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Monroe out at as UMBC hoops coach

Posted on 10 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Randy Monroe has resigned as head men’s basketball coach at UMBC, effective immediately, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced today. Aki Thomas, who has served the five previous seasons on the Retriever basketball staff, has been named acting head coach for the 2012-13 campaign.

UMBC will be actively evaluating the men’s basketball program to determine its future direction.

Monroe completed eight seasons (2004-2012) as head coach at UMBC after spending the previous ten seasons as an assistant coach with the Retrievers. He led UMBC to its lone America East Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance in the 2007-08 campaign as the Retrievers finished with a school record 24 (24-9) victories.

Monroe directed the third-most games (245) of any head coach in the 45-year history of UMBC men’s basketball and finished with a career mark of 85-160.

“We appreciate all that Coach Monroe did for our basketball program and our community during his long tenure at UMBC,” Dr. Brown said. “We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”

Thomas came to UMBC in the summer of 2007 and has been a member of the Retriever coaching staff for five previous seasons. The New York, N.Y. native was also serving as the staff’s recruiting coordinator.

He had previously worked as an assistant coach at Howard University from 2004-07.

“Aki brings an excellent playing and coaching background to the position,” Dr. Brown said. “He has strong communication skills and will fit into our program in a very positive way. I am confident that he will be able to support our student-athletes during this time of transition. I am excited about this year’s men’s basketball team and feel that we can compete for the America East Conference title.”

Thomas, age 33, played professionally in Venezuela before accepting the position at Howard under then-head coach Frankie Allen.  Prior to that, Thomas was a standout for the Bison in 2000-01, when he helped lead the team to an 18-13 mark and the finals of the MEAC Tournament.  Thomas averaged almost 12 points and eight rebounds per game en route to being named to the All-MEAC second team.

Before Howard, Thomas played for three seasons at the University of Colorado. His tenure with the Buffaloes was highlighted by a selection to the All-Tournament Team of the 1998 Puerto Rico Shootout.  He was a member of a pair of CU teams which earned berths to the NIT, and he was selected to the Commissioner’s Big 12 All-Academic Team.

Thomas was a two-time league rebounding champion in the Venezuelan LPB League (2003-04) and earned the same title during a stint in the Colombian Federation Cup League (2004). He played his prep ball at New York city’s Manhattan Center, where he was selected All-City his junior and senior seasons.  He was also named Manhattan PSAL Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-America during his senior campaign.

Thomas received his degree in sociology from Howard in 2002. He married the former Gayna Lacy in 2009 and the couple welcomed a son, Lexington Luther in September of 2011. The Thomases reside in Laurel, Md.


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Satchell, Plummer named UMBC hoops co-captains

Posted on 12 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Senior Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) and junior Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) have been named co-captains of the 2012-13 UMBC men’s basketball squad, head coach Randy Monroe announced today.

“Adrian Satchell and Chase Plummer will do a phenomenal job for us as leaders on and off the court,” Monroe said. “They come from outstanding families, possess a great deal of pride and are true representatives of our university.”

A three-year letterwinner, Satchell has competed in 79 games and started 61 during his tenure.  He has averaged 5.4 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per contest in that span.  The 6’5” forward was named to the 2009-10 America East Conference All-Rookie Team, becoming just the second Retriever to earn that honor.

Plummer will reprise the captain’s role that he shared with 2012 graduate Jake Wasco last season.  A 2011-12 America East Second Team selection, Plummer finished fourth in America East in scoring (15.4), fifth in rebounding (7.5) and fifth (tied) in steals (1.4). He was the only player in America East to be ranked in the top five in scoring and rebounding in 2011-12. The 6’6” forward became just the fourth sophomore in school history to score 400 points in a season and his 446 points was one shy of a school sophomore record.

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Loyola, Coppin, Towson, Mason on UMBC hoops’ non-conference schedule

Posted on 31 July 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC will open the 2012-13 men’s basketball campaign at the University of Pennsylvania and play six non-conference home games before America East Conference competition, it was announced today by head coach Randy Monroe.

The Retrievers open the season in Philadelphia, taking on the Quakers on Friday, Nov. 9.  They open the home schedule three days later, when they host Eastern (Pa.) University on Monday, Nov. 12. Eastern is coached by former UMBC assistant coach Nate Stewart.

