February 12, 2014

Two Players Named to WBCA "So You Want To Be A Coach" Class

A pair of Summit League student-athletes were named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) "So You Want To Be A Coach" class of 2014.

Denver's Maiya Michel and Fort Wayne's Amanda Hyde were announced as two out of 50 members of the program, representing The Summit League.

The objectives of the “So” program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women’s basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women’s basketball.

“So” participants will learn about recruiting, the administrative side of coaching, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules and how to balance work and life. 

Qualified candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate’s head coach must be an active WBCA member and nominate them. Each participant is selected based on her academics, contributions to women’s basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from her head coach.

Sponsors for the “So” program are the WBCA and the NCAA Matching Fund for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Women Coaches and Officials.

February 10, 2014

Wolters Succeeding as NBA Rookie

Nate Wolters
(photo courtesy
Milwaukee Bucks)
2013 Summit League Player of the Year Nate Wolters recently made his fifth-consecutive start for the Milwaukee Bucks and posted the second-best assist/turnover ratio in the NBA during the month of January. Truman Reed of Bucks.com chronicled Wolters' rookie success and how his play has proved he belongs in the NBA.

ESPN.com Blogs Saul Phillips Q&A

Saul Phillips
ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf blogged a Q&A with North Dakota State Coach Saul Phillips today, titled "A conversation with Saul Phillips." The NDSU head coach assessed his team as it enters The Summit League schedule's stretch run.

Summit League Preseason Baseball Prognostications

Three college baseball publications have recently released its preseason prognostications for The Summit League. College baseball season begins the 2014 season on Feb. 14, while league play kicks-off March 28.

Team To Beat: North Dakota State
Player of the Year: Clayton Taylor, 2B, Omaha
Pitcher of the Year: Aaron Michel, LHP, Western Illinois
Freshman of the Year: Chris Tschida, 1B, Western Illinois

Top Five Prospects, 2014-15 Draft
1. Tyler Willman, RHP, Western Illinois
2. Tyler Farrell, RHP, Western Illinois
3. David Ernst, RHP, North Dakota State
4. John White, RHP, Western Illinois
5. J.D. Moore, RHP, South Dakota State

Predicted Order of Finish
1. Omaha
2. South Dakota State
3. Western Illinois
4. North Dakota State
5. Fort Wayne

Field Player of the Year: Wes Satzinger, North Dakota State
Pitcher of the Year: Adam Bray, South Dakota State
Freshman of the Year: Mark Handberg, Omaha
Coach of the Year: Bob Herold, Omaha

First Team
P - David Ernst, North Dakota State
P - Adam Bray, South Dakota State
P - Aaron Michel, Western Illinois
IF - Brett Bass, Omaha
IF - Clayton Taylor, Omaha
IF - Wes Satzinger, North Dakota State
IF - Jameson Henning, Western Illinois
IF - Tyler Splichal, Omaah
OF - Kyle Kleinendorst, North Dakota State
OF - Zack Burling, Western Illinois
OF - Tim Colwell, North Dakota State
UTL - Alex Mortensen, Omaha

Second Team
P - Tom Constand, Western Illinois
P - J.D. Moore, South Dakota State
P - Tyler Fox, Omaha
IF - Caleb Fenimore, Fort Wayne
IF - Al Robbins, South Dakota State
IF - Jon Hechtner, North Dakota State
IF - John Skrbec, North Dakota State
IF - Tanner Glore, Western Illinois
OF - Neil DeCook, Western Illinois
OF - Alex Schultz, Omaha
OF - Paul Jacobson, South Dakota State
UTL - Kevin Wirth, Fort Wayne