prevention and creating a healthy, supportive community.

UMBC Stadium Receives New Turf Surface

UMBC Athletics is currently installing a new turf surface at UMBC Stadium, with the project scheduled for completion in early August.

King Sports Construction is the contractor for the project, which will utilize Field Turf Revolution system. Coupled with FieldTurf’s patented heavy three-layer infill system and state-of-the-art SureLock coating method, the FieldTurf Revolution turf system has been designed to be the very best synthetic turf system with unparalleled player safety and turf drainage rates.

The surface will feature in-laid lines for lacrosse and the Retriever logo in the center of the field, while soccer lines will be painted on the surface. Retriever Soccer Park, which features a Bermuda grass surface, serves as the soccer program’s primary field, but the UMBC Stadium field may be used in poor weather conditions.

Moreover, King Sports will also install a new backstop netting system at UMBC Stadium.

The upgrade replaces Sportexe’s Momentum 51 synthetic turf, which was set up in the spring of 2005.

Phil Saunders Makes Professional Soccer Debut In Iceland

Former UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed a contract with BÍ Bolungarvík of the Icelandic First Division. The former 2012 America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player made professional debut on July 19 and earned the victory in the team’s 6-4 victory over Tindastóll.

BÍ Bolungarvík stands at 4 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws with 10 games remaining in the league season, which concludes in mid-September.

Saunders is the lone American player on the squad. He joins Pete Caringi III (Oklahoma City Energy FC) and Kadeem Dacres (Arizona United FC) as three of UMBC’s four seniors from the 2013 America East title squad in the professional ranks.

“I am extremely happy for Phil and our UMBC soccer family,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “He has worked very hard for this moment and I can’t think of a more deserving player to represent UMBC. He will have left a soccer legacy along with fellow seniors Pete Caringi lll, Kadeem Dacres and Travis Dennis that will always be remembered for years to come.”

In 2013, Saunders was selected to America East Second Team and All-Championship Team for second consecutive season. He moved into second place on UMBC’s all-time shutouts list with 24, just one behind UMBC Hall of Famer Brian Rowland (’02).

Saunders finished second in the America East Conference and 19th in the country with a 0.70 goals against average. His career goals-against-average was 0.97 and the final record was 44-14-10 (.721).

Luke Ford Named Director of Men’s Basketball Operations

Luke Ford has been named Director of Basketball Operations for the UMBC men’s basketball program, head coach Aki Thomas announced in July, 2014.

The Charlottesville, Va. native graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree of Arts in foreign affairs along with coursework related to basketball analytics, statistical analysis, psychology in sports and exercise, and management accounting.

During his four years at Virginia, Ford was the head manager for the men’s basketball team, which was named as a number one seed in the most recent NCAA Championships.

The newest member of the Retriever staff has also developed advanced metrics designed to improve player chemistry, shooting mechanics, and defensive strategy.

Ford also played four seasons of basketball at Albemarle (Va.) High School and served as co-captain during his senior season. He received the Patriot Award for his exemplary team leadership.

UMBC Welcomes Kala Andrews as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance

The UMBC department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation is pleased to announce the appointment of Kala Andrews as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, effective July 1, 2014.

The position reports directly to the Athletics Director and is responsible to uphold UMBC’s dedication to excellence through monitoring, verifying and coordinating rules compliance with all NCAA, America East and university regulations and policies. At its core is the principle of university control and shared responsibility.

Since September of 2012, Andrews served as Associate Director of Compliance at the University of South Carolina. In that capacity, she was responsible for overseeing initial, transfer, and continuing eligibility for all 20 varsity sports. She also served as the athletics department liaison to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and University Housing, assisting with the admissions process for prospective student-athletes and all student-athlete housing assignments and issues.

Prior to her stint in Columbia, Andrews held the position of Assistant Director of Compliance at Ohio State University from January 2010 through September 2012.

A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Andrews received her undergraduate degree in 2007 from Miami University (Ohio), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. She later received her Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School in 2010.

Six UMBC Graduates Among Inaugural America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes

Six UMBC student-athletes were among the 48 America East student-athletes named to the conference’s inaugural Presidential Scholar-Athlete class for their outstanding academic achievements throughout their collegiate careers. Approved by the America East Board of Presidents last June and implemented for 2013-14 academic year, the Presidential Scholar-Athlete award recognizes graduating student-athletes who compiled a cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher as an undergraduate student.

The Retriever honorees were tennis’ Kim Berghaus, swimming and diving’s Patty Hallberg, volleyball’s Robbin Lee, men’s soccer’s Corbin McCarron, cross country/track athlete Kirsten McGovern and baseball’s Luke Seppi.

In addition to registering a 3.75 GPA for their college career, honored student-athletes must have received their undergraduate degree in the academic year they are honored and have attended their institution for a minimum of two years. All six Retriever student-athletes graduated Magna Cum Laude.