UMBC plays the first of six games vs. local rivals on Wednesday, Nov. 14 when they face 2012 MAAC champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier Loyola (Md.) at Reitz Arena.  The Retrievers host Towson (Dec. 1), American (Dec. 6) and Coppin State (Dec. 12), and travel short distances to George Mason (Dec. 4) and Mount St. Mary’s (Dec. 29).

Long-time rival Central Connecticut State (Nov. 20) and Canisius (Dec. 15) also will visit the RAC Arena  in late 2012.

UMBC will also visit two additional squads that competed in the NCAA Tournament last season.  The Retrievers close the month of November at Marquette on Nov. 28 and travel to Norfolk State on Dec. 9. The Retrievers also visit the Chicago area when they play DePaul on Dec. 22.

“Needless to say, we are very excited about our non-conference schedule,” head coach Randy Monroe said.  “We are going to face some very competitive teams and feel like these games will prepare us for the always-tough America East Conference.”

UMBC’s America East slate will be announced later this summer.

Notes:  The Retrievers also opened vs. Penn in 2011-12 and dropped a 59-45 decision… UMBC has not faced George Mason since the 1999-00 season and Mount St. Mary’s since the 2002-03 campaign… They will face Eastern (Pa.), Norfolk State and DePaul for the first time… UMBC and Towson will meet for the 56th time- the Tigers are UMBC’s most frequently-played opponent.

2012 UMBC Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule


Fri. 9 at Penn, TBA; Mon. 12 Eastern (Pa.) 7:00 p.m.; Wed. 14 at Loyola (Md.), TBA, Tue. 20 Central Connecticut State, 7:30 p.m.; Mon. 26 at Marquette, TBA


Sat. 1 Towson, TBA; Tue. 4 at George Mason, TBA; Thu. 6  American, 7:00 p.m.;  Sun. 9 at Norfolk State, 4:00 p.m.; Wed. 12 Coppin State, 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 15 Canisius, TBA; Sat. 22 at De Paul, 2:00 p.m.; Sat. 29 at Mount St. Mary’s, TBA

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UMBC adds Fuller to hoops staff

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Walt Fuller has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at UMBC, head coach Randy Monroe announced today.

The veteran mentor just completed his 25th year in the coaching business, completing a two-year stint at UAB in 2011-12. He joined the UAB staff from La Salle University, where he spent the previous five seasons as the associate head coach.

“Walt is one of the most successful people I know in the profession,” Monroe said. “He has been an integral part of building programs from America East to Conference USA to the ACC. He knows how to relate to young people and get the best out of them.”

Fuller will join colleagues Aki Thomas and Jay Greene on the Retriever bench in 2012-13.

In his first full season at UAB in 2010-11, Fuller played a big role in helping the Blazers clinch the program’s first outright regular season Conference USA title in school history. As a result, UAB earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

While with La Salle, Fuller served as recruiting coordinator and worked with all facets of the program during his five-year tenure. Prior to joining La Salle, Fuller was the top assistant at the University of Virginia for former UVA head coach Pete Gillen from 1998-2005. He helped the Cavaliers to five consecutive postseason appearances from 1999-2003, including the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Fuller joined Gillen’s staff after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at the College of William & Mary. During his last season at William & Mary in 1997-98, the Tribe posted a 20-7 record and tied for the Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship.

Fuller was also an assistant coach at his alma mater, Drexel University, for six years. In his final season with the Dragons in 1993-94, the team compiled a 25-5 record, won the North Atlantic Conference Championship and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. Drexel also finished as conference runner-up twice during Fuller’s tenure and won the regular season title in 1992-93.

A two-time captain of the Drexel basketball team, Fuller helped lead the Dragons to an East Coast Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth during the 1985-86 season. He finished his collegiate career ranked first on Drexel’s list for games played (116) and was second on the school’s career free throw percentage list (80.5 percent). He was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player after the 1985-86 season and received the Dragon “D” Award as the squad’s top defensive player.

During his 25-year coaching career, he has recruited eventual NBA players Malik Rose (Drexel), Roger Mason (Virginia) and Sean Singletary (Virginia). Fuller has also been responsible for recruiting many players who now compete overseas.

Fuller earned his degree in business administration from Drexel in 1987. He is married to the former Martina Colbert of Philadelphia, Pa., and they have two sons, Walt, Jr. and Cameron.

