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Obama Confirmed To Attend Towson Hoops Game Saturday

Posted on 25 November 2011 by WNST Staff

The President of the United States To Attend Towson Men’s Basketball Game

TOWSON, Md. – President of the United States Barack Obama and the First Family will be in attendance at the Towson men’s basketball game against Oregon State Saturday afternoon at the Towson Center.

A capacity crowd is expected for the game, which is slated to tip at 2 p.m. To accommodate expected delays entering the Towson Center, the TU Athletics Ticket office, will call windows and gates will open at noon. All fans must be in the arena by 1:45 p.m.

Fans Encouraged to Arrive at Towson Center Early for Oregon State Basketball Game Nov. 26

Gates Open at Noon to Ease Access to Arena for 2011-12 Home Opener

TOWSON, Md. – A capacity crowd is expected for Towson University’s men’s basketball 2011-12 home opener vs. PAC-12 opponent Oregon State University.  Tip-off is set for Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m.

To accommodate expected delays entering the Towson Center, the TU Athletics Ticket office, will call windows and gates will open at noon.  All fans are encouraged to arrive early to the Towson Center, giving themselves at least an additional 45-60 minutes to park and enter the arena in time for the game.

Fans that do not yet have tickets can call 1-855-TU-TIGER or go online at www.TowsonTigers.com to purchase their tickets until capacity is reached.

Patrons with reserved season parking passes may park in Lot 21 adjacent to the Towson Center.  Overflow parking can be found in lots 13 & 14 located adjacent to Unitas Stadium on the North Side of the venue.

At halftime the 2011 CAA Championship Towson Football team will be recognized along with a presentation of the CAA Championship Trophy.

 

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Towson Opens Home Slate Saturday Against Oregon State

Posted on 25 November 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – After starting the season with four games away from home, the Tigers are set to open up their home slate Saturday against Pac-12 foe Oregon State on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. The game can be seen nationally on ESPN3.

Scott Garceau will handle play-by-play duties for ESPN3 while Towson coaching legend Vince Angotti will provide the color commentary. 

Under first-year head coach Pat Skerry, Towson has played the 15th toughest non-conference schedule in the country thus far, facing off against No. 13 Kansas, No. 17 Michigan, Belmont and UNC Greensboro. Including Oregon State, the Tigers have opened the season against four squads ranked in the top 100 of the RPI in just five games played.

Oregon State enters the weekend 4-1 after dropping a hard-fought battle to No. 18 Vanderbilt, 64-62, in the championship game of the TicketCity Legends Classic in New Jersey.

The Beavers are led by Jared Cunningham‘s 22.6 points per game. Sophomore forward Devon Collier registered a game-high 19 points in their loss to the Commodores Monday.

The Tigers are paced by Robert Nwankwo’s 13.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest. The senior forward is coming off a season-high 17 point performance against UNC Greensboro and he’s recorded a pair of double-doubles this season, both coming against nationally-ranked opponents.

Towson has won five straight home openers.

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Trips to Kansas, Michigan and Visit from Oregon State Highlight Towson Hoops Schedule

Posted on 13 September 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON RELEASES 2011-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Tigers to Face Six NCAA Tournament Teams

TOWSON, Md. – Contests against six teams that reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament highlight the 2011-12 Towson University men’s basketball schedule, it has been announced by Pat Skerry, the Tigers’ first-year coach.

The Tigers will open the 2011-12 season by participating in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. After opening the season at the University of Kansas on Nov. 11, the Tigers will travel to the University of Michigan for a Nov. 14 game against the Wolverines. The Jayhawks advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Southwest Region final last year while Michigan reached the NCAA Tournament third round.

Towson will continue play at the EA Sports Maui Invitational by facing Belmont, a team that played in the NCAA Tournament second round last year, on Nov. 19. The Tigers will play either UNC Greensboro or Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 20.

The Tigers open their home schedule against Oregon State on Nov. 26. That is the start of a stretch of four of five home games. After a visit to the University of Massachusetts on Nov. 30, the Tigers open their Colonial Athletic Association schedule at home against George Mason on Dec. 3, the first of two meetings against the Patriots. The two teams will also face each other at the Patriot Center on Jan. 21.

The Tigers resume their non-conference schedule by hosting La Salle on Dec. 7 and UMBC on Dec. 10 before visiting Coppin State on Dec. 14. They will finish the month of December with games against Manhattan College (Dec. 20), the University of Vermont (Dec. 23) and the University of Virginia (Dec. 30).

“As you can see, we are playing a national schedule against several of the nation’s top programs,” Skerry said. “The players want to play against the best competition much like they have during their entire basketball careers. We look forward to using these games and experiences to prepare us for a very tough CAA.”

The Tigers resume their CAA schedule on Jan. 2 by hosting Northeastern at the Towson Center in the first of two meetings between the two teams. Towson will also play Delaware, Drexel, James Madison, CAA champion Old Dominion and Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth in a home-and-home series during the 2011-12 season while facing the other four CAA teams once.

In addition, the Tigers will play in an ESPN BracketBusters game on the weekend of Feb. 17-19 against an opponent to be determined.

The CAA Championship will be played Mar. 2-5 at the Richmond Coliseum with the CAA winner receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Note: Schedule follows on next page

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2011-12 Towson University Men’s Basketball Schedule

November
11 at Kansas ^ Lawrence, Kan. 7 p.m.
14 at Michigan ^ Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
19 vs. Belmont ^ Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
20 vs. UNC Greensboro/Middle Tenn. St. Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
26 OREGON STATE Towson Center TBA
30 at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass. TBA

December
3 GEORGE MASON * Towson Center TBA
7 LA SALLE  Towson Center 7 p.m.
10 UMBC Towson Center 7 p.m.

