UMBC Basketball Teams Make Trip to Higher Achievement Center at Lakeland Elementary-Middle School

The UMBC men’s and women’s basketball teams joined forces to put their knowledge and skills to great use on Friday, July 10, by visiting the Higher Achievement Center at Lakeland Elementary-Middle School in Baltimore to participate in the Friday Center Fun Day.

Higher Achievement implements a rigorous year-round learning environment through afterschool and summer academic programming to close the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities.

UMBC Women’s Swimming and Diving Earns CSCAA Scholar All-America Status

Umbc_retriev_logoUMBC women’s swimming and diving was one of 406 schools across the country to earn CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) Scholar All-America status. The Retrievers finished the year as America East Champions, after coming from behind on the final day to win.

Head Coach Chad Cradock’s squad UMBC finished the spring semester with a 3.45 grade point average to earn the distinction. The honor is bestowed to schools that finish the spring semester as a team with a 3.00 GPA or better.

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has designated a record 406 collegiate swimming and diving programs as Scholar All-America Teams. The recognition comes as a result of the programs’ classroom performance in the past semester. It is the first time in the program’s 30+ year history of the program that more than 600 men’s and women’s teams, representing 406 institutions, received the designation.

Four Retrievers Earn CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors

Umbc_retriev_logoThree UMBC swimmers and one diver earned CSCAA Scholar All-American status, as announced by the CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) on Wednesday. Rising seniors Coco Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), as well as rising junior Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius Gymnasium) and rising sophomore Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia/Zrenjaninska Gimnazija) earned the honor for their work in the pool and in the classroom.

The quartet was chosen because of their excellence in the pool and in the classroom. Student-athletes were chosen by having a 3.50 grade point average, and participating in their respective NCAA swimming or diving championships, or having a “B” time standard for those meets.

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected a record 810 swimmers and divers to its Scholar All-America team, highlighted by CSCAA Swimmers-of-the-Year Missy Franklin and Ryan Murphy from California, Sarah Thompson (Williams) and Andrew Wilson (Emory).

An additional 1,078 swimmers and divers were recognized as Honorable-Mention selections Student athletes were designated based on their performance in the classroom and the pool. In total 284, institutions placed at least one swimmer or diver on the either the first team or Honorable Mention lists.

Jaan Kononov ’16, Men’s Tennis, Ranked No. 7 in Final ITA Atlantic Rankings

Seven is a lucky number for the UMBC men’s tennis program.

Umbc_retriev_logoIn the final 2016 ITA rankings, the Retrievers were ranked No. 7 in the brutally tough Atlantic region. Moreover, rising senior Jaan Kononov (Estonia/Armstrong State) earned the No. 7 ranking of the top 20 players in the region and was ranked 110th in the nation.

Kononov’s final year ranking is the highest ever for a UMBC tennis player. UMBC Hall of Famer Josef Novotny ended the 2004 season slotted at No. 8 in the Northeast region

UMBC posted a 12-6 record in 2015, which included road victories over No. 6 VCU and No. 10 William & Mary. The Retrievers advanced to the semifinals in their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, before losing a tough 4-2 decision to No. 59 Wichita State.

Jeff Liu, UMBC Volleyball, Completes Summer with US Women’s National Team

LIU-_JeffreyUMBC volleyball assistant coach Jeffrey Liu recently completed his second summer tour with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in Anaheim, Calif. from May 19th – June 13th.

Liu contributed to research conducted by Joe Trinsey, US Women’s National Team Technical Coordinator, and helped on-court with small-group tutoring drills and set up for the Red/Blue scrimmages and two USA Volleyball Cup matches against China held in Southern California.

After recruiting for UMBC and running the UMBC Volleyball Camp, Liu will be working as an assistant coach for both the USA Volleyball High Performance Select A2 Invitational Team in Colorado Springs and Select A3 Training Program in Las Vegas.

Women’s Lacrosse Program: A Message From Pres. Hrabowski and Provost Rous

President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous share the following message with the UMBC community regarding the women’s lacrosse program:

We want to provide the campus with information about the recent matter involving our women’s lacrosse team. (Our Student Affairs colleagues and others have been managing this matter throughout spring break.)

On March 6, women’s lacrosse coaching staff learned of a troubling situation within the team. Leaders in Athletics and Student Affairs moved quickly to examine the matter, support the students affected, and ensure the safety and well-being of all involved. On March 11, five players were suspended indefinitely from the team for a violation of team rules. Efforts to resolve this complex situation continue.

On March 17, Athletics Director Tim Hall appointed Amy Slade as head coach of our women’s lacrosse program. Tony Giro, who had shared co-head coaching responsibilities with Slade, is on leave from the University. Coach Slade, a four-time all-American and national champion, is now in her third season with the Retrievers, and we are confident in her ability to move the team forward.

In matters of student well-being, our primary focus is always on attending to the needs and rights of students and upholding our community standards of safety, health, respect, and integrity. Support for students, fairness, and applicable laws often limit the details that are appropriate to share with the campus community and the public.

We want to thank everyone who has been supporting our students as we work through this challenging situation. We also want to thank our colleagues, our students and their families, alumni, and friends for all they contribute to the caring, civil, respectful environment we work to build every day at UMBC.

UMBC’s Oumar Ballo Inks Deal With MLS’ Houston Dynamo

UMBC All-American soccer standout Oumar Ballo has been signed by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.

The Dynamo selected Ballo in the second round with the 30th overall selection of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Ballo helped lead UMBC to the NCAA Tournament College Cup (Final Four) in 2014 for the first time in program history. A two-time NSCAA-All American, Ballo was named America East Conference Defender of the Year in 2014.

Ballo has appeared in two games this preseason.

The Dynamo open their tenth season on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium against Columbus Crew SC.