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Terps Blye, Francis earn ACC postgraduate scholarship honors

Posted on 21 February 2013 by WNST Staff

ACC Postgrad Scholarships Awarded to Three Terps
Blye, Francis and Schwarzmann named Weaver-James-Corrigan Award recipients

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference has selected Owen Blye (Men’s Lacrosse), A.J. Francis (Football) and Katie Schwarzmann (Women’s Lacrosse) from the University of Maryland for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award for 2013.

ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford announced on Thursday the 36 student-athletes who have been honored with the award.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarships are awarded to three student-athletes at each league institution. The awards are based on academic record, athletic versatility, interest in university and community life, and the athlete’s commitment to ideals and values in their professional lives. Recipients will receive $5,000 to contribute to their graduate education.

“This is a tremendous and very well-deserved honor for Katie, Owen and A.J.,” Kevin Anderson, University of Maryland director of athletics said. “These student-athletes are terrific leaders in the classroom and on the field and represent the very best at the University of Maryland.”

“The ACC Postgraduate Scholarship is an extremely prestigious award with a long history and we are very excited that Katie, AJ, and Owen were recently named as recipients,” said Associate Director of Athletics Chris Uchacz. “All three will be pursuing Master’s level work next year and are outstanding examples of the types of leaders the university is producing that will have an impact on the local, state and global communities. Congratulations to each of them!”

The award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan. All three are former ACC commissioners.

The recipients of this year’s award will be honored on April 17, 2013 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C.

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President Loh says Big Ten move in “strategic interest” for Maryland

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND TO JOIN THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) announced unanimous approval today for the University of Maryland to join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2014, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2014-15 academic year. The University of Maryland also looks forward to joining the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of world-class research institutions dedicated to advancing their academic missions.

“Today is a watershed moment for the University of Maryland,” said university president Wallace D. Loh.  “Membership in the Big TenConference is in the strategic interest of the University of Maryland.  It will not only ensure the financial vitality of Maryland Athletics for decades to come, but the extensive opportunities in the CIC for collaborations with our peer AAU and flagship universities in education, research, and innovation will boost the University of Maryland’s ascendancy in academic excellence.”

“The Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome the University of Maryland to the Big Ten Conference,” said COP/C Chair and University of Iowa President Sally Mason.  “The University of Maryland is one of the premier public research universities in the country and represents a natural alignment with our other member institutions.  Their top-ranked academic and athletic programs will be a tremendous addition to our conference.”

“Today is a historic day for both the University of Maryland and for Maryland Athletics,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “The Big Ten is an outstanding conference comprised of flagship research universities. Our new peers share our pursuit of both athletic and academic excellence.  We are thrilled to join the Big Ten and look forward to beginning this next chapter in Maryland Athletics starting in 2014.”

In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C.  The University of Maryland formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten Conference Monday morning. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and unanimously approved UMD’s application.

“The Big Ten Conference is excited to welcome the University of Maryland beginning with the 2014-15 academic year,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “Maryland is a tradition-rich institution with a history of academic and athletic excellence. They’re a great fit and we look forward to a great future.”

About the University of Maryland:  The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 19 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 30 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10. UMD is one of only six universities in the world with top 25 programs in Computer Science, Engineering, Economics and Business, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Social Sciences, according to the Academic Ranking of Worldwide Universities.

About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based athletic programs of the 12 Big Ten institutions sponsor 298 teams competing for championships in 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $136 million in athletic scholarship aid to nearly 10,000 men and women student-athletes, the most of any conference. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.

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I’m not as hellbent against potential Big Ten move as some of you

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I’m not as hellbent against potential Big Ten move as some of you

Posted on 17 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Drew Forrester is right.

(You better make sure you pocket that one away for the future there, Forrester.)

He wrote Saturday morning here at WNST.net that if the University of Maryland were to jump ship from the ACC to the Big Ten (or B1G if you will), the move would be made entirely based on money.

He’s right about that. Of course, as it always is with Drew-he’s not right about everything.

Drew also said such a move would “stink…plain and simple.”

I’m not buying that whatsoever. I know he isn’t either.

Maryland to the Big Ten rumors have been reheated in recent days, and it appears as though this time there’s the actual bite that has been missing during previous rounds of rumors. In fact, a detailed ESPN.com report said Saturday school President Wallace Loh and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson were directly involved in negotiations.