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UMBC Hosts New Hampshire in Sunday Matinee

Posted on 12 February 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC goes for a series sweep and give themselves a potential tie-breaker edge over New Hampshire when the Retrievers and Wildcats meet in a Sunday matinee (1:00 p.m.) on Sunday, Feb. 12. For the second consecutive game, the Retrievers will be without head coach Randy Monroe, who suffered a death in the family and remains in Aiken, S.C. Assistant Coach Aki Thomas will serve as acting head coach.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC has been a much tougher out in February, with down-to-wire setbacks in the last three contests. The Retrievers offense has been much improved, averaging 72.5 points per game and shooting 45.1 percent from the floor in the last four. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (15.2 ppg, 5th in America East) is had been on a tear, averaging 21.4 points per game in his last five contests.

WILDCAT UPDATE:  New Hampshire just completed a three-game home stand and won two of three, including a 69-64 upset win over Albany on Thursday. Senior guard Alvin Abreu scored 21 points and surpassed the 1,500-point mark in his career. He averaged 20.0 points per game in the three home games and leads the squad at 13.9 points per game. New Hampshire has struggled away from home this year, winning just 2 of 10 contests.

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC travels to Binghamton for a Wednesday, Feb. 15 clash with the Bearcats.

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Your Monday Reality Check-Now We’ve Officially Gone From Full Throttle to Neutral

Posted on 06 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

As the confetti dropped Sunday night at LucasOil Stadium in Indianapolis to punctuate the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win over the New England Patriots, a harsh reality set in throughout Charm City.

While the Baltimore Ravens were eliminated some 14 days earlier, the immediate hangover effect of an AFC Championship Game loss lingered into Super Bowl week. The significance of the Super Bowl even without the Ravens’ involvement prevented the malaise of the football offseason from setting in too quickly.

It’s here now though, and it absolutely stings.

Just as we’ve finally had enough time to get over the Ravens’ heartbreaking defeat in Foxborough, we’ve been forced to accept the fact that there really isn’t anything on the sporting horizon that we can deflect our purple energy towards. After working ourselves into a frenzy over the course of the last two months, we have basically no choice but to sit on our collective hands for the better part of the next seven months while we wait for John Harbaugh’s team to take the field once more for real.

Sure, we’ll all drink some beer and tell our favorite Earl Weaver stories on Opening Day. Most of us will throw down a few shekels on the Kentucky Derby winner on Preakness Saturday in May. We’ll be gripped to any rumors related to the Purple Birds.

The moments of excitement will be fleeting and there will certainly be no outlet for us to channel any level of sporting fervor.

Here’s the rundown on the “Reality” of the situation:

-Much of the country will immediately shift their focus to College Basketball season. In past years, an exciting University of Maryland has provided a level of excitement after football season concluded. Barring a miracle it won’t be the case this season, as the Terps sit at 3-5 in ACC play with no significant victory and none likely to come. This was to be expected in Mark Turgeon’s first season but it won’t help anyone in the area shake themselves awake from an “end of football season coma.”

One small shining light is Loyola University basketball, as the Greyhounds find themselves tied with Iona for first place in the MAAC at 11-2. This year’s team is the best Jimmy Patsos has ever had, and has a legitimate shot at the NCAA Tournament. The only cloud for the Hounds’ chances is that the Gaels certainly have more overall talent. It doesn’t mean Loyola couldn’t figure a way to a MAAC Tournament title, it’s just reality.

Coppin State entered Monday with a respectable 7-3 MEAC record and a legitimate crop of talent. Morgan State’s season has been mired by a mid-season suspension of head coach Todd Bozeman and has lead to a disappointing 3-6 conference record entering Monday. The Eagles have a semi-realistic chance of winning the MEAC Tournament, the Bears can’t be completely ruled out but have struggled.

Towson and UMBC have basketball teams. One has a first year coach (the Tigers’ Pat Skerry), one has a coach who might be in his last season (the Retrievers’ Randy Monroe). Neither are even a little good.

Before I leave the topic, the University of Maryland women (who provided us a pleasant distraction with their 2006 NCAA Championship run) have a nice team again under Brenda Frese. They’re not liking a team that could make a Final Four run, but they weren’t supposed to be that year either.

-Other fans across the country will turn their attention to the NHL and NBA. With no team in either sport (and no arena for hope of a team relocating here in either sport) Baltimore isn’t afforded the opportunity to shift attention to such areas.

