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Towson Basketball Coach Skerry says team needs butts in seats during home stand

Posted on 29 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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Towson to face Navy in first ever game at Tiger Arena

Posted on 27 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s and Women’s Basketball to Open Tiger Arena with Doubleheader Against Navy
The Inaugural Games in Tiger Arena Will Take Place on November 8

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University men’s and women’s basketball teams will open Tiger Arena with a doubleheader against the United States Naval Academy on Nov. 8, 2013, it was announced by Director of Athletics Mike Waddell today.

“Opening our new arena with a doubleheader against the United States Naval Academy will be a great night for Towson University and college basketball in Baltimore and the State of Maryland,” said Waddell. “To have 5,200 plus fans on our campus experiencing all that our game atmosphere will be in the newest arena on the East Coast will be a happening that will launch a new era in Tiger Basketball. This venue will be a showplace for the Black and Gold and also for other basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and community events year round.”

Tip times for both games are still to be determined along with the rest of the Tiger men’s and women’s basketball schedules, in the fall.

“We’re excited to welcome the Naval Academy for the first basketball games to be played inside Tiger Arena,” said Towson men’s basketball head coach Pat Skerry. “Navy is a quality opponent and we are happy to be playing a team from the state of Maryland in our first game. The atmosphere should be electric as our fans will have their first chance to step in to the nicest arena in the Mid-Atlantic.”

“What a tremendous way to begin a new era of Towson basketball,” said Towson women’s basketball head coach Joe Mathews. “I cannot think of a more exciting and relevant way to open Tiger Arena. The opportunity to celebrate by watching a doubleheader featuring both women’s and men’s programs as we take a major step to the future is significant, but to add the United States Naval Academy as the opponent turns it into major event. This is a great way to launch a new beginning as well as way to pay tribute to and thank the military across the world that provide us the freedoms such as this event to enjoy.“

Tiger Arena is a state-of-the-art, high-tech venue that will also serve as the home for Towson gymnastics and volleyball. The venue will feature approximately four premium mezzanine level private suites, approximately 340 premium loge club seats around the top of the lower bowl, and 120 courtside seats.

Additional amenities include a 1500 sq. ft. hospitality room, and a 680 sq. ft. multipurpose room on the mezzanine on the concourse level.  A new state of the art multimedia studio will also be constructed that will be the nerve center of all TIGERVISION operations for both the Arena and Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

“This event begins it all in style on college basketball’s “first night” and will bookend when both Towson teams play their 2014 CAA Tournaments in Maryland,” said Waddell. “The state will be the host of both CAA post-season tournaments, with the women at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro and the men at the first-ever CAA Tournament downtown at First Mariner Arena in March of 2014.”

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Towson hoops inks three man recruiting class

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s Basketball Announces 2013-14 Recruiting Class
Tigers Ink Three Standouts During Early Signing Period

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced Wednesday that forward John Davis, power forward/center Walter Foster and small forward Shamiek Sheppard have signed national letters of intent to attend Towson University and compete for the Tigers.

“I’m extremely excited about this class and the caliber of kids that we signed,” Skerry said. “All three have great length for their positions and will give us a tremendous amount of flexibility. We like that they are high-character guys that give tremendous effort both on the court and in the classroom. Assistant Coach Luke Murray did an outstanding job of tracking these guys early on and he’s to be commended.”

Forward, 6-5, 215
Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School/Philadelphia, Pa.

Davis is an athletic wing that has proven to be a tenacious defender and rebounder. The skilled left-hander has earned consecutive first team All-Catholic League selections while playing for head coach Carl Arrigale and assistant coach John Mosco at high school powerhouse Ss. Neumann-Goretti in Philadelphia. As a co-captain of the team, Davis led the Saints to a 28-3 mark last season while averaging 12.9 points and nearly 11 rebounds per game. He failed to score in double digits just twice last season as a junior and he averaged 15.8 points per game in five state tournament contests. A proven winner, Davis and the Saints have claimed the Catholic League and City titles in each of his three seasons while also winning three consecutive PIAA Class AAA state championships.

According to ESPN’s recruiting service, Davis is “especially dangerous along the baseline but can also make straight line power drives from the perimeter or play with his back to the basket with good instincts and effectiveness. He’s got a knack for putting the ball in the basket and inside of 15-feet there aren’t a whole lot of guys who do that more consistently. He’s a scrappy player, able to defend bigger players inside, and he’s active rebounding the ball on both ends.”

Additionally, Davis earned MVP honors this past May at the Wayne Ellington All-City Basketball Classic in Philadelphia. Davis played AAU basketball for Team Final, coached by Rob Brown.