The single biggest reason why a move like this WOULDN’T happen would be the $50 million exit fee the ACC is charging for a member institution to leave, but there’s monetary incentive for the B1G to be willing to help there.

Should the B1G be able to lure Maryland (and Rutgers as reports have indicated the league would also like to add), they would immediately open up three top 30 markets for likely pickup of the Big Ten Network (New York, Washington and Baltimore). Adding these three markets would prove quite lucrative for a league who created the first ever 24-7 sports television network.

That fact has been deemed understandable by most fans, but what some have struggled to understand is why Maryland would want to give up money-making basketball games against the likes of Duke and North Carolina.

Perhaps Saturday’s football game should teach you a lesson.

To understand why the move would make sense for Maryland, you must first be willing to accept a simple fact. No matter how important basketball is to your program, football is the money maker at (damn near) every major Division 1 university.

Let that sink in.

Maryland needs football revenue. It’s why they’re rotating through many different Under Armour uniforms right now. They’re hoping that with actual healthy players in the near future, they might be able to win games under Randy Edsall. If they do, that will go a long way to helping the program make money. In the meantime, their most lucrative opponents at Byrd Stadium include the likes of Virginia Tech and Florida State.

And thanks to this picture posted by InsideMDSports.com Saturday, here’s what we’ve learned about the lucrative nature of a game against Florida State…

There is no guarantee that a late season game against an Ohio State or Penn State or Michigan or Wisconsin would be significantly better attended than Saturday’s game given the dreadful state of the Maryland program after losing FOUR quarterbacks. But if THIS is as good as the ACC has to offer in football, what really is there to lose by making the jump?

There absolutely WOULD be something lost in basketball with a move to the B1G. Games against Duke and North Carolina have been perhaps the most significant athletic events the school has hosted in the last decade. That said, the conference has been a watered down mess outside the two power programs, and replacing Duke and Carolina with games against Michigan State and Indiana annually (or biannually) doesn’t sound like a terrible consolation prize. Games against Ohio State Wisconsin could serve as replacements for what would have been gained from the pending additions of Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC.

But Maryland’s reason for interest in jumping ship to the Big Ten is still much more tied to football, and namely the Big Ten Network.

The thought process is quite simple. Every Big Ten football game played every year is on television.

I want you to think about that.

Every single game is on television…not ESPN3.com.

That value cannot be dismissed in making a determination for the University of Maryland. Even the early season games against the likes of James Madison or Florida International would actually air on TV in (presumably) almost every home in the area and in other Big Ten markets, which would now include the crucial recruiting areas of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Every single game would also be available for viewing parties of alumni groups in bars and restaurants in those same markets.

Does that make sense?

On top of that, every program aired 24 hours a day, seven days a week on BTN serves as very affordable advertising for the athletic department and university as a whole.

If Maryland makes the move to the B1G, it will ABSOLUTELY be all about money.

It will NOT however “stink”.

Everyone knows (including Drew) that the only thing that actually matters in college athletics is money.

That’s “plain and simple.”

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A Terps move to Big Ten would stink, plain and simple

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A Terps move to Big Ten would stink, plain and simple

Posted on 17 November 2012 by Drew Forrester

Is Maryland really going to jump from the ACC to the Big Ten?

Apparently, yes.

While it’s still not a done deal, a college athletics source told me early this morning “They’re just going over the fine print now…”, which would lead you to believe it’s on the verge of being announced.

At stake, of course, is money.  That’s the only reason Maryland would be doing this sort of thing.  It can’t be about any other reason.  It’s most certainly not being done to help increase the interest in the Terps basketball program, which would take a major hit if they leave the ACC for the Big Ten.  Maryland vs. Northwestern every year sure gets me excited, how about you?   It’s fair to note that Big Ten football is far superior to ACC football, but what good does that do Randy Edsall and Company when they’re already a bottom-feeder in the ACC?  Does the Big Ten really need another sacrificial lamb for Ohio State and Michigan and Penn State?

Some folks will point to Saturday’s woeful attendance of 32,000 in College Park to see Florida State hammer Maryland and use that as a measuring stick for how much of a draw even a good program like the Seminoles are…but the reality is the attendance in College Park is dwindling because the team isn’t any good.  They can move to the Big Ten tomorrow, but if the Terps are 2-7 in football this time next year, they’ll draw 32,000 for the home game against Michigan State, too.