A handful of sports fans in Baltimore are interested in the Washington Capitals, who have made the NHL Playoffs in each of the last four seasons. After firing coach Bruce Boudreau earlier this season, the Caps find themselves sitting on the outside looking in at the playoff picture now under Dale Hunter and aren’t likely to make a run longer than last season’s advance to the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

There are less than a handful of Washington Wizards fans in Baltimore, which might be good news because the Wizards are unthinkably terrible.

-College Lacrosse season gets underway in the next 10 days, and both Johns Hopkins and Maryland find themselves in the Top 10 of preseason polls. A run to the Final Four from either the Blue Jays or Terrapins would be pleasant, but with the National Semifinals and Finals back in Foxborough Memorial Day weekend is not likely to register the same way for any local sports fan.

-That of course brings us to baseball. The Baltimore Orioles play their first Spring Training games on March 5. They’ll hope to avoid being mathematically eliminated from the AL East race before their first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards April 6. There’s no guarantee they’ll succeed.

That’s where we are. It’s a harsh reality, but it’s reality. I don’t write this to try to depress anyone. The good news (for you) is that you won’t have to talk about it for four hours a day. I’m not afforded the same opportunity. And it’s not as if I’m really telling you anything you didn’t know, I just felt as though Monday was the day everything sunk in.

We’ll still be here for you however…if for no other reason than to pass the time.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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Wrapping Up A Week at Radio Row in Indy

Posted on 04 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

It was another incredible week of Super Bowl coverage for us here at AM1570 WNST.net. Both “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester and Luke Jones as well as “The Reality Check” with Glenn Clark emanated from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis every day. “Nasty” Nestor Aparicio was also part of the daily fun.

In case you missed anything we did, here is a list of the guest segments available for your consumption right now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

Adam Sandler (Actor)

Matt Birk (Baltimore Ravens C)

Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts Head Coach, former Ravens DC)

Curt Schilling (Former Baltimore Orioles/Boston Red Sox/Arizona Diamondbacks/Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher)

Shannon Sharpe (Former Baltimore Ravens/Denver Broncos Hall of Fame TE, CBS)

AJ Green (Cincinnati Bengals WR)
Ingrid & Sarah Harbaugh (Wives of John & Jim Harbaugh)

Jim Schwartz (Detroit Lions Head Coach)

Mike Smith (Atlanta Falcons Head Coach)

Marcus Allen (Hall of Fame RB)
Larry The Cable Guy (Comedian)

Priest Holmes (Former Baltimore Ravens/Kansas City Chiefs RB)

Vanilla Ice (Musician/Actor)
Will Forte (Actor/Comedian/Saturday Night Live alum)

Lynn Swann (Former Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame WR)
Greg Ballard (Mayor of Indy)

Dustin Keller (New York Jets TE)
Jason Taylor (Former Miami Dolphins DE)
Frank Caliendo (Comedian)

Jay Mohr (Actor/Comedian)

David Feherty (Golf Channel)

Mike Haynes (Former New England Patriots Hall of Fame CB)
Brian Billick (Former Baltimore Ravens coach FOX/NFL Network)
Herm Edwards (Former New York Jets/Kansas City Chiefs coach, ESPN)

Dick Vermeil (Former Super Bowl winning St. Louis Rams coach)
Marv Levy (Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame coach)

Joe Theismann (Former Washington Redskins QB, NFL Network)

Lorenzo Neal (Former Baltimore Ravens/San Diego Chargers FB)
Rich Gannon (Former Oakland Raiders QB, CBS)
Antonio Pierce (Former NY Giants LB)

Jack Youngblood (Los Angeles Rams Hall of Fame DE)

Dhani Jones (Former Cincinnati Bengals LB)

Robbie Gould (Chicago Bears Kicker)
Morten Anderson (Former New Orleans Saints/Atlanta Falcons Kicker)
Bonnie Bernstein (ESPN/University of Maryland alum)
Peter King (SI/NBC)
Lesley Visser (CBS)
Sal Paolantonio (ESPN)
Laura Kaeppeler (Miss America 2012)

Chrissy Teigen (SI Swimsuit Issue model)
Will Witherspoon (Tennessee Titans LB)

(More on Page 2…)

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UMBC hosts Morgan State Wednesday (7pm) on WNST Night

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Drew Forrester

The “Battle of the Beltway” continues this Wednesday night at the RAC on the campus of UMBC when the Retrievers host Todd Bozeman’s Morgan State Bears.