Skerry on Davis: “John Davis is a guy that our staff has recruited since we got here. He’s a left-handed forward who we expect to transition to the wing pretty quickly. He’s part of a big-time high school program in Philadelphia. John’s a winner who is tough and knows how to play the game. He’s a high-character kid that can play physical and has also shown that he’s a terrific passer.”

Forward/Center, 6-8, 230
Fishburne Military Academy (Va.)/Atlanta, Ga.

Foster is spending a post-graduate year at Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Va. after starring for Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Ga. He is a physical forward/center who is known for his rebounding, but can also score both inside and out. A 2011-12 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAA first team All-State selection, Foster averaged 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a senior, guiding Booker T. Washington and head coach Ed Huckaby to a 17-9 record.

Fishburne is ranked as the No. 3 prep-school team in the United States and Foster is one of nine players on the 2012-13 roster who is signing with a Division I school this fall.

Skerry on Foster: “Walter Foster is a guy that we jumped on this fall and we are extremely excited about him. He’s 6-8 but with a 7-1 reach. He’s well coached and can play both front court positions. His frame can fill up and he’s got a really high ceiling. He will give us a lot of depth and versatility up front.”

Forward, 6-5, 210
South Shore High School/Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sheppard is a three-star prospect that was ranked as the ninth best player coming out of the state of New York according to Rivals.com. He’s been a starter since his freshman season at South Shore High School. As a junior in 2011-12, he averaged 12.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He’s averaged double digits in points all three years. Sheppard is tremendous in the open floor and excels when finishing around the basket.

According to ESPN’s recruiting services, Sheppard is an “incredible athlete with the big time bounce to play above the rim like few others can. He has a great motor, strong body and aggressive demeanor on the court. He goes hard to the rim, isn’t bothered by contact, and will also take smaller defenders to the post and overpower them. He gets out and runs his lanes hard in transition and is an exceptional finisher. His physical tools and toughness also make him a valuable on the ball defender.”

Skerry on Sheppard: “Shamiek Sheppard will be our most athletic perimeter player next year. He’s a strong, powerful athlete who plays really hard and guards at a high level. Shamiek is a perimeter guy who can really get off the floor. He can run and jump with anybody in our league. He’s got a lot of physical tools that we’re excited about.”

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Towson to host 2014 women’s lacrosse championship

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff


Tigers to Host Event for Fourth Time

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University will be the host institution for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse National Championship, it was announced by the NCAA on Thursday.

This will mark the fourth time that Towson has hosted the women’s lacrosse national championship at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Towson previously hosted the championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in Unitas Stadium.

“The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Committee is thrilled that the championship will be making a return to Towson University in 2014,” said Ann-Marie Guglieri, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee and senior associate athletic director for internal operations/senior woman administrator at Colgate University.  “When Towson University hosted the championship from 2008 to 2010, our student-athletes and fans experienced a first-class event in a vibrant lacrosse community.  We are excited that the 2014 Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be making a return to that exciting environment.”

The 2010 event proved to be a record setting one as 9,782 watched the national championship game in which Maryland defeated Northwestern, 13-11. It was the largest crowd ever to watch a women’s lacrosse game in the United States. Towson set the attendance record each year it hosted the event, capped by a total of 18,564 for the three games in 2010.

“Hosting the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship is a privilege and honor that not only enhances the Towson University student-athlete experience but also brings a national audience to our campus for a premier sport in the Baltimore community,” says Towson University President Maravene Loeschke.

“Towson University is excited to bring an outstanding event like the women’s lacrosse national championship back home to Baltimore,” said Towson Director of Athletics, Mike Waddell. “Our campus has hosted this event three out of the last five years. Once again, we will roll out the red carpet for the NCAA and many fans that will help us sell out Johnny Unitas® Stadium as we create an outstanding environment for the championship weekend.”

Before the 2014 championship comes to Towson, the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championships will take place at Villanova Stadium at Villanova University on May 24 and 26.

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Towson QB Enders picks up CAA weekly honor

Posted on 29 October 2012 by WNST Staff


Senior Quarterback Led Tigers to 49-35 Win At Villanova With 391 Yards Of Total Offense

RICHMOND, Va. – Senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 27, it has been announced by CAA officials.

A second-year starter for the nationally-ranked Tigers, Enders earned the award for the third time in his career by leading the Tigers to a 49-35 victory over CAA co-leader Villanova on Saturday.

In 2011, he was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week after leading Towson to wins over Morgan State and Old Dominion.

Against Villanova, Enders directed an offense that scored 49 points and rolled up 590 total yards. It was the most points allowed by the Wildcats in a game in eight years while Towson’s 590 yards were the most for the Tigers since 2006.