This is about money.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Maryland would get a chip or two from the Big Ten TV pie, for starters, and you would think a handful of football home games a year against the powers of the Big Ten would draw more paying customers than, say, annual visits from Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Maryland athletics, needless to say, is much more than just football and basketball from a competitive standpoint.  But from the money viewpoint, those two sports are propping up all the others.  While the soccer and lacrosse programs have both become national powers over the last few years, they’re still not paying for themselves.  Golf, tennis, field hockey and all of the other non-revenue sports in College Park don’t generate enough cash to pay for the gas they use in the luxury coach to get them to Charlottesville, Virginia for an event.  At Maryland, it’s basketball and football, with soccer and women’s basketball generating some money and men’s lacrosse chipping in as well.  And that’s it.

So, on the basis of needing to make some financial sense out of sports at College Park, this move to the Big Ten is probably going to lend a helping hand to a department that has been scuffling for several years now.

And even though the Big Ten move might cure Maryland’s athletic economic woes, the switch won’t do anything cosmetically for Kevin Anderson and Company.  They’re simply taking the money.  Nothing more.  The move doesn’t add any immediate interest to Maryland sports.  The only reason Maryland hops to the Big Ten is because of the money they’ll make for doing so.

In general, the move stinks.  No more Duke basketball games.  No more Roy Williams.  Rivalry games with Virginia are gone.

Maryland is an Atlantic/Eastern seaboard school with a long history of trips to Tobacco Road and memorable encounters with the Blue Devils and Tar Heels and Wolfpack and Deamon Deacons.

Maryland is not supposed to play Iowa or Michigan State or Minnesota.

But it looks like they’re going to be doing just that if this story comes to fruition, which many are now saying it will sometime in the next few weeks.

I don’t like it all, but I’m not surprised by it, either.

College sports is all about money.

If you have a lot of it, you’re the one doing most of the winning.

If you don’t have a lot of it, you’re trying to figure out how to get more of it so you can start winning again.

Maryland’s chasing the money.

That’s better than losing, I guess.

 

 

 

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NCAA approves appeal making Wells eligible

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NCAA approves appeal making Wells eligible

Posted on 07 November 2012 by WNST Staff

NCAA DECLARES WELLS ELIGIBLE FOR COMPETITION

 

The University of Maryland athletics department on Wednesday morning announced the NCAA has approved the appeal on the waiver allowing Dez Wells to be immediately eligible for competition.

The appeal decision was provided by the NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief, which is comprised of athletics administrators from around the country, and overturned the staff decision denying the waiver.

“We’re very happy for Dez as the NCAA legislative relief process provided him with complete and fair due process,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Our staff was personally invested in the NCAA waiver and appeal process because it was in the best interest of our student-athlete. We’re pleased that Dez will be able to move forward and experience all the opportunities that come with being a student-athlete at the University of Maryland.”

“We’re excited for Dez because at the end of the day, the NCAA made the right decision,” said basketball head coach Mark Turgeon. “Our staff did an incredible job in putting this NCAA waiver appeal together on Dez’s behalf. Dez has been a welcomed addition, a great teammate, and has made a seamless transition in getting acclimated to our campus. This has been a long process for him and his family, and we’re grateful he can put it behind him and focus on being a student-athlete at the University of Maryland.”

 

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Maryland reports Graduation Success Rate improvement

Posted on 26 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The University of Maryland posted an all-time high institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 83 percent in figures released today by the National Collegiate Athletics Association. It marks the third time in the eight-year history of the metric that Maryland has been above 80 percent and the third straight year the campus set a school record. Maryland’s previous-best GSR of 82 percent came in 2011.

Maryland’s four-year Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes was 68 percent, three percent higher than the overall NCAA Division I average of 65 percent.

The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on Maryland student-athletes who comprised the four entering classes from 2002-2003 through 2005-2006. Unlike the FGR, the Graduation Success Rate does not penalize the institution for those student-athletes who transfer from Maryland in good academic standing; includes student-athletes who transfer into the institution and receive athletics aid; and also accounts for midyear enrollees.

Overall, Maryland’s GSR rate of 83 percent is three percent better than the overall NCAA Division I average of 80 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive year that Maryland has increased its overall GSR rate.

