UMBC Men’s Soccer Squad Receives NSCAA Academic Honor

15870094955_8999c112ed_zUMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner earned the inaugural America East Conference Elite 18 Award, honoring student-athletes who exemplify excellence both in their sport and in the classroom. The awards were presented at the conclusion of the league’s six fall championships

The Elite 18 Award Program was established by the conference in June 2013 for implementation in the 2014-15 academic year to honor the highest achievement in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each America East sponsored sport.

Heavner maintains a perfect 4.00 GPA while majoring in financial economics. He took over the starting position mid-season and has posted a record of 10-1-2, leading the Retrievers to the third round of the NCAA Championships. Heavner is currently eighth in the nation in save percentage (84.3%) and 11 th in goals against average (0.59).

Moreover, both the UMBC men’s and women’s soccer teams earned NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year.

Across the nation and throughout all divisions, a total of 861 soccer teams (279 men, 582 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the distinction. Of that total, 188 schools had both their men’s and women’s programs recognized, including both Pete Caringii’s and Leslie Wray’s squads.

The men posted a grade-point average of 3.08, while the women recorded a mark of 3.46.

UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame Welcomes Seven New Inductees

Seven former UMBC student-athletes will be inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. A dinner and subsequent ceremony will take place at the Westin BWI Airport Hotel, beginning at 6 p.m.

Six student-athletes were recently selected by the committee and a seventh, lacrosse standout Brendan Mundorf, ’06, will join that group this winter. Mundorf was tabbed in 2012, but professional lacrosse obligations precluded him from attending the prior inductions.

In addition to Mundorf, the class of 2015 includes Melanie Denischuk, ’07, softball, Marcus Gross, ’06, men’s soccer, Andrew Hampson, ’00, men’s lacrosse, Izudin Mehmedovic, ’07, cross country/track & field, Lindsey Prather, ’05, swimming & diving and Darryl Proctor, ’10, men’s basketball.

Full bios on the inductees are available on www.umbcretrievers.com, along with bios of all of UMBC Athletics Hall of Famers.

Ticket information for the induction ceremony will be made public later this month.

Tim Hall, Athletic Director, Serves As Featured Panelist at the 2014 NACWAA Convention

Director of Athletics Tim Hall was a featured panelist of NCAA Division I athletic directors at the 2014 NACWAA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Alabama A&M Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Renae Myles led an all-star panel of Division I athletic National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, which was founded in 1979 as the premier leadership organization dedicated to empowering, developing and advancing the success of women throughout the profession.

Dr. Myles moderated an engaging session titled: “Why Women Leaders are Critical to Department Success.” She led the Sunday conversation with Tim Hall, Whit Babcock, athletic director at Virginia Tech; Indiana University Vice President and Athletic Director at Indiana University Fred Glass.

“Whit, Fred, and Tim are known for being proponents of positioning women in non-traditional roles within athletics. So, they were the perfect industry experts and leaders to headline this panel,” said Dr. Myles.

Head Swimming and Diving Coach Chad Cradock Earns 200th Career Victory

Head Swimming and Diving Coach Chad Cradock earned his 200th career win at the CCSA North Invitational this past weekend. Cradock swept the competition, earning wins over Gardner-Webb, NJIT, and VMI to accomplish the feat.

“It is a pleasure for a milestone like this to occur at home,” Cradock said about winning number 200. “I want to thank all the coaches who have been a part of this over the years, including Chris Gibeau who has been here with me for most of it,” he added. “I am proud to work with talented athletes both in the past and the present for their spirit of hard work and upholding UMBC tradition.”

Cradock has amassed a record of 200-66-1 over his 13 plus year career at UMBC. He has a total men’s record of 105-23-1, while holding a 95-43 mark with the women.

The Retrievers will close out the month of October with a dual meet at George Washington on Saturday, October 25. The meet with the Colonials is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

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.