14 at Coppin State Baltimore, Md. 7:30 p.m.
20 MANHATTAN COLLEGE Towson Center 7 p.m.
23 VERMONT Towson Center 7 p.m.
30 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 7 p.m.

January
2 NORTHEASTERN * Towson Center TBA
4 at Drexel * Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
7 at Old Dominion * Norfolk, Va. TBA
11 WILLIAM & MARY * Towson Center TBA
14 at Georgia State * Atlanta, Ga. TBA
18 OLD DOMINION * Towson Center TBA
21 at George Mason * Fairfax, Va. TBA
23 at Delaware * Newark, Del. TBA
25 VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH * Towson Center TBA
28 UNC WILMINGTON * Towson Center TBA

February
1 at Hofstra * Hempstead, N.Y. TBA
4 DREXEL * Towson Center TBA
8 at Virginia Commonwealth * Richmond, Va. TBA
11 JAMES MADISON * Towson Center TBA
17-19 at ESPN BracketBusters vs. TBA TBA TBA
22 DELAWARE * Towson Center TBA
25 at James Madison * Harrisonburg, Va. TBA

March
2-5 at CAA Tournament Richmond, Va. TBA

Home games listed in BOLD
* – Colonial Athletic Association game
^ – EA Sports Maui Invitational

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Maryland, Towson Make Athletic Department Changes

Posted on 14 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official releases, courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

PINE HIRED AS TERPS’ CHIEF OF STAFF

Comes to Maryland from University of California

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Nathan Pine has been hired as a senior associate athletics director and chief of staff at the University of Maryland, athletics director Kevin Anderson announced Thursday.

Pine comes to Maryland after nearly three years as an assistant A.D. for development and major gifts at the University of California. He also served for more than three years at the U.S. Military Academy and for five years at Oregon State.

“I am honored to join the Terrapin family and I would like to thank Kevin Anderson for this wonderful opportunity to serve the University of Maryland,” said Pine. “I am excited for the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to bringing my experiences to this position to help to make Maryland Athletics the very best it can be.”

At Maryland, he will be responsible for implementing the department’s strategic plan on both a long-term and short-term view. He will work with the staff on developing strategies to improve performance evaluations for coaches and programs, as well as administrative units.

Pine will also assist in developing fund-raising strategies to assist Maryland’s long-term goals in revenue generation and facilities enhancement.

“Nate Pine is one of the bright stars in college athletics,” said Anderson. “He brings energy and an array of experience to the University of Maryland department of athletics.”

Anderson and Pine worked together from March 2005 to Sept. 2008 at Army. As the associate A.D. for business development and strategic planning, Pine was responsible for development, administration and implementation of all business initiatives for Army Athletics. He assisted in working on a contract extension with CBS for Army-Navy football games from 2010 to 2018.

He also held the position of Associate A.D. for External Operations at Army. He helped the athletics department improve fund-raising, facilities and ticket sales. He led the fund-raising effort to secure a single $15 million gift for an indoor practice facility at the academy.

At California, Pine was directly responsible for leading a $500 million capital campaign for athletics. He also was responsible for implementing and marketing Cal’s Endowment Seating Program, a $325 million initiative to renovate and seismically upgrade California Memorial Stadium.

He began his athletics administration career in 2000 at his alma mater, Oregon State. He began as an assistant director of facilities and event management, then moved quickly into the Beavers’ development operation. As a regional director, he assisted with planning, solicitation and stewardship of donors in capital campaigns, annual funds and major gifts.

A native of Eagle Point, Oregon, Pine earned a bachelor’s in business administration with degrees in marketing and international business from Oregon State in 2000. He earned a masters in education from Cal in 2010.

Pine and his wife, Stephanie, are living in College Park.

MIKE HOLLIS NAMED ASSISTANT AD FOR FAN DEVELOPMENT

Madison Square Garden salesman returns to his alma mater

TOWSON, Md. – Director of Athletics Mike Waddell filled the position of Assistant Athletics Director for Fan Development with one of Towson University’s own, hiring Mike Hollis from Madison Square Garden where he spent the last three seasons between New York Knicks (NBA) marketing and arena ticket sales for the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA) and the Knicks.

Hollis will oversee Towson’s strategic marketing and ticket sales plans with emphasis on increasing the TU brand throughout the greater Baltimore area through community outreach programs, group and individual ticket sales, season ticket sales and advertising.

“It’s a pleasure to bring back an alum, especially one with Mike’s experience and enthusiasm,” said Waddell. “His trail has taken him into one of the most competitive media markets in the country, New York City, where he consistently produced as both a marketer and a ticket account representative. He’ll give us the same punch here and we know he’ll make a difference for us.”

Since graduating Magna Cum Laude from Towson in 2009 with a degree in Sports Management, Hollis has been padding his work experience list with several positions in the professional arena.

As an undergraduate, Hollis was active in the university’s Sports Business Association, serving on its board and as treasurer. In 2006, he was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and in 2008 he was accepted into the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Hollis is leaving a position as an inside sales representative with Madison Square Garden where he generated over $1.4 million in revenue for the arena’s three pro franchises and outside events. He was a major contributor to the No. 1 revenue generating sales team for the 2009-10 NBA season.

During his time at Towson where he spent three seasons as a basketball manager for the Tigers, Hollis served internships with the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Jackals, a minor league baseball team out of Little Falls, N.J.

TRANSACTION: Towson University names Mike Hollis Assistant Athletic Director for Fan Development

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