“We are committed in having our student-athletes receive an outstanding education, while earning their diplomas at the University of Maryland,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Our vision is to be the best intercollegiate athletics program while producing graduates who are prepared to serve as leaders in the local, state and global communities.”

“I am excited about what our student-athletes have accomplished in the classroom,” said Chris Uchacz, associate A.D. for academic services and career development. “The Academic Support and Career Development team will continue to work diligently to provide every opportunity for our student-athletes to experience a high level of academic success.”

In this most recent data, 19 teams at Maryland earned GSR scores at or above 80 percent. Field hockey had a 100 percent GSR score, while women’s lacrosse (96 percent), women’s soccer (94) and women’s basketball (93) all matched or improved their GSR score from the previous year. In addition, women’s basketball’s 93 GSR score was nine percent higher than the overall NCAA Division I average for their sport.

Overall, the men’s golf team achieved a 90 percent GSR, marking the highest-scoring men’s team at Maryland. Football earned a 65 percent GSR score, marking an improvement from a 59 percent GSR score in 2011. This also marks the football programs highest GSR score since 2008. Men’s basketball had a 50 percent GSR this year, which is up from 46 percent in 2011.

The GSR and FGR are separate from the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rates, which will be released in Spring 2013.

 

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Maryland, Wisconsin agree to future home and home series

Posted on 18 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Terps and Badgers to meet in 2020-21

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin have agreed to a two-year home-and-home football series.

Maryland will travel to Madison, Wis., on Sept. 12, 2020 for a game with the Badgers. Wisconsin will make the return trip to Maryland on Sept. 11, 2021 for a game inside Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“We’re excited about adding Wisconsin to the upcoming football schedule,” said Kevin Anderson, director of athletics. “These will be much anticipated games for both our future student-athletes and for our fans.”

It will be the first time in history the two schools have met in a football game.

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Maryland to honor Hill on 50th anniversary of ACC integration

Posted on 11 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland department of athletics will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American player to play at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Hill will be joined at a press availability with director of athletics Kevin Anderson and head coach Randy Edsall on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at noon at the Gossett Football Team House. In addition, Hill will be recognized during the Maryland-NC State game on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Hill transferred to Maryland in 1962 and after sitting out one year he broke the color barrier in 1963, playing against NC State in College Park. Hill was also the first African-American to play at Gonzaga High School and the Naval Academy.

Hill emerged as Maryland’s top wide receiver in 1963, finishing with 43 receptions, only three short of the school record at the time. He played with the New York Jets for a short period before returning to school and earning a master’s degree from Southern Illinois. He has started businesses in China, Russia as well as the Pacific Energy Corporation. He also returned to Maryland for a period to serve as a Maryland’s director of major gifts.

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Academic progress shown at Maryland

Posted on 11 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Terrapins Achieve Academic Success

GPAs increase across the board

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In addition to their work on the field, Maryland student-athletes worked hard in the classroom last year as the department-wide cumulative and semester GPAs were raised overall and all sports received impressive NCAA APR scores.

The student-athlete cumulative GPA increased to 2.875, up from 2.862 in the fall semester, and the semester GPA for spring 2012 was 2.881, which improved from 2.856 in the fall of 2011.

“Our student-athletes and the significant role our coaches and support staff play in assisting each of them as they work toward earning a university diploma has helped us to reach this level of success,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “Maryland student-athletes truly epitomize the term student-athlete as they prove day-in and day-out that they can be successful in both the classroom and the athletic arena.”

Forty-eight student-athletes earned perfect semester GPAs of 4.00 and 139 Terrapins earned a 3.50 or higher. In addition, 281 Maryland student-athletes received a semester GPA of 3.00 or better, 262 Terps were nominated for the ACC Honor Roll and 113 were named to their colleges’ respective Dean’s Lists.

“The fact that the departmental semester and cumulative GPA’s have increased in each of the last two semesters speaks volumes to the commitment Maryland student-athletes have made in the classroom,” said Chris Uchacz, associate athletics director of academic support and career development.

Ninety-four student-athletes graduated in in the 2011-12 academic year. University of Maryland posted an all-time institutional high Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 82 percent, marking the second straight year Maryland has set a record.

The Federal Graduation Rate was 75 percent for all students-athletes that entered Maryland in the fall of 2004, which was 10 points higher than the national average.

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Maryland hires Szefc as baseball coach

Posted on 19 July 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Kansas State associate head coach John Szefc has been hired as the new head baseball coach at the University of Maryland, director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Wednesday.

Szefc (pronounced CHEF), who is the seventh head coach in the 120-year history of the program, comes to Maryland with a proven track record as a recruiter and hitting coach. The Middletown, N.Y., native has served as recruiting coordinator at his last three stops and owns ties to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast corridors.

Szefc also brings head coaching experience, having led Marist College to four conference championships and three NCAA Regional appearances in a seven-year stint from 1996-2002.

“I’m excited about this wonderful opportunity to lead the Maryland baseball program,” said Szefc. “I’d like to thank Kevin Anderson and the search committee for their confidence in me. We have a strong core group of players already in place at Maryland and I see great things for the future of our program.”

“John has been successful in every position he’s held during his 22-year coaching career,” said Anderson. “He has proven himself as a successful head coach and a recruiter and developer of top talent. I have no doubt that John will do an outstanding job leading our baseball program.”

Szefc, who has coached 69 players that have been drafted or signed professional contracts since 1997, brings an aggressive offensive style. He helped lead Kansas State to a NCAA Regional in 2011, when the Wildcats led the Big 12 in stolen bases with 123 while placing 10th in school history with 564 hits on the year.

Szefc came to Manhattan after a two-year stint at the University of Kansas where he was the team’s hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. While in Lawrence, Szefc helped lead the Jayhawks to two Big 12 Championship appearances and a NCAA Regional berth during his first season in 2009.

With Szefc’s guidance, the Jayhawks made a 17-point improvement in overall team batting average from .287 in 2008 to .304 in 2010. In Big 12 games in 2010, Kansas hit .305, which ranked second in the conference, while it led the league in base hits (304), and finished second in runs scored (195) and walks (115) during league play.

Prior to his position at Kansas, Szefc was the head assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2003-08, running an aggressive-style Ragin’ Cajun offense that saw a dramatic 60-point jump in batting average during his first three years. Three of his team’s batting averages still rank in the top five of Louisiana history and his 2005 squad set a school record for hits and finished second in school history in runs scored and RBI. The 2002 team tied the school record with 145 stolen bases.

Szefc posted a 212-137-1 record as the skipper for Marist, leading the Red Foxes to their first baseball title as a member of the Northeast Conference in 1997. He also guided Marist to three more NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000, 2001 and 2002, including a 41-14 record during his final year at the school. The 2002 squad claimed a victory over Southwest Missouri State in the NCAA Lincoln Regional, while five of Szefc’s players on that team went on to be selected in the MLB Draft.

Szefc won multiple awards as a head coach as he was named the 1997 NEC Coach of the year, while he earned American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2001.

In his career, he has coached in 24 NCAA Regional games, coached and developed 13 All-Americans, and accumulated a 571-382 overall record as an assistant and head coach.

Before his arrival at Marist, Szefc spent one season with Sacred Heart University and four years as an assistant coach with his alma mater, Drexel, from 1990-94.

Szefc managed the New York Generals in the Atlantic College Baseball League (ACBL) during the summers of 1995 and 1996, guiding the club to a 47-28 record in two seasons, two consecutive Kaiser Division championships and the ACBL championship game in 1996.

Szefc played collegiately for two years at Connecticut before transferring in 1987 to Drexel. During his senior campaign for the Dragons, he was tabbed an All-East Coast Conference outfielder.

Szefc graduated from Drexel University with a degree in corporate communications in 1989. He also holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Temple University.

He and his wife, Barbara, have a daughter, Anna, and two sons, John Michael and Sam.

The Szefc File

Coaching history
2011-12 – associate head coach, Kansas State University
2009-10 – assistant coach/recruiting coordinator, University of Kansas
2003-08 – assistant coach/recruiting coordinator, Louisiana-Lafayette
1996-2002 – head coach, Marist College
1995 – assistant coach, Sacred Heart University
1990-94 – assistant coach, Drexel University

Playing history
1988-89 – Drexel University (All-East Coast Conference in ’89)
1986-87 – University of Connecticut

Education 
1989 – Bachelor of Science, Corporate Communications, Drexel University
1992 – Master of Physical Education, concentration in sport management, Temple University

Family
Wife, Barbara, and children: Anna, John Michael and Sam.

 

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