Enders helped the Tigers build a 35-28 halftime lead as he threw a career high four touchdown passes before intermission. In the first half, he threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior Tom Ryan (Father Judge H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), a career long 78-yard TD pass to sophomore Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), a 14-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Daniel Vaughan (Oscar F. Smith H.S./Chesapeake, Va.) and an 11-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) with two seconds left in the half.

With the score tied at 28-28 and 2:57 remaining in the half, Enders directed a 73-yard, 12-play drive that enabled the Tigers to take a lead at halftime.

Enders accumulated a career high 391 yards of total offense against the Wildcats. He completed 16 of 28 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns. He also beat the Wildcats with his legs by running for a career high 122 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown. With 2:32 left in the third quarter, Enders ran for a 40-yard touchdown that gave Towson a 49-35 lead.

In the fourth quarter, he directed a ball-control offense which used up 10:59 of the fourth quarter.

Enders is third in the CAA with an average of 275.8 yards of total offense per game. In eight games, he has completed 148 of 235 passes for 1,669 yards and 11 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He ranks fourth in the CAA in passing average.

With 537 yards on 74 carries and four touchdowns, he is the ninth-leading rusher in the CAA. His 537 yards is a Towson single season record for quarterbacks. With 924 rushing yards on 165 carries in his career, Enders needs only 76 rushing
yards to become the first quarterback in Towson history to rush for 1,000 yards.

“He is an incredibly efficient quarterback,” says Coach Rob Ambrose. “As well as he understands the offense, he understands his teammates better. Grant is an excellent team leader and he is very strong. He has a quick release and he is very accurate. One of the most surprising things about him is that he is much faster than he looks.”

The Tigers, who are 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the CAA, return to action on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Delaware at 12 noon.

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Towson basketball hosts “Madness” Friday night

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University’s Department of Athletics and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life are co-sponsoring an event in the Towson Center on Friday, Oct. 12. Yell the Madness, a combination of Athletics’ Midnight Madness and Greek Life’s Yell Like Hell events, will introduce Towson’s winter sports teams while having groups of fraternities and sororities perform skits in front of thousands.

Yell the Madness will take place during Family Weekend, where Towson student’s families will have the opportunity to watch this event for free. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the first event starting at 7:15 p.m.

Along with the fraternities and sororities, the Towson men’s and women’s basketball teams and gymnastics team will be participating in this event. Performances will also be made by the Towson Cheerleaders, Dance Team and Pom Squad.

The event will feature a live DJ and will be hosted by Spiro Morekas. Complimentary drinks will be provided while supplies last.

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Towson gives AD Waddell contract extension

Posted on 11 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Third-year Administrator Will Guide Tiger Athletics Through, October, 2014

 Towson University President Maravene Loeschke announced today that Director of Athletics Mike Waddell has received a one-year contract extension. Waddell, whose contract now runs to October 2014, was named TU’s eighth athletics director on Sept. 29, 2010.

“Mike Waddell has made a great deal of progress in setting a new vision for Towson University Athletics in just two years,” said Dr. Loeschke. “I look forward to his continued work to strengthen the competitive success of our student athletes while keeping a strong focus on academics.”

The 2012-13 academic year is Waddell’s third overseeing Towson Athletics, its 20 sports programs and over 600 student-athletes, coaches and staff.

Since arriving on campus, Waddell has been visible on campus and in the community while developing a motto within the program of “EXPECT SUCCESS.”

In the classroom, 11 teams have shown improvement in their cumulative G.P.A. from the previous fall and the overall department G.P.A. has climbed to a 3.07 average. Overall, 56 percent (272-of-485) of the Towson student-athletes posted a G.P.A. above 3.0 in 2011-12, while 125 made the Dean’s List with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above. 

For Towson, success on the playing in 2011-12 was highlighted by a pair of Colonial Athletic Association championships. The nationally-ranked football team and the nationally-ranked women’s lacrosse team both won CAA titles and advanced to NCAA post-season competition.

The football Tigers’ turnaround from 1-10 in 2010 to 9-3 in 2011 catapulted the team into the NCAA Playoffs for the first time at the FCS level and garnered head coach Rob Ambrose National Coach of the Year accolades and freshman running back Terrance West the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the nation.

The women’s lacrosse team championships in both the regular season and the CAA Tournament earned head coach Sonia LaMonica CAA Coach of the Year honors. The Tigers returned to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 2005 and put themselves in position to host the first home NCAA Tournament games in program history.

The two championships are the third and fourth won during Waddell’s tenure at Towson. In addition to Ambrose’s and LaMonica’s Coach of the Year accolades, head gymnastics coach Vicky Chliszczyk and head volleyball coach Bruce Atkinson also earned league coaching honors. In addition, gymnast Katy Catanzaro and volleyball outside hitter Katy Buckwere named as conference Players of the Year.

The success on the field has also translated into ticket sales and fund-raising improvements for the Tigers in 2011-12 as they broke records for: Tiger Club donors and money raised in a single-year; season football attendance (62,645), single-game football attendance (11,196 – first sellout in program history vs. Lehigh in NCAA Playoffs), season student football attendance (17,597) and single-game student football attendance (4,036). Even after setting a school record for football season ticket holders in 2011, season tickets have increased by more than 133 percent for the 2012 season to over 1,000 season ticket holders.

Prior to coming to Towson, Waddell was the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Cincinnati (2006-10) where his external efforts helped the resurgence of the Bearcats Athletics programs.

Before that, he served as the Interim Director and Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Akron (2001-2006), the Director of Marketing and Broadcasting at the United States Military Academy (2000-01), and Director of Athletics External Operations at Appalachian State University (1997-2000).

Before embarking on his career as an athletics administrator, Waddell spent time working with the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia radio networks as an on-air personality, play-by-play announcer, game day host and engineer.

Waddell received his B.S. degree in Sport Management from Guilford College in 1991, where he was a two-time letter winner in football.  He earned his M.S. degree in Sport Administration from the prestigious Ohio University graduate program.

He and his wife, Heidi, are the parents of two children, Drew and Caroline.

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Towson lax to play fall friendly against Japanese team

Posted on 04 September 2012 by WNST Staff


Tigers will face off against the Japanese team at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium


TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University men’s lacrosse team will host Japan’s Keio University for a friendly international game on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium, head coach Shawn Nadelen announced today.

“Towson Lacrosse is very excited to host Keio University,” said Nadelen. “It is the premier lacrosse-playing school in Japan.  Keio is very passionate for the sport of lacrosse, and it is displayed in how they perform on the field.  We are honored to have Keio at Towson, and our players will share in a great experience playing against the Japanese players.  We look forward to having a competitive game. “

Keio University is visiting Towson as part of a larger trip abroad to gain playing experience and participate in cultural exchange. The team has a long history of visiting the U.S. for friendly games and of hosting U.S. teams in Japan. Keio University students were instrumental in founding and promoting lacrosse in Japan.

The Keio University lacrosse players have experienced some success on the international level, playing for the bronze medal at the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse Championship in Manchester, England.


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Former Towson G Adams to play for BCCC

Posted on 30 July 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Baltimore City Community College head men’s basketball coach Terry Maczko announced Monday the signing of Will Adams (Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep HS/Towson University) and Quentin Judd (Baltimore, Md./Forest Park HS) to play for the Panthers for the 2012-13 season.

Adams and Judd join Ronald Epps (Digital Harbor HS), Justin Kuntz (Glen Burnie HS/Polk State College) and Aaron Parham (Dunbar HS), who signed with BCCC earlier this summer.

Adams, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, averaged 1.9 points and 1.2 rebounds in 27 games last season at Towson. At Imhotep HS, Adams became the first player in school history to score 1,000 career points and ended his career as Imhotep’s all-time leading scorer. He was a First-Team All-Philadelphia Public League selection as a senior and led the Imhotep Panthers to the Class AA state championship and Philadelphia City and district titles as a junior.

Judd (6-4, 185) was a star shooting guard at Forest Park HS. As a senior, he averaged a team-best 19 points per game and helped the Foresters to the 2011 Baltimore City Division II championship game. He signed with Pensacola State College this past spring, but decided to return to Baltimore to play for BCCC.

The Panthers also had a successful 2011-12 season, winning the NJCAA Region XX title and advancing to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, where they finished sixth in the nation.

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Towson hoops adds another transfer

Posted on 16 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson University head coach Pat Skerry added another transfer to his program Saturday.

CBSSports.com reported former University of Vermont guard Four McGlynn chose the Tigers over Duquesne, VCU, Central Connecticut, La Salle and Penn State.

McGlynn (6’2″, 180 pounds) was a major contributor in the Catamounts’ run to the America East Conference Championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, averaging 12 points per game. McGlynn’s contributions helped him to be named America East Rookie of the Year.

A native of York (PA), McGlynn was believed to be interested in playing closer to home. Vermont coach John Becker granted his release, but would not allow him to play for another AEC school or George Washington (GWU head coach Mike Lonergan had recruited him to Burlington before taking the Colonials’ job).

After a 1-31 campaign in Skerry’s first season, the Tigers will have two transfers available for 2012-2013. Former Georgetown F Jerelle Benimon and former South Florida guard Mike Burwell will each be eligible to play.

McGlynn will be eligible to practice this season but will not be eligible to play until the 2013-2014 season. He will have three years of eligibility left.

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