UMBC comes into the game on the heels of their first win of the season, a 62-58 nailbiter at Towson last Saturday night.

Bozeman’s Bears, a perennial MEAC favorite, are off to a puzzling 0-7 start, but Morgan State has once again started their season with a difficult non-conference schedule.

We’re especially proud of local college sports here at WNST and Wednesday night’s game at UMBC is one of those rare treats where we get to focus on two Baltimore schools.

If you haven’t been to the RAC in a while, you need to make plans to head over there on Wednesday.  We’ll be there as part of “WNST Night” and we’ll even make it easier for to attend by offering you a $4.00 discount ticket coupon below.  Just tear the bottom half of this page off and take it with you to the RAC on Wednesday night…present it at the box office prior to the game and get in for just $6.00.

The parking is cheap, the food is cheap and it’s $6.00 to get in.  You can do the whole night for about $12-$15 and that’s if you stuff yourself at the concession stand!

Come on out and join us Wednesday night.  The coupon below will get you in for just $6.00.


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UMBC Announces G De La Rosa Leaves Program

Posted on 28 November 2011 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Chris De La Rosa has left the UMBC men’s basketball team for personal and family-related matters, head coach Randy Monroe announced today.

De La Rosa earned his bachelor’s degree in summer of 2011 in American studies and was enrolled in graduate level courses this semester. He earned a place on the America East Conference Commissioner’s Winter/Spring Honor Roll in both 2010 and 2011. De La Rosa plans to withdraw from UMBC at the end of the fall semester.

The Washington Heights, N.Y. native transferred to UMBC after one season at Siena (2007-08) and competed for two full seasons (2009-10, 2010-11). In 94 career games, the 5’10” guard averaged 9.7 points and 4.2 assists per game.  He was named to the America East Conference Second Team after averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 assists per game in 2010-11.

De La Rosa underwent surgery on his right foot in May of 2011 and dressed for only one game this season, scoring 17 points and adding 10 assists in 33 minutes of action at VMI on Nov. 19.

“Obviously, we were disappointed to learn of Chris’ decision, but understand the personal reasons behind it,” Monroe said. “I felt he was a Player of the Year candidate in our league this year. We will miss him and wish him nothing but the best.”

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UMBC Hoops Announces Two Man Recruiting Class

Posted on 15 November 2011 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – A pair of Pennsylvania natives, forward Malik Garner and guard Aaron Morgan, have signed national letters-of-intent to attend UMBC, head coach Randy Monroe announced today.

Garner is a 6’5”, 195-lb. small forward who hails from Philadelphia and attends Chestnut Hill Academy. He was the Blue Devils’ leading scorer in both his sophomore and junior seasons and earned All-Conference honors each season. In 2009-10, Chestnut Hill was unbeaten, earned the Philadelphia Inter- Academic league title and Garner received second team all-league recognition. Last season, he was elevated to the first team, with a scoring average of 13.5 ppg and a rebounding mark of 8.2 per contest.

“We are very happy to have Malik Garner in our program,” Monroe said. “He is a good athlete who hates to lose. “He could wind up as the third all-time leading scorer in Chestnut Hill history and we are looking forward to having him as a Retriever next season.”

The 6’0”, 165-lb. Morgan is a combo-guard, who earned second team honors on the Pennsylvania All-State Class AAAA squad for Council Rock North. The Washington, Pa. native earned First-Team All- Suburban One National Conference honors in both his sophomore and junior seasons, leading the Indians to a 62-19 record during that time.  Last season, he led Council
Rock to a school-record 27-3 record and appearances in the District One finals and PIAA state tournament quarterfinals.

Morgan averaged 14.6, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season and has amassed 803 points in his tenure.  He was awarded the Little Big Man trophy for his play in the 2011 Bucks County Donofrio Classic All-Star Classic when he scored 23 points and added six steals in the championship game.

“Aaron is a talented guard who can play the one or the two and brings Jason Greene-like tenacity,” Monroe said. “He can score, can shoot from distance and is a player that will never give up.”

“Malik and Aaron give us a nice one-two punch,” Monroe said. “I feel that they will can be successful at UMBC next